Truth: Can you Buy God’s Grace with Good Works?

We, as humans, cannot earn grace.

What is Grace?

Grace is the ultimate act of kindness and compassion. When we least deserve it, someone is gracious unto us.

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

Titus 2:11-14

Grace is the greatest gift we can ever receive. We can’t ever buy grace.

When we’re under God’s grace, we are free from fear and guilt! We can lean on God’s grace 24/7. The penalty that was due us was paid on the cross by Jesus.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

Romans 3:23-25

Grace is free to us, but it wasn’t cheap.

Jesus gave up everything — Himself — to us — to you and me — so we can be forgiven of our sins once and for all!

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Now, this is not to say that doing good works and deeds is not called for — the truth is that we are saved by grace — and NOT by works. The Catholic Church has the works part down. You have organizations like Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul who help the less fortunate. And all Christians are supposed to serve. However, we are not serving to gain points to get us into Heaven. We’re serving because we are called — because we receive the Gifts of the Spirit when we believe, repent and get baptized. I’ll talk about the Gifts of the Spirit in a future post.

The Catholic Church Tries to Sell Grace through the “Sacraments”

This is what is sad and wrong and why I’m doing this blog and podcast. You — as a human being — cannot ever earn, win, or buy God’s Grace!

You supposedly get pieces of grace with each of the “Sacraments”:

Communion or the Eucharist.
  1. Infant baptism – The truth is that you are NOT “born again” when a priest sprinkles water on your head as a baby. Salvation begins with believing in Jesus, repenting of your sins, then being baptized. A baby cannot repent of sins that he or she hasn’t committed yet!
  2. Penance – This is what you get after you confess your sins to a priest. The priest is the only one who can forgive you. That’s not true! Only Jesus — God — can forgive you. (Watch the video at the bottom for details.) The priest will tell you what you need to — pray your Hail Marys, etc. — and as soon as you commit a venial or mortal sin, you lose your salvation.
  3. Mass – Transubstantiation — receiving communion — the bread (Eucharist) and the wine actually turn into Jesus’ body and blood. Sorry, folks, there’s no magic or voodoo happening here — it’s still bread and wine.
  4. Confirmation — When a child “comes of age” — around age 10-12 — the bishop will lay his hands on the child and the child is supposed to get the Holy Spirit. My confirmation was one of the worst days of my childhood. I and another kid were sick on the last day of religious instruction class before confirmation day. We were not allowed to sit with the rest of the kids. We were in the end of line as we walked up to the bishop. The church was packed — standing room only — and we both got lost and couldn’t find our seats. What was supposed to be a nice day turned out to be horrible. Did I feel like I had the Holy Spirit? No way.
  5. Marriage — Being married in a Catholic church. Guess I miss out on this one since I’ve never married.
  6. Holy Orders — This only applies to priests.
  7. Last Rights — The anointing of a dying person by a priest — that is if the priest gets to the person on time. Remember in the show “MASH”, Father Mulcahy would run to give a wounded soldier his last rights and one of the doctors would say, “Sorry, Father, he’s gone.” Father Mulcahy would make the sign of the cross on top of the man’s forehead. That’s too late. If the person did not accept Jesus Christ as his savior while he was still conscience and asked for the forgiveness of his sins, it’s too late.

In the Book of Hebrews — and I highly recommend that you read it — the writer tells the truth about Jesus being our High Priest.

Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

Hebrews 10:11-14

The “old covenant” was between God and the Jews. In a past post — Are you Good Enough to Get into Heaven?, I explain the purification rituals the priests and the people had to go through to offer the sacrifices. Because of God’s Grace and Jesus, we don’t have to do that any more!

Go Deeper with these videos on Grace…

The video below is of my church’s youth pastor preaching on God’s Grace….

Pastor Jordan Francis, First Christian Church of Phoenix

This Video from Pastor Mike Winger goes into more detail on how the Catholic Doctrine is wrong when it comes to salvation — most of which is unbiblical — that is it’s not in the Bible. It’s made up by men.

Recommended Bible Study Apps:

The Bible App: https://bible.com
Through The Word: https://throughtheword.org

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  1. Catholics do believe we are saved by grace. We do not believe our good works earn us salvation. We do not believe that faith alone saves because Scripture says we are saved through faith (Eph. 2:8) and through Sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13). James 2:24 plainly denies justification by faith alone.
    For more detail on Catholic teaching on salvation and how it differs with yours pls read:

    Click to access justification.pdf

    Infant Baptism: Infants are baptized because they were born with Original Sin, inherited from Adam. Romans 4:6 relates Baptism with newness of life and that is the reason why Catholics believe Baptism makes us born again. Scripture nowhere says that born again comes through what you call as “sinner’s prayer”.

