Thursday, April 14, 2005

Crucial Differences - Salvation

Many Evangelicals have a tendency to downplay the significance of the differences between evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism. But the differences are extremely important since they are at the core of Biblical faith. One of the crucial differences is the plan of salvation. The Bible emphatically states that our salvation is based solely on the finished work of Christ through faith alone. However, Roman Catholicism teaches that faith is not enough, that it must be a combination of faith plus works.

The Bible teaches that salvation comes by faith alone.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
( Titus 3:5)

This is a crucial point. Unfortunately, many evangelicals treat this and other differences like the in-house debates that evangelicals differ on such as the details of end-times prophecy or whether the “sign” gifts (such as tongues) are for the church today. This is an important point that determines one’s eternal destiny. This is one point that you do not want to be wrong about.

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