And, you haven’t answered my point on being charitable in the service of God is just as self-serving as that of the altruist.
I did answer that; Salvation is not of works, ergo I cannot ‘earn’ it. My desire to obey the Will of the Father; because I have accepted Christ (you cannot have a desire to please the Father if you have not accepted Christ) comes from the indwelt power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not from me.
I did answer that; Salvation is not of works, ergo I cannot â€˜earn’ it.
But, in the post I was referring to, I did not mention Salvation as the goal of charitable works, merely pleasing the Father was the goal I referred to. Admittedly, I, previously, used the term Salvation as the goal of pleasing the Father, and I appreciate the clarification. But, the goal of pleasing God can exist on its own, and my statement should be considered in that light.
My desire to obey the Will of the Father … comes from the indwelt power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not from me.
I disagree. Whether the desire comes from you or the Holy Spirit, you are still affected by it and acting upon it to please God. You have a personal goal (to please God), therefor fulfilling it is self-serving.
(A line of reasoning occurred to me while I was replying to this. To follow it, though, I must go after your faith itself. My apologies.)
If you are implying that the Holy Spirit is in truth the actor here, then you have given over your free will by accepting Christ. This forces the self-serving action to the acceptance of Christ as you did it most likely to find some form of peace, and all future actions were that of the Holy Spirit, to whom you’ve ceded your will. So, which is it, either your charitable action is self-serving, or your ceding of your will was?
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