Founder: Emperor Constantine
The Roman Catholic church, headquartered in
Rome, Italy, has its own powerful City-State, the Vatican. The Roman Catholic church unofficially came into being in 312 A.D., at the time of the
so-called "miraculous conversion" to Christianity of the Roman Emperor
Constantine but he still worshipped the sun god. Although Christianity was not made the official religion of the
Roman Empire until the edicts of Theodosius I in 380 and 381 A.D., Constantine,
from 312 A.D. until his death in 337, was engaged in the process of
simultaneously building pagan temples and Christian churches, and was slowly
turning over the reins of his pagan priesthood to the Bishop of Rome. However,
the family of Constantine did not give up the last vestige of his priesthood
until after the disintegration of the Roman Empire that being the title the
emperors bore as heads of the pagan priesthood Pontifex Maximus
a title which the popes would inherit. The popes also inherited Constantine's
titles as the self-appointed civil head of the church Summus Pontifex
(Vicar of Christ and
Bishop of Bishops).
Prior to the
time of Constantine's "conversion," Christians were persecuted not so much for
their profession of faith in Christ, but because they would not include pagan
deities in their faith as well. Then, with Constantine's emphasis on making his
new-found Christianity palatable to the heathen in the Empire, the "Christianization"
of these pagan deities was facilitated. For example, pagan rituals and idols
gradually took on Christian meanings and names and were incorporated into
"Christian" worship (e.g., "saints" replaced the cult of pagan gods in both
worship and as patrons of cities; mother/son statues were renamed Mary and
Jesus; etc.), and pagan holidays were reclassified as Christian holy days (e.g.,
the Roman Lupercalia and the feast of purification of Isis became the Feast of
the Nativity; the Saturnalia celebrations were replaced by
Christmas celebrations; an ancient
festival of the dead was replaced by All Souls Day, rededicated to Christian
heroes [now Halloween]; etc.). A
transition had occurred
instead of being persecuted for failure to worship pagan deities, Christians who
did not agree with the particular orthodoxy backed by the Emperor were now
persecuted in the name of Christ! "Christianized" Rome had become the legitimate
successor of pagan Rome! This is the sad origin of the Roman Catholic Church as
it compromised from the very beginning with paganism and in doing so became a
cult serving the creature (Mary) more than the creator (Jesus).
When Rome went
from being pagan to Christian under Constantine, they had to find a replacement
for the great mother of paganism. It was not until the time of Constantine that
anyone began to look at Mary as a goddess. Since Mary was the mother of Jesus
Christ, she was the most logical person to replace the pagan mother goddess. The
pagans could continue their prayers and devotion to the mother goddess, only
they would call her Mary. The pagans worshipped the mother as much or more than
her son and this is exactly what the Roman Catholicism does. True Christianity
teaches that Jesus Christ is to be worshipped
not his mother. The
fact remains that Jesus never hinted at the idea of Mary worship nor did any of
the apostles. Worshipping the mother goddess along with her child
took place centuries before Jesus Christ was ever born in many different parts
of the world. In 431 A.D. Mary worship became an official doctrine of the church
in at the Council of Ephesus.
formation of the Roman Empire, the Roman emperors (including Constantine) held
the office of Pontifex Maximus (Supreme Priest) and were worshipped by the
pagans as gods. Emperor Gratian in 376 A.D. refused the title of Pontifex
Maximus, and from then on it was bestowed upon the bishop of Rome. From hereon,
the bishop of Rome was to be the Supreme Priest to the pagans and the head of the
Christian church; the streams of paganism and Christianity flowed together under
the leadership of Pontifex Maximus, ultimately to be called the Pope. The
question remains, how can a man at the same time be the Pontifex Maximus which
was the head of the pagan mysteries and the head of the church? Although the
Roman Catholic church claims that Peter was the first Pope, it is strange
that we never read any such claim by Peter. The fact
that Jesus never instituted the office of Pope in his church during his earthly
ministry plainly shows that
the Pope is neither Bishop of bishops nor the successor of the apostle Peter.
One issue that
is very damaging to idea of a Pope is the fact that some of the popes
were so depraved, even people who professed no religion at all were ashamed of
them. Looking into the history of the papacy, it is easy to see that not all
popes were holy men. Accusations against them included but were not limited to
blasphemy, simony (the buying and selling of the papal office), perjury, murder,
adultery, intercourse with virgins and nuns, incest, sodomy, bestiality,
robbery, idolatry, magic, infidelity, and gross and unnatural immorality. Historians,
even Roman Catholic historians will even attest to the fact there have been many sinful popes.
