KC << As a former Catholic having been baptized and confirmed, my peace with God was conditional on my staying in a state of grace. >>
KC << I have true Peace knowing my salvation is not of myself and has been secured by GOD. >>
Glad to hear it, but its bit simplistic. Its not Either / Or but Both / And. The security you have is not absolute since you are not GOD. You can have a “moral assurance” at best…you do not know the future, only GOD does. You do not know whether you will someday reject the faith, leave the faith, commit gross sins, or all three GOD forbid.
SUMMARY OF CATHOLIC TEACHING
- God knows all things, including those who will be saved (the Elect). 2. God’s foreknowledge does not destroy, but includes, free will. 3. God desires all men to be saved. 4. Jesus died to redeem all men. 5. God provides sufficient grace for all men to be saved. 6. Man, in the exercise of his free will, can accept or reject grace. 7. Those who accept grace are saved, or born-again. 8. Those who are born-again can fall away or fall into sin. 9. Not everyone who is saved will persevere in grace. 10. Those who do persevere are God’s elect. 11. Those who do not persevere, or who never accepted grace, are the reprobate. 12. Since we can always reject God in this life, we have no absolute assurance that we will persevere. 13. We can have a moral assurance of salvation if we maintain faith and keep God’s commandments (1 John 2:1-6; 3:19-23; 5:1-3,13).
WHY CALVINISM IS UNBIBLICAL
- No truly free will (denied by experience, and by the Gospel commands to repent, reform, obey the commandments, perform works of charity, and persevere to the end). 2. Thus no merit or demerit (denied by the whole Bible which testifies to the rewards and punishments God will apportion to all men according to their deeds, e.g. Matt 16:27; Rom 2:5-10; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 22:11-12; etc). 3. God desires salvation only for the elect. (Denied by 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Matt 23:37; Ezek 18:23-32; 33:11; etc). 4. Christ died only for the elect. (Denied by John 3:16-17; 4:42; 1 John 2:2; 4:9-14; Rom 5:6,18; 2 Cor 5:14-15; 1 Tim 2:6; 4:10; etc). 5. God provides grace only to the elect. (Denied by Titus 2:11; John 1:9,16; Rom 2:4; etc). 6. God directly predetermines the salvation of the elect, including their good works. (This ignores any cooperation of the will with grace). 7. God directly predetermines the damnation of the reprobate, including their sins. (This is denied by James 1:13-14; Sirach 15:11-20; 1 Cor 10:13; and ignores any true resistance and rejection by the will). 8. The elect will be saved with no merit of their own. (This denies heavenly reward). 9. The reprobate will be damned for no fault of their own. (This denies true guilt and deserved punishment).
From this article on predestination by Jim Burnham
Also see this informative article by (James) Jimmy Akin on TULIP
Then at this point we get to question you on where you differ from classic five-point Calvinism, then the whole “sola scripura” and biblical interpretation and authority issue comes up…