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The year was 1517, which is a little over 500 years ago. An Augustinian monk and theology professor nailed his 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the action which would set in motion the Protestant Reformation – and change the world! In fact, things have never been the same since.

Christian Vs Catholic Beliefs: (10 Important Differences To Know)

Catholics rejected the reformation, while the Reformers sought to bring the church back to the true gospel, as taught in the Bible. To this day, massive differences remain between Protestants (hereafter referred to as Christians) and Catholics.

What are those many differences between the Catholic’s and Christians? That is the question this post will answer.

 

 

History of Christianity

Acts 11:26 says, the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. Christianity, as we know it today, goes back to Jesus and his death, burial, resurrection and ascension. If we had to assign an event to the birth of the church, we would likely point to Pentecost. At any rate, Christianity goes back to the first Century AD, with its roots going back to the dawn of human history.

 

 

History of the Catholic Church

Catholics claim the history of Christianity as exclusively their own history, going right back to Jesus, Peter, the Apostles and so on. The word Catholic means universal. And the Catholic Church sees itself as the one true church. So they see all church history (until the Protestant Reformation) as the history of the Catholic church.

However, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, with the Bishop of Rome as the Pope, goes back only to the 4th century and the Emperor Constantine (dubious Catholic historical claims notwithstanding). And a great many defining doctrines of the Catholic church date far after the 1st century, into the Middle and Modern Ages (e.g’s: Marian doctrines, Purgatory, papal infallibility etc.).

It wasn’t until the Council of Trent (16th Century), also known as the Counter Reformation, did the Catholic Church definitively and officially reject many central elements of the true gospel, as taught in the Scriptures (e.g., that salvation is by faith alone).

Thus, many of the distinctions of the present day Catholic Church (that is, ways that the Catholic Church is distinct from Christian traditions) goes back only to the 4th, 11th and 16th centuries (and even more recent).

 

 

Similarities

Christians and Catholics hold much in common. Both affirm the deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ, the triune nature of God, that man is made in the image of God. Both affirm that man is eternal, and that there is a literal heaven and a literal hell.

Both affirm much of the same Scriptures (though there are specific distinctions noted below). Thus, there are a lot of similarities between Catholics and Christians.

However, they have many differences as well.

 

 

Salvation

Christianity

Christians believe that salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone (Sola Fide and Sola Christus). Ephesians 2:8-9, as well as the entire book of Galatians, make the case that salvation is apart from works. A person is justified by faith alone (Romans 5:1). Of course, true faith produces good works (James 2:14-26). But works are a fruit of faith, and not the or a meritorious basis of salvation.

Romans 3:28 “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

 

Catholicism

Catholics believe that salvation is multifaceted, and comes through baptism, faith, good works and remaining in a state of grace (i.e., being in good standing with the Catholic church, and participation in the sacraments). Justification is not a forensic declaration made based on faith, but the culmination and progression of the above elements.

Canon 9 – “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified;  let him be damned.”

 

 

Baptism

Christianity

Christians hold that baptism is a symbolic ceremony meant to demonstrate a person’s faith in Christ and his or her identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. Baptism is not, in and of itself, a saving act. Rather, baptism points to the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

 

Catholicism

Catholics hold that baptism is a means of grace which cleanses a person from original sin, and is a saving act. An infant, apart from faith, is cleansed of sin and brought into friendship with God via baptism, according to Catholic theology and practice.

CCC 2068 – “The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians and that the justified man is still bound to keep them. All men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments.”

 

 

Praying to the Saints

Christianity

Prayer is an act of worship. We are only to worship God. Christians believe that we should pray to God, as instructed by Jesus (see Matthew 6:9-13 for e.g.). Christians don’t see any biblical warrant for praying to the deceased (even to deceased Christians), and many see this practice as dangerously close to necromancy, which is prohibited by the Scriptures.

Revelation 22:8-9 “I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. 9 But he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book. Worship only God!”

 

Catholicism

Catholics, on the other hand, believe that there is great value to praying to the deceased Christians; that deceased Christians are in a position to intercede with God on behalf of the living.

CCC 2679 – “Mary is the perfect Orans (pray-er), a figure of the Church. When we pray to her, we are adhering with her to the plan of the Father, who sends his Son to save all men. Like the beloved disciple we welcome Jesus’ mother into our homes, for she has become the mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope.”

 

 

Idol worship

Catholicism

Both Catholics and Christians would agree that idol worship is sinful. And Catholics would disagree with the charge made by many Christians of idolatry concerning Catholic statues, relics and even the Catholic view of the Eucharist. However, bowing down to images is a form of worship.

CCC 721 “Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time.”

 

Christianity

Christians, on the other hand, view these things as dangerously close to, if not outright, idolatry. Further, they see the adoration of the elements of the Eucharist as idolatry since Christians reject the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation – that the elements become the actual blood and body of Jesus. Thus, adoring the elements is not really worshiping Jesus Christ.

Exodus 20:3-5 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.”

 

 

Life after death

Christianity

Christians believe that there is a literal heaven and a literal hell. That when the faithful die, they go immediately into the presence of Christ, and will dwell eternally in the New Heaven and the New Earth. And that those who perish in unbelief go to a place of torment, and will dwell eternally away from the presence of God in the Lake of Fire (See Philippians 1:23, 1 Corinthians 15:20-58, Revelation 19:20, 20:5, 10-15; 21:8, etc.).

John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

 

Catholicism

Catholics believe that those who die in friendship with God either go directly to heaven or to a place called Purgatory for further purification through pain. How long a person endures Purgatory is not certain and depends on many factors, including prayers and indulgences of the living on their behalf.

Those who die while in enmity with God go directly to hell.

The Trentine Creed, of Pius IV, A.D. 1564 “I constantly hold that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.”