Therefore, if popes are supposed to be the "representatives of Christ" here on
earth and they are living an immoral lifestyle, should their commands still be
obeyed if they are living in sin? No, it would be hypocritical for them to make
rulings and decrees, and yet this is exactly what has been done by the popes.
Jesus never said, "do as I say, not as I do". On the contrary, Jesus Christ led
a holy life and we should follow His example. Here are a few examples:
III obtained the papal office by murder. He lived openly with a woman who bore
him several illegitimate children. His reign began a period known as "the rule
of the harlots".
Pope John XII
was an immoral man and whose palace was likened to a brothel. The bishop of Cremona, Luitprand said, "No honest lady dared to show herself in public, for
Pope John had no respect either for single girls, married women, or widows
they were sure to be defiled by him, even on
the tombs of the holy apostles, Peter and Paul."
VIII maintained his position through lavish distribution of stolen money. He was
quoted saying, "to enjoy oneself and lie carnally with women or with boys is no
more a sin than rubbing one's hands together."
Pope John XXII
was said to have seduced and violated three hundred nuns. He must have had a
strong and insatiable libido for he kept a harem of no less than two hundred
girls. He was called "the most depraved criminal who ever sat on the papal
throne." A Vatican record says this about him, "His lordship, Pope John,
committed perversity with the wife of his brother, incest with holy nuns,
intercourse with virgins, adultery with the married, and all sorts of sex
crimes... wholly given to sleep and other carnal desires, totally adverse to the
life and teaching of Christ... he was publicly called the Devil incarnate."
Pope Pius II
was said to have been the father of many illegitimate children. He spoke openly
of the methods he used to seduce women and he encouraged young men to also
seduce women and even offered to instruct them in methods of self-indulgence.
Pope Sixtus IV
financed his wars by selling church offices to the highest bidders. He used the
papacy to enrich himself and his family, for no less than eight cardinals were
his nephews, some being given the position of cardinal even as a boy.
VI won the election of the papacy by bribery. He lived with a woman with whom he
had a daughter; whom afterward he committed incest with and produced five
children. He also lived in public incest with his two sisters. He conducted a
sex orgy in the Vatican in which he had a banquet featuring fifty nude girls who
danced and serviced the guests and even offered prizes to the man who could
engage in sexual intercourse the most times.
Martin Luther himself also witnessed that Rome with its popes was anything but a
holy city. He was quoted as saying, "No one can imagine what sins and infamous
actions are committed in Rome, they must be seen and heard to be believed." It
has been said, "If there be a hell, Rome is built over it." Having shown just a
few examples of the corruption and wickedness that has existed in the lives of
the popes; this evidence seriously undermines the belief of "apostolic
succession," the claim that the Roman Catholic church is the one "true" church
supposedly claiming to trace a line of pope back to Peter, since Peter himself
stressed the importance of holiness. It is important to note that pagan popes
can be traced back to Babylon but no Christian popes existed until Constantine
in 312 A.D. declared himself to be Pope.
The popes were
not the only ones that struggled with sexual misconduct; the clergy were just as
guilty. When the doctrine of celibacy began to be taught, many clergy were
married men. An edict was established in 315 A.D. that forbade a priest to
remarry if his wife were to die. In 386 A.D. another edict came into being,
allowing priests to be married but forbidding them to have sexual intercourse
with their wives. Although this edict was in effect, a large number of clergy
openly took wives and fathered children. Some monasteries and nunneries were
known in history to be so bad that they actually had a worse reputation than the
brothels. The violations by priests were so bad at one point that even female
animals were not allowed on monastery property! Priests were urged to be chaste,
and if they failed, at least be careful. With this man-made tradition imposed
upon them, it made an already difficult job of the confessional even more
difficult. The confessional was where sins had to be confessed specifically and
in detail so that the priest could render judgment and offer forgiveness of
sins. It is not hard to see that the outcome of girls and women and even boys
confessing their moral weaknesses and desires to unmarried priests could readily
result in widespread abuse. The Roman Catholic church has been lately rocked by
one scandal after another of sexual abuse by priests.
doctrine of a celibate priesthood that has done more damage than good since its
inception. At the beginning of creation, God did not want Adam to
be alone and created Eve for him. According to the Bible, it was God's
design for a husband and wife to become one flesh and to cleave to each other,
and yet the Roman Catholic church says otherwise. They have another man-made
doctrine condemning priests to celibacy, something which God never intended.
