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“And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’ s religion is vain.” James 1:26
The illusion that we can get to everlasting joy in Heaven by doing anything we want but what God the Son has commanded of us. Just because you have the right to do something doesnt make it right to do. Liberalism in all its forms is heretical to the teachings of Christ. What is being achieved by liberalism, is fulfillment of the needs and wants of man disguised as lawful, politically correct, etc.
People just do not care anymore. “Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” James 14:16 People these days appeal to things that give them options. They are unaware of the design of their punishments according to their accounts. Protestants have taken all the hard, meriting, works, and religous thinking from the Church of Christ. There is no confession, there is no repercussion for actions. People look for justice when it comes to.murder, rape, and child disciplines. They don’t however consider adultry, birth control, divorce, abortion, gay marriage, all the unnatural things that have now become human rights. Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not commit adultry. These are the commandmants of God. Our Creator, is pushed away, mankind is so enveloped in what they think they have a right to.
Mankind (prominent in America) believes it is owed something, for being made from absolutely nothing; it is held in existence by its Creator of which everyone has elected to ignore, modify, or destroy to their liking. Morality has been perverted, obedience done away with, and religion shunned in exchange for made up “spirituality”. Truth is nonexistent, and people worry more about the environment and making it to the gym than the salvation of their own souls for eternity.
Everyone in this day and age is a victim, yet no one is wrong. Accountability for one’s self is rare, and blame is about as abundant as the court cases our media spews at us. The general notion of God has become someone who is a friend and buddy more so then a Lord and Creator of all things. There is no reverence, people do not bow their heads when the Holy Name of Jesus is said, they don’t kneel instead they hold hands in prayer and focus on each other. The sign of the cross is never made even though the cross is the sign of salvation for all mankind.
People wish to divorce Christ from His Cross. They do not want to be reminded of His pain and suffering for our salvation. They only want the good elements of religion, without the suffering, the prayer, and most importantly the sacrifices. People only want the benefits of responsibility without the responsibility itself, when someone gets in the way of that its infringing on human rights. They want sex for pleasure, families are planned these days with picking the number and gender of kids they have, to their liking.
Natural order has been completely obscured, pride runs rampant leading to other deadly ways of living. As with Free Masons and other such groups, human rights take the place of what is actually right, and good. An animal has more rights and focus then a fetus. Mankind has options for everything. Surgery to change anything you want, endless music and static, movies, and TV shows. Everything you need to forget your problems, and your true commitments.
The teaching of the Protestant reformers contradict reason:
There are many beliefs put forward in the writings of the Protestant reformers which are anti-Christian, illogical and contradict reason. One example we give here is the theology put forth by Calvin, Zwingle and Beza which in summary says that it is God’s will that we sin, and because we cannot avoid the will of God, we can not act otherwise, therefore we are not at fault for any sin. Where in Scripture is this taught we ask? This blatantly contradicts reason and Scripture.Another belief put forth in the writings of Calvin mentions the Law of God is impossible. What else does this imply other than Our Lord is a tyrant who commands impossible things? If it is impossible, why is it commanded?
Even more absurd is the belief of Luther, Zwingle, and Calvin that the whole Church may have erred for a thousand or so years in understanding the Word of God, yet these reformers can each guarantee they understand it right! “If the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?” Matthew 5:13. In other words if the Church, the guardian of truth, were to lose the truth, by whom shall the truth be found? By Luther? By Calvin? We find it infinitely more likely that the Protestant reformers erred rather than the entire Church.
Another absurdity we see with the Protestant reformers is their claim that the Catholic Church has erred, and that all men can err, and then follow this by preaching their own interpretation of certain verses of the Scriptures, claiming it as the Word of God. If everyone else has erred or is capable of erring, how can the Protestant reformers be so audacious to claim they have not erred?
Another absurd belief of the Protestant reformers is that we must interpret the Scriptures by the analogy of faith. This can only lead to countless denominations with opposing views, and when any of these opposing denominations presents their view of a verse in Scripture, Protestants admire every interpretation given as though all are acceptable to God! This is illogical, for as we mention above, if one denomination believes in the real presence in the Holy Eucharist while another believes the Eucharist is just a symbol, only one can be correct. The real presence is either TRUE, or IDOLATRY, so believing one or the other will decide whether or not we are saved. Where in Scripture did Jesus say believing in two totally opposite views is acceptable? In addition, where else in the world is such a belief accepted that many views are acceptable? Surely mathematicians and scientists do not allow multiple beliefs for the same situation and neither do we see such an illogical belief anywhere else. Yet how illogical is it for the Protestant reformers to suddenly propose an “all beliefs are acceptable” belief starting in the 16th century?
