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The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is one of the largest religions, with more than 1.29 billion members worldwide. Catholic doctrine is authoritatively summarised in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Sadly the Catholic Church is full of false doctrine that is contrary to the Word of God.
Roman Catholicism says that heaven is a reward for good works (CCC 1821) and that salvation is obtained through observing the commandments (CCC 2068; 2070, 2036)
- “In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere ‘to the end’ and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1821).
- the Second Vatican Council confirms: ‘The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord…the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments,’“ (CCC, par 2068).
- “The authority of the Magisterium extends also to the specific precepts of the natural law
becausetheir observance, demanded by the Creator, is necessary for salvation,” (CCC 2036).
This is a clear rejection of the teaching of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
- For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.(Rom. 3:28).
- For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”(Rom. 4:3).
- However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. (Rom. 4:5).
- For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” (Gal. 3:10).
- “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all,” (James 2:10).
As we can see from Scripture, we are made right before God without the law. This means that our salvation is based on faith alone as Romans 4:5 clearly tells us: “However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” Because of the Roman Catholic church’s teaching on salvation by works, which is rejected by Scripture with a warning, (Galatians 5:4). Roman Catholicism must be considered a false religion since it clearly contradicts Scripture.
Mary holds a very high position in the Roman Catholic Church, so much so that she is
likea goddess. According to Roman Catholicism, Mary is:
- “The all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God” (CCC 721)
- The “Queen over all things” (CCC 966)
- Our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix” (CCC 969)
- She is “full of grace” (CCC 722)
- The “Mother of God and our mother” (CCC 2677)
- The “new Eve” (CCC 726)
- The “seat of wisdom” (CCC 721)
- Marry had no original sin (CCC 508
),and never committed sin (CCC 493)
- She is second only to her Son” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, par. 66)
- She sits “on the right hand of the majesty on high” (Pope Pius X, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, 14)
- It was Mary who “crushed the poisonous head of the
most cruelserpent and brought salvation to the world” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus)
- It is Mary who “delivers our souls from death” (CCC 966)
- It is Marry who we are to be "praying to" (CCC 2679), and have
devotionto (CCC 971).
These things are ridiculous and are outside of scripture. “Do not go beyond what is written.” (1 Cor. 4:6). Has the Roman Catholic Church gone beyond what is written in scripture with its teaching about Mary? Absolutely, yes! Roman Catholics all over the world offer prayers to Mary on a regular basis and expect her to hear them and intercede for them with God and Jesus. This is sad because the Bible nowhere instructs believers in Christ to pray to anyone other than God. Only God can hear our prayers and only God can answer our prayers. The Roman Catholic church basically worships Mary. The Bible is absolutely clear though that we are to worship God alone. (Luke 4:8, Exodus 20:3) When Roman Catholics are accused or worshiping Mary and the saints, they normally say they do not “worship” Mary or saints, but rather that they only “venerate” them. Using a different word does not change the essence of what is being done though. There is no instruction in the Bible to revere those who have gone to heaven. We are to follow their example, yes, but worship, revere, or venerate, no! When Roman Catholics are praying and worshiping to Marry they are commuting idolatry.
- CCC 1030, “All who die in Gods grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation, but after
deaththey undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.”
- CCC 1031, “The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:
- CCC 1475, “In the communion of saints, “a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on
earth. Between them, there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things.” In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin.
There are 4 problems with purgatory:
- It is not explicitly found in the Bible.
- It implies that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sin.
- It implies that justification is not by faith alone.
- It implies that there is something we must do in order to be cleansed of sin.
Ultimately purgatory is an unbiblical doctrine and should not be excepted by anyone.
The Communion elements become the actual body and blood of Christ (Known as transubstantiation)
- CCC 1374, “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is
truly, really, and substantially contained.”
- CCC 1376, “The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.”
If the elements were changed and were really the body and blood of Christ, then why does Paul refer to the element of bread as bread and not the literal body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 11:23-28? It should be obvious to anyone who believes the word of God that the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation is not biblical and it is just plain stupid.
The Pope is the head of the church and has the authority of Christ:
- CCC 2034, “The Roman Pontiff and the bishops are ‘authentic teachers, that is, teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach the faith to the people entrusted to them, the faith to be believed and put into practice.’ The ordinary and universal Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops in communion with him teach the faithful the truth to believe, the charity to practice, the beatitude to hope for.”
