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Debunking Roman Catholicism, Part 3: The Devil is in the differences.

Friday, June 26, 2009

JAM 1:6 …for the one who doubts (someone who wavers between two systems of thought) is like the surf (a wave) of the sea (which, as powerful as it is, still gets), driven and tossed by the wind.

JAM 1:8 …a double-minded man (actually double-souled man),
unstable in all his ways.

DEBUNKING
ROMAN CATHOLICISM
A Counterfeit to Christianity

Counterfeit: An imitation, fraudulently passing itself off as genuine

Debunk: To expose as false

DEBUNK QUESTION 1
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of Roman Catholicism say
about the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ?

DEBUNK QUESTION 2
What is Christianity’s and Roman Catholicism’s source of truth?

DEBUNK QUESTION 3
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of Roman Catholicism suggest concerning how a person is to be saved (The Gospel Message)?

DEBUNK QUESTION 4
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of Roman Catholicism say about the essence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?

DEBUNK QUESTION 5
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of Roman Catholicism say about God’s policy toward mankind?

DEBUNK QUESTION 1
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of Roman Catholicism say
about the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ?
MAT 22:42 “What do you think about the Christ…”

The Bible, which contains the doctrines of Christianity, says
the Lord Jesus Christ is God.
JOH 10:30 “I (the Lord Jesus Christ) and (God) the Father are one
(in essence).”

The Doctrine of the Hypostatic Union
The Lord Jesus Christ is 100% Deity and 100% True Humanity
in one person forever…the unique person of the universe

JOH 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten (uniquely born one) from (God) the Father, full of grace and truth.

MAT 16:14-15 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He (Jesus) said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

The Lord Jesus Christ is a visible manifestation of the Godhead

HEB 1:3 And He (the Lord Jesus Christ) is the radiance of His (God the Father’s) glory and the exact representation of His (God the Father’s) nature, and (the Lord Jesus Christ) upholds all things by the word of His power. When He (the Lord Jesus Christ) had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty (God the Father) on high.

2CO 11:4 “For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we (Paul) have not preached (and many will)…”

The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church attacks the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible
CCC 841 “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims (who believe in Allah and the prophet Mohammed, a Jesus-like character); 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.”

CCC 1405 There is no surer pledge or dearer sign of this great hope in the new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness dwells,” than the Eucharist (the Catholic term for
the Lord’s Supper)…Every time this mystery is celebrated, “the work of our redemption is carried on” and we “break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the
food that makes us live forever in Jesus Christ.”

GAL 3:13 (The Lord Jesus) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE.”

CCC 491 Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, “full of grace” through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception.  That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854, “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of (Adam’s) original sin.

CCC 492 The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” (just like the holiness of the uniquely born one, the Lord Jesus Christ) by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son” The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love”

CCC 493 The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the [Mary the] Mother of God “the All-Holy” (Panagia), and celebrate her as “free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned  by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature.” By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.

CCC 969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation… Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”

1TI 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

CCC 494 At the announcement that she would give birth to “the Son of the Most High” without knowing man, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary responded with the obedience of faith, certain that “with God nothing will be impossible…” “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.”…

…Thus, giving her consent to God’s word, Mary becomes the mother of Jesus. Espousing the divine will for salvation wholeheartedly, without a single sin to restrain her, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son; she did so in order to serve the mystery of redemption with him and dependent on him, by God’s grace

As St. Irenaeus says, “Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.” Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert…: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience: what the virgin Eve bound through her disbelief, Mary loosened by her faith.” Comparing her with Eve, they call Mary “the Mother of the living” and frequently claim: “Death through Eve, life through Mary.”

ROM 3:10 “…as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS,
NOT EVEN ONE…”
ROM 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

MAT 13:55-56 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”

DEBUNK QUESTION 2
What is Christianity’s and
Roman Catholicism’s
source of truth?

1CO 2:16
For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT
HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM?
But we have the mind of Christ.

AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
A Christian believes that Scripture…the Bible…the Word of God has authority over the Church

2TI 3:16-17
All Scripture is God breathed (theoneustos) and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of
God may be mature, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
Roman Catholics believe that the Roman Catholic Church has authority over Scriptures

CCC119 …the manner of interpreting Scripture is ultimately subject to the judgment of the Roman Catholic Church which exercises the divinely conferred commission and ministry of watching over and interpreting the Word of God.
But I would not believe in the Gospel had not the authority of the Catholic Church moved me

AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE
A Christian believes that Scripture, the Bible, the Word of God has authority over the Church.
Roman Catholics believe that the Roman Catholic Church has authority over Scriptures.

1TI 6:3-4 If anyone (like the Roman Catholic Church), advocates a different doctrine (and they do), and does not agree with sound words (doctrines from scripture, the word of God), those (doctrines) of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness (eusebeia…the Christian Way of life) he is conceited (arrogant) {and} understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words,
out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions (the sins of the mental attitude).

1TI 4:1 But (God) the (Holy) Spirit explicitly says that in later times some (believers) will fall away from the faith (bible doctrines), paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.

DEBUNK QUESTION 3
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of
Roman Catholicism suggest concerning how a person is to be saved (The Gospel Message)?

