From Sandy Simpson’s website- Deception in The Church: summaries of most of the heresies that are taught by the Roman Catholic Church. Click on each title to go the website’s summary:
Introduction from John Paul II
Tradition Is Equal With Scripture
Interpretation Of The Bible Is To Be Done Only By The Pope And Bishops
Mary is: Sinless, a Perpetual Virgin, the Mother of God, the Queen Of Heaven, the Co-Redeemer with Christ
Doctrines of the Rosary And Prayers To Mary
Salvation Only Comes Through The Catholic Church
All Grace Comes Through The Catholic Church
No Christian Unity Apart From The Catholic Church
Salvation Includes The Muslims
The Doctrine Of The Supremacy Of The Pope
Prayers From The Dead
Prayers For The Dead
Salvation Comes Through Baptism
Infants Are Born Again Through Baptism
Penance Necessary For Salvation
The Church Can Forgive Sins
Doctrine Of Purgatory
Doctrines Of Indulgences And Good Works For The Dead
Sacraments And Liturgy Communicate Grace
Sacraments Are Necessary For Salvation
The Mass Is A Re-Sacrifice Of Christ
The Mass Is A Conversion Of Bread And Wine Into The Very Christ
Priest Has Supernatural Power To Convert The Bread And Wine Into Christ
Mass Conducted In Communion With The Dead
Elements Of The Mass To Be Worshipped And Carried In Processions
All Sins Must Be Confessed To A Priest
Forgiveness Of Sins And Escape From Purgatory Through Indulgences
Salvation Through The Good Works Of The “Saints”
Veneration Of Relics
Veneration Of Images
This is but a few of the heresies taught by the Catholic Church, as evident in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It may be that you do not agree with her teachings. Friend, if that is your case, then you have but one option. You must separate yourself from those that teach such heresies. We are commanded by God’s Word to separate from them, Romans 16:17 states, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” If you are not sure about where you stand, then I urge you to pray to God, and ask Him to open your eyes to this His truth. He will lead you to the truth.
The Catholic Church has, for centuries now, lead many down that broad road that leads to destruction. Remember, the Word of God teaches that few will find the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal. Matthew 7:13-14 states, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” The majority of the world is on the broad road to Hell. Throughout the centuries many have been martyred at her hand. I use the word “her” because that is how the catechisms refer to the Catholic Church. God does refer to a universal (Catholic) feminine gender church in the book of Revelation. There are approximately 1259 references to the Catholic Church in the feminine gender found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These are words such as “she”, “her”, and the “Holy Mother Church”. God never refers to His church in the feminine ginder, but He does refer to the great whore that made all nations drunk with HER wicked doctrine. Read the following verses:
Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters (she is all over the world).
Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth (she had a world-wide influence) with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand (she persecuted God’s servants).
Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
I believe that history will prove that the Church of Rome is this great whore spoken of in Revelation. Anyone wanting to know the history of the Catholic Church can go to any public library, and find many historical books on the Inquisition, and the Dark Ages. The brutality of the Catholic Church can be clearly seen through secular history alone. I suggest that one who wants to read more about those martyred for Christ sake, read Fox’s Book of Martyrs, by John Fox. This is a historical book written in the 1500’s. The English is a little hard to read at times, but it is a very graphic account of those who were beaten, brutally tortured, fed to the lions, and burned at the stake for holding fast the name of Jesus Christ. You would do well to read this book.
I want to reiterate what I said at the beginning of this study. Catholics are not my enemy. Satan is my enemy, and by the way, he is your enemy too! I love Catholics, just as I love all mankind. I do not want to see anybody deceived, nor, do I want to see anybody die and go to Hell. If I didn’t care, I would not try to persuade you otherwise, but the Bible states in 2 Corinthians 5:11, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” Also, in Jude 1:22-23, it states, “ And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
God’s plan of salvation is very simple. There is only one way to Heaven, and that is by placing your faith and trust in the hands of Jesus Christ. John 14:6 states, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Over and over again in this study I have shown how the Bible, the Word of God, teaches that salvation comes by faith in the Lord Jesus, and not by works, that it is a free gift not to be earned. If you have observed closely, you will notice that throughout the catechisms I have referenced, they teach that there are many ways of salvation, in which many claim to be “necessary for salvation.” They teach that salvation comes through the Church, through baptism, through the Eucharist, through Mary, through indulgences, and it goes on, and on, and on. It sounds like a broad road to me.
My purpose in writing this is to point people to Jesus Christ. I’m not trying to point you to the Baptist Church, but I am trying to get you out of an apostate church. It is Christ that I want you to see. Maybe you are one who has trusted Christ, but have been brought up in the false doctrine of the Catholic Church, and you have not grown in the Lord. I am not saying that one cannot be saved because one maybe a Catholic. What I am saying is, that one cannot get saved believing and trusting in their doctrine, because it is not the Gospel, rather it is “another gospel.” If you are saved, you got saved by trusting in the finished work of Christ, the Gospel. Maybe you are one that has never truly trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal savior. God has given you the faith to trust Him, Romans 12:3b states, “…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” I urge you to listen to that small still voice inside that is speaking to you. That is the Holy Spirit of God calling you. Use the faith He has given you to call upon Him, and trust Him. Romans 10:13 states, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Once you have done this, I urge you to ask God to lead you to a good Bible believing Church that lifts up the name of Jesus and goes after the souls of men to win them to Christ. If there is anything that I can do to help make things clearer please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at the e-Mail address given below.
May the Lord light your pathway.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ( John 8:32)