Allegheny Valley Church Of God
Why I Am Not A Catholic
First let me say that I am not anti Catholic, or anti anything. I believe it is fully possible that there is a remnant of believers within the Catholic church. I believe that because that seems to be the way God works, that any organization that acknowledges Jesus Christ will have a remnant of believers. In Revelation Ch. 2 starting with verse 18 we read a letter to the church in Thyatira. I believe that there is a prophetic application to the letters to the churches and that Thyatira represents the dark ages of the Roman church. There's a message to those who do not hold to her doctrine, and I believe there are millions of Catholics who, either deliberately or unwittingly, do not hold to every pernicious doctrine of the Roman church. In my experience, if you ask the average Roman Catholic if a person has to be a member of the Catholic church in order to go to heaven they will say, "No." This is in direct contradiction to the proclamations of the Council of Trent which pronounced curses on anyone who believes they can go to heaven without being a member of the Roman Catholic church.
Having said that, I will continue. Lately I have had the opportunity to attend several Roman Catholic funerals. Every one begins with the priest saying something like, "Being buried in baptism we have the hope of resurrection..." One of the deadly teachings of Roman Catholicism is that an infant must be baptized to erase original sin. From the Council of Trent:
If any one denies that infants, newly born from their mothers' wombs, even though they be sprung from baptized parents, are to be baptized; or says that they are baptized indeed for the remission of sins, but that they draw nought of original sin from Adam, which has need to be expiated by the laver of regeneration for the obtaining life everlasting,—whence it follows, as a consequence, that in them the form of baptism, for the remission of sins, is understood to be not true, but false,—let him be anathema.
In other words, if you don't believe that infants are to be baptized for the remission of their sins you are cursed. The Bible clearly teaches that baptism does not save but is a proclamation and public confession of faith in Christ and an identification with his death, burial and resurrection. Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins, and Jesus shed his blood once for all. There was never an instance or command to baptize infants. Baptism was always done after a profession of faith in Christ.
Another serious deception is the belief in transubstantiation, which is the belief that the wafer and wine of their eucharist literally turns into the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. They cite as Biblical "proof" the statement of Jesus from John Ch. 6 that one must eat his flesh and drink his blood. Of course he was speaking in a spiritual sense, for the ordinance of the Lord's supper had not yet been introduced.
Here is canon law dealing with this issue:
---Canon I. If any one shall deny, that, in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist, are verily, really, and substantially contained the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ; but shall say that He is only therein as in a sign, or in figure, or virtue; let him be anathema.
--Canon II. If any one shall say, that, in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and shall deny that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole
substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood, the species only of the bread and wine remaining, which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema.
---Canon III. If any one shall deny, that, in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist, the whole Christ is contained under each species, and under every part of each species, when separated; let him be anathema.
There are many additional articles concerning this, but I think you get the picture. The Romish church teaches that if one denies the literal presence of the flesh and blood of Jesus in the elements of communion they are accursed. The council of Trent went on to say that forgiveness of sins is found in the taking of the eucharist. They teach that one literally ingests the body and blood of Jesus for he forgiveness of sins. This teaching is anchored in the pagan practices of the mystery religions of old. When Jesus was resurrected, he had a body of flesh and bone, but blood is not mentioned. He has no more blood to offer.
When Jesus offered the bread and the cup of the passover seder to his disciples, he never implied they were his literal flesh and blood. How could they be if he were there with them? He said to do that in remembrance of what he did on the cross. The apostle Paul said when we take the Lord's supper we look back on what he did and look forward to his coming again.
There is so much more. The sacrament of penance, where one confesses his sins to a priest to have them absolved upon completion of the repetition of prayers or other punishments as a satisfaction for sins; The worship (they say veneration) of Mary as the co-mediatrix and co-redemptrix with Christ; (Scripture says there is one mediator, but the Catholic church has many.) The elevation of church tradition so that it is considered superior to the scriptures; The teaching that the presence of Christ is in the eucharist; The sale of indulgences to reduce one's time in purgatory, and on and on.
Roman Catholicism is a religion that is opposed to the clear Biblical teaching of salvation by grace through faith in the work of our Savior. I was blessed to be able to come out of that system and to be found by my Lord Jesus and saved by his sacrifice on the cross. I don't have to have some priest shed his blood every day in the tragic sacrifice of the mass. He died once for all and is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. Why do they still have Christ hanging on the cross, when he is no longer dead but living?
If you're a Catholic and you're reading this and you're getting offended, this is not meant to do so. I would love to have all sincere Catholic people come to a genuine saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior. You can be assured of your salvation through faith in Christ. Surrender to him today and leave your vain religion. You don't have to go anywhere to be in His presence, His presence can dwell inside of you for ever.