What happens to the following person:
They are Protestant and have full knowledge of the Catholic Faith yet continue to reject it.
Since they do they are in a state of mortal sin–they aren’t Invincibly Ignorant as some are–they know the Catholic faith and still reject it.
They fall into a situation where their captors who are not christian call upon them to both deny the Catholic Faith and deny Christ or face death.
They say “I deny the Catholic faith but I will not deny Christ”.
They are killed for their statement.
Are they martyrs for Christ and attain Heaven?
Are they not martyrs for Christ but people who die in a state of Mortal Sin because if they were true martyrs they would not choose to die in that manner against the will of God?
I guess what I’m asking is do all deaths that appear to be Martyrdoms–are they all really in fact Martyrdoms?
In other words if one chooses to put themselves into a situation where they are killed for the faith and do not consult God and do die that way does that constitute martyrdom?
I could go to the Middle East today and preach the truth of Jesus in the right places to where I’m sure that I would be killed for it and I could do that without consulting God or asking if that is His will for me.
I do not believe that if I did that that I would be a true martyr and if I were in a state of mortal sin that I could still go to Hell!
Is that possible?
Where do Protestants martyrs who know the truth of the Catholic Faith and reject it until death go when they are killed for Christ in that state?
In other words are there really Protestant martyrs or are there just Protestants who die martyr’s deaths?