Dear AnneTeresa, your write, Protestants (at least evangelicals ) believe that we all sin and that once we turn our lives over to God, we are saved and everything from then on and before is completely forgiven. We have no further price to pay. Our salvation can never be lost. So we acknowledge we are sinners and it we really mean it, it will show in our lives. But if we do sin it doesn’t matter because we are already forgiven, as long as we don’t intentionally sin using the excuse that it won’t matter.
So if I turn my life over to God all is completely forgiven and my salvation can never be lost…
this means I can rob a bank, kill someone, be hateful and self any time I choose, but I am still saved, because once saved, always saved! No, you qualify that by saying, unless I deliberately sin! You contradict the ‘once saved, always saved’ by saying 'except if!" So actually you are saying the same thing Catholics do! You just don’t realize you are saying it!
“But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die.” Ezekiel 18:24
Ezekiel 33:18 If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it.
We Catholics believe in repentance and the Church offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) which Jesus provided when He said to the apostles, the first priests, giving priests authority to forgive sin: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20 21-23
In giving authority to the Catholic Church, in the person of the first Pope, Jesus said:
“But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."Matthew 16:15-19