Some may read my posts about evangelicals preaching the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone versus Catholicism’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit and get the wrong idea. Sometimes I generalize to keep my messages simple but misunderstanding may result.
I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify my position a little bit.
Not everyone who sits in an evangelical church on a Sunday morning is a born-again Christian. Each person must accept Jesus Christ as Savior personally. Attending church never made anyone a Christian. In addition, some churches that label themselves as “evangelical” don’t do a very good job of preaching the Gospel.
On the other hand, there are certainly some Roman Catholics who have genuinely accepted Jesus as their Savior but still attend Catholic church with its false gospel because of fear of what friends and relatives will say if they leave or because they just don’t have a lot of knowledge when it comes to comparative theology. But I think it would be very difficult for anyone to genuinely accept Christ and stay within Catholicism for a long period of time because so much of Rome’s teaching is antithetical to the Gospel of grace.
The bottom line is there’s a very good chance you’re going to hear the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone if you attend an evangelical church this Sunday. There’s ZERO chance you’ll hear the Gospel if you attend a Catholic church.