by Matthew Monfore, March 31, 2021
The Roman Catholic church is a mix of paganism with Christian terminology. It is truly a “Christian” cult. We do not believe that any genuine Christian can continue in the Catholic church because their official doctrine is contrary to Christ’s gospel. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the LORD, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
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Mike Gendron Testimony, Saved from Catholicism
Underlining and bold mine
Roman Catholic Catechism,
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd edition copyright 1994; Modifications from the Editio Typica copyright 1997.
|Teaches Mary was sinless.|
“Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin…was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things…” (966)
|Mary was not sinless: she needed a savior.|
“Mary said,’My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46-47, bold mine).
|Mary saves people.|
“Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us gifts of salvation…” (969)
Bishops and priests forgive sins.
“The Church, who through the bishop and his priests forgives sins in the name of Jesus Christ and determines the manner of satisfaction, also prays for the sinner and does penance with him.” (1448).
|Jesus alone saves.|
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5, bold mine). Mediator refers to the salvation only Jesus provides. Mediator means “go-between”. Christians don’t go through Mary, but through Jesus.
|Mass is a continuing sacrifice of Jesus.|
“The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice:…since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner…this sacrifice is truly propitatory.” (1367, underline mine)
|Jesus died once for sin. The bread and wine are not a sacrifice.|
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10, bold/underline mine).
“Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over him” (Romans 6:9, bold/underline mine).
|Communion bread and wine are literally Jesus’ body and blood|
“bread and wine, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present.” (1357).
Communion bread and wine are symbolic
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19, all underline mine).
Jesus explains the meaphor
“And Jesus said unto them, am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
Jesus explains He was speaking spiritually, not physically
“It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
Further, Jesus was not a natural, literal door (John10:9,l all bold mine), literal light (John 8:12), literal vine (John 15:1), or literal bread (John 6:35).
Eating flesh was forbidden by God “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood…” (Leviticus 17:10-11)