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Is the RCC a baloney sandwich?

Questions for our Roman Catholic friends

By NiteOwlDave

A great question often raised during discussions about Christianity is

who wrote the Bible and how and where it was assembled.

Another equally valid question is: Do the teachings of the Roman

Catholic Church (a.k.a. RCC, RC Church, Church of Rome, or Catholic
Church) line up with what the Bible proclaims?

The answer is no. RCism is hocus-pocus. It’s phony baloney.

Who wrote the Bible?

Some 40 men, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote the 39
books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament.
The Vatican accepts an additional seven New Testament books,
The Apocrypha. Many, if not most scholars, reject these books as being

These books are minimally at odds with the other books, such as in
praying for the dead. In 2 Macabees 12:42-46, in The Apocrypha, it teaches,

"It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead,
that they may be loosed from sins."

This is in contrast to Luke 20:38, which says, "For He is not God of

the dead, but of the living."

God's inspiration of the Canon of Scripture is pointed out by the

apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:20-21:

"...know this first of all, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of

one's own interpretation...but men moved by the Holy Spirit from God."

Who assembled the Canon?

The Old Testament was closed and accepted by the Jews from the
time of the Septuagint in 275 BC when the Jewish Scriptures were translated
from Hebrew into Greek.

Under pre-New Testament law, the sacrificial blood of animals

was required to cover the sins of the people. When the Messiah arrived
on the scene, man's sin was, and still is, removed through the blood of
Jesus Christ.

The New Testament Canon is the result of a lengthy and complicated

process involving numerous councils conducted by the Roman Catholic

The Canon of Scripture was not determined by the councils. The

councils simply gave official status to books that were already widely
accepted as having divine origin.

We must accept that the end result is the conclusive Word of God.
Would the Creator of the universe give us a flawed manual? Hardly.
Here's the timeline for the bringing together of the New Testament.

1. 367 AD. Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria listed 27 books as

comprising the New Testament.
2. 393 AD. This list was officially recognized at the Council of Hippo,
North Africa.
3. 397 AD. The list was published at the Council of Carthage, North

Here's the "human" criteria used as to what belonged in the New

Testament Canon.

1. Each book had to have a history of continuous and widespread

approval among Christians. The Councils simply gave it their official stamp
of approval.

2. The books either were written by an apostle of Jesus Christ or

demonstrated that they had approval of the apostles of Jesus Christ.

To be recognized as canonical, or worthy, a book had to fit in with the

other scriptures, and have been of fruitful use throughout the church up to
that time.

Once packaged, Rome urged the "faithful" to heed the teachings of the

“The RCC forcefully and specifically exhorted all the Christian

faithful to learn about Jesus Christ, by frequent readings of the divine
Scriptures.” The RCC proclaimed Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of

That was excellent, but it raises the question as to why the Church of
Rome has strayed so far today from what the inspired Word of God teaches
us to do and what to avoid.

Were not the Scriptures closed upon final assembly? Yes. Some RCC
defenders point out that nowhere in the Bible does it say that there is no
more inspired documentation.
That begs the question, where in the Bible does it suggest there is
additional inspired material? Nowhere.

Very troubling to the Bible believer is why Rome has taken such an
abrupt left turn in the all-important subject of how a person attains eternal

Rome’s so-called “sacred tradition”, all man-made, conflicts or

adds to much of what the Bible states. Therein, lies massive corruption.

Let's take a look at some of the things practiced and promoted today
by the Roman Catholic Church as essential for getting into Heaven, but
without biblical basis.

1. Infant baptism
How does infant baptism help us get to Heaven?
Nowhere does the Bible teach that baptism makes a person right with
God. In fact, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:17, "Christ did not send me to
baptize, but to preach the gospel." (Also see Luke 23:40-43 and
Acts 10:44-48.)

2. Going to church
How does going to church or being an active member of a particular
church help us attain salvation?
The Bible teaches that the church is not something that we go to.
Rather, the church is the people of God, the worldwide collective of the
Body of Christ.
Ephesians 1:22-23 states, "He (the Father)...gave Him (the Son) as
head over all things to the church, which is His body (meaning group)."
(Also see 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 and Colossians 1:18.)

