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iansmith
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 Do all Catholics go to Hell?

My family has a deep heritage in the Catholic Church, including at least one Catholic Saint and many people devoted to the church and to Jesus. My grandmother at her funeral was recognized as one of the most faithful women in the entire state of Illinois for her devotion to Christ and her service in the Church.

Now I know that my Grandmother walked with Jesus, she had even supposedly gone to a priest for consolation over the fact that I became a protestant. Luckily for me, the Priest told her that Baptists weren't all that bad.

Now I know on this forum there is an anti-Catholic bias that is painful for me to even deal with... I chose to leave the Catholic Church because I knew that many of the teachings contradicted what the bible said... but I also know of many people who remain in the Catholic Church while maintaining a personal relationship with Jesus.

Historically we see these roles played out to their maxim by Martin Luther and St. Francis of Assisi. Martin Luther never wanted to leave the Church but was forced out. He in fact wanted to reform the Catholic Church from the inside, much like what St. Francis, St Dominic and many of the Monastic orders had done throughout the centuries. Instead he was forced out by the politicization of the reformer's message.

Martin Luther came to genuine faith in Christ in the Catholic Church and had every intention of staying part of the church... why do you think it's impossible to do the same today?


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Ian Smith

 2007/5/10 12:43Profile
martymill
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 Re: Do all Catholics go to Hell?

Hi Ian,

I know how you feel. My family is also very active in their catholic church. It caused a real stir when I told them I was a born again believer.

I personnally believe there are genuine believers in this church. We should look at the fruit of the tree and not in which vineyard the the tree is found.

Peace,
Martin


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Martin Millette

 2007/5/10 13:08Profile









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If one believes in the teachings of the Catholic Church as it pertains to salvation... then they are not saved. The Catholic Church does not believe in salvation by "faith, and not works, lest any man should boast". They believe teach that salvation comes thru the Church, and not Christ. They teach that one will be saved thru the sacraments of the church (baptism, eucharist, mass, purgatory, etc)

This is unbiblical, and if that is where a Catholic puts their faith, then they are not saved.

A Catholic who does NOT put their faith in these things, but in the salvation taught in the Bible... then they are not truly Catholic. In fact, the Catholic Church (Council of Trent) declares such a person as "anathema"... or cursed.

There is only [b]one[/b] salvation. Honest, sincere belief in anything else is honest and sincere error.

True salvation bears good fruit. However, unsaved can also bear "good fruit", at least to our human understanding. The Mormons and the JWs are good, hard working people who bear "good fruit", but they are no more saved than the pagan devil worshipper.

Krispy

 2007/5/10 13:14









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I'm sure I'll get stoned for my last post... but before someone throws any rocks... here are the declarations of the Council of Trent, which Pope John Paul II said was still in full effect. The current Pope, as a doctrinal pit bull, supports this declaration as well... read it, and then tell me if the Catholic Church teaches anything even remotely close to Biblical salvation...

Krispy

DECLARATIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT

FOURTH SESSION: DECREE CONCERNING THE CANONICAL SCRIPTURES: "If anyone does not accept as sacred and canonical the aforesaid books in their entirety and with all their parts [the 66 books of the Bible plus 12 apocryphal books, being two of Paralipomenon, two of Esdras, Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Sophonias, two of Macabees], as they have been accustomed to be read in the Catholic Church and as they are contained in the old Latin Vulgate Edition, and knowingly and deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA."

SIXTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING JUSTIFICATION: "If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in divine mercy, which remits sins for Christ's sake, or that it is this confidence alone that justifies us, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning Justification, Canon 12).

SIXTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING JUSTIFICATION: "If anyone says that the justice received is not preserved and also not increased before God through good works, but that those works are merely the fruits and signs of justification obtained, but not the cause of its increase, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning Justification, Canon 24).

SIXTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING JUSTIFICATION: "If anyone says that the Catholic doctrine of justification as set forth by the holy council in the present decree, derogates in some respect from the glory of God or the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, and does not rather illustrate the truth of our faith and no less the glory of God and of Christ Jesus, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning Justification, Canon 33).

SEVENTH SESSION, CANONS ON BAPTISM: "If anyone says that in the Roman Church, which is the mother and mistress of all churches, there is not the true doctrine concerning the sacrament of baptism, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on Baptism, Canon 3).

SEVENTH SESSION, CANONS ON BAPTISM: "If anyone says that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary for salvation, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on Baptism, Canon 5).