    Penance: Jesus gave the authority to forgive sins in John 20:22-23. It is Jesus who forgive sins through the priests. Scripture says in 1 John 5:16-17 there are deadly (or mortal) and non-deadly (or venial) sins. We lose salvation only whenever we commit deadly sins.

    Mass: Yes, Catholics do believe that bread and wine truly becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus, while still retaining their appearance as bread and wine. Jesus is our Passover Lamb (1 Cor 5:7) and we consume Him just like Jews consume their Passover lambs sacrificed on every Passover (until they lost their Jerusalem Temple).

    Confirmation: Sorry about your bad experience – it does not happen to everybody. Confirmation is based on Acts 8:15-17.

    Last rights: It is based on James 5:14-15 “and the prayer of faith will SAVE the sick man”. You tied salvation with faith alone but that is not the Bible says.

    The book of Hebrews talks about change of priesthood, not abolishment of priesthood. Jesus belongs to tribe of Judah but only those of tribe of Levi and descendants of Aaron can become priests. If you think priesthood is abolished in Hebrews then it contradicts Jeremiah 33:18 that says Levitical priests will continue offering sacrifice forever.

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    • You’re lumping all Catholics together and I know, having grown up in a Catholic church, that I was always told to be a good girl and you’ll go heaven/purgatory — that, my friend, is not salvation. https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/05/14/what-are-the-5-solas-the-truth-about-salvation-of-jesus/. Last rights are fine if the person is awake to repent. Otherwise, an outsider cannot save a sinner who has not repented. https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/05/14/what-are-the-5-solas-the-truth-about-salvation-of-jesus/
      There are some Catholics who are saved by grace. I don’t doubt that. There is a charismatic Catholic movement. That’s wonderful. Those folks I’ll see in heaven. But there are many Catholics — and Progressives, too — I was one of them — who are walking around with a full sense of salvation.
      Believe, repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. https://anchor.fm/seek-the-truth/episodes/Growing-up-Catholic-Uncovering-the-Lies-of-Salvation-ea96bo
      Vivator, I’m praying for you.
      Seek Jesus.
      Giselle

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      • The difference between the Reformers, who you follow and Catholic Church is whether in order to go to heaven we are counted as righteous using the righteousness of Christ imputed on us (Reformers’s position) and whether we are made righteous through Christ where the righteousness of God is infused in us (Catholic position).

        Scripture says through Christ we are made righteous (Rom. 5:19) and nowhere says we are counted as righteous, i.e. we use righteousness of Christ to cover our unrighteousness. Scripture says the righteous shall go to eternal life (Mat. 25:46) because they did acts (Mat. 25:35-36) that makes them righteous as defined in 1 John 3:7. We become righteous only by grace through Christ as apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).

        What is wrong of becoming good girl? Does your church teach that being a bad girl is ok, i.e. you still go to heaven as long as you have faith in Christ? Suppose, if they declared Harvey Weinstein not guilty because his crimes were invincible to the judge – that what imputed righteousness of Christ works in covering our unrighteousness, can you say justice is served?

        Catholics do believe in Christ as Saviour and we do repent from our sins!

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      • That’s not what I’m saying. To be assured of the true salvation of Jesus Christ and to get a one-way, non-stop ticket to heaven you need to Believe that Jesus died once and for all for the forgiveness of sins, REPENT of your sins — STOP SINNING — do a 180 in your life and follow Jesus, not the sinful world, be Baptized — wash your sins away and be born again in Christ and then you’ll receive the Holy Spirit. If Harvey Weinstein, did that, then, yes, he’d go to heaven. He’d be forgiven. Heaven is not filled with good people — it’s filled with forgiven people. That’s the beauty of the Gospel — the Good News of Jesus Christ. I know of many people who were criminals in jail who believed, repented, got baptized and received the Holy Spirit. They are forgiven. They become righteous after baptism. They receive the Holy Spirit as soon as they humbly and wholeheartedly repent of their sins. Check out my blog posts on repentance, baptism and others.

