Conversion is Continuous

Conversion is a continuous process. As many of you may know, I was brought up in the Baptist Church, so I am very familiar with the Protestant language and vocabulary. Some Protestants sects. often, emphasize the date of their conversion, to the extent that it sounds like a one-time, solitary event. And, this is reflected in their theology in that a person 'once saved is always saved'.

In that view, regardless of the state of their sanctity, salvation cannot be lost. Fear of loosing his salvation was a great concern of Martin Luther and his fear led to the Protestant Reformation. It would be comforting if that theology were true – that our salvation is guaranteed. But, it is wishful thinking, and an over-simplification. It is not the plan God chose for our redemption.

For Catholics, and some other faiths, we became children of God at our Baptism. For those baptized as infants, that experience came through the faith of our parents. However, I'm quite sure there have been moments of deep conversion in your lives, moments where you made a life-changing affirmative response to God. We may not be able to cite a specific date or time, but we would not be here today if that was not the case.

Catholicism has a much wider view of salvation than some other theologies. In the book of Matthew Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the Will of my Father in Heaven.“1 , and also in Matthew, “the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” 2 In these salvation clearly is not a one-time and forever event. Furthermore, salvation is always conditional. It is promised only if our sins are forgiven - only if we die in a state of grace. Conversion is a life-long process. Given these, and many other texts from Sacred Scripture, there is no need of further proof.

Salvation

Salvation is not a one-time and forever event.

Salvation is always conditional.

  1. only if our sins are forgiven,
  2. only if we die in a state of grace.

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