Bishops (i.e. pastors, priests) according the Bible are supposed the husband of
one wife (I Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6), Roman Catholicism adds to
the Bible by placing an undue burden upon the clergy by forbidding them to marry
(I Timothy 4:1-3), the Bible calls
this a "doctrine of devils!" It is important to note that the priests of pagan
Rome were also required to be celibate, and this tradition dates back all the
way to Babylon and Semiramis several thousand years before. Even the idea of
confessing to a priest came from Babylon. It is from recorded Babylonian
confessions that historians have been able to come up with conclusions about the
Babylonian concepts of right and wrong. The priests of pagan Rome were called
"fathers," but Jesus said to call no man "father." (Matthew
23:9-12) From what source did the Roman Catholic custom of calling a priest
by this title come from, Jesus or the pagans? Jesus spoke against flattering
titles to his disciples, he wanted them to treat each other equally. Jesus meant
for God the Father to receive all glory, not men. It is plain to see that the
majority of the traditions of the Roman Catholic church are man-made and of
pagan origins. An intellectually honest search will show the pagan roots of the
Roman Catholic church.
The cardinals were the
chief clergy in pagan Rome and the word in Latin means "hinge," hence they were
pivotal serving as the priests of Janus who was the pagan god of doors and
hinges. He was known as the "opener and shutter," and we can understand that
better by the words of Jesus in
Revelation 3:7-8. Jesus was the true opener, Janus was a counterfeit. These
pagan priests wore the color red because it symbolized fire, they were the
keepers of the sacred fire and accordingly were known as the "Flamens." All
throughout the Bible, the color red is associated with sin. (Isaiah
1:18; Ezekiel 23:14-15; Revelation 17:4) With some knowledge
of history, it is easy to see the merge of Babylonian paganism and Christianity
and how they became one.
Roman Catholics who read the Bible will soon discover that
many Catholic teachings and practices are specifically forbidden by Jesus Christ
Himself. Worship is vain when it is based upon the commandments of men rather
than the Word of God. Valid tradition is based upon Scripture and confirms it.
Vain tradition is based upon man's teachings and violates it. In Roman
Catholicism, tradition is consistently elevated above the Scripture. The
result is vain worship, and no matter how sincere, it makes the commandment of God
of no effect a very serious matter.
The last few popes have expanded the ecumenical
(worldwide) emphasis in the Roman Catholic Church to unprecedented heights. All
unity purchased at the expense of doctrinal purity is satanic and deceptive. II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; II Timothy 3:1-17, 4:1-8. All who join hands in
ecumenical fellowship with those who preach a false Gospel are under God's
curse. (Galatians 1:6-10)
People do not realize that counterfeit religions, like
counterfeit money, must resemble the genuine in order to deceive those who lack
spiritual discernment or those who have not had the opportunity or taken the
time to carefully compare all the major tenets of Roman Catholicism with the
truth of God's Word. Only when one compares men's words with Scripture will it
become obvious that Roman Catholicism is a carefully crafted counterfeit, not
the pure, genuine, Biblical faith.
plainly taught that Mary was on the same plane with all other Christians who
would do the will of God. In Mark 3:31-35 we read:
"There came then his brethren and his mother, and,
standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him,
and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for
thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he
looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and
my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother,
and my sister, and mother. "
Do not avoid the truth here on the authority of Jesus
Christ, "Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my
sister, and mother." And when one heard Jesus and cried out, "Blessed is
the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked, "Jesus
answered, "Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep
it." (Luke 11:27-28) There is no hint in the Bible that New Testament
Christians ever regarded Mary as more than a good woman. She had no
authority among the apostles. No one was taught to pray to her, to do her
homage, to adore her, or to partake of the unscriptural worship which Catholics
do, but call it by other names.
To deny that Roman Catholicism is a cult
is to repudiate the reformation and mock the millions of martyrs who died at
The "Christ" of Roman Catholicism is just as false as its "Mary." Remember that
a cult according to the Word of God is any group of people that
worship anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ, and
believe anything contrary to His word
as recorded in the Bible.
Roman Catholicism is not truly Christian, but is in fact an offshoot of
Christianity and the largest and
oldest "Christian" cult in the world. In addition, the display of adoration, the
gaudy parade of a mere man as if he were a god, the pandering to idolatrous
worship through bowing down and kissing his ring, the insistence that he be
addressed as "His Holiness the Pope" or "Father" of all Christians cannot but
confirm to any Christian that the Roman Catholic church is a cult.
