Wednesday, September 26, 2007

One Baptism

What does Baptism mean?
originally translated the word “Baptizo” means immersion yet other translators transliterated this word into Baptism so as not to embarrass paedo-baptist(infant Baptism) Churches.
Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

What is Christian Baptism?

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The Father
The Kingdom
Mat 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Mar 11:30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
Act 20:20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
Act 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
John was preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. He was preparing the way for the king. Therefore, his Baptism was a way of repenting in order to become a citizen of the Heavenly Kingdom.
The Son
The church
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
To be baptized is to convert to Christianity “put on Christ” our church membership means more than our cultural histories.
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Baptism is done is such a way that we directly line ourselves up with Christ and identify ourselves with his death burial and resurrection. We are dead to our old life living a new spiritual life just we also will be buried and resurrected.

The Holy Spirit
The adoption into the family
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Through the Holy Spirit we become part of a family, which is adopted of God. We no longer are estranged. We know that we have God as our Father.
Who can be Baptize?
They must be believers
Act 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
They must be taught
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What is alien Baptism?
It could be…
a. Unorthodox in mode
Baptism means immersion.
908 baptisma {bap'-tis-mah} from 907; TDNT - 1:545,92; n n AV - baptism 22; 22 1) immersion, submersion [Strong’s Lexicon]
b. Unorthodox in doctrine of God
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
c. Unorthodox in salvation
1Co 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Notice that Baptism is not part of the gospel. It may be part of our conversion and the Great Commission; Yet Baptism is not part of the gospel because it is not part of our salvation.
The Gospel tells us of our salvation brought by Jesus Christ. The Bible clearly teaches we receive the grace of salvation through faith.
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Baptism is the seal or sign that salvation has happened
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Yet it is not the way of salvation and should never be confused as such
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Act 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
When people argue that Baptism is there way to salvation then they are no longer humbly depending on the grace of Christ, but instead attempting to use superstitious good works to justify themselves. This is not the Baptism of the New Testament which authenticates our faith, but a trap to enslave believers.

d. Unorthodox in doctrine of the church (sectarian)
1Co 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
Notice How I avoid denominational names? The reason is that if anyone follows Christ and the New Testament on the subject of Baptism and church membership regardless of the names their groups or preachers. We must follow the Bible alone and ignore personality. Groups that deny other groups who follow the Bible or rebaptized believers who went through New Testament Baptism are not Christ centered but man centered. If groups do this they are not orthodox but are causing division. Those improperly baptized should be baptized. Yet, if you were properly baptized once you should never be pushed into doing so again. Also, we must always be careful that we are never dependant on the teachings of one man for our faith. Whether they are correct or incorrect on a point we should focus our faith on Christ, focus on the scriptures and listen wide varieties of godly teachers to aide our understanding. Even though I think all my teachings are right to simply reading me without testing could prove idolatrous.

Are the alien Baptized, members of the New Testament church?
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
When we look at these passages many ecumenical Christians assume that when we think of unity we should simply connect to each other regardless of our differences. They think of “one” as monism where everything is connected.
For them being one, is being the same. But is this the understanding of the Bible? Is one God, simply an insignificant universal deity or is it the “unique” and only God?
Look at the passage. “One Lord” does that mean that Jesus Christ happens to be one lord of many? Is He one God of many? No, it is one Lord, to the exclusions of others, one God to the exclusion of others, and One Spirit to the exclusion of others.
So as the passage starts that there is one body. It is obvious that this is the church. This is one body exclusive of other bodies. Is this the invisible church? No. If it is the invisible church then the local church is not the body of Christ. However, the bible almost always uses the word church to describe local bodies. So what about the fact that there are many local bodies? They may be separate in number. Yet New Testament churches are not separate in type. Paul recognizes that they are separate in number, so then he must be describing one unified type of church.
This one type of church has been drawn together by one unique Holy Spirit, not the demons of paganism or any other type of religion. We our hoping for the one hope of Heaven where our God Jehovah dwells.
The body of Christ has one Lord, Jesus Christ.
Mar 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
The Body of Christ only has one faith. This strikes at the heart of the ecumenicist. We can have a group of people who argue to believe in Christ in different ways and still be unified? Then what faith shall we testify of?
These things have to be considered when we have one baptism. If these things are not included then we have different signs seals and promise to our faith which is supposed to be one. Finally we believe that this is the way of the one true God.
In 1 Corinthians we are reminded that we are all baptized in the Holy Spirit into one body. We must remember that salvation linked to Christian baptism because only saved people are truly baptized. So the truly saved are all brought into the one unique church body. A New Testament local church consists of people from all walks of life.
All these churches which divide people according to ethnic groups, age groups and subcultures are disobedient to the to the Head of the Church Jesus Christ. The New Testament brings people out of their worldliness and into the Kingdom of Godliness.
There are admittedly multitudes of Christians saved by grace through faith, yet they are not members of the New Testament church. They either join disobedient churches of Christians or they don’t join at all. Jesus loves them and will save their souls, yet they lose many rewards for not following all their Lord has to say. This is not to say that a New Testament church can not also be disobedient. All disobedient Christians lose rewards and as a result are to be considered “least in the Kingdom”. Yet thank God we are saved by his grace through faith.

