The words are the same as those uttered in a biblically based Christian church, but they have a totally different meaning when those same words are taught in the Roman Catholic Church. I can say that because I was a Roman Catholic for 38 years of my life, and I can tell you about the error I was taught and believed before I was saved. After I was saved, I proclaimed the truth of God’s Word, and I have been doing so for more than 26 years.
1. Born Again
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that a person is born again when they are water baptized. This is the Roman Catholic teaching whether it is an infant that is baptized, or an adult who is baptized. (Just for the record, it’s not a Biblical type of baptizing. It’s a sprinkling of water on the forehead.)
I was baptized as an infant and for many years I really
thought I was born again, when in reality I was hell bound!
I was truly born again at the age of 38
when I repented and believed the true Gospel.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2. Receive the Holy Ghost
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that a person receives the Holy Ghost when they receive what the Roman Catholic Church calls the “sacrament of Confirmation.”
I was “confirmed” when I was around 12 years old. For many
years I really thought I had received the Holy Ghost when I
“made my Confirmation.” I was a lost soul who had believed a lie.
I truly received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of 38
when I repented of my sins and believed the true Gospel.
Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
A true Christian denomination would teach that Jesus Christ was the only mediator, but the Roman Catholic is taught to pray to “Mary”, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, and to ask for “Mary’s” intercession in their petitions to God.
For many years I prayed to “Mary”.
I expected “Mary” to answer my prayers.
When I was truly saved, and truly born again, I
knew that Jesus Christ was the one and only mediator.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
I say all this because a very bad soul damning situation is getting worse. Popular “preachers” are teaching that Roman Catholicism is a Christian denomination and that we are to embrace Catholics as brethren rather than evangelize them. They tell us there are differences, but they are minor differences. That is a lie.
I have only touched on three of Rome’s false teachings here. The bottom line is that Rome teaches “another gospel” and “another Jesus”.
How can any true Christian think that is a minor difference!
Is preaching “another gospel” a minor difference?
The days are dark brothers and sisters.
The word “doctrine” means “teaching.” The doctrine or teaching of the Bible tells us of our need of salvation, and it doesn’t leave us wondering how we can be saved. The doctrines of Jesus Christ are simply the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the teachings are certainly for every living person on the planet.
This is so basic regarding true Christianity, so “Christianity 101”, that we should be completely and totally amazed when preachers say that doctrine is unimportant or say in a negative way that doctrine divides!
Of course doctrine divides!
It divides the truth of God from the lies of Satan.
It divides the true prophet from the false prophet.
And it divides the believer from the unbeliever.
Love that denounces truth is not true love. It is a counterfeit love, devised by Satan, to lead many a soul into hell.
2 Timothy 4:3-5 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.