[quote=JGC]“Are you saved?” asks the Fundamentalist. The Catholic should reply: “As the
Bible says, I am already saved (Rom. 8:24, Eph. 2:5-8), but I’m also being
saved (1 Cor. 1:8, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12), and I have the hope that I will be
saved (Rom. 5:9-10, 1 Cor. 3:12-15).” “I am redeemed,” answers the Catholic,
“and like the Apostle Paul I am working out my salvation in fear and trembling
(Phil. 2:12), with hopeful confidence in the promises of Christ (Rom. 5:2,
2 Tim. 2:11-13)–but not with a false “absolute” assurance about my own
ability to persevere (2 Cor. 13:5). And I do all this as the Catholic Church has
taught, unchanged, from the time of Christ.”
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And only God knows each person’s state…
This is a TOTAL distortion of the Biblical message regarding salvation. What Christ did on our behalf on the cross He did completely and perfectly, and the sinner who believes in Him is, by that complete, perfect, and “*once for all *” sacrifice, completely and perfectly forgiven of ALL sins, and completely and perfectly saved forever. God is not yes and no at the same time, by yes, yes because of Christ.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith in this grace in which we stand” (Rom. 5:1-2).
The sinner who, by faith, looks to the risen Christ, is the same as the Israelite who, though bitten, by faith looked to the bronze serpent lifted up in the wilderness and lived (Jn. 3:14-18; cf. Num. 21).
A true believer, according to God’s Word and Christ’s historical sacrifice on our behalf, can know without a doubt that he/she is forever saved. Because salvation is ALL of Christ, none of us. What a GREAT distortion of the Gospel (good news) message to say otherwise!!