I’m sorry to have to pause for now. I have tested positive for Covid and it’s been awful. I would appreciate prayer. Thank you! I will return to writing as soon as I feel better. Thank you for understanding!
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The Bible – Catholics believe that truth is found in the Bible, as interpreted by the church, but also found in church tradition. Protestants believe that truth is found in Scripture, as interpreted by the individual, and that the original manuscripts of the Bible are without error.
Although Catholics believe that truth can be found in the Bible, it is only as it is interpreted by the church. In addition, they believe that truth can also be found in church traditions. This is not uncommon in various “Christian” religions: Mormons also have an extra book. But what does a Catholic do if he desires to know the truth? Do you put your trust in what the church says or do you put trust in God’s Word?
The Bible says:
They Holy Spirit inspired each and every word of God in the Bible. The Apostles were chosen by Jesus Christ, Himself. He entrusted that His words would be recorded. The Apostle Paul asked Timothy to bring the books and parchments to him.
Until the Bible was completed, the early Christians depended on those who taught from the books and parchments. But today, we are blessed with a Bible in every home. The born-again Christian can turn to the Scriptures and get answers from the same Holy Spirit who wrote them.
But to those who are not born again, they do not have the Holy Spirit residing in them to guide and direct. They are dependent on their church and its leaders. Unfortunately, the Catholic church is misguided with traditions superseding the Scriptures. Some traditions are good, but when they contradict the Bible, they are no longer good.
Don’t let the words of any man or church hinder you from the truth of the Scriptures. Dig your nose into your Bible and allow the Holy Spirit of God to draw you to salvation through Christ alone; not through a church, but Christ alone.
When it comes to baptism, Catholics (and their branches, i.e. Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc.) view it as one of their sacraments and is to be done as an infant to remove “original sin.” They also believe that baptism consists of sprinkling a baby with holy water on the head. These are the two major points in baptism.
To the born again believer, baptism is where a new believer in Jesus Christ is able to publicly confess that Jesus Christ is his Saviour. He also goes to the Scriptures for the example for baptism.
In the Catholic belief, the priest sprinkles the baby’s head with holy water. However, the Scriptures reveal that both the baptizer and the one to be baptized go down into the water. There is nothing holy about the water being used. It is a body of water: it is a lake or a swimming pool.
Why do we make a big deal about the quantity of water and the age of the person being baptized? Because baptism provides the opportunity to publicly proclaim our faith in Christ. Jesus said:
A baby cannot publicly profess as a person who has come to the knowledge that he is a sinner. This knowledge doesn’t come until one can know the difference between right and wrong.
Why do we need a body of water rather than a sprinkling? Because of the symbolism that the Apostle Paul explains in:
We cannot be buried in a sprinkling. However, we can be buried under a body of water; anything deep enough to cover the head of reasoning. When we come out of the water, it symbolizes that we are risen from the dead (from our old sinful nature to our new nature) just as Christ was raised from the dead. At the time of salvation, we receive the Holy Spirit of God and He dwells within us.
A baby cannot have a head knowledge of the need for salvation. The bible says:
A baby cannot proclaim his need for a Saviour until he is old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Baptism comes after salvation and not before.
What does one do when our church’s doctrine differs from the Bible? Who do we obey? The Catholic church believes that their authority is the hierarchy: the Pope, the Cardinals, the Bishops, etc. However, the bible says:
This isn’t the only Bible verse:
So what does one do when church doctrine differs from Scripture?
Catholics pray using a rosary but that was not part of the early church. In fact, the rosary was invented by Peter the Hermit in 1090 AD. It became most popular in the 13th century by St. Dominic. Church tradition says that Mary appeared to him and revealed the beads to him. From this has the current tradition evolved. In case you don’t know what the rosary stands for, let me show you. I can recall kneeling in front of the radio as a child and we would go through the rosary with one of the local nuns who was broadcasting. The catholic goes through the rosary repeating 15 sets of 10 consecutive “hail Mary’s” in a row (150 times), in the Rosary. Since then, Pope John Paul in 2003, added a new set of Mysteries, so now it is 20 sets of 10 “Hail Mary’s”, (200 times).