Why should Christians with unorthodox baptisms be given New Testament Christian believers baptism?
A. For maturity and unity of faith
Heb 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

False Baptism brings with it fundamental assumptions that destroy our understanding of God and ruin any chance for us to obtain a unity of faith. If you believe that your baptism is regardless of your personal faith, you may end up like the Pharisees who found there salvation in their heritage instead of their allegiance to God and forgiveness in Christ.

B. Privileges in the church
1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
1Co 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
1Co 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.
1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
Now, if the Hebrews had not followed Moses in the baptism of the cloud as they walk through the Red Sea, would they have access to the manna, or the water from the rock?
So if we do not follow Christ in Baptism should we have the benefits of church membership? Ideally… no.
We should also notice that these benefits are not even guaranteed but in fact conditional. The vast majority of Hebrews eventually lost all their privileges.
Now if a person places faith in Christ they may receive the privileges of communion and worship. Yet not properly. If you ever saw the My Cousin Vinny, you will notice that Vinny goes to jail repeatedly for not following the procedures of the courtroom and not dressing properly and being a foul-mouth.
Like Vinny, we contradict our desires to make Jesus our Lord when we do not follow the New Covenant ordinance of Believer’s Baptism

Monday, September 24, 2007

Freedom Baptist Church Covenant(revised from the traditional Baptist "Church Covenant"

We know that we have been drawn by the Holy Spirit to receive Christ as our Savior.
Previously professing faith in Christ and being Disciples Baptized in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit.
We do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly, willfully, and joyfully join in covenant with one another forming as one body in Christ.
Relying on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this congregation in knowledge, holiness and comfort.
To promote the blessing and spirituality; to proliferate its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; To contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, charity within the church, the relief of the down-trodden, and the spread of the gospel to all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances.
To walk in the World, fearing God: to act righteous in our dealings faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our behavior.
To abstain from idolatry, fornication, intoxication, witchcraft, excessive violence and thievery. To be zealous in advancing the kingdom of our Lord.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; To remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech;
To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the doctrine of our Savior Jesus to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we leave this congregation we will; as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the whole counsel of God.
We covenant these things not with the lofty ideas of perfectionism or legalism. But do so as devoting our lives to Christ as living sacrifices; and a sacred attempt to live lives which will hopefully honor our Lord.
In the Name of the living God Jehovah: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the name of the only begotten Son Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Did God act in the Exodus of the Jews? (responding to the Discovery channels special: Rameses Wrath of God or Wrath of man?) December 5, 2004