3. Receiving the sacraments

How does receiving the sacraments, specifically the Eucharist,
contribute to our salvation?
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that a series of rituals is necessary
for our salvation.
The biblical purpose of taking bread and wine is not to help us reach
Heaven, but rather, as Jesus said in Luke 22:19, "This is My body which is
given to you; do this in memory of Me." (Also see 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.)
4. Praying the rosary
In what way does praying the rosary help us attain eternal life?
Jesus teaches us that repeating prayers, like the rosary, over and over
again is of no value.
Mathew 6:7 states, "And when you are praying, do not use
meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles (non-Jews) do, for they suppose that
they will be heard for their many words." (Also see Matthew 7:21-23.)

5. Being devoted to Mary

How can Mary help us get to Heaven?
The Bible does not teach Christians to devote themselves to Mary or
to seek her as their advocate before God. T
To the contrary, it teaches in 1 Timothy 2:5 that "There is one God,
and one mediator (go between) also between God and men, Christ Jesus."
(Also see Acts 4:12.)
Mary was the chosen earthly mother of the Lord. In Luke 1:47, Mary
"And my spirit rejoiced in God my Savior."
Only a sinner needs a savior, right? By confessing that Jesus was her
Savior, Mary herself erodes another Roman Catholic fabrication that she was
born without sin.
If she was born sin-free and lived a virginal sin-free life, that
essentially puts this special lady on the same level as the Godhead, which is
What were the last words Mary is recorded in the Bible as saying?
John 2:5 states, "His mother saith unto the servants, whatsoever he (Jesus)
saith unto you, do it."
She did not suggest that she was a go-between or that she had power

6. Keeping the commandments.

Are we able to keep the Ten Commandments to God's standard?
The Bible teaches that anyone who does not keep the Commandments
perfectly will be judged unworthy of Heaven. James 2:10 says,
"For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he
has become guilty of all." (Also see Galatians 3:10-12; Romans 3:20,23,28;
and Romans 7:7-12.)
Trying to keep the Commandments is noble, but the commandments
should make us aware that we are sinners because no one is able to keep
them all. The Ten Commandants condemn us rather than save us.
7. Loving your neighbor.
Do we love our neighbor with the kind of love that God requires?
Jesus taught in Matthew 22:39, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
(Also see Luke 10:25-37; 1 John 16-18, and James 1:27.)
So, the answer is no.

8. Doing good works.

How many good works do we have to do in order to earn eternal life?
The Scriptures teach that even the best that we do is tainted with sin
and unworthy of God. Isaiah 64:6 says,
"All our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment." (Also see
Romans 3:12,23,13,4-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 6:28-29.)

9. Dying with unconfessed sin.

How does the condition of our souls at the moment of death affect our
eternal destiny?
Jesus said that those who belong to Him would never be condemned
to Hell.
John 10:28 states, "I give eternal life to them, and they shall never
perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand."

How Does Anyone Qualify For Heaven?

So how does a Roman Catholic—or anyone else for that matter—

qualify for Heaven?

Well, back to the source, the Bible. It tells us:

1. All of us have and do sin, and that anyone with sin on them upon
death will not be allowed into Heaven.
2. Jesus died and shed His blood for us and is our advocate before the
Father. John 14:6 states, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes
to the Father, but by Me."
3. We are saved by confessing our sin directly to God and accepting
that the Lord Jesus Christ paid our total sin debt when he allowed Himself to
be crucified and rose again from the dead.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, shall not perish but have
everlasting life."
We attain God's eternal pardon by praying in private something like
Dear God,
I confess that I, __________, am a sinner, and that I need forgiveness.

I am willing to turn from my sins. There is nothing that I can do that

will erase my sin and permit a relationship between a Holy God and

Your Word states that, "Without the shedding of blood, there is no

remission of sins."

I believe that Jesus Christ, your Son, is the promised Messiah and
Savior. I believe that Jesus Christ is God, "manifested in the flesh,"
who died a substitution death on The Cross, shedding His own blood
to atone for my sins.

I believe Christ's resurrection signifies Your own satisfaction with His

sacrifice on my behalf.

Because your Word states that salvation is available to all who repent
and believe, I repent of my sins and believe on The Lord Jesus Christ
as the Son of God, and Savior.

I now, willingly, and wholeheartedly, accept Jesus Christ as my

personal Savior.

I am entering into a relationship with Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit,

who now indwells me.

My name is recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life, and Heaven is my

future home.

As a born-again follower of Christ, I make you Lord of all aspects of

my life.

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift."

In Jesus' Name, Amen
Anything else? Yes, attach some legs to your faith. Live, talk, and
walk as a "born again" or "saved" Christian.

