Trying to nail down the elusive Catholic “gospel”

It’s a question that’s on the back of most everyone’s mind, even atheists if they were honest: “What’s going to happen to me after I die?” The vast majority of people on this planet believe in some kind of afterlife and they generally believe that “good” people will go to a good place (and most people would claim they are “good”) and “bad” people will go to a bad place.

If you were to ask 100 Roman Catholics how to get to the good place – Heaven – probably around 70 to 80 would answer something along the lines of, by being a “good” person. The remainder, who take their religion more seriously, would attempt to briefly describe the complicated salvation process put forward by their church: Get baptized, receive the sacraments, cooperate with sacramental grace by obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules and performing works of charity, and hope at the end that they’ve done enough to merit entrance to Heaven or, at least, to purgatory.

Because the Catholic concept of salvation is a complicated, lifelong process with many caveats and pitfalls, it’s very difficult to find a succinct summary of “How to get to Heaven” or How to be saved” on a Catholic website. After all, Catholicism has 1752 Canon Laws and 2865 numbered paragraphs in its official catechism.

Because clear and succinct explanations of the Catholic process of salvation are soooooo hard to come by, I really do appreciate the 2013 article below from Catholic apologist, Brantly Millegan; “What must I do to be saved?” I enthusiastically invite my Christian brethren and sistren to check out this 1800-word article. After reading Millegan’s account, do you really think the Catholic system in any way resembles the simple yet profound Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone?

“Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe (πιστεύω. Greek transliteration: pisteuō – to believe, put one’s faith in, trust) in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31

Roman Catholics are a mission field, my friends.


What must I do to be saved?
By Catholic apologist, Brantly Millegan
https://aleteia.org/2013/01/17/what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/

“Faith alone will not save a person. To attain salvation, a person must, in response to God’s grace, fulfill the following: believe in God, put his faith in Jesus, repent of his sins, be baptized, remain within the fold of the Church, hope in God, persevere in charity, and finally, die in a state of grace….”

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6 thoughts on “Trying to nail down the elusive Catholic “gospel”

  1. The Millegan article is great. Thanks!

    Isn’t this blog and all of this energy put towards turning people away from the Catholic Church a “work” that you feel is integral to your salvation? Aren’t you showing that faith alone is not enough?

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    1. Your approval of this article is obviously no surprise to me. Works-religion appeals to the self-righteous. But the article should certainly give pause to those who embrace the Gospel of grace and also embrace Catholics as Christians.

      RE: “Isn’t this blog and all of this energy put towards turning people away from the Catholic Church a “work” that you feel is integral to your salvation?”

      You are certainly spiritually blind. The effort I put into this blog is to turn people away from Catholicism’s false gospel to Jesus Christ. Not one second of the time I spend on this contributes to my salvation. That was all accomplished by my Savior.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. Yes, the amount of legalism tied up with ritual is striking. People outside of Catholicism have no idea. I searched a very long time on the internet trying to find a short summary of the Catholic salvation process, which is very telling all by itself. In contrast, I can find hundreds of short Gospel invitations from Christian sources in the time it takes to type “plan of salvation.”

      It’s such a shame that so many evangelicals have been lulled into believing Catholicism is a Christian entity. This Catholic apologist is pretty upfront about his church’s works gospel.

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      1. Right. The trend has been to emphasize the “grace” part of their system, as in sacramental “grace,” and to obscure the necessary works/merit portion by saying it’s all by grace. Back when I was in Catholic school the nuns didn’t obfuscate; it was all about obeying the Ten Commandments and church rules to merit Heaven with help from sacramental grace of course.

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