The Scriptures use terms such as "apostasy,"
"false teacher," "false prophet," "error," "seducer," "heretic," and "doctrines
of devils" to describe impure doctrine. The Roman Catholic Church meets every
Bible criteria for apostasy, which is a turning away from and rejection of the
truth. Its gospel is false, and thus is cursed of God (Galatians
1:8). It has exalted its own man-made traditions to the level of Holy
Scripture, and thus worships God in vain (Matthew
15:1-9). Its leaders are false prophets; its dogmas are doctrines of devils;
its Papacy is antichrist. What does God say regarding an apostate entity? Does
He say we should find positive ways to see that entity? Does He say we should
try to find common ground through which we can share and discuss the gospel in
love and understanding? No, God says, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be
not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues!" (Revelation
18:4). We know that
the Roman Catholic church has become an expert in taking various ideas or
traditions and mixing them together into its system of religion.
The Roman Catholic church always has been and continues to
be a false church. The Biblical doctrines it professes to believe and teach
are perverted by doctrine based upon tradition that contradicts
the Bible, God's infallible Word. Error is never more deceptive than when it is
presented with a mask of truth. The leaders of the Catholic Church have always
fit the description of the false teachers who God warned in advance would come
on the scene in the last days, deceiving many with their counterfeit words - as
described in II Peter 2:1-3, 18, 19.
It is essential to understand that two basic false
teachings of Roman Catholicism (even apart from its many other errors), clearly
classify it as a false cult rather than a true church. These two basic errors
Roman Catholicism, although teaching that the Bible is
the Word of God, adds the spurious apocryphal books to the Scriptures, and
also elevates church tradition and the edicts of popes and councils (the words
of men), to the same or an even greater level of authority than the Word of
God. This amounts to adding to the Word of God, thereby placing Roman
Catholicism under God's curse. (Deuteronomy
4:2; Revelation 22:18-19)
Roman Catholicism, although teaching that faith in
Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation, actually denies the truth of the
Gospel by adding sacraments, good works, and purgatory as additional
requirements for forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. This amounts to the
preaching of a false Gospel which places the Roman Catholic Church under God's
curse. (Galatians 1:6-10)
Thus, by Scriptural standards, the Roman Catholic Church
is a false church and a cult that can only expect God's judgment, not a true church that
can claim God's blessing. No amount of outward change should be permitted to
obscure this fact. Roman
Catholicism is nothing more than Babylonian paganism that has been whitewashed
and made to appear Christian.
They believe purgatory is a place where a person is
purified of sins even popes supposedly go there. The Bible says, when a
person dies their eternal home is sealed heaven or hell there is no place
in between like purgatory. (Hebrews 9:27) The word "purgatory" and its concept is not found in
They believe in worshipping images of Mary, crucifix,
saints, angels, etc. The Bibles speaks out against this. (Exodus 20:4-5)
They believe in repetitious prayer to Mary, saints and
angels. The complete Rosary involves repeating the Hail Mary 53 times, the
Lord's prayer 6 times, 5 Mysteries, 5 Meditations on the Mysteries, 5 Glory
Be's, and the Apostles' Creed. The Rosary did not come into general use until
after the beginning of the thirteenth century, and not officially sanctioned
until after the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century. The concept of praying to Mary, saints, and angels is not found in
the Bible; on the contrary, we are directed to pray to our Father. (Matthew
6:9-13) In the Rosary, Mary is prayed to almost 9 times for every
prayer directed to God. The Bible speaks out very clearly against praying in
vain repetitions as the heathens do.
In "The Holy Father's
Prayer for the Marian Year ," John Paul II asks Mary to do what only
God can do comfort, guide, strengthen, and protect "the whole of humanity
..." His prayer ends: "Sustain us, O Virgin Mary, on our journey of faith
and obtain for us the grace of eternal salvation." (4/97, Berean Call).
In preparing for an expected earthquake in December,
1990, in the Saint Louis area, parishioners at St. Agatha RC church turned
to St. Agatha, "the patron saint of protection from the devastation of
volcanoes, earthquakes, fire, and all kinds of violence." The church
reported in the St. Louis Southwest City Journal of 10/21/90 that a novena
was to be held, including a recitation of the rosary, a prayer to St. Agatha,
and a closing benediction. (Reported in the November/December 1990,
A Roman Catholic ritual for selling a home: Put a statue of St.