Considering we all believe in Jesus and what He taught us, is it not more logical for Jesus to have left seven Sacraments for the justification and sanctification of the sinner rather than leave just two, one of which serves for nothing and the other for little? Would it not be more logical for Jesus to have left the power of absolving in the Church then to have not left it at all? Would it not be more logical for Our Lord to have left a visible Church, which is universal, of striking aspect, and perpetual than to have left it little, secret, scattered and liable to corruption? Our Lord and His Apostles taught truth, never contradiction.These illogical beliefs and contradictory teachings which we mention above are clearly either contrary to the teachings of Christ, contradict reason or contradict themselves, and the Protestant reformers propose many of these beliefs in their reformation as medicine for the Church?
God Bless BJS!!
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8
As has been pointed out in previous posts, we know that all good comes from God. Anything that does not come from God is not good, because mankind has the free will to accept the good things from God or not. This includes so-called Christian religions not revealed to us by Christ, private interpretations of Scripture, religous movements, addictions, distractions, things that are man-made that are not a testament to God’s goodness and glory. A lot of these things may appear good, or may have the appearance of being Christian, but once again being Christian means accepting everything Christ has taught us through His Church (the Catholic Church). These things are in fact used by the Devil to pull people away from the one true Faith, under the false notion of being good, by the millions.
Noe’s Ark not only existed and is recorded in the Old Testament, but remains of the Ark have been found. This story is also represented in the New Testament with the establishment of Christ’s Church as the Ark, and the ratio of those who will make it to everlasting life and those who perish. There are an abundant amount of relations between the Old Testament and the New, that when not taken out of context apply to the Catholic Church. The “Catholo” (Greek for everywhere the same, universal), is the religion revealed by God. We are called to give testimony to that religion and that one alone, because God gave it to us at the last supper (the first mass). If you look at Jewish tradition before Christ, the Mass is in direct correlation with the old practices of the Pascal meal, as well the sacrifices that use to be made (more on this and what has happened to the Catholic Church to come).
The point is that if we really truly believe what has been mentioned above then one must live his life in accordance with it; in hopes that our example can be one for others to follow to God. Man was created for a supernatural end, not just a natural one of dying. We were called to a supernatural end of seeing Our Creator (the Beatific Vision), face to face for eternity. This may not sound like much, but seeing God will fulfill every possible want and need we could ever have, forever. We can only obtain this by using a supernatural means, His Church. Using anything else will only obtain us a natural end which is death, forever.
His Church, when we let go of our wills, teaches us how to be holy, how to be truly happy, and how to be Christian. It has to, for if it did not it would not be a means. Let us look at some evidence:
The true Church of Christ ought to always practice the perfection of Christian life:
Looking at the New Testament, it is filled with teachings from Jesus on how to live the perfect Christian life. There are many examples of recommended virtues direct from Scripture. In addition to these virtues, Jesus was entirely poor and lived on alms as an example to us, and taught His Apostles to carry nothing when they went to preach. He also taught us to be humble, meek and obedient even to those of which we have no obligation. He left us examples of poverty, chastity, and self-denial. Of what purpose were all these examples if they were not to be put into practice?
Considering the examples Jesus has set for us, consider the lives of the Saints who have imitated these virtues throughout their entire lives and were able to perform miracles as Our Lord did. Moreover, the Catholic Church as a whole has always put into practice these virtues in every season for the love of God.
Consider the glory of so many Saints and other devout religious who gave up all and risked their lives to travel to foreign countries and spread the faith, without other expectation than of labors, miseries, and martyrdom, and without any other aim than the honor of God and the salvation of souls.
Many of these Saints have died for Christ as did St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Polycarp, St. Agnes and St. Cecilia.
They have won whole nations to Christ like St. Patrick, St. Boniface, St. Ansgar, St. Methodius, and St. Francis Xavier.
They have founded religious orders of men and women that won countless souls to the perfect following of heroic virtues such as St. Benedict, St. Bernard, St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Madeline Barat.
They have given up all in life to care for the sick, the poor and the imprisoned such as St. Camillus, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. John of Matha.
They have defended the faith in every part of the world as did St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Canisius.
