Many protestant denominations and churches teach a modified form of Baptismal regeneration. Episcopals teach it, Lutherans consider it a means of “Added grace”, which again shows that most Protestant churches really only took a foot out of the Roman Catholic church , while leaving the other one fully planted in there! Baptist churches were never historically part of Rome, something else that annoys many protestants.
David Cloud writes, “The New Catholic Catechism (1994) dogmatically declares: ‘the Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are ‘reborn of water and the Spirit.’ God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism…” (1257). (Is The Roman Catholic Church Changing? pg 60, David Cloud)
Billy Graham, an enthusiastic supporter of the Roman Catholic Church, once told the Lutheran Standard in an interview, “We cannot fully understand the miracles of God, but I believe that a miracle can happen in these children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christian, through infant baptism. If you want to call that baptismal regeneration, that’s all right with me” (Graham, interview with Wilfred Bockelman, associate editor of the Lutheran Standard, American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Standard, October 10, 1961).
That’s Ecumenism in action.
CARM, in their ‘Catholic Terminology’ writing defines Baptism as “Baptism – One of seven sacraments that takes away original sin and actual sin.” (CARM – Roman Catholicism E-Sword Module)
Salvation through Baptism, as I’ve already mentioned before, is a work. Again, to paraphrase CARM, Salvation is either by faith or by works. There’s no other option. You cannot say, “We are saved through faith, and then must maintain it by works.” That’s not salvation by faith. That’s Salvation by works and an unhealthy dose of lying to yourself.
You cannot say, “We are saved by faith and our works.” That is again salvation by works. Salvation is by faith, alone.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:14-19 (KJV)
There’s nothing in there about works, but obviously a born again experience.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:23-26 (KJV)
That’s a bottom line statement. “With men, it is impossible.” That’s the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bottom line. We cannot save ourselves. “Who then can be saved?” “With God, all things are possible.” It is not possible to save ourselves.
We cannot earn our salvation. It must come from God.
The biggest error in false religions and denominations that hold to erroneous beliefs, is that of confusing Salvation and Sanctification. That’s the major problem. It is an error that is commonly made by both the unSaved, and also by new believers without enough Bible study. The more mature believer begins to leave that position almost immediately, having read through the Bible enough. The Roman Catholic Church makes that same error.