We believe in salvation by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh. And salvation once given cannot be lost or taken away.
CCT holds to and defends the OSAS doctrine. We do not believe in a works based system of self merit for salvation.
Salvation is a free gift, no maintenance, no earning of favor, and once given it cannot be taken away. Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” – – if we do grieve Him we just confess and we are cleansed. The Father doesn’t disown the wayward child, but like the prodigal son the goodness of God leads us to repentance and cleansing. – – When did the prodigal son cease to be a son of the Father? – – Not by works, Not by righteous works, Not by deeds of the law, and Not by sight. But by Faith alone, through Grace alone, by Jesus Christ who is God alone.
Titus 3:5 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / Galatians 2:16 / 2 Corinthians 5:7 / Romans 1:17 / Romans 6:14 / Hebrews 10:38
- Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
After believing and repenting you are sealed/saved, then because of your love for Christ you want to follow Him.
Ephesians 1:13 and Ephesians 4:30
It’s not because you have to but because you want to. The Will of the Father is that all would come to Christ, not follow laws and commandments as a form of rewarded religiosity.
Any idea of self merit affecting salvation in earning to gain, maintaining to keep, or self atonement for sins is heresy and the person is not saved. The same goes for believing that Baptism saves, forgives, or seals with the Spirit – it’s still a belief in a form of righteous works that affects salvation – this is heresy too. It’s all through Christ’s merit on the Cross and His Resurrection, or else through attempting in your own merit you earn Hell.
James 2 is talking to Christians already saved, and it’s talking about charity and Christian behavior for promotion of the Faith, not maintenance of salvation. If it was talking about works for salvation, then Paul is a liar, James and Paul are butting heads, God wrote a contradiction in His Word and is then the author of confusion, and would then not be God. Correlating with the rest of Scripture shows there is literally no way one could make works for salvation on any level truly work with the layout of Scripture. Salvation would then not be by Grace as it says if works were involved.
And this Salvation can never be lost or taken away – Romans 8:1 no condemnation unto those in Christ. Any sin after that brings chastisement, not disowning or a casting away. John 15:1-6 is paired with 1Cor 5:1-5 / Psalm 66:18 / Prov 28:9 / James 1:6-7 about God’s discipline, and nowhere does it relate to losing salvation or having it being taken away.
in addition: Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26 is speaking about the unsaved falling away (rejecting) enlightenment, the knowledge of , the taste of salvation – they had not yet taken hold. This does not relate to the saved giving up or losing salvation as many think.
Losing Salvation, or it being taken away, given up – denotes a working to keep it. But it’s not by works or righteous works, deeds of the law, or by sight. It’s by Grace alone through Faith alone.
By Grace are you saved through Faith – Not by works or self merit.