Roman Catholic, not Christian?

Just a short preface to the following article: The owner of this website does indeed believe Christ words in Matthew 26 that, when we receive the bread and wine at Holy Communion, we do indeed receive exactly what Christ promised us, his very body and blood. However, I do not believe, nor should anyone be compelled to believe, the various explanations from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian and Presbyterian sources as to "how" or "not quite how" this is possible. Christ did not tell us how and we should not make up our own explanations and tell folks they must believe them.





















Why Roman Catholicism is not Christianity

By Robert Michael Zins

  1. "If anyone says that in the Mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God; or that to be offered is nothing else than that Christ is given to us to eat, let him be accursed." Trent Canon 1, 22nd Session.
  2. "If anyone says the sacrifice of the Mass is one only of praise and Thanksgiving...and ought not to be offered for the living and the dead for sins, punishments, satisfactions, and other necessities, let him be accursed." Trent Canon 3, 22nd Session.
  3. "If anyone denies that in the sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist are contained truly, really and substantially the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus, and consequently the whole Christ, but says that He is in it only as a sign, or a figure or force, let him be accursed." Trent Canon 1, 13th Session.
  4. "There is therefore, no room for doubt that all the faithful of Christ may, in accordance with a custom always received in the Catholic church, give to this most Holy sacrament in veneration the worship of latria, which is due to the true God." Trent 13th Session, Chapter Five.
  5. "For in virtue of this rule of faith handed down from the apostles, even infants who could not as yet commit sin of themselves, are for this reason truly baptized for the remission of sins, in order that in them, what was contracted by generation, may be washed away be regeneration. For unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." Trent 5th Session, Paragraph Four.
  6. "Hence, to those who work well unto the end and trust God, eternal life is to be offered, both as a grace mercifully promised to the sons of God through Christ Jesus, and as a reward promised by God himself, to be faithfully given to their good works and merits." Trent 6th Session, Chapter 16.
  7. "We must believe that nothing further is wanting to those justified to prevent them from being considered to have, by those very works which have been done in God, fully satisfied the divine law according the state of this life and to have truly merited eternal life, to be obtained in its [due] time, provided they depart [this life] in grace,..." Trent 6th Session, Chapter 16.
  8. "If anyone says that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in divine mercy, which remits sins for Christ's sake, or that it is this confidence alone that justifies us, let him be accursed." Trent 6th Session, Canon 12.
  9. "Since the power of granting indulgences was conferred by Christ on the Church, and she has even in the earliest times made use of that power divinely given to her, the holy council teaches and commands that the use of indulgences, most salutary to the Christian people and approved by the authority of the holy councils, is to be retained in the Church, and it condemns with anathema those who assert that they are useless or deny that there is in the Church the power of granting them. Trent 25th Session, Chapter 21.
  10. "Since the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, following the sacred writings and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, taught in sacred councils and very recently in this ecumenical council that there is a purgatory, and that the souls there detained are aided by the suffrages of the faithful and chiefly by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar, the holy council commands the bishops that they strive diligently to the end that the sound doctrine of purgatory, transmitted by the Fathers and sacred councils, be believed and maintained by the faithful of Christ, and be everywhere taught and preached." Trent 25th Session, Decree on Purgatory.
  11. "The Holy, ecumenical and general Council of Trent.....also clearly perceives that these truths and rules are contained in the written books and in the unwritten traditions, which, received from the Apostles from the mouth of Christ Himself, or from the Apostles themselves, the Holy Ghost dictating, have come down to us, transmitted as it were from hand to hand. If anyone does not accept as sacred and canonical the aforesaid books in their entirety and with all their parts, as they have been accustomed to read in the Catholic Church and as they are contained in the old Latin Vulgate Edition, and knowingly and deliberately rejects the aforesaid traditions, let him be anathema." Trent 4th Session, Decree Concerning Canonical Scriptures.
  12. "And since she [Mary] has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth, and is exalted above all choirs of angels and saints, and even stands at the right hand of her only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, she presents our petitions in a most efficacious manner. What she asks, she obtains. Her pleas can never be unheard." Pope Pius IX - Ineffabilis Deus, 1854.
  13. "The Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ and as pastor of the entire Church, has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered." Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 882.
  14. "The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation." Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1129.

We could go on.

The point is that Romanism is not Christianity. It is not an alternative Christian worshiping community and cannot be construed as such by any stretch of the imagination. When Rome renounces Trent and Sacramental Salvation and embraces Sola Fide, justification through faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone, and Sola Scriptura, the Bible alone for salvation and sanctification, then the Religion of Rome can lay claim to the Christianity of Christ. Until then, we remain separate religions despite all of ECT's protestations to the contrary.

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