Would I Ever Be Roman Catholic?

There was a question asked a few weeks ago about what it would take for me to consider being a Roman Catholic. The short answer is nothing would convince me. However, I also understand a fuller explanation is warranted.

The Catholic Church is not a biblical church. It does not matter that the claim they have apostolic succession. First, there is no such claim made in Scripture. And it is not fundamental belief that Peter was the rock that the church was built on. That is debated. It is also clear that Peter was not the leader of all Christianity in the apostolic era. Paul, for example, did not follow Peter. Peter was not over Paul in any way. So the idea of the Roman Catholic Church being the “one true church” is ridiculous on its face.

Second, the Catholic Church does not follow Scripture. Sure they use Scripture and they also abuse it. They have absurd beliefs such as the sinlessness of Mary, Mary’s perpetual virginity, transubstantiation, and many other beliefs that simply are not found in Scripture. They believe in a works-based salvation no matter how much they try to claim otherwise.

They are a church that has fallen to the corruption of humanity under the “leadership” of corrupt popery. They, in fact, are not a Christian Church.

That is not to say that there are no Christians in the Catholic Church. I believe there are. I would also urge those brothers and sisters to get out of Rome’s false church as fast as humanly possible and get to a Bible Teaching church.

Is Baptism Part of Salvation?

I have heard it argued that people take the third chapter of John’s Gospel, the story with Nicodemus, and use it as a claim for baptism being necessary for salvation. The claim is that water birth in the chapter is actually baptism. However, a simple and logical look at the passage will show us that this is not the case at all. Let’s take a look at John 3:1-6

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:1–6, ESV

Verse 1: We are introduced to Nicodemus and that sets the stage for the conversation he is about to have with Christ.

Verse 2: Nicodemus is searching for truth and tells Christ he knows that He is of God.

Verse 3: Jesus said you cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born again.

Now, we need to stop for a minute because this is key. Born again. Born a second time in some way. Nicodemus understood that Christ meant a second birth but he does not understand how this is possible which brings us forward.

Verse 4: Nicodemus, confused by the born again, asks if we are somehow to reenter the womb.

Verse 5: Jesus answers saying that you must be born of water and spirit.

Now, the spirit is the second birth, the water is clearly the first birth. That is the logical progression Jesus is following. Yes, Nicodemus, you were born the first time of water (womb) but this new birth, the born again, is a spiritual, not physical, birth.

Verse 6 further confirms this interpretation by saying flesh is born of flesh and spirit is born of spirit. Water is interchanged with flesh but spirit remains. Why? Because water is talking about physical birth, not baptism.

That is the full context and proper interpretation of this passage. It has nothing to do with baptism and baptism certainly is not required for salvation.