Roman Catholocism


Basic Beliefs:
  • It's beginning goes to when Jesus told Peter, "upon this rock will I build my church." They believe Peter was that rock and therefore the first Pope.
  • They claim that the structure of the Roman Catholic Church is based upon the early church.
  • They claim that the Bible is their final authority, but in practice it is Papal infallibility.
  • They added the Apocrypha to the Bible which is where most of their doctrine comes from.
  • They claim that the Bible should be interpreted based upon church tradition. 
  • When the Pope speaks from his chair it is infallible "Scripture", regardless if it contradicts Scripture.
Jesus:
  • They acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, but their view is off.
  • To the Catholic the sacrifice of Jesus is insufficient. Salvation can only come throught the church.
  • Jesus is not their mediator, the priest is, as he is the one who forgives them of their sins.
  • They rarely if ever pray to Jesus, but to saints, other people, and Mary.
  • They repeat the death of Christ through transubstantiation, the bread and wine become the literal body and blood of Christ.
Salvation:
  • They have 7 sacraments that provide salvation:
    • baptism
    • confirmation
    • penance
    • eucharist
    • holy orders
    • matrimony
    • and annointing the sick.
  • Each time they observe the Eucharist it brings a piece of salvation.
  • Salvation is available because of Christ, but can only be obtained by works.
Witness Focus:
  • Ask them how a person gets to heaven.
  • Show them that we can never be good enough on our own. It is by grace, through faith, NOT OF WORKS. (Ephesians 2:8-9)