Much of society today has a general understanding that Christianity and Catholicism are religions sharing similar principles, if not the same beliefs altogether. This can be attributed to society’s lack of understanding and/or believing what the Holy Bible (Scripture) reveals to us versus what is taught from the Catholic Church. A very important question to ask yourself if there are differences between the two; if the differences lead to error in true belief and affect your eternal salvation, would you admit the necessity of researching, knowing and believing the truth, even if it opposes what you have previously been taught? If one religion were man-made versus a faith that is true, Holy and from God, wouldn’t it be wise to follow God rather than man?
The differences between the two faiths are massive and carry eternal ramifications. The observations following this paragraph seem to be the most well-known distinctions between the two and scripture will shed light on what is true and given to us by God and what is false teaching and given to us by man. The following points might shock you and if you find yourself in disbelief or question by what authority I claim these things, the truth is revealed to us in God’s word. I must admit my own concern of risking relationships that I have with my Catholic friends who may read this, as it will reveal the contradiction of their beliefs. I am far more fearful of their eternal future if their hearts are not opened to the truth and God has given believers a responsibility in sharing the truth with them (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19). As you ponder what you are about to read, I would encourage you to ask God to make the truth known to you. There are those who sincerely desire truth and those who want to avoid truth because of the conviction that comes with it. If you are perplexed why someone willingly chooses the wrong path, scripture tells us that our hearts are inherently wicked (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19) and scripture tells us that the majority of the world remains in opposition to God. Scripture tells us to question our own hearts (2 Corinthians 13:5). Doing so is vital, as it relates to identifying what we truly believe and if we have the necessary understanding of our need for Christ’s sacrifice because of our sinfulness. Scripture also tells us to beware of false teaching and contradicting philosophies (Romans 16:17, 2 Peter 2:1-3 and Colossians 2:8). God tells us to test all that we believe in light of His word and Spirit (1 John 4:1). God tells us not to rely on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6 and 28:26), but upon His word! Pray that His true love and desire for you would be made known, as the God of all creation cherishes you and desires to be cherished by you. Pray that you would seek Him and His word rather than the laws of man. Eternal life with the Lord versus eternal damnation is what’s at stake. I realize that what I have just stated sounds harsh, but please listen to my thoughts according to scripture. I do believe that some Catholics have received salvation, in that; they believe the key points to the gospel message that is described later in this commentary. They also choose to ignore false teaching that they hear or may not even be aware of that the religion adheres to, as revealed by the Catechisms of the Catholic Church. Those whom I speak of, though possibly saved, lack wisdom in their knowledge of the scriptures by their association to a religion that is in opposition to God Himself. If you truly love someone, wouldn’t you want to know more about them? Shouldn’t that be the same, if not greater, for the God of the universe Who loves and desires you more than any other? My hope is that this study may be used to open hearts, minds and souls to the truth. Do you desire to know God at His word rather than have an affiliation with a religion associated with false doctrines that seek to destroy what God has intended? The following bullet points are explained in greater detail throughout this commentary:
- Scripture states that we are justified by faith through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sin, whereby, Catholicism states that faith in Him PLUS works justify the believer. The decision from the Council of Trent by the Catholic Church in the 1500’s still stands today that justification is offered upon the basis of human cooperation WITH divine grace. This false doctrine declares that Christ’s sacrifice is not enough. Holy Scripture reveals that “good works” are “evidence” of true faith in Christ, but that good works are not a requirement for salvation.
- Scripture reveals that baptism must be fulfilled as an act of faithful obedience to God, but that it is not a requirement of salvation whereby Catholicism teaches that baptism is necessary for salvation.
- Scripture tells us that the Christian receives forgiveness for their sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Their faith in Christ is in harmony with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Catholicism venerates the mother Mary in addition to the saints, which scripture does not substantiate.
