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blake commented…

Finally you hippies are remembering the other part of the Bible as well ;)

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catholicchurch=onetruechurch commented…

When you believe that you are saved by grace alone, it only makes sense that there is a lack of desire for holiness/perspective that sin is no big deal cause you're forgiven anyway. The truth is, we need to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). We are not automatically saved because we proclaim Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. Yes, we have been forigven, however we will be judged after death, by everything we have or have not done. Given this, we can never know if we will be going to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory until judgement.

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Matt commented…

Many people may fall into that trap when it comes to grace, but that doesn't mean the Bible doesn't teach it, or that is naive and too "easy" to believe in grace. The problem is that many people today, as well in centuries past, have abused that grace. This may be more prevalent among my generation (20 somethings) because we feel entitled to things. Many young adults and teenagers today didn't have to work as hard as our parents and grandparents for our possessions. We get things fast and with little effort; even when it comes to information (e.g. the Internet). When it comes to the point where we expect and feel we are entitled to grace because "God is loving," we have abused that grace. The problem is that many are no longer humbled by grace.

I also have issue with your interpretation of Philippians. Notice first of all that Paul writes, "work out our salvation....", not work "for" your salvation. If we want to believe that Paul is actually commanding the Philippians (and all Christians) to work "for" their salvation, then that means the work of Christ is diminished. It is no longer about the salvific work of God, but the arrogant notion that we can attain salvation on our own. Like Paul himself proclaimed, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are Gods handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:8-10) When Paul says work "out" our salvation, he's referring to the same thing he mentions in Ephesians: good works. The grace we receive from God should be received graciously and humbly, compelling us to work out that which has been given to us through good works. Also, let's continue to read from the passage you mentioned, "for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." (Philippians 2:13). While we are to work out our salvation, that would be impossible without God Himself working through us; God empowers us to work out our salvation, to live it out in our communities for the world to see, and to do good works for others. Not because this saves us, but because we're compelled and called to do so as a response to His grace.

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