SEVENTH SESSION, CANONS ON BAPTISM: "If anyone says that children, because they have not the act of believing, are not after having received baptism to be numbered among the faithful, and that for this reason are to be rebaptized when they have reached the years of discretion; or that it is better that the baptism of such be omitted than that, while not believing by their own act, they should be baptized in the faith of the Church alone, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on Baptism, Canon 13).

SEVENTH SESSION, CANONS ON CONFIRMATON: "If anyone says that the confirmation of those baptized is an empty ceremony and not a true and proper sacrament; or that of old it was nothing more than a sort of instruction, whereby those approaching adolescence gave an account of their faith to the Church, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on Confirmation, Canon 1).

THIRTEENTH SESSION, CANONS ON THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST: "If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as in a sign, or figure or force, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, Canon 1).

THIRTEENTH SESSION, CANONS ON THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST: "If anyone says that Christ received in the Eucharist is received spiritually only and not also sacramentally and really, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, Canon 8).

FOURTEENTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: "If anyone says that in the Catholic Church penance is not truly and properly a sacrament instituted by Christ the Lord for reconciling the faithful of God as often as they fall into sin after baptism, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning the Most Holy Sacrament of Penance, Canon 1).

FOURTEENTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: "If anyone denies that sacramental confession was instituted by divine law or is necessary to salvation; or says that the manner of confessing secretly to a priest alone, which the Catholic Church has always observed from the beginning and still observes, is at variance with the institution and command of Christ and is a human contrivance, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning the Most Holy Sacrament of Penance, Canon 7).

FOURTEENTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: "If anyone says that the confession of all sins as it is observed in the Church is impossible and is a human tradition to be abolished by pious people; or that each and all of the faithful of Christ or either sex are not bound thereto once a year in accordance with the constitution of the great Lateran Council, and that for this reason the faithful of Christ are to be persuaded not to confess during Lent, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning the Most Holy Sacrament of Penance, Canon 8).

FOURTEENTH SESSION, CANONS CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF PENANCE: "If anyone says that God always pardons the whole penalty together with the guilt and that the satisfaction of penitents is nothing else than the faith by which they perceive that Christ has satisfied for them, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons Concerning the Most Holy Sacrament of Penance, Canon 8).

TWENTY-SECOND SESSION, CANONS ON THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: "If anyone says that in the mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God; or that to be offered is nothing else than that Christ is given to us to eat, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 1).

TWENTY-SECOND SESSION, CANONS ON THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: "If anyone says that by those words, Do this for a commemoration of me, Christ did not institute the Apostles priests; or did not ordain that they and other priests should offer His own body and blood, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 2).

TWENTY-SECOND SESSION, CANONS ON THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: "If anyone says that the sacrifice of the mass is one only of praise and thanksgiving; or that it is a mere commemoration of the sacrifice consummated on the cross but not a propitiatory one; or that it profits him only who receives, and ought not to be offered for the living and the dead, for sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 3).

TWENTY-SECOND SESSION, CANONS ON THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: "If anyone says that it is a deception to celebrate masses in honor of the saints and in order to obtain their intercession with God, as the Church intends, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 5).

TWENTY-THIRD SESSION, CANONS ON THE SACRAMENT OF ORDER: "If anyone says that there is not in the New Testament a visible and external priesthood, or that there is no power of consecrating and offering the true body and blood of the Lord and of forgiving and retaining sins, but only the office and bare ministry of preaching the Gospel; or that those who do not preach are not priests at all, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 1).

TWENTY-THIRD SESSION, CANONS ON THE SACRAMENT OF ORDER: "If anyone says that the bishops who are chosen by the authority of the Roman pontiff are not true and legitimate bishops, but merely human deception, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA" (Canons on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Canon 8).

TWENTY-FIFTH SESSION, DECREE ON PURGATORY: "Since the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, following the sacred writings and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, taught in sacred councils and very recently in this ecumenical council that there is a purgatory, and that the souls there detained are aided by the suffrages of the faithful and chiefly by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar, the holy council commands the bishops that they strive diligently to the end that the sound doctrine of purgatory, transmitted by the Fathers and sacred councils, be believed and maintained by the faithful of Christ, and be everywhere taught and preached."

