What does Rome teach about good works in salvation? Is it Biblical? Does Rome teach what the Bible teaches, or does it teach a false gospel? Is grace necessary in Roman Catholicism? What does Roman Catholic apologist Tim Staples teach about the necessity of good works and how does he defend Rome’s teachings on this issue?
Is US Presidential candidate Marco Rubio, a devout Roman Catholic, a saved Christian? Wayne Grudem believes he is. Grudem stated: “He does not come across as harsh but as reasonable and thoughtful in his defense of conservative positions. And his own words about his personal faith seem to me, as an Evangelical, to indicate a genuine belief in Christ as his own Savior and Lord.” What does Rome teach about salvation? What does Rome believe about justification by faith alone and the Biblical gospel? How should we view the Roman Catholic gospel? Is it a gospel that saves or damns?
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” -Galatians 1:6-9
We are joined on the show today (via Skype) by former Roman Catholic Priest Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon. Richard served as a Catholic Priest for 22 years and spent 48 years in the Roman Catholic Church. Richard today shares with us his many years of research on the topic from the Roman Catholic Church’s own official documents. What does the Bible say about the mass? Does it honour or dishonour God? What is the truth about the presence of Christ in the sacrament? How can a man have communion with God?
Today Kent Hovind teaches that you don’t need to repent to be saved. Is he right? Has he always taught this? What does repentance mean? How central is it to the gospel and how we share the truth?
What is the gospel? What is missing from the modern watered-down version of the gospel? Was C.H. Spurgeon right when he said that ‘Calvinism is the gospel’? What did he mean by such a statement?
From the sermon ‘A Defence of Calvinism’:
“There is no soul living who holds more firmly to the doctrines of grace than I do, and if any man asks me whether I am ashamed to be called a Calvinist, I answer—I wish to be called nothing but a Christian; but if you ask me, do I hold the doctrinal views which were held by John Calvin, I reply, I do in the main hold them, and rejoice to avow it.”
“The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach to-day, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.”
–C. H. Spurgeon
“I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.”