Get baptized as a public marker of your salvation. Attend a church

where, as they say, The Holy Bible is Wholly Taught.

The Ever-Changing Roman Catholic Doctrines.

The Roman Catholic Church, which claims to be the authoritative

source of given truth and headed by the Pope, has been in a constant state of
change since its papal inception.

Here is a partial list of non-biblical added Roman Catholic practices,

with the dates when they were instituted.

1. Infant baptism for the remission of original sin (300 AD).

2. Prayers for the dead (300 AD).
3. Making the sign of the cross (300 AD).
4. Symbol of the cross for the church (312 AD).
5. Worship of angels (375 AD).

6. Worship of saints (375 AD).

7. Mass instituted (394 AD).
8. Worship of Mary (431 AD).
9. Priests dressing differently from laymen (500 AD).
10. Last Rites (526 AD).

11. Doctrine of Purgatory (593 AD).

12. Services conducted in Latin (600 AD).
13. Prayers to Mary (600 AD).
14. The popes from St. Linus who held the papal post 67-76 AD. There have
been 263 popes since then.
15. Kissing of the Pope's foot (709 AD).

16. Worshipping of images and relics (786 AD).

17. Use of Holy Water (850 AD).
18. Canonization of dead saints (995 AD). (You may now pray to them.)
19. Celibacy of the priesthood (1079 AD).
20. Rosary (prayer beads) instituted (1090 AD).
21. Transubstantiation—wafer becomes the literal flesh of Jesus Christ
(1215 AD).
22. Adoration of the wafer (1220 AD).
23. Bible is forbidden to the laymen (1229 AD).
24. Communion cup forbidden to be touched during Holy Communion
(1414 AD).
25. The Ave Maria (Hail to Mary) approved (1508 AD).

26. Tradition granted equal authority with the Bible (1545 AD).
27. Apocryphal books placed in the Bible (1546 AD).
28. Immaculate conception of Mary (1854 AD).
29. Infallibility of the Pope declared (1870 AD). Most Roman Catholics do
not realize that the popes excommunicated each other, argued, fought, and
even killed each other.
30. Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1935 AD).
31. Mary proclaimed Mother of the Church (1965 AD).

Are the above non-biblical doctrines hard and fast laws of the Roman
Catholic Church? Yes.

The late Cardinal Heenan said in January, 1964, "the Catholic Church
has no intention of altering the smallest point of its doctrine." (Universe,

Other Official Non-Biblical Changes

The extracts below from official Roman Catholic Church statements

fly in the face of the late Cardinal's declaration.

The RCC has spun its own interpretation, which in many cases is a
wide wander from the truth and is a direct violation of Revelations 22:18-19,
the fourth- and third-last verses of the last book in the Bible.

They say,
"18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of this book. If
any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that
are written in this book.
And if any man shall take away from the words of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city,
and the things which are written in this book."
The Roman Catholic Church tramples this warning with the following

1. The Bible and Tradition.

"Both Scripture and tradition should be accepted of devotion and
reverence. Sacred tradition and Holy Scripture form a single sacred deposit
of the Word of God entrusted to the Church." (Vatican II; Dogmatic
Constitution on Divine Revelation.) Man-made.

2. Papal Infallibility.
"We believe in the infallibility enjoyed by the Successor of Peter
when he speaks ex cathedra as shepherd and teacher of all the faithful."
("Credo of the People of God," Pope Paul VI. Published by the Catholic
Truth Society, page 11, 30-Jun-1968.) Man-made.

3. Transubstantiation.
"The bread and wine cease to exist after the consecration. From then
on, therefore, the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus, under the sacramental
appearance of bread and wine, are truly presented before us for our
adoration." ("Credo of the People of God," page 13.) Man-made.

4. The Mass.
"The indeed the Sacrifice of Calvary realized on our altars."
("Credo of the People of God," page 12.) Man-made.

5. Mary Worship.
"She (the Virgin Mary) is the shrine of the Holy Spirit. This gift of
outstanding grace makes her outstrip by far all other creatures in excellence
whether they are in heaven or on earth. All Christ's faithful must issue urgent
pleas to the Mother of God and Mother of men." (Vatican II; Dogmatic
Constitution on the Church.)
"Mary's mediation continues in the history of the Church and the
world...and the Church expresses her faith in this truth by invoking Mary
under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix." (Pope
John Paul II Encyclical, "Redemptoris Mater," page 87, 25-Mar-1987.) Man-

6. Salvation.
"Only through the Catholic Church, the universal aid to salvation, can
the means of salvation be reached in all their fullness." (Vatican II, Decree
on Ecumenism, page 11.) Man-made.

