I had an exchange with a Catholic woman who is a hardcore Catholic (a true Catholic). I will not mention her name but I will call her Sue. I will quote some of the things she wrote to me in an email. You will see that Catholics are not saved and believe in a different Jesus and they (not an ignorant Catholic) reject God’s Word as all sufficiency for salvation. A side note: I believe that there are some Catholics who have heard the gospel and have not been tainted with the Church’s traditions because of their ignorance which turns out to be in their favor and are saved. I believe that they are not Catholics anymore but are born again Christians who eventually the Holy Spirit will get them out of that false Church.
“I hate to break the news to you, but Scripture is NOT the pillar, foundation and bulwark of truth. If you read I Timothy 3:15 you will find that it is the church that is the pillar, foundation and bulwark of truth. There was only one church that Jesus established – and that Church was the Catholic Church.”
I will answer the first half of her statement and in Part 2 I will answer her out of context 1 Timothy 3:15.
Her statement is an attack on the Word of God and is so dangerous that any unsuspecting Christian who doesn’t know God’s Word for lack of study could fall into that Satanic trap and their faith can get bruised up really bad. In some cases, people who are close to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and gets some of that poisonous dose would completely kill whatever true beliefs and faith they had in Christ.
24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.
We see that the Pillar is God’s Word which reveals to us the person of Jesus Christ and how to live a life that pleases Him. Scripture is the Pillar that holds up the foundation just like the rock that holds up the structure of the house and keeps it safe from danger according to Matthew 7, it is the opposite of what Sue is saying which are teachings of demons.
Sue claims that scripture is not the “bulwark” of Truth. Now, that’s a BIG lie and it comes from no other than Satan himself which is behind Sue to detour people from following Jesus Christ through scripture. What was Satan’s first attack on the human race? Satan attacked the only thing that protects us from him, God’s Word. We see this in Genesis 3:1-6 which says, “Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
Satan disarmed Eve by making her doubt God’s Word. We are protected by the Word of God because when you live by it, you have put on Christ and He is your strength who fights all of your battles. When you take off Christ by not obeying God’s written Word then you are living in disobedience without Jesus’ protection. Why are Catholics in the dark? They are in the dark because the Devil has convinced them like Eve not to trust in scripture as your full authority and protection. Without knowing and having scripture, you cannot fight against false doctrines. The Catholics traditions are false doctrine that comes from the evil one. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 that if you read the Bible and live by it, you will be a wise person who will be protected against demonic attacks.
You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word.
The person who puts their hope in God’s Word will be sheltered and have God as his shield of protection. The Catholic Church is not from God but from Satan. Their tradition contradicts Scripture by telling you that it’s OK to bow down to idols and worship them. Jesus condemned the Pharisees because their tradition contradicted the scriptures as seen in Mark 7:5-9 which states: 5 Then the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why don’t Your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders, instead of eating bread with ritually unclean hands?” 6 He answered them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 7 They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men. 8 Disregarding the command of God, you keep the tradition of men.” 9 He also said to them, “You completely invalidate God’s command in order to maintain your tradition!
The Catholics are in the dark and they think that to make it into heaven is based on their merits alongside Jesus’ finished and perfected work (Christ’s righteousness). In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says the opposite: 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. Going back to Sue’s attack on God’s Word that it cannot protect you, one can’t separate the Word of God from Jesus Christ because in John 1:1 it states that the Word is God and in verse 14 it reveals the Word as Jesus Christ. In John 14:6 it declares that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. How can Sue say that scripture is not the pillar and bulwark of God’s truth? She can say this because she has rejected Jesus Christ as her only way to salvation just like many Catholics today have done. The Catholic Church blatantly rejects Jesus Christ wholeheartedly because they reject God’s Word as a means to know the whole truth of God and they rely mostly on their doctrine of demons (traditions).
This is the end of part 1, I will pick it up again in part 2