The thing is that faith alone tends towards a worksist life while “worksism” (as Evangelicals would label it) tends towards rest in Jesus. What I mean is simple:

Evangelicals say if you teach baptism is essential to salvation, that’s “worksism.” Ok, well the people who teach that get dunked, are secure in the knowledge that they’re saved, and move on to live a good Christian life but without the constant refrain of “better, stronger, faster” that Evangelicalism pushes down your throat. Like someone crossing from Mexico to Texas knows they’ve arrived in Texas because they crossed the Rio Grande, so they know they’ve passed from death to life because not only did they believe or pray the sinner’s prayer or cross any other imaginary line, but they crossed a definite landmark, a body of water, in baptism.

Meanwhile, Evangelicals who’ve rejected baptism as the point of salvation are never secure in their salvation, never sure they’ve crossed the imaginary (for in their system its imaginary) line between death and life, and so keep having to invite Jesus into their hearts at the altar call OVER and OVER and OVER, and as John Piper would have it, preach the gospel to themselves every day…rebelieve the same gospel of faith alone in faith alone that they believe (or do they) saved them, because they can never be sure they believed it enough, or rather that their belief came from a supernatural source rather than mere free will which wouldn’t count, so they must do it again and again to be sure its perfect belief, because its got to be perfect. And they must make sure to always be more pius, better, stronger, faster, always perfectly devoted, lest they forget to put FULL assurance in Christ’s work alone. They must work hard to make sure they believed PERFECTLY and put FULL assurance in Christ….and good gracious that’s hard works! Harder than keeping the whole Talmud, in fact.

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