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
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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