What the CMHC, teaches and lives about Salvation:
Before we can answer the question of what is Salvation we must define what is Salvation and what is Redemption.
God alone has redeemed humankind through the cross. Salvation is the process of accepting and incorporating the act of redemption personally. Salvation is a process of transformation (Rom.5:12). It is in no way a matter of being declared “not guilty” by legal decree; it is an organic restoration to union with God, a process of “being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:15) by God’s grace.
The Greek word for salvation designates “healing”. Our understanding of life in Christ views sin and salvation in terms of illness and healing of the soul. The life of the Church is given as a means for people to be restored to spiritual health, to come into an authentic union with God, to become Christ-like and be more open to the Spirit of God.
Redemption is personal and experienced in an experiential relationship with God, Salvation is done within community.
The church is there to guide and nurture and instruct the faithful, through servant ministry. Through the Sacraments, Scripture, Corporate Worship, Prayer and instruction.
Clergy are there not to be served by the congregations but to serve them to aid them in their spiritual life, prayer life and growth.
The Abbott/Abbess serves not only the laity among the faithful but also to serve the clergy that they over see especially those within their diocese or region.
The Shepherd serves the Abbotts/Abbess’ as well as the rest of the clergy and the laity also.
For us being a Christian is a life of responsibility and service to our Lord and each other. In life we must first take responsibility for any of our transgressions or shortcomings before we can seek forgiveness.
As stewards of God’s creation we must also take responsibility for how we treat each other, to include all wildlife and the planet itself; we see all creation as a gift to us from God’s unending love.
“They will know that you are mine by your love.”
How can you truly believe and hold Christ in your heart and not strive to live as he has commanded?