Rome's Nine Commandments

Why did Rome delete the Second Commandment in the Roman
Catholic Bible?

This commandment forbids praying to statues and icons.

This commandment (Exodus 20:4-5) states:

"Thou shalt not make to thee a graven thing (image), nor the likeness
of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those
things that are in the waters under the earth.

“Thou shalt not adore (bow down to) them, nor serve them: For I the
LORD thy God, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me."

What did Rome do? She split God's Tenth Commandment into two
separate ones!

Rome views coveting a neighbor's wife as one commandment, and

coveting everything else as a second commandment.

A Bible believer should not worship (bow before, kneel to, pray to,
pray through, light candles to, or expect sins to be forgiven by or through)
their crosses or churchy icons.

We should not attempt to get some dead person to do something for

us, such as find lost objects, or do some impossible task.

Crosses, etc., are merely symbols that identify a person as being a


Is there a single Scripture that tells us to confess our sins through

Mary, through apostles, or to dead "saints?" No. What does it say in
Luke 20:38?
"For He is not God of the dead, but of the living, to Him are all alive."

1 Timothy 2:5 states, "For there is one God, and one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."

Was Peter the First Pope?

Is the System of Papal Authority Scriptural?

The Roman Catholic Church points to Matthew 16:13-19 as biblical

evidence for Peter being handed the keys to Heaven and thus launching Him
as the first pope.

The passage reads,

"13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his
disciples, saying, 'Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?'
And they said, 'Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias;
and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, 'But whom say ye that I am?'
And Simon Peter answered and said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of
the living God.'
And Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Blessed art thou, Simon
Barjona: For flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in heaven.'
And I say also unto thee, 'That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. And
whatsoever thou shalt lose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.' "

There is ample evidence to suggest that The Roman Catholic Church

interprets this passage wrongly.
The Bible speaks here of Peter's confession, not his coronation. The
Roman Catholic Church ignores and rejects the traditional Rock of both the
New and Old Testaments and substitutes Peter instead.

Jesus told Peter that upon this Rock (Jesus) He would build His (my)
church. The Church of Rome replaces the Bible's Rock of Salvation with
blasphemous plans of salvation of its own invention.

Isn't it curious why the Lord Jesus Christ made no celebrated

reference to Peter—or to Mary—prior to His returning to Heaven?

If they were to be elevated above others for special honor, wouldn't

He have clearly reminded His followers to take heed? Of course He would
have. But he didn't. His silence speaks volumes, and again points out that
Jesus is the one and only way, with no other between or alongside.

Was Peter Ever the Ruler of Any Church?

While the RCC trumpets that Peter was the first Pope, there is no
evidence that Peter was even the top banana in Jerusalem after Christ
returned to Heaven.

The pastor and leader of the Church at Jerusalem was James, the
Lord's brother (Acts 12:17, 15:13-21, 21:18; Galatians 2:9).

Noted first-century Jewish historian Josephus in his Antiquities of the

Jews, Book XX, 9:1, confirms this Scriptural account of James where James'
martyrdom is described.

Josephus apparently never heard of Simon Peter, but he wrote all

about James as the faithful pastor and leader of the Christian Church in

Notice in Acts 8:14 that Peter is "sent" by the Apostles along with
John to Samaria. Peter is not doing the sending; somebody else is. If Peter
was in charge, he would be directing the show.

In Acts 15:14-21, at the Jerusalem conference, after Peter made his

speech and Paul and Barnabas made their speeches, it is James who delivers
the final verdict.
Peter was not in charge then, so why should he be considered as a
mighty rock for elevation to papal level.

It makes zero sense. It all boils down to Roman Catholicism versus

the Bible, as opposed to Roman Catholicism and the Bible.

We have listed here much Bible add-on "new truth" promoted very
wrongly by the Church of Rome.

Is there more to come? Why not? Rome adds, subtracts, dismisses,

and ignores much of the foundational teachings of the Holy Bible, while at
the same time, promoting the Bible as God-breathed truth. It makes no

The Vatican runs a tight ship and insists on strict adherence to its
dogma with threats of ex-communications and lengthy shifts in a non-
biblical purgatory with its handy checkbook exits.

