Is The Roman Catholic Church Christian?

Where to start? First let’s define what Christianity is…

The base of Christianity is defined by doctrines found in the Holy Bible. Is it just a belief in Jesus the Messiah? Well Mormons and even the Devil believe in Christ. So “belief” in Jesus does not make you a “Christian” per se. You must believe the Bible as it is clear that Jesus is God in flesh and the creator of everything.

There is essential doctrine to follow, but I will focus on only a couple for the sake of brevity; The Roman Catholic Church breaks two essential doctrines. 1) They promote Mary and the Saints to a God-like status and that violates the Commandment to have no other Gods before the true and living God. The RCC says Mary is the “Mediatrix” (CCC 969), and that Mary atoned for the sin of man (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma pg. 213). Also that “Mary is the subject of preaching and worship” (Vatican Council 11, pg. 420)

The RCC scoffs at the Doctrine of Salvation by Grace through Faith alone, “…that all Men may attain Salvation through Faith, Baptism and the Observance of the Commandments” (CCC par. 2068). This is a knock to the scriptures as it is plain that the Bible says that Salvation is not attained by works;

Romans 3: 27-30 27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.

The Roman Catholic Church claims to be Christian? It is verified to be quite the contrary according to their own beliefs and writings! They break the essential doctrines of the Christian Faith!

I pray that the followers of the RCC see the truth in the Holy Bible, not their own Dogma! God Bless!

Brian Mason

Why Jesus is “The Only Way” and not Buddha or Muhammad.

Red Alert! Jesus claimed, and you can read it for yourself, that he is the only way to God!

John 14: 6, Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. How clearer could it have been stated? And to take it a step further he said that “whoever rejects him, rejects the one that sent him” Luke 10:16 “The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”

Some may go and make the accusation that “all religions have the same kind of message, however they would sincerely need to re-evaluate that statement. Muhammad the founder of Islam and Siddharta the founder of Buddhism are both dead and still in their graves. But Jesus the Messiah is risen! Very crucial indeed! Jesus’ disciples claimed him to be God.

John 1: 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jesus himself claimed to be God, read John 10: 30-34, 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’?

Can you name any other founder of a major religion that has made that claim? Jesus was coined at one time as “Either a Lunatic, Liar or Lord” However Jesus put that statement to rest by saying his resurrection would be proof of him being Messiah in the scripture;

Matthew 12: 38-42, 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

Jesus is more than a preference, HE IS THE ONLY WAY!

Amen!

Brian Mason

What’s Up with Roman Catholic Teaching on Salvation?

Is it possible to be a Christian if you are to follow the Official Roman Catholic teaching on Salvation? Let’s look at the Catholic position on it. We will see that the Roman Catholic position is contrary to Bible Scripture!

There is a process in the Catholic System to attaining Salvation. First God grants actual grace to the person to be able to believe in Christ and the truth of the Catholic Church (CCC 2000). After the person believes, they must be Baptized (CCC 1257), which infuses Grace into the person (CCC 1999) thus erasing original sin (CCC 405). After the Baptism and the Catholic is saved. But wait a minute, in order to maintain their Salvation they must it is necessary to perform “Good Works” (CCC 2010, 2068, 2080), and must perform Sacraments (CCC 1129). But, grace can be lessened by venial sins or lost entirely by mortal sins. To get rid of Venial sins the Catholic is to take the Eucharist and also perform penance. And this goes on and on….

The Biblical Christian response to all this is clear. Since the Catholic Church maintains a “Works – Faith” doctrine, the Bible, let’s see what the Bible says about that.

Roman 3: 28 28-30 for we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised.
Romans 4: 1-5 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, 1our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified 1by works, he has something to boast about, but not 2before God.3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.5But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

I will leave you with Romans 11: 6, 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
If you are a Catholic please think about what the Bible says and not a man-made Religion.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Apologetics: Are Christian Apologists Losing Focus?

I was humbled recently or should I say slapped in the face by my own hand? It was brought to my attention yesterday that during a “debate” with a Roman Catholic, that when things started heating up as sometimes they do, my focus on Jesus was lost. It then became a matter of pride and not Glorifying Jesus Christ. Sure there was vitriol and some name calling however is that what Jesus would want? I must quote the famous Bible passage that is the cornerstone of all Apologists and Christians called to “defend” the faith;

1 Peter 3: 15 (NASB) 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Peter states that we must defend with “gentleness and reverence”. Defending the word can become impassioned at times and we must remember those words from Peter. As an Apologist I sometimes want to go for the touchdown in one play, disregarding the value of a field goal. In other words I feel that I want to win this person over to God without remembering that this is a human being that has their own beliefs. The most effective way to be more effective as an Apologist, I believe, is to give small amounts of your defense and do it with love. If we do it any other way, we lose sight of what we are trying to achieve. It is easy to get hot under the collar and lose focus, but remember only God can save!

