Over the years many Roman Catholics have called me "Catholic basher" and "Catholic hater." These have been false labels because it is never the individual I'm opposing when arguing doctrinal matters, but the institution that imposes those doctrines. And Rome is by no means the only institution I argue against but that's beside the point.
As I often point out when talking with Catholics, the problem is really very simple:
The Gospel [Good News] of the grace of God (1 Cor 15:1-4; cf Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5) is the only saving Good News on earth today. Nothing else will work; only that specific Message.
But Rome officially anathematized [cursed] all who preach that saving Gospel at the council of Trent. That curse is still canon law, still in force and still binding upon all Catholics whether or not they realize it.
That means if you come to believe what Christ Himself revealed through Paul, His chosen apostle to the Gentiles (that’s us), ROME HAS ALREADY CURSED YOU.
So the choice boils down to this:
You can have forgiveness, justification and Christ’s perfect righteous now and forever, for free, by grace through faith in His death, burial and resurrection for your sin, with no need for works to receive or to keep it. Then, and only then, will you be free to walk in the works HE prepared beforehand for the saved to walk in…
You can stand before God in judgment on the basis of your own Christ-less “good works of righteousness” which He already said will be rejected as filthy rags because of your un-dealt with sin, none of which Rome’s sacraments (or any other church’s rituals) can dismiss or even touch.
In fact, a sinner standing before holy God and holding up his or her own unholy "good works" for Him to accept will only make their judgment worse.
So the choice is very simple. But the choice is yours and time is running out…
“It is appointed unto all men once to die, but after this, JUDGMENT.”
Don’t let any individual, loved one, minister, institution or tradition choose for you. YOU will stand before God ALONE. No nun, priest or pope will be there to advocate for you.
Choose wisely. Your eternity depends on it.