Cut Time in Purgatory by Following Pope on Twitter!
Finally! Since the sufferings and death of Christ are obviously insufficient to cover my guilt, an adequate substitute has been discovered...Twitter! That silly Martin Luther (tsk, tsk, tsk); thinking a man could be justified by faith alone. If he only knew that indulgences would come so far in the modern era, he may have understood their usefulness.
All sarcasm aside, in its question and answer #61, the Heidelberg Catechism responds to the idea that faith in the satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ, alone, is somehow lacking, pertaining to what is required by God of man. In question and answer #30, the catechism addresses the assertion that in addition to Jesus, ones' self, so-called saints, or any other source might be a reasonable increment to the Savior's work. In its response, the confession states that, "...although they make their boast in (Jesus), yet in their deeds they deny the only Savior; for either Jesus is not a complete Savior, or they who by true faith receive this Savior, must have in Him all that is necessary to their salvation."
Forsake all others and place the whole of your faith and trust in the substitutionary righteousness and atonement of Jesus of Nazareth. He alone can save, and that to the uttermost. His works are complete (John 19:30), and need no improvement or supplement (Romans 9:11b).
Labels: Doctrine of Salvation