What are the Traditions of Men?

The catholic church and its leaders will be accountable to God for much. Most of catholic beliefs stem from the traditions of men – but they call it sacred tradition. There is nothing sacred about contradicting what God has said in His Word. In fact, the Bible calls it blasphemy!

~Matthew 23:23-24 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (23) Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. (24)

Romanism is famous for straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. The poor catholic is bombarded with sacraments, prayers, penances, indulgences, traditions, catechism, etc. but their leaders are just as lost as they are. They pray the rosary and much words but yet never speak to God.

~Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

The Word of God is the whole law – it brings judgment upon us and reveals our sin to us – it shows us the mercy of God and His salvation to us – and shows us how to be saved, through faith and that not of ourselves, it is a gift of God not of works lest any man should boast!

Does this not sound like the catholics picked up exactly what the Jews/Pharisees were doing? Romanism has its members wrapped up in doing just that.

~Galatians 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

~2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

~Matthew 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

~Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

~Matthew 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

~Mark 7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

~Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

~Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

~Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

~Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

~2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

Peter himself encouraged the believers to do as the prophets had done and to search diligently for themselves and not to take the word of mere man.

~1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

~1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

~1 Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

~1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

~1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

~1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

~1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

~1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

~1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

~1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

~1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

~1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

If Peter was the first pope as the catholics proclaim, why would he encourage the believer to be “in the Word” and to search things out and to obey those who followed after the Word and not after the traditions of men? What Peter exhorts the believer to do here is totally in contradiction to what the catholic church claims.

How can you follow after a church that teaches so many things that are contrary to what God’s Word says? Where do you draw the line?

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THE Owner’s Manual

Oh the smell of a new car! There’s nothing like it! What is it about a new car? I love to look at it – I love to drive it. But one thing is for sure, I do not like the repairs and costs associated with it! My husband likes to tinker with our vehicles. He always makes sure that he purchases the manual for each of our vehicles so he can work on them. Whenever something goes wrong, out comes the manual and he looks up the “symptoms” and diagnoses the problem. Once he knows what the problem is, he can get to work to fix it.

We own a Nissan Titan and, as you can guess, he owns the manual for that as well 🙂 However, he would not take the Nissan manual out to fix our Ford Focus, nor would he take the Ford manual out to fix the Titan. The Ford manufacturer has complete guidelines and instructions for their vehicles (as do all other manufacturers) and if anyone knows how to repair our Focus, they would. They would not relinquish the responsibility of documenting their repair instructions to another manufacturer – that would be absurd! So the car buyer knows that he can trust Ford’s documentation because it is written by those who manufactured the car. No one else knows a Ford better than those who build it, right? With that thought in mind, you wouldn’t turn to a Ford manual to work on your Toyota would you? Of course not.

It is the same with “religion.” To those who are searching for God and wanting to know how to get to heaven, they must turn to the only source that has the truth. (John 17:17) They may turn to a specific “church” or organization for the answers, but why not go to the Source who documented the truth? (John 14:26) If anyone knows about heaven and how to get there, it is God and He recorded the way in the Bible. Some think they know the way because they go to a specific church or they were “christian” all their lives. However, the Bible says,

(Pro 14:12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Is it possible that the way you think is the right way could be the wrong way? Don’t you want to know? (Matthew 7:13-14) Don’t you want to make sure???

Do you let people deceive you in your finances? Do you fall for gimmicks on television? Are you a sucker for every good deal that crosses your path? If you’re like me, you like to research and investigate before you spend your hard-earned money. I don’t throw away my money frivolously. I make sure that I am getting my money’s worth. Nothing is too good for my family so I watch out for the best deals and make my dollar stretch. I can’t put a price on their health and well being.

But what is the price of their soul? What is the price on where they will spend eternity? That, my friend, is priceless! It is my duty (Deut. 11:18-20) to show my children the way to heaven. God did not leave us without direction. The Bible offers the instructions on how to repair our souls, just as my husband’s Nissan manual offers him the instructions on repairing his truck!

