Answering The Roman Catholic church 17


So far we’ve examined:

  • one needs only the written Bible (Sola Scriptura)
  • If you are saved, you should be able to simply read and understand the Bible. If you cannot understand it, this is a warning sign you may not be saved.
  • The commandments in the NT are so easy, one does not require a Magisterium to understand it
  • The RCC has no proof whatsoever for a Magisterium.
  • The Bible was once delivered to the saints, and at the close of the canon in AD 95, anyone who adds to it is under a curse.
  • The Roman Catholic views of the Bible
  • The laity and the ownership/study/reading of the Bible
  • The Magisterium refuted
  • Salvation by faith alone vs. works
  • infant baptism refuted
  • baptismal regeneration refuted
  • The Apocrypha was never quoted by the New Testament
  • The Apocrypha was not considered scripture by anyone for at least 400 years – after all the official lists of the inspired canon had been done
  • The apocrypha was never quoted by church fathers for at least 2 centuries after the time of Christ
  • The Bible is only the 66 books of the bible
  • Papal Infallibility is unScriptural
  • Papal Infallibility places the Pope in the place of God, elevating him to being God’s “Equal”, a goal that Lucifer desired
  • Papal Infallibility is also patently illogical, as Inerrant Word Ex Cathedra must also imply inerrant thought and inerrant action
  • There is no evidence Peter ever went to Rome, besides the earliest tradition he was brought there to be crucified upside down. That is tradition, not church history.
  • Peter was not given the choice of who goes to heaven or not.
  • There is no evidence Peter was the first Pope
  • The pastor of the Church at Rome at the time of the book of Romans, late in Paul’s career, was either Rufus or Aquila, and history records the name of the first pastor of the Roman Church as Linus.
  • The letter to the Romans does not list Peter’s name as among the church at Rome. Nor do any of Paul’s epistles to the other churches mention him, unless referring to Jerusalem.
  • The practice of dividing the congregation into two classes, clergy and laity, with the clergy exalted over the congregation, is called Nicolaitanism. The Lord Jesus Christ hates this practice (Rev. 2:15)
  • The Catholic priesthood usurps the position of the Born again believer
  • The Catholic priesthood steals the concept of the Levitical priesthood under the erroneos assumption the Church replaces Israel.
  • Pastor, minister, Bishop and elder are synonymous terms for the same job.
  • There is no Scriptural basis for the Roman Catholic priesthood.
  • There is no scriptural basis for a hierarchy of the priesthood
  • There is no Scriptural basis for the Papal office
  • The Cardinal’s hat originates from the Babylonian/Canaanite cult of Dagon worship
  • There is no truth to any claim of apostolic successionism.
  • There is no documentation for almost 5 centuries of Papal successionism, and that one is spurious and questionable at best.

The seven sacraments are a doctrine of the Roman Catholic church. One Catholic apologist commented triumphantly once, “there are seven sacraments, and we have all seven!” The implication is that Baptists and protestants don’t have all seven.

Well, let’s see… I don’t count any. The doctrine of a sacrament is unBiblical, and bound in a Salvation by Works mentality.

“The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. … The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Saviour” (New Catholic Catechism, 1129).

This completely contradicts the entire book of Galatians, and parts of Romans, the Gospels, Colossians… I know this is a long list of Scripture, and you’ll want to skip over it… but you need to take a minute to read this. This is the reason there are so many denominations teaching false doctrines: People simply do not read the Bible!

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:21 (KJV)

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15:11 (KJV)

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3:24-26 (KJV)

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Romans 3:27-30 (KJV)

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5 (KJV)

16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, Romans 4:16 (KJV)

1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Romans 5:1 (KJV)

4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4 (KJV)

6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6 (KJV)

16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16 (KJV)

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:21 (KJV)

5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:5 (KJV)

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

We are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what we mean when we say “Faith by grace”. Galatians twice condemns the Roman Catholic Church as being under a curse.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV)

As I’ve said earlier, any gospel which requires “faith plus works” is another gospel, unBiblical, and is accursed. This includes Roman Catholicism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and Messianic Judaism (Torah Observant).

The 1909 Catholic dictionary defines a Sacrament as “a sensible sign, instituted by Christ, to signify and produce grace. ” Sacraments do not produce grace. We are saved by Grace. Grace is a free gift of God.

We have Biblically two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither one “adds grace”. They are a visible sign of obedience of the believer in the first case, and a memorial of the sacrifice of the Lord for us in the second.