These are just a few examples. Now compare these to the lives of the Protestant reformers and their subsequent churches who condemned the monastic discipline and gave it up altogether. And rather than imitate the virtue of poverty, many aim to make the temporal goods of their church theirs.
The virtue of chastity was condemned and has been scarcely practiced since. In addition, without a Pope to be obedient to and no need to consult others on interpretation of Scripture, the virtue of obedience was blurred. And with no need to confess sins, the borders of morality have been blurred as well. Martyrdom is also scarcely heard of in Protestant churches since the Reformation. Many ministers marry when they did not in the early Church. (“He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God.” 1 Cor 7:32).
Why did the Protestant reformers oppose and stop practicing these virtues in direct opposition to the examples of Our Lord and early Church?
In summary, the Protestant reformers and most Protestant churches that came afterward have abandoned these virtues of the perfect Christian life at the word of the reformers; ordinary men. Yes, all of these virtues are not mandatory, but we can see they are highly recommended in Scripture. Christ gave us these repeated examples for a reason, and the Catholic Church and Her Saints and those in monasteries have continually practiced these virtues to the fullest. If we are to achieve Heaven we need to as well, the greater we practice these virtues of Faith so as to lead others, the greater reward we merit from God for eternity.
God Bless BJS!!
The Bible was not put under one cover until the Councils of Hippo (393) and 3rd Council of Carthage (397) accepted the official list of books. Not for over 1000 years after these early Councils was the printing press invented (~1450), so Bible manuscripts were quite rare and costly before the printing press came about. Between 397 and 1450 then, how did most people learn about the contents of Scripture, and who was the authoritative figure for the early Church during these centuries? The authority clearly could not have been the Bible, but clearly was the Church Herself who preached it to the faithful. So how can Scripture have been our only guide for the centuries before copies of the Bible were readily available, and were the people who lived during those centuries all damned because they did not have access to Scripture?
Consider this verse from Scripture: “Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name” John 20:30-31. What else does this tell us than Jesus did and said other things that were not recorded in Scripture? Are we really to think that anything Jesus did or said that didn’t make it into the books of Scripture are false or should not be adhered to?
Consider the verse, “But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written” John 21:25. Clearly there are many things Jesus said and did that were passed on as tradition (by word of mouth) and did not make it into the books of Scripture.Nowhere in Scripture do we see references to Jesus writing anything down during His public life, nor does Scripture show that He ever asked His Apostles to write down what He was teaching either. We can see only Peter, Paul, James, John Jude, Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote parts of what Our Lord taught, the others did not write anything as far as is recorded. If Scripture were the ONLY resource we should have for our salvation, surely Jesus and His Apostles would have written constantly, but they did not. Instead Scripture shows that the Apostles TAUGHT as they were instructed by Our Lord: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” Matt 28:19. So while Scripture is essential, tradition is also essential. Nowhere in Scripture does it say Scripture alone should be accepted as revelation, and it certainly does not say we should condemn Apostolic tradition. Look all through the Gospels and you will see nothing spoken against tradition except for traditions which are human or against Scripture. Why do the Protestant reformers add this to Our Lord’s words? It is forbidden to add anything to Scripture, as it is to take anything away from it. Why do the Protestant reformers also take away the traditions which are expressly authorized?
Consider the verse, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.” 2 Thessalonians 2:14. What else does this tell us than the Apostles spread the word of God not only through Epistles, but also by WORD, and that we should hold to the traditions which we are taught? Any unwritten Apostolic doctrine we call Tradition.
Consider the verse, “If any man be hungry, let him eat at home; that you come not together unto judgment. And the rest I will set in order, when I come.” 1 Corinthians 11:34. This clearly shows St. Paul writing important words to the Corinthians, then stating he will “set the rest in order” when he comes, yet we do not have writing about them elsewhere. What he said then, will it be lost to the Church? No, it has come down through tradition.
Consider the verse, “Having more things to write unto you, I would not by paper and ink: for I hope that I shall be with you, and speak face to face: that your joy may be full.” 2 John 1:12. St. John had something worthy of being written yet he chose to speak instead. Instead of Scripture, he has made tradition.
Consider the verse, “Hold the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me in faith, and in the love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:13. This is clearly St. Paul recommending to St. Timothy an unwritten Apostolic word. This is tradition! Also consider the verse, “And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men, who shall be fit to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2. What is this but the Apostle speaking, the witnesses relating, and St. Timothy teaching, followed by these teaching others? This is clearly tradition.