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

No matter how many men tell my husband he can put a Dodge part into his Nissan, he knows that it just won’t work. Why? Because he has read the manual and he has learned from the master mechanics at Nissan how to repair his vehicle. He doesn’t travel from manufacturer to manufacturer trying to find another way or a work around solution. He knows that the truth about fixing his vehicle is found in its manual.

Salvation is no different! No matter how many religious people tell us that their way is the only way, we must compare what they say with what God says in His word. Will you take the words of men or will you take the words of God? Does your religion tell you that the church “fathers” and church traditions are also God’s words? What if the two contradict each other?

Who is the authority on the subject but the author? The Author, God, has penned His instructions – His directions – His map, if you will – and we find those words in our Bible.

(Heb 5:9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is the Rock and foundation of our faith.

(Deu 32:4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (1 Cor 10:4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

When we follow a church’s teachings blindly, we will fall as they fall (Luk 6:39). Don’t be guilty of placing your eternal destination in the hands of another. It is your responsibility to seek out the truth and decide for yourself. Your church will not be standing next to you on Judgment Day. You will be alone when it comes to giving an account before God why you chose to accept instructions which were not contained in His word. God has left you His manual in the Bible!

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Is Work Always the Way?

Working to gain salvation is much like snowfall in Northern Maine. The picture above is of a dear friend who was steadily working to remove the snow from his driveway. With record-breaking snowfall that winter, he was simply maintaining. More snow will just keep falling and replacing the snow he has blown away.

It is the same with man’s sinful nature. We can work and work at confessing it to the parish priest, but those sins just keep coming back. The Scripture says that we cannot get to Heaven because we are sinners. God is Holy and will not receive anyone who is not holy as He is holy. (1 Pet. 1:16)

Many religions interpret this to mean that one must work at his religion so he may gain entrance to heaven, or even use this to promote the dogma of purgatory. However, no matter how hard one works at being holy, one can never be holy. (Isaiah 64:6)

We are all sinners and we will continue to sin until the day we die. (Romans 3:23) Our “good” deeds, like this snow removal, will never make up for our sinfulness. The snow removal is only temporary. Purgatory enforces this belief because it means that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was not sufficient and, therefore, there has to be more – there has to be something added to the plan of salvation! Every religion of the world has added works and good deeds to their salvation message. This includes Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism, etc.

This is quite different from what God’s word teaches. The Scripture teaches that you can be forgiven of your sins, once and for all. To do so, you need to come to Christ (Matt. 11:28). You need to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior (John 1:12; Rom. 10:13). You need to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins (John 14:14), and trust in Him alone because there is nothing that you can personally do. You must repent and sin no more (John 8:11). Many “claim” salvation but there has been no repentance and they continue to sin just like before.

Remember, your good deeds do not earn you a special place before God (Isa. 64:6). Furthermore, if you have faith, it is because that faith is the work of God (John 6:28-29). If you believe, it is because God has granted that you believe (Phil. 1:29). It is not because you were baptized, or have been good, or belonged to a certain church, or have been sincere. It is all of God. The Lord must receive all the glory for salvation because it completely and totally rests in Him. It does not rest on a church – it does not rest on the pope – it does not rest on you! Salvation rests in Christ alone and it is received by faith apart from works.

Please read the following scriptures carefully:

1. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ~Rom. 3:23

2. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord ~Rom. 6:23

3. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. ~1 Pet. 2:24

4. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~2 Cor. 5:21

5. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. ~John 14:14

6. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls ~Matt. 11:28-29

7. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: ~John 1:12

8. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. ~Gal. 2:21

9. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. ~Rom. 3:28

10. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. ~Rom. 4:3

11. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. ~Rom. 4:5

12. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Now, after reading these verses, can you seriously believe that God would change the plan of salvation to include purgatory? God does not change – His plan of salvation in the Scriptures will never be superceded by anyone. Don’t believe a lie. Use that brain that God gave you and read His word. He will not lie to you, but man will! Let God’s Holy word speak to your hearts and allow His Holy Spirit to draw you to salvation!

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Which Way is Right?

~Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

~Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. 

First of all, let’s be clear about one thing. What is written here today is not MY opinion but what comes right out of Word of God. Take a moment to read and let God’s Word speak to your heart.