The Roman Catholic teaching about the office of the pope should be rejected because it is not biblical. It is ridiculous to think any can have the authority of Christ. The Pope should never be followed, The Pope is the head of a false church that is opposed to the true gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. If anyone preaches a different gospel then they should be avoided at all cost. (Galatians 1:8-9).
Can Roman Catholics be saved?
Yes, there are plenty of Roman Catholics that are truly saved. But Roman Catholicism teaches works’ righteousness and because it does, anyone who seeks salvation in the Roman Catholic system will hardly ever find salvation. So, if any Roman Catholics
wantssalvation they must repent of the false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church and trust in Christ alone by faith alone for the forgiveness of his or her sins. There is no other way. Salvation is found only by believing the gospel that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose from the dead. This message is received by faith alone, and we can add no works to what Christ has done. This is why the Bible says we are justified by faith (Romans 5:1) without the works of the law (Ephesians 2:8).
If you’re a Catholic, do you know for sure if you are going to heaven when you die? I can say that I know I am going to heaven. This isn’t arrogance. It is confidence in the work of Christ and not my own work. It is confidence in the ability of Jesus to save me completely, to have fulfilled all of the Law perfectly, and to have cleansed me from my sin totally. Therefore, because all my hope and trust are in Him and not what I can do, I know I am going to heaven. If my salvation depended on my goodness and abilities in any way, then I can’t have any confidence that I will make it to heaven because I am a wretched sinner. But God is perfect and requires holiness (1 Pet. 1:16). This is why God provided Jesus who fulfilled the Law (Matt. 5:17). Jesus did everything that is necessary for us to do. This is why we should trust Jesus alone and not Jesus and our goodness or Jesus and our church or Jesus and our ability to love God and our neighbor. We should trust Jesus and Jesus alone. But, what about you? Do you have that confidence? If not, perhaps it is because of the requirements that the Roman Catholic Church has put on you. The Roman Catholic Church is wrong and if you want to be truly saved then all you have to do is to put your faith in Jesus Christ there are no works involved.
“Sadly the Catholic Church is full of false doctrine that is contrary to the Word of God.”
False. The Catholic Church complied the Bible (link).
“so much so that she is like a goddess.”
The only people who look at Mary as if she’s a goddess are Protestants. Read this from the CCC. Again, good job at leaving out parts of the CCC to try to support your argument. I’ve been to CCD and Catholic school. Worship of anyone or anything other than God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is a grave sin.
“Do not go beyond what is written.” (1 Cor. 4:6).”
Does 1 Corinthians 4:6 Teach Sola Scriptura? (spoiler alert: no)
Sola scriptura is heresy, and here are 21 reasons why.
“The Roman Catholic church basically worships Mary.”
False. We don’t worship her.
“It is not explicitly found in the Bible.”
Since when does something have to be “explicitly” found in the Bible for it to be true? “Trinity” and Bible” aren’t “explicitly” in the Bible either but Christians keep saying that….
The Bible Teaches Purgatory (disclaimer: the rest of this website is HIGHLY problematic)
“It implies that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sin.”
How to Argue the Existence of Purgatory (scroll to the middle-ish/bottom-ish)
“It implies that justification is not by faith alone.”
Read the links ^
“It implies that there is something we must do in order to be cleansed of sin.”
No, you have a gross misunderstanding of purgatory/what happens there.
5 Common Misconceptions about Purgatory (#s 3 and 4)
In Purgatory you just suffer. You don’t do anything
“If the elements were changed and were really the body and blood of Christ, then why does Paul refer to the element of bread as bread and not the literal body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 11:23-28?”
He was quoting the Gospel.
“is not biblical”
Read the links ^
“and it is just plain stupid.”
Stop with the ad hominems. You really aren’t helping yourself here.
“The Roman Catholic teaching about the office of the pope should be rejected because it is not biblical.”
“It is ridiculous to think any can have the authority of Christ.”
“The Roman Catholic Church is wrong”
Reblogging to share the links provided by @bizantia . Thanks!
I hadn’t previously read the article on 21 Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura. Good summary.
When we were kids parents put soap in our mouths when we said bad things. Kids these days do it by themselves.
Looks like I am a Nazi…….even though I am Black.
The longer you stay away from Communion, the more your soul will become weak, and in the end you will become dangerously indifferent.
Baby Boomers: “The Church needs to listen to the young people!”
Young people: “We want tradition, chant, incense, orthodox preaching, & sound doctrine.”
Boomers: “You hear that!? They want guitar masses!”