U.S. Roman Catholics and Christians Don’t Know What They Believe
Sad fact people here are essentially ignorant concerning the Bible
By Greg Szymanski, JD
Mar. 23, 2009
The question to answer for both Roman Catholics and Christians is whether they can believe in two diametrically opposed gospels at the same time?
The sad fact, however, is most of the abovementioned people don’t know the difference.
This is verified at The Christian Expositor web site, citing a recent survey:
“If that is not bad enough, 44% of people calling themselves Christians believe that it doesn’t matter what religious faith you follow because they all teach the same lessons, and 51% of these ‘Christians’ believe that is a person is good enough they will get to heaven.
“Forty one per cent believed that ALL PEOPLE will experience the same outcome after death, regardless of their religious beliefs.
“If Paul and the other apostles had this same attitude in their day where would we be today? It is easy to see why our nation is suffering today and why there is a lack of Christian influence in our society.
“There is clearly something wrong with a Christian faith that is not moved to action by the idolatry that surrounds it.”
Although the original Protestant Reformers had their differences, they were in unanimous agreement on two things: salvation by faith and outing the Vatican as the Anti-Christ as identified in the Book of Revelations.
Both of these tenents are gone today, making Rome’s ecumenical movement all the more dangerous to religious freedom.
So what do Christians and Roman Catholics really believe today?
The Christian Expositor Web site had this to say:
“Can a faithful Catholic agree that the Bible teaches that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone – while also agreeing that ‘the sacraments of the New Law [canons and decrees of the Church] are … necessary for salvation’ and ‘without them … men cannot ‘obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification…’ (Trent 7th Session, Canon 4)? Catholicism, carried to its logical conclusion, is a denial of justification by faith in the context of Romans 3, 4, 5 and 8, because it involves works as a means of merit, whereas Biblical theology informs us that salvation is ‘by grace, the gift of God, not by works, lest anyone should boast’ (Ephesians 2:8-10)
‘Faith alone’ is condemned by the Roman Catholic Church but, by contrast, adding anything to faith is condemned as a false gospel by the Apostle Paul (Galatians 1:6-9)! Can an ‘evangelical’ Catholic priest transubstantiate a piece of bread into the body and blood of Christ and then during the Mass ‘immolate’ Him (‘to kill as in a sacrifice,’ according to Webster’s New World Dictionary)? Can this priest, while celebrating the Mass, also deny that the Eucharist is ‘truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ…’ as his church declared centuries ago (Trent, 13th Session, Canon 1)?
So which gospel is it, folks? DO you follow Vatican tradition or the unadulterated version of God’s Word in the Bible (King James 1611):
Here is a good analysis by the abovementioned reference at the Expositor:
The Bible teaches that the communion elements are simply symbolic because this is the plain teaching of the text, but it is a view anathematised by the ‘infallible’ Council of Trent. Can ‘evangelical’ Catholic communicants believe that the Eucharist is only symbolic of Christ and at the same time believe that the bread and wine become ‘the Body and Blood of Christ”? To do so is illogical and un-Scriptural, for people fail to recognise that Jesus was standing bodily before the apostles when He made His statements regarding this Memorial – the bread and wine are therefore but ’emblems’ in a sacrament to be undertaken, for ‘as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes’ (1 Corinthians 11:26; cf. Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22). To allow Catholics who choose to remain in Rome to fellowship with believers through ‘the Ecumenical Movement’ is to risk ‘fellowshipping with unbelievers’ (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), for how can any orthodox evangelical who desires to see Catholics saved know whether they really have ‘received the basic gospel.’ Which gospel do they really believe – Rome’s or the Biblical gospel? Which Jesus do they have a personal relationship with as Lord and Saviour? The One who cried out (John 19:30) from the cross, ‘It is finished!’ (i.e., the debt is fully paid), or the one who continues to be sacrificed around the world, millions of times per year, on Catholic altars? Is Jesus really Lord and sole Redeemer, or is He still joint-Redeemer with his mother, the totally un-Scriptural ‘Mediatrix’ Mary? Going out into the streets, or door-to-door in Wales, never mind Catholic countries where Rome’s deception is rampant, one searches in vain for a Roman Catholic who even knows, much less believes, the true Biblical gospel!
Do ‘charismatic’ Catholics really manifest the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Will the Spirit that leads us ‘into all truth’ (John 16:13) energize Roman sacraments which deny the gospel, and encourage Catholics to continue in idolatrous rituals, recite prayers using pagan rosaries, and revitalize their devotions to Mary – as nearly all ‘evangelical Catholics’ claim? No, the Spirit of truth certainly will not! This is another ‘spirit’ – the occultic spirit which pervades the ‘Charismatic’ movement where the Gnostics of the metaphysical pseudo-Science of W.E. Kenyon have met with the Quakers, Fakers and Shakers of the Vineyard-Kansas City fellowships, and Shaman friends of Arch-heretic Carey unite with the spirit of the Dalai Lama, ‘friend’ of the Pope! The Bible clearly teaches that ‘friendship with the world is enmity with God’ (James 4:4). This is the spirit that rejects examination of doctrine and teachings by the Word of God and relies on ’emotion’ and ‘feelings.’ It is therefore not surprising that, behind the scenes, the Catholic Church has been pushing ecumenism for years. It is not only drawing the ‘separated brethren’ of Protestantism back into the fold, but uniting all religions under Rome, as Revelation 17 indicates.