If I understood Tom Baker, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, on his radio show (KFUO, Law and Gospel), he agreed that all Christians baptized in a sacramental manner have the same *substance *of faith in their souls.
All Christians have the same faith, that is, the substance (“hupostasis”) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
If it is FAITH that saves, then all Christians are saved.
Therefore I asked him on his radio show, Law and Gospel, on Friday, October 21, 2005. It was about twenty minutes into the show. I asked him about the substance of faith.
I asked him: “Do all baptized Christians receive the same faith?” “Yes,” he said.
I asked him: “Does faith save those Christians?” “Yes,” he said.
I asked him: “Are Roman Catholic and Orthodox Catholic believers saved?” “Yes,” he said.
In other words, I asked him about the objective reality of faith in one’s soul.
In other words, I asked him about the ontic reality of faith in one’s soul.
In other words, I asked him about the ontological reality of faith in one’s soul.
The subjective interpretation of different denominations was not considered. This distinction is huge. It seems (I do not know) to me that many “faith only” Christians are worried about the subjective aspect of faith, and the denomination’s interpretation of faith. They do not contemplate the objective reality of faith. Also, there is a lot of history and misunderstanding involved.
I am a Roman Catholic and I believe the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
I found this important and interesting. Therefore I thought I would share it.
Side moral note: I cry when I realize that I have the same faith of the saints. They have done so many good works with, in, and through Jesus Christ; and I have done so little on my own. Please pray for me!!!