Since 911 America has been coming back into it’s roots. More people are being patriotic more people are traditional in values and more people are becoming Christian. When we look at the phenomenon of the movie “the passion of the Christ” a movie barely advertise yet grossing over $6 00 million. Also the 2004 election had George W. Bush and the republican party win resoundingly running on the platform of “family” values friendly to Christians and other god fearing religions. The Secular leaders and intellectual minds of our country are now trying to attack Christianity on the mainstream level as much as possible. Popular in bookstores is the book “the Davinci codes” a book of propaganda gossiping of rumors of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. National Geographic came out with a recent issue defending Darwinism dogmatically without even addressing creation science movement. The Discovery channel is next coming out with a special presentation on tonight trying to refute the book of Exodus.
You may wonder why the simple miracle of the Exodus plague against the pharoah’s son is important. After all it is trying to undermine Jesus and cross right? Wrong. We must remember that Jesus was a Jew. He believed in this miracle.
Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” (The law of Moses is the 1st five books of the Old Testament)
How can we trust the Exodus prophecies of Jesus if we can’t trust their truth of it as history? If this was not true then Jesus was a liar. How can you trust a liar for salvation? Therefore I thought it would be good to give a defense of the plagues of Egypt

1). History ) There was a supernatural battle between religions of Egypt with their magicians and the Prophets of the Hebrews with their Holy God.
“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they were commanded by God to return again to Pharaoh. When the magicians by their sorcery imitated the miracles of Aaron’s rod becoming a serpent, Pharaoh became more obstinate than ever. {Ex 7:1-13} The leaders of these magicians who opposed Moses were Jannes and Jambres, as named by the apostle Paul. {2Ti 3:8} These names are noted not only by the Jews in their Talmudical treatise of ##### (that is, Oblations, c.9.) where they are called by the names of ##### and #####, that is Jochanon and Mamre. They are mentioned also in the Chaldee Paraphrase, where they are attributed to Jonathon, {Ex 1:15 7:11} as well as among some heathen writers, for Numenius Apamea, a Pythagorean Philosopher, in his third book ### # ###### cited by Eusebius. He related this account: {*Eusibius, Gospel, 1. 9. c. 8. (411d) 1:443}
“ ‘Jannes and Jambres, interpreters of mysteries of Egypt, were in great repute at the time when the Jews were sent out of Egypt. It was the opinion of all men that these were inferior to none in the art of magic. For by the common opinion of the Egyptians, these two were chosen to oppose Moses, the ringleader of the Jews. Moses prayers were most prevalent with God and they alone were able to undo and end all those most grievous calamities that God brought upon all the Egyptians.’
“Pliny in reference to this stated: {*Pliny, 1. 30. c . 2. (11) 8:285}
“ ‘There is also another sect of magicians, derived from Moses, Jannes, Lotapes and the Jews.’
“Pliny is, however, incorrect on two counts:
a) In reckoning Moses among the magicians.
b) In making Jannes and Lotapes to be Jews.
“But when Pharaoh’s magicians could do no more, God through Moses sent his ten plagues upon the Egyptians. These are summarized in the Psalms {Ps 78:1-72 105:1-45}. According to the Jews, these plagues lasted a year, but in fact they were all sent within one month, in the following order.” Arch Bishop James Usher The Annals of the World (Arch Bishop Usher was a certifiable genius and the most respected historian of his day in the 17th century, here he lays out historical evidence of the famous plagues of Egypt and the Exodus)
Here Archbishop Ussher cites pagan historians who have recognize the Egyptian magicians and record the challenge between them and the Egyptian gods verses the God of Moses.

The Exodus was obviously historical for Jews, the event was central to Israelite culture and civilization.
“It is true nevertheless, that the great fact in which the consciousness of Israel ever rooted itself, as that which first gave the nation it’s freedom, and made it a nation, was the Exodus, with which is constantly associated the deliverance at the Red Sea. It was remarked at the beginning that we have only to reflect on the nature of such an event as the Exodus to see that, if it really happened, it could never again be forgotten by the people whose redemption it was some things in a nation’s history may be forgotten; of others the memory is indelible. Could the English people ever forget the Normans and the Conquest; the Scottish, Bannockburn or Flodden, or the events of their reformation; Americans, Bunker’s Hill or the Declaration of Independence? Yet these are small matters compared with what the Exodus, and the events which followed it, were to the Israelites. When we turn, accordingly, to the poetic and prophetic books of the Old Testament, we find that, amidst all the vicissitudes in their fortunes, the memory of the Exodus, with its attendant circumstances, never was obliterated, but remained fresh and green in the minds of the people as long as their national life lasted. In song, and psalm, and prophecy, the echoes of this wonderful deliverance in Egypt and at the Red Sea ring down their history till its close.” Dr. James Orr The problem of the Old Testament

Plus, we must ask ourselves if the Israelites made this up as a story why would they portray themselves as weak being in slavery? Why wouldn’t they portray Moses as a historic warrior as opposed to a prophet who let God do all the work?

