The Catholic Liturgical Library

Interesting article on Kneeling and the holding of hands during the Our Father
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Can The Sinners Prayer And/or Your Faith Alone Guarantee Your Salvation?

This question has been debated since the Protestant reformation for over 500 years.

The corresponding question is; Can it really be that easy? That all I have to do is believe in The Lord Jesus Christ, accept him as my personal lord and savior who died for our sins once and for all, and thereby no other conditions are necessary to retain our salvation.

Have you ever been handed the sinners prayer pamphlet outside of a mall or perhaps stuffed under your vehicles windshield wiper, or even approached by someone asking if you have been saved?

Chances are in some manner you probably have been exposed to this prayer tract. Whether by print, audio, video or by a personal confrontation, their purpose is to discern if you have been saved or not, depending on your circumstance, it may lead to an opportunity for them to offer you an invitation to accept Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior. They will then ask you to recite the sinner’s prayer track with a sincere heart, and then at the conclusion of the prayer you are now saved by virtue of your faith alone.

What is it that attracts people to this idea that all you need to do is to believe in Jesus Christ to gain your salvation?

Is it because no good deeds are necessary; there is no obligation to adhere to all the sacraments established by Christ, no desire or obligation to honour his mother, the most Blessed Virgin Mary. Instead of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary through prayer or devotion after all she is the Mother of God, through whom salvation entered the world. Many choose to admire, respect and celebrate their favorite hockey, football or baseball hero’s and movie stars, even though they made no contribution to your salvation, you give them much more attention. No need for the sacraments as the church established by Christ celebrates them; there is no need to do any good works to accompany your faith.

Some may say this is taking the easy way out, but I would say that they are trying to get the easy way in! To get into heaven you need to retain your salvation, and yes you can lose it, take the fallen angels for an example!

If there is nothing to do but have faith alone, how much easier can it get?

This phrase of your personal Lord and Savior is used as a sort of gimmick in the sense that it is utilized as a kind of sales pitch, (buy this car and get free oil changes) or (have faith alone and you will be saved).

Even though this phrase has been around for over a hundred years it has only recently been widely circulated since around the 1950’s to the present.

Prominent evangelical leaders like Billy Graham have used this man made doctrine of salvation by faith alone and the sinner’s prayer as tools for evangelization. These evangelicals that profess this doctrine of salvation by faith alone with or without the use of the sinner’s prayer are offering a half filled cup of truth.

The process used to validate scripture and support this doctrine, is accomplished by their fallible interpretations of specific passages and cherry picking bible verses, and quoting and manipulating them out of context.

By ignoring the majority of passages that confirm salvation is gained by the grace of God alone, accompanied by faith and works and not by faith alone, may result in the loss of one’s salvation.

Having a personal relationship with Christ and to love God with all your heart, mind and soul should be the ultimate mission and goal of any Christian.

To be sure it takes much more than a simple prayer formula and profession of faith to gain your salvation, it’s just not that easy.

Could it really be that easy?

It may seem so if you believe in the doctrine of sola fide (salvation by faith alone). The problem is that being saved or in other words gaining your salvation by faith alone is not scripturally supported, and is as a matter of fact a man-made doctrine compliments of Martin Luther who invented the idea and professed it by his own authority in the 16th century.

With this personal relationship with Christ they believe that they are assured salvation by their profession of faith alone, no need to do any good works such as caring for the less fortunate, let alone any other charitable or moral obligation to care for those in distress. The problem is that they may choose do these things, but they don’t have to, you don’t even have give any importance or reverence for the petitions in the Lord’s prayer “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” because they believe their salvation is guaranteed by their faith alone, there is no obligation to forgive anybody.

But what does Jesus say Matthew 6:15, “But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions”. If your transgressions (sins) are not forgiven then you lose your salvation, (Forgiving is a work as much as feeding and clothing the poor is a work). James 2:24 “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone”.  James 2 :26 “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead”.

According to Jesus, the teaching authority of the Apostles and the Catholic Church, salvation is not that easy to obtain, it takes much more than just believing in God.

Let’s look at the literal history of the Exodus: the Ten Commandments were given to Gods people for a reason, after all the Commandments are a list of works, things we should and should not do, otherwise what would have been the purpose for Moses to receive the Ten Commandments.

This false doctrine of salvation by faith alone essentially renders the exodus out of Egypt and their journey to the Promised Land as meaningless.

