I think I would say they are given God’s free gift of grace. Thereby we can say they are in a state of grace. Now remaining in that state of grace is the key. If we walk away from God, He will not force us to remain in this state of grace. If we are not in a state of grace when we die then we will be condemned.
Think of it this way Baptism is the cup that gets filled with grace. God fills the cup, which puts us in a state of grace, but he doesn’t force up to hold that cup upright. We have the free will to empty the cup through unbelief or sin. Our cup is empty be we will always have the cup, which He will refill if we return to Him.
The Sacraments instituted by Jesus help us to remain in a state of grace. If you want to call it a package that is fine. I’m not a fan of “a personal heart felt conviction”, if our heart felt convictions were always true I would be married to my first girlfriend. Boy I can’t imagine the nightmare my life would be right now.
Think about it this way. I believe Grace is a gift given to us from God that strengthens us and draws us closer to Him. I believe through the sacraments God gives us more grace. I believe through acts of charity and love God gives us more graces.
Based on the above beliefs who do you think is going to be closer to God.
Guy A who goes to church for one hour on Sundays and goes about his life the rest of the week.
Guy B who goes to Church everyday, reads the Bible everyday, volunteers at homeless shelters, gives to the poor, participates in Church functions, etc…
I believe Guy B is going to be closer to God. Now here’s the kicker. I believe Guy B is closer because God merited him additional graces for his actions. Basically, he is only closer to God because of what God gave him. For the people who don’t believe God merits us additional grace, please tell me why Guy B is closer to God? Is it a Godly reason or a human reason?
Hope this helps,