But the rosary was not “invented” by the catholic church. The Hindus introduced prayer beads back in 456 AD. Islam has their verse of prayer beads which began in 610 AD. Buddhists have their own as well. So you see that catholics were not the first. The catholic church adopted the rosary in order to proselytize these people to win them over to catholicism.
But what does the bible say about repetitious prayer?
Jesus calls these repetitive prayers “vain.” He also instructs us not to be “like them.” God wants us to know that this type of prayer is not what reaches Him. He wants us to come to Him with our own words.
The catholic church is famous for its dogmas and traditions. Pope Pius XII instituted the dogma of the assumption of Mary in 1950. If this were actual biblical truth, would it not have been made part of church history early on? Why wait until 1950? Catholics must ask themselves these types of questions. One cannot assumed that what they are being taught by the church is actually from God. What did Jesus say about these things?
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Jesus Himself said that the word of God is what we must live by. Religious hierarchy, like the Pharisees of old, want people to fix their eyes of them, not God’s word. God’s word doesn’t need anything to be added to it. In fact, we are commanded not to add or take away from His word! Those who do bring condemnation to themselves according to Rev. 22:19!
Jesus thought it important to tell us through His word that God’s word is to be the center of our lives. Since scripture is so important, then the addition of dogmas, etc. by the catholic church is wrong and should be condemned. The catholic church has led many to eternal damnation all for the sake of money. The bible is to be the source and center of our faith, not a church. Jesus said that scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35). Adding the dogmas or anything else is misleading many.
In 1545, the Council of Trent condemned the bible doctrine of salvation through faith and grace alone. They did not refer to specific scripture(s) to support their findings. The Vatican II Council continued this condemnation by saying it was through the mass and the sacrifice of Jesus through it that justification lies.
They continue to say that grace includes “works” and that salvation is a process: baptismal regeneration, doctrine of the mass, doctrine of the sacraments, doctrine of purgatory, doctrine of confession, doctrine of the papacy, doctrine of priesthood, doctrine of Mary, doctrine of the saints, doctrine of the confessional, doctrine of indulgences. None of this is backed by scripture! We will cover a couple today.
But what does the bible say:
Baptismal Regeneration: No where in scripture is there evidence of a baby being baptized. A baby cannot repent from his/her sins. Baptism comes after repentance, not before.
The word “repent” appears over 20 times in the New Testament. How can a baby repent? A baby cannot, therefore this baby does not qualify under the requirements listed in scripture!
One MUST back up church doctrine with scripture otherwise how can one know if he is being deceived?
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Celibacy did not enter the catholic church until 1079 AD by Pope Gregory VII. Prior to 1079, priests and bishops were allowed to marry. But what does the bible have to say about this? The bible is our plumb line. When a church teaches a certain “doctrine,” we have the bible to compare that doctrine to.
How can a priest or bishop counsel a couple if he is not married himself? How can he help with troubled children in a home if he doesn’t not have children?
To forbid marriage is inviting trouble. The bible expressly states that forbidding marriage is a departure from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
When a church has a doctrine that goes expressly against the bible, who does a seeking catholic obey?
How can a person know that what he is being taught is according to God’s word? God gave us the bible so that we can compare what is being taught by a particular church. There has to be an “anchor” or “plumb line”! A church can’t just make stuff up (or I guess they can) and say it is gospel truth. One must have something to research a teaching to confirm that it is what God says.
And, friend, we do have something we can turn to and that is the scriptures! The catholic church teaches in its catechism (2nd edition), paragraph 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.”
The term “mediatrix” has been used since about the fifth century. It is not found in the scriptures. However, the word “mediator” is found in the scriptures and it only refers to Jesus:
He is also known as our Advocate:
My catholic friend, if what your church is teaching you goes against scripture, which do you believe? One must have a plumb line so that you can know what you believe is truth. The scriptures say that EVERY word of God is pure. Jesus says that man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word of GOD (not the created words of a church)!
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