A few years ago, I wrote a post here why I believe the Roman Catholic Church is heretical in doctrine and practice. That post has disappeared. But I’m not as meek and cowardly as I was then. Back then I cared what my friends thought – Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, and nothing. I don’t care anymore. If I love Jesus at all, I will put truth first and value it most. If I value a friend more than the truth, I know I will lose both in the end. However, if I value the truth more than a friend, I may lose that friend in the short-term but I believe God will bring them back to me one day.
To many Protestants, Roman Catholics aren’t Christians. The church itself is considered a cult. So why would any Bible-believing church, organization, or individual have anything to do with the RCC? I pray God gives them light to see their error and publicly separate from that church. We must not be unequally yoked [2 Corinthians 6:14]!
I have Roman Catholic friends, some devout and some not. I hate to see them believe, live, and spread lies. I wonder why the devout ones don’t leave, especially after the pedophilia scandal. If you’re Roman Catholic and you say you love Jesus, then get out! Leave that church and publicly denounce it as doctrinal error. Only then will you find God’s light and truth. Better churches can cultivate your spiritual devotion and ground it in biblical truth. See the list and links below.
- Grace to You: Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism
- Jesus is Savior
- Bible Believers: The Plain Truth about the Roman Catholic Church
- The Cutting Edge: Roman Catholic Pagan Heresy – Eating Jesus
- Christian Heresies
- Reformed Nazarene: Roman Catholicism and its Heresies
- Gospel of Christ: Catholic Heresies and Human Traditions
Christian ministers should not be forbidden to marry. See 1 Timothy 3:2, 4:3.
She was human, not divine. Mary wasn’t a virgin after Jesus was born, for the marriage was later consummated [Matthew 1:25]. Jesus had half-brothers and sisters. Mary was in the upper room with the 120; she had to believe and accept Christ as Lord, just like the others [Acts 1:14]. After this, she’s never mentioned again in the Bible. If you’re a Christian, pray to God the Father in the name of the Son Jesus Christ – not Mary. Jesus is your only spiritual mediator: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” [1 Timothy 2:5]. If you have a problem, go directly to Jesus in prayer.
It doesn’t exist because there’s no reference to it in the Bible. There is no second chance after death. Once you die, you go to heaven or hell for eternity. Read Luke 16:19-31.
Use of Images / Statues / Crucifixes / Prayer Beads
In the Bible, the emphasis in worship is the written word, not images. God gave Moses two tablets of stone, on which He wrote the 10 commandments; Aaron disobeyed and made a golden calf [Exodus 32]. The second commandment is “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven 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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them” [Exodus 20:4-5]. “We walk by faith, not by sight” [2 Corinthians 5:7]. We don’t need objects in order to concentrate in worship or prayer.
It is not inspired. Therefore you shouldn’t read or live by it. There is no reference to the Apocrypha in the 66 books of the Protestant Bible.
Christ is the spiritual head of His church, not any fallible human being. “Upon this rock I will build my church”: Christ was referring to Himself (petra), not Peter (petros) [Matthew 16:18]. “He [Jesus Christ] is the head of the body, the church” [Colossians 1:18; also Ephesians 1:22]. It is Christ alone, faith alone, Bible alone. The Bible is how God speaks to us, through the Holy Spirit. God can speak to us in other ways, but they must conform to the Bible. It is the final authority, not the pope or Vatican documents. Over the centuries, popes have made many doctrinal and moral errors. The most recent is theistic evolution under John Paul II. I admire Benedict XVI and I’m sorry to see him go, since he plans to resign on February 28. Yet why trust a fallible human being? According to HolyWar.org, he’s not even a good Catholic!
Jesus Christ ordained two: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist). We don’t believe in transubstantiation either. In the Lord’s Supper, we remember “the Lord’s death till He comes” [1 Corinthians 11:26]. “This is my body” and “this is my blood” are metaphors. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” [Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25].
We do dedicate infants to God, but we don’t baptize them. In the New Testament, baptism was always performed on believers in response to repentance and faith. This is not possible for an infant, although some children have been saved at age 4 or 5 and been baptized as a result. Baptism is an outward symbol of an internal transformation by which we die, are buried, and raised again with Christ [see Romans 6:3-5]. It cannot save. In Acts 8, the Ethiopian eunuch wanted to be baptized. Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may” [8:37]. Read Matthew 3, Acts 2:38 [“repent and be baptized”], and Acts 10:47-48. And when we baptize people, we dunk them! Baptizo [Greek] means “to make overwhelmed, fully wet”; its stem bapto [Greek] means “to overwhelm, cover wholly with fluid, moisten, stain, dip.”
Only God the Father in Christ Jesus can forgive or atone for sin. See Matthew 6:12, 9:1-6, Luke 7:47-50, Acts 5:31, 26:18, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14. Acts 13:38 says, “Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins.” 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” No human being, whether or not a pastor, can do that.
Jesus Christ died for our sins, once and for all. We don’t repeat the perfect sacrifice of Christ nor imitate it in our worship. See Hebrews 9:26-28, 10:12-14.