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Is Catholicism a false religion? Are Catholics saved?

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Catholicism false religion, Catholics saved

Question: “Is Catholicism a false religion? Are Catholics saved?”

Answer: The most crucial problem with the Roman Catholic Church is its belief that faith alone in Christ is not sufficient for salvation. The Bible clearly and consistently states that receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith, grants salvation (John 1:123:16,18,36Acts 16:31Romans 10:9-10,13Ephesians 2:8-9). The Roman Catholic Church rejects this. The official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that a person must believe in Jesus Christ AND be baptized AND receive the Eucharist along with the other sacraments AND obey the decrees of the Roman Catholic Church AND perform meritorious works AND not die with any mortal sins AND etc., etc., etc. Catholic divergence from the Bible on this most crucial of issues, salvation, means that yes, Catholicism is a false religion. If a person believes what the Catholic Church officially teaches, he/she will not be saved. Any claim that works or rituals must be added to faith in order for salvation to be achieved is a claim that Jesus’ death was not sufficient to fully purchase our salvation.

While salvation by faith is the most crucial issue, in comparing Roman Catholicism with the Word of God, there are many other differences and contradictions as well. The Roman Catholic Church teaches many doctrines that are in disagreement with what the Bible declares. These include apostolic succession, worship of saints or Mary, prayer to saints or Mary, the pope / papacy, infant baptism, transubstantiation, plenary indulgences, the sacramental system, and purgatory. While Catholics claim Scriptural support for these concepts, none of these teachings have any solid foundation in the clear teaching of Scripture. These concepts are based on Catholic tradition, not the Word of God. In fact, they all clearly contradict Biblical principles.

In regards to the question “Are Catholics saved?”, this is a more difficult question to answer. It is impossible to give a universal statement on the salvation of all members of any denomination of Christianity. Not ALL Baptists are saved. Not ALL Presbyterians are saved. Not ALL Lutherans are saved. Salvation is determined by personal faith in Jesus alone for salvation, not by titles or denominational identification. Despite the unbiblical beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, there are genuine believers who attend Roman Catholic churches. There are many Roman Catholics who have genuinely placed their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. However, these Catholic Christians are believers despite what the Catholic Church teaches, not because of what it teaches. To varying degrees, the Catholic Church teaches from the Bible and points people to Jesus Christ as the Savior. As a result, people are sometimes saved in Catholic churches. The Bible has an impact whenever it is proclaimed (Isaiah 55:11). Catholic Christians remain in the Catholic Church out of ignorance of what the Catholic Church truly stands for, out of family tradition and peer pressure, or out of a desire to reach other Catholics for Christ.

At the same time, the Catholic Church also leads many people away from a genuine faith relationship with Christ. The unbiblical beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church have often given the enemies of Christ opportunity to blaspheme. The Roman Catholic Church is not the church that Jesus Christ established. It is not a church that is based on the teachings of the Apostles (as described in the Book of Acts and the New Testament epistles). While Jesus’ words in Mark 7:9 were directed towards the Pharisees, they accurately describe the Roman Catholic Church, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!”

Recommended Resource: Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics by Ron Rhodes

All the latest updates about Trump’s Jerusalem move

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Trump’s Jerusalem move: All the latest updates


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1795 injuries: PRCS

The decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has generated a series of reactions in Palestine and around the world.

Here are the latest developments, both on the diplomatic and street front, as of Wednesday, December 13:

Diplomatic updates

  • Maduro arrives in Istanbul. Condemning Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in the Turkish capital to participate in the extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday.

  • Ankara criticises Arab reaction. “Some Arab countries have shown very weak responses (on Jerusalem)”, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. “It seems some countries are very timid of the United States.”
  • At Wednesday’s meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to be held in Turkey’s Istanbul, “we will make a call for countries that have so far not recognised Palestine to do so now”, added Cavusoglu.
  • Tehran ‘ready’ to support Palestinian resistance. On Tuesday, Qassem Soleimani, the commander of foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards, said Iran is ready to support the “Islamic resistance forces” in Palestine wholeheartedly.
  • Iran’s Parliament also called on Muslim countries to reduce economic ties with the United States.
  • Putin, Erdogan criticise US move. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded a one-day regional tour with a stop in Turkey, where he joined his Turkish counterpart in criticising a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
  • PLO denounces Trump’s declaration.  In an interview on Monday with Al Jazeera, Hanan Ashrawi said the US had made any peace talks between Israel and Palestine “irrelevant and superfluous” with its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
  • Hezbollah calls for a strategy to confront Israel. Also on Monday, the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said his group and its allies in the region would renew their focus on the Palestinian cause.
  • Israeli PM tours EU. At a joint news conference with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday expressed his hope that “all or most” European states would move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognising it as the capital of Israel.
  • Turkish leader calls Israel a ‘terrorist state’. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, on Monday, labelled Israel a “terrorist state”, and declared the USrecognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”.
  • Macron and Netanyahu hold talksOn Sunday, in a joint press conference after meeting Netanyahu in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron urged the Israeli leader to negotiate with the Palestinians.
  • Bahraini delegation arrives in IsraelOn Sunday, a 25-member Bahraini delegation arrived in Israel on a five-day visit to “send a message of peace”.