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      • Scripture says that God saves us through faith (Eph. 2:8) and through sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13). In other words faith alone salvation is not scriptural. Even you yourself stated that we need to repent, to stop sinning etc.

        As pointed out earlier, according to the Reformers, once you have faith in Christ then you have His perfect righteousness to cover your imperfect ones. So when you die and stand before God’s judgment, instead of looking at your sins and imperfections, God looks at perfect righteousness of Christ and let you enter heaven. The famous saying is “we enter heaven based on what Christ did on the cross and not based on anything we do”. This means you still go to heaven even when you die in sins, because they are hidden from the eyes of God by the perfect righteousness of Christ.

        Catholics also believe that we enter heaven based on what Christ did on the cross AND what He (and God) does in us, i.e. He transforms us from our unrighteousness state to righteous one as Scriptures says through Him we are made righteous (Rom. 5:19) and the righteous shall go to eternal life (Mat. 25:46).

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      • Catholics believe in Election, i.e. it is God, through His Grace who determined who will go to heaven. It is based on His Grace, not on their free-will, good works etc. The Elect have assurance of salvation but unless revealed by God we cannot know who they are. In Romans 16 Paul greeted a number of persons but only one (Rufus in verse 13) he referred as the Elect. Only Rufus ‘ election was revealed to Paul – Paul (and we) cannot know about the rest. Even Paul himself when he wrote 1 Cor 9:27 stated that he could be disqualified (in Greek adokimos).

        You reject purgatory because you rely on perfect righteousness of Christ covering your sins and unrighteousness, i.e. when you die in sin you still go to heaven because God won’t be able to see your sins, being hidden under righteousness of Christ. If Harvey Weinstein believes in Christ then he too will go to heaven for the same reason.

        Scripture tells us nothing unclean can enter heaven (Rev. 21:27) and refers God as refiner’s fire (Malachi 3:2). Zechariah 13:8-9 says that God will refine (some) through fire. Purgatory is meant to cleanse us, not to punish us. Remember Scripture says the righteous shall go to eternal life (Mat. 25:46) and nowhere says those counted as righteous (using the righteousness of Christ) will go to heaven.

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      • A simple yes or no answer would have sufficed, but I see the answer is no. I pray that you will ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. Amen.

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      • I did NOT write NO. If I belong to the Elect then I have assurance of salvation. The Bible nowhere says that if you believe in Christ you belong to the Elect and have assurance of salvation. The Bible is supposed to be your final authority, isn’t it?

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      • Acts 2: 38-39: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

        Ephesians 1:7: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
        John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
        John 3… Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”

        4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

        5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

        9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

        10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]

        16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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      • It seems to me you belong to Church of Christ denomination and that explains why you still believe Baptism is required in salvation and through it you receive forgiveness of sins. This implies that you believe that faith alone does not save.

        I am familiar and have no problem with all verses you cited.

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      • Nope, I go to a non-denominational church. Baptism is NOT required for salvation. It’s for the living. It’s to show other people and yourself that you’ve died to your old life and have risen to a new life with Jesus. https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/05/12/why-do-i-have-to-be-baptized-again/
        The criminal who hung on the cross next to Jesus wasn’t baptized, yet he went with Jesus to paradise that very day. He go a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven. I was born again years before I was baptized. Baptism by immersion was just a physical death to my old life and I rose to a new life with Jesus Christ. In fact, that was the last thing as a former Catholic, that I didn’t get. Listen to my testimony before you accuse me of things you think, but don’t understand. From Catholic to Prodigal: Surviving College
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/seeking-truth-love-and-surviving-college-my-story-part-1/
        From Prodigal to Progressive: Surviving Hurricanes
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/still-seeking-truth-love-and-surviving-hurricanes/
        From Progressive to Born Again Christian: Surviving Unemployment:
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/still-seeking-truth-love-surviving-unemployment/
        I’m, praying for you, Vivator!
        #SeekTheTruth

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      • The criminal went to heaven without baptism because not through his own fault he had no chance to be baptized. Scripture says throughBaptism sins are washed away (Acts 2:38; 22:16) – they are NOT washed away symbolically as wrongly stated in your church FCC statement of faith.

        Scriptures says through Baptism we walk in newness of life (Rom 6:4) and that is scriptural born again. Scripture does not say you are born again after saying sinner prayer and have assurance of salvation.