 

 

Penance / Confessing sins to a priest

Christianity

Christians believe that there is one mediator between God and man – namely, Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Further, Christians believe that the one-time sacrifice of Jesus Christ is completely sufficient to cover the sins of a Christian (sins past, present and future). There is no further need of absolution from a priest. Christ is enough.

1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

 

Catholicism

Catholics believe in the need to confess sins to a priest, who has the delegated power of absolution. Further, penance might be necessary to cancel some sins. Thus, the forgiveness of sins is not based upon the atonement of Jesus Christ alone, but, in large measure, upon the works of contrition by the sinner.

CCC 980 – “It is through the sacrament of Penance that the baptized can be reconciled with God and with the Church: Penance has rightly been called by the holy Fathers “a laborious kind of baptism.” This sacrament of Penance is necessary for salvation for those who have fallen after Baptism, just as Baptism is necessary for salvation for those who have not yet been reborn.”

 

 

Priests

Christianity

Christians believe that Christ is the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) and that the Levitical priesthood in the Old Testament is a shadow of Christ. It is not an office which continues in the church. Christians reject the Catholic priesthood as unbiblical.

Hebrews 10:19–20 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.”

 

Catholicism

Catholics see the priesthood as one of the Holy Orders of the Church therefore uphold the legitimacy of the priesthood as an office in the church.

CCC 1495 “Only priests who have received the faculty of absolving from the authority of the Church can forgive sins in the name of Christ.”

 

 

Celibacy of priests

Catholicism

Most Catholics hold that priests should remain unmarried (although, in some Catholic rites, priests are allowed to marry) so that the priest can focus on the work of God.

CCC 1579 “All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons, are normally chosen from among men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate “for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to “the affairs of the Lord,” they give themselves entirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church’s minister is consecrated; accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God.”

 

Christianity

Christians hold that bishops/overseers/pastors, etc., can marry as per 1 Timothy 3:2 (et.al.).

1 Timothy 4:1-3 “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.”

 

 

View of the Bible

Catholicism

There are significant differences in the way that that Christians and Catholics see the Bible, both in the actual contents of Scripture and the authority of the Scriptures.

Catholics hold that it is the responsibility of the church to declare authoritatively and infallibly what constitutes Scripture. They have declared 73 books as Scripture, including books which Christians refer to as the Apocrypha.

“The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ,” (CCC par. 85).

 

Christianity

Christians, on the other hand, hold that the church observes and “discovers” – not authoritatively decides – which books are inspired by God and should therefore be included in the canon of Scripture. Christian Bibles have 66 books.

But the differences between Christians and Catholics when it comes to the Scriptures do not end with what constitutes the Scriptures. Catholics deny, while Christians affirm, the perspicuity, or clarity, of the Scriptures. That is, that Scriptures are clear and understandable.

Catholics deny perspicuity and insist that the Scriptures cannot be rightly understood apart from the Magisterium of the Catholic church – that the Catholic church has the official and infallible interpretation. Christians reject this notion outright.

Further, Catholics do not regard the Scriptures as the sole infallible authority on faith and practice, as Christians do (i.e., Christians affirm Sola Scriptura). Catholic authority is like a three-legged stool: the Scriptures, tradition, and the magisterium of the church. The Scriptures, at least in practice, are the short-leg of this wobbly stool, since Catholics deny the perspicuity of Scriptures and rely more heavily on the other two “legs” as their infallible authority.

Acts 17:11 “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

 

 

Holy Eucharist / Catholic Mass / Transubstantiation

Catholicism

At the center of Catholic worship is the Mass or Eucharist. Catholics believe that the elements of the Lord’s Supper (See Luke 22:14-23) become the actual body and blood of Jesus when a priest blesses the elements during a Mass (though Catholics also hold that the bread and wine maintain their outward characteristics of bread and wine).

In partaking of the Mass, Catholics believe they are partaking of and enjoying Christ’s sacrifice in the present. Thus, Christ’s sacrifice is an on-going a-temporal act, brought into the present every time a Catholic partakes of the elements at Mass.

Further, since the bread and the wine are the actual blood and body of Jesus Christ, Catholics believe that it is right to adore or worship the elements themselves.

CCC 1376 “The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.”

 

Christianity

Christians object to this as gross misunderstanding of Jesus’ instructions regarding the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is meant to remind us of Jesus and his sacrifice, and that Christ’s sacrifice was “once for all” (See Hebrews 10:14) and was completed in history at Calvary.

Christians further object that this practice is dangerously close to, if not outright, idolatry.

Hebrews 10:12-14 “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”

 

 

Was Peter the first pope?

Catholics make the historically dubious claim that the succession of the Papacy can be traced right back to the Apostle Peter. They further contend that Peter is the first Pope. Most of this doctrine is based upon a faulty understanding of passages like Matthew 16:18-19, as well as to post-4th century church history.

However, Christians object that the office of the Papacy is nowhere mentioned in the Scriptures and is, therefore, not a legitimate office of the church. Further, the complex and precise hierarchy of church leadership employed by the Catholic church is also entirely missing from the Bible.

 

 

Are Catholics Christians?

Catholics have a wrong understanding of the gospel, mixing works with faith (while even misunderstanding the nature of faith) and emphasize for salvation many things that the Scriptures speak nothing about. It is hard to imagine that a thoughtful Catholic, who sincerely subscribes to the teaching of the Catholic church, can also be trusting in Christ alone for salvation. Of course, there are likely many who would describe themselves as Catholic who do, in fact, trust in the true gospel. But these would be exceptions, not the rule.

Therefore, we have to conclude that Catholics are not true Christians.

