Ok, time for another post-Reformed sermon question!! Please bear with me and know that your responses are thought provoking and well-received:yup:
Today’s text was on Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Quite similar to Psalm 73:1
Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
Ok, I suppose, trying to denounce the Catholic view of Justification from another angle, my Pastor made a point to press the issue that this is by faith alone. Actually, this was a wonderfully encouraging sermon on having a pure heart, so whatever I say is not in doubt of the necessity of having a pure heart, but rather about understanding the Catholic teaching.
It is Christ Who purifies our hearts: Malachi 3:3
And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.
Great, right, you should agree!!
But, Acts 15:8,9
And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.
And Ephesians 3:16,17
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend…
Ok, those were the main passages he used, and he went on to talk about perseverance, and our heart being deceitful above all evils (Jeremiah 17:9).
So, I can think of a couple things you Catholics might say, but what would you say, give a complete explanation of “pure in heart” please