I was searching for a specific group of words in my Bible software and found that this group appeared twice in Proverbs. This Proverb was so important that the Lord put it in the Scriptures twice. Anything the Lord states more than once in the Bible should be noted and carefully heeded, don’t you think?

I can’t speak for God because His thoughts are not mine (Is. 55:8-9). But I can get a pretty good idea of what He communicates to mankind through the Bible. I’ve always heard preaching on this verse in conjunction with salvation. Oh how true it is!! When I was “religious,’ I just knew I was in the right religion. I was repeatedly told that I was in the one true church but I had not studied the Word of God to make sure that I was being told truth.

Notice how the verses state that this way of salvation seems right unto a man. Not “right unto the religious leaders” but unto the man himself. Every individual, every breathing soul that ever lived, will have to make this choice for himself. We cannot place the burden of blame on someone else for the choices we make. Why, then, do we think that we can leave the decision of salvation to someone else?

When I look back on the day I got saved, I remember a young woman who thought she was “OK” with God because she belonged to the biggest/richest “church and religion” in the world. How could so many people be wrong? Praise my wonderful Father in Heaven for pricking my heart through His Holy Spirit and showing me that nothing and no one could remove the burden of guilt from sin but Jesus Christ. No church, no priest, no Rabbi, no Pastor can say that I have eternal salvation because I am a member of a certain church. Why do I know that? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Joh 14:6)

Jesus is NOT the way THROUGH a specific church. The Word of God says differently,

~Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

There is NO salvation in any other! None! The Word of God is clear. This way that I thought was the right way was leading me straight to Hell. I wasn’t even questioning it. I wasn’t even concerned. My priest never once had me thinking about where I would spend eternity. NEVER! I thank God daily for sending someone to warn me that I was heading down this path that was leading me to the ways of death! Thank You, Lord!

~Romans 14:1  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

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Are You Right With God

This is an excellent article by Richard Bennett, former Catholic priest, called Are You Right With God?

I pray it is a blessing to you!

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Salvation is not of works

righteousness-by-faith-smaller-aMatthew 19:25-26 When his disciples heard [it], they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

There is nothing that you can do to add to your salvation. There are not enough good works in the world that could make you good enough to enter Heaven.

Peter said in two verses of 1 Peter:

1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Only God is holy and no one can match His holiness and righteousness. The Bible says:

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

Job 15:14 What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

Psalm 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalm 14:1 To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David. The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.

What makes you think, dear Catholic, that your “good deeds and works” are good enough for entering Heaven? If you were given 70 years in your life and you were to commit only one sin per day, you would have committed 25,550 sins in your lifetime! So how many sins would keep you out of Heaven? God looks at your self-thought righteousness as filthy compared to His own!

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

If you read prior to Matthew 19:25-26, (verses 16-24) the young man asked Jesus what good thing he would have to do to gain Heaven. Jesus’ reply was to obey the commandments. The young man’s reply was that he kept all the commandments. However, Jesus knew that this young man had a love of the world more than a love for God as he was very rich. So Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and follow Him. The young man was sad because he was very rich. Jesus went on to say that it was hard for a rich person to go to Heaven because his love for money/the world is greater than his love for God. Then Christ goes on to say more specifically, that salvation by men’s standards is impossible – in other words, there’s nothing man can do to go to Heaven. This is only possible for God because only God can provide salvation – through His Son, Jesus Christ.

There is not one work that you can do that will put you in better placement for Heaven! The only way to Heaven is through Christ and Him alone. Only He was able to gain entrance through His sacrifice – only He was righteous enough – therefore, only He makes your salvation possible. This is His gift to you. Not anything of yours will do it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

You can’t pay for a gift, otherwise it isn’t a gift any longer.

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Are You Right With God?

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Are You Right With God?

What devout Catholic does not want to be right with God?

If you are a Catholic, can you say without a doubt that you are right with God at this very moment? Perhaps you are thinking, “Well, I’m following the teachings of the Church on how to be right with God.” Then would you agree that those beliefs should match God’s written Word, the Bible? Perhaps your answer is “No,” or “I am not sure.” Would you like to know, for peace of mind, now … and for eternity?