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51 comments… add one
  • Laura May 16, 2019, 1:35 pm

    The fact that you keep quoting the catechism of the Catholic Church where the Council of Trent for Catholic reasons for a certain differences between them and Protestants just shows that you have no idea that for each of the differences there are biblical reasons that Catholics do that. It’s not because of some Council or the Catholic catechism, it’s because it’s actually in the Bible and Protestants remove 7 books from the Bible during the Reformation. When it says that you are justified by faith alone in Romans, the word alone was never in that book. Martin Luther added the word alone to his German translation of the Bible. Also works and works of the law are different. When you say you are not justified by works of the law they are talking about the Jewish works of the law of the old Jewish rights. Works are following Commandments. When Jesus was act asked how to get to heaven he said follow my Commandments.

    • Fritz Chery May 16, 2019, 5:51 pm

      Hey Laura,

      I’m sorry, but your statements are not factual. It is clear that many of the teachings of the RCC goes against Scripture. Also, you made claims with no evidence. Once it stops being salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone it no longer is Christianity. Jesus was revealing to the rich young ruler that he fell short of God’s glory and was in need of a Savior. In no way was Jesus contradicting Scripture that teaches faith alone.

      Ephesians 2:9 “not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

      Galatians 3:1-3 “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?

      Romans 3:20 “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”

      Romans 3:24 “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”

      Romans 4:3 “For what does the Scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

      Romans 4:5 “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,”

      Romans 11:6 “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”

      Galatians 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

      John 19:30 “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

      Colossians 2:14 “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

      A genuine believer does not do works to be saved or to maintain salvation. A genuine believer does works because He has been saved and He has been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. Laura this is dangerous. I encourage you to look closely at the Scriptures yourself. Are you obeying God’s Commandments perfectly? Galatians 3:10 teaches us that if you are trying to obtain your righteousness from the law and you are not obeying it perfectly, that leads to the curse of the law? Are you obeying it perfectly or are you trusting in Christ’s perfection on your behalf?

      Galatians 3:10 “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”

  • Carole Castle May 16, 2019, 7:58 pm

    Not trying to be rude, but this writer seems to be like a Jehovah witness, or some other cult like people. I have read the Bible over and over several times. A lot of this rhetoric is twisted around to make it the way they WANT it! Sorry, I simply don’t believe all you’ve written here. Catholics don’t do that to you; in fact they call you their separated brethren (brothers and sisters!) Sincerely, Carole.

    • Fritz Chery May 16, 2019, 8:41 pm

      Hey Carole,

      Thank you for stopping by. Actually I am not a JW. I encourage you to check out my Christianity vs Jehovah Witness comparison article. I am a Christian and I hold to the essentials of the Christian faith. You’ve made false claims of me twisting things around but you are not explaining how. I gave what Scripture teaches and I gave what the RCC teaches. They are different. Please I don’t desire to debate. I encourage you to examine the Scriptures for yourself. Compare them to the CCC. There is a clear difference. Please read the article without your guard up.

      God bless,

      – Fritz

      • Elizabeth May 18, 2019, 11:53 pm

        As one who was raised and educated in purely catholic doctrine and ways, I can personally attest to my question of it. When I started studying Scripture on my own, I documented so many things in scripture that are contrary to RCC teachings, then and more today. I’m old enough to have watched how different RCC teachings are now from then. So from the days of wearing our heads covered, abstaining from meat on Fridays, women with no place on the altar during mass, no civil deacons to the present day….without even looking at Scripture, one should question who had it right. Why the needed change. The RCC leadership of humans, thinking they have powers equal to that of God Himself, is frightening all by itself. But I was a faithful catholic until….a Christian handed me THE WORD OF GOD. I Read it again and again.

        See what is part of RCC teaching vs God’s.

        Make up your own mind but be aware you are also leading your very soul into eternal life…you choose to spell that with a small “L” or a capital L…you have been given free will, but now you have also had seeds planted that will grow the garden of your eternal life.

        PS: unfortunately most RCC do not know the 3 languages in which Scripture was written. It was NOT written in Latin. The first Constantine government put it in Latin for their own devious needs. Study HISTORY about how Rome even became involved in Jesus’ Life. (That is where, much later on, you will see the needed government of Rome, to announce a pope over what Rome could not control legally and the ruler needing his desired sins swept away)

        I’m not going to explain it other than to say, politics was just as abundant then as it is now. (and just as corrupt)

        The difference now is we separate church and state. (but our moral values are how we form opinions)

        Back then it was such a tight integrated network that it truly is hard to comprehend in our minds today.

        I started with NIV and have read many (including catholic versions) of Scripture. I believe what He put into writing. I believe He also gave very stern warnings about what He put into writing. You will see that warning as the very last Words written. So catechism, Book of Mormon, book of Muslim (sorry can’t recall that name) but each writing goes directly AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD.

        The fact that God knew man’s attempts to use His Word for man’s own gain, not to His glory, but to the individual’s desired outcome shows exactly why we should look only to His word.

        We can believe what others tell us is His Word’s meaning, or we can open that precious Book and ask Him to fill us with His teachings.
        In the final hour when we gaze upon His Face, OR we never make it that far, is up to each of us, not the words of another human.

        Ignorance is not bliss in the matter of eternal Life.

        • Fritz Chery May 28, 2019, 6:48 pm

          Hey Elizabeth,

          Thanks for sharing your testimony. You are correct. This is not a meaningless matter. This is a matter of eternal life. The Bible contradicts the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

          – Fritz

        • Rhaya Jun 14, 2019, 6:28 pm

          I have been studying the many different denominations for sometime now and I agree with you 100%. Read and study the Word for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and understanding.

