Sunday, April 19, 2015

Those who believe they have saved themselves by their faith alone have exalted themselves and put themselves in the place of God.

De Maria says:
Hi again Steve,
Steve Martin says:
September 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm
It’s not unbiblical.
Yes, it is.
It’s the truth that no one keeps the commandments.
No, its not:
Luke 1:
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
The example you used before is about atheists and people who do not believe in God. Scripture is clear that they are all sinners.
Psalm 53:1
King James Version (KJV)
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
Jesus said that we “must be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect”
No He didn’t.
Matthew 5:47-48
King James Version (KJV)
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
It is a suggestion, not a command.
Who has done that?
Zecharias and Elizabeth, St. Paul, the Apostles, Mary, the Canonized Sts. and many more which aren’t recorded in anyone’s history but whom God knows.
Jesus told the disciples that “they must sell all their possessions, otherwise they cannot be his disciples.”
Please provide the verse. Because even in Scripture we find that a rich man was His disciple:
Matthew 27:57
King James Version (KJV)
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
Who is doing that?
Many of the Canonized Saints, St. Francis of Assissi comes prominently to mind. Ministerial priests give vows of poverty. Many of the religious orders also do that.
Jesus said that “if you are angry with your brother, then you are a murderer”.

Who amongst us has not been angry at someone?
Who amongst us has been angry and then forgiven and been forgiven, repented and confessed their sin to God?
Jesus told the rich young ruler, who said that he had kept all the commandments since his youth, to “sell everything he had, give it to the poor and follow him (Jesus). And the young man went away sorrowful.
So? Is that what you would do? Many thousands in the annals of Catholic Church history have gladly sold all their possessions and become one with Christ.
We don’t keep the commandments.
Maybe you don’t. I’m keeping them pretty well right now.
If we say that we are without sin we are deluded.
I have repented from and confessed my sins. Haven’t you?
Those who actually believe they are doing a good job of keeping the commandments are in danger of pride, on top of being delusional.
Those who believe they have saved themselves by their faith alone have exalted themselves and put themselves in the place of God.
As for us, we don’t judge ourselves. We await for God to judge our works.
Now…here’s the good news (you’ve heard that term before)…

Christ died for and loves sinners.
Excellent news indeed. But if you remain a sinner, you can forget it. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. Those are the sinners He came to save. The ones who would discard their sinful ways and turn to Him and live:
Luke 5:32
King James Version (KJV)
32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
De Maria

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