Are some Roman Catholics Christians?

I ran across a critical comment on Word Press the other day from an ecumenical evangelical, something to the effect of, “there are jerks out there who put forth the idea that all Catholics are not Christians.”

The comment was not directed to me personally, but I’d like to take this opportunity to respond to it.

I do acknowledge that there are some hardcore fundamentalists out there who claim there are no Catholics who are Christians, but I am not one them. Please allow me to explain.

Attending or becoming a member of a particular denominational church, whether it be Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, etc., doesn’t make anyone a Christian. Every person must individually repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior by faith alone. No one is “grandfathered” into the body of Christ. But some churches are more helpful in pointing people to Christ than others. And there are some churches that are outright hindrances to salvation. Some churches preach the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and those in attendance are able to hear the Gospel and respond to the invitation to accept Christ. Other churches do not preach the Gospel and do not invite attendees/members to receive Christ by faith alone.

The Roman Catholic church teaches a false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. It’s a complicated system with many tangents, but a succinct summary of Catholic salvation is that a person must be baptized and then participate in the church’s sacraments as required, to receive graces so they can successfully obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and remain in a mortal-sinless “state of grace” so as to hopefully merit Heaven when they die. No Catholic will deny that works play a major role in meriting/achieving salvation. None of that is the Gospel.

Now back to the original issue. Are there some people who identify as Catholics who are blood-bought, born-again Christians? I believe there are. There are some Catholics who were somehow exposed to the Gospel of grace, maybe by reading a book or the Bible, or watching a television show, or attending an evangelical service, or conversing with a Christian friend, and they genuinely accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone. There are other Catholics, perhaps, who became so spiritually exhausted with Catholicism’s works-righteousness treadmill, that they threw themselves at the feet of Christ and asked Him to save them, much like the repentant thief on the cross and the repentant tax collector in Luke 18:9-14. These Catholics have, in essence, become Christians in spite of their church. Some of these new-born Christians leave the Catholic church immediately because they understand Catholic doctrine is not compatible with the Gospel. Others linger. Some out of fear. Some out of ignorance. Some out of stubbornness. But as they continue to read and study God’s Word and are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, they will eventually leave. God’s Word and Catholic doctrine are irreconcilable.

So, I would absolutely NOT claim that “all Catholics are not Christians.” There are some Catholics who are saved in spite of their church. There are many good Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches that preach the Gospel, and there are many bad Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches that don’t preach the Gospel (most of the bad ones belong to liberal, mainline denominations). But in regards to Catholic churches, there are ZERO good ones because NONE preach the Gospel of grace.


Is Catholicism a false religion? Are Catholics saved?
https://www.gotquestions.org/catholicism.html

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26 thoughts on “Are some Roman Catholics Christians?

      1. Amen! What a Gift! We see through a glass darkly now, but when I open my eyes in glory, I anticipate crying like a baby for about ten years in joy and gratitude to the Savior!

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  1. Very fairly and reasonable done, Tom. I wish sometimes when we talk about the Catholic church, we would explain it in that way. Even in our work, too many preachers just present as if being Catholic in and of itself rules out the possibility of salvation. Sadly, presenting it that way is in itself preaching the idea that one must do certain things, or belong to certain organizations to be saved. They undo their own understanding of grace and salvation when they preach it without explaining just why it is a problem. Well done, brother.

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    1. Thanks, brother. Catholics in general don’t have a lot of Biblical knowledge or understanding of their church’s theology, so a Catholic could genuinely accept Christ by faith alone and continue attending mass thinking they’re doing just fine. But a person who is genuinely trusting in Christ alone will find it increasingly difficult to hear a priest talk about the lifelong process of trying to achieve salvation via the sacraments and good works.

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  2. I lingered until the Holy Spirit just would NOT allow me to stay any longer. I had hoped “I” could change there way of thinking. ALL GLORY AND HONOR TO GOD! My husband is staying with his mom and dad for the week` they are “hard core” practicing catholics. His dad has cancer. I am so HAPPY that God worked it out under “strange” circumstances that only my hubby (out of 7 siblings) could go be with his mom and his dad this week! He said that he has had opportunity to witness to him ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Praise the Lord for leading us out of chains! I’m sorry your father-in-law is ill, but I praise God the your husband was able to witness. I pray for your in-laws that they accept Christ!

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      1. Yes and this morning that same thought hit me and brought me to tears! We so need to keep on keeping on and encouraging each other and not let the devil whisper lies in our ears…he can’t have us back~ God already has us where we need to be~with HIM! He is our ROCK and our SALVATION! HALLELUJAH!

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    1. Thanks, Hope! I appreciate the encouragement. 🙂 I haven’t really considered writing a book, but maybe that’s where the Lord is leading. These days there are many more opportunities with Create Space and ebooks.

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  3. This was a very nuanced post and good explanation Tom! I like this part that you wrote: ” There are other Catholics, perhaps, who became so spiritually exhausted with Catholicism’s works-righteousness treadmill, that they threw themselves at the feet of Christ and asked Him to save them, much like the repentant thief on the cross and the repentant tax collector in Luke 18:9-14. These Catholics have, in essence, become Christians in spite of their church” I think you captured it well that if any Catholics are saved it is inspite of Romanism and not because of it

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    1. Thanks, Jim! I’ve seen articles from fundamentalists that said a Catholic who accepts Christ will immediately leave the RCC, but believers are at different levels of Biblical knowledge and obedience. Catholics who accept Christ will find it increasingly difficult to remain as they get deeper into the Word. Unfortunately, ecumenical evangelicals have brought great confusion into this exodus journey by embracing Rome.

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  4. I think what often happens for Catholics is they feel put upon & dependent on cultural background etc it can be very triggering to read/hear anti Catholic stuff. For indigenous Irish it is not that long ago (na troibloid/the troubles) that our ppl were subjugated slaughtered etc or as a ex Brit soldier said “… any Catholic would do”… So I am aware of cultures who are steeped in Catholicism from womb to tomb, centuries of it Not just in Ireland but other countries (ie) Poland Phillipines and so forth The slyness of religion particularly Catholicism is that it wraps it inself into a culture and ways… Extricating one self from the Catholic religion can only happen when Holy Spirit reveals stuff on 1 to 1 basis. Your explaination is good – well written. As an ex Catholic I feel sickened and sad to my core at the deception of Catholicism… For Catholics to view Ex priest Irishman Richard Bennett unpacks the great deception… I found it really painful listening to him because experientially one sees the horror of satan and how he uses religion… To conclude I dont trust any church or christian religion They are all ultimately agenda ridden On yer deathbed I assure you your religious idenitification will mean nought. Working in terminal care for years I saw alot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr7RQ7sITV8

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    1. Thanks for the comments, SMH, but I don’t understand your last comment about not “trusting any church or christian religion.” We are to place our trust and faith in Christ alone and His Word alone. As long as people and churches adhere to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, I’m fine with them. If they deviate from the Gospel, they’re to be ignored. Identifying with Christ by accepting Him as Savior by faith alone will mean absolutely everything on your deathbed and mine. But I don’t have to wait until my deathbed. My relationship with Christ means everything to me right now!

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      1. I agree with what you wrote. What i meant was all the churches & i mean all have been infilitrated by satanic ideologies & dare i say it individuals who are so far from the truth of Christ yet wear the titles of pastor deacon and so forth. It is terrifying really. Last year i encountered a minister who is new age… i felt like vomiting at the deception he is into & that he is paid to minister the truth not lies but he is inside a lie…

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