Archaeology: Is archaeology a hard science?
No. Archaeology deals with theories of the past. A hard science deals with present phenomena that can be experimentally proven repeatedly. Therefore while it is an important study many archaeological theories may prove incorrect.

Is there a natural explanation to the plague of the Passover?
“Only the death of the ‘first-born’ is a plague for which there is no parallel (Ex. 12) and the statement in the Bible that the plague of “darkness in all the land of Egypt” affected only the Egyptians, but not the Israelites living in Egypt is, of course, incapable of any scientific explanation.” Werner Kellar. The Bible as History 2nd revised edition
If an army or group of men did this how come they were not detected? If it was a separate group why didn’t they kill the Jews? If it was the Jews why didn’t the Egyptians simply destroy them? If there is no natural explanation to this event wouldn’t those against the Bible want to make some up?

Would a violent death contradict the plague of the Passover?
Exo 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he see the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Exo 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
Exo 12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Exo 12:31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said.
Exo 12:32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.
Exo 12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.
Exo 12:34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

“The plague struck their first-born, the joy and hope of their families. They had slain the Hebrews' children, now God slew theirs. It reached from the throne to the dungeon: prince and peasant stand upon the same level before God's judgments. The destroying angel entered every dwelling unmarked with blood, as the messenger of woe. He did his dreadful errand, leaving not a house in which there was not one dead. Imagine then the cry that rang through the land of
Egypt, the long, loud shriek of agony that burst from every dwelling. It will be thus in that dreadful hour when the Son of man shall visit sinners with the last judgment. God's sons, his first-born, were now released. Men had better come to God's terms at first, for he will never come to theirs.” Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

Are there other times in the Bible where God uses an angel to deliver violent death?
Yes, God used an angel to kill 185,000 men in the Assyrian army

2Ki 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

I must admit I have not seen this series. I have simply heard claims from various previews. If you watch the discovery channel tonight at 9:00p.m. Remember the arguments discussed here.
God Bless,
Matt Singleton

Saturday, September 15, 2007

7 reasons why Roman Catholicism Cannot Save a single soul.

