Be Catholic? NO!
Here are 4 reasons, plus the way to escape purgatory.
1 .A history of extremely evil behavior in the Inquisitions. MULTIPLIED MILLIONS (Halley's Bible Handbook suggests 50 million) were killed during the dark ages (over 5 centuries) to purge out "heretics" and any who dissented from Catholic teachings. The Bible only states that we are to WARN heretics, not associate with them and not allow them to teach in our churches... it never suggests to kill them. But dozens of Popes were responsible for this worst-ever holocaust and did not stop it. These were my spiritual predecessors being killed. Many LOVED GOD, but just didn't agree with some of the Catholic inventions (listed below). Long ago? Yes, but with a time change, it could have been me....your friends....your family. The whole "papal succession" concept dies right here. I John 3:15 says that no murderer has eternal life in him. These leaders weren't even "saved", let alone speaking or acting for God. What possessed them to continue this persecution for centuries? Think about it.
Moving to more current history -- Pedophilia scandals. The numbers are way too high, and the other problem is that church leaders who knew of it did not deal with it correctly.
2. A history of Doctrinal changes and additions. Non-catholics see each of these things listed below as a departure from true Christianity. Each of these is discussed on-line -- just google the key words to see WHY these things do not fit with the Bible. (one place is www.ProclaimingTheGospel.org)
ALSO just click here Purgatory.htm This site shows
HOW TO ESCAPE PURGATORY based on the Bible.
It is a detailed study... it is something we need to be SURE about!
Infant baptism -- 431
Mass a sacrifice -- 500
Celibacy -- 1079
Rosary -- 1090
Indulgences and purgatory -- (593 and ) 1190
Transubstantiation -- 1215
Confession of sins to priest - 1215
Purgatory a dogma -- 1438
Tradition = Scripture -- 1545
Immaculate conception of Mary -- 1854
Infallible pope -- 1870
Mary co-redeemer -- 1922
Assumption of Mary -- 1950
3. UNIVERSALISM is becoming the norm. Paragraph 841 of the current (on-line) RC Catechism says this regarding the church's relationship with the Muslims:
"The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims;
these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."
This is a total lie. Muslims teach that Allah had no son (the inscription is on the Dome of the Rock) and that Jesus didn't truly die. Their description of Allah includes the label "Master Deceiver". Sounds more like Satan than God.
And in May of 2013 Pope Francis by radio from Rome indicated that ATHEISTS can go to heaven. Google those key words for the full statement, but he did not indicate they needed to repent, believe, be baptized or join any group.... just "do good"....they are redeemed by Christ even as atheists. This contradicts what Catholics have stood for down through the centuries, as well as John 3:16-18 and 36.
4. SALVATION DOCTRINE. I have saved the most significant statement for the last. I fear the Roman Catholic plan of salvation is in error. The Bible indicates that we can KNOW for sure where we will end up beyond this life (I John 5:13, II Cor. 5:6-9) Most Catholics do not know what is ahead for them. My motivation for this article is that I know I am headed for heaven (directly) and I want to take others with me.
But the specter of purgatory looms if Catholics don't do things such as attend mass, partake of sacraments, confess to a priest, do penance, receive extreme unction and more. This actually makes Catholics (in a way) their own saviors, and whether they make it to heaven is actually dependent on the TIME they die (sins confessed or not). This is NOT what the Bible teaches. Jesus alone is the Savior! The GIFT God gives is called ETERNAL life and it is ours because of HIS shed blood, and it is not a TEMPORARY situation that changes every time one sins. I gain it when I believe (John 3:16, 5:24) and it is certain because it includes a gift the Bible calls "imputed righteousness". This is a legal transfer of Christ's righteousness onto my record with God and it is permanent and perfect. It is described in Romans Chapter 4.
Let's be honest. God’s requirements are impossibly high to be qualified for heaven – "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father in heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:48
And James 2:10 clarifies that even one broken rule or command makes us as guilty as if we had broken them all. We cannot rely on a pattern of "break command/repent, break command/repent" and think we are meeting this requirement for heaven! No wonder Romans 3:10 says "there is none righteous, no not one." But the Bible DOES tell us how to meet this requirement. In Heb. 10:14 we read:
(Verse 10 here tells us that we are sanctified (set apart to God)
by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, so it is all the work of God.)
How can God say we as imperfect people are "perfected for ever"?
It is because of the concept of IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS! That is the missing salvation teaching in Roman Catholicism!
We have to understand that the Bible talks about two kinds of righteousness. Paul said in Phil. 3:9 that he wanted to be found by God, NOT having his OWN righteousness, based on law-keeping, but a righteousness "which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." He was talking about imputed righteousness.
That other kind of righteousness is gained by faith. It is explained in Romans 4. There (King James Version, verse 3) it says Abraham was COUNTED as righteous . That’s not the same as acting righteously. It goes on to say that we get this gift by GRACE (an undeserved favor) and it is not tied to our WORKS (Rom 4:4-5 and 11:6). Rom. 4: 7-8 show that it involves the forgiveness of sins, and the end of God keeping record of our sins. They are not imputed or "written down" if you will. THAT means there is nothing on our record to keep us out of heaven! This is so because of the blood that Jesus Christ shed for us on the cross. When Christ said, "It is finished", it was an accounting term meaning "paid in full." My sins are all paid for and God does not require a double payment. This REALLY settles the sin issue for ever!
Romans 4: 16 makes reference to the CERTAINTY we have in this promise, and verses 22-25 indicate it’s for us who believe as well as Abraham. Because of this clean record we receive, we can say as it says in I John 5:13, that we KNOW we HAVE eternal life. Romans 8:1 also tells us there is no condemnation (no judgment) for us as believers who are "in Christ".
Picture a piece of paper with the words "My Record With God" written across the top. When I believe in Christ, all those sins listed are erased… I have a clean record with God. AND…. if I sin after I am thus saved, it says in II Cor. 5:19-21 (as it says in Romans 4:8) that God is no longer imputing or writing down those sins on my record. God instead promises "Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more" (Heb. 10:17) . And because of this gift we are invited to come BOLDLY to God’s throne of grace. (Heb. 10:19) We don't have to go to a priest because it says in I Timothy 2:5 that there is just ONE mediator (go-between) between God and man and that is Jesus Christ.
Yes, God does discipline us on EARTH. When we sow sin – we will reap for it. But our ETERNAL LIFE is not affected (otherwise it would be temporary life). We pray you will receive the glorious gift of imputed righteousness (Rom. 5:17) offered by grace!
Romans 1:16-17 says this IS the heart of the gospel message, and that message is powerful enough to save all who believe it. The gift of imputed righteousness can build a firm foundation for your faith, and frees us from an endless list of "do's" because in Christ it has FINISHED. Believe it! Rejoice in it! It will change your life.
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"But what about...?" Many feel the Bible teaches a less secure relationship than is presented here.
For a study of the many verses on eternal salvation as well as the verses that seem to teach otherwise, click here:
If I Could Lose My Salvation
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