Consider the verse, “I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now” John 16:12. When did He say these things which He had to say? Was it all written? It is also said that He was forty days with them teaching them of the Kingdom of God, but we have neither all of His apparitions nor everything He told them during that time.
Consider the verses, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” Matthew 28:20, and “He that heareth you, heareth me” Luke 10:16, etc. This clearly shows the Apostles teaching is true revelation.
God Bless BJS!!
Nowhere in the bible does it state faith “alone” justifies, and this new doctrine was not heard of before the 16th century. Why did the Protestant reformers propose it and what authority gave it to them?
Consider the verse, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in. Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.” Matthew 25:34-36. Are these not examples of good works?
Why would Our Lord give them so much emphasis if only faith was of importance?
Consider the verses, “And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith to him: All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me? Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.” Matt 19:16-21. Are the above verses not filled with good works?
How much more proof from Scripture do we need to show that Our Lord commanded us to do good works for our salvation?
Consider the verse, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works.” Matthew 16:27. Again here we have more proof that good works are required of us.
Consider the verse, “And every man shall receive his own reward, according to his own labor.” 1 Corinthians 3:8. Again this clearly does NOT refer to faith alone, but to labor, which is works.
Consider the verse, “And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2 (St Paul). What is charity other than helping the needy? Charity is clearly considered among good works. And in the same Chapter we also see the verse, “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:13). This clearly puts charity BEFORE faith, so to say “faith alone” is all that is required of us is clearly contrary to Scripture.
Consider the verse, “Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith only?” James 2:24. How much more plain can it be said that faith alone is not enough for our salvation?
Consider the verse, “What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?” James 2:14. And we see several verses later that the answer to this question is NO.
Consider the verse, “So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.” James 2:17. No explanation is needed for this verse!
Consider the verse, “But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.” James 2:18. Another extremely obvious verse that proves our point on the subject.
Consider the verses, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?” James 2:20-21. No explanation is needed for these verses.
Consider the verse, “For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead.” James 2:26. How can the Protestant reformers claim faith is sufficient when we read a verse like this with such obvious meaning?
And finally consider the verse, “Wherefore, brethren, labor the more, that by good works you may make sure your calling and election.” 2 Peter 1:10
In summary, justification by faith alone has overwhelming opposition in Scripture. Some Protestants have been known to reference other verses from Scripture in an attempt to show that works are NOT required for our salvation. However if one looks at verses that appear to speak negatively about works, they are clearly referring to works that glorify men and not God. Here we agree; works done to please men do not help with attaining our salvation.
God Bless BJS!!
Churches founded by anyone but Christ do not call in the name of God, and indeed, they are not even churches. They have no legal basis to exist. For example, if you want to found a business you must go to the state and found a corporation or a partnership. If you do not go to the state and receive a legal basis from the state for this business and you open up your business and claim to be a corporation or partnership, and you arie discoverlmd, you are consitdered a fraud. You might even see time in jail for such a thing, because you have no legal status, and according to the state you do not exist. The same is true of so called “churches” who present themselves as “churches” andlkkp5 “religions” as if they have posole l8license or charter from God. They have no such charter or license; they have not been established by God they have been established by human beings. And in each of those cases if you look at their history you can trace right back to the point where some human being invented them. So they should be called collections of heretics or schismatics. But not churches.
The modern heresy is that we all worship the same God, how many times have you heard that said? That despite all of the differences that people may have about dogma and religion that we all worship the same God and it really doesn’t matter fundamentally what religion we belong to. This is supremely false and is a blasphemy. It is based on a subtle fallacy, a subtle fault of reasoning, because it is true that anyone who has a religion worships a supreme being. There were people in the Old Testament who worshipped flies. They worshipped something that they considered to be a supreme being. But “supreme being” is merely a descriptive term for God, it does not identify the True God. No one in his right mind would say that the worship of a fly is the same thing as the worship of The Blessed Trinity, that they are the same God. You would have to be crazy to say such a thing. Yet, in both cases they are “supreme beings” in the minds of those who worship. And so because “supreme being” applies to both, the conclusion is we all worship the same God. And that’s nonsense. This heresy that we all worship the same God is based on another fallacious reasoning process. It is true that someone may, through invincible ignorance (ignorance that they cannot overcome), may want to worship the same God when they are worshipping a false God. They may think through no fault of their own that their false God or false Christ is true. Just as you may think when you are going down the wrong way on the freeway that you are in fact going the right way on the freeway. It’s possible. If they do labor under this invincible ignorance God will not hold that against them, the false worship. God will not count that as a sin. It still remains however, that they are worshipping a false God. Just as if through invincible ignorance you get on the freeway on the wrong side and go down the wrong way you might be perfectly innocent because you made some mistake that you did not realize, but it does not change the fact that you are going down the wrong way on the freeway and that you are going to probably have a terrible accident.
