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The last post concluded with the statement that Man has to Work for his Salvation.
Man has to Believe. The Catholic and Mainline Protestant position. Which is a form of Work.
Man has to Confess. The Evangelical Protestant position. Which, again, is a form of Work.
If Salvation is through Grace alone — the Sola Gratia of The Reformation, then, Man would have had to do nothing.
No Believing — which is, most decidedly, an Action, a form of Work, on the part of Man. No Confessing — which, again, is, most decidedly, an Action, a form of Work, on the part of Man.
Whether Believing or Confessing or both — the fact of the matter is that Man has to do something, Man has to Work, for his Salvation. Which means that Man is not Saved by Grace alone — as Martin Luther has argued, based on his reading of Romans 1:17.
Reading Romans 1:17 is Martin Luther’s fundamental error. More properly, over-reading Romans 1:17.
He read into the passage something that was not there.
Martin Luther, instead, should have considered Matthew 25:31-46. In the New Revised Standard Version [NRSV] this section is titled The Judgment Of The Nations. Who will go to Heaven, and who will go to Hell.
In Matthew 25:31-46 it is Our Lord, Jesus, Himself, speaking about Salvation and Damnation. Luther would have found it enlightening.
Because, nowhere in this section does Jesus Preach that Salvation is through Grace alone.
And, surely, Martin Luther would agree, that Jesus is a more reliable authority on Salvation than Paul.
Egbert F “Burt” Bhatty has worked 30 years as an Analyst at the American Embassy, New Delhi, and at British [Dunlop] and American [Chase Manhattan] multinationals. He is a Certified Catechist. Holds a 3-year [part time] Certificate in Foundations For Christian Ministry.
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