Joseph in a bottle or mason jar and bury it in the front yard (head first),
thereby guaranteeing a quick sale of the home. After the sale, the seller is
to dig up St. Joseph, put him in a prominent place in the new residence, and
pray to him (Mother Angelica, EWTN Catholic TV, 10/95).
Take note in the following two prayers how Mary is
magnified above Jesus...
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our
death. Amen. Why is Mary being prayed to this way, is she God? The Bible
never directs us to pray to Mary.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our
sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To
thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping, in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after
this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement,
O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Roman Catholicism should be renamed "Mary
Worship", because that is really what it is; it places her on a high
pedestal, equal with God. Mary was the mother of Jesus, nothing more, and
she is not the advocate as mentioned in the Bible. (I
They forbid their priests marry, when God specifically
set up marriage for all, even priests. (I Timothy 3:2) To impose the
burden of celibacy upon a priest is to put a man-made burden that is not necessary on them and
not mandated by God, it is a clear case of putting human tradition ahead of
the Bible. Many Roman Catholics believe that Peter was not married, the Bible
says otherwise. (Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:30-31; Luke 4:38-39) It is interesting to
note that priests of pagan Rome were also made to take a vow of celibacy as
were the priests of Babylon.
They believe one way of attaining salvation from the
punishment of one's sins is through indulgences, which can be purchased with
money or through acts of penitence, acts of charity, or other pietistic means.
The idea of indulgences is based on good works meriting God's grace.
Since they believe Christ's sacrifice was insufficient for the full payment of
the penalty of sin, acts of piety and gifts to the Roman Catholic church may be used as
partial payment for one's sins. The adequacy of an indulgence depends upon the
merit attributed to it by the Roman Catholic church. The Bible says we are
saved by faith and nothing else! Once you die, it's judgment time! (Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:27)
They believe in confessing one's sins to a priest.
Jesus is the only mediator we need; we do not need the pope, priests, Mary or
the saints. (Matthew 6:9, 12; I John 1:9, 2:1; I Timothy 2:5)
They believe it is necessary for salvation to partake
in the Sacrament of the Eucharist (communion). They believe they actually eat
and drink the body and blood of Christ through a process called
transubstantiation, whereby a priest prays over the wafer and wine and it is
supernaturally turned into Christ's body. They will quote scripture (John
6:53-58; Matthew 26:26-28) out
of context to support their viewpoint. Jesus was alive when the last
supper took place and by interpreting this scripture literally instead of
figuratively (symbolizing his body and blood), it creates numerous problems.
Jesus referred to himself as a "door," "vine," and "rock" and these
descriptions are recognized as figurative. (John
10:9, 15:5; I Corinthians 10:4) Therefore Jesus is
crucified afresh everyday by priests all over the world, who are putting him to
open shame. The Bible says that Jesus was physically offered up once (died for
our sins), never to be repeated again. (Hebrews
9:1-28, 10:12-18) He sits on the right
hand of God and does not reappear in the Mass as a mass of blood and flesh. It
is very important to note that Jesus told us to take the bread (which
symbolized his body) and wine (which symbolized his blood); but he did so
while he was here on earth and alive. Roman Catholicism makes Jesus and his
disciples into cannibals, because he and his disciples were eating his body
that was alive. (I Corinthians 11:23-26)
They believe there are oral traditions and teachings by
Jesus that are not mentioned in the Bible; furthermore, the Roman Catholic
religion has somehow been able to get this spoken word from somewhere, we're
just not told how it was done. This means whoever sits on the papal chair in Rome is
considered more authoritative than the Bible itself. (Matthew 15:3,6-7; Mark 7:5-9,13) The cry of the Reformation was sola scriptura
that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority for all believers. The Holy
Spirit's enlightenment is a safeguard against religious tyranny.
They believe that Mary never had anymore children after
giving birth to Jesus and that she remained a perpetual virgin until she died.
Why are we to believe that Joseph and Mary never had sexual intercourse? What
husband and wife live and die together without consummating their marriage?
These are speculative questions, but is is obvious Mary could not have
remained a virgin if she had other children as recorded in the Bible. (Matthew
13:55-56; Mark 6:3).