TWENTY-FIFTH SESSION, ON THE INVOCATION, VENERATION, AND RELICS OF SAINTS, AND ON SACRED IMAGES: "The holy council commands all bishops and others who hold the office of teaching and have charge of the cura animarum, that in accordance with the usage of the Catholic and Apostolic Church, received from the primitive times of the Christian religion, and with the unanimous teaching of the holy Fathers and the decrees of sacred councils, they above all instruct the faithful diligently in matters relating to intercession and invocation of the saints, the veneration of relics, and the legitimate use of images, teaching them that the saints who reign together with Christ offer up their prayers to God for men, that it is good and beneficial suppliantly to invoke them and to have recourse to their prayers, assistance and support in order to obtain favors from God through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who alone is our redeemer and savior; and that they think impiously who deny that the saints who enjoy eternal happiness in heaven are to be invoked, or who assert that they do not pray for men, or that our invocation of them to pray for each of us individually is idolatry, or that it is opposed to the word of God and inconsistent with the honor of the one mediator of God and men, Jesus Christ, or that it is foolish to pray vocally or mentally to those who reign in heaven."

 2007/5/10 13:28
JaySaved
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Much of Catholic doctrine is wrong, but I do see that many have faith in Jesus.

In my opinion, we will not see as many Protestants as we think we will in heaven and a whole lot more Catholics than we thought we would see.

 2007/5/10 13:29Profile
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Thanks Krispy, it is good to remember what exactly the Catholics 'believe'.

 2007/5/10 13:32Profile
JaySaved
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...but I do not believe that all Catholics will go to hell.

 2007/5/10 13:33Profile









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While I hope you are right, Jay, I have to disagree with your conclusions. If a Catholic faithfully believes in scriptural salvation, then they are not a true Catholic. Sadly, most Catholic believe in Catholic doctrine. Otherwise... they would not be there.

You've been very influenced by the ecumenical movement, I think.

As for me, I will continue to work diligently to bring every Catholic I ever meet to a knowledge of the Jesus of the Bible... and get them saved... and then out of that wretched false religion... just as I do any Mormon I come in contact with.

I just cant, in good conscience, sit back and say nothing while millions are deceived into eternal damnation. (I'm not saying thats what you're doing, Jay! I know better. I'm speaking only for myself here.)

Krispy

 2007/5/10 13:42
tjservant
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There is only one salvation. Honest, sincere belief in anything else is honest and sincere error.



Amen.



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TJ

 2007/5/10 13:48Profile
PaulWest
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The RCC has a spirit behind it; all one has to do is walk into any RCC sanctuary and approach the narthex. Look up at the dead, wooden christ festooned to the wall. Look around at the carved figurines and watch people bow before them and cross themselves. Consider the bloody, tyrannical history of the RCC. Ascertain the RCC's current regard for men like Luther and Tyndale, Huss and Wycliffe - they are still counted as heretics. Witness the Knights of Columbus where Catholic men are blindfolded as part of their initiation ceremony.

Use this as a litmus test: Imagine the RCC is new religious movement, founded and organized within the last 50 or so years. All the trappings and trimmings are the same: the elaborate, priestly garb, teachings on purgatory, mariology, transubstantiation, confession booths, forbidding marriage, venial and mortal classifications of sin, the one, true, original "Mother" church assertion, the open condemnation of men like Spurgeon, Wesley, William Tyndale. The audacious claim that we wouldn't have the Bible as we know it had it not been preserved by God through their "Mother Church".

Would we label it a cult? A horrible, lying, wicked cult? If we knew this cult had tried 50 years ago to keep Bibles out of the hands of not only its laymen, but the secular world also?

There are so many things; I was raised RC, confirmed, and my mother was a eucharistic minister. I have just as much right to say what I am saying about the RCC as anyone in these forums, and I speak from years and years of experience. I have sat down with priests and deacons and jostled heated scripture volleys. One priest that I have a personal relationship with is a dear man from Malaysia. Such love the Lord has given me for him! We go out to lunch and talk after Catholic burials. I ask him questions and I listen; he asks me questions and then he listens. I have been blessed to share the gospel with him and he always bows his head and gets silent, his priestly garb forgotten. In the end, I can see that he is perplexed, doubting his own religious system, and he always asks me to pray.

When I am with him, I don't feel like a furious Elijah itching to show up the false priests of Baal; I feel compassion, love, concern, yearing. I want my dear priest friend to come to the glorious knowledge of the truth and be liberated from religious bondage. Surely, this is the spirit God imparts when we honestly come in contact with such people. They are not villians; they are blinded by a villian. I know from experience that when a RC adherent gets genuinely born-again, well, they tend to leave the system. They may tag along for a few months and continue going to mass, but the spell is at last broken, the chains fall off.

But I do not claim to have grasped anything save salvation through faith in Christ alone. Perhaps there is a way God [i]can[/i] keep certain saved brothers and sisters in the RCC system, though it defies my pathetic, earthly logic! Ah, then again, God has an interesting track record of operating in the realm of [i]il[/i]logic and humbling my intellect.

Just take a look at Savonarola or Martin Boos at Galneukirchen!

Brother Paul


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