Salvation Facts: Who WILL be Saved? Part 3 of 4


I’m  a Catholic

Salvation History; “the how and why’s of it “

by Pat Miron  {In four parts}      …. PART THREE of 4

 

Matt.7: 21“”Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Luke.6: 46“Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Luke 2:6-14 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”

And from this day onward, Gods Created humanity and the entire world would be forever changed. From now on man would be no longer under “the laws of old;” but now under GRACEand enlightenment”… Mt. 13:12 For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away”

This is good news for those humble enough, smart enough or both, to “Be still and know.” Romans 10:17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.” This is certainly true; but very much incomplete to the point of being dangerously misleading. Who you choose to listen to is every bit as important as listening itself. Choosing with God to hear those both chosen by God and qualified to teach, and therefore the ONLY possible source of complete, the full truth, without a personal agenda, is Christ keeper of the key that accesses the gate to heave; His Catholic Church.  The New Testament is loaded with caution signs that are often ignored; as many choose to think that “he MUST BE TALKING about someone else”… WHO ME?

Matt.7: 15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matt.10: 16 Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Luke.10: 3 “Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”Acts.20: 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock

2nd. Peter 2: 1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction 1st.Tim. 1:6-7 Certain persons by swerving from these have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions

2nd. Tim. 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths”

Romans 13: 2 Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

Acts.20: 28 “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God   [singular] which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.”

1Cor.12: 28And God has appointed in the church [singular] first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues Eph.3:10that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.”

1Tim.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 Matt.10: 2The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother…….;”

Luke 22: 31-32 [Jesus Speaking to Peter]

“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”

The entire story of “personal salvation” rest solidly on two clearly articulated, indisputable; MUST-BE accepted Foundational-Teachings by our God Himself.

Only One  God [as defined by God Himself, not man], Only One set of Faith Beliefs, now in the possession of the Roman Catholic Church, [Mt. 16:19] and Only OneChurch. Christ Own Catholic Church, to whom alone Christ entrusted the One key; to the One gate to heaven. Nowhere in the entire Bible; first to the last page does God ever; not even once; tolerate more than One God; or the Only Faith HE Himself teaches and has authorized and chosen personally to teach in His name; with His Powers and with His Authority. [Mt. 10: 1-8, Mt. 16:15-19, John 20:19-22] The “key’s to the gate of heaven are given to only Saint Peter and His Catholic Church; nowhere else can one find the complete, full and singular truths of the Bible correctly explained. This is God’s design and God’s own Will. Accept it or RISK everything.

Matt.10: 1-8 THESE MEN ARE ALL CATHOLICS; The founders of today’s Catholic Church 

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay… After His Resurrection this was changed to the “entire world.” [Mt. 28:19-20].

The second principle is “LOVE” in ALL of it various forms and applications.

Both by God’s Will and necessity; salvation is to be possible; BUT NOT EASY; as the “narrow gate” account makes so very clear. The steps and the process of meriting ones own salvation can be known with humility and effort, but “Salvation” and “redemption” both from Christ are SEPARATE issues. Redemption is now an accomplished fact for everyone; 

BUT salvation is dependent on our personal choices and to what degree we accept what GOD [not man], teaches, and will be granted only to those who actually know what God demands; and then does it.

Exod.20: 3 You shall have no other gods before me.

Exod.34:14 “(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), “

Deut.5:7 “`You shall have no other gods before me.

1Kgs.8: 60 that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other.”

Isa.45:  5-6  “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I gird you, though you do not know me, hat men may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other Bar.3: 35 This is our God; no other can be compared to him!

Acts.4: 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

1Cor.11: 16 If any one is disposed to be contentious, we recognize no other practice, nor do the churches of God

We see here a narrow definition of God; one that is clearly singular in Person and singular in definition [understanding of who he actually is]. Not simply who God is ; but THEE-Only God and is to include ONLY the sense of accepting and living ALL that He actually teaches. Therein in is the RISK; the rub; the affront to ones ego; ones own will, doing battle [perhaps unknowingly; which in the end, makes little if any difference] because there is and can be but One Single truth; one and only one understanding that He God, WILL ACCEPT, and in the end; what God makes possible for us to know, accept and live is what is the minimum expectation of our God.

John.10: 16 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd” Matt.7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. John 14: 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

Eph. 4: 1-7 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body [WHICH MEANS ONE CHURCH] and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, [Meaning only One set of beliefs] one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Eph. 2:19-20 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [singular] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstonein whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

John.13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Mark.12: 31-32 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he”

Before summarizing in A clear and concise manner what is necessary for salvation in a no-nonsense, blunt manner; I wish to make clear that it is the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church that salvation “may be” possible without being a member, under closely defined conditions, of the Catholic Church.

