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Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism.

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Cover Story. John Trigilio. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. More Engaging the Faith Articles. Engaging the Faith. Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Zeal crucial in passing torch of faith. Even today this has a startling ring to it: the idea that someone can receive a new destiny seems contrary to the very notion of destiny.

But that is exactly what Jesus is saying. Notably, citizenship is closely connected to this idea of destiny. If both parents were Roman, citizenship was conferred at birth. Fortunately, Jesus does not leave us hanging here. The answer is sacramental. It is specifically through baptism that we are born again:. But this occurs in a sacramental context. Certainly for an adult being baptized it comes with a personal—and public—profession of faith. Either way, this reminds us that baptism is about much more than taking something away—the guilt of original sin.

It is also the giving of something great, namely a new destiny. This destiny is not just a thing of the future. There is something that happens to us in the here and now. Let us return to the context one more time to find out what it is.

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The encounter begins with Nicodemus commending Jesus in a way that is common among non-Christians today. He praises Jesus as a teacher of morals and a miracle-worker. But, significantly, he fails to recognize Him as God. It seems that Nicodemus and Jesus are talking right past each other. Or are they? It is a person; it is he. Defined this way, the two statements start to line up. As John Chrysostom puts it,. Part of the "once saved always saved" argument is that the person was never "truly saved" to begin with.

But if they had faith and sincerely believed at one definable moment in time that one Sunday morning , then what's the problem? Maybe "faith" and "believing" a verb require a little more from the believer. I think if anyone studies the Word of God "rightly dividing the word of truth" - 2 Timothy that it can be clearly shown that we all need "more than faith alone" to gain eternal life.

Don't get me wrong, faith is critical, but I think the Bible is clear that it's "not faith alone.

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Faith Without Works Is Dead - James 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? Even the demons believe—and shudder! This article " Belief Requires Action " is not written from a Christian or religious perspective, but it shows believe is more than just thinking something.

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Remember, believe is a VERB. I Peter "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,". I was very involved in a Pentecostal church from childhood until about age 17 and there are a lot of things that I still like about the Pentecostal church that I was raised in.

It did give me a solid foundation. Like many young people, from age 17 to age 21 was my falling away period and like many Protestants, I later re-dedicated my life to Christ. FYI, my wife and I married when I was I knew that it was time to grow up and stop living a life of sin.

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  4. As an adult, most of my time has been spent in the Baptist church with some it spent in the Pentecostal church I was raised in with a fair amount of church attendance at "The Church of Christ" which is the church my wife was raised in. As a Catholic, be prepared for an encounter like you see below. But if you are a faithful Catholic, following what the church actually teaches, you can have a conversation with confidence and be sure you invite the person trying to "get you saved" to Mass with you. After the above "Romans Road" is shared, the next part goes something like this:.

    Practical Suggestions When Witnessing to Catholics is definitely one of best non-Catholic documents that I have seen from a loving approach. This PDF seems to take a non-argumentative approach. However, it's still an attempt to get Catholics away from Catholicism. As for Catholic views this PDF is pointing out, you can likely find every answer to the Catholic position by searching on Catholic.

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    I also often do Google searches that I put in what I'm searching for followed by the words Catholic Answers like this:. Relics Catholic Answers which the first 3 Google results returned were Catholic. Here's one of the articles on relics. I used this example because this PDF mentions relics. Whether you are a Catholic or non-Catholic, you should seek to understand both positions. Repetitious Prayer Catholic Answers which returns an article on Catholic. Do Catholics Pray "Vain Repetitions?

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    Although I mentioned that the Sinners Prayer is not in the Bible, I never said that using it when sharing your faith should be avoided at all cost. In the end, only God knows the true heart and only God knows the fate of each of us. But I do believe that we all have a responsibility to live out and share our faith. Personally, I need to get better at sharing my faith. Remember, Are You Saved?

    It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.