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Jan 25

Catholic Church Teaching Universalism?

I'm discovering more and more that the Catholic Church has some serious PR problems. This Earnestly Contending post is representative of the many Protestant (mostly Evangelical) gross misunderstandings of Catholic teachings and teaching authority that I've encountered. My responses are drawn from comments I made at Weapons of Warfare.

" The title of this post [The Anti-Christianity of Catholic Leaders] might seem a little insulting to roman catholics. That is not the intent of the title or this post. The purpose of this post is to show, albeit not extensively, the betrayal of Jesus Christ and Biblical truth being perpetrated by Catholic leaders. While I believe the roman catholic church falls under the anathema of Galatians 1:6-9 – and while I believe strongly that the totality of roman catholic teaching disqualifies it as being Christian – I think the majority of congregants of that church do not understand the full scope of their church's departure from biblical authority."

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"I would like to demonstrate that many catholic leaders – while perhaps wearing the sheepskins of 'Christian' piety – are nothingmore then religious pluralist wolves. There has been, for quite some time now, a growing spirit of ecumenism within the halls and walls of the roman church that seeks to unite the adherents of many faiths under the cold shadow of the vatican's dark umbrella. Catholic leaders have been, and are now, promoting an interfaith unity to bring together many different religions that have previously been separated by the tenets of their respective teachings. Having at one time been the monstrous tyrants of the inquisition and the innovators of unmentionable torture, the once exclusive roman church is now embracing anyone willing to reciprocate religious courteousness. The church that killed millions of true Christians throughout the centuries is now opening its arms to embrace her 'separated brethren'. Not only is she willing to extend a religious courtesy to evangelical Christianity but the roman catholic church is also bridging gaps between herself and religions such as judaism, islam, and buddhism – to name a few. In the process they are abandoning the traditional Biblical understanding of salvation (at least their previous distortion of it) for an all-inclusive approach and they are departing from objective biblical truth to a universalist position that implies God gives His blessing to idolaters and 'Jesus-haters'."

"Before we have a look at some of the things Catholic leaders and thinkers are saying regarding salvation, Jesus Christ, and other religions, lets take a look at some primer verses from the Word of God that point to salvation ONLY through Jesus Christ:"

John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'.
Acts 4:12 – 'Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.'
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life
Matthew 10:33 – 'But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven'
John 10:19 – I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture

The Catholic Church does not deny these in the slightest. She does, however, have a view of God's abundant mercy such that even those who have not explicitly accepted Christ may be acting with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Like I said in an earlier comment, no good comes from man except by the grace of God. If a nonbeliever consistently acts in a manner pleasing to the Lord, are we to consider it coincidence? Those who are not against Christ are for Him, knowingly or unknowingly. That said, their salvation is far from assured. The Church knows of only one sure way to salvation, and that is faith in Christ Jesus and the following of His commands. Though we hope and pray that the God who is Love would have mercy on righteous souls not in our fold, we know for certain only the salvation of those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and die in His graces.

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