Are some Roman Catholics Saved?

"Do you believe that there are some Roman Catholics that are

saved?" is a question often asked us. "Surely, there should be some

Roman Catholics that are saved. They are so sincere!"

Indeed, they must be saved if they want to reach heaven, but are

they? and so there is a tendency for even Bible believing Christians

to think the Roman Catholics are saved due to sincerity or to their

good works.

But what does the Bible say?

"Except a man be born again, he CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF God" John


Are Roman Catholics born again by the Spirit of the living God?

Have they had a personal experience with Christ and have Him alone as

Saviour, Lord and Master?

"The Truth hurts," and so this might hurt some readers who have

relatives and friends among Roman Catholics. but we must tell the

truth as it is.

Indeed there are many Roman Catholics who, in spite of their

beliefs, look past it all and reach out by faith to the living

Saviour. O yes, such accept Christ as their personal Saviour, are

born again and leave the old life behind. Such we call "converted

former Roman Catholics."

But the question here is: Are there any saved Roman Catholics?

That is being a saved person and remaining in Roman Catholicism.

Just as you cannot mix fire and water, neither can one be a saved

person and remain a faithful Roman Catholic. What is more, this would

be directly against the official teaching of Rome: One who would dare

to consider himself, or herself, saved (that is, certain of heaven),

being a devout Roman Catholic commits one of the gravest sins - the

sin of presumption.

But again the argument that many Roman Catholics "are so sincere"

"so kind", etc., etc.

Sincerity is good. And if sincerity alone could save a person, the

monks and nuns would be first to reach heaven. But sincerity is not

good enough. God says: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the

kingdom of God." And again, "For by grace are ye saved through faith;

and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest

any man should boast." And no Roman Catholic is a born-again believer

in Christ. They know about Christ, but do not know Him personally,

therefore trying to work their way to Him.

Roman Catholicism is essentially a religion of works and not of

grace as taught in the Scriptures. Merits are earned, or even

purchased with money, yet the assurance and joy of salvation are ever

absent no matter how much satisfaction may be derived from sincere

worship, conscientious living, or laudable good works.

Though the cross and death of Christ are emphasized, the saving

truths of Redemption are not taught. Or they are so mixed with Mary,

penance, purgatory, ritual, mass, and with idol and saint worship,

that faith unto salvation is completely obscure.

Truly, many Roman Catholics, in spite of it all, have accepted

Christ into their hearts, their lives - but can they then, being

saved, still continue to be Roman Catholics?

If they did, they would still have to attend mass. Mass is "the

unbloody sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ under the

appearance of bread and wine." and how can they repeat Calvary when

the Bible says:

"For this He did ONCE" Hebrews 9:11-15. "Christ was ONCE offered"

Hebrews 9:28. "The offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all"

Hebrews 10:10. "For by ONE offering" Hebrews 10:14.

They would have to continue going to confession to a priest when

the Bible says: "Who can forgive sins but God only?" Mark 2:7.

"Without the shedding of blood there is no remission" Hebrews 9:22.

"And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus

Christ, the righteous" 1 John 2:1,2.

They would have to continue praying to Mary and the saints when the

Bible definitely states: "For there is one God, and one mediator

between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" 1 Timothy 2:5.

Then remaining in Roman Catholicism, they must believe that after

death there is a place called "purgatory". How could this tally with

the fact of being saved? The Bible says: "The blood of Jesus Christ

His Son cleanseth us from all sin" 1 John 1:7.

Some tell us that they have met some pretty good Roman Catholics

who talked all about Jesus and seemed to trust Him. but then again,

if they trust Jesus alone for salvation (and there is no other way),

then why mass, confession, beads statues, crucifixes, etc., etc.?

Either one knows he is saved, or does not. We do not get gradually

saved. What Roman Catholics really are talking about is the wafer

being their "Christ." (See Matthew 24:23).

The Roman Catholics are as lost as the poor African or Hindu. The

only difference is that the Roman Catholics are right about us and we

do not see the need of evangelizing them. 'Tis distance lends

enchantment to the view. May we also quote Carlyle when he said, "To

the vulgar eye few things are wonderful that are not distant."

We urge you to pray for the Roman Catholics and to witness to them

as never before. They are lost and need a living Saviour, not one

dead on the cross.

Those who insist that there are saved Roman Catholics either do not

know the Bible or do not know Roman Catholicism.

COPYWRIGHT 1987 by Rev. H. Gregory Adams

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