Because people might be guiltless, because of their ignorance in worshipping a false God; it does not in any way canonize, or justify, the false worship or false God. But because subjectivism is the philosophy of the day, what you think in your head becomes reality. That is the mental disease that practically the whole world has today. That if I think it, than that’s reality. So if I am sincere in my false religion, well then that religion becomes true and good and legitimate. And that’s false. Because the mind must conform itself to reality, it is not the author and creator of reality. Just as the camera is made to take pictures, it is the reality that imposes itself on the camera and not the camera that imposes itself on reality. Our perception of God is very important because it is the truth and it is the most important truth. It is more important than all of the truths of biological science, or medical art, or of mathematics or civil engineering. Much more important that we know the truth about God than we know the truth of any of those things. Much more important that we know the truth about God then that we have wheels to roll on. And had man never invented the wheel but known the true God he would be in a much better condition today. To say we all believe in the same God but we perceive Him differently abandons the very idea of truth about God. Imagine students saying we all know the same mathematics but we just perceive it differently. Or doctors in medical school saying we all know the same human body we just perceive it different and where one doctor might prescribe a medicine another might prescribe a poison. That’s absurd, if you perceive something differently than someone is wrong. You may even both be wrong, but you can’t both be right if you perceive it differently. And so this idea that we merely perceive God differently abandons the very notion of truth about God which is the most important truth that we have.
This idea ruins the very notion of the incarnation and the establishment of the Catholic Church, if it is not necessary to know truth about God then why did God come down upon the earth, and assume human flesh. If it is not important that we know the truth about God, why did Christ establish the “Catholo” or universal church to be a constant beacon of truth throughout all the ages? Why did the martyrs go to their tortured deaths in the early ages and throughout the history of the church if it is not important what God we know, or what the nature of that God is? It is the most important thing and it is more important than our own lives because we must give up our lives for the truth of the faith, for the true God, the true church, the true religion, as many of our ancestors have. And if there is no such thing as a strange God then what is the purpose of the first commandment; “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have strange Gods before Me?” That becomes a meaningless commandment in the face of, “we all believe in the same God we merely perceive Him differently.” And when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and found the Jews in front of their golden calf, dancing and fornicating like idolaters did he say, “Well we all believe in the same God we merely perceive Him differently?” No he took the tablets of the Ten Commandments and destroyed the golden calf and then put to death 23,000 people at the command of God because they worshipped the wrong God. At the command of God those people were put to death by the sword, because they worshipped a false God. Where is ecumenism in that? Where is, “we all worship the same God’’ there? Rather, do we not hear loud and clear that the most important truth of our lives is the true God, the true faith, the true church? Yet, the modern heresy is the basis of uniting the human race today.
John Paul the 2nd has been considered a Saint, when he died the people clamoring in St. Peter’s square said, “Make him a saint, right away!” There was frenzy about him. Precisely because he abandoned the existence on Catholic dogma and he tried to unite the world according to the principles of this modern heresy which has been described above. He kissed the Quran, he praised the voodoo religion, and he participated in just about every false right, false religion, on the face of the earth. With the message that these religions, although they may have certain falsehoods in them they admit, have supernatural truth and value because they are man’s sincere movement toward God. They are not man’s movement toward God just as going down the wrong side of the freeway is movement towards your goal. In fact it is the opposite; you are moving away from your goal and you are in grave danger of dying when you go done the wrong way. But he praised these false religions as Ratzinger, and Francis does, he praised them. As if they had a certain value, a certain license from God to exist. And he praised them as means of salvation. Tools that God uses for the sanctification of souls, voodoo. So this heresy that rots out the very basis of Catholicism has become now the great truth of mankind. Let us not be sucked in by the attitude that all we need is the traditional mass. Modernists have not taken a single step backward from this religion rotting heresy. That we all worship the same God, and that the true religion doesn’t matter, and that all religions have a certain value in the eyes of God. False religions are an abomination in the sight of God and if someone is saved who is in those false religions it has nothing to do with that false religion, it has to do with the grace of God and their ignorance. And as a matter of fact their false religion is actually something that works against their salvation. And is in no way a tool of God.