I. The Roman Catholic priest do not have the authority to forgive sins

A. Forgiveness is the exclusive right of God
Mar 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Psa 130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psa 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Before anything else we see that God is Sovereign over the entire process of forgiving sins. No sin can be truly forgiven without His authority and agreement. If priest can at all divinely forgive they must have God’s specific permission.
B. The office of the Apostles ceased
Act 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
1Co 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Typically Roman Catholics claim the apostolic authority to forgive sin. But do they have this authority? They can not be apostles since apostles were first eye-witnesses of Christ ministry, they would have to perform miracles. But Paul claims to be the last of the Apostles. Therefore the priest and Bishops could not be apostles.
C. The Priest and Catholic Bishops are not qualified to be biblical pastor/Bishop/elders
1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
1Ti 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Act 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.Tit 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
Tit 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Tit 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Tit 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
One question, which ironically is never asked, is if Catholic priests actually qualify as New Testament ministers. Surprisingly, no. First of all New Testament Pastors/bishops have to be family men who have monogamous marriages and possibly children, and they must run their household well. Catholic priest are always single and are never to have a family. The priest can be celibate and they have at times been fornicators, homosexuals and child molesters yet they are only truly punished for excluded because of marriage.
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Secondly many priest fail to live up to the New Testament standard due to their drinking. The Priest are encouraged to take the Mass daily. They make sure that juice is highly fermented and the ritual is for the priest drink all of the remaining wine if it is not finished off by the congregation. This leads the majority to occasions of drunkeness and develops alcoholism. But the New Testament is clear that ministers should be sober.
Act 14:23 And when they had ordained[chosen/voted] them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
Another issue is that the New Testament to be elected by the congregation which Catholic priest are not. Not to mention the pastor must not be given to Jewish fables, which is exactly what the apocrypha is and ultimately the origin of the doctrine of purgatory.
D. They have the wrong priesthood. (all born-again Christians have the true priesthood)
1Pe 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Peter speaking to the saints told them they were the New Testament priesthood. Therefore, Roman Catholic priest are alternative competitors.
II Catholic Baptism is false.
A. Baptism is a transliteration of Baptizo the proper translation is immersion
907 baptizo {bap-tid'-zo}
from a derivative of 911; TDNT - 1:529,92; verb
AV - baptize (76), wash 2, baptist 1, baptized + 2258 1; 80
1) to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk) 2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe 3) to overwhelm ++++ Not to be confused with 911, bapto. The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be 'dipped' (bapto) into boiling water and then 'baptised' (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change. When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to our union and identification with Christ than to our water baptism. e.g. Mark 16:16. 'He that believes and is baptised shall be saved'. Christ is saying that mere intellectual assent is not enough. There must be a union with him, a real change, like the vegetable to the pickle! Bible Study Magazine, James Montgomery Boice, May 1989.
B. The Baptized cannot be infants since they must:
a. Repent
Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
As you can see the New Testament clearly links baptism with the act of repentance, this is an act that infants can not perform.
b. Believe
Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Act 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Faith/belief is demanded for baptism to be properly performed. Once again this is something an infant cannot do.

c. Be orthodox (trinitarian)
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Act 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Baptism must be done to those who are orthodox disciples and believe in the triune Godhead. Infants cannot do this either.
C. Water cannot save
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Act 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
1Pe 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
The idea of baptismal regeneration is false. The act of being immersed into water has no effect on the soul. Salvation is brought about by grace through faith alone. This is a prerequisite to baptism, so to seek salvation at baptism is almost entirely a different ritual.
D. The grace of God is received through faith not works
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Once again the grace of God is not limited to baptism, instead it depends upon the faith of those who have received the gospel. It specific does not come to us through man-made acts/rituals.
In the final analysis, if Baptism is not done at all according to the New Testament then is it Christian baptism. If Roman Catholics are not biblically baptized then did they ever enter Christ’s church? I am afraid not.
Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
III. Catholic Mass is false
A. The elements were never supposed to change and Jesus was physically present at the first communion.
Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
Mat 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Act 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Most Catholic apologist acknowledge that transubstantiation did not occur at the first Lord’s Supper. Yet if it did not originally occur when does the New Testament say it did?

B. Jesus Ascended into heaven where He will remain until the 2nd coming
Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Jesus went to heaven alive, the scripture says absolutely nothing regarding him having to rip off his flesh and bring it to the earth as a sacrifice. There is absolutely nothing about priest who could do the magic trick of turning bread into his body. If they could do this then why not gather a man sized loaf filled with wine and take a small army of priest and turn them into Christ!
C. Jesus only made one eternal sacrifice for sin
Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The greatest blasphemy of the masses is that it insinuates that Christ never finished his work on the Cross and in Stead of reigning in victory he is still tortured day night for our sins. This is practically a satanic statement. When the priest parade their crucifix’s as if Jesus were still dead, it blasphemes his resurrection. The Bible is clear Christ made only one sacrifice for sins, he accomplished salvation in one act. His death was in the past and He is the reigning sovereign LORD! The LIVING GOD! If they are not careful the Blasphemy of death will be avenged by the Lord himself.

Cannabalism is ungodly
Gen 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. The whole idea of consuming literal human flesh is an abomination before the Lord and it always has been.