Catholics, however, list:

  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • “Holy Eucharist”
  • “Extreme Unction”
  • Penance
  • Matrimony
  • Holy orders

We’ve already dealt with Baptismal regeneration as a means of salvation and found it to be unBiblical.

confirmation is being confirmed a member of the Universal Church, which really doesn’t exist. it is considered necessary for salvation – despite teaching Baptismal regeneration. The idea is that each sacrament reduces your time in purgatory, a place that doesn’t exist. How they determine these sacraments in particular do this is unknown. They just teach it. What is amazing is that, logically they fail on a major basis! There is no way a Roman Catholic can keep all seven! Look at the list. It’s five, and then one or another elective. If you must keep all seven sacraments to be saved, then Roman Catholicism, by its own logic, dooms all its followers to hell! How can you take Holy Orders (become a priest), and get married in the Church?

By memorizing the catechism, one somehow earns the right to reduce time in purgatory. How they know these particular words reduce time in purgatory is unknown. There is nothing in Scripture to suggest anything like this. Why not memorize the preamble to the United States Constitution? Or Churchill’s famous speech of “We will fight on the beaches, on the landing grounds… we will never surrender!”

Because confessions and Catechisms are unBiblical. There is no Scriptural basis for any such tradition. At all. This includes the so-called Baptist Confession advocated and expounded on by Spurgeon. Memorizing and reciting any of it is simply a good exercise for the brain. As Scripture does not command any such thing, or even hint at any kind of creed or confession… it is patent nonsense to say that reciting any particular words in any particular order in any particular language will have any effect on your salvation – with the exception of a public confession of belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

That deals with the Catechism. That was remarkably easy to be put aside.

The Mass- The mass may require an entire post on its own, but for now I’ll sum up the problems with it and possibly return to it later. The words of Edward Chiniquey, a former priest, about the mass truly need to be read to be understood. He recounts the laws of the Magisterium on if the host is dropped, or vomited up. As sick as it sounds… The Magisterium’s attempt to be a Talmud for Catholics really is exposed, here.

David Cloud writes,

“The Apostle Paul plainly tells us that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial (“this do in remembrance of me”—Lk. 22:19; 1 Co. 11:24,25) and a picture (“ye do shew”—1 Co. 11:26). It is not a sacrifice or a channel of grace.” (Way of Life Encyclopedia of Christianity and the Bible, pg. 339)

He also writes,

Rome denies justifcation by grace alone BY ITS DOCTRINE OF THE MASS, by claiming that in the mass “the sacrifce of the cross is perpetuated” and “the work of our redemption is carried out” (Vatican II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy). Rome denies justifcation by grace alone BY ITS DOCTRINE OF THE SACRAMENTS: “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are ecessary for salvation. … The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Saviour” (New Catholic Catechism, 1129). (Is The Roman Catholic Church Changing? Pg 62, David Cloud, Way of Life Publishing)

Roman Catholics belief that the Host, a wafer of bread-like material, magically becomes the very body of the Lord Jesus Christ in a doctrine known as Transubstantiation. It should be noted that the only change Lutherans made to this belief was to say it mystically is the body of the Lord, but not physically. They call this consubstantiation. I think you’ve been truly conned if you believe either one of these.

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19 (KJV)

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (KJV)

The Lord’s Supper is literally a remembrance. There is nothing in the Bible about the transformation of the bread into the body of the Lord either physically or mystically. To prove this, let’s go to the Bible. If you haven’t learned anything else in the 18 posts I’ve done on the Roman Catholic Church, it is this: Go to the Bible to examine whether it is of God or not.

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:26-28 (KJV)

22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Mark 14:22-24 (KJV)

17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:17-20 (KJV)

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (KJV)

In three of the Gospels, the bread is not mentioned. Only in Luke and 1 Corinthians is it mentioned. Each time, the Bible says it is “in remembrance of me.” It is a memorial. There is nothing about an active transformation into the actual blood and flesh of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor is there anything about the “mystical presence” of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the bread literally becomes the actual body of the Lord Jesus Christ, it would be mentioned in all four Gospels. It would also say “this becomes my body”. The Bible does not say it – therefore, it does not. It is a witness that this event happened.

During the Passover feast, is the wine from the second cup literally the blood of the Egyptians as the ten droplets are shaken onto the plate? No, it is a remembrance, a memorial Every year Jews remind themselves that they were slaves in Egypt, dwelling in the house of bondage. The Lord intended that we remember His sacrifice, to inspire us to greater levels of Christian service, to unity within a local church assembly. It is designed to draw a church body close together. It is designed to make the Christian look inward, and examine his life. This inward examination causes one to renew their dedication to the Lord.

The Roman Catholic teaching is that this is the physical re-offering of the Lord Jesus Christ, an unBiblcial philosophy. The Bible says He was once offered…

8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:8-14 (KJV)

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:10-12 (KJV)

Hebrews states twice that this sacrifice was offered one time. Indeed, it states that He “offered one sacrifice for ever” and also “Entered in once into the holy place” to “offer his own blood”.

Once. The Bible makes that clear. The Roman Catholics think so little of the sacrifice and atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ, that they have Him repeating the offering daily! As if His death was no more than the blood of bulls and sheep.

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???