Keep Protestants Protestant

It irks me when Protestant churches promote Roman Catholicism. It really does.

Right here, let me say something: there are Roman Catholic people who are saved – I do not deny that. However, Roman Catholicism as a system is apostate; they do not have the gospel. They add works to the finished work of Christ. This is what the Protestant Reformation was/is all about.

So I am bothered when churches promote people who are Roman Catholic, because Rome no longer has the gospel. Someone ignorant of the issues may look at that and say, “Well, if my church thinks such and such a Roman Catholic is okay, then maybe Catholicism ain’t too bad,” when it is so clearly the case that Roman Catholicism as a system cannot save anyone. It gives tacit assent to the further acceptance of Catholicism by people who don’t know the issues. That’s dangerous, especially when there are plenty of Roman Catholic apologists out there just waiting for someone who doesn’t know how to defend himself to step into their traps and become converted to Catholicism.

Is it not better, then, for churches to promote people who are doctrinally sound? For them to promote those who know the gospel? Isn’t there so much more out there that is just as good as (if not better than) anything a Roman Catholic has to say? Protestants aren’t Protestants because they don’t like the way the Pope dresses or anything trivial like that; we are Protestants because we believe Rome has fallen into grave error and must be corrected, because as a system Roman Catholicism is leading people to hell. Theology matters, folks. There is a place for division, and a place for unity. The gospel is non-negotiable.

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2 thoughts on “Keep Protestants Protestant

  1. Hi Jay, are you actually saying that the “gospel” of the Roman Catholic Church is not equal to the gospel of scripture? Are you saying that they have wandered off into an abyss of heterodoxy? Well, I agree. Compare for instance Romans 3:28 and Ephesians 2:8-9 to what was said at the Council of Trent.

    Canon 32. “If any one saith, that the good works of one that is justified are in such manner the gifts of God, as that they are not also the good merits of him that is justified; or, that the said justified, by the good works which he performs through the grace of God and the merit of Jesus Christ, whose living member he is, does not truly merit increase of grace, eternal life, and the attainment of that eternal life, …and also an increase of glory; let him be anathema.”

    For more information about the Council of Trent:
    http://www.theopedia.com/council-of-trent
    http://history.hanover.edu/texts/trent/ct06.html

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  2. There’s also what the Catholic’s believe about Purgatory. Purgatory is not mentioned in Bible(at least not the true 66 books of the Bible), yet somehow it is part if what they believe, and is in canon 30 of the Council of Trent; “Canon 30: ‘If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.”‘ (https://carm.org/council-trent-canons-justification) This canon confuses me, because it says something about having grace, but not being saved yet? This is what the Bible says about being saved: John 10:9 “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” There is also Acts 2:21″And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” About not going straight to heaven, I have Luke 23:43 “Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.'” Why would Jesus tell him he was going to paradise/heaven if there was a go-between?

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