*All Scripture notations come from the pure, preserved Word of God--King James Version Holy Bible!
The following article will bring to light the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding its use of the Gospel of John 6:31-65 and how it does not align with the Bible. Catholics should fully understand just what their Church teaches. The Church also takes Luke 22:7-23, where during the Last Supper, Jesus said after breaking the bread and drinking the wine, to do this "in remembrance of me" too far. Scripture tells us that numerous things mentioned in it are symbolic, or metaphorical.
I encourage Catholics to take the time to read the Bible to see the truth of what God REALLY said about his only begotten Son Jesus Christ. When a person accepts Jesus into their life as their PERSONAL Savior, it is done by faith ALONE, by believing in your heart that he came into the world, died ONCE on the Cross, was buried, rose from the dead and ascended back to Heaven. This is done WITHOUT good works, doing good deeds, being righteous (on your own effort) or anything! God's Word in the Book of Isaiah 64:6 says: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Did you read that? It appears from this verse that God sees NOTHING good in or about a person's effort to be righteous by their own effort.
NO one gets into Heaven by doing good things or being good. God says it is impossible. That is why he sent his begotten Son Jesus to make the way clear for you. In the Gospel of John in the New Testament, Jesus himself says this: "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Furthermore, the Apostle Peter says we have all been bought and paid for already: "...there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that BOUGHT them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." And the Apostle to the Gentiles Paul said the same: "Ye are BOUGHT with a price; be not ye the servants of men." We are to be servants of Christ Jesus by faith.
Our sin debt has already been paid by Jesus who died ONCE for us on the Cross. There are 12 times in Scripture where God says that Jesus died ONCE for us on the Cross, let's read them:
Romans 6:10 "For in that he died, he died unto sin ONCE: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."
Hebrews 7:27 "Who needeth not DAILY, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did ONCE, when he offered up himself." The Book of Hebrews is a history of the priesthood, offering of sacrifices for sins and so on. The contrast here in this verse is what the priests of the old testament era would do in their sin offering compared to what Christ did only once to save us.
Hebrews 9:25-28 "Nor yet that he should offer himself OFTEN, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with the blood of others. For then must he OFTEN HAVE SUFFERED since the foundation of the world: but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. So Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 10:9-10 "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O, God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." (This is in regards to the first or old covenant and the new covenant.) Verse 10: "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for ALL."
Hebrews 10:12 "But this man, after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God."
Hebrews 10:14 "For by ONE offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified."
And here is what the Apostle Peter had to say about Jesus' death on the Cross:
1st Peter 3:18 "For Christ also hath ONCE suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit."
Jude verse 3 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was ONCE delivered unto the saints." *Saints here refers to ALL who come to faith in Jesus Christ, NOT just a select few canonized by the Catholic Church.
When all Catholics partake of the Mass, re-sacrificing Jesus again and again, they are openly denying the finished work of our Lord and Savior on the Cross. Look at what the Gospel of John 19:30 says: "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." Jesus said matter-of-factly that his work was done, that is his work of redeeming ALL of mankind; men, women and children alike. We are all sinners, every one of us no matter who we are, and what religious position we hold.
Paul, in his letter to the Roman church body, that is the born again believers in Jesus Christ in Rome, said this in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." The Catholic Church does not and cannot guarantee its followers salvation and entry into Heaven, a fact that can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church book. And its officials have openly admitted as much.
This article is written out of no ill intent to Catholics but is written to alert them to these things contained in the Bible. This is my only wish: that you come to Jesus Christ simply by faith in believing upon him to TRULY save you from your sins. Coming to Christ by faith and accepting Jesus as your PERSONAL Savior means that God draws you from whatever situation, be it religion or Atheism, you are in and places you in the Kingdom of God through his Son Jesus. For it is by Jesus' shed blood on the Cross and applied to the mercy seat in Heaven that saved you.
The simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is just that: simple! Only men make salvation difficult by their traditions. If you want to taste true forgiveness of sins by the power of Christ, then all you have to do is believe in Jesus with all your heart and accept him as your Savior. You can say a simple prayer like this, regardless of where you are, just come to Jesus, JUST AS YOU ARE!
Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I am a sinner before you Lord. I believe that Jesus came and died on the Cross for my sins, to pay the penalty I could never pay by works and deeds. I believe in what you did for me Jesus with all my heart. I repent Lord of all my sins and ask for forgiveness Jesus. I invite you into my life forever as my personal Savior Jesus and have a relationship with you. Thank you Lord. I pray and ask all this in your name Jesus, Amen.
Completing this prayer means you have become a child of God, washed clean forever of your sins, ONCE for all time! God is showing you that he wants you in a loving, truly faithful relationship with him, through Jesus. The Lord God wants you to find a Bible-centered, Christ-centered church, to be around other believers. Jesus Christ, the Lord, God and Savior of the whole world ONLY wants a personal relationship with you and simply believing in him is all that it takes. Jesus said this (referring to himself in the 3rd person) in John 3:15-- "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." He also made this no-holds-barred statement several verses later (3:18)-- "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." With these verses in mind, Jesus asks you to consider the above Scriptures and compare them to what the Church teaches on re-sacrificing Christ over and over.
And as shown in the previous verses if one will simply believe in Jesus as their personal Savior, aside from works, good deeds or purchase, they will NOT be condemned! A group of people asked Jesus what works God wanted them to do. Jesus tells them in John 6:29-- "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." There you have it! The only work God wants you to work is believing upon Jesus Christ for your salvation. PERIOD! Here is one final verse I would like everyone to consider from Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the TRADITION OF MEN, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
*This is a quote from the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" concerning the Eucharist:
1413. By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity. [cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651.]. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC); (c) 1994/1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc.
God bless your decision to trust in Christ by faith alone!
James 2:23 says that Abraham believed and it was imputed as righteousness to him. Note that it says faith was his righteousness.
Faith is the first 'act' one does. The works flow out of saving faith, not the other way around. Jesus said works are a sign of a believer, NOT our salvation. The WHOLE scripture clearly teaches that faith in Christ is our ONLY salvation.
To believe otherwise is to be deceived and not walking according to true Biblical doctrine.
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Great article Chris and so true!!
We have deaccentuated doctrine in today's Church, but it really DOES make a difference what we believe.
Some might say that if we're sincere that counts. But we can be sincere and be sincerely wrong. Muslims are sincere, but they will not be included in Heaven if they remain Muslims precisely because of what they believe.
I believe God gave the Catholic Church room to modify and correct some of the nonScriptural beliefs they have in the 1400-1600s. But instead of recanting, they stiffened and codified them and made them law. God, then, began to cleanse the "temple" by bringing on the Protestant Reformation to once again purify His doctrines.