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 timme 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 practive 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 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 mantains.
- 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”.
- There is nothing in the Bible about “Last rites”
- Last Rites are truly evil, giving false hope to a dying unSaved person, who could have spent those last moments seeking the Lord, repenting of their sins and praying to be forgiven – and possibly being born again before death.
We’ve still got a long ways to go! We’re examining right now the last of the seven “Sacraments”.
- “Holy Eucharist”
- “Extreme Unction”
- Holy orders
Now we turn to penance. Penance goes coupled with Auricular confession, an unBiblical practice. So far, it seems there is nothing Biblical about Roman Catholicism! Here – I’ll put you at ease. There is something Biblical about the Roman Catholic Church. They meet on Sundays, and the Father gives a sermon. That’s about it. Although it would be far more biblical to call him a Pastor, Minister or a Bishop.
“Well, he’s not a Bishop yet…”
See again the pages on the Priesthood, and the clergy-laity distinction.
Auricular confession (confessing into the ear of a priest) dates back only to the 12th century, possibly one of the last of the sacraments to be invented instuted by Pope Innocent III, the same Pope who murdered Baptists wholesale, ordering a Crusade that put to death thousands of Albigenses throughout Europe who would not recant and join the Roman Catholic Church.
the concept was that the priest now usurps the role of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stands in the place of God. This way, the Roman church imagines the priest alone has the power to forgive sins, an outrageous corrupting of Matthew 16:18-19.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18-19 (KJV)
We’ve dealt with this verse already, and that is not the meaning of that verse.
Another verse used to justify this practice is,
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:22-23 (KJV)
Adam Clarke writes,
It is certain God alone can forgive sins; and it would not only be blasphemous, but grossly absurd, to say that any creature could remit the guilt of a transgression which had been committed against the Creator. The apostles received from the Lord the doctrine of reconciliation, and the doctrine of condemnation. They who believed on the Son of God, in consequence of their preaching, had their sins remitted; and they who would not believe were declared to lie under condemnation… Dr. Lightfoot supposes that the power of life and death, and the power of delivering over to Satan, which was granted to the apostles, is here referred to. This was a power which the primitive apostles exclusively possessed. (Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible)
I would agree, this is the most likely explanation of these verses. How else did Peter know he had the ability to curse a man to death? This gift passed from the earth, dying out with the last apostle, and possibly before then. As the New Testament was being written, one sign gift after another was dissapearing.
so the priest wrongfully hears a confession that should be given to God, and pronunces a penance, by which the confessant can purge the sins. Again, this is works based, something the Bible condemns in the strongest terms. If this is the first page on Roman Catholicism you’ve found, I recommend you go back to the first one and start from there, as I describe in much detail why any works based religion is unBiblical and unGodly.
Certainly there is nothing in the Bible about saying the rosary, or repeating the same prayer a few dozen times. Indeed, the Bible has much to say against it!
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV)
The last two sacraments are Marriage, and Holy Orders. It is interesting that both subjects are described in the Scriptures as a “good thing” – if one desires to enter the ministry and not an unBiblical priesthood. However, neither can confer any grace. All they do is change your life. It will not prevent an unrepentant sinner from a single moment in hell. See my other pages on works vs. grace, and on the unBiblical nature of the Roman Catholic priesthood.