12/9/2014 1:24:56 PM
Only God Can Save and Condemn
If Catholics believe what their church teaches, then the eternal destinies of their souls are controlled by their clergy. They are taught the salvation is through their religion not through Christ. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) paragraph 2068: "All men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments." Also necessary for Catholic salvation includes the church (CCC 846), baptism (CCC 1257), penance (CCC 980), sacraments (CCC 1129), service to the faith (CCC 1816), keeping the ten commandments (CCC 2036, 2070). These requirements not only deny the sufficiency of Jesus Christ and His Gospel, but also condemn those who teach them (Gal. 1:6-9). for salvation
The Catholic Church not only teaches it has the authority to save people but also to condemn them with an anathema. Whenever the pontiff pronounces an anathema, he uses a formula which ends with these words: "We deprive [him/her] of the Communion of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, we separate him from the society of all Christians, we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate, so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment."
Anathemas are said to condemn former Catholics to the torments of everlasting hell unless they do penance and return home to Rome. They also condemn current Catholics who do not believe every dogma of their church. Catholics and former Catholics are said to be controlled by the threat of Rome's 100 anathemas. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, when "an anathema is attached to doctrinal teaching of a general council, it is a certain sign of an infallible definition" and Catholics "are bound to believe them in order to maintain the bond of faith." Here is a good question for Catholics: Why do you trust your church's teachings on salvation, while at the same time, dismiss or ignore your church's teachings on condemnation?
We must proclaim the truth to Catholics and explain to them that only God has the power to save and condemn. He gave us only two anathemas in His Word. Paul wrote: "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema" (1 Cor. 16:22). Paul also wrote, "If we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be anathema!" (Gal. 1:8). May we all look to Scripture as our most trustworthy source for knowing the truth on these critical issues!