        In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus told us to enter the narrow gate where the way is hard and not to enter the wide gate with easy way that leads to destruction. Your church teaches that you have assurance of salvation just by saying sinner prayer and nothing else. They may tell you too be good girl but if you don’t make it you are still saved because you have the righteousness of Christ accepted by faith alone) that will cover your imperfections that even God won’t be able to see them. Ask yourself whether this salvation concept is bettie expressed in (1) entering narrow gate and hard way or (2) wide door and easy way.

        I did read your testimony. My feedback is you did not try to seek explanation about what Catholic Church really teaches and believes and relied more on your own perception and on what others told you about it. I myself made the same mistake and by grace of God He lead me back to the Church founded by Christ Himself two thousand years ago.

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      • You know, Vivator, it wouldn’t hurt you to pray this prayer and ask the Holy Spirit for the truth. What have you got to lose….
        “Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and my life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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      • Well I did that when I became Evangelical.

        The problem is the Scripture does not say born again comes through sincerely saying that prayer. Scripture says that God saves us through faith (Eph 2:8) and through sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13). In other words, according to the Scripture salvation is a process. It is not one time salvation, just by saying that sinner prayer and voila, you get your reservation ticket to heaven confirmed!

        Ask yourself: is Scripture or the teaching of your pastor at FCC your final authority?

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      • The prayer can be worded in any way. The idea is to invite Jesus into your heart — sincerely. You do get a ticket to heaven. However, you still have to live in this world ruled by Satan until Jesus comes back for us — or you die — whichever comes first. You have to strive to be like Jesus. Read the Bible daily. Pray more. I was saved in 1995. It took me 11 years to get that I had to be baptized again (besides Catholic baby baptism) to die to my old life — I kept trying to keep one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom and it didn’t work. If I had died before I was baptized I would have gone to Heaven because I was saved. I still had a lot of learning to do about being a good Christian. And I’m still learning! Baptism was a cleansing for me to die to my old life and be born again to a new life with Christ.

        Jesus said in John 14… “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

        5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

        6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

        8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

        9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

        12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
        Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

        15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

        22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

        23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

        27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.”

        Jesus is coming back very soon. I’m glad you believe. Keep reading, praying and studying.
        God Bless You,
        Giselle

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      • The point is Scripture nowhere says saying that prayer sincerely and wholeheartedly will give you a secured ticket to heaven and you just wait for your final boarding call.

        Again Scriptures says that salvation is a process that includes faith (Eph. 2:8) and sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13).

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      • Jesus said, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 Praying is talking to God, to Jesus. That prayer invites him into your heart. You can walk around knowing that Jesus is the son of God. I did that for years as a Catholic and a Progressive, but it wasn’t until, I knew Him in my heart that I truly was saved. I walked around for about 30 years — after the age of accountability — with a false sens of salvation. I know now, for a fact that if I die tomorrow, I will be with Him in Heaven. We are saved so that we can be His witnesses and do good works serving Him. Not the other way around. The Holy Spirit when we receive Him in our hearts sanctifies us and makes us holy. But unless one repents fully of their sin, they cannot receive the Spirit. Without belief you can’t repent. But yes, you have to invite Jesus in your heart. You have to vocally repent of your sins. That is prayer whether you do it alone in a jail sell or bedroom or in front of a whole congregation of people you have to declare that Jesus is the Lord.

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      • You never tried to know what the Catholic Church really teaches. We do not believe we are saved by works. Following Scripture we believe we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8) and through sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13). While it is God works both in faith and sanctification, we are not passive like robots. Moved and enabled by His grace we both believe in Jesus and do good works that makes us righteous persons as defined by Scripture (1 John 3:7) and entitled us to go to eternal life (Mat. 25:46). Read what Paul wrote in 1 Cor 15:10 and Phil. 2:12 and read what Jesus said in 7:21.

