Disclaimer: Anyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and believes God raised Him from the dead will be saved. This includes our “Roman” catholic brothers and sisters as well as all those that protest (Protestants). It isn’t what you know that gets you into heaven, it’s who you know! This doesn’t excuse heresy and those that teach it must be restored to:
1. Bible only
2. Jesus only
3. Grace only and
4. Faith only.
Don’t perish for lack of knowledge and be at least “grown up enough” to hear me out and rebut me as a fellow-believer. Thank you for this consideration. I write this in love.
The primary purpose of this article is to set forth in strong contrast the differences between the evangelical Protestant and the Roman Catholic Church both in regards to doctrine and in regard to the practical effects where these two systems have been effective in the lives of people.
The Second Vatican Council claims that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church.
Rome has changed her tactics when old methods became ineffective but she has never changed her nature.
The Constitution on the Church affirms that the Roman pontiff has full, supreme and universal power over the Church. It adds that “he is always free to exercise this power.”
The doctrine of papal infallibility is restated.
The Council of Trent states that the priests have the power of consecrating and offering the body and blood of our Lord of remitting sins.”
If the Roman Church were reformed according to Scripture, it would have to be abandoned.
The Pope’s purpose is not unity but absorption!
The freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly is a part of our everyday life.
The Basis of Protestant Belief:
· The supremacy of the Bible in all matters of faith and practice.
· Justification by faith, not by works, although works have their necessary and logical place as the fruits and proof of true faith.
· The right of the individual to go directly to God in prayer apart from the mediation of any priest or other human intermediary.
· Individual freedom of conscience and worship within the authority of the Bible.
The one consuming purpose of the Vatican is to convert the entire world, not to Christianity, but to Roman Catholicism.
The Roman Catholic Church is reticent about asserting:
· To be the only true church
· The only church that has a right to conduct public religious services
· It’s right to suppress all other forms of religion
· It’s superiority to all national and state governments
· It’s control over all marriage
· It’s right to direct all education and obligation of the state to support its churches and schools with tax money.
· In the countries where it has been dominant for centuries, we see the true fruits in the lives of the people:
· Low moral standards
Catholicism conditions its people to accept censorship, thought control, and ultimately dictatorship.
If the United States should become Roman Catholic the result undoubtedly would be the rapid conquest of this country and the rest of the world by communism. Our descent would be sure and fast.
Roman Catholicism has reached its present state as the result of a long, slow process of development as through the century’s one new doctrine, or ritual, or custom after another has been added.
Galatians 1:8-10 (NASB77)
8 But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Roman Catholic Heresies:
300AD Prayers for the dead
Making the sign of the cross
320AD Wax candles
375AD Veneration of angels and dead saints and use of images
394AD The mass as a daily celebration
431AD Mary as the “Mother of God”
500AD Priests dress differently than lay
526AD Extreme unction
593AD Doctrine of purgatory
600AD Use of Latin language
Prayers directed to Mary
607AD Title of Pope
709AD Kissing the Pope’s foot
750AD Temporal powers of pope
786AD Worship of the cross
850AD Holy water
890AD Worship of Joseph
927AD College of Cardinals
965AD Baptism of bells
995AD Canonization of dead saints
998AD Fasting on Fri and lent
1079AD Celibacy of priests
1090AD The rosary
1184AD The Inquisition
1090AD Sale of indulgences
1215AD Auricular confession
1220AD Adoration of the wafer
1229AD Bible forbidden to laymen
1251AD The scapular
1414AD Cup forbidden to people
1439AD Seven sacraments
1508AD Ave Maria
1545AD Tradition equal to Bible
1546AD Apocryphal books
1560AD Creed of Pope Pius IV
1854AD Immaculate conception
1864AD Syllabus of errors
1870AD Papal infallibility
1930AD Public schools condemned
1950AD Assumption of Mary
1965AD Mary is mother of church
Human inventions have been substituted for Bible truth and practice.
The distinctive attitude of the present day Roman Church was fixed largely by the Council of Trent (1545-1563), with its more than 100 anathemas or curses pronounced against all who then or in the future would dare to differ with its decisions.
What is next? Mary as matrix or co-Redemptrix!
While the Roman church has been so free to hurl the name “heretic” at all who differ with her, the above list shows that the real heretics are the Roman Catholics themselves, and that the true orthodox are the evangelical Christians.
The Reformation, under Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Knox was literally a “back-to-the-Bible” movement, a return to apostolic Christianity.
The Reformers “protested” against the false doctrines and practices that were contrary to the teachings of the New Testament.
Q: How then do we know whether or not any particular system sets forth true Christianity?
A: By comparing it with a recognized standard, the Bible which is the ultimate authority.
All the decrees of the Pope or his authority that are not in the Bible are false.
The Roman concept of sin is quite different from that of Protestantism. Rome does not demand reform in her people. As long as they acknowledge the church and meet the external requirements they are allowed to do about as they please.
By LORAINE BOETTNER
THE POPE is Rome's High Priest