  • Kathleen May 17, 2019, 12:55 am

    Remember the scriptures where Jesus corrects the disciples for getting upset at others who were casting out demons in Jesus name ( Mark 9:38-41) when you try to label other CHRISTIAN Denominations as non Christian. Having researched the Biblical basis for Catholic differences, I find they have pretty solid scriptures to back most of their practices and we Protestant have twisted notions of what is the official Catholic church teaches. It cultural practices that over emphasize Mary and the saints not official doctrine. Read Paul’s epistles about arguing over divisive doctrine. Christians can differ in how they worship, but all who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior are Christian.

    • Fritz Chery May 29, 2019, 7:06 pm

      Hey Kathleen,

      I say this with love and respect. You are wrong. This is not a matter of being a Christian denomination. Any denomination that denies salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone is not Christian.

      The Catholic Church does not teach faith alone and it is evident.

      “Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation,” (CCC 846).

      Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, so that ‘we too might walk in newness of life,'” (CCC 977).

      “The specific precepts of the natural law, because their observance, demanded by the Creator, is necessary for salvation,” (CCC, par. 2036).

      Galatians 2:16 “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.”

      Salvation by faith in Christ can’t be compromised. This is the core of Christianity. This is essential for salvation. Read what Paul said about preaching another gospel.

      Galatians 1:8-9 “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

      Did you read the article and see the differences? I have no problem explaining any topic on Catholicism and verses. This is important and must not be taken lightly.

      God bless,

      – Fritz

      • Albert Jun 14, 2019, 4:18 pm

        We are saved by grace through faith, NOT THAT OF WORKS!! Jesus Christ died for a reason, to fulfill scripture and if we BELIEVE in his finished work on the cross we are saved! If one reads the word of God we should realize that we are in need of Jesus Christ and his grace.

    • Maurice Jun 14, 2019, 1:42 am

      When you say that the Catholic Church studies of scriptures mostly aligns with the Bible there starts the problem! If we are Christians we have to believe that God’s word is absolutely perfect no matter how many times it’s been translated from one language to the other. We have to believe that these men were inspired by God to do so therefore he inspired them with perfect interpretation! My dad’s sister is a nun, and unless you understand by grace through faith not by works lest any man should boast is true, then having to work for salvation is a contradiction! We are saved by grace. What is Grace? Undeserved favor! The Bible is quite clear and direct in that all we have to do is ask and believe, Call upon the name of the Lord and you shall be saved! Thank God he has made it so easy, but unfortunately we want to try to debate things that are perfect and that is God’s grace for salvation!

  • Tara May 18, 2019, 12:30 pm

    I like how you tried to stay pretty fair minded between the two, trying to give factual information on both religions through each religious document. (I say trying because even with all the research based information I still could see your personal preferences as I read – although it was much more hidden than most articles on similar subject area.) It would be interesting research to find out why the RCC states what it does. Instead of using the Bible to represent Christians and the RCC to represent Catholics, find out which biblical passages the Catholics refer to in order to justify their teachings, then to have a similar article but using bible passages compared to bible passages specifically to show which teachings of the Bible are being used to hold up both religions.

    Thank you for your post and your research.

    • Fritz Chery May 29, 2019, 6:50 pm

      Hey Tara,

      I know what the Catholic Church teaches and I know the passages they use. This is not a grey area that believers can overlook. This is damnable. I believe many in the Catholic Church are sincere in why they do certain things, but they misinterpret Scripture. You can be sincere and wrong. If you teach salvation by faith, works, baptism, etc. That is damnable. That takes away from the gospel of Jesus Christ.

      1 Corinthians 15:2-4 “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

      Satan can use Scripture to justify what he teaches, but that doesn’t mean he is right. Give me a topic and I won’t mind explaining it biblically in further detail.

      God bless,

      – Fritz

      • Melinda Aug 19, 2019, 8:41 am

        Fritz, you and your answers are absolutely laughable. You sir, are full of opinions and have no real answers. That is why your answer is weak. Answer the question, what bible verses do the Catholic church use to back up their beliefs? If you know them as you say you do, then knock them off! come on, I’ll wait! You are a self absorbed, ignorant, person that has absolutely no substance and are no Christian. You are a liar through your own ignorance and brainwashing.

        • Fritz Chery Sep 2, 2019, 6:40 pm

          Hey Melinda,

          Notice that you didn’t have anything productive to say. You attacked me without bringing up a single point from the article.
          Please examine the article and yourself and show me how the information is incorrect without resorting to bashing me.

          God bless,
          – Fritz

  • Nannette May 18, 2019, 5:42 pm

    I went into this article with an open mind and reflected upon your words. All you have done here is judge others, primarily Catholics, on abiding by a different belief system than your own. Don’t judge people. Live by the Golden Rule and love and accept everyone. Maybe consider writing your next post on how we can ALL come together–regardless of how a person worships God or interprets the Bible–instead of driving us apart when it isn’t necessary. The Bible is beautiful, YOUR interpretation is yours and mine is MINE, that’s the beauty of scripture! We are all God’s children. What Would Jesus Do? Love everyone without judgement!

    God bless!

    • Fritz Chery May 29, 2019, 7:41 pm

      Hey Nannette,

      Thank you for commenting. You do understand that you are judging me for judging others correct? Also, you are not understanding that this is not something that we can come together with. Many people go to hell every day for having the wrong gospel. You can’t come together with something that is not Christian. If I believe the teachings of the Catholic Church is sending people to hell, how is it loving if I say nothing about it? It’s not loving. Sometimes love tells people the truth. We must make sure that we have the right interpretation and though we are all God’s creation, we are not all God’s children. Jesus judged rightly. Jesus had strong words for people. Jesus would not stand for a false gospel. I have an article on Unity that explains more about Christian unity.

