“JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ACCORDING TO ROME”
The answers to yesterday’s Quiz are as follows. The correct answers to be a Christian:
1(a); 2(a); 3(a); 4(b); 5(a); 6(b); 7(b); 8(a); 9(a); 10(a). Now read on -
Christians are surprised that Rome agrees that salvation is by grace alone (Rom 3:24, 28; 4:5; 11:6; Gal 2:16-21; Eph 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-8) and how feely Catholic authors quote the Bible. Christian, be warned – IT IS A DIFFERENT SORT OF GRACE!!!
The Canons of the Council of Trent in 1547 declared
“If anyone says that man can be justified before God by his own works, whether done by his own natural powers or through the teaching of the law, without divine grace through Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” Furthermore, “If anyone says that without the predisposing inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and without his help, man can believe, hope, love or be repentant as he ought, so that the grace of justification may be bestowed on him, let him be anathema.”
The following interview with Stephan Keenan, a Roman Catholic scholar, in his Doctrinal Catechism regarding justification by faith, is absolutely jaw-dropping to Christians:
Q: What is justification?
A: It is a grace which makes us friends with God
Q: Can a sinner merit this justifying grace?
A: No, he cannot; because all the good works which a sinner performs whilst he is in a state of mortal sin, are dead works which have no merit sufficient to justify.
Q: Is it an article of the Catholic faith, that the sinner in mortal sin, cannot merit the grace of justification?
A: Yes; it is decreed in the seventh chapter of the sixth session of the Council of Trent, that neither faith, nor good works, preceding justification, can merit the grace of justification.
Q: How then is the sinner justified?
A: He is justified gratuitously by the pure mercy of God, not on account of his own or any human merit, but purely through the merits of Jesus Christ; for Jesus Christ is our only mediator of redemption, who alone, by his passion and death, has reconciled us to his Father.
Q: Why then do Christians charge with believing, that the sinner can merit the remission of his sins?
A: Their ignorance of the Catholic doctrine is the cause of this, as well as many other false charges.
Those who imagine that Roman Catholic theologians teach a bald righteousness by man’s own works, are not prepared to recognize the doctrine of the mystery of iniquity. Rome believes justification is God’s renovating act WITHIN man. Without the regenerating act of the Holy Spirit within man, Rome declares that sinners can never be justified. In Rome’s Douay Version the footnote on Romans 3 and 4 reads:
“The justification of which St Paul here speaks is the INFUSION of sanctifying grace which alone renders a person supernaturally pleasing in the sight of God. But justification, that is an infusion of sanctifying grace cannot be merited by us, it is an entirely gratuitous gift of God.”
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
Rome’s doctrine of justification is accurately presented as follows:
1. Justification is the internal renovation and renewing of man
2. Justification comes by an infusion of God’s grace of what the Holy Spirit has done in man
3. Justification means that man himself is made just and pleasing to God within his own person.
In common language, God’s grace acting within a vile and wicked sinner changes him into a person that pleases God. The devout Catholic says “I cannot save myself, but by faith I can receive God’s transforming grace that will change my heart, and by his grace within my heart I will be acceptable in God’s sight.”
Dear Reader, if you honestly can’t see much wrong with what has been presented, it is because you are a good Catholic without knowing it. Romanism is the religion of human nature and is the mystery of iniquity.
The issue central to the Reformation of the sixteenth century was that of Justification by faith. “Should the doctrine of justification be lost, then all is lost.” (Martin Luther)
Harley Hitchcock Thursday 22nd July 2021
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