2/6/2014 7:05:34 AM
The Sin of Presumption
Did you know that Catholics commit a sin if they believe they can obtain the glory of heaven without merit? Paragraph 2091 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the sins of presumption. In the next paragraph, we read that a sin is committed if anyone "presumes upon God's almighty power or his mercy (hoping to obtain his forgiveness without conversion and glory without merit). This is why the Vatican has a Treasury of Merit which "contains prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly immense, unfathomable, and even pristine in their value before God. In the treasury, too, are the prayers and good works of all the saints, all those who have followed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord and by his grace have made their lives holy and carried out the mission the Father entrusted to them. In this way they attained their own salvation and at the same time cooperated in saving their brothers in the unity of the Mystical Body" (Paragraph 1477).
Yes, Catholics believe they can attain their own salvation and also help save their brothers. Catholicism teaches that the death of Christ merely opened the gates of heaven, now each Catholic must merit the glory and grace necessary to attain their salvation (Paragraph 2027). This is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ and therefore those who teach it are under divine condemnation for perverting the Gospel of grace (Gal. 1:6-9). We must call Roman Catholics to repentance and faith in the true Gospel. They will never know they have been deceived until they are presented with the truth of God's Word.