Sat, 10 May 2014 18:38:58 GMT
Grace does not cancel out obedience, but the faith-only doctrine obliterates grace, preventing it from reaching the sinner, because it changes the divinely established conditions for salvation.
Grace is available to the sinner in Christ: "his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved" Ep 1.6 NRSV.
The Beloved is obviously Christ, as versions like CEB, ERV, EXB, NET, and NLT make explicit. Grace is bestowed in Christ. This is the apostle Paul's clear affirmation. It must be taken at face value. The truth of being "in Christ" is a major teaching of Paul's, not just a throwaway phrase that can be ignored.
How to get into Christ? _This is the crucial question._ If it miss it, we miss salvation.
>"As many of you as were _baptized into Christ_ have clothed yourselves with Christ" Ga 3.27.
Baptism is an act of faith, driven by one's repentance, in a desire to become a new creature in Christ. Baptism is the entry way into Christ where grace may be found.
The faith-only doctrine explicitly denies the connection between grace and baptism. Those who teach i t prevent God's grace from reaching the sinner. We therefore urge all who have believed this teaching to listen to the truth of Scripture and [be saved](http://gospel.randal.fastmail.fm).
Sat, 10 May 2014 19:17:27 GMT
It obliterates grace because
Sat, 10 May 2014 19:27:08 GMT
It obliterates biblical grace that brings salvation demands a response. The cross demands a response. A person standing at the cross can understand this demand. As I pointed out in a recent illustration I did on obedience, at no point is a person's life is he not either obeying or disobeying. It's like Paul said yo the Romans, we are either obedient to sin or obedient to righteousness. "Faith only" this a type of middle ground for salvation where one believes while still being obedient to sin; and not yet obedient to God. Thank you brother.
Sat, 10 May 2014 19:49:38 GMT
You're right that on about obedience. Thanks, Dan, for the contribution. Pop in any time and share your thoughts with us.