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 erroneous 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 even that one is spurious and questionable at best.
- There is no Biblical basis for the seven sacraments
- There is no way for a Roman Catholic to keep all seven sacraments
- Sacramentalism is based upon Salvation by works, which the Bible condemns
- Confirmation is unBiblical
- There is no Biblical basis for a belief that the “host “bread becomes the literal, physical or even mystically becomes the body of the Lord Jesus Christ
- The mass is based upon the need for Christ to offer His sacrifice daily, which is the opposite of what the Bible says.
- The Lord Jesus Christ made one offering once for all, the Bible says – not daily, as the Roman Catholic church maintains.
- The bread is mentioned only in Luke and 1 Corinthians – the Gospels represent the Blood as far more important.
- The Lord’s Supper is to be done as a remembrance only, according to Scripture – it is not a means of salvation or “Added Grace”.
As I warned, the list is getting huge. This should give even the most ardent Roman Catholic pause, if they’ve continued this far. Moving on…
we turn our attention to Extreme Unction. This is a subject that causes pain to some Roman Catholic families, who had a member of the family die with no priest around to pronounce a Latin (or even English) prayer over the person, removing their sins and allowing them to enter into Heaven. The hope is that they’ve entered Purgatory at least. However, many old world Catholic families, the same ones who still will not eat meat on Fridays…
Nothing on extreme unction in the Bible. Not even close. If you are saved, and get into a traffic accident, and are killed outright, with nary a Christian pastor around, do you go immediately to be in heaven?
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43 (KJV)
For those unfamiliar with Extreme Unction (I know I was, before seminary…), it is the administering of Last Rights by a priest to a dying person. This can be as simple as a hurried “In the name of the Father, The Son, The Holy Ghost amen.” Or possibly in Latin “Et nominae Patrie, et Filae, Et spiritae Sanctum”. However, in the full form (if time permits) it also contains the administering of the Mass, anointing with oil, waving of the hands to form a cross.
David Cloud writes,
it is very evil and destructive in that it gives false hope to unsaved people who put their trust in it. (Way Of Life Encyclopedia of Christianity and the Bible, David Cloud, Way of Life Publications, Pg. 225)
The real tragedy of Last Rites is false hope, keeping them from otherwise focusing on seeking the Lord in their dying moments, and possibly repenting of sins and a sinful life, seeking the forgiveness of God – and possibly getting born again in their last moments. It would be better to tell the priest to leave the room, so that you could personally commune with God yourself!
The nice guy inside me would like to back off from that. It sounds harsh, especially to any Catholic that has had family members pass away who were not born again. But the Bible makes it very plain and clear what it takes to be saved. You cannot be saved by any action you take. It requires a Godly sorrow that worketh repentance, a desire to repent of your sins and your sinful nature and have your life changed, a heartfelt confession to the Lord that you are unworthy of anything except Hell, and a plea to be forgiven and saved.
This should result in a life that is changed and different. The Bible calls this experience being “Born Again”, and makes it clear – if this has not happened in your life… you are not saved.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 (KJV)
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 3:17-19 (KJV)
The issue to you, my Roman Catholic friend, is this: If I never repented and did the above, getting born again, a second after my death, I would find myself in Hell, suffering torment for all eternity. It is truly what I deserve. I have rebelled against a Holy God through not just a sinful nature, but also my own choosing by the very first sin I committed. The Lord provded a way to be saved, but any who does not accept that very simple provision will spend eternity in torment.
Joining a church will not save me. My sinfulness contaminates anything I do. I cannot remove the blood-guilt caused by my sins. I can do a thousand good deeds a day, attend mass faithfully, go to confession daily, be the best Catholic in the world – and it won’t matter. If you have not been born again, you will suffer forever. The question at hand is, not what the deceased person in your life is going through or where they are. You need to come to terms with that. The question is you.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:20-21 (KJV)
In plain English, this means that the condemnation lies in the Lord providing a way out, and the flat refusal of most people on earth to accept that. Don’t wait. You have not a guarantee of another minute.