The concept of purgatory and prayers for the dead are not found in the
Bible. Doesn't the purgatory idea clearly suggest that Jesus really didn't
finish the job of paying our sin debt? See John 19:30 and 1 Peter 2:24.

Purgatory was invented as a moneymaker for the RCC. The sale of

indulgences continue at a brisk pace to this day.

Mainstream Roman Catholic Church teaching misses the mark more

than just marginally on how to get to Heaven. It surely will fall under the
severe judgment of God when the smoke clears here on Earth.

And to think the Church of Rome has a billion subscribers walking

lockstep to its dogma with its wafer-thin biblical foundation!

Saints Alive!

A rather bizarre area of Roman Catholic doctrine is its confusing

position on saints.
Our source, the Bible, does not provide a Hall-of-Fame list of saints,
nor does it suggest that any of God's creations should be celebrated or
prayed to.

The Bible tells us that anyone who has placed his trust in Jesus Christ
for eternal salvation is a saint. We do not earn saint-hood status, nor is it a
superhero title that earthly man has the right to bestow.

How does the Apostle Paul address the church in Corinth in

2 Corinthians 1:1?

"Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our
brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which
are in all Achaia."

Notice that Paul's remarks are directed to all the saints—meaning

believers—in the city.

A visit to the Catholic Online site, the Saints & Angels section reveals
a lofty lineup of Vatican-selected saints in a manner that almost amuses.

There's a monster list of Vatican saints, with sub categories such as

"Popular Saints," "Patron Saints," "Saint of the Day," and "Saints-Fun-

Remember, a while back, when that popular salt-shaker-sized Saint

Christopher icon was affixed to the dashboards of many of the faithful?
Roman Catholics were urged to pray to him for travel safety.

He was the Patron Saint of Travel. Where did he go? Again we go to

Catholic Online: It reports,

"In 1969, the Church took a long look at all the saints on its calendar
to see if there was historical evidence that each saint existed and lived a life
of holiness.

In taking that long look, the Church discovered that there was little
proof that many "saints," including some very popular ones, ever lived.
Christopher was one of the names that were determined to have a
basis mostly in legend. Therefore, Christopher (and others) was dropped
from the universal calendar."

What, what!? That means that the many millions who prayed and
thanked Saint Christopher for traveling mercies prayed to someone who
never existed or at best was based on a legend.

Another lurch in the ever-shifting truth of the Roman Catholic


Where was the outrage from the sheep? The answer is that no one had
the guts to march into the Vatican and yell, "FRAUD!"

Is Roman Catholicism a Cult?

This might sound ridiculous, but a solid case could be made for
declaring the RCC a cult, alongside the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.

The commonly held definition of a cult is simply a belief system.

But more correctly, a cult is a group led by a dictatorial leader who demands
unquestioning adherence to his doctrines, which are generally taken from the
Scripture out of context.

This is true of the Roman Catholic Church. The RCC is headed by the
pope who, at times, claims to speak for almighty God. Papal edicts must be
obeyed, without question.

A trickle-down quasi political/religious system allows bishops, etc., to

oversea and spoon out lesser-important churchy decisions to its adherence.

The Church of Rome has a conveniently built-in loophole for

many of its unscriptural teachings by rejecting the Bible as being the
final authority of God's truth.

Protestants, by and large, hold that the Bible is the one-and-only truth
source, the Word of God.

The Church of Rome and other "cults" pluck off some or a lot of the
Bible, then adds to it.
What About the Protestants?

Because of the tough stance here against the doctrines of the Church
of Rome, am I suggesting the Protestants have it right?

The word denomination is not in the Bible, so therefore is moot. In the

Bible, followers of Jesus Christ are called Christians, not Roman Catholics
or Protestants.

However, it is abundantly clear that many (likely most) mainstream

Protestant denominations miss the boat, as well, with respect to how to get
to Heaven.

Many Protestant pastors, do not—emphasize do not—preach clear

Bible teachings, nor do they warn of a judgmental God and eternal Heaven
and Hell awaiting us all beyond death.

Instead of biblical emphasis on the urgency to get right with God on

his terms now, too often thin social soup is served up to the pew dwellers.

Yes, Satan is doing a brisk business through many "churches" today,

where a sin-thin message—which began in the Garden of Eden when Adam
and Eve chose to believe Satan's sly lie—is being lapped up by gullible

May God lead us all.