[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 009 – Are Catholics Saved?

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Show Notes


  • On today’s show Landon discusses the reinstatement of “Pastor” Heath Mooneyham (very briefly) before moving into a discussion regarding a fascinating survey executed by Ligonier ministries.  Then, he begins a multi-part series on Roman Catholicism and how, as Protestants, we do not have any business endorsing or tolerating this theological cult.

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[00:05:17] Topic 1: Brief Follow-Up On “Pastor” Heath Mooneyham’s Disgracing of the Pulpit

  • This man is not fit for the pastorate.  He has disqualified himself time and again.  And yet, he’s back after only four weeks.

[00:07:47] Topic 2: The State of Theology (A Survey by Ligonier)

  • This survey has helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and awareness so that Christians might be more effective in the proclamation, teaching, and defense of the essential truths of the Christian faith.

[00:37:03] Topic 3: Are Roman Catholics Saved?  A study of Catholicism. (Part 1)

  • We’re going to start a multi-session study on Roman Catholicism. I honestly don’t know how many sessions it will take, but it should be very interesting, and I hope very enlightening for you.
  • As the title of this podcast asks, “Are Roman Catholics Saved?”
    • The short answer is no. Roman Catholicism is completely antithetical to the Gospel.
    • While there is no doubt some in the Roman Catholic church are legitimately saved, once they are, the Holy Spirit would not let them sit under those false teachings for very long without convicting that person to leave.
      • A true believer will be on their way out of the Catholic church.
      • A true believer will not sit and listen to someone blaspheme or besmirch the name of Christ over and over again.
    • So, why am I taking the time to go through Roman Catholicism knowing full well how many people it will anger?
      • The simple reason is that many professing protestant Christians today argue vehemently that protestants and Catholics are the same; that there isn’t a difference in our beliefs.  This is patently false.
    • Knowing that we are not one with Roman Catholics, we look at 2 John 9-11 which says we are not to associate with those actively destroying the faith.
      • When we say we are brothers and sisters in Christ with the Roman Catholic church, we are being anti-biblical.
    • The only tenable position for Protestants in regards to the Roman Catholic church is that we are not the same. To say that Roman Catholics and Protestants are “together” is a logical impossibility. The official RCC doctrine does not adhere to scripture as directed in 1 Cor. 4:6.
  • The Roman Catholic Church claims to be the only true Church. It claims to have an unbroken history of apostolic succession dating back to Peter.
    • “The sole Church of Christ which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, . . . subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 870
  • The Roman Catholic Church claims both to represent Jesus and to properly convey to the world the true biblical teachings concerning Faith and Morals.
  • The Roman Catholic Church uses the Bible and Sacred Tradition in order to communicate what it says is God‘s truth.
    • “…the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, “does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 82
  • The Roman Catholic Church claims to have the Magisterium which is the body of bishops that exercises its infallible teaching authority.
    • The infallibility of the Magisterium of the Pastors extends to all the elements of doctrine, including moral doctrine, without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, expounded, or observed.  Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2051
  • If the Roman Catholic church is the only authority to proclaim the true Christian faith, then why do they teach anti-biblical doctrine?
    • “If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified… by this faith alone…let him be anathema…”  – Council of Trent, Canons on Justification, Canon 14
      • If you don’t believe you are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone then you are considered cursed/excommunicated.
    • “Mary, by her spiritual entering into the sacrifice of her divine son for men, made atonement for the sins of man…”  – Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, page 213
      • In other words, Mary is a co-redemptrix with Christ.  She assists in salvation.  This is heresy.
    • “Sins must be expiated. This may be done on this earth through the sorrows, miseries and trials of this life and, above all, through death.  Otherwise the expiation must be made in the next life through fire and torments or purifying punishments…”  – The 2nd Vatican Council, p. 63
      • This is the non-biblical idea of Purgatory.
    • “In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere ‘to the end’ and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ…”  – Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 1821
      • The book of James makes it very clear that our good works are an outward sign of our inward regeneration.  We are not saved by our good works.
    • “Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification…”  – Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2010
      • The book of James makes it very clear that our good works are an outward sign of our inward regeneration. We are not saved by our good works.
    • “The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord . . . the mission of teaching all peoples…that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments…”  – Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2068
      • The book of James makes it very clear that our good works are an outward sign of our inward regeneration. We are not saved by our good works.
    • “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods…”  – Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 460
      • Heresy.  Straight heresy.
  • The Scriptures tell us not to exceed what is written. This means that the Word of God tells us what we need to know and we are not to teach anything that contradicts it or goes beyond what it says.
    • 1 Corinthians 4:6 [ESV] “I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.”
    • So why does the Roman Catholic church exceed the Word of God by adding unbiblical teachings such as the bodily Assumption of Mary into heaven (CCC 966), that Mary delivers our souls from death (CCC 966), that grace can be merited (CCC 2010), that heaven is a reward for good works (CCC 1821), and that we need to keep the commandments to be saved (CCC 2068)?

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Landon Chapman

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Founder of Entreating Favor, writer, and host of the Fire Away! podcast. He is an architect by vocation and professes the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, Word of God. He and his wife Holly have two children.

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