For more than half a century scientists have warned that much of the American State of California will disappear into the Pacific Ocean. Running from south to north through the center of the state is the San Andreas Fault, a crack in the earth that shifts between 1 to 2 inches (30 – 50 mm) per year.
Despite the warnings of scientists and government officials, about a half-million people move to California each year. People enjoy the warm and temperate weather of California. To accommodate the crowds, larger and bigger buildings are constructed. Taller and more elaborate buildings are raised even with the knowledge it could all disappear in a moment!
For millennia, Christians have been preaching the words given by God to humankind. This message has always included the warning that It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once…
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“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:8, 10 ESV.
We are not saved by doing good works, but we are saved for the purpose of doing good works: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Good works are a vital part of the Christian life because doing good is one of the reasons God saves us—He has things for us to do. But the sequence is all-important—good works are not the cause of salvation but the purpose of it. God saves us so that we can go into the world, doing good works in His name, and this brings Him all the more glory (cf. Matthew 5:16).
Excerpt from Got Questions
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Today, we continue with our series responding to “Meeting the Protestant Challenge: How to Answer 50 Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs” (2019), written by Karlo Broussard. With this next chapter, the Catholic apologist begins his six-part section on Salvation by countering Protestants’ arguments that believers are justified “all at once.”
The Roman Catholic church teaches that people must diligently work their entire life attempting to merit their salvation. Catholics hope that following their death they may be able to stand justified before God based upon their baptism and subsequent reception of their church’s sacraments and their obedience to the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules. Catholics contend that they must become intrinsically/subjectively holier and sanctified in order to merit Heaven. In marked contrast, Gospel Christians believe that a person is justified at the moment they repent (turn from their rebellion against God) and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by…
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