cont’d with @lanman87
However, we believe that happens, us becoming children of God, through the Sacrament of Baptism. Wherein, we declare our faith in Christ. And He seeing our faith, declares us righteous (forensic justification) and pours on us His grace, washing our souls of sin and regenerating us, children of God (actual justification).
and Catholics believe that they receive grace and salvation by what they do (faith+sacraments and works).
Let’s look to Scripture.
Here, St. Paul tells the saved believers of Corinth, that if they do these wicked things, they will not “inherit the Kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 6:8-10King James Version (KJV)
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Let’s see, here St. Paul tells the saved people of Galatia, that in order to be saved, they must reap what they sow:
Galatians 6:6-8King James Version (KJV)
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
There are many verses like this. Here’s one from Jesus, Himself:
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
So, Scripture is clear that grace and salvation are received in accordance with what we do.
I hope you can see that it is easy to believe that evangelicals believe that they receive grace and salvation because of who we are (positional-declared righteous as adopted Children of God)
I know I’m repeating this here, but it’s for a reason. You say, “declared righteous”. In other words, you don’t really consider yourselves “made righteous”, do you? This is why I hear say that Evangelicals only believe they are forensically righteous. Covered over but not truly transformed.
Am I correct, or is there something I’m misunderstanding?