The Roman Catholic clergy and the Judaizers, in the book of Galatians, uphold some fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith: the deity of Christ, the Trinity, the virgin birth, bodily resurrection and return of Christ to judge the living and the dead. However, both deny the sufficiency of Jesus Christ by adding requirements for salvation. The name “Judaizers” comes from a Greek verb meaning “to live according to Jewish customs.” That is why they added circumcision as a requirement for Gentile believers to be saved. They taught all people must conform to the Mosaic Law for salvation. The false doctrine of the Judaizers was a mixture of grace through Christ and works through the keeping of the Law. This heresy was dealt with in Acts 15 and condemned in Galatians 1:6-9).

The Catholic clergy has also distorted the Gospel of grace with even more requirements for salvation. They have added baptism, the sacraments, keeping the law and good works. Both Judaizers and Catholics attempt to merit God’s grace through their religious rituals. Instead of trusting what Christ has DONE to save sinners completely and forever, they trust what they must DO to enter into heaven. Paul made it clear that adding human works to God’s grace nullifies grace. He wrote: “If by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6). The only thing we can bring to the cross of Christ is our sins. Everything else must be left behind.