It’s important, when dealing with the RCC, that we present all the data as clearly as we can. The Roman Catholic Church teaches things we don’t accept out of cults – so we should not embrace the Roman Catholic as a fellow Christian either.
- When Jehovah’s Witnesses insist we are saved by works and not by grace through faith, we call them a cult.
- When Roman Catholics believe we are saved by works and not by grace through faith, we call them Christians.
- When Jehovah’s Witnesses insist you cannot be saved apart from the Watchtower Society, we call them a cult.
- When Roman Catholics insist you cannot be saved apart from the Roman Catholic Church, we call them Christians.
- When Jehovah’s Witnesses claim you cannot understand the Bible without their extra Biblical writings (Their weekly magazines), we call them a cult.
- When Roman Catholics insist you cannot understand the Bible without their extra Biblical writings (The Magisterium), we call them Christians.
It’s time we stopped calling them Christians! It’s time we started calling Roman Catholics a cult… or we throw in the towel and just accept everybody.
Seventh Day Adventists? sure.
Jehovah’s Witnesses? The More the merrier!!!
House of Yahweh? Why not!!!
Because each and every one of these cults worships a different Jesus, follows a false Gospel, and dooms their followers to an unending torment in Hell. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Seventh Day Adventists will be the most surprised, as they deny the existence of Hell. That’s not really the time to find out you were wrong!
Now, we looked at Roman Catholic commentaries yesterday on John chapter 3, which details the conversation on “What must I do to be saved?” between the Lord Jesus Christ and Nicodemus. We saw that there was quizzical wonderings and less than sure statements in this most important chapter. It left you with the feeling that the average Roman Catholic priest has absolutely no idea how to be saved. The phrase “Born Again” was skipped over, or wondered at, and concluded, “It is a mystery.”
However, this is the most important subject on the face of the earth. You shouldn’t be worrying about anything else after that when you don’t have the subject of salvation settled!
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. Acts 17:30-31 (KJV)
What does it take to be saved? first, Repentance. That’s a good Biblical word, not in vogue any more. The fact that so many frown on the use of such a word suggests that the number of Pastors, Priests, Fathers, Brothers, Bishops, Reverends, Cardinals, and Orioles (sorry, couldn’t resist the baseball joke!) who have to pull a sheep’s costume over their wolf fur far outnumber the number of actual Pastors. It’s frightening when you begin to really think on this, and look at the timeline of apostasy.
32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 (KJV)
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1:14-15 (KJV)
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:5 (KJV)
These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospels make it clear that the Lord preached Repentance as an important condition as being Born Again.
What does the Roman Catholic Church teach?
“If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confdence in divine mercy, which remits sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is this confdence alone that justifes us, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Council of Trent, Sixth Session, Canons Concerning Justifcation, Canon 12).
“If anyone says that the justice received is not preserved and also not increased before God through good works, but that those works are merely the fruits and signs of justifcation obtained, but not the cause of its increase, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA” (Council of Trent, Sixth Session, Canons Concerning Justifcation, Canon 24).
Huh. The Roman Catholic Church pronounces condemnation into hell for all eternity for all the New Testament writers, and the Lord Jesus Christ as well, as this clearly is the teachings of the Gospels. The 1909 Catholic Dictionary hems and haws and refuses to give a correct definition of the Greek term. The term means “accursed”, and the very context used in 1 Cor. 15:22 shows it is in reference to eventual damnation.
The Gospels, and the Epistles, clearly teach a salvation through grace by faith.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
It’s kind of hard to argue with a verse like that. However, the Magisterium, the Roman Catholic teachings on this, reduce it to “The beginnings of faith are a gift of God.” Wait, that’s not what the verse says! The verse says, “By grace are ye saved through FAITH…”
The context is speaking of salvation.
It says it is not of works.
It says it is a gift of God, and not of ourselves, lest any man should boast.
Bottom line – if the Bible says one thing, and the Magisterium says another, which will you believe? The devout Roman Catholic will say, the Magisterium.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV)