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Jan 27

A Wicked and False Religion?

"Romanism – Jesus saves men by a combination of faith and works of righteousness.
Biblical Christianity – Jesus saves men by faith alone (Ephesians 2: 8-9)."

"What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some one will say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works, and the scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness'; and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead. " – James 2:14-26

It's no wonder some of the reformers wanted to expunge James from the canon of Scripture. It doesn't fit with their theology.

"This post only scratches the surface of Roman Catholic false teachings. I haven't touched the idolatry with their statues of wood, stone and gold (Exodus 20:4; Habakuk 2:18-19). I haven't dealt with the extortion of the indulgence system, which I assure you, continues in many places today (1 Peter 5:2). I've made no mention of their violation of the 1st commandment of Moses by worshiping Mary, the so-called Queen of Heaven (Exodus 20:3). In the end, you get my point:"

Idolatry? First of all, if we're guilty of it, so are a lot of Protestants. Secondly, we're not idolators. We don't worship anyone but God. Even a crucifix is just a representation of Christ to help us focus our prayers. Thirdly, before you start throwing around accusations, remember that the injunction against images apparently didn't apply to the Ark of the Covenant, which had seraphim and other creatures on it. Making a "graven image" is only idolatry if you worship the image or a false God
represented by that image.

There will be no Roman Catholic in the Kingdom of God; that includes all the popes, mother Theresa, brother Andrew, and all other men and women who have rejected the God of the Bible to embrace the Romanist god. If you are a Romanist, and you are reading these words, you need to repent and believe in the God of the Bible. God will not receive an unrepentant idolater.

OK, who wants to field this one? I'm afraid if I do, I'll say something uncharitable and violate my own principles.

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