So I’ve been in a discussion w/ a Baptist turned Pentecostal friend of mine about the Church. Here’s a snippet of an email he sent me today regarding faith, works, and Sacraments…
How do I respond to this??
Note: At the beginning on ending “on a good, strong note like Paul” he is referring to Gal 5:11-12
[FONT=Arial]11 But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves![/FONT]
Lastly (to end this on a good, strong note like Paul), if the pope and his priests truly agree with the affirmation made by the Counsel of Trent that states,
If any one saith, that by the said sacraments of the New Law grace is not conferred through the act performed [ex opere operato], but that faith alone in the divine promise suffices for the obtaining of grace; let him be anathema (history.hanover.edu/texts/trent/ct07.html). [brackets mine: ex opere operato literally means: “by the very fact of the action’s being performed”]
I say then, I hope they would stuff themselves so silly with transubstanciated wafers that it would cause the worst case of constipation imaginable. So that given the great length of time they would have to sit on the pot and lament over their agony, they could also think about how God’s grace can never be obtained through the act of administering a sacrament, but only through faith in His Son alone. Then maybe once they realize their error and repent, God would would have mercy on them for practicing and promoting such heresy, soften their stools, and allow them to poop in comfort and peace (Although, in actuality, constipation is going to be the least of their problems when they will eventually have to answer to God)!
Simply know that you don’t need a sacrament in order to have God’s grace conferred to you. All you need is faith in Christ. The pope and the Counsel of Trent have it wrong… truly, “faith alone in the divine promise suffices for the obtaining of grace”. Just read Romans 5:1, 2.
- 1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. **
Honestly, the next time you go to mass, you can walk right out of there and God will not care. In fact, He will be pleased for 1. He is angry with the priests concerning the lie they administer each week and you walking out means you’re not partaking of it. And 2. You will have come to the understanding that you can stand fully in His grace simply through the faith you place in His Son. To God, you won’t be declared anathema, but declared righteous and at peace with Him.
Amen to that!