Proverbs 14: 29 (NASB) He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

God Bless!
Brian Mason

The Apocryphal Books: Bible Worthy?

I have noticed that many Catholic believers will go to great detail as to why they think that the Holy Bible is “incomplete”, because the “Hidden Books” or as more commonly known as the Apocryphal books are not included. There are many reasons why they were not included.

To begin with, The Catholic Church itself did not always accept them. They were not even officially accepted until 1546 at The Council of Trent, 1500 years plus after they were written! In fact many today say that it was basically a reaction to the Protestant Reform. Fathers of the early Catholic Church such as Origen, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem and Jerome rejected them as scripture! So who are we to take seriously here? The books of the Apocrypha were placed in separate sections as they were not considered inspired word and not of equal authority.

Jesus beyond any shadow of a doubt rejected them as scripture. 50Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. (Luke 11: 50-51) Abel being the first martyr of the Book of Genesis and Zechariah the last in the book of Chronicles. Jesus referred to these books because he was going over the whole Canon of the Hebrew Scriptures. These scriptures were the same 39 books as accepted today by Protestants.

Questions to ponder: Why is there no mention of the Books of the Apocrypha in the Dead Sea Scrolls? Why does Tobit 4: 11 say we can have forgiveness of sins by “Alms giving”?” 11 “for alms deliver from all sin, and from death, and will not suffer the soul to go into darkness”, a false teaching. Why is the false teaching of offering of money for the sins of the dead in 2 Maccabees 12: 43-45 43”And making a gathering, he twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, 44 For if he had not hoped that the that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead, 45And because he considered that the who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them.” Why didn’t Jesus or the Apostles ever quote from the Apocrypha? Finally the Books are not prophetic, no predictive prophecy, and not said to be authoritative by any book written after them.

In conclusion, I am only responding to the at times, militant protests by Catholic Apologists. Are the books not to be taken seriously? I believe they should be taken seriously as books of historical value. That being said, I believe that we have included all the books that belong in the Bible. God Bless,
Brian Mason

“Faith” What Is It?

The word “Faith” is thrown around so much these days, but have you stopped to think what it is? Seems like a pretty straight forward question with a straight forward answer that must be looked at from Biblical view. Dr John Lennox states, “”Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite. It’s a commitment based on evidence… It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.” Very well put. I agree with Dr Lennox on needing evidence and in the Christian faith we have all the evidence necessary to show that God has a master plan.

In the Book of Romans, 8: 24 It is written “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” So even though we have the evidence, the Bible says that what we can see is no hope at all!

So I ask “Is faith Blind?” Is Faith something that one can learn? Ephesians 2:8 clearly says that Faith is a gift from God “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” So ask this question: “Since the unbelievers discount Faith as a reason for belief in God, is it something that God has not given them?” I mean we as Christians have Faith and the unbeliever seems to discount it as a “magic pill” and invalid as a defense to our faith. Or is it possible that the unbeliever has faith but not enough of it? Romans 12:3 is written: For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Read 1 Corinthians 2: 14, “14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. Notice that the Lord states “…does not accept the things of the Spirit of God”, “…cannot understand them” So I think it is clear that Faith cannot be learned as it is a Gift from God, and that the natural man does not accept Faith. So I must come to the conclusion that Faith is there for all, but some choose to not accept it!

Brian Mason

What’s up with Wicca? What’s up with our Kids?

According to the “American Religious Identification Survey” done last year, Wicca is the fastest growing religion in the United States. Interestingly the biggest part of that growth is in the High School and Collegiate students’ bracket. As a footnote to fairness, surveys can be skewed and some identified with Wicca but were not practicing the rituals as was apparently disclosed in this study. However, surveys are still a good indicator of the actual social movements.

This to me is a frightening swing with the second fastest religion in North America is Islam. Why is this happening to our youth? Is it because young people can become confused and lose direction between adolescence and adulthood? Is it Hollywood with the glorification of Witchcraft in a film? With the body of Christ becoming more and more divided we as Christians must stop fighting over non-salvation issues and come together in unity. We must not only be on guard with our children but must fight the evils that are dressed up as “Glamorous”.

Brian Mason