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What’s Up with Roman Catholic Teaching on Salvation?

Is it possible to be a Christian if you are to follow the Official Roman Catholic teaching on Salvation? Let’s look at the Catholic position on it. We will see that the Roman Catholic position is contrary to Bible Scripture!

There is a process in the Catholic System to attaining Salvation. First God grants actual grace to the person to be able to believe in Christ and the truth of the Catholic Church (CCC 2000). After the person believes, they must be Baptized (CCC 1257), which infuses Grace into the person (CCC 1999) thus erasing original sin (CCC 405). After the Baptism and the Catholic is saved. But wait a minute, in order to maintain their Salvation they must it is necessary to perform “Good Works” (CCC 2010, 2068, 2080), and must perform Sacraments (CCC 1129). But, grace can be lessened by venial sins or lost entirely by mortal sins. To get rid of Venial sins the Catholic is to take the Eucharist and also perform penance. And this goes on and on….

The Biblical Christian response to all this is clear. Since the Catholic Church maintains a “Works – Faith” doctrine, the Bible, let’s see what the Bible says about that.

Roman 3: 28 28-30 for we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised.
Romans 4: 1-5 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, 1our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified 1by works, he has something to boast about, but not 2before God.3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.5But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

I will leave you with Romans 11: 6, 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
If you are a Catholic please think about what the Bible says and not a man-made Religion.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

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57 responses to “What’s Up with Roman Catholic Teaching on Salvation?

  1. @”The thief on the cross died that day with Jesus. He died in belief and hope in the words of Christ. For his faith, he endured to the end”

    – i’ll make an emphasis. endurance is not a requirement.
    – in fact, both thieves endured. endured their punishment for being a criminal
    – the endurance of the believing thief is not a product of faith.
    — you will endure whether you like it or not.
    — its like saying to them “feel the pain of the cross”. when obviously they will.

    – you are right. faith was involve with the believing thief. nothing more

    @”To teach that we are justified when we put our faith in Christ is not the hope of our gospel”.

    “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification”
    – Romans 4:25

    @”men have not endured to the end in their faith yet. Unknowingly we are giving men assurance that only comes through a life lived. This is why there are so many scriptures that speak of doing and being righteous”

    – The only righteousness acceptable of God is by Faith.

    @”We shouldn’t tell people who put their hope in Christ, now your sins are washed away. They are already washed away for the whole world by the sacrifice made before God made man.”

    – Yes! Yes! Yes!
    – We should Remind them that all their sins are washed away!

    “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
    – Hebrews 8:12

    “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.””
    – Jeremiah 31:34

  2. @”Doesn’t mean that the believer can viiolate the righteousness of the Law”

    – If I say all my sins including future sins are forgiven already and I want to go kill someone. then I am not under Grace.. but under Law for

    “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace”
    – Romans 6:14

    – trust me, I almost chop my mother in my teens. and I claim to be a christian then.

    @”Doesn’t mean that the believer can violate…”
    – When I love Jesus so much because He loved me first, will I even think of violence? even this concept is not in my head.

    @” Jesus did not take away the Law He made it harder to obey.”
    – I believe Jesus Fulfilled the Law.
    – Jesus did not made the Law harder. the Law is already Hard.
    – The law was designed to show our sins, no one can keep the Law except Jesus.
    -The pharisees made the law keep-able.
    – When a self righteous (law based) man rich man approached Jesus
    —- He asked what must He do more in order to be saved by the Law,
    —- Jesus who is the master in using the Law said. “You lack one thing”
    —- Sell your possessions and give the proceeds to the poor..
    —–well rich man cant do it. The law does not make you generous.
    —- (Luke 18:20-23)

    – Now look at zaccheus, a rich man, a sinner. Jesus calls for Him.
    —- Jesus came to His house and dine with Him.
    —- Jesus did not taught Him the Law. Jesus gave him grace.
    —- then zaccheus said He will give half of His possessions to the poor.
    —- (Luke 19:2-9)

    @”With the Holy Spirit we believers can fulfil the righteousness of the Law, if we walk in the Spirit”

    “I do not nullify the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
    – Galatians 2:21

    – Why are we trying to fulfill what Jesus has fulfilled already?
    – Why are we trying to complete what Jesus has finish already?
    – Righteousness is of Faith.. no works of our doing involve…

    @”Jesus came to take lust out of the man not just keep him from commiting adultery”

    “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace”
    – Romans 6:14

    – Jesus wants us subjected to Grace so that sin shall have no dominion over us.
    – if you have lusted now because you have read the word “lust”,
    —-relax. its forgiven…

    @”Now concerning Hebrews. You say it is not for the gentiles LOL! Have you no idea that Paul says the grace that you are so confident in, is made known by the Law of Moses and the Prophets? Yes even the righteousness by faith in Christ. Have you no idea that Hebrews is explaining this righteousness found in the Law? By throwing out Hebrews you are throwing out the hope that Paul found in the Law of God’s righteousness imputed to mankind.”

    – Paul did not wrote the letter to the Hebrews. no one knows who wrote it.
    – isn’t it obvious that Hebrews was written to the Hebrews?
    – by reading the letter, we can learn from it.
    – We learned from the letter to the Hebrews that

    Hebrews 9:25-28
    … now he has appeared once at the end of the ages for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this, judgment, 28 thus also Christ, having been offered once in order to bear the sins of many, will appear for the second time without reference to sin to those who eagerly await him for salvation.

    – see? you learn here that all your sins has been forgiven.