      God bless,
      – Fritz

    • Sharron Clark Jun 14, 2019, 10:46 am

      Hi,
      It is not about people’s interpretation it is about the Holy Spirit teaching believers.
      We can all come together by believing God’s Word and listening to the Comforter. If you do not have the Holy Spirit you will never truly understand God’s Word. Did Jesus not inform us ‘But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you ALL things, and bring ALL things to your remembrance, all things I have said to you.(John 14:26). It does not say everyone have their own interpretation and it does not say listen to what the RCC teaches you, if it contradicts God’s Word, then it is false teaching. We cannot all come together if we believe man’s word over God’s. Please rid yourself of any teaching and pray the Lord’s Spirit will teach you instead. I know about Catholicism I lived with nuns for two and a half years and I know who they pray to and who teaches them, you will find the answer in 1 Timothy 4:1.

    • Sharron Clark Jun 14, 2019, 10:58 am

      Jesus would tell you the truth because He loves you. That is true love.😁

  • Nancy May 18, 2019, 9:07 pm

    Thank you so much. This is the most concise and understandable article I have seen on this subject. My husband and I often go out and evangelize to those who will listen and this article will be a great help to us. Is there a way to print the full article? I know it took a lot of time to prepare it and I love the fact that you back your words with Scripture. Thank you again.

    Nancy

    • Fritz Chery May 28, 2019, 6:38 pm

      Hey Nancy,

      There is a floating print button on the left side of the screen. I’m glad that this article has been a blessing to you. It’s always great to be prepared when witnessing. I will continue to pray that God moves through you and your husband.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      God bless,

      – Fritz

  • Peter May 21, 2019, 10:35 pm

    Fritz,
    I was born and raised Catholic, then in my early 20’s became a born again Christian and was in evangelical protestant churches for 30 years. 5 years ago, after several years of study of what Catholics actually teach, not what Protestants say they teach, I came back to the Catholic Church and I’m thrilled I did.

    There are perfect biblical reasons for all they teach. It all makes sense now. The Old Testament fortells the New and the New Testament fulfills the Old. No out of context proof texts. For instance, I can quote verses, as you did. Like James 2:24, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone”. The only place in the bible where the words “faith” and “alone” are together and it says NOT by faith alone.

    But, as a Catholic, I have as much confidence in salvation as I did as a Protestant. I know I am in His love a long as I am seeking Him. I’ve lost nothing I had as a Protestant, but gained much more. His body and blood in the Eucharist, to strengthen us in our walk for one.

    I believe if anyone with an open mind really studied Catholicism as it really is, and not as it is misrepresented they would turn Catholic, as many, many, have, including prominent Protestant pastors and teachers.

    You would be really challenged if you watched this video. It might be the best teaching I ever heard.

    Peter

    • Fritz Chery May 28, 2019, 6:02 pm

      Hey Peter,

      Let’s take a closer look into James 2:

      James 2:14-24

      14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

      18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

      Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

      20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

      Notice that in the beginning it says “can that faith” save him. What faith is it referring to? It is referring to a dead faith. Faith must be genuine. James is not teaching that we need faith along with works. He is teaching the evidence of that faith will be seen through his works. Genuine faith results in works.

      The RCC teaches CCC 2068, “The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians and that the justified man is still bound to keep them;28 the Second Vatican Council confirms: “The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord . . . the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments.”

      CCC 2027, “Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods.”

      Galatians 3:10 says that all who rely on the works of the law will be cursed because they are not obeying everything perfectly. I obey because I am saved and I have been made new, not because obeying saves me. That is a huge difference.

      Ephesians 2:9 “not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

      Romans 4:5 “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,”

      Galatians 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”

    • Sharron Clark Jun 14, 2019, 10:53 am

      “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many!”
      Perhaps read all the scripture which pertains to not taking blood and you will see how incorrect the Eucharist is.

  • Jaime May 25, 2019, 4:26 am

    Very well written article. I struggle with seeing how these things that you have mentioned in Catholicism can be pulled from Scriptures. There are so many Scriptures like the ones mentioned in your comments that firmly state the Gospels reoccurring position on these matters. I was reminded of the verses in Hebrews 6:1-6 from a comment and a point above. If baptism removed original sin, then you should sin no more. It would also remove the sin of your children because what we are inherently passing along is original sin. Why then the continuation of sin and the need for penance? While I believe you must repent your sins to Christ alone, they are forgiven (past, present, and future). Continually trying to come to salvation, Hebrews says is like recrucifying Christ.
    1Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And God permitting, we will do so.

    4It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public shame.

    • Fritz Chery May 28, 2019, 5:22 am

      Hey Jaime,

      Well said! Thank you for dropping a comment. You hit the nail on the head. If we take a closer look into God’s Word Vs the Catechism there are clear errors regarding baptism, sin, and salvation. Penance diminishes the value of Christ’s blood and it is nowhere to be found in Scripture.

      Just as Scripture says, our works are like filthy rags.

      Isaiah 64:6 “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

      God bless,

      – Fritz

      • Ron Jun 14, 2019, 4:16 am

        This is a well researched and unbiased article because the truth is stated from both a Christian standing and RC standing .
        When comparing the two , it is imperative to refer to what the Bible does say . As we are all responsible for ourselves in what we believe , the God-given gifts of wisdom and discernment are very necessary for correctly interpretting Scripture . And at the centre of it all is the Subject Himself . The bible starts with reference to Him and finishes with Him . Above all is that the Book is a SPIRITUAL Book which sets it apart from all other books. We can be assured that there is truth in it’s pages and if we think there are contradictions , then we must be wrong when we have faith in the Bibles Author . The 4th verse from the end says
        ” I warn everyone who hears these words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to them , God will add to him the plagues described in this book . And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy , God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the Holy city which are described in this book .” NIV . That warning should give all Christians concern for those who are being mislead by any publications which have done just that . Understanding the Gospel is our own responsibility but it also a Christian’s resonsibility to make errors known for lives depend on the truth .
        I’m afraid the RC have erred in those warnings and use their own interpretation . Jesus admonished the Pharisees and the Saduccees for insisting that what they taught was correct and called them hypocrites . Many are hypocrites for not listening to the basic fundamental of the Bible’s doctrine and put worldly values on it because of lies and deceit which helps to form different denominations.

