Everything surrounding the Catholic Church is focused on earning (via works and/or money) one’s way to heaven. The Bible says you can’t earn it, no matter what you do, and that salvation is a gift that cannot be bought.
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. -Romans 5:18
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. -Romans 6:23
The Bible clearly tells us that the wages of sin is death. Death is the price of sin. However, the Catholic Church has been working very hard to convince people that the wages of sin is works, and that suffering for a finite period of time is the price of sin.
“Hence, to those who work well unto the end and trust in God, eternal life is to be offered, both as a grace mercifully promised to the sons of God through Christ Jesus, and as a reward promised by God himself, to be faithfully given to their good works and merits… by those very works which have been done in God, fully satisfied the divine law according to the state of this life, and to have truly merited eternal life…” -Henry Joseph Schroeder, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, 1941, p. 41, ISBN: 9780895550743
The Catholic Church teaches the opposite of what the New Testament teaches us. Catholicism teaches that it is not by faith alone, but through your works and merits that you earn eternal life.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. -Romans 3:20
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: -Romans 3:23-24
The Bible is very clear that after the Lord Jesus Christ went to the cross, salvation is by faith alone, and no amount of works will save you. Christ bears our sin, and infuses HIS righteousness in us. We do not merit our Salvation through deeds (works) of the law:
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. -Romans 3:28
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. -Romans 4:5
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. -Romans 11:6
The Catholic Church wants you to believe that you can work off your own debt. This removes the grace of Christ, and replaces it with the impossible task of working off eternal punishment:
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. -Romans 4:4
It is faith alone that justifies us through Jesus Christ. The wages of sin is death, but how can one pay for death without death? How can one pay for his eternal punishment without suffering eternal punishment? Therefore those who die believing in the works they’ve done will be throw into the lake of fire.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. -Galatians 2:16
Simply put, Christ paid the price of death for us. So we can either undertake the impossible task of paying the debt ourselves by works of the law, or Jesus Christ can pay it for us via faith.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. -Romans 10:4
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. -Romans 9:31-32
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: -Phillipians 3:9
Let’s look closer at what the Catholic Church teaches: “To gain indulgences, the work prescribed must be done… From the most ancient times… good works were also offered to God for the salvation of sinners, particularly the works which human weakness finds hard… Indeed, the prayers and good works of holy people were regarded as of such great value that it could be asserted that the penitent was washed, cleansed and redeemed with the help of the entire Christian people.” -Henry Joseph Schroeder, Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1988, p. 68, ISBN: 9780918344151
Again, we see the Catholic Church believes that the sinners can only be saved through the help of the church by doing the work they say needs to be done. Catholicism attempts to put a patent on salvation.
“If any one saith, that the good works of one that is justified are in such manner the gifts of God, as that they are not also the good merits of him that is justified; or, that the said justified, by the good works which he performs through the grace of God and the merit of Jesus Christ, whose living member he is, does not truly merit increase of grace, eternal life, and the attainment of that eternal life, if so be, however, that he depart in grace, and also an increase of glory; let him be anathema.” -James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #32, p. 48-49, ISBN: 9780766138414
As you can see, even though I showed Bible verses that directly say that salvation is not by our own merits and works, the Catholic Church curses to damnation and destruction all people (like myself) who teach the truth of the Word of God.
“If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema.” -James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #12, p. 46, ISBN: 9780766138414
...we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. -Galatians 2:16
“If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.” -James Waterworth, Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Ecumenical Council of Trent, 2003 Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, Canon #24, p. 47, ISBN: 9780766138414
If you’re a Catholic reading this, please understand that if you don’t believe what is written by the Council of Trent, you are cursed to damnation and destruction by the very church you attend! To have a following of strict believers in the Catholic Church that have been convinced that it is by their own works and their own merit that one gets a ticket to heaven (that’s what Trent means when it says, “attainment of eternal life“), makes for a very vunerable laity that are easily taken advantage of by those that seek to abuse the labor of its members.
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If you are a Catholic, we must recognize that this is the doctrine your church believes, practices, and teaches, as stated from their own ruling documents. If their doctrine troubles you, then it would be wise to disassociate yourself with that religion, and get involved in a church that believes the New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.