Street updates

  • Protests in Berlin. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Berlin’s main train station on Tuesday to protest Trump’s the capital of Israel.
  • German authorities had said they would prevent any burning of the Israeli flag after two were set on fire at a Friday demonstration outside the US embassy in Berlin.
  • Casualties rise. On Tuesday, as clashes continued six days after Trump’s announcement, the Palestinian Red Crescent said that it had provided medical assistance to over 1,795 people across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
  • Unrest across Palestinian territories.  On Sunday, protesters across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip headed to the streets again to denounce Trump’s decision.
  • Palestinian Christians expressed their frustration with the US move, many of them speaking out during Sunday services.
  • Protests spread from Asia, through the Middle East, to North AfricaDemonstrations were held on Sunday in major cities around the world.
  • Clashes outside US embassy in BeirutOn Sunday, security forces fired tear gas at protesters near the US Embassy in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, during a demonstration against the US decision.

In Times Square and Worldwide, Chilling Calls to Massacre Jews After Trump Announcement

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In Times Square and Worldwide, Chilling Calls to Massacre Jews After Trump Announcement [WATCH]

“I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror and hissing and scorn among all the nations to which I shall banish them.” Jeremiah 29:18 (The Israel Bible™)

Rallies in Europe and the US protesting President Donald Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are being accompanied by explicit, blood-curdling calls for violence against Jews. Some of these calls to violence are already being answered.

A rally of Muslims in New York City’s Times Square on Saturday began with the regular angry anti-Israel chants but soon took on a different tone as the crowd began calling for a Muslim holy war against the Jews.

The chanting began with, “We don’t want no two-state, we want ‘48”. This is an explicit refusal of the two-state solution, which would create a Palestinian state on the land conquered by Israel in the defensive Six-Day War in 1967. The number ‘48’ is a reference to the 1948 United Nations Partition Plan  which led to the modern State of Israel.

The crowd then began chanting the more inciteful slogan, “With spirit and blood we’ll redeem al-Aqsa, there is only one solution; intifada revolution.” Al-Aqsa is the silver-domed mosque on the Temple Mount, but the Palestinians now use the term to refer to the golden Dome of the Rock, which stands on the site of the Jewish Temple. “Intifada” means a violent confrontation.

The rally turned decidedly ugly when the crowd began calling not only for an end to Israel, but for a massacre of the Jewish people. Demonstrators started chanting, “Jews remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammed is returning.” Khaybar was the name of a Jewish-majority oasis city about 90 miles north of Medina in Saudi Arabia which existed in the time of Muhammed.

Muslims slaughtered the city’s Jews in 628 CE. The Arabic chant “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud,” which means, “Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning,” is used as a battle cry when attacking Jews or Israelis.

The crowd also chanted the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement motto, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Though BDS claims to exercise economic pressure to force Israel to negotiate a two-state solution, this motto reveals an agenda that precludes the existence of any Jewish state in the region.

A video of the Times Square rally was produced by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In the MEMRI video, an imam from New Jersey is seen declaring that the Palestinian Authority should end all negotiations with Israel.

“We have to start a new intifada,” the imam said to the crowd.

“The Palestinians fight with whatever they can,” another speaker said. “They fight with rocks, they fight with rockets from Gaza, they fight with guns, their children fight.

Yet another speaker revealed more of their true anger at the American policy towards Israel.

“We should be just as angry that the [the US government] has an embassy in Tel Aviv or Jaffa as we are about Jerusalem,” she said. “Because every inch of Palestine is Palestinian land.”

“It’s up to all of us here including everyone in this crowd, to keep this resistance going if we want to see Israel fall within our lifetime.”

The Times Square rally was echoed by a Friday night rally in front of the US Embassy in London. Approximately 3,000 pro-Palestinian protesters began by chanting “Down down USA” and “Hands off Jerusalem”, but the the chants quickly became “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud.”

A rally in Vienna on Friday also centered around the Arabic call to kill Jews.

On the same night, a rally of 200 pro-Palestinian protesters in Malmö, Sweden culminated in a call to “shoot Jews”.

“We have announced the intifada from Malmö. We want our freedom back, and we will shoot the Jews,” the protesters chanted, according to the public radio station.

The rally was followed by approximately 20 men firebombing a nearby synagogue, trapping several people inside the building.


Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Revival and the ‘Return of Christian Rule’ in Jerusalem

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Celebrating 100 Years of Jewish Revival and the ‘Return of Christian Rule’ in Jerusalem

“I see a menorah all of gold, with a bowl above it. The lamps on it are seven in number, and the lamps above it have seven pipes.” Zechariah 4:2 (The Israel Bible™)

One century ago, on December 9, 1917, the first night of Hanukkah and two weeks before Christmas, the British Imperial Army entered Jerusalem under the command of General Shea.  Jerusalem fell to the British in an event often deemed a “Hanukkah and Christmas miracle.” Two days later, on December 11, General Allenby read the proclamation announcing British rule on the steps of the Citadel. The event ushered in a new era in the history of Jerusalem – for Jews, the beginning of the fulfillment of a Biblical promise of Jewish revival and sovereignty over their holy land; for Christians, a return of Christian rule for the first time since the fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.

It was Allenby’s establishment of British rule over Jerusalem that eventually led to the founding of the State of Israel under the British Mandate.

“Jerusalem became a holy city again,” explained Dr. Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, a curator of the Tower of David Museum’s special exhibit commemorating General Allenby. To honor the centennial of the event, the museum featured a festive reenactment and opened a new exhibition at the museum.


General Allenby dismounts to enter Jerusalem on foot, December 9, 1917. (Wikimedia Commons)

Eilat Lieber, the Director and Chief Curator of the Tower of David Museum, called Allenby’s dramatic entrance to Jerusalem, marking the end of a 400-year Ottoman rule, an event that “shaped our city.”

The show reenacted the moment when, just a little more than a month after the Balfour Declaration was signed, on December 11, 1917, General Allenby stood on the steps of the Tower of David, proclaimed British marital law, and accepted the keys to Jerusalem along with Major General Shea.

Allenby’s proclamation, which was issued in seven languages, promised a different world with new values and order following Jerusalem’s thousands of years of crisis, as well as epidemics and famine inflicted during the Great War. British military law provided Jerusalemites with supplies of food and water, established the collection of taxes, renewed postal service, and introduced British coinage.


Sir Edmund Allenby (Wikimedia Commons)

Moreover, Allenby recognized the uniqueness and importance of Jerusalem, promising protection for Jerusalem’s holy sites and freedom of worship, religion, and tradition for the city’s inhabitants.

At the museum reenactment, which featured readings of the proclamation in several languages, Jerusalem Mayor Barkat lauded General Allenby as a “liberator of Jerusalem.”

“General Allenby was a great military man who conquered the land of Israel, but in addition to his military strength, he was also a distinguished thinker and understood the city of Jerusalem and its role in the world,” said Barkat. “He understood that Jerusalem has unique properties as a uniting force for the entire world, open for all tribes, as represented here in the ceremony.”

Barkat continued, “Allenby was an essential part of Jerusalem’s history, ensuring the city could fulfill its role in the world as a place where religious tolerance and mutual respect are our highest values. The city of peace as General Allenby described represents our aspirations for the city today and into the future.”

According to The Palestine News following the proclamation, that night, Church bells rang throughout Europe and special prayers were held in synagogues. The Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem were lit up with the first candle of Hanukkah as people danced joyfully by their menorahs, seen from every window.

The sages refer to Jerusalem as “the light of the world,” and Israel, the “light unto the nations.” The menorah, a special candelabra used in the Temple, is said to emanate such light. It is also a Hanukkah symbol and the emblem of Israel, representing the Jewish people’s historical attachment to their homeland and Israel’s return to its former luster.

After Allenby’s proclamation, the Jews of Palestine referred to the English as the Hasmoneans, the Jewish dynasty that ruled Israel after the successful Maccabean rebellion against the Greek Empire which was the backdrop of the Hanukkah story. They likened General Sir Allenby to Judah Maccabee, the Jewish priest who led the Maccabean Revolt.

Also present at the reenactment were John Benson, the great grandson of Major General John Shea; Henry J.H. Allenby of Megiddo and Felixstowe, the great-great nephew of Field Marshal Edmund Allenby; and Sarah Viscountess Allenby, the current Lord Allenby’s mother and the wife of third Viscount.

Each guest expressed pride and emotion in their ancestors for their role in shaping the history of Jerusalem. “I’m so glad I got to come here to absorb it all,” said Allenby, in Jerusalem for his first visit to Israel.


Entrance of the British forces under General Edmund Allenby into Jerusalem in Decemeber 1917. (Wikimedia Commons)

“There is a great passion here in Israel for what happened,” he said.

Benson, also in Israel for the first time, said it had been an emotional visit. Benson’s great-grandfather, who was instructed to take Jerusalem as a “Christmas present for Britain,” stood with General Allenby on the Tower of David steps after the Ottomans surrendered the city to him.

“The warmth of welcome here has been very moving, and it is humbling to be here and be part of it. This is part of our family and we are enormously proud to play a part of the history of this wonderful city,” Benson concluded.