DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN
That what Roman Catholics teach is true?
If you are a devoted Roman Catholic and if you fully understand your faith, then please answer this question; “how did you come to a full understanding of faith?” Was it based on what you learned from a priest, a nun or a family member, or maybe someone else, or was it based on your own studies of the Bible?”
If you came to faith on your own, then this is great news. This means, you want to know God and the whole truth about Him. If you have never studied the Bible on your own and all that you know comes from learning it from someone else, then I have another question for you: “Have you ever tested what you learned, about your faith, by what the Bible says?”
You may be very surprised when you compare what you know and believe with what the Word of God says.
For example! Do you know that the Bible says; “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one can boast?” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Do you know that the Gospel of John says, “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already?” (John 3:18).
Do you also know that when you repent of your sins and give your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, in full surrender and faith in Him, your salvation is secure at that very moment? “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life” (John 6:47).
Do you also know that once you have salvation, you can never lose it? The letter to the Hebrews assures us that: “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10), and in another place in Hebrews we find that: “By a single sacrifice He (Jesus) has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).
Do you know that you can not earn your own salvation by doing good works? Salvation is a free gift from God, not a payment for works. Doing good works, in obedience to God, is a fruit of having already received salvation, not a way to be saved—“By this we know that we have come to know Him (Jesus), if we keep His commandments?” (1 John 2:3).
God saved us from our sin according to His mercy. It is also by His grace and we cannot pay Him back—“He saved us not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His mercy” (Titus 3:5).
Did you know that if you believe that you can earn your salvation by doing good works that this still leaves you in your sins? This kind of faith is not saving faith. This kind of faith is unbelief because the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ did it all. This faith is nothing but trusting in yourself for your salvation. This is making yourself your own savior, instead of trusting in the saving power of Jesus Christ.
The prophet Isaiah tells us plainly: “All our righteous deeds are like polluted garments” (Isaiah 64:6). Paul explains in his letter to the Galatians that, “All who rely on works of the law are under a curse… the righteous shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:10, 11).
What do you think about the Ten Commandments? Did you know that Roman Catholics have a different teaching than what is found in the Word of God?
Basing on their teaching, the Second Commandment is missing, and in order to fill the gap, the Tenth Commandment is split in two. The reason for doing this is obvious. If you walk into any Roman Catholic Church, you will notice what is forbidden by the Second Commandment. All statutes and paintings of saints, angels or Mary, the mother of Jesus, or even Jesus Christ himself are forbidden.
The Second Commandment commands us in this way: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven… You shall not bow down to them or serve them…” (Exodus 20:4-6).
Take a look at the Tenth Commandment: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s” (Exodus 20:17).
Do you see that the 17th verse Exodus 20, speaks only of one commandment and not of two as Roman Catholics teach? Even if we try to divide it into two, as they suggest, then one of these Commandments would have to begin in the middle of the sentence and that does not make sense.
What about saints? Did you know that every believer and follower of Jesus Christ is called “saint” in the Bible?
For example: Paul wrote to the Romans: “To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints” (Romans 1:7). The writer to the Hebrews ends his letter by saying, “Greet all your leaders and all the saints” (Hebrews 13:24).
The canonization of dead people is unbiblical, and praying to the dead contradicts the Word of God. As followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we should be humble and focused only on Christ. Praying to the dead and canonizing the dead is nothing but the exalting of man and it takes our attention away from Jesus. Saints do not intercede for us. We already have an intercessor with the Father—this is our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is fully God (the Second Person of the Trinity) and at the same time fully man (God Incarnate). He alone is our Mediator. There is no need for another mediator because “There is one God and there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
If we say, that we can find another way to reach God, we make God to be a liar, because Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
What about your sins? Did you know that a priest is unable to forgive any of your sins? Only God forgives sin Mark 2:7 says, “Why does this man speaks like this? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Did you know that all sins are deadly, and that there is nothing in the Bible that teaches otherwise? All sins break God’s Law and are punishable by death. There are no such sins as venial or mortal sins—“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). 1 John 3:4 states that, “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
Did you know that there is not one single word in the entire Bible that teaches the doctrine of Purgatory? The Bible tells us that blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins (1 John 1:7). Look at these Scriptures: for example: “He is the propitiation for our sins…” (1 John 2:2), and “Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24), and again: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
What shall we say about Mary, the mother of Jesus? Did you know that she is not “The Mother of God” as the Roman Catholic Church wants you to believe?
God is eternal and has no beginning; God always was, is and will be. God became man through the Incarnation—Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. Did you know that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was born a sinner, just like you and I? Roman Catholics want you to believe that she was born sinless and never sinned. Only Jesus Christ was born without sin. All others: “have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Mary knew herself that she was a sinner, who needed a savior. She prayed; “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47). Did you know that Mary, the mother of Jesus did not remain a virgin for the rest of her life, after she gave birth to Jesus, as Roman Catholics teach? She and Joseph had other children. According to Scripture, Jesus had, at least four brothers, and two sisters? “Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” (Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55, 56). Joseph and Mary had normal sexual relations after the birth of Jesus. Matthew 1:24, 25 states, “He took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.”
What do you believe about Communion? Did you know that Communion was established by Jesus during the Passover feast with his disciples? It was not a mystical transformation of bread and wine into the literal body and blood of Christ as the Roman Catholic Church teaches. The disciples were not eating the literal body of Jesus or drinking his blood because he was sitting right in front of them. According to the Bible, the bread and wine are only symbols, of Christ’s broken body and His shad blood. Jesus was using figurative way of speaking, to demonstrate the importance of these symbols. Jesus often used this kind of speaking to express His thoughts. For example, Jesus said, “I am the door…” or “I am a good Shepherd…” He did not mean this literally. Jesus was not a shepherd looking after physical sheep.
Here is what the Bible teaches about the Lord’s Supper—“I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks He broke it, and said; This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also He took the cup, after supper, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do these as often as you drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
Do you know that the Bible forbids us to call anybody, who is not our birth father, “Father”? “Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9).
Did you know that the Bible forbids praying, using repetitious prayers, such as litanies or the rosary? Jesus said, “When you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do; for they think that they should be heard for their much speaking” (Matthews 6:7).
Did you know that God wants you to read the Bible and study it? “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). God wants you to use His Word so that you might, “know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth” (Proverbs 1:2-4). Jesus prayed to the Father, on our behalf: “Sanctify them in the truth, your Word is truth.” (John 17:17)