- The Catholic Church places high regard on traditions that are not substantiated by the Holy Scriptures such as their participation in rosary, indulgences and relics to name a few. There are some biblical traditions that are shared amongst both beliefs and prayer is one example, as scripture acknowledges the believer’s need to pray to God. Holy Scripture reveals deviations from the truth. Catholicism adds that we should pray to the saints and to the Virgin Mary, which is not substantiated by the Word of God.
- Holy Scripture defines the means of salvation through Jesus Christ alone and the Catholic Church adds that salvation must come through the Catholic Church and that there is no salvation outside of itself. Catholicism also teaches the forgiveness of sins through Holy Communion and although Scripture reveals the importance of communion, it never states that it is a necessary means to receive forgiveness.
- Christianity, throughout the Scriptures, declare that only God may forgive the sins of man and the Catholic Church declares that their priests have the power to forgive man’s sin.
- Holy Scripture reveals that God is God and will always be the one and only God. The Catholic Church teaches that believers are to be made into gods.
- The Catholic Church teaches of purgatory and no mention of purgatory is made anywhere in the Bible.
- The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims worship and adore the same God that scripture speaks of, which is entirely contradictory to scripture.
God Himself has intentionally left us with the Holy Scriptures as the primary means to know Him (Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Psalm 119:10-11) and we must base our beliefs upon His word as He opens our hearts to Him (Ephesians 1:17). It is probably fair to say that every religion throughout history has a portion of truth mixed in with its false teaching. So often, those teachings speak of love, selflessness, good works and peace, but do not speak of the sufficiency of Christ alone amongst other things. False teaching is easily attractive to those who are not grounded in their belief of whom God is through Holy Scripture; that the Bible is God’s own words for us. Any belief contrary to what scripture reveals is false and synonymously, man-made. The differences between Christianity and Catholicism according to scripture are massive and, as previously mentioned; anything that opposes God and His word is heresy and major cause for alarm. Some of you may need to be honest in asking yourselves why you believe your faith, whatever it may be. It may be that you came to your faith by your upbringing, whether from family members, friends or other acquaintances. If your faith is a direct result of those whom you learned from, are you willing to look deeper, to what the scriptures say rather than what your family or acquaintances say or believe, so that you may verify your eternal salvation? Is what they told you synonymous with what scripture reveals or is it in opposition to what God Himself has made known to us? My hope and prayer is that you will question your hearts and your beliefs as the Apostle Paul suggests in 2 Corinthians 13:5, ”Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”
Scripture is full of evidence of God’s love and desire for you (Deuteronomy 5:29, Psalm 149:4, Proverbs 8:17, Matthew 10:29-31, John 3:16-18) and He desires that you love and believe Him in truth. What does it mean to believe God in truth unto salvation? It means believing and trusting in God, in whom He truly is as the triune God (Matthew 28:19): God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. Realization of your sinfulness is essential (Romans 1:18-32, 3:23). Recognizing your sinfulness brings about the realization of your need to be forgiven (Matthew 6:14-15) and your need to repent (1 John 1:9, Acts 3:19, 2 Peter 3:9). You must believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross as the necessary sacrifice to cover the price of your sinfulness (I John 2:2, Romans 3:25, 1 John 3:5, Hebrews 2:17) and that He arose from death three days later (1 Corinthians 15:4). It is also believing that He now, and for all of eternity, serves as our Lord at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33, Revelation 3:21). This is the true gospel of Jesus Christ and upon believing, you are completely forgiven for all of eternity. There is no greater gift that we may receive, as not only are we protected from hell, but we get to spend eternity with our Holy Creator in heaven!
Here’s what God says about the inerrancy of His Word relating to the Scriptures (Holy Bible):
Proverbs 30:5-6 – Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
John 17:17 – Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Galatians 2:11-12 – But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1:20-21 – knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 22:18-19 – For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
COMPARISON BETWEEN THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE HOLY SCRIPTURE:
-Is it the Bible alone for Truth or the Bible plus the Traditions of Men?
