I often times here from protestants that they understand that there are true Christians in the Catholic Church, however, I’ve always felt like this is an evasive way of saying “In spite of the church” I could be wrong…
However, to my protestant brothers and sisters…
If a Catholic followed all the Catholic teachings to the letter, is he saved, or will his following the Catholic church completely condemn him?
The only guarantee that we Christians have is the Word of God -
Matt 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away (also quoted by Mark and Luke).
Pray to the Holy Spirit to explain the Book of Revelations and Matt Chap 24. Read up on the writings and findings of eschatology (end times teaching).
to the OP: Sorry about taking us down this bunny trail…
Amen! I love that passage! Question:Is Jesus talking about JUST the written Word? He is the Word Incarnate, and he orally taught His disciples many things that may or may not have been written down. In fact, we have evidence in Scripture that not all of what was taught by Christ to the apostles was written down.
2 Thess. 2:15 - So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
2 Thess. 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
As an aside: My Bible doesn’t have a Book of Revelations, it has the Book of Revelation. Little pet peeve of mine, sorry.
The Bible Christian Society has an excellent CD or MP3 download called “The Rapture and the Bible” that you can get for FREE.
I encourage you to give it a listen.
An aetheist could follow all the teachings of the Church, but without grace and faith still not be saved, though I am not saying that they would not be saved.
Believing that we are saved by “following teachings” is works-based salvation, so believing that you are saved by following all the teachings is by definition not following all the teachings since a (THE?) major teaching of the Church is that we are saved by grace from which the works will flow.
However to believe that one could follow all the teachings of the Church and then be automatically condemned for following them, if following them is what their faith in God called them to, also makes no sense.
And of course their is the issue that not all teachings of the Church have the same weight. And some teachings (not doctrine) have changed through the years as the Church has come to fuller understanding.
Perhaps a clearer phrasing of what the question is looking for might be in order?