2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I can say from personal experience of 4 plus decades, that one is NOT being Spiritually equipped by going to RCC Mass, studying Roman Catholicism, participation in RCC sacraments, studying the Catholic Catechism or Councils.
Roman Catholicism is the antithesis to Scripture and I do not say this as a baseless opinion, but as a fact. Every Roman Catholic in a debate will attack Scripture’s complete and total sufficiency to equip the child of God. Scripture is NOT encouraged in Roman Catholicism, it is not exhorted either. It is merely used as a prop, a reference guide when and if only needed.
1 Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons”
Roman Catholicism does equip the Roman Catholic, but ONLY in the world religion of Catholicism. The Roman Catholic views this false version of Christianity as the truth, with the basis or standard of this truth through what is called circular reasoning, an invalid premise.
Since Scripture is NOT equipping the Roman Catholic, it is the church, so the circle goes like this. When asked how does a Catholic know that the RCC is the one true church, they will basically reply “the church told me so”. This is called circular reasoning and is invalid because the circle is not ending in the ultimate authority of Scripture.
2 Corinthians 11:13 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.”
When confronted with the truth in Scripture showing its complete sufficiency because ultimate authorities are naturally self authenticating, it is rejected for the teaching of the RCC. You won’t find biblically based Roman Catholics, but you will ALWAYS find extra biblical based Roman Catholics. Their appeal will always be OUTSIDE of Scripture, to early church fathers for example, to councils, to mystical things they have been taught by the RCC and to worldly rationalizations such as “we are a large historical church” or the emotional appeal that the RCC is a generous and charitable organization.
The fact of the matter, the Roman Catholic is NOT being equipped for every good work as Paul stated, because Scripture is not being used in this equipping. The majority of Roman Catholics could not tell you where their Bible is or have not opened one in years. What you will find littered in a Roman Catholic’s home is Roman Catholic literature. Be that books such as from false teacher Scott Hahn, Roman Catholic magazines, Roman Catholic books on saints, Marian prayer booklets or pamphlets, etc. The Bible is NOT the standard for the truth for the Roman Catholic.
Matthew 7:17, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”
It is why a Roman Catholic will ignorantly argue for days, weeks, months, about Mary and her supposed mediation on their behalf. It is why they celebrate extra biblical feast days for Mary, why they would believe in a fictional place called purgatory, why they would not place their faith alone in Jesus Christ and add their works to their salvation, why a hocus pocus transubstantiation ritual is believed. Scripture does NOT support these RCC doctrines so Scripture must be rejected or cast off as irrelevant.
A Christian immersed in Scripture, being equipped by Scripture, knows without A SINGLE DOUBT that Roman Catholicism is teaching a false gospel. That the RCC false gospel cannot save a sinner.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
This serves as a WAKE UP CALL to Roman Catholics. Your very eternal life is at stake here. Stop your appeals to emotionalism, worldly ignorance, and TEST your doctrines by Scripture. Scripture does not need to meet your doctrines, rather your doctrines and belief MUST meet Scripture’s standard! God freely revealed His promises in Scripture, it is the way He gave us to unmask every false teacher and every false religion.
The church is the pillar and foundation of the TRUTH. A pillar and foundation are static structures, a SUPPORT mechanism for the truth. Where is the truth contained? Scripture! The truth is not contained in sinners or in worldly institutions. This is called basic logic. The church upholds and supports the truth, it does not invent the truth nor create the truth!
Dear Catholics, if you have read this and argued with me in your mind, your argument is not with me, but with God Himself. It is He you will answer to as to why you freely rejected Scripture for your false doctrines of which you were either too lazy or too proud to discern!
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”