This was an abridged version of a sermon given by his Excellency Bishop Donald Sandborn of The Most Holy Trinity Seminary Brooksville FL
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“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16
I hear it all the time, someone has found Jesus and made Him, Their Personal Saviour! Seems a little backward doesn’t it? Not to mention the Holy Ghost does not propagate error, no matter how “moved” one might believe themselves to be. God is changeless. Time is measured by change in the universe, for God there is no such thing as time He always was and always will be.
While that is sometimes a hard concept to grasp for us it nevertheless remains true. So if He always just IS then He is never subject to change as He is never subject to time. He is changeless in a moment of eternity. So chances are He will not change to become YOUR personal saviour, however He is always personable, and personally YOU can be saved IF you accept Him as your saviour, but this means going beyond reading the Bible and deciding what works best for you in your life “situation” in fact the same rules apply to everyone. You just don’t get to pick which ones you would like to adhere to and throw out the rest. It’s like the definition of Christianity, following the teachings and beliefs of Jesus Christ. Not SOME teachings, just THE teachings, all of them. Otherwise you might be considered a PROTESTant.
The following is an excerpt from a website I rather enjoy because a lot of people love Holy Scripture as do I. However, a lot of people like to take it out of context and do what they want with it to justify their wrongdoings.
You can see more on different topics at http://www.protestanterrors.com
And let us remember, it was the Catholic Church who put all the books in the Bible under one cover without which there would have been no other editions or versions that throw out whole books, change words, and even add and remove lines. Yes every other translation into English besides the Douay-Rheims version is a false translation. Just like the many “Churches” that claim to be the “Church of Christ” are suprisingly not so.
The best way to find out what something means in an owner’s manual is to contact the company who built the product and wrote the manual (not private interpretation, see section on Bible).
Without further ado…
To those who feel sin does not affect your salvation, or believe that by simply choosing Jesus as your “personal savior”, you have been saved regardless:
First consider the verse, “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 7:21. Here we see we must DO, not just believe!
Consider the verses, “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. These verses clearly tell us that sin DOES effect our salvation!
Consider the verses, “And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:16-17. Why would Our Lord command us to keep the commandments in order to have life everlasting if we are already supposedly saved by choosing Him as our personal savior?
Also consider the verses, “For if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins, but a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.” Heb 10:26-27 (St. Paul). Again these verses clearly show sin directly effects our salvation.
Consider the verse, “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.” Phil 2:12 (St. Paul). If we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, this is incompatible with the belief that we are “saved” by simply choosing Our Lord as our personal Savior.
Consider the verse, “But Peter said to them: Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38. Of what purpose would St. Peter tell us to do penance for the remission of our sins if we are simply saved and have no need to worry about sin?
Consider the verse, “Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.” 2 Cor 12:21. For what purpose would St. Paul say penance is necessary to make up for our sins if we are simply saved?
Consider the verse, “And God indeed having winked at the times of this ignorance, now declareth unto men, that all should every where do penance.” Acts 17:30. Why does Scripture tell us to do penance if we are already saved by accepting Christ?
And the verses, “Do penance therefore for this thy wickedness; and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee.” Acts 8:22 and “No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3 and “And going forth they preached that men should do penance.” Mark 6:12. Clearly these verses indicate we are commanded to do more than just believe for our salvation, we must do penance.
And the verse, “Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.” James 5:16. Here we see even St. James knows being saved is not a given!
Of what purpose are all the references in Scripture to confession of sins, forgiveness of sins, remission of sins, repentance of sins, doing penance, and “blotting out” sin if they are of no concern to our salvation, and if we are not to worry about cleansing ourselves of them?
Consider the verse, “For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.” 2 Corinthians 5:10. This clearly shows that what we do in life effects how we will be judged. Christ merited our salvation by His death on the cross, but it is NOT guaranteed and CAN be lost if we do not properly accept it and do what Our Lord instructed as mentioned above.
Lastly, if we look at the writings of the early Church Fathers, they all refer to terms such as “attaining”, “securing” and “affecting” our salvation. Clearly the early Christian Church openly believed and taught this in accordance with points directly above.
God Bless BJS!