True Understanding of Salvation-Confessions from a Converted CatholicSeptember 29, 2009
Growing up, I have the fondest of memories of going to church and learning about God. My family was and still is one deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. So, in being a good son, I grew up in the Catholic church and learned as much as I could, starting at a very early age. As I grew in my faith, my understanding of true salvation was based more in what I could do for God rather than what God did for me through Christ.
Listening to the various songs on my iPod, I came across one that has been one of my favorites from the time I first heard it about two years ago. The words helped me begin to understand what true salvation was and the title said it all… In Christ Alone!
Growing up, I was taught to be in a constant state of confession, which was not a bad thing at all. Unfortunately, if not properly governed, one’s constant awareness of sin, without the acknowledgment of salvation in Christ, can become an overwhelming barrier to true relationship with and acknowledgment of our Savior. I still struggle with the whole concept of salvation in accepting Christ as my Savior, in large part due to this misconstrued idea that I had to earn God’s righteousness and approval. I knew that I was a sinful person and the weight of falling short in the eyes of God created a pseudo spiritual glass ceiling. Then I met Paul in Romans 3.
22For there is no distinction:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3
Looking over this passage, you could sum it up in Faith + Nothing. Could it really be that simple? I remember going to Christ in prayer and trying to argue salvation with all of the theology and rituals I had been taught, but it kept coming back to that simple phrase. In Christ Alone.
We will continue to explore the subject of salvation in the next posts. If you are Catholic or were raised Catholic, I’d love to hear your questions and comments. If you have questions about grace, salvation, or any other Christian doctrine, I would love to have the opportunity to discuss them in future posts.
Finally, if you have never heard the song, I pasted a video with the song and the words set to images from The Passion. I hope you enjoy.
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Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry.Technorati tags: christian men, blog carnival.