Now remember what happened to the many believers who grew impatient with Moses waiting for him to come down from the mountain, they turned against him and God, committing great abominations, they lost their lives, swallowed up by the earth. These were people who witnessed the wrath of God, so fierce and devastating that it forced the pharaoh of Egypt and his great army to allow them to leave, and be free from their bondage. They witnessed the unimaginable parting of the Red Sea to allow them to escape to safety. Their faith in God must have been so great you would not think it possible for them to turn away from such an Almighty God after witnessing such miracles, but their faith alone was not enough to save those who turned away was it.

Think of the demons that Christ cast out during his ministry on earth, even these demons believed, they knew Jesus was the son of God, and God himself  but to no avail. Then there were the fallen angels, who once were in the realm of heaven, they too believed but through their disobedience and sin were cast out of  heaven and into damnation. Jesus and the writers of the gospels warn us many times about the risk of losing our salvation due to sin.

I ask salvation by faith alone, I don’t think so!

A simple prayer formula and/or a profession of faith to gain ones salvation is just not enough or isn’t even logical when the scriptures are read in contextual unity. This biblical history of the Exodus by itself should blow the doctrine of salvation by faith alone right out of the Red Sea water.

Now to be fair not all protestant denominations profess the formula of salvation by reciting the sinners prayer, but most protestant denominations do believe in salvation by faith alone (sola fide) and (sola scriptura) the bible alone as the sole rule of authority. These two main doctrines of the protestant reformation or I would say revolution against the Roman Catholic Church is the greatest cause of disunity amongst Christians around the world. This separation has caused a great lack of substance in their faith, and has become much diluted as a result of the dissention among their ranks. Their theological structure is that of a crumbling building with missing blocks and mortar, its foundation is weak and will eventually fail. This resulting consequence can be seen in the undeniable separation of some 40,000 plus denominations in Protestantism.

We should not assume however that their faith is not genuine and their love for God may be very passionate indeed. They are not shy when it comes to evangelizing for their faith, and have a passion for bible study and chapter and verse recitation, this we should admire and emulate in our own faithful passion during our daily lives.

The problem is they have been led astray by false doctrine and fallible theology.

Some may have been psychologically vulnerable, some who left the Catholic Church where not catechised properly in the faith in the first place, some became disillusioned by not seeking help or answers for their circumstance. Regardless of the reasons why people embrace Protestantism, the fact remains the fullness of truth as proclaimed by Jesus Christ and the apostles in the gospels is only obtained through the one true  Catholic Church.

Catholics have the ultimate personal relationship with Christ, and the ultimate communal relationship through his Church.

In Baptism we receive the Holy Spirit into our heart and soul and are cleansed from the stain of original sin.
In the reception of the Eucharist we truly receive the real presence in the body, blood, soul and divinity of  Jesus Christ.
Through the sacrament of reconciliation we receive his forgiveness for our sins.

You cannot have a more personal relationship with God when you have the sacraments of the Church.

These three of the seven sacraments are an example of the greatest possible personal relationship with Jesus one can obtain.

Our communal relationship is one that have survived the test of time. For over 2,000 years we are a Church intact.  The Magisterium of  the Catholic Church is the authentic teaching of Christ and proclaimed by the Pope and all the bishops in communion with him throughout the world.

Every hour of  every day there is a mass celebrated with liturgical union somewhere in the World till the end of time .

Now that’s what you can call the ultimate faith Community!
We are the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant.

There is only One True Holy and Apostolic Catholic Church.
This is our personal and communal relationship with God Almighty.

God Bless,

Tim Lauriault,
Catholic Truth.ca

New movie coming out called “Spotlight”

There is a new movie coming out called “Spotlight” that is supposed to be about the Boston journalist that exposed the child abuse scandal by priests throughout the Boston archdiocese. Of course, as Hollywood does best it used this opportunity to unleash more Catholic bashing. It’s bothered me for quite some time that there is not a Catholic organization that is set up to respond to these types of blasphemy and blatant manipulation of facts to discolor the Catholic Church. The real story should be about these homosexuals who purposely misrepresented themselves to enter the priesthood and knowingly abused their positions to commit these heinous acts. I do not condone what was done to cover up what they did, but the real issue to me is why so much focus is put on the Catholic Church when the “Spotlight” should be put on those sick individuals and the crimes they committed.

