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The following information is not intended to offend another and this would also be contrary to Christian teaching. It should also be noted that over the centuries many wonderful Christians from the Catholic Church have done outstanding missionary and other excellent Christian work. There are no doubt millions of people in the Catholic Church that are not aware of the things below and that is no reflection on their faith or love for Christ. This site is NOT anti-catholic and we love ALL people from all denominations. It is a simple case of the truth must always be preached as this is God's will. This web page is not a "slam" against individual Catholics, but against a "system" that claims to be based upon the authority of the Bible. If Roman Catholicism were a system of beliefs based upon the Bible, then with an open Bible, that system should be able to stand up to examination FROM the Bible! If ANY system fails to meet Christ's qualification for being true, then it is to be rejected. Jesus said to His Father in John 17:17, "Thy word is true."  This web page is dedicated to Roman Catholics who desire to know how to be saved. It is our sincere desire to proclaim to you the Good News of Jesus Christ, because the Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.

Many of us in Good Messengers Ministries of Northwest Indiana came from Roman Catholic backgrounds and we have a heart for those who do not have a personal relationship with the only Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. We have compiled some information below for you to see that the Roman Catholic Religion is NOT the same as the Christian faith presented in the Holy Bible. We hope that you would keep an open mind and heart to the information we have provided. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.


Before we begin our examination of specific Roman Catholic doctrines, we must determine who will be the final authority. Here we encounter our first major discrepancy. The Bible maintains that it is the one and only final authority, while Catholicism teaches that three final authorities exist. According to Catholic doctrine, church tradition and the magisterium are just as much the Word of God as are the written Scriptures. The question we must ask is, what happens when these three "final authorities" disagree with each other?

The Roman Catholic Catechism gives this answer:

 

"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. This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome." (Pg. 27, #85)
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The Roman Catholic Catechism repeats the same doctrine using different words:

 

"For, of course, all that has been said about the manner of interpreting Scripture is ultimately subject to the judgment of the Church which exercises the divinely conferred commission and ministry of watching over and interpreting the Word of God." (Pg. 34, #119)

 

Therefore, the Catechism concludes that the one final authority is not the Bible, but the current teaching of the Catholic church, since she is the only one qualified to provide an "authentic interpretation" of God's Word.

- Another Jesus chapters 10-12
- The Eucharist -a Biblical review
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- Answers to My Catholic Friends
- Understanding Roman Catholicism
- Queen of All
 

 

Does the Bible agree?

If the Bible, tradition and the teachings of the Catholic church are all, in fact, the Word of God, then the Bible will concur with this teaching. Unfortunately for Catholicism, it does not . In fact, quite the contrary is true. God declares in the Bible that His written Word always has been, and always will be - perfect:

"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever." Psalm 119: 160

"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Psalm 12:6-7

The Bible boldly declares that it is the only final authority: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17

In the book of Revelation, God delivers this blistering warning about tampering with His written Word:

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Revelation 22:18-19

Catholicism claims that only the leadership of the Catholic church can properly interpret the written Word, but the Bible disagrees:

"... no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:21

Where does God want people to obtain their doctrine... from a priest - or from the Bible?

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Timothy 3:16

 


   Why the 
            is NOT the same as Christianity

WHY does the Bible condemn repetitious prayers, when the Roman Catholic church encourages them? Jesus said, "7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:7,8. The Rosary is a rejection of Christ’s clear command against praying a repetitious prayer. A Christian is to simply go to God in prayer, because of Jesus.

WHY does the Bible condemn the traditions of men, when the Roman Catholic church places them on an equal footing with the Word of God? "9And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!" Mark 7:9. Traditions like praying for, or to the dead; not eating meat on Fridays; crossing yourself when you pass near a church or cemetery, etc., have nothing to do with Christianity in the Bible!

WHY does the Roman Catholic church teach that Mary mediates between men and God when the Bible teaches that Jesus alone is the mediator between God and men? "5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," 1 Timothy 2:5.  