  • Pascal Theberge May 27, 2019, 9:18 pm

    Fritz,

    I have left the Catholic Church a few years ago to join another denomination. Although I do not share all their understandings of Scriptures, I can assure you they are Christians. Writing this blog is detrimental to the Church and you are grieving the Holy Spirit.
    You are putting yourself in the position of judge and jury and your hiding behind YOUR understanding of Scriptures. There are hundreds of denominations, and yes, that includes Catholicism. So why would you pit all the protestant denomination against Catholicism, when protestant don’t agree on most questions of faith. I feel like you lack maturity in your faith and that the enemy is using you to divide the Church. Read 1 Cor 1:10; Mat 12:25; James 4-11:12, Luke 11:17. You also lack honesty because you have made your argument by using only the RCC and have not used ANY Scriptures that backs up their understanding of Faith. I can assure you there are many.

    You don’t have to convince me that some of their beliefs maybe thin on Scriptures, but I am appalled that would label them not Christians. You are placing yourself in a dangerous spot, which is called judge and jury. Although Catholics have different beliefs than most protestants, I can assure you that many denominations share a lot of the same beliefs. I don’t understand why you would write this blog. Maybe you have interior motives and feel like your understanding of Scripture is superior but please remember to be humble in your understanding. There is only one God, one Church, and we should love each other and avoid denomination battles. I love the website by the way, but your blog is wrong.

    • Fritz Chery May 28, 2019, 5:36 pm

      Hey Pascal,

      If any religion denies salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. It is not Christian. Romans 3:28 “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.”

      It does not matter why they do the things that they do. If you deny the essentials of the Christian faith you are not Christian and there is no compromise. You can be sincere and be totally wrong if it goes against God’s Word. There are those in the Catholic Church who are genuine believers because they don’t hold to RCC doctrine. However, if you hold to the teachings of the RCC it’s impossible to be Christian because you are saying that Jesus is not enough. I need works, baptism, penance, church, etc. Rather than saying I’m being used by Satan, ask me about any topic and I will help to better explain it using God’s Word.

      God bless,
      – Fritz

  • Thomas Jun 14, 2019, 5:07 am

    Thank you for opening our eyes to the truth about Catholics, I was a Catholic and I became born again, though I must say that most Catholics don’t understand these facts about their religion and because many are not so encouraged to read for themselves the Bible, this is the reason they continue in their wrong doctrines.
    Besides that most of my relatives are still Catholics but I’ve observed that they’re not strong enough not be taken into witchcraft. They subscribe to Catholics and practicing witchcraft, like consulting the spirits of the dead, which a true Christian won’t do!
    We need to continue loving, praying and preaching the true gospel to our dear brothers and sisters, thank you for sharing this truth.

  • Freda M Bonney Jun 14, 2019, 8:48 am

    I was raised in a Pentecostal church, and converted to Catholicism.
    You say Catholics aren’t Christians, but you are wrong. You’re not not even using real scriptures. You’re not using a real King James Version. I looked up the scriptures. The Bible uses deeds not works.
    Here’s a good one for you. Matt. 7:20
    Says : Wherefore by their fruits yet shall know them.
    Matt:7:17-18
    Even so every good tree bringeth good friut, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt resenting forth good fruit.

    You say they’re not Christians, but that is judging.
    James: 11-12
    Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou are not a doer of the law, but a judge.
    12) There is lawgiver, who is able to save and destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
    So, there high and mighty.
    You are wrong.

    • Fritz Chery Jun 14, 2019, 8:56 pm

      Hey Freda,

      First, you do understand that you are judging me? If judging was a sin, then you would be in sin as well.
      You must understand that I love everyone and I am not trying to be hard. However, to be a Christian you must put your hope in Christ alone. Catholicism teaches the opposite. Faith, works, baptism, penance, etc. If you need faith, your good deeds, baptism, and penance, then you are saying that the blood of Christ is not enough. How can someone be a Christian if they are saying the blood of Jesus is not enough to atone for sin?

      Matthew 7 is teaching us to see the difference of a genuine believer and a false convert. A genuine believer will bear good fruit as evidence of his profession of faith in Christ. It is not saying we need faith and works. If you have truly been converted by the Lord, then we will see the evidence of that by the way you live your life. A genuine believer will not live a lifestyle of sin.

      – Fritz

  • Gabriel Jun 14, 2019, 9:34 am

    You said “The Lord’s Supper is meant to remind us of Jesus and His sacrifice, and that Christ’s sacrifice was “once for all”
    I agree that Christ’s sacrifice was once for all, but look what He says on Luke 22:19

    “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me.”

    “Do this in remembrance of me.”
    I take that as a commandment.

    Also, I will leave a verse from the Bible which I find very interesting:
    “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
    James 1:27

    • Fritz Chery Jun 14, 2019, 9:43 pm

      Hi Gabriel,

      We observe the Lord’s supper because we love Christ. We do it to reflect and remember the great price that was paid for us.

      Also, we do it to celebrate what we receive as a result of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

      We don’t do it to maintain our salvation. We are already saved by the blood of Christ alone.

