WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION? RE-BLOGGED by PJM

 

 My Dear friends and fellow Bloggers. As you by now likely know, I am a Catholic; more than that, I am a Catholic Apologetic s Teacher; and more than that I am a Trained and Certified “Marian Catechist”; {It can be GOOGLED}, a Lay Apostolate approved by Rome and founded by Father John A. Hardon S. J.; one of the most esteemed Theologians of the 20th Century. This Lay-Apostolate was formed to share, teach and when necessary defend our Catholic Faith. I actually take and renew a Vow every year in front of a Priest and the Blessed Sacrament Tabernacle {Jesus Himself} where I commit to share the fullness of our Catholic Faith and defend it when necessary.

A recent POST by my good friend [Truly a good friend], POSTED an article espousing “Salvation by Faith Alone”, which actually contradicts what the Bible rightly understood and in its entirety actually teaches; so I feel compelled to offer for your careful and prayerful reflection an article by a Source more qualified than I; and more detailed than I would be. Site information included below.

This might be the most important series you read all year; I urge you to view it carefully, prayerfully {Open to the Holy Spirit} and read it in its entirety. I AM NOT in the conversion “business” and I have several times shared with Pete. That is God’s exclusive territory. I AM though in the TRUTH business, and it is in that vein that I share this series for possible enlightenment and edification.

I am sharing my personal E-Mail account for any questions these shared information may raise. Patrickmiron66@hotmail.com

 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 [16] ALL scripture, {is} inspired of God,{and} is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, [17] That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.”

 This teaching is that the entire Bible is to be used in discerning God’s Divine and Perfect Will for each of us. There is always inherent danger in trying to be an entire Faith-belief system on one; or even a few carefully culled verses; when God would have us use the entirety of His WORDS.

Also as a FYI, in-case someone has never given this point the consideration it deserves; the Bible is a Catholic Birthed Book. Historically provable.

Exegetes agree that the Bible was fully authored by the end of the 1st Century.

[1] From the time of Christ Resurrection until 1054 AD & the Great Eastern Schism the only True Christians to exist on planet Earth were the 1st Catholics.

[2] It was Early Catholic Fathers who, guided by the Holy Spirit; amidst much debate and discernment choose the 46 OT books to be included.

[3] Then is was men, known today be among the first “Catholics” who authored the ENTIRE NT; six of whom were Apostles: Matthew, John, Peter, James, and Paul and Jude; so by the AUTHORS intent [NOT God’s], the Bibles was assembled and authored by Catholics and Originally thought to be exclusively FOR Catholics, who could not have foreseen either the11th Century Schism, nor the 16th Century “Reformation.” That God foresaw the Reformation and grants its use by non-Catholic-Christians 1500 years later, to find application in it is powerful evidence that the Bible is an Inspired by GOD Work.

With only one exception this series is quoted in FULL from the site below.

I have Titled this Series:

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION?

PART ONE OF Five 02/25/2018

 Justification BY faith ALONE REFUTED

http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/catholicchurch/faith-alone-refuted-by-the-bible/#.WpNHeOjwZPZ

 The overwhelming majority of Protestants believe that the Bible teaches that people are justified (put into a state in which they will be saved) by faith alone in Jesus – i.e., apart from a consideration of their actions, deeds or sins.  Most of them also believe in “once saved always saved” or eternal security: that a man who believes in Jesus cannot lose his eternal salvation.  These ideas are false and completely contrary to the teaching of the Bible.  Let’s look at the proof.  After that, I will respond to objections.

 James 2:24- “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

 In Matthew chapter 5, we find the parable about cutting off one’s hand or eye to avoid Hell.

Matthew 5:29-30– “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee… And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

This parable, which obviously refers to cutting off occasions of sins – things in life that will drag people into offenses against God – only has a meaning if sins and works are a part of determining whether one attains salvation.  By cutting off sinful things and bad works, one will save his soul.  Man’s sins and works are therefore a part of his justification.  If man were justified by faith alone, this parable would not make any sense whatsoever.

 NOT ALL WHO SAY “LORD, LORD” ENTER HEAVEN, BUT HE THAT DOES THE WILL OF GOD

Matthew 7:21-23- “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Here we see that he who “doeth” the will of God will enter Heaven, not all who consider Jesus to be the Lord.  Then Jesus emphasizes the point by stating that you must do what He says to be His.