2CO 11:4c For if one comes and preaches (and they will) a different gospel…

Christians believe that the only way to get to heaven is through the non-meritorious expression
of faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone…

JOH 8:24 “Therefore I said to you (three verses ago in verse 21) that you will die in your sins (by accepting the power of the cosmic system of thought); for unless you believe that I am He (your Messiah…your Savior…maybe you will and maybe you won’t), you will die in your sins.”

JOH 14:6 (The Lord) Jesus said to him, “I am the way (to salvation), and the truth (through the Mind of Christ, the Word of God),
and the (true function of) life; no one comes to the Father but through (believing in) Me.”

ACT 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else (and nothing else); for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (except the name of the Lord Jesus Christ).” JOH 3:36 “He who believes in the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has eternal life; but he who does not obey the (command to believe in the)
Son will not see (eternal) life (in heaven), but the wrath of God (the Lake of Fire) abides on him.”

ROM 4:5 But to the one (an individual) who does not work (for salvation), but (simply) believes in Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) who justifies the ungodly (unbelievers), his (that individual’s) faith is reckoned (credited) as (absolute) righteousness (+R…the admission ticket to heaven).

2CO 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, (and it is), it is (only) veiled to those who are perishing (unbelievers), in whose case the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Roman Catholics believe they must DO several things to be saved…membership in the Church…the sacraments…
the Eucharist…keeping the Ten Commandments…buying indulgences…going to purgatory, good works, water baptism

CCC 846 (abbreviated) Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church.

He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

CCC 1129 The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. “Sacramental grace” is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior.

CCC 1405 There is no surer pledge or dearer sign of this great hope in the new heavens and new earth “in which righteousness dwells,” than the Eucharist. Every time this mystery is celebrated, “the work of our redemption is carried on” and we “break the one bread that provides the medicine of immortality, the antidote for death, and the food that makes us live forever in Jesus Christ.”

CCC 2068 The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians and that the justified man is
still bound to keep them; 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 1498 Through (purchasing) indulgences the faithful (Roman Catholics) can obtain the remission (forgiveness…a lesser sentence) of temporal punishment resulting from sin for themselves and also for the souls in Purgatory.

CCC 1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification (in Purgatory), so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

CCC 2010 Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification,
at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others (through good works) the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God’s wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.

CCC 1256 The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon. In case of necessity, anyone, even a non-baptized person, with the required intention, can baptize, by using the Trinitarian baptismal formula. The intention required is to will to do what the church does when she baptizes. The Church finds the reason for this possibility in the universal saving will of God and the necessity of Baptism for salvation.

“Popish writers pretend that they have always taught what we now teach (faith alone in Christ alone for salvation) concerning faith and (divine) good works, and that they are unjustly accused of the contrary. Thus the wolf puts on sheep’s clothing until he gains admission to the fold.” Martin Luther

From “The Gift of Salvation”
a published work from 1998
“All who truly believe in Jesus Christ are brothers and sisters in the Lord and must not allow their differences, however important, to undermine this great truth, or to deflect them from bearing witness to God’s gift of Salvation in Christ.”

“These differences should not keep us from bearing witness to God’s gift of Salvation in Christ: baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, sacramental grace, justification, imputed or transformative righteousness, purgatory, indulgences, devotion to Mary, the assistance of the saints in salvation, and the possibility of salvation for those who have not been evangelized.”

EPH 1:13-14 In Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) you (believers) also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation — having also believed, you were sealed in Him (having believed on
the Lord Jesus Christ) with (by means of) the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

CCC 1035 The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.” The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.

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 As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

CCC 1861 Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation (loss) of sanctifying grace (a term for salvation), that is, of the state of grace (a requirement for entrance to heaven). If it (the state of grace) is not redeemed by (the work of) repentance (penance… the sacrament of confession) and God’s (subsequent) forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom (heaven) and the eternal death of hell (the Lake of Fire), for our freedom (volition) has the power to make choices forever, with no turning back. However, although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God.

JOH 10:28 …and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

ROM 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,// nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

DEBUNK QUESTION 4
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of
Roman Catholicism say about the essence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?

JOH 19:30 Therefore when (the Lord) Jesus (Christ) had received (drunk) the sour wine (as He hung from the Cross), He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His (human) spirit (to the right hand of God the Father).

Tetelestai!
Salvation is finished from eternity past with the result that
it stands finished forever…the provision for salvation of all creatures is completed.

Roman Catholics do not believe that the Lord Jesus Christ’s work at the Cross is good enough to save them forever.

CCC 2027 No one can merit the initial grace which is (given) at the origin of conversion (to Roman Catholicism). Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others (through works and prayer for the dead) all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary
temporal goods.

ROM 11:6 “But if it (salvation) is by grace, it (salvation) is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”

DEBUNK QUESTION 5
What do the doctrines of Christianity and of Roman Catholicism say about God’s policy toward mankind?
EPH 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith (alone in the Lord Jesus Christ alone); and that (grace, faith, and salvation is) not of yourselves, it is the (free) gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

1CH 21:9-12 The Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and speak to David, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord , “I offer you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.” So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the Lord , ‘Take for yourself either three years of famine, or three months to be swept away before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the Lord , even pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.” David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the Lord , for His mercies are very great. But do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

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