“The belief that we are saved by our virtue, the state of our hearts, or our good works injects a heavy layer of uncertainty and insecurity into our lives.  If God’s treatment of us is conditioned by the quality of our lives, and the quality of our lives is always far from perfect, then we can never be sure he is completely for us, loving us.  To escape this uncertainty requires that you dispel any illusion that through your wisdom and strength you can either create a safe and good life for yourself or put God in the position of owing you such a life.”

(Timothy Keller, “The Victory of Christianity, Chpt 2, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, 2013)

The Folly of Works-Based Salvation

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