                  (See also Mary worship audio messages at the top of the page)

WHY does the Roman Catholic church teach that no one can be certain of salvation, when the Bible teaches that salvation is assured in Jesus Christ? "13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life." 1 John 5:13

WHY does the Roman Catholic church say salvation comes through good works, when the Bible says salvation is a free gift from God, by faith alone, apart from good works? "8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8,9. Our best efforts are as filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6)

WHY does the Roman Catholic Church require its ministers to be unmarried, and called “priests” when the Bible says they are to be married, and simply calls them pastors, teachers, and bishops? "2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach," 1 Timothy 3:2 (Go look it up!) . It continues in verses 4 and 5, "4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect." (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?). Now THAT question is worth asking!

WHY does the Roman Catholic Church require people to call a religious man “Father” when Jesus commanded us to call NO RELIGIOUS MAN “FATHER!” Jesus commanded, "9And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven." Matthew 23:9.

Jesus said in John 6:63, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Over and over, Jesus said to His critics, “SEARCH the scriptures” (John 5:39), and "29Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God." (Matthew 22:29). Why go to a church that claims to be following Jesus, but is not interested in obeying His WORDS? Sadly, the Bible is only read in bits and pieces instead of as a whole – and millions are crying for the answer to WHY?! Why doesn’t my church care about what the Bible says?

WHY does the Roman Catholic church teach that Jesus Christ is continually sacrificed today, when the scripture says the sacrifice of Jesus was necessary only once for all eternity? “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10. Jesus Himself in John 19:30, declared triumphantly on the cross, “It is finished.” Someone needs to answer, Why keep a sacrifice going that was PERFECT and FINISHED on the cross 2,000 years ago? Why do we need to feel like we have to sacrifice Jesus over and over again? Wasn't what He did for us good enough. Isn't the Father's sacrifice of His only begotten Son enough, to pay for our sins?


  Did you know that the Roman Catholic Church change the 10 Commandments?

                    "I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give
                                to another, nor My praise to carved images"
(Isaiah 42:8
).

WHY has the Roman Catholic church removed the second commandment, which deals with idolatry, from the Ten Commandments in its catechisms (from the Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 4, p. 153)? In today's culture most Roman Catholics use the New American Standard Bible (NASB). Please note: You will not find the change in the 10 Commandments in the Catholic Bibles (only in the Encyclopedia & Catechism). You can also see that the commandments have been changed in the catechism directly from the Vatican website Click Here. To see this deception, let’s look at the Roman Catholic listing of the Commandments, and compare it with in Exodus 20 in the Bible:

The Ten Commandments

(Roman Catholic Catechism)

 1.   I am the Lord Thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

There is a WHOLE COMMANDMENT

 missing here!

 2.   Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain.

 3.   Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.

 4.   Honour thy father and thy mother.

 5.   Thou shalt not kill.

 6.   Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 7.   Thou shalt not steal.

 8.   Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

 9.   Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife.

 10.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods.

The Ten Commandments

Listed in the Bible (Exodus 20:1-17)

 1.   I am the LORD thy God… Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  

 2.   Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing 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: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God...  

3.   Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  

 4.   Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  

 5.   Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.  

 6.   Thou shalt not kill.  

 7.   Thou shalt not commit adultery.  

 8.   Thou shalt not steal.  

 9.   Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.  

 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.  

The following verse is God's warning from the Bible that some would in fact think they could actually change His laws...

Daniel 7:25And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and LAWS: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Note it says they would think to change LAWS. This is because in reality man cannot change God's law. The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church think they have changed it and boast they have changed it however, even though most Churches have come out of the Catholic Religion and hence unknowingly followed her tradition, as far as God is concerned, His Commandments remain unchanged. God's law is eternal and unchanging as He is. Jesus commented the following in regards to putting human traditions in place of His law.

Mark 7:6-9  says, "And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. 'You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men. "And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!"


