1 Corinthians 3:15 -but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

De Maria's picture

For Catholics the answer is Purgatory.

What is the answer for Protestants?

1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

De Maria's picture

That is precisely how we are edified.

My wish is that we could actually get involved in some serious edification regarding Christ's work in the salvation of man rather than the tedium of proving who is right and who is wrong.

Don't take this the wrong way, but what you seem to be saying is that you would rather not hear our explanation.

In the end the only One who can save us is Christ. Can't He be our focus?

Christ is our focus. You see, it is His merits which provide this merciful cleansing in His Blood (which is here metaphorically referred to as fire).

Which of us would like to stand up and declare how they are going to enter into heaven by virtue of anything they have done? There is no merit in anything we do.....

You see, there's another place where we differ. We firmly believe that Scripture says that there is merit in anything which we do in faith:

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Where does Scripture say that there is no merit in anything we do?