It used to be the Catholic church taught that only baptized Catholics who participated regularly in the sacraments could have a chance of going to Heaven. My, how things have changed! These days the church teaches that the Separated Brethren, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and members of every other religion can merit Heaven if they “seek the true God given the light they have received.” Pope Francis has said EVEN ATHEISTS can make it to Heaven if they obey their conscience and lead a “good” life.
Catholicism is a mixture of sacramental grace and merit. While Catholics give lip service to grace and faith they teach that people must ultimately “cooperate with grace” and merit their salvation. Since good works are the deciding factor in the Catholic “gospel,” it follows that they finally conceded that followers of other works-righteous religions, and even non-believers, would merit Heaven if they were also “good.”
But pope Francis’s wide-is-the-way Catholic “gospel” has nothing in common with the Gospel found in the New Testament. The Bible says no one is “good,” which is why Jesus Christ came.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” – 1 Timothy 1:15
We can’t save ourselves by being “good.” Here’s 101 Bible verses that teach salvation is NOT by works:
Who are we to believe, Francis’s wide-is-the-way “gospel” of “If you can’t be Catholic just be good!” or God’s Word? Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Trust in Him, not your own merit.
“He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” – Acts 16:30-31
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
The pope’s wide-is-the-way “gospel” offends no one except for genuine followers of Jesus Christ.
“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21-23