I agree with this post. This is how an informed Reformed Protestant views his faith. The radically faith alone position where one signs a dotted line and proceeds to do whatever he likes, is not the mainstream position, but a radical innovation of the last two centuries or so, and of post-Enlightenment fundamentalistic distortions of the original 16th century Calvinism and the best proponents of it to this day.Note: the same is true of Martin Luther's position as well (which is often caricatured and misunderstood by Catholics). See my paper: Martin Luther on Sanctification and the Absolute Necessity of Good Works as the Proof of Authentic Faith.
I agree that both Catholics and Calvinists have a reasonable assurance of one's own position and relationship with God. It works out pretty much the same in practice. I don't worry any more about my ultimate salvation as a Catholic, than I did as a Protestant. If anything, I feel more assurance, because I know that if I mess up (as long as it is not something extremely serious, or mortal sin) that there is purgatory to take care of that, which means I am saved.
Related papers of mine:
John Calvin Taught That Good Works Are Part of Every Christian's Life and the Inevitable Manifestation of a True Saving Faith and Justification
Biblical Evidence Regarding a Vigilant, Pauline, Catholic Moral Assurance of Faith With Perseverance, in Hope
When either a Catholic or a Calvinist is serious about being a disciple of Jesus, the practical, outward consequences will be the same: a showing forth of the love of Christ and fruits of the Holy Spirit, evident in piety, charity, and good works (and an absence of sins, at least major, ongoing ones).
I'd much rather fellowship and talk things over with a devout Calvinist than a lukewarm Catholic, any day of the week. I'd even say the former probably has a better shot at getting to heaven, all things considered.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Great Calvinist Post About Assurance of Salvation and the Extreme Fundamentalistic "Faith Alone" Position of Virtual Antinomianism
My Reformed friend over at The Porter's Lodge blog has written a great post, that I feel can be very educational to many Catholics (and Protestants as well) who have an improper understanding of mainstream, classical Reformed Protestant (Calvinist) soteriology. It's very aptly entitled "Preserve Us From Our Sins, O Lord." I made a strong affirming comment there. It won't show up for a little while, because the comments are moderated. But here it is: