|Today’s Scripture: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8|
|Another way the Roman Catholic Church perverts scripture is through redefinition of words. Words are twisted to make them fit their doctrine. Even though Ephesians 2:8-9 says “Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit (again taken from Catholic.org -NJB©1985),” they change the meaning of grace from “unmerited favor” to “a supernatural help of God for salutary acts granted in consideration of the merits of Christ.”
Try to figure that out. Let’s plug that into the verse. Does it mean you are saved by God helping you do good things through your faith, but it’s not anything you do, it’s God’s gift to you allowing you to do good works apart from anything you can do, so no one can claim they did it? If God is giving supernatural help to do good works to earn salvation, does God give some people supernatural help and allow others try in their humanity and spend eternity in Hell?
Also, it says “you have been saved” yet the Catholic Church preaches you can lose your salvation. One Catholic writer put it this way, “‘Are you saved?’ asks the Fundamentalist. The Catholic should reply: ‘As the Bible says, I am already saved (Rom. 8:24, Eph. 2:5-8), but I’m also being saved (1 Cor. 1:18, 2 Cor. 2:15, Phil. 2:12), and I have the hope that I will be saved (Rom. 5:9-10, 1 Cor. 3:12-15). Like the apostle Paul, I am working out my salvation in fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), with hopeful confidence in the promises of Christ (Rom. 5:2, 2 Tim. 2:11-13).’”
The problem with this is that if one is already saved now and yet becomes lost, what was he saved from? The answer is NOTHING! How could God claim to save if you were, in fact, still on your way to Hell? God knows the future and knows whether or not you will continue to serve Him. The stages of salvation the writer talks about as salvation from Hell are explained in Scripture quite clearly. First, we are saved from the penalty of our sin (Hell) when we trust Christ as our Savior. Second, we are being saved from the power of sin in our lives. (We are no longer a slave to sin, but can overcome it through Christ). Third, we will be saved from the presence of sin (eternity in Heaven).
The devil has been trying to pervert the Gospel from the beginning. God’s Word is true, but when we change the message, we are turning it into a false message that is accursed. When we could do nothing, God freely offered His Son as a payment for our sin. Salvation is through trust in Christ’s death on the cross. (Acts 16:31) Anything else is an accursed message. Share the “good news” of God’s grace with someone today.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.