    @”Have you no idea that Paul says the grace that you are so confident in, is made known by the Law of Moses and the Prophets?”
    – The Law of Moses and the Prophets testifies about Jesus..
    – Grace is a person. Grace is Jesus.
    – So yes, Grace/Jesus is made known

    @”Have you no idea that Hebrews is explaining this righteousness found in the Law?”
    – the Righteousness i believe in, Is the by product of Jesus.
    – Jesus is found in the Law, so if you find Jesus, you find righteousness
    – but if you meant that by keeping the law and you find righteousness, then i don’t believe it.

    “I do not nullify the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
    – Galatians 2:21

    @”By throwing out Hebrews you are throwing out the hope that Paul found in the Law of God’s righteousness imputed to mankind.”

    – first and foremost.. I did not throw the letter of Hebrews out. second Paul has nothing to do with the letter to the Hebrews

    – absolutely right. righteousness is imputed to us.
    – at the cross where the divine exchange took place

    – reading Hebrews you see that It talks about repetitive sacrifices.
    – gentiles does not perform such. definitely Letter to Hebrews was written to Hebrews.
    – now, we can learn from It. like

    1. If you a gentile attempt to perform a sacrifice of bulls and goats, then you are in err..
    because you learned from Hebrews….

    @”According to your way of thinking salvation is only for the Jew!”

    – there goes the gavel.

    @”I am not trying to offend, I would like to help you in your faith. There are many teachers but not many fathers.”

    – thank you for your offer. some time ago a catechist used to do that. but then long after His true motives manifested. He was a homo. good thing I did not became his victim.

    – the Holy Spirit guides true believers in all truth.
    – the true believers teacher. the Holy Spirit. He can never go wrong

    ——————–
    May you increase in the knowledge of grace
    *sbg

  3. Alderney ⋅

    As i see it, you are saved (when you accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour) you are being saved, (we daily need to walk with Jesus as our Lord, you will be saved (when sin itself is completely done away with at death for those who have trusted Jesus as Saviour and continued to the end.

  4. I agree. It was hard for me to follow. Face to face over coffee is always better.

  5. It is so hard to read, reply comments. I hope wordpress comes up with something innovative on how to navigate comments well.

    I really wanted to meet all of you face to face, so I can treat you all to a good ol’ cup of blue mountain coffee

    I know its expensive coffee, but its free.. my pay.

    have a blessed day you all.

    grace and peace

  6. savedbygrace
    I have read your comments on this post and would like to put my two cents worth in.

    Just because we…
    “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace”
    – Romans 6:14
    Doesn’t mean that the believer can viiolate the righteousness of the Law. Remember not one jot or tiddle will not pass away until the whole Law is fulfilled. Jesus did not take away the Law He made it harder to obey. No longer is it ok not to commit adultry, we are not to lust. No longer is it ok to not murder, we are not to hate.

    Through the death of Christ on the cross we are included in the promises given to Abraham by which we receive the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit we believers can fulfil the righteousness of the Law, if we walk in the Spirit. This is what scripture says. Jesus came to take lust out of the man not just keep him from commiting adultry.

    Now concerning Hebrews. You say it is not for the gentiles LOL! Have you no idea that Paul says the grace that you are so confident in, is made known by the Law of Moses and the Prophets? Yes even the righteousness by faith in Christ. Have you no idea that Hebrews is explaining this righteousness found in the Law? By throwing out Hebrews you are throwing out the hope that Paul found in the Law of God’s righteousness imputed to mankind.

    According to your way of thinking salvation is only for the Jew!

    I am not trying to offend, I would like to help you in your faith. There are many teachers but not many fathers.

  7. The thief on the cross died that day with Jesus. He died in belief and hope in the words of Christ. For his faith, he endured to the end.

    But what does the scripture say about believers?

    Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

    We will become part of the household of Christ if we keep the faith and the hope we have unto the end.

    Isn’t this part of the Christian faith?

    Christians don’t seem to understand that scripture teaches God has reconciled the whole world to Himself. This was done through a Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world. The whole world has been justified, for Christ died for the sins of the whole world. What makes Christians different than the nonbeliever, we get to walk in the truth of what God has done for us by living out our faith through the Holy Spifit which lives in us. This is why the verses I have been speaking of in this post are so important. If we live like the world we are not living in faith. Scripture teaches as believers, we have no reason to live like the world except for willingly sinning. There is a warning about this in Hebrews. God has given us everything in Christ Jesus to live godly upright lives.

    To teach Christ died around 33 AD is not the hope of our gospel. To teach that we are justifed when we put our faith in Christ is not the hope of our gospel.

    The hope of our gospel is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world who has reconciled all things in heaven and earth as Paul says. Now as men turn to the provision already made for man, they have the hope of eternal life. Heb 11:1 says we hope for what we do not have. When we put our hope in Christ we are impowered by the Holy Spirit to live as new creations in Christ Jesus like the new Adam (Christ) in righteousness, not the old Adam in the sin nature. We are delivered from the present evil age as Paul says in Galatians. We don’t have to live like the ungodly and suffer with the consequences of sin in our lives. This is why Paul in Eph. 2 and Titus 3 list a bunch of sin to the church and says but now you are saved by grace. We are saved from the bondage to sin. We can have evidence of our faith of what we hope for and do not see (Heb 11:1)

    We shouldn’t pass out tickets to heaven at the altar, men have not endured to the end in their faith yet. Unknowingly we are giving men assurance that only comes through a life lived. This is why there are so many scriptures that speak of doing and being righteous.
    We shouldn’t tell people who put their hope in Christ, now your sins are washed away. They are already washed away for the whole world by the sacrifice made before God made man.

    Would you like me to bring scripture to this conversation on a particular point?

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