heart at work

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simplequirk, excuse me while i rip your title. it was appropriate. i thought i’d do a bit of promo for this lady (recommended by simplequirk) who has laid aside her career to serve God’s works. check her out through this link.

somehow this blog that i was directed to re-ignited my curiosity in the difference between Protestant Christianity and Catholicism since i realised that we’re of two vastly (?) different denominations. gotta go do my reading on that now. thanks for all the links, simplequirk! 😀

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7 thoughts on “heart at work

  1. Mmm… i recall reading somewhere recently that some Christians believe salvation is theirs by just accepting Jesus, with no relation to the good works they perform (if any) whereas Catholics believe in salvation through acceptance AND faith infused works. Dunno how true this is, though… :p

  2. It is mostly correct.

    I would add that salvation isn’t related to works- or especially to sacraments. It is summed up in Romans 10:9

    “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

    Works follow as a natural outgrowth of this salvation- but they play no role in obtaining it.

    The Catholic Council of Trent decided:

    “If anyone say that grace is not conferred by the sacraments ex opere operato but that faith in God’s promises is alone sufficient for obtaining grace, let him be anathema.”

    The Catholic Encyclopedia says the following to juxtapose their view with the Protestant view (with relation to the sacraments)

    “Protestants generally hold that the sacraments are signs of something sacred (grace and faith), but deny that they really cause Divine grace. Episcopalians, however, and Anglicans, especially the Ritualists, hold with Catholics that the sacraments are “effectual signs” of grace”

    May God bless and keep you.

  3. greetings. Thanks for commenting earlier. I’m late in commenting here, but on doctrinal matters it’s always imprative to base everything on scripture and prayerful study of it. You always bring up good things to ponder and this one is no exception. While our works can never save us, they do come about as the result of the condition of ones heart. Thus when a person truly gives their heart to Jesus, they will begin to desire those things which are pleasing to him. James explains it really well, thus we show our faith “by” our works. The works that we do, stem from what’s already taken place in the heart. I hope that this doesn’t create confusion. This is a good topic to ponder.
    Have a blessed day in Christ.

    timbob

  4. totaltransformation and timbob, thank you both for sharing your thoughts. i need to go find out more about what our Catholic brothers and sisters think and do before i can comment further on this 🙂

    blessed weekend to all!

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