Matthew 7:24-27– “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock… And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

How clear does it have to be?  It’s a matter of whether you hear His words and do them.  It’s not by faith alone.

YOU MUST PERSEVERE TO THE END TO BE SAVED

Matthew 10:22- “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

This totally contradicts the Protestant view of “once saved always saved.”  Also see Mark 13:13 for the same message.

  1. PAUL SAYS THAT HE COULD BECOME A CASTAWAY

1 Corinthians 9:24-27- “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

St. Paul says that he fears he could become a “castaway.”  The word “castaway” (in 1 Cor. 9:27) is translated from the Greek word adokimos.  Adokimos is translated as “reprobate” in 2 Timothy 3:8 and in Romans 1:28.  It describes lost souls, mortal sinners, apostates, and those who are outside the state of justification and/or outside the faith of Jesus.

In 2 Timothy 3:8, it is used to describe evil people who “resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith” (King James Version).  These are obviously not people who are in a state of justification or on the road to Heaven.

 MORTAL SINNERS, INCLUDING FORNICATORS, DRUNKARDS, ADULTERERS, ETC., WILL NOT INHERIT HEAVEN

Galatians 5:19-21- “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11– “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 These passages pose big problems for those who believe in justification by faith alone and/or eternal security.  The Bible teaches that mortal sins (grave sins) destroy the state of justification.  It teaches that grave sins put people in a state in which they will be excluded from the Kingdom of God.  This coincides with the Catholic teaching that a believer can lose the state of justification and be damned if he or she commits a mortal sin (e.g., fornication, drunkenness, looking at pornography, etc.) and dies in that state.

Now, in light of these passages, Protestants have a problem.  If all who commit mortal sins lose their justification, faith-alone Protestants would have to say that no true believer commits mortal sins.  This response doesn’t work, however, as we will see.  There are millions of supposed “Christians” who say they have been “saved” by faith in Jesus.  A countless number of them get drunk, fornicate, cheat, steal, etc.  In other words, they commit clear mortal sins which the Bible says destroy the state of justification.

Since the Bible clearly says that mortal sins destroy justification, faith-alone Protestants are forced into arguing that all those “believers” who commit mortal sins were not true believers.  They must admit that the “assurance” of justification/salvation which those people thought they had by “faith alone” was an illusion, a deception.  They didn’t really have true “saving” faith, according to them, even though they thought they did.

 Since the Bible clearly says that mortal sins destroy justification, faith-alone Protestants are forced into arguing that all those “believers” who commit mortal sins were not true believers.  They must admit that the “assurance” of justification/salvation which those people thought they had by “faith alone” was an illusion, a deception.  They didn’t really have true “saving” faith, according to them, even though they thought they did.

However, this response – that a “REAL” believer cannot commit the mortal sins which the Bible says exclude from salvation – is refuted by the next verse we will see.  It proves that people who definitely had true “saving” faith and were justified could also commit those mortal sins.  If they did, they would lose justification.

EPHESIANS 5:5-8 PROVES THAT IT’S POSSIBLE FOR TRUE BELIEVERS TO COMMIT MORTAL SINS AND LOSE THEIR SALVATION FOR SUCH SINS – THIS DEMOLISHES THE IDEA OF JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE AND ETERNAL SECURITY

Ephesians 5:5-8- “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.”

This is a fascinating passage.

St. Paul first mentions a number of mortal sins, and states that those who do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.  We saw this above with the passages in Galatians 5 and 1 Corinthians 6:9.  As stated already, the common (and only possible) Protestant response to this is that no true believer could commit such sins which destroy the state of justification.

Well, the above passage clearly teaches that justified believers could commit those grave sins.  St. Paul warns them in Ephesians 5:7 to “Be not ye therefore partakers with them”!  Therefore, the believers could be partakers with the mortal sinners!  And if there is any doubt that he is including authentic believers in that warning, he speaks of them as those who are now “light in the Lord” (true believers).

Therefore, those who are “light in the Lord” could be “partakers” with the mortal sinners and in the mortal sins which destroy justification.  This without any doubt refutes justification by faith alone and “once saved always saved.”  Let no man deceive you with vain words such as “justification by faith alone”!

END OF PART ONE: 02/25/2018

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION?

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