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‘Are you saved?’

23 November 2012

Write, if you have any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or would like to add to the answers below.


Your answers

How should I minister to the en­thused Christian whose misinter­pretation of biblical texts results in in-your-face and inappropriate demands to know "Are you saved?"

I think that when Christians of a certain kind ask the question "Are you saved?", what they are saying is: "I have had an experience of God which made him really real to me. Have you had any sort of similar experience?"

This is something, I am sure, that we shouldallask ourselves.

(The Revd) J. D. Wright
Whitehawk, Brighton

I remember being asked this ques­tion when I was out walking in Kenya. I had a similar reaction to the questioner, and talked about it with a priest friend, who said: "What you need to understand is that he was asking you if you are a member of the club."

I found this helpful, and wonder if maybe the questioner might find himself ministered to by his "en­thused Christian".

Peter Rivers
Upminster[To be continued.Editor]

Your questions

I recently visited another diocese on holiday. At the Sunday eucharist, I was surprised to observe that the Gospel was read by a lay person. This same person prepared the altar at the offertory, assisted at the distribution, administering indi­vidual blessings, and then per­formed the ablutions. I was later informed that he was not in holy orders, but was a "lay deacon". Am I mistaken in feeling that this is a contradiction in terms? Can any­body please enlighten me on this practice? Is it widespread, and what is its legality?               P. C.

How do Evangelicals and Protest­ants justify the use of grape juice and non-alcoholic wine for holy communion, given the Lord's use of wine, and his command to "Dothisin memory of me"?           R. W. C.

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