He attempts to deny that the Catholic church teaches salvation or Justification by faith PLUS works; which is a ludicrous claim. The crux of the Protestant Reformation was based on this very issue--is Justification by faith alone? Or by faith AND works? The Catholic church not only requires works of the believer in order to be justified, it also requires that the believer KEEP working to maintain merit, salvation.
The Canons that Keith provided very cleverly do not tell the whole story. All they say is that man alone, without the aid of divine grace, cannot earn salvation. What the heretical Catholic church DOES teach . . . is that provided one obtains divine grace (by going through the Catholic church) THEN man is able to earn and maintain Justification.
All these Canons say, which Keith presented, is that for man to earn his salvation/Justification . . . he needs the HELP of the "Holy Ghost" and "predisposing inspiration" (ie., "prevenient grace" which is NOT something that is taught in the Bible, but is a doctrine invented by humanists who cannot, will not abandon the idea of the supremacy of man's "free will" over God's.)
Since Keith went to the Council of Trent Canons to provide a deceptive argument, I will go them to show the lie proposed that the Catholic church does NOT teach that "we have to earn our salvation through our own good works", whereas the Bible teaches that it is by "grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." --Eph. 2:8-9
How do you explain this away, Keith? Please, remember lying, dissembling, lying by omission, twisting truth, defending heresy etc., is very serious business. You need to repent and put your faith ALONE in JESUS CHRIST ALONE.
If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.
If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema.
" . . . Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, so that 'we too might walk in newness of life,'" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 977).
"Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ. It is granted us through Baptism. It conforms us to the righteousness of God, who justifies us. It has for its goal the glory of God and of Christ, and the gift of eternal life. It is the most excellent work of God's mercy," (CCC, par. 2020).
Where does the Bible say we are Justified by baptism? Nowhere. This is a Catholic concoction.
Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), par. 2010 says,
"Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification."Oh really? This does not sound like faith alone by grace alone: "Merit for ourselves . . . the graces needed for our sanctification" ???
Let us turn instead to the Word of God: "But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace," Rom. 11:6
If you do not love the truth . . . then sooner or later . . . you will be handed over to the evil one and will learn to love a lie. . . .
Here is Keith's original comment below . . . and while I heartily refute what he posted, I do appreciate that he bothered to take the time to comment and that he even cares enough at least (about spiritual issues) that he contended. Apathy and shoulder shrugging about God and Godly matters is the most abhorrent to me. Be either hot or cold--lukewarmness is the worst!
I just found your blog while searching for shawn mccraney, and see you keep saying that the catholic church teaches we have to earn our salvation through our own good works, here is what the church actually teaches:
Council of Trent session 6
If anyone says that man can be justified before God by his own works, whether done by his own natural powers or through the teaching of the law, without divine grace through Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.
If anyone says that divine grace through Christ Jesus is given for this only, that man may be able more easily to live justly and to merit eternal life, as if by free will without grace he is able to do both, though with hardship and difficulty, let him be anathema.
If anyone says that without the predisposing inspiration of the Holy Ghost and without His help, man can believe, hope, love or be repentant as he ought, so that the grace of justification may be bestowed upon him, let him be anathema.