Catechism #97: “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God”
Colossians 2:8 – Beware, lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
-Do I need to belong to the Catholic Church for Salvation, or is it enough just to go through Jesus alone?
Catechism #181: “’Believing is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith precedes, engenders, supports, and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. “No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother.’”
John 6:44-46 – “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.”
Catechism #868: “The Church is catholic: she proclaims the fullness of the faith. She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation. She is sent out to all peoples. She speaks to all men. She encompasses all times. She is “missionary of her very nature.”
Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Catechism #1461: Since Christ entrusted to his apostles the ministry of reconciliation, bishops who are their successors, and priests, the bishops’ collaborators, continue to exercise the ministry. Indeed bishops and priests, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power to forgive all sins “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 9:6 – “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
Mark 2:7 – “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Catechism #1257: The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit.” God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.
Romans 10:9-13 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
-If someone leaves the Catholic Church, they can’t go to heaven? What about the people who have left the Catholic Church and believe in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins?
Catechism #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; 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 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.
John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Ephesians 1:13 – In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
-How can the Eucharist be Jesus when He says to do this ‘in remembrance of Me?’
Catechism #1374: The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all sacraments tend.” In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.” “This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”
Luke 22:14-19 – When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
-By taking the Bread and Wine, will that really get rid of my sins?
Catechism #1393: Holy Communion separates us from sin. The body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion is “given up for us,” and the blood we drink “shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins.” For this reason the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins: For as often as we eat this bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the death of the Lord. If we proclaim the Lord’s death, we proclaim the forgive-ness of sins. If, as often as his blood is poured out, it is poured for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so that it may always forgive my sins. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy.
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 2:2 – And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
Acts 13:38-39 – Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
-How can a Muslim get to Heaven when they do not believe Jesus is the Son of God who Died for their Sins?
Catechism #841: The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”
John 3:36 – “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Romans 9:7 – nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”
–Purgatory isn’t in the Bible!
Catechism #1030: All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
Catechism #1031: The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.
John 19:30 – So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
1 John 4:10 – In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Pastor/Theologian John Calvin – “Purgatory is a deadly fiction of Satan which nullifies the cross of Christ, inflicts unbearable contempt upon God’s mercy, and overturns and destroys our faith.”
-Is Jesus my Advocate to get to God, or is it Mary?
Catechism #969: “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation….Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.
Luke 1:46-47 – And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Luke 11:27-28 – And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
1 John 2:1 – My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
-Can I become a god? NO! Only God who is the Creator is God and will ever be God!
Catechism #460: The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”
Genesis 3:5 – “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – spoken by the serpent (Satan)
Isaiah 45:5 – “I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me,”
God’s Warnings of False Doctrine and Teaching:
Deuteronomy 13:3-4 – you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
Jeremiah 14:14 – And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.”
Matthew 7:15-20 – “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Acts 20:29 – For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.
Romans 16:17-18 – Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
2 Corinthians 11:4 – For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 – For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Galatians 1:6-10 – I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Ephesians 4:14 – that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
1 Timothy 1:3-4 – As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 – Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
1 Timothy 6:20-21 – O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.
2 Timothy 3:5 – having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
2 Timothy 4:3-4 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
2 Peter 2:1-10 – But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,
2 Peter 3:17 – You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
1 John 2:26-27 – These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
1 John 4:1-3 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2 John 1:7-11 – For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
2 John 1:10-11 – If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
God/Scripture teaches “Justification by Faith” and not by works:
Luke 18:1-14 – Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
John 5:24 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
Acts 16:31 – So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Romans 3:10 – As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
Romans 3:28 – Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
Romans 4:3-25 – For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin. Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
Romans 5:1 – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 5:9 – Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Romans 5:17 – For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:1 – There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 9:31-32 – but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.
Romans 10:3 – For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
Romans 11:6 – And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of Him.
Galatians 2:16 – knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Galatians 2:21 – I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
Galatians 3:10-12 – For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Philippians 3:9 – and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;