- On today’s show Landon discusses whether or not corporate worship is for the saved or the lost by discussing a current sermon series poster that was recently made public. Then he moves into part 4 of the study on Roman Catholicism where the Catholic view on salvation is discussed extensively.
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[00:02:54] Topic 1: For whom does the church exist? Sheep or goats?
- We discuss the above photo and whether or not this is how we should approach corporate worship and the church. Is it okay to “meet people where they’re at” in regards to how we do corporate worship? What does the Bible have to say about corporate worship?
[00:25:28] Topic 2: Are Roman Catholics Saved? A study of Catholicism. (Part 4, Salvation)
- Salvation, in Roman Catholicism, is a process that includes many steps: Actual Grace, Faith, Good Works, Baptism,3 Participation in the Sacraments, Penance, Indulgences, and Keeping the Commandments. Let‘s take a look at this process and break it down to three main categories: Attaining Salvation, Maintaining Salvation, and Regaining Salvation.
- Good works are necessary because Roman Catholicism denies justification by faith alone.
- “If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.” (Council of Trent, Canons On Justification, Canon 24)
- So, in Roman Catholicism, attaining salvation is a process that includes faith, works, infusion of grace, and baptism. Therefore, in Roman Catholicism, attaining salvation and being justified (being right in God’s eyes), is not an instantaneous event received by faith. It is a long process.
- After receiving the initial justification (at baptism), each sin a person commits results in a loss of the justifying grace that had been infused into the person‘s soul at baptism. But, when a Roman Catholic sins after his baptism, it means that he is no longer fully justified; he is only partially justified. Therefore, to regain the grace that was lost, he must participate in the sacraments so more of God‘s grace can be further infused into the person, enabling him to do good works and keep himself in a state of justification before God.
- Salvation is never guaranteed in Catholicism for the average Catholic. That is why infused grace is necessary because it produces good works which in turn are necessary for salvation.
- “The Decalogue contains a privileged expression of the natural law. It is made known to us by divine revelation and by human reason.” (CCC, par. 2080)
- The Catholic who is
faithful to the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church (going to Mass, participating in the sacraments, etc.) and who has committed sins must be punished for those sins either in this life or the next life in purgatory…but he does not go to hell as long as he has not lost sanctifying grace. So, in order to have the punishment removed that is due his sins, he must do indulgences.
- According to Roman Catholicism, purgatory is a place in the afterlife where Catholics go to be purified and after an appropriate amount of time they are then able to go and be with the Lord in heaven. To deny this means you are cursed.
- “If any one says, 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.” (Council of Trent, Canon 30)
- Purgatory is not explicitly found in the Bible. Catholics like to quote 1 Cor. 3:15 which says, “If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.” But this is not about purgatory. It is imagery about how our false works will be burned up the same way that fire burns up impurities. It isn‘t our suffering that makes us pure, it is the blood of Christ that does that.
- Purgatory implies that justification is not by faith alone since it teaches our suffering purifies us from the consequences of sin. Justification is God‘s declaration that we are righteous in his sight – by faith. But purgatory negates that and says there is something we must do to be properly cleansed of sin before God.
- On the Day of Judgment, the Roman Catholic will appeal to his faith in God and the works done by the grace of God for his salvation since Catholicism rejects salvation (justification by faith alone). He will appeal to the combination of his faith and works. But what does the Bible say about those who would make such an appeal?
- Matthew 7:22-23 [ESV] “Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness…”
- Jesus condemns those who appealed to their faith in him and what they did. Is it not loving your neighbor to prophesy (speak of the things of God), to cast demons out of people, and to perform miracles? Yes it is, yet Jesus condemns such people because they are not appealing to justification by faith alone, but justification by faith and their “works done in love”.
- Romans 4:1-5 [ESV] “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness…”
Resources Mentioned During the Show
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- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- CARM.org (Site of the Catholic study author, Matt Slick. Please consider purchasing the actual study as it is highly edifying.)
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