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Sonja Corbitt – Former Southern Baptist

December 14, 2016 4 Comments

Sonja Corbitt grew up going to Southern Baptist revivals and church camps, and while she felt that God had a relationship with her, she didn’t really feel like she had a relationship with Him.  She was obedient to what she thought she should be doing, but a lot of her earliest feelings about God were informed by fear.  When Sonja and her husband became part of the leadership at their local congregation, they experienced a couple of heartbreaking church splits, which only deepened her sense of fear about her own brokenness in the sight of God.  Stinging from these splits, Sonja decided to explore the history of Martin Luther and the Reformation, to see what was behind the most famous “church split” ever recorded.  Doing so caused her to reflect on the rebelliousness in her own spiritual life, and to look at surrendering to Christ in a whole new way through his Church.  Sonja’s books are available from Ave Maria Press.

  • O

    I hear you talk a lot and you seem to ramble around in confusion. I’m trying to listen to your Scriptural understanding but you are not elaborating. What’s most important is that one is truly born-again in the Holy Spirit and alive spiritually to God by His Grace thru faith in Christ’s perfect and complete work at His Cross, Burial & Resurrection for the forgiveness of ALL our sins and being declared righteous with Christ’ righteousness being imputed to us, regardless of what church denomination one is attending. There are many deceived people in all denominations that are not saved. I pray you are truly regenerated by the Spirit of Christ and you can now impact other Catholics who are just practicing religion but not yet saved. Teach Ephesians 2:8-9, we are ONLY saved by Grace thru faith and that not of our own it’s a gift from God; not by works so no one may boast. Then yes afterwards we are saved unto good works but not by good works. Many Catholics are confused in this. I pray you can and I dare you to impact them with the Truth in God’s Word in love without being censured by the ruling authorities. The RCC places the rulings and edicts of the pope above the Bible. Also the most authentic English version translation truest to the original Hebrew/Greek text is the Authorized KJV of 1611. Don’t be compromised in the faith remain true to the Scriptures. Don’t be spritually blinded in your soulish emotionalism. Know what you are truly worshipping. Jesus said we Must worship God in Spirit & Truth. Study fully the history of the RCC, not just the Reformation, but the Counter Reformation and the brutal history of the Jesuit order, proclaimed by its founder: “God’s Marines!”
    It should cause you to have another church split.
    Also there is no additional Atonement by the Communion, Christ made 100% Atonement for all humanity at the Cross. Also purgatory is a lie from the pit of Hell! This doctrine has made the RCC very wealthy throughout the centuries, as families have left their entire fortunes to the church, instead of relatives, to do continual masses for their dead relatives to raise them up in purgatory levels! I Pray you bring many souls to Salvation by the genuine Power of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s True Vicar on Earth.

    • Moi

      And what makes you an authority?

    • O

      The NT writings of St. Paul on the Gospel of God’s Grace which he received by direct revelation from the Risen Christ over a 3 year period in Arabia. So Paul’s words can be relied upon as coming directly from Christ’s mouth. Paul refers to it as, “my Gospel.” Paul was the greatest Apostle of the early church, the Apostle to the Gentiles with the greatest impact starting more churches and writing 2/3rds of the NT. The other Apostles were sent primarily to the Jews proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom (that Christ was indeed Israel’s long promised Messiah, the Son of God and that He would be returning soon to establish His Earthly Kingdom) to repent and be baptized in His Name.

      Paul’s Gospel (1 Cor 15:1-4 & Ephesians 2:8-9) ever since is God’s defining way on how everyone (Jew & Gentile alike) must receive Salvation as God’s free gift by His Grace (unearned, unmeritted, undeserved Favor because of His unconditional love for all humanity) through faith (heart entrustment not just head belief) in Christ’s Death, burial & Resurrection for the forgiveness of all ones sins. When one believes this the Holy Spirit indwells the believer making them alive in the spirit sealing with an unbreakable seal of ownership signalling we belong to God and the HS is our guaranteed deposit of our promised possession of bodily redemption- our eventual glorification- uniting our soul & spirit with our eternal glorified body.

      None of the Apostles foresaw that the church age would be 2000 years long.

      • Ken Hensley

        You mention that Paul refers to his message as “my Gospel.” Do you find it interesting that the context in which he used this phrase was Romans 2, where Paul has just finished speaking of how salvation will come only to those who “by patient continuance in well doing”? God “Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:6-11).

        In order to escape Romans 2 Protestants must argue that Paul doesn’t mean what he’s saying, that he’s in essence saying, “IF salvation was by obedience, then yes, God would give eternal life to those who persevered in doing good, but thank God salvation does NOT depend on our obedience but on faith alone!” Instead, Paul says that eternal life does depend on obedience and concludes by saying, “as my gospel declares” (Romans 2:16).