Why I could never be a Roman Catholic #5
According to the Bible, salvation is found in Christ. It is not found in any church, whether it is Catholic, Protestant or any other religious system. To follow the Roman Catholic teaching that instructs that the Church is “the fullness of the means of salvation (Para #824)” rather than Christ is obviously soul damning.
In the Catholic Church however salvation is viewed as being in the Church and through her sacraments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church claims that the sacraments are the effective means of grace that is necessary for salvation. To put it simple, you, the Catholic person must be an active participant in the Church’s sacraments in order to receive grace in hopes of earning your salvation, yet even then it is not guaranteed.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church – Para#
#1129 “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. “
#1493 “One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest…”
#982 “There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. ‘There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest.’
However Scripture clearly states:
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ”
Acts 16:31Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Men and Women of the Catholic Church are made to believe that salvation begins and ends in these rituals. All seven rituals are substituted for the simple act of faith in Jesus Christ. Satan’s design is to replace Christ and His gospel of free grace with man’s efforts to save himself with rituals and devotion. The Roman Catholic system of merited grace is so tangled that the Lord’s commandment to simply believe must be completely ignored by them.