Sara

My Commentary On Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura is the Protestant doctrine that relies on the bible alone as the sole rule of faith for Christians. There is no outside authoritative body that can settle differing opinions, explanations or teaching of the word of God written on the pages of this most holy book. Each individual is autonomous in their understanding and interpretation of the bible.

The result of this flawed doctrine is the formation of some 40,000 plus protestant denominations in existence today. Each one of these denominational churches believes something different regarding their interpretation and understanding of the bible and in their definition of the rule of faith; the resulting disagreements cause separation among them. The fact is that they cannot agree on a universal doctrine and come to a common truth. This end result is a testament to the failure of sola scriptura.

Let’s look at some of the problems that make the doctrine of sola scriptura unreliable and inconsistent in its theology.

The first question I would ask is this, how can all the various denominations come to an agreement on the teaching of their faith, and come together as the embodiment of all truth concerning the gospels?
Well the answer is They Can’t.
Keep in mind also that each individual has the right to interpret the bible as they understand it and believe that they were guided by the Holy Spirit to come to their own understanding and interpret the readings accordingly.
The problem is that there could be multiple differing interpretations among them, and each individual can claim that their understanding of a passage is correct. I am not saying that the person cannot come to some understanding of the content they read, and we should ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit to aid in our comprehension, but the fact is that there are some very difficult passages that need guidance to understand properly as St. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:16-17

(2 Pet 3:16-17) There are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability.

(2 Pet 1: 20) Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation.

The doctrine of sola scriptura is defined as follows: scripture is the sole rule of faith, and in order for an article of faith to be substantiated as truth it must be supported by the bible itself.

The problem here is that nowhere in the bible is it written or that an assumption can even be made to support the doctrine of the bible alone as the sole rule of faith.

Protestants will use the following passage of 2Timothy 3:16 to validate their support for this doctrine:

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful, (profitable KJV) for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work”. (The scripture being referred to in this passage is from the Old Testament, the New Testament as we know it today did not exist in the time of the Apostles).

This is just one example of a misinterpretation of a bible passage. Somehow they interpret the word useful or profitable as meaning the same as necessary or absolute.
There is no hint what so ever in this passage to suggest that scripture alone is the sole rule of faith.

There is however a passage written in the bible that tells us that the church is the upholder and defender of truth:

1Timothy 3:15 “if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth”.

History teaches us that this doctrine of sola scriptura has no biblical foundation. From the time of the apostles, the early Church Fathers and the saints, there is no evidence of its teaching, no existing documents or any other historical evidence to support that this doctrine ever existed.  As a matter of fact sola scriptura and its accompanying doctrine of sola fide (salvation by faith alone) were born out of the protestant reformation in the early 16th century by Martin Luther, the father of Protestantism.
So as you can see and again supported by history, that before this man made doctrine come into existence the Catholic truth managed just fine for 1600 years and continues to this present day as the pillar and bulwark of the truth in the church established by Jesus himself.

Jesus made a promise to his church, the apostles and their successors in the following passage:

(Jn. 16: 15-19) “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also.

The Commissioning of the Disciples.

Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

In conclusion the spirit of truth lives in the Catholic Church, through apostolic succession from Peter to our present day Pope, Bishops and Priests. It is this church armed with the scriptures that has the authority to teach, explain and interpret the word of God and does so with the promised Holy Spirit as her guide to come to the fullness of truth.

Note: This commentary was an exercise in learning. I do not pretend to be much of a writer, but I do find it beneficial to use a forum like this to help comprehend and gain a deeper understanding by putting my thoughts and what I have learned down in the form of the written word. It really does help with retention of the content being studied.
If someone comes across this article on my blog or website and it inspires them to investigate the truth for themselves and helps lead them back to the Catholic Church, well that would just be fantastic.

God Bless,

Tim L.

The Headlines Should Read – Muslims Protest to Condemn Terrorist’s Attacks In The Name of Islam!

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‘Death to blasphemers’: Muslims protest new Charlie Hebdo cartoons across the globe

The Headlines Should Read
Muslims Protest to Condemn Terrorist’s Attacks In The Name of Islam!