847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:

Those who, through no fault of their own,

do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation

754 “The Church is, accordingly, a sheepfold, the sole and necessary gateway to which is Christ. It is also the flock of which God himself foretold that he would be the shepherd, and whose sheep, even though governed by human shepherds, are unfailingly nourished and led by Christ himself, the Good Shepherd and Prince of Shepherds, who gave his life for his sheep.

819 “Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth” are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: “the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements.” Christ’s Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to “Catholic unity.”

ONLY IF one is without fault: unaware of the CC as being the One choice of Christ Himself; and then; ONLY if a “Perfect Contrition” for sins is made; followed immediately by a change in life style that reflects a sincere repentance. Can and will forgiveness of one’s sins be granted by God. KEEP IN MIND; GOD’S STANDARDS ARE MUCH TOUGHER THAN OURS; [One cannot be assured that our understanding of “perfect” will match God’s own understanding of what is perfect.] AND HE READS OUR HEARTS AND CANNOT BE FOOLED. ………. ONLY THROUGH THE CATHOLIC SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION CAN COMPLETE ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS OF SIN AS KNOWN FACT be reality!. THE “SINNERS PRAYER” AND OTHER RECENT HUMAN INNOVATIONS, such as “OSAS,“ our ANY of the saved by “only ________ “ , WILL NOT grant FORGIVENESS OF SINS! 

They give false hope, because they are founded by men; NOT God, and they founded on lies, and partial truths, misunderstandings and at times misrepresentations of fact.

It is folly, foolishness, gullibility, and a lack of understanding and Faith that allow anyone to think they can follow Christ in Glory; without first following Christ in suffering. Such thinking is completely without logic or merit.

1Pet.4: 13 But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1Pet.5: 1, 9 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.” 2Tim.4: 5As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” Phil.1: 29For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, “ 2Thes.1: 5This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering “ Heb. 2: 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.”

846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers? Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:

Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church 

. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church [the Catholic Church] which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

Awareness is the same as knowing and choosing for what ever-reason not to join. God MUST Judge us based on what He makes POSSIBLE for one to know; NOT on what we are willing to accept!

845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation

. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.

My friends consider carefully this prayer shared from Father Hardon’s 

“Stations of the Cross”; the Fifth station where Simon is conscripted and forced by the Romans to assist Jesus in carrying His Cross, for fear by the Jews that He would die before they get the chance to actually Crucify Him:

“Lord Jesus teach me as you taught Simon of Cyrene to collaborate with you in the Redemption of souls. They are Redeemed by your Blood, shed on Calvary; but not without readiness to do our part. ….No less than Simon, we must believe that you want us, without absolutely speaking needing us, to carry our share of the Cross, if your redemptive mission is to be accomplished. Deepen our faith in the necessary role we have to play in assuring our own salvation and that of the rest of mankind. Make it clear to us that we have a freewill that we must want to exercise. Amen”

As a few of you may know; Father John A. Hardon S.J., was one of the most respected Theologians of the Twentieth Century, and he clearly affirms humanities necessary role in our own salvation.

Part of the problem stems from a common misunderstanding of the bible terms;

“redemption and salvation.” While at times having a synonymous meaning; most often they have significantly different applications.

Redemption Has four key factors: 1. It applies to all of humanity; bar-none. And it is now accomplished fact. 2. As it applies to our after-life, it has two highly significant effects. First, Christ by His passion, death and Resurrection earned and merited for ALL of humanity sufficient grace for everyone’s POSSIBLE salvation. Second “earned” does not mean or imply granted or even given, or that “all” or even “some” have to accept it. 3. And this is the KEY. While the necessary grace has been earned; and sort of put into a secured-bank-account for us, we MUST QUALIFY personally and individually for the ”loan [grace].” 4. Because the gate [singular] to heaven had been locked by the Grave-sin of our parents; Adam and Eve. AND Christ alone has the key to unlock the gate. This is the very key that Jesus entrust to Peter and today’s Catholic Church. [Mt. 16:19; John 20:19-22].

Salvation on the other hand, refers to ONLY those who “merit” it and do ALL that is necessary to qualify for “the loan” [grace] without which attaining salvation is impossible. Just as a loan application requires a lot of information; so too, salvation requires a lot of effort and many steps. It is never a simple, or a easy process to qualify for it. GOOD THINGS require an good- effort on our part.

Acts.4: 12“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Understanding just what this actually means and entails is the purpose of this entire document.

Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.2Cor.13: 5 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith [meaning thee One complete and true-Faith]. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

 

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