 

Millions of sincere Catholics believe that the Roman Catholic Church is the true church established by Christ. As demonstrated below, the gospel according to Rome is NOT the gospel taught by Christ recorded in the Scriptures. It is a different gospel, the mixing of faith plus works for justification , the error condemned in the book of Galatians (Gal. 1:6-9). What would you do if you found out that many of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Religion were strongly different than the principles taught in the Christian Holy Bible? If you are a Catholic who is genuinely searching for the certainty of what will happen after you die I would recommend to read the Scriptures listed below and compare them to the Catholic Catechism book to see what holds to be true. 
SALVATION  
  Bracketed numbers are references to the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. example: [1950-1951]
  Taken from "Roman Catholicism- What you Need to Know" by James G. McCarthy  © COPYRIGHT 1995
CATHOLIC CHURCH   THE BIBLE
VS
   
Catholic Church Teaches The Bible Teaches
 1. Justification is a transformation of the soul in which original sin is removed and sanctifying grace is infused [1987-1995]  1. Justification is an act of God in which He declares a sinner to be righteous in His sight, having forgiven his sin and imputed to him God's own righteousness (Romans 3:21-4:8)
 2. Initial justification is by means of baptism 

[1262- 1274]

 2. Justification is by faith alone (Romans 3:28)
 3. Adults must prepare for justification through faith and good works [1247-1249]  3. God justifies ungodly sinners who believe (Romans 4:5). Good works are the result of salvation, not the cause. (Eph. 2:8-10)
 4. The justified are in themselves beautiful and holy in God's sight [1992,1999-2000, 2024]  4. The justified are in Christ holy and blameless before God (Eph. 1:1-14)
 5. Justification is furthered by sacraments and good works [1212, 1392, 2010]  5. Justification is the imputation of the perfect righteousness of God (2 Corn. 5:21). In Christ the believer has been made complete (Col. 2:10)
 6. Justification is lost through mortal sin [1033,1855,1874]  6. Justification cannot be lost. Those whom God justifies will be saved from the wrath of God (Romans 5:8,9)
 7. Catholics guilty of mortal sin are justified again through the sacrament of penance [980, 1446]  7. There is no second justification. Those whom God justifies, He also glorifies (Romans 8:30)
 8. Salvation from the eternal consequences of sin is a lifelong process [161-162, 1254-1255]  8. Salvation from the eternal consequences of sin is an instantaneous and secure act of God coinciding with justification (Romans 5:9) 
 9. Salvation is attained by cooperating with grace through faith, good works, and participation in the sacraments [183, 1129, 1815, 2002]  9. Salvation is attained by grace through faith apart from works (Eph. 2:8-9). Good works are the result, not the cause, of salvation (Eph. 2:10).
 10. Faith is belief in God and the firm acceptance of all that the Church proposes for belief [ 181-182, 1814]  10. Saving faith is the entrusting of oneself to Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:8-17)
 11. Grace is merited by good works [ 2010, 2027]  11. Grace is a free gift (Romans 11:6)
 12. Venial sins do not incur eternal punishment [1855, 1863]  12. Every sin is punishable by eternal death (Romans 6:23)
 13. Serious sins must be confessed to a priest [1456-1457]  13. Sin is to be confessed directly to God

 (Ezra 10:11)

 14. The priest forgives sin as a judge [1442,1461]  14. No one can forgive sin but God alone (Mark 2:7)
 15. When the guilt of sin is forgiven, temporal punishment remains [1472-1473]  15. When God forgives sin, He completely forgives (Col. 2:13; Isaiah 43:25)
 16. Acts of penance make satisfaction for the temporal punishment of sin [1434, 1459-1460]  16.Jesus made perfect satisfaction for all sin 

(1John 2:1,2) 

 17. Indulgences dispensed by the Church for acts of piety release sinners from temporal punishment [1471-1473]  17. Jesus released believers from their sins by His blood (Rev. 1:5)
 18. Purgatory is necessary to atone for sin and cleanse the soul [1030-1031]  18. Purgatory does not exist in the Bible. Jesus made purification for sins on the cross (Hebrews 1:3)
 19. Poor souls suffering in purgatory can be helped by those alive on earth offering up prayers, good works, and the sacrifices of the Mass [1032,1371, 1479]  19. Those who sleep in Christ need no help. To be absent from the body is to be home with the Lord 

