“In that day I (The Lord) will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem. And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (Zechariah 12:10)
“And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.’” (Romans 11:26)
Only through the Spirit of Grace and Supplication can anyone be saved.
It wasn’t I who said this. It was God.
When Jesus returns, “to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem,” he will be physically present in Israel. At this time, it is said that those Jews who are alive in Israel will realize that He is “the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him.”
Thus the acknowledgement of Jesus as the genuine Jewish Messiah and divine Savior will fill their hearts and, “so all Israel will be saved.”
It’s that simple.
Then in Matthew 25, when Messiah comes, He will judge the professing Church on the basis of the treatment of His brethren; Jews and by extension the spiritual adopted into Israel, the Church.
At that point, He will throw many from both camps into the abyss, Catholic and Protestant, for not helping persecuted Israeli Jews (who are all saved), persecuted saved Catholics and persecuted saved Protestants in their time of need.
In other words, many professing Catholics as well as professing Evangelicals who did nothing about persecuted Jews and Christians are damned in the end, while the Jew gets saved.
But how could Catholics be saved, especially with all the icons, statues, saints, Mary worship, chalices and especially the dreaded “salvation by works”?
Perhaps it’s best to answer this question with a question; I had asked Dave my anti-Catholic Sunday school teacher to:
“Show me a single church in history that had existed with church beliefs, style and practices of ecclesiology, liturgy and theology in the history of the first centuries, all the way to the sixteenth century that was identical to what we see in the typical Evangelical church setting of today?”
I hope you have contemplated the question carefully.
Dave spent some time researching and came up empty handed. All orthodox churches prior to the sixteenth century whether we examine archeology or history all look Catholic; everything I have examined had icons along with statues and decorated liturgical elements, such as chalices with the image of Christ engraved upon them. A simple crawl through the Roman catacombs or the remains of Dura Europos (Syria) would provide a pointed demonstration.
All of them were more Catholic in style, worship, arts, liturgies, spices, and veneration of saints … Perhaps if you have a stunning answer you can provide it to us.
Its simple, Protestants inherited their faith from the Catholic and the Catholic from the Apostles who were all Jews. The Jews gave us everything.
I asked; why do we not appreciate what Catholics gave us while we do appreciate what the Jews gave us?
Perhaps you can contemplate this question.
The answer is simple; in America we denounce all prejudices except to be anti-Catholic.
When will we ever search the log in our eye before we poke at those of the Catholic?
Dave instead of answering, instantly machine-gunned all the problems with Catholicism; “Catholics worship Mary, they bow to and worship statues, they believe in indulgences and pray to dead saints to intercede for them … they believe you are saved by works and not by faith …”
This is a loaded statement indeed that will take volumes of books to deal with.
But perhaps the response is simple, when Protestants and Catholics deal with Muslims, they will usually ask a rhetorical question, “Why do you worship three gods, one of whom is a man and then you even pray to this man to intercede for your sins when you can go directly to God?”
What would pop-up in our mind when asked this rhetorical question?
You would instantly see that this Muslim is a product of some seriously convoluted ideas.
You instantly know and realize that the missing link to his problem is that Jesus is God in the flesh.
This is indeed complicated.
When I was investigating these issues, I didn’t solve all the complications by visiting Muslim websites but went to the source and investigated Christian arguments from their own sources. Likewise, to examine what Catholics believe about their complicated issues, ask yourself, when was the last time you visited their sources?
“Jesus is God in the flesh.”
To say that Jesus is God only is heresy.
To say that Jesus is man only is also heresy.
Likewise is our salvation.
Is it by faith or works? Well, it is not by isolated faith and neither is it by works.
Catholics object on the Evangelical use of sola-fide, faith alone. But Evangelicals do not expect to go to Jesus and say “I must enter the Kingdom because I believed in faith alone; common Jesus, let me in, and so what if I did not produce any fruit!”
The Evangelical’s, “by faith alone” does not exist in a vacuum, Evangelicals believe that faith must produce fruit.
Catholics do not like the use of “alone” with the word “faith” because James says, “man is not justified by faith alone” (James 2:24).
But does that mean that all Catholics believe in salvation by works alone?
No. The whole of Catholic salvation is by “grace” and by grace alone.
Would any true Christian dare deny the following formula for salvation: “If any one says that man may be justified before God by his own works, whether done through the teaching of human nature, or that of the law, without the grace of God through Jesus Christ—let him be anathema.”
Do you know who penned this? It was the Catholic Church (see Canon 1).
And in The Council of Trent: “We are therefore said to be justified freely, because that none of those things which precede justification—whether faith or works—merit the grace itself of justification. For, if it be a grace, it is not now by works, otherwise, as the same Apostle says, grace is no more grace.”
This conforms to what it says in Zechariah on how the Jews get saved in the end: “the Spirit of Grace and Supplication” (Zechariah 12:10).
Is this not an acceptable salvation?
The Mother Teresa of the Christian Martyrs Hatune Dogan, does not rescue lives because she believes that her salvation is by works, but that her good works emanates from her love for Christ.
Therefore, who are we to dare judge with utter arrogance that she will end up in heaven or hell?
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By Walid Shoebat