Why the notion of grace as the only way to salvation is an oppressive doctrine


We are all sinners and God owes nobody salvation.
The Bible teaches that we must keep and obey the entire Law of God to be right with him and so saved. But the problem is that we all fail to do so. So Jesus has to obey the Law for us in our place. If we accept what he did for us believingly we are justified - that is before God we are considered "just as if we never sinned." Belief is a sign that God has saved us - it is not the means.
The apostle Paul taught that we are saved by faith without good works.
Catholics and Christians disagree on what he meant by faith. Catholics say he meant faith that makes you live out what you believe and that to say we are saved without good works means that we are saved without earning salvation. Christians say that faith has nothing to do with what you do for Paul wrote that by confessing sincerely that Jesus is saviour we are saved.
James wrote that we are saved by faith that results in good works and that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
Grace means free gift. The Bible says we are saved by grace. The great gospel cry of the reformation was Salvation by faith alone. Salvation is not by faith alone but salvation is only available to those who receive the gift of faith from God. This is a subtle distinction. Salvation is by grace alone. Those who God chooses for salvation manifest faith and good works. You believe and do good works because you are saved. At the moment you believe you are born again and saved. But you are not saved by this belief.
When the Bible says we are saved by faith alone it means saved indirectly by faith. For example, if you are in a valley and you don’t know it is about to flood the person who warns you to make a raft is the one who saves you. You would seem to be saved by your thought that the person is right but this is only a manifestation caused by the salvation. In a sense you are saved by the thought.
Jesus taught faith alone saves when he taught that the workers who come late get paid the same as the workers who have done a full day.
Jesus said that the sincere Pharisee who praised God for making him so good and decent was rejected by God and the tax collector who prayed for pardon and refused to see any good in himself was accepted. The Pharisee was sincere for Jesus never told us he was insincere. The Pharisee believed like the Catholics that he did his good works and pleased God with the help of God's grace. Otherwise what was he thanking God for? He was not claiming to earn salvation.
Paul spoke of the Christian man who has sex with a prostitute and how he sins against his body which is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The man sinned before he committed the sex act for he decided to rebel against God. In Catholicism, the man has already turned away from God when he decided to find a prostitute.  He ceases to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit before he has sex. But Paul says the Holy Spirit is still inside the man making him his Temple. The man is not a Temple if the Holy Spirit has already gone.  This is the doctrine of salvation by grace alone - you can't lose salvation or God by sin. This is because Jesus has earned salvation for the believer. He did all the work and the deserving of salvation on the man's behalf.
In Romans 7, Paul says that even though he is saved now he still finds serious unforgiven sin in his heart. This contradicts the Catholic doctrine that you need to obey God in serious matters to remain right with him. See Romans 7:25.
Paul said that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. He agreed that they were still sinners but this didn't make any difference.

Good works in Christianity mean works that reflect faith.  They are about thanking not earning.

COMMENT: A God who is in you as you abuse a prostitute is not worthy of worship.  Jesus then if he authorised Paul as Paul said and the apostles decreed, was an example of a wolf pretending to be a sheep.


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