(2 Corn. 5:8)

 20. No one can know if he will attain to eternal life [1036, 2005]  20. The believer can know that he has eternal life by the Word of God (1John 5:13)
 21. Eternal life is a merited reward [1821, 2010]  21. Eternal life is a the free gift of God (Romans 6:23)
 22. The Roman Catholic Church is necessary for salvation [846]  22. There is salvation in no one but the Lord Jesus Christ, "for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
 

THE MASS    
CATHOLIC CHURCH   THE BIBLE
VS
Catholic Church Teaches The Bible Teaches
 1. The Last Supper was a real sacrifice in which Christ's blood was poured out for our sins in the cup [610-611, 621, 1339]  1. The Last Supper was a Passover meal. Christ's blood was poured out for our sins at the cross 

(1Peter 2:24)

 2. The bread and wine become the real body and blood of Christ [1373-1377]  2. The bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Christ (1 Corn. 11:23-25)
 3. Christ's body and blood exist wholly and entirely in every fragment of consecrated bread and wine in every Roman Catholic church around the world [1374, 1377]  3. Christ is bodily present in heaven 

(Hebrews 10:12,13)

 4.The consecrated bread and wine are heavenly food which help one to attain to eternal life [1392, 1405, 1419]  4. The bread and wine are symbols which help one to remember Christ (Luke 22:19)
 5. God desires that consecrated bread and wine be worshiped as divine [1378-1381]  5. God forbids the worship of any object, even those intended to represent Him 

(Exodus 20;4,5; Isaiah 42:8)

 6. Christ has ordained certain men to a ministerial priesthood to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross [1142, 1547, 1577]  6. Christ has ordained every believer to a holy and royal priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices, the praise of their lips, and lives yielded to God (1Peter 2:5-10; Hebrews 13:15; Romans 12:1)
 7. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the sacrifice of the cross [1085, 1365-1367]. Only the manner in which it is offered is different [1367]  7. The sacrifice of the cross is a historical event. It occurred once, approximately 2000 yrs ago, outside Jerusalem (Mark 15:21-41)
 8. The sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated in the Sacrifice of the Mass [1323, 1382]  8. The sacrifice of the cross is finished (John 19:30) 
 9. The sacrificial work of redemption is continually carried out through the Sacrifice of the Mass [1364, 1405, 1846]  9. The sacrificial work of redemption was finished when Christ gave His life for us on the cross (Eph. 1:7; Hebrews 1:3)
 10. The Church is to continue the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of the world [1323, 1382, 1405, 1407]  10.The church is to proclaim the Lord's death for the salvation of the world (1 Corn. 11:26)
 

MARY     
CATHOLIC CHURCH   THE BIBLE
VS
Catholic Church Teaches The Bible Teaches
 1. Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin from the first instant of her conception. [490-492]  1. Mary, a descendant of Adam, was born in sin (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12)
 2. Mary, "the All-Holy," lived a perfectly sinless life [411, 493]  2. Mary was a sinner; God alone is holy (Luke 18:19; Romans 3:23; Rev. 15:4)
 3. Mary was a virgin before, during, and after the birth of Jesus Christ [496-511]  3. Mary was a virgin until the birth of Christ (Matthew 1:25). Later she had other children (Matthew 13:55, 56; Psalm 69:8)
 4. Mary is the mother of God [963, 971, 2677]  4. Mary was the earthly mother of Jesus (John 2:1)
 5. Mary is the Mother of the Church [963, 975]  5. Mary is a member of the church (Acts 1:14; 1Corn. 12:13,27)
 6. Mary is the co-redeemer, for she participated with Christ in the painful act of redemption [618,964,968,970]  6. Christ alone is the Redeemer, for He alone suffered and died for sin (1 Peter 1:18,19)
 7. At the end of her life, Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven [966,974]  7. Upon her death, Mary's body returned to dust (Genesis 3:19)
 8. Mary is the co-mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions [968-970, 2677]  8. Christ Jesus is the one mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions (1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:13,14; 1 Peter 5:7)
 9. We should entrust ourselves to Mary, surrendering "the hour of our death" wholly to her care [2677]  9. We should entrust ourselves to the Lord Jesus, surrendering the hour of our death wholly to His care (Romans 10:13; Acts 4:12)
 10.God has exalted Mary in heavenly glory as Queen of Heaven and Earth [966]. She is to be praised with special devotion [971,2675]  10. The name of the Lord is to be praised, for He alone is exalted above heaven and earth (Psalm 148:13). God commands, "You shall have no other gods before Me." (Exodus 20:3).
 

