"You have made know to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." ~Psalm 16:11
Sunday, August 23, 2009
More - Grace, but..........
I just received the following text in an email, after having a conversation with a lovely person recently. It actually hurt my heart to read it, and I would like to hear how you (my grace friends) might consider responding. Thoughts please???
"Grace IS a beautiful, basic doctrine of the New Testament, but it is not the ONLY doctrine found in the N.T. It could be an eternally fatal mistake to treat it as if it is the only doctrine in the N.T.
We need to make a distinction between Salvation doctrine (how we are saved...by grace alone!), and how we are to live once we are saved. The N.T. is full of right attitudes, right behaviors and good fruits we are to "put on" if our saving faith and salvation grace are real. To overlook those verses one would have to eliminate most of the N.T.! Although we will not lose our salvation over them, there are rewards in Heaven that will be gained or lost by our works on earth."