by Shawn Brasseaux
Published in The (Opelousas, Louisiana) Daily World
I serve an extremely awesome God and I must be careful as to how I represent Him in my ambassadorship (2 Corinthians 5:20). Neither Mr. Guilbeau nor I intend to belittle and attack Roman Catholics. We both have many friends and relatives who are professing Roman Catholics: many of whom will read this very letter. I can only hope that at least one of them comes to the truth before it is too late.
Do not envision me as self-righteous and egotistic. I am a sinner—as is every other person in this fallen world. I do not hate Catholics; in fact, quite the opposite holds true. My purpose is to warn people that salvation is not through any church, regardless of denomination. I refuse to sit around and watch countless precious souls be led astray from God’s Word.
In Galatians 1:6-9, the Apostle Paul had to address false teaching in the church. If anyone came to them teaching another Gospel, he instructed them to let that person be accursed, eternally condemned. Instead of Paul just hoping someone else would straighten out the matter, Paul spoke up. As my Christian brother did 2,000 years ago, I am driven to speak out as well.
Sadly, instead of simply placing one’s faith in the forgiveness of sins—through Jesus Christ’s bloodshed, death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)—most everyone adds something to faith in order to obtain salvation.
Whether you add water baptism, good works, tithing, or church membership to faith as means for salvation, the Bible says you are working for salvation. Salvation is God’s gift to humanity, and if you work for a gift in any way, then it really is not a gift (Ephesians 2:8,9).
How can a sinful, mortal human demand that a holy righteous God provide salvation? As the Bible teaches, it is God’s grace, unmerited, undeserved favor that eternally saves us through faith in the finished work of Calvary. May everyone come to learn the truth, and may my Saviour and Lord be magnified as I contend for Him in the Christian ambassadorship.