Authority     
  CATHOLIC CHURCH   THE BIBLE
VS
Catholic Church Teaches The Bible Teaches
 1. Peter was the head of the apostles [552, 765, 880]  1. Christ was the head of the apostles (John 13:13)
 2. The bishops are the successors of the apostles [861-862, 938]  2. The apostles had no successors, for to succeed them one needed to be a witness of Christ's resurrection (Acts 1:21,22)
 3. The Pope, as the Bishop of Rome, is the successor of Peter [882, 936]  3. Peter had no successor.
 4. the bishops, with the Pope as their head, rule the universal Church [883, 894-896]  4. Christ, the head of the body, rules the universal church (Colossians 1:18)
 5. God has entrusted revelation to the Roman Catholic bishops [81,86]  5.God has entrusted revelation to the saints (Jude 3)
 6. The Magisterium is the authoritative teacher of the Church [85-87]  6. The Holy Spirit is the authoritative teacher of the church (John 14:26; 16:13; 1 John 2:27)
 7.  The Magisterium is the infallible interpreter of Scripture [890-891, 2034-2035]  7. Scripture is the only infallible interpreter of Scripture (Acts 17:11)
 8. The Pope is infallible in his authoritative teaching [891]  8. God alone is infallible (Numbers 23:19)
 9. Scripture and Tradition together are the Word of God [ 81, 85, 97, 182]  9. Scripture is the Word of God (John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21). Tradition is the words of men (Mark 7:1-13)
 10. Scripture and Tradition together are the Church's supreme rule of faith [80,82]  10. Scripture is the church's rule of faith (Mark 7:7-13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17)

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Personal Word to the Reader

Dear friend, you may still have doubts and questions about the Catholic Religion. I encourage you to keep praying and searching the Scriptures. Good Messengers Ministries is willing to help you the best way we can. So please don’t hesitate to write and discuss any questions with us. Contact Us Here

If the above page has helped you to see that the Roman Catholic faith is built on traditions of men rather than the true living Word of God than we did our job, but what is MOST important is your salvation. The Good News of what Jesus has done for sinners like you and me. I would strongly recommend starting at the beginning of the web site you are on and reading about what God did for you and for me 2,000 years ago. Click Here to Start at the beginning.

Perhaps, you now understand the Gospel and the Lord has granted you repentance and faith in Christ Jesus. Now you don’t depend on anything you do, your own goodness, any saint or religion. Now you rely by faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; He is your one and only Savior. I rejoice with you and praise God for His wonderful grace. This is the beginning of an exciting journey -- the end is even better, Heaven! You now desire is to follow the Lord and to please Him in all things. The Christian life is not a bed of roses. He gives joy unspeakable, but His wise providence will also lead you through much sorrow and pain. That is the way we grow and mature.

I encourage you to read the Bible every day with an attitude of reverence. God is speaking to you -- listen well! Go daily to a private place, and open your heart to God, our heavenly Father. Thank and praise Him; confess your sins and pray for yourself and others.

As a member of the body of Christ, the church, it is your privilege to join a local Christian assembly. We need one another. The Lord wants you to be baptized in the name the Triune God, and thereafter to partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of His sacrifice for us. Moreover, the teaching and preaching of the Word is invaluable for every Christian to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.