Tag Archive: salvation

A Christmas story

-with apologies to everyone expecting poignant family moments, angelic birth announcements, or Red Ryder rifles and leg lamps Those hateful games, which made the spectacle of human suffering and death the delight of… Continue reading

There’s knowing, and then there’s knowing

Well, it’s happened again. Just when I’m about to quit Facebook…except for Scrabble…I can’t quit Scrabble. Scrabble to me is what working out is to others…I need it, am rejuvenated by it, and… Continue reading

That is why

On the one hand, faith in Christ by itself is not enough to guarantee salvation, because faith is a gift. – Karl Keating That is why it depends on faith, in order that… Continue reading

Oh, the contrasts

So if you look at all these verses taken together, Jake, what we see, I think, is the necessity for both faith and works. Jake is the man with a question. Karl Keating,… Continue reading

Give me the bad news first

Works matter. No doubt about it. And any evangelical worth his or her salt (Matthew 5:13) will tell you that. Are we saved by faith alone? Absolutely. And any Catholic who honestly wrestles… Continue reading

Adattf, Part 4

And he also went on, of course, in Philippians 2:12 to say, “Work out your salvation in fear and trembling.” Well, you don’t have to work out your salvation at all if you’re… Continue reading

A doctrine according to the flesh, part 3

Now who, beyond Paul…Damascus Road experience…who could arguably claim a greater born again experience? But that’s what he said. What did the apostle Paul say in support of the Catholic doctrine of salvation… Continue reading

A doctrine according to the flesh, part 2

Last time I began dissecting a defense of the Catholic doctrine of salvation by the founder of Catholic Answers, Karl Keating, which he commenced by dismissing verses that appear to teach salvation by… Continue reading

A doctrine according to the flesh

The complex and biblically selective Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation often results in Catholic apologists giving with one hand what they take back with the other. ‘You can’t win heaven, it’s a free… Continue reading

The Sola Fide Highway

Heaven can wait, as the saying goes…don’t rush me. I’ve got a lot of living to do on earth yet. Still, unless we believe this life is all there is, we hope and… Continue reading

These eye-opening verses cannot be ignored

Okay, Catholic friend, I have another question for you. If, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches, the Reformers’ cry of sola fide is dead wrong, how do you understand all the verses in… Continue reading

How firm a foundation

They have a saying in the excavation business, “What goes up must first go down.” I have a corollary saying: “And if what goes down is shoddy and weak, what goes up will… Continue reading

In the name of love

Someone recently accused me of “hating on Catholics.” Ouch. Is that how I come across? I guess I need to reestablish my motivations and again draw clear distinctions between the teachings of the… Continue reading

A Catholic answer to an important question, part 2

    Catholic defenses of their doctrine of salvation typically take one of two tracks: 1) it is not works righteousness at all, or 2) “faith alone” is unscriptural and works are necessary. … Continue reading

A Catholic answer to an important question

Well, I got no takers again. No defense of Catholic doctrine in light of the inconceivably unjust scenario I presented in my previous post. That may say more about the paucity of my… Continue reading