      Hebrews 9:25-28 “Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

      – Fritz

  • Ira B Taylor Jun 14, 2019, 10:14 am

    Great article and defense of the gospel my brother. I encourage you to continue to uphold the gospel of Jesus Christ. I so appreciate the fact that you are “Contending for the faith, that was once delivered unto the saints”. (Jude 1:3) The Adversary is still using the same tactic he used against Eve in the garden. ” Has God said?” Causing her to question Gods Word, his character and his motives. (Genesis 3:1-5) Sadly mankind is still falling into this snare. “Has God said?”Thank you for unashamedly standing for the truth of Gods Word. ” For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; both to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For in it (The gospel) is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith, exactly as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16,17) I want to leave this scripture with you my brother in the way of encouragement. Paul’s exhortation to Timothy. ” I charge you therefore in the sight of God, and The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke and exhort with all patience and doctrine. For the time shall come when they shall not tolerate sound doctrine; but after their own desires shall they gather to themselves teachers tickling their hearing; and they shall indeed turn away from hearing the truth, and shall be turned to fables. But you be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of a evangelist, fully bear your ministry.” The Grace of our One and Only Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you beloved brother. In His Name. Ira Taylor.

    • Fritz Chery Jun 14, 2019, 4:31 pm

      Hey Ira,

      Thank you so much for checking out the article and taking the time to give me words of encouragement.

      – Fritz

  • Rickey Jun 14, 2019, 12:43 pm

    Why call Jesus Christ a liar. In John 3:5, Jesus answered (our Savior) In order to enter the kingdom of God ( which is Heaven) you must be born of the water (Baptism) and the Spirit ( Holy Spirit). This means you must be Baptist to be saved.

    • Fritz Chery Jun 14, 2019, 8:14 pm

      Hey Rickey,

      I really appreciate that you took the time to comment. I am in no way calling Jesus a liar. I want you to take a close look at John 3:5. Notice that you are inserting words into the text. He says, “you must be born of water.” Not once did Jesus say that it was baptism that saves. Jesus would not contradict Himself. What did Jesus say on the cross? He said, “it is finished.” He satisfied the requirements of God.

      We have to find out what it means to be born of water and the Spirit. What do we know about baptism? We know that it is a work of man. Man has to be there. Romans 4:3-5; Romans 3:28; and Ephesians 2:8-9 teach that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, not by works of man. John 3:5 is not referring to water baptism, which is a work of man. It is referring to the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit as we see in Ezekiel 36.

      Ezekiel 36:25-27 “25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

      Those who put their faith in Christ alone will be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a work of God where God saves a man and He makes him a new creation. As we see in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

      – Fritz

    • LS Jul 5, 2019, 7:01 pm

      Hi Rickey,

      I usually don’t respond to things like this because you just can’t talk to people like the author of this website/blog…there is no way to have a conversation because they feel so strongly about their beliefs. it scares me how there are people in the world believing in things that are not scriptural. Many times, people quote scripture without context or additional research. It sure seems that way when I read the blog on this site on baptism.

      I agree with you that baptism is necessary to be saved. The author of this website/blog states he is a Christian but I suspect he is an evangelical Christian since they do not believe in baptism. He also states that anyone who believes that baptism is necessary for salvation is not a Christian (the Bible does not say anything on this) and that is dangerous because it is not scriptural. I’m sure he will respond and tell me that I’m not scriptural and not a Christian but I have studied the bible and am confident not only in my faith but also in the fact that I am saved. Take care, Rickey.

      • Fritz Chery Jul 6, 2019, 12:57 am

        Hi Linda,

        I’m always open for a conversation. Also, in the same way that you feel that I hold too strongly to my beliefs, do you feel that you may hold too strongly to your beliefs to actually have a conversation? I’ll be happy to thoroughly explain any Scripture. Baptism is a public declaration of your faith. It doesn’t save. Baptismal regeneration is unbiblical. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone. In 1 Corinthians 15 we learn what saves us. It’s the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Baptism was not included in 1 Corinthians 15. If it saved us, then it would have been. It’s not a part of the gospel. To add upon the work of Christ is damnable. To make the claim that Jesus is not enough and you need to add upon His blood with something else, then that is unbiblical.

        Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.” By Faith. My goal is not to say that you are not a Christian. My goal is to reveal to you the beauty of Christ. That He alone is enough to save you. That salvation is a work of God. Please know that I desire you to see His Word and it breaks my heart that you don’t. Please look over the article again. If you have any concerns, please let me know.

        – Fritz

    • Tammy Jul 29, 2019, 5:01 am

      Hi. Going out on a limb here… but when a woman goes into labor, her “water” (aka amniotic fluid) breaks. So, pretty sure he’s just referring to human birth, as I believe, the next comment was, how can I climb back in my mother’s womb to be reborn again? If, it’s the same passage I’m thinking of.
      PS. I liked the comparison article.

  • Darius Villa Jun 14, 2019, 2:02 pm

    I grew up as a Catholic, inquired into Eastern Orthodoxy, and then became a Bible believing Christian.

    A good website that exposes Catholicism with truth and love and not making straw men, is justforcatholics.org by Joseph Mizzi. He is a Maltese who was born and baptized into the Catholic Church but later he realized that the RCC has erred greatly by reading the Bible. Mizzi does not make up anti Catholic conspiracy theories like people like Jack Chick do. Mizzi just gets to the real issues with the RCC.

  • Rhaya Jun 14, 2019, 6:47 pm

    I thank you my brother for this article! I read with an open mind, and I saw no judgement on your part whatsoever. I saw a true believer standing for Truth and backing it up with Scriptures. I pray you’ll continue to take the time out to write more articles like these and edify our souls, as we are desperately in need of God’s Holy Word.

