cont’d with @lanman87
We realize that we are sinners and that any goodness we have in and of ourselves is filthy rags before God. So when I tell people, “I have faith in Christ and am saved” it is not about what I have done, it is about what Christ has done. It is about giving glory to God. I didn’t save myself, Christ saved me. Any testimony and witness about Christ should have the purpose of helping others see the grace and glory of Christ.
You guys seem to interpret that “filthy rags” verse as though God sees our good works and deems them “filthy rags”.
That’s not true. That verse says that compared to God’s glory, everything else is a filthy rag. Whether it be a cloud, a star, a human being, a good work, whatever. Compared to God it is a filthy rag.
But God doesn’t look upon our good works as filthy rags. Scripture says:
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Now to be fair, being Pharisaical is always a possibility if I take the focus off Christ and put it on myself. But telling others “I’m saved” doesn’t necessarily mean I’m being “a Pharisee”.
Perhaps you aren’t. But here’s what the Catholic Church Teaches with respect to this. In fact, it is one of the anathematized items of Trent.
If anyone says that he will for certain, with an absolute and infallible certainty, have that great gift of perseverance even to the end, unless he shall have learned this by a special revelation, let him be anathema.
It’s called the sin of “presumption”.
The Catechism speaks of sins against hope:
2090 When God reveals Himself and calls him, man cannot fully respond to the divine love by his own powers. He must hope that God will give him the capacity to love Him in return and to act in conformity with the commandments of charity. Hope is the confident expectation of divine blessing and the beatific vision of God; it is also the fear of offending God’s love and of incurring punishment.
2091 The first commandment is also concerned with sins against hope, namely, despair and presumption:…
2092 There are two kinds of presumption. Either man presumes upon his own capacities, (hoping to be able to save himself without help from on high), or he presumes upon God’s almighty power or his mercy (hoping to obtain his forgiveness without conversion and glory without merit).