ROMAN CATHOLIC BOOK CONTRADICTS SCRIPTURE
Alleges we are NOT saved by faith alone
Saved—A Bible Study for Catholics is a book by “Father Mitch Pacwa, which alleges that professing believers are NOT saved by faith alone. However, the book misuses or omits key inspired Scriptures that prove otherwise.
1. The False claim that Mary is co-redemptress: The author claims that Mary was a sinless co-redemptor: “The sinful mass of humanity excludes that sinless mother, the Virgin Mary, who being ‘full of grace’ (Lk 1:28) was given a gift of the redemption from her immaculate conception in anticipation of Jesus saving work on Calvary.” However, the Scripture NOWHERE states that Mary is a co-redemptress, but rather proclaims that Christ alone is the Redeemer-Saviour. Mary needed a Saviour just like every other human being, for in Luke 1:46, she stated that “my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
In John 14:6 Christ stated: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Acts 4:12 says: “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” while I Tim. 2:5 declares: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
2. The False claim that “Sola Scriptura” is not sufficient: The author states: “The Catholic Church also rejects the doctrine of ‘Scripture alone’ (Sola Scripture.) However, II Tim. 3:16-17 rejects that claim: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
3. The incorrect allegation that “good works are necessary for salvation: “The doing of good works is necessary for salvation.” Eph. 2:8-9 directly contradicts this invalid claim: “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.” Rom. 4:28 also states that “we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law,” while Rom. 5:1 plainly says that “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The above RC book and its contents is clearly refuted in the treatise by Herman Otten entitled Baal or God, in chapter six he writes: “Basically there are only two religions in this world. There is the religion of two letters “do,” the religion of the law, and then there is the religion of four letters “done,” that religion of the Gospel.
The one says you must still do something to get to heaven, while the other teaches that eternal salvation is entirely a gift. All the religions men have invented are religions of the law. Only historic Christianity, the faith clearly taught in the Holy Scriptures is a religion of the Gospel. Man’s way, the religion of the law, leads to eternal Hell. God’s way, the religion of the gospel, alone leads to eternal salvation. God teaches in His Word that all men are justified by grace through faith and not by works.”
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