  • Caroline Falzon Jun 15, 2019, 2:08 pm

    Dear All,
    I went through almost all the messages and all are very interesting…i am Maltese and have been raised as a Catholic. I spent 10 years involved in the admimistration of a Cathecism centre as in Malta, kids are to attend catechism which prepares them for the Holy Communion at the age of 6 and then for the Confirmation at the age of 11. I used to read during Mass and every year, I used to manage the adoration of the Divine Sunday…i am a mother of 4 aged between 17 and 9…
    Two and a half years ago, i attended a short course(praying thru the Bible) held in a christian community and as soon as the first lesson was over…there and then I wanted to be born again and wanted to have nothing to do with religion….
    I do not want to offend anyone or judge anyone for that matters….i know it is not easy to see any further than what you are accustomed to for such a long time…
    There is a huge difference between christianity and any religious denomination…
    God sent Jesus and offered Him as a living sacrifice for our salvation…He did not send Jesus for the foundation of any religious denomination…
    When it comes to catholic doctrine it is, completely the opposite of what the Word of God states…
    First and foremost, it is vital for us to be ‘born again’, as stated in John 3 …only by this one can receive the Holy Spirit and will then be able to receive revelation. Other than that, when you read the Bible you will only be able to interpret it.
    The Word of God is consistent and so it does not change, period.
    It is alive and active and so it relates to any area of our lives, always. Because It is consistent, I can rest and be still upon the Lord and His Word…
    In RCC, changes can be detected as from the ten commandments….you should come to Malta and visit the churches.. it is loaded with statues and with all that God abhors!
    In Summer, every week, a saint or the Madonna is celebrated!!
    It is stated in the Bible, how dangerous it is for anyone to add, remove or change anything from the Word of God!
    Also, the false doctrine about Mary and Joseph and their virginity! How can God, the creator of man and woman, love and the intimate relationship between the two in marriage, demand from such a couple who were led completely by God’s will…be expected to live together as a brother and sister! This is such a big fat lie which consequence is indescribable….so many marriages with no excitement intimately; priest and nuns asked for celibacy to reflect Joseph & Mary….
    I always thought that the catholic religion was the one but I thank God daily for extracting me out of the system and i now pray and declare for the salvation of my loved ones.
    I am sorry to say but must and say through revelation….GOD HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION..
    Jesus tells us that Satan is a thief who comes to destroy, steal and kill.
    In Ephesians, Paul tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the dominions of the dark world.. .Paul is referring to the religions and the RCC is the prime one…(in this denomination you barely hear about the devil and his works but how much God loves everyone!!)
    I encourage you all to read Ephesians.. very encouraging..
    Remember! Jesus defeated Satan upon His resurrection and Jesus gave us authority over him and his army. Jesus’ name is above all names! Do not let Satan make you believe that you are unworthy! No matter where you are in life…Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life

    God bless you all,

    Caroline

  • KNOZIACK CHISENGA Jun 19, 2019, 8:25 am

    Let us be realistic. A Catholic is a Catholic. Catholics are NOT Christians.

  • Nancy Gound Jun 24, 2019, 5:14 pm

    Would you please post a link for Canon 9. In our evangelizing people have questioned this and I cannot find a source to print other than this article. Thank you again Fritz for the work you are doing in God’s service.

    Nancy

    • Fritz Chery Jun 24, 2019, 7:10 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      To find it all that you have to do is search Canons on justification. Check out this link – theopedia.com/council-of-trent.

      – Fritz

      • Nancy Gound Jun 27, 2019, 1:26 am

        Are all of these canons set in 1563 still in effect today?

        • Fritz Chery Jun 27, 2019, 5:32 am

          Hey Nancy,

          The answer is yes. The RCC has never denied these Canons.

  • Joan Aug 30, 2019, 4:04 am

    Hello Fritz.
    Interesting read for sure. Your research on Catholics was very disappointing. It is as if you suggest we worship the people within the church instead of the one who created it, Jesus Christ. We are in fact the first Christians. Jesus Christ founded our church and made Peter the first pope.
    “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
    What is the Protestant take on this quote? Jesus said it, it is in the Gospel of Matthew, which is in the Protestant bible as well as the Catholic one.
    If being Protestant is the only way to go, then why are there so many Protestant denominations that can’t seem to agree?
    What are we as Christians doing if we proclaim all over the world, “I am a Christian and I love the Lord with all my heart and soul and so should you!” but do not perform works such as acts of charity to help those in need. The person you may be helping might be an atheist or an idol worshiper and your good works can encourage him or her to change his or her ways and become a Christian. Take Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta for example. She went to India to help the poor and converted many to Catholicism, in fact the priest at my parish is from India! If we just tell people we love Jesus and do not do anything then people will think, “What a great bunch of people and what a God they have, they can’t even help anyone. They just sit there and pray to a God who does not want them to go out and be charitable.” That is not the image we want and it is certainly not what Catholics have.
    Contrary to what some believe, Catholics do not worship saints and revere them as if they are mini-gods. We respect them for the love of God that just poured out of them, the pure admiration they had for Him. We are amazed by the wonderful things they did for the people they encountered. We ask them to pray for us and ask God to help us. We do not pray specifically to them. Just like how you ask a friend to pray for you when you are going through a hard time. You do not pray to your friends. The saints are our friends not our gods.
    The real question here is what is the difference between Catholics and Protestants, not Catholics and Christians. Catholics are Christians period.
    “Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
    Have a blessed day.

    • Fritz Chery Sep 2, 2019, 1:14 am

      Hi Joan,

      I’m sorry that you were disappointed about the information that was put forth. I quoted the catechism and explained a plethora of topics. I’m not trying to be harsh. I want you to experience the liberation that Christ can give you. I want you to experience His beauty and grace. I plead with you to pray about this. Is it enough to have salvation by faith in Jesus alone or do I need faith and my works to save me? This is serious. I want you to truly experience the beauty of Jesus. Works are evidence of genuine faith, not a means to our salvation. Salvation belongs to the Lord. We do not cooperate with Him. We obey because we have been saved by grace. There is nowhere in Scripture that tells us that Peter was the first Pope nor did Peter claim to have power over the church. Peter looked to Christ. Please consider the truths that I put forth.

      – Fritz

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