It is beyond comprehension how the followers of Islam estimated to be 1.2 to 1.6 billion people can be relatively silent when it comes to terrorist attacks on the free world.
Where is the condemnation from the so called moderate Muslims when their clerics have issued a fatwa (death order) to individuals for any perceived disrespect, or for publishing satirical commentary in word or drawings on many occasions, which are in no way deserving of death or any other form of violence?
Where is your condemnation when Jihadi extremists have ordered and called for attacks on civilians all over the free world that we have all witnessed recently?

When I refer to extremists I have to ask myself what that term refers to, does it refer to a small portion of the Muslim population that are radical in their interpretation of Islam, or does it refer to a small portion of that population that are willing to be more visible and confronting.

What about the majority of the so-called moderate Muslims?
With all the attacks in many countries including the most recent attacks in Canada, Australia and France, I have to wonder where these people are.

According to the news reports and the many filmed protests occurring around the Muslim world, there seems to be no shortage of Muslims protesting in outrage over the recent publication from the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In the Mideast, Asia, Africa violence has escalated, innocent people have been killed and the number of deaths continue to climb, churches have been burnt down, and Christians have been attacked in their shops with Molotov cocktails and beaten with clubs on the street.

Given this most recent response from the Muslim world over some satirical drawings, (in no way could ever justify these acts of violence) I have to ask, where are your protests Mr. and Mrs. Moderate Muslim when 17 innocent people were brutally killed in France?
Where were you when attacks in Canada, Australia, Britain and many other places around the world were perpetrated in the name of Islam?
Where are your tweets and other social media posts condemning all these actions of your Muslim brothers?
By the way the beheading’s and other threats against the free world.seem to make it on twitter and you tube quit frequently!

Where are You?

Remember Hitler and the Nazi’s – The Silent Majority Allowed The Extreme and Evil Minority To Gain Their Power!

Just Saying Again!

Virtual Holy Rosary Prayer Intentions

In appreciation to all those who visit my Rosary site I have just added a new page for prayer intentions, may it aid you in all of your petitions
Wishing you all the best in the New Year and God Bless.

Denied Holy Communion, Unbelievable!

Unbelievable! A young Catholic women being denied Holy Communion by a priest because she wanted to receive kneeling and on the tongue.
Watch this episode of the Vortex. Denied

17 Million Muslims join a pilgrimage, but don’t fight for themselves!

Approx. 17 million Shiite Muslims joined together in a pilgrimage to the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala defying the threat of attack from ISIL, to visit the shrine of Imam Hussein who was killed and beheaded in 680 AD by the armies of the caliph Yazid.
Note: Sunni Muslims (ISIL) considers Shiite Muslims heretics.

When I read about this pilgrimage of millions of Muslims coming together for a common cause I was amazed at such a gathering and at the same time bewildered.
Why? You may ask:
Think about this for a minute – The region is in a state of war with ISIL, religious minorities and other Muslim sects are facing the most heinous atrocities imaginable by death and torture, women and children being enslaved and brutally raped.

Let’s break this down a bit – 17 Million pilgrims come together
4 million are from foreign countries who came to join the pilgrimage
Let’s say 5 to 7 million are women and children, although from pictures I’ve seen the men far outnumber the women and children.
That leaves 6 to 9 million Muslim men, what’s wrong with this picture.

They should all be joining the fight against ISIL and wiping them off the face of the earth. (Join Iraqi military or militia)
They should be taking back their religion from radical Islam.
They could and should be doing more to help their own people and country.
With these kinds of numbers coming together for a pilgrimage, Why can’t they come together to save themselves from tyranny and desolation? Why do the coalition forces members have to sacrifice life and limb as well leaving family and loved ones back home while the millions of Muslim pilgrims visit a shrine and do very little given their numbers to help themselves?
Just Saying!

Did Jesus promise a “Cross” or “Earthly Prosperity?”

Many people are fooled by these prosperity preachers, this is a great commentary on the subject. Thank you for this post.

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What do preachers such as Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin and Oral Roberts have in common? Well, they all preach some form of a Gospel message known as “prosperity”, “health and wealth” or “name it and claim it.” Take a look at Joel Osteen for instance. He professes that “as children of God, we are over-comers and more than conquerors and God intends for each of us to experience the abundant life he has in store for us.” He, along with many other well known televangelist, teach that if we are a believer in Christ and his follower, then we are promised to have wealth and good health in our time spent on earth. In other words, a Christian is promised worldly prosperity and deliverance from sickness in this lifetime. All we must do is go out and claim it for ourselves. But, is this true?

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