They believe that the church is founded upon the
apostle Peter, that he was the first pope. The true Church of Jesus Christ
was not founded upon Peter, but upon Peter's confession of Christ's deity as
recorded in Matthew 16:16:
"...Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." The Bible says that Jesus is the
foundation of the church. (Matthew 21:42; I Corinthians 3:11) Peter was not
the first pope, nor is there any Biblical justification whatever for such an
office. Peter's own inspired testimony as to his position and ministry is
given in I Peter 5:1-4. He then
identifies himself in II Peter 1:1
as "a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ...." Peter was a man
like you and me. When Cornelius tried to worship Peter, Peter responded,
"Stand up; I myself also am a man." (Acts 10:25-26).
The pope needs to remember this when men are bowing to him and kissing his
hand like he is worthy of worship. Furthermore, history confirms the fact that
there were no popes in the early church, not even in the Roman Catholic church
during the first centuries of its existence.
They believe the pope is the Holy Father, a title only
given to God. The pope is a man who takes upon himself honor which
belongs to no human being. Even the very name by which he allows himself to be
called (Holy Father) is highly presumptuous and blasphemous. (John 17:11)
They pray to and worship Mary an 1854 papal decree
(Pope Pius IX) on the Immaculate Conception of Mary that has never been
revoked, states, "Let all the children of the Catholic Church ... continue to
venerate, invoke, and pray to the most blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God,
conceived without original sin." Praying to Mary is something that is not
spoken of in the Bible and would make her an equal with God, thus she has
become a deity to Roman Catholics. Mary, according to the Roman Catholics has become the queen of
heaven. When the queen of heaven is referred to in the Bible, she is spoken of
negatively. (Jeremiah 7:17-19)
Mary needed a savior as much as anyone else and acknowledged this in Luke 1:47.
They believe that Mary is a co-redeemer with Jesus. In
1923, Pope Pius XI sanctioned Pope Benedict XV's (1914-1922) pronouncement
that Mary suffered with Christ, and that with Him, she redeemed the human
race. Pope Pius XI officially designated Mary the "Queen of Heaven" and
"Queen of the World." The Bible specifically states that Jesus is the
only way to get to heaven. Nowhere in the Bible does it state that Mary is a
co-redeemer. (John 14:6) God speaks
out very clearly against the "Queen of Heaven". (Jeremiah 7:17-19)
They believe a baby can be "born again" through baptism
by sprinkling, furthermore, they believe that baptism is necessary for
salvation. The issue of infant baptism is not mentioned in the Bible, nor
does it mention anything about babies and salvation. We are all born with sin
that alone disqualifies us from getting to heaven. (Romans
3:23) The act of baptism in the Bible does not guarantee you a place in
heaven or make you born again, rather it is an outward act of obedience to God
after you have been saved.
They believe that Jesus merely made the way open for
salvation. In order to enter into that salvation, one must live in
obedience to the authority of the papacy. In addition, Jesus' provision for
salvation not being complete, the Roman Catholic church offers other means to assure one's
salvation. The Roman Catholic church says it alone can grant this essential blessing for
full salvation. This supersedes the Bible in which God guarantees our
salvation. (John 10:27-29; Romans 10:9-17) Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than
going to a garage makes you a mechanic.
They believe that we are saved in part by good works and
that good works are necessary for salvation.
The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith, not works. Good works come
as a result of being saved. (Romans 3:24-28; Ephesians 2:8-9)
They believe there are different levels of sin; mortal
sins in which you are in danger of losing your salvation and venial (minor) sins which
are not as serious. Mankind has placed different distinctions on sin (i.e.
someone caught lying is not punished as severely as a person who is a
murderer). However, in God's eyes, sin is sin, there is no distinction. (Romans
Roman Catholicism makes salvation a long, complicated
process with no assurance of eternal life and forgiveness of all sin. Baptism,
Mass, Confession, prayers to Mary and the Saints, good works, and purgatory
are all added to faith in Christ. By contrast, the Bible teaches salvation by
faith in Jesus Christ alone. Bible salvation is God's free gift to any sinner
who believes that Christ died for their sins and rose again for their defense.
Bible salvation gives immediate assurance of eternal life. No church ever saved
anyone, but Christ can and will save everyone who will come and trust Him as
their Saviour. Membership or faith in a church does not secure salvation for
anyone, but trust Christ and Him alone and you will be saved for all
eternity! Would you like to be saved?
Further information can be found in the following books:
50 Years in the "Church" of
by Charles Chiniquy
Answers to my Catholic
by Thomas Heinze
The Two Babylons
by Alexander Hislop
Understanding Roman Catholicism
by Rick Jones
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