        What they told you that you can get assurance salvation by saying sinner prayer is nowhere taught in Scripture. Yes it does give you a feeling of assurance but it is a false one. It is simple and straight forward, it is like entering wide gate and easy way but it leads to destruction (Mat. 7:13). Jesus told us to enter the narrow gate and to take the hard way (Mat. 7:14)

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      • True the “sinner’s prayer” is not found in scripture, but the fact that a person needs to believe that Jesus died for their sins, then repent is crucial for salvation. The sinner’s prayer was created for people who don’t know what to say — or pray — to invite Jesus into their lives. Check out Greg Laurie’s site. https://harvest.org/know-god/. I adapted the prayer I use in my blogs and podcasts from several different ones I’ve researched. As for not knowing what the Catholic church teaches, you’re wrong. I was a Catholic, did first communion, confirmation and attended weekly till I was 18. Here’s a podcast I did listing all the errors in what the Roman Catholic church teaches. https://anchor.fm/seek-the-truth/episodes/Growing-up-Catholic-Uncovering-the-Lies-of-Salvation-ea96bo
        Now, I know that there are charismatic Catholics who are saved. And there are some Catholics who are saved also, but the truth is, they don’t encourage parishioners to read the Bible — at least the 3 churches I attended for 18 years didn’t. As I started studying the bible when God was prompting me back from being a lost prodigal, I realized how deprived of the Word of God I was all the years attending the Catholic church. I am absolutely sure that I am going to Heaven if I die tomorrow or if Jesus comes back for His born-again believers in the Rapture which could happen any day now. Here are some other blog articles & podcasts: True Christianity: Victory Over Sin and Death
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/01/22/true-christianity-victory-over-sin-and-death/
        The #Atonement of #Sins: What you Need to Know
        https://anchor.fm/seek-the-truth/episodes/The-Atonement-of-Sins-What-you-Need-to-Know-eaerst
        Are You Absolutely Sure that You’re going to Heaven?
        https://anchor.fm/seek-the-truth/episodes/Are-You-Absolutely-Sure-that-Youre-going-to-Heaven-eafkbc
        What is the Age of Accountability?
        https://anchor.fm/seek-the-truth/episodes/What-is-the-Age-of-Accountability-eagjcd
        Why did Jesus have to Die?
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/01/15/why-did-jesus-have-to-die/
        Why the Protestant Reformation was Crucial
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/01/14/the-protestant-reformation/
        Are you a Follower of #Jesus or a #Church?
        Are you a “Halfway Christian”?
        The Truth about #Baptism…
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/01/11/are-you-a-follower-of-jesus-or-a-church/
        #Idolatry and #Immorality: #Jesus Speaks to the Churches – #Revelation
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/05/22/idolatry-and-immorality-jesus-speaks-to-the-churches-revelation/

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      • There is nothing wrong in the words of sinner prayer. What is wrong is when you make it into one time salvation requirement and assurance of salvation. Again and again Scripture says salvation is a process that includes faith (Eph. 2:8) and sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13).

        Like you I grew up in nominal Catholic family who sent me to Catholic schools. In spite of that most Catholics know very little about their faith and do not know how to defend their faith. You yourself wrote that Catholics believe they are saved by their works – that is not what the Church teaches. Your knowledge about Catholicism is solely based on what non-Catholics wrote or said about it.

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      • You wrote “we will never be perfect” but Scripture says in 1 Thes. 5:23 that God sanctifies us wholly – in Greek (h)oloteles, that means perfect or complete.

        You are taught that your can never be perfect because they make you rely on righteousness of Christ imputed on you covering your imperfection, which is nowhere taught in the Scripture.

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      • Scripture says when you die you will be judged (Heb 9:27). It nowhere says when you die you will be perfected.

        Scriptures says the righteous shall go to eternal life (Mat. 25:46) because they do acts that makes them righteous as defined in 1 John 3:7. Yet you are taught that you don’t need to become righteous because you rely on righteousness of Christ imputed on you, which is nowhere taught in Scripture.

        You are taught that salvation is an instant short cut – just say the sinner prayer wholeheartedly and sincerely and you have assurance of salvation. But Scripture says salvation is a process that includes not only faith but also sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13).

        You still do not realize that what you believe is not scriptural!

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      • Yes, everyone will be judged, but those who are born again are forgiven they pass and get into heaven where we’ll have glorified bodies with no more pain, no more sin, no more sorrow. No one is good enough to enter heaven, only through the blood of Christ.

        To enter the Kingdom of God, you must be Born Again as an adult: Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.

