Based upon recent disturbing comments by the Catholic Church’s current leader, St. Paul could not have possessed salvation apart from Catholicism. Neither can anyone possess saving faith apart from the Catholic Church — so the misconception and false teaching.
The pope’s reported remarks were very disconcerting; not only because they were anti-Scriptural, but because they are illogical. Pope Francis processed an “either or or” proposition [argument]; and, in so doing, ruled out Christianity’s basic and foremost tenet, that the saving of one’s soul [“salvation”] is initiated by the Triune God’s free unmerited favor:“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10 – KJV
This Moralmatters Christian emeritus pastor [author] is not surprised that pope Francis has parroted the traditional [and erroneous] Catholic teaching that priceless souls must come by way of the Catholic Church in order to enter into heaven’s blessedness. That damnable doctrine (and various forms of it) deny Creator God’s unlimited grace and God, the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration [conversion] which brings a soul to personal faith in Christ – not the “Catholic Church,” or any other made-made religious structure or institution.
Please note the 3 minute youtube [linked below] and the Catholic News Service linked article following it. Also take note of the related links from The Christian Message website:
Anti Christ! Pope Francis Says ‘Personal Relationship With Jesus is Dangerous’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB4zdEDljPo&index=8&list=UUFjOi1ZpZVErr8EYxg8t1dQ
Related Informational Links:
Church is essential for faith; there are no ‘free agents,’ pope says – by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Jun. 25, 2014 – ncronline.org
Excerpts:Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the church, Pope Francis said.
At his weekly general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith…..
……Pope Francis described as “dangerous” the temptation to believe that one can have “a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ without communion with and the mediation of the church.”
Obviously, he said, it is not always easy to walk the path of faith with other people. “Sometimes it’s tiring. It can happen that a brother or sister creates problems for us or scandalizes us, but the Lord entrusted his message of salvation to human beings, to us, to witnesses,” he said.
“It is through our brothers and sisters with their gifts and their limits,” the pope said, “that he comes to us and makes himself known. This is what belonging to the church means. Remember: Being Christian means belonging to the church. If your first name is Christian, your last name is Member of the Church.
At the end of his talk, the pope asked people to join him in praying that they would never “give into the temptation of thinking you can do without others, without the church, that you can save yourself, of thinking you can be a laboratory Christian.”……. – http://ncronline.org/blogs/francis-chronicles/church-essential-faith-there-are-no-free-agents-pope-says
Related informational links from The Christian Message:
Note source of featured pic toward the upper left the the article:
Pope Francis celebrates the Easter mass on March 31, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Francis prepared to lead his first Easter Sunday celebrations with tens of thousands of people expected in St Peter’s Square for a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI,ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)