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Salvation is Christ’s work


Jose de Carvalho


This is the last post in the series of comments on the Pope’s speech.  It deals with the insinuation of the association between the ‘church’ and salvation. There needs to be a clear warning that a mere association with a ‘church’ and outward conformity to the accepted Christian patterns of church practice does not guarantee salvation; particularly in societies and cultures where it is easy and expected for people to profess to be Christian.  There is a real possibility that some people are associated with the ‘church’ through infant baptism and are not genuine believers. The consequence is that these will be lured into complacency by assurances that they will still have justification and adoption into God’s family through their association with the ‘church’. 

A consistent pattern of disobedience to Christ’s Commandments, coupled with the lack of the evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), as well as the absence of a Christ-like character is a warning signal that a person is probably not a true Christian inwardly and that there has never been a genuine heart-faith decision for Christ.  Consequently there are thus no signs of any regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. The words of John the Baptist (1 John 2:4) come to mind.  He tells us “he who says I know Him but does not obey His Commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him”. 

The objective of the post is to promote introspection. A long term pattern of increasing disobedience to Christ should be taken as evidence to doubt that one is really a Christian at all. Examine yourself!!!