Testimony: This State of Grace

Hi everyone,

Today’s post, just shy of tomorrow’s lectionary sermon, is about salvation.  I’ll be talking about my faith, even though it doesn’t match the majority of the Protestant Church’s beliefs.  I’m okay with just my beliefs as a Unitarian Christian, and I hope you extend the same mercy and grace as I extend to you.

I write this as I’m on the cusp of graduate school.  I start Seminary on Monday, and classes on Tuesday.  I’m very nervous, but I’ve started some of the school work and all I can say is that I’m excited!  This is my testimony of grace, works, and salvation.

I believe that we are saved by grace, but that we must remain in a state of grace to obtain salvation at death.  As the Bible points down, whoever endures to the end will be saved.  To remain in grace, I believe we must demonstrate and continue our faith via our works (or attitudes and behaviors).  Hebrews points out that we are judged by the intent of our hearts.  I don’t believe all sins will damn us, as 1 Corinthians says that not all sins are mortal sins and hence cause spiritual death.  Like my Arminian cousins (the Catholics) point out, there are venial sins and mortal sins.  What could be considered in a mortal sin is up to debate in these times, but I know that Jesus pointed out the social gospel (how God cares how we treat others) is a big factor (Matthew 25).  I’m a very social justice oriented person, and I think God considers today’s sexual ethics, such as rape, molestation, and going against non-consent as well as the social justice aspect of Jesus’ teachings as mortally important.

But as I’d like to think of it, if we have messed up in the past, it is not the end of the world.  There is always time for repentance.  For confession of sins.  God is always there to sincerely forgive anyone is sincere about their mess-up or mistake.

But a big deal for me is that we cannot save ourselves.  It is by Jesus’ doing on the cross that we are saved at all.  So why we must remain in this state of grace, we cannot boast of our own work (Ephesians).  Because Christ died on that cross for me, I’m lucky to get a chance to repent at all!  Christ died so that I could get baptized for remission of sins and applying the atonement again and again.  It’s all because of Christ that we get to go to Heaven and obtain Eternal Life at the Resurrection.

Thanks be to God, and Christ.  Christ is awesome.

Alleluia and Amen.

Thanks, Leigh Todd

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