Whatever your answer, you may be in the position that I was in as a dedicated Roman Catholic priest. After years of study for the priesthood in Ireland and Rome, followed by 22 years as a priest, I was never sure that I was right with God. As a devout Dominican, I always tried to be right with God through following and believing the Catholic Church. I taught those under my care to do the same. As sincere as I was, and as hard as I tried, I never achieved any peace about being right with God.

Finally, I discovered that it’s not only possible to be right with God, but that God wants us to be secure in that position! So, I urge you to do what I did – compare the teachings of the Catholic Church on this vital question with the words of the Holy Bible. Below, we show six important comparisons for you to consider.

IT IS VITAL YOU READ ON

Your eternal destiny – heaven or hell – depends on how you understand and respond to the truths in these topics. If you feel unqualified for such a study, please draw strength from these words of Scripture: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it” (James 1:5). God wants you to know the truth about knowing Him!

NOTE: Under each topic, I present the written Word of God (from the Catholic New American Bible) alongside the official teaching of the Catholic Church, taken from the official Catholic Catechism

“Your eternal

destiny – heaven

or hell – depends

on how you

understand and

respond to the

truths in these

topics.”

“God wants you

to know the

truth about

knowing Him!”

BASIS OF TRUTH

God’s Written Word of Truth

from the Bible

The Bible Alone is the Standard for Truth.

Scripture cannot be set aside. John 10:35

Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17

…so that you may learn from us not to go beyond what is written. 1 Corinthians 4:6

Every word of God is tested; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Add nothing to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be exposed as a deceiver.

Proverbs 30:5-6

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

God must be true, though every human being is a liar. Romans 3:4

Beliefs of a Sincere Catholic, from the official Catholic Catechism

Truth is Based on Scripture, Tradition, and the Pope.

Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other. CCC Para 80

Sacred Scripture…and [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. CCC Para 81

As a result, the [Roman Catholic] Church…does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.

CCC Para 82

The Roman Pontiff, head of the college of bishops, enjoys this infallibility in virtue of his office, when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful – who confirms his brethren in the faith – he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. CCC Para 891

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THE MEANS OF SALVATION

God’s Written Word of Truth

from the Bible

Beliefs of a Sincere Catholic

from the official Catholic

Catechism

Salvation is by Grace Alone,

Through Faith.

They are justified freely by his

grace through the redemption in

Christ Jesus..Romans 3:24

For by grace you have been saved

through faith, and this is not from

you; it is the gift of God; it is not

from works, so no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For if, by the transgression of one

person, death came to reign

through that one, how much more

will those who receive the

abundance of grace and of the gift

of justification come to reign in

life through the one person Jesus

Christ.

Romans 5:17

I do not nullify the grace of God;

for if justification comes through

the law, then Christ died for

nothing… Galatians 2:21

For Salvation, Grace is a Help

Given Through the Sacraments.

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.

CCC Para 1129

One who desires to obtain

reconciliation with God and with

the Church must confess to a

priest all the unconfessed, grave

sins he remembers after having

carefully examined his

conscience.

CCC Para 1493

Grace is the help God gives us to

respond to our vocation of

becoming his adopted sons. It

introduces us into the intimacy of

the Trinitarian life.

CCC Para 2021

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MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN

God’s Written Word of Truth Beliefs of a Sincere Catholic from from the Bible the 1994 Catechism

In Salvation – Jesus Christ Mediates In Salvation – Mary also Mediates

For there is one God. There is also one Taken up to heaven she did not lay mediator between God and the human aside this saving office but by her race, Christ Jesus, himself human. manifold intercession continues to bring 1 Timothy 2:5 us the gifts of eternal salvation…. Jesus Christ…. There is no salvation Therefore, the Blessed Virgin is through anyone else, nor is there any invoked in the [Roman Catholic] other name under heaven given to the Church under the titles of Advocate, human race by which we are to be Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix. saved. Acts 4:10,12 CCC Para 969