IV. The Pope is False
A. Peter was not a pope
Gal 2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
1Pe 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock
Peter was not considered infallible and his philosophy of ministry was not to rule over people much less the world. Peter would have never been the pope. Neither does the Bible mention Peter having the ability to confer apostolic powers to anyone.
A. The Pope can replace Jesus for salvation
Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Isa 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isa 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
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.1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

V. The Worship of Mary is false
A. Mary was a sinner in need of a Savior
Luk 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luk 8:20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.
Luk 8:21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
Many of the catholic doctrines of Mary are Mythological bunk. The New Testament contradicts these stories which were made up about Mary to confuse her with the Messiah.
B. Jesus fulfilled all his earthly obligations to her
Joh 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
Joh 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
Joh 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
Jesus fulfilled all obligations to His Mother and owes her nothing.

C. We may not make graven images to anyone
Deu 4:16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
Deu 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Deu 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Act 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
Act 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
1Jo 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
The Bible is clear that we should not give any form of worship to anyone but God, not Angels or apostles.

The Queen of Heaven is an abomination to the Lord
Jer 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
Jer 7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
Jer 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

Jer 44:18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
Jer 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
Jer 44:20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
Jer 44:21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?
Jer 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
Ave ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria! In heaven, the blessed thy glory proclaim, On earth, we thy children invoke thy fair name.”Immaculate Mary #37
Hail holy Queen, enthroned above, O Maria!… Turn then most gracious Advocate, O Maria!” Hail Holy Queen enthroned Above #38
“Hail Queen of Heav’n the ocean Star, Guide of the wand’rer here below!
Tossed on life’s sea, I claim thy care, save me from peril and woe. Mother of Christ, Star of the Sea, pray for wand’rer, pray for me.” hymn 72vrs.1 Hail Queen of Heaven Parish Mass book and Hymnal In accordance with New Revised Liturgy Catholic Publishing Company NY(1967)

E. Unrepentant idolators will never make it into heaven.
1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
VI. Those who have blasphemed God’s Word will be condemned
Deu 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Deu 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
Deu 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Pro 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
Pro 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
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.
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Luk 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Catholics add their teachings to Gods word, books to God's word and deny the inerrancy of the Bible, falsely translate the Bible and deny it's core doctrines.

VI. Good works cannot save you
Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Rom 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Gal 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Gal 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
Gal 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
Gal 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Rom 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Essentially we can’t depend on our own righteousness

But don’t Catholics believe in Christ?
A: Acknowledging Jesus is not saving faith
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Even if the catholics claim miraculous power if they do not follow Gods Word they are not christian
Jam 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jam 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

But don’t Catholics ministers preach the gospel?
A: How can they?
1. How can they believe in God when they don’t follow His Word?
2. How can they believe Jesus is Lord when He has to listen to Mary?
3. How can they believe in the virgin birth when they deny that Jesus was born naturally?(the immaculate conception teaches Jesus floated through the womb)
4. How can they believe in the incarnation when they argue that Mary was born sinless and therefore Jesus was incapable of being tempted?
5. How can they believe that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate when they blame the Jews for Jesus’ death?
6. How can they believe that Jesus was a high priest when they give that honor to the Pope?
7. How can they teach that Jesus meant to save us from our sins, when they argue he really meant to ensnare the devil? (the ransom theory)
8. How can they be justified by faith alone when they teach to do so would send us to hell?(Council of Trent)
9. How can they believe in the resurrection when they refuse to let Jesus off the cross?
10. How can they believe in the ascension when they believe the priest have his body and blood at every mass?
11. How can they believe in the resurrection when most people will still be in purgatory if Christ comes back? How can they be in communion while still in purgatory?
12. How can they believe in the Holy church when no one on earth is a saint?
13. How can anyone be forgiven of sin when everyone on earth never has any assurance of salvation?
14. How can Jesus comeback when there is no rapture?
15. How can they believe in a kingdom in heaven when the Catholic Kingdom is in Vatican city Rome?
So how can we believe that Roman Catholicism preaches the Gospel?

Can a Catholic be saved?

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance..

If Catholics would repent of their sins and place their faith in Christ alone as their real Savior and Real Lord then can be really saved!
You may have been “born” or “grew up” Catholic but you too can be a “born-again” saint! You would not be a slave any longer, instead you would be an adopted child of God.
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Reject your man made rulers and find salvation in the Son of God Jesus Christ!
Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.