> What does sola gratia mean?
Sola gratia = grace alone. Salvation is by grace alone. Works play no part in the ground of salvation, in the maintaining of salvation, or in the entitlement to final glory. Salvation is conditioned on the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ alone. It is the work of Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation. Anyone who conditions any part of salvation on the works or efforts of the sinner believes in a damnable false gospel. This includes everyone who believes that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception (universal atonement advocates). Universal atonement advocates do not believe that it is the work of Christ alone that makes the difference between salvation and damnation; instead, they believe that it is the work or effort of the sinner that makes the difference. Whatever one believes makes the difference between salvation and damnation is what one glories in, what one boasts in. Christians glory in and boast in the work of Christ alone. Universal atonement advocates glory in and boast in their own works and efforts. See www.outsidethecamp.org/gospatone.htm .
But if by grace, no longer [is it] of works; else grace no longer becomes grace. But if of works, it is no longer grace; else work is no longer work" (Romans 11:6).
It's either grace or works. There is no in-between.
"Salvation is all me and no God" is 100% salvation by works.
"Salvation is 50% God and 50% me" is 100% salvation by works.
"Salvation is 99.9% God and .1% me" is 100% salvation by works.
Those who call any of the above "grace" are not talking about the true grace of the God of the Bible. Their "grace" is a counterfeit, a coverup for their blasphemous works salvation. The truth is that salvation is 100% God and 0% me. Anything else is the damnable heresy of salvation conditioned on the sinner.
To God ALONE be the glory,
Marc D. Carpenter
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