THE ORIGIN OF FAITH

God’s Written Word of Truth

from the Bible

Salvation is the Gift of God and Comes by the Word of God

Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved. Acts 16:31

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

Symeon Peter, a slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those that have received a faith of equal value to ours through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1.1

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

Beliefs of a Sincere Catholic

from the 1994 Catechism

Faith Comes Through the Mother Church

It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes and sustains my faith. CCC Para 168

Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother… CCC Para 169

“Believing” is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. “No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother.” CCC Para 181

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ICONS

God’s Written Word of Truth Beliefs of a Sincere Catholic

from the Bible from the 1994 Catechism

God Hates Idolatry The Roman Catholic Church Venerates Images

You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on The Christian veneration of images is not the earth below or in the waters beneath the contrary to the first commandment, which earth; you shall not bow down before them proscribes [forbids] idols. Indeed, the honor or worship them. rendered to an image passes to its Exodus 20:4-5 prototype, and whoever venerates an image

venerates the person portrayed in it.

CCC Para 2132

He proclaimed to you his covenant, which he commanded you to keep: the ten commandments, which he wrote on two Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate tablets of stone. You saw no form at all on Word, the seventh ecumenical council at the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb Nicaea ([AD]787) justified…the veneration from the midst of the fire. Be strictly on of icons—of Christ, but also of the Mother your guard, therefore, not to degrade of God, the angels, and all the saints. By yourselves by fashioning an idol to becoming incarnate, the Son of God represent any figure… introduced a new “economy” of images. Deuteronomy 4:13,15-16 CCC Para 2131

GOD: THE ONLY ALL HOLY ONE

God’s Written Word of Truth

from the Bible

God is the Only All Holy One and the Only Source of Holiness.

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!” they cried one to the other. “All the earth is filled with his glory!” Isaiah 6:3

Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. Revelation 15:4

There is no Holy One like the LORD; there is no Rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2

I am the LORD, this is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. Isaiah 42:8

Beliefs of a Sincere Catholic from the 1994 Catechism

Mary is Also the All Holy One and the Source of Holiness.

By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the “Mother of Mercy,” the All Holy One. CCC, Para 2677

From the [Roman Catholic] Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all- holy Virgin Mary. CCC Para 2030

The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call 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. CCC Para 493

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What Difference Does It Make?

Can you say you really know a person when you believe wrong things about that person in all the important areas of his/her life? Hardly! It is even more impossible to truly know God while clinging to teachings that contradict what God says about Himself in the Bible. How can anyone hope to be right with God while believing the wrong things about Him? Many former Catholics have discovered what it takes to be right with God according to God’s Word.

The Bible clearly states, For our sake [God] made Him [Jesus Christ] to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him(2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus Christ was personally All Holy; yet as the substitute for sinners, He became legally responsible for the sins of mankind, accepting God’s punishment of our sins.

God made Christ “to be sin” by transferring our sins to Him, then punishing Him for those sins. The consequence of Christ’s perfect faithfulness to the Father in all that He did on earth – ending in His substitutionary death on the cross – is that Christ’s righteousness is put to the credit of anyone who truly believes in God’s provision for their salvation.

Being right with God is the gracious act whereby a believing sinner has Christ’s perfect righteousness credited to him! For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God, and it is not from works(Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ’s resurrection from the grave proved that His mission to make our salvation possible was complete.

Believe on Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness of sin and eternal life and you will be forever secure. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13); He who made the promise is trustworthy(Hebrews 10:23). If you cling to teachings and traditions that contradict and oppose the truth of the Bible, you do so at your eternal peril.

On the other hand, you may do what so many have done before you – turn to God in faith alone for salvation, based on Christ’s death and resurrection. As the Holy Spirit convicts you, express to God your heartfelt belief in Christ’s death on your behalf. Then, having received the gift of eternal life, live your life in praise of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:6) and in continual thanksgiving to Him!

If you have any questions please email me at: bereanbeaconmail@yahoo.com If you wish to get some copies of this comparison as an attractive tract called Are you Right with God? or our popular tract, What Every Catholic Should Know, Just e-mail Doug at doug@litmin.org. Or just call Doug at: Toll free 1-877-454- 8646 (Toll free in the USA)

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