LLM Question for 5-31-2012, and, What Does the Roman Catholic Bible Teach About Roman Catholicism, Part 1 of 7
First the Question: The Roman Catholic Bible teaches that a DEAD SINNER does NOT become a LIVING SAINT by what man does for God. True or False?
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Question: The Roman Catholic Bible plainly teaches that every member of the Body of Christ is a SAINT. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! The Roman Catholic Bible does plainly teaches that every member of the Body of Christ is a SAINT. The Apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 1:2, tells how God makes a SAINT out of a sinner, “sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” This is in agreement with Hebrews 10:10, “By the which will we are SANCTIFIED through the offering of the body of Christ ONCE (once, NOT at every mass) for all.” Now, out of the overwhelming 864 responses we received to this question, only 55.6% of you got it right! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at,
What Does the Roman Catholic Bible Teach About Roman Catholicism? Part 1 of 7
First let us all carefully read some all-important words which the Risen Christ instructed the Apostle Paul to write at the time that Apostle was the prisoner of Jesus Christ for Gentiles. To the Apostle Paul, Christ had committed the Dispensation of the Grace of God for Gentiles (Ephesians 3:1-3)
“I therefore, the prisoner of the LORD, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation (calling) wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love: Endeavoring to keep the unity (ONEness) of the Spirit in the bond of peace, ONE BODY and ONE SPIRIT, even as ye are called in ONE HOPE of your calling; ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE GOD and FATHER of all.” (Ephesians 4:1-6).
In this same letter, Ephesians 1:22-23, we read that THE CHURCH, of the Dispensation of Grace, the Dispensation of the Mystery, is called “THE BODY OF CHRIST”.
Every evangelical Christian should agree one hundred percent with every Roman Catholic clergyman and layman, that during this present Dispensation, Fellowship, or Administration, of Grace there is ONE, and ONLY ONE, TRUE BIBLE CHURCH. But we ask every Roman Catholic to agree with us that this ONE TRUE BIBLE CHURCH is called “THE BODY OF CHRIST”, “ONE BODY”.
The Roman Catholics claim that the Roman Catholic Church is the one true Bible Church. Therefore they must claim to be the ONE BODY of Ephesians 1:22-23, and Ephesians 4:4. According to the plain teaching of the Roman Catholic Bible, as well as the various translations in the Bibles used by evangelical Christians, God’s way of becoming a member of the ONE TRUE BIBLE CHURCH, or BODY, is stated in clear, definite language in 1 Corinthians 12:13, “BAPTIZED BY ONE SPIRIT INTO ONE BODY, whether Jews or Gentiles.”
Every evangelical Christian and every Roman Catholic should be honest and intelligent enough to acknowledge that all Bibles used by them teach that a person becomes a member of the BODY (CHURCH) by God’s Work, by God’s Baptism. How God’s workmen work together with God in this work is recorded in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, “we are labourers together with God.” One planted; another watered; “BUT GOD GAVE THE INCREASE.” “So then neither is he that planteth any thing; neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
Then take a look at Acts 2:47, “The LORD added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” John 3:27, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” Romans 6:23, “The (free) gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.” Note prayerfully 2 Timothy 1:9, “God Who saved us and called us with a Holy Calling, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, but according to His own purpose and Grace which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began.”
The Roman Catholic Bible plainly teaches that every member of the Body of Christ is a SAINT. The Apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 1:2, tells how God makes a SAINT out of a sinner, “sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.” This is in agreement with Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are SANCTIFIED through the offering of the body of Christ ONCE (once, NOT at every mass) for all.”
In 1 Corinthians 6:7-11 we may visit what has been called God’s ‘SAINT FACTORY’. In those verses we can certainly learn in the Roman Catholic Bible of the human material out of which God makes SAINTS and His own Divine process. There we read of the awful, dark, sinful past of those Corinthians and of the great transformation that made them saints or Children of God, members of the Body of Christ, and how that transformation was wrought, “BUT YE ARE WASHED, BUT YE ARE SANCTIFIED: BUT YE ARE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR LORD.” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
This same glorious, blessed truth is told in different language in 2 Thessalonians 2:13, and Ephesians 2:8-10, and Titus 3:5-8, and Romans 4:4-5. Open a Roman Catholic Bible and read these verses; the best news ever heard by any human being. Believing sinners are justified FREELY (or without a cause) by God’s Grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24-26). Roman Catholics should be intensely interested in these verses quoted from the Letter addressed to that early assembly in Rome, and they should greatly rejoice in this glorious message of Grace, Salvation WITHOUT religious works of any kind. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by Faith WITHOUT the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28).
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)