        God Unleashes His Judgement and there is No More Mercy
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/06/12/god-unleashes-his-judgement-and-there-is-no-more-mercy/

        A New Heaven and a New Earth! Our Confident Hope!
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/06/15/a-new-heaven-and-a-new-earth-our-confident-hope/

        Are you Good Enough to get into Heaven?
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/are-you-good-enough-to-get-into-heaven/

        Why did Jesus have to Die?
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/01/15/why-did-jesus-have-to-die/

        Truth: What Does Being Born Again To Be Saved Really Mean?
        https://giselleaguiar.com/2020/06/22/truth-what-does-being-born-again-to-be-saved-really-mean/

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      • You keep on avoiding answering my questions. Let me repeat again:

        1. According to Scripture salvation is a process that includes faith (Eph. 2:8) and sanctification (2 Thes. 2:13). According to you, salvation is one time event and is by faith alone, through saying sinner’s prayer wholeheartedly and sincerely.
        2. Scripture says the righteous shall go to eternal life (Mat. 25:46) but according to you you don’t have to be righteous because no one is good enough. Catholics believe that God makes us righteous through Christ (Rom 5:19).
        3. You relate born again with saying sinner prayer but Scripture says in Rom 6:4 that through Baptism we will walk in newness of life

        How do you reconcile your belief with Scripture if they are not scriptural? What is your final authority? Scripture or the teaching of FCC pastors?

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      • What is the basis of your charge that I am stuck with legalism? I quoted only from Scripture to point out that what you believe is not scriptural.

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      • So did I! Quoting Scripture does not always imply you are right. Even the devil quoted from Scripture when he tempted Jesus (Mat. 4:1-10). Following the example of Jesus, you cannot just quote one or few verses, cherry picked by your pastor, but shall look at may others as well.

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      • This will be my last reply to you. I trust the Holy Spirit which is in my heart and has been there for the last 14 years since my baptism. I pray that you will also trust the H.S. to discern the truth. Be careful when you take passages out of context. I’ll be doing an in-depth series on Where the Catholic Church Went Wrong. Don’t miss it.

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      • If you trust and have the Holy Spirit then why you keep on teaching short cut salvation through saying that sinner prayer, which you yourself admit is not found in the Bible? Isn’t that you who is taking passages of the Bible out of context?

        Giselle, you are free to believe in anything you like and to join any denomination you like. Before labeling other as wrong you need to examine the teaching of your church. Your church is just one of myriads of denominations out there. How do you know you have the truth?

        I won’t waste my time to read your lies!

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      • Because it’s true. All you have to do is call on the name of Jesus and you are saved! Believe, Repent, Get Baptized and Receive the Holy Spirit. It’s in my last blog. The ABC’s of Salvation: Admit you’re a sinner, Believe Jesus is Lord and Call Upon His Name. That’s it. The sinner’s prayer is there for anyone who doesn’t know what to say. You can form the words however you want. But this is how it works. Anything else is heresy. Period. Don’t take my word for it. Search YouTube for “salvation”. Do your own research. Use the free YouVersion Bible app. I’m not making this up. I did my research! Do yours. Seek the Truth. And, you’re going to want to read my upcoming series on the History of the Roman Catholic Church and how they went wrong and away from the Gospel Truth. It’s sad and scary at the same time. And it’s the truth. I have references to prove it. You have been deceived.

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      • Whoever belong to the Elect have assurance of salvation. If Paul himself wrote that he could be disqualified (1 Cor 9:27) what makes you so sure that you have assurance of salvation?

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      • Because I repented and I believe that Jesus died for my sins once and for all. I was baptized washing away my old life and I was born again into a new life with Jesus. If Purgatory exists, then Jesus suffered and sacrificed His life and died for nothing. Here’s my story: From Catholic to Prodigal: Surviving College
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/seeking-truth-love-and-surviving-college-my-story-part-1/
        From Prodigal to Progressive: Surviving Hurricanes
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/still-seeking-truth-love-and-surviving-hurricanes/
        From Progressive to Born Again Christian: Surviving Unemployment:
        https://giselleaguiar.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/still-seeking-truth-love-surviving-unemployment/

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      • I also believe that Jesus died on the cross as ransom for many (Mat. 20:28) or for all (1 Tim 2:6). Whenever I commit sin, grace from God will move me repent. You wrote “I repented” – in past tense, i.e you did it only ONCE and is part of the so called sinner prayer.

        Born again does not come through saying that famous sinner prayer or by simply believing in Jesus, which is nowhere to be found in the Bible. Scripture relates Baptism with walking in newness of life (Rom 6:4) and that is scriptural born again.

        Purgatory is meant to cleanse us or to purify us. You reject it because following the Reformers you believe that your sins will be covered by perfect righteousness of Christ, i.e. they do not need to be cleansed.

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