First, you keep contradicting yourself all the time! Which one is it?
Second, I thought we are saved by Jesus Christ and his Sacrifice on the Cross! :shrug:
Ro 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The Gospel is the means of salvation. It doesn’t say that we are saved by the Gospel but that Gospel is there for our Salvation.
Notice it doesn’t say “to everyone who goes to a catholic church”
Does the Bible teach that Outside of the Church there is no Salvation? I does!
Why would it say Catholic Church? There was only one Church (and there still is) and no protestant sects trying to lure people away from it claiming that they are members of some invisible Church.
And notice that the Bible says that it’s for everyone who believes? Believes what? In the person Jesus Christ? That Jesus Christ is God? In That 25% if the Truth? 64% of the Truth? No, the whole truth! And the fullness of truth is found ONLY in the Church that the Son himself founded on Peter. And the Church is part of the Gospel. Church is the New Jerusalem of the New Covenant.
Co 1:17 ¶ For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
If Paul doesn’t preach the gospel, Christ’s death on the cross is of none effect. It is not about baptism as stated above, but about the gospel.
No, not at all. Let’s not take the text out of context and look at the verses around it.
1 Corinthians 1:11-17
My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: (1) One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
(2) Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? (3) I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel— (4) not with words of human wisdom, (5) lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
1. So there were some people who could agree on whom they are following (Paul or Christ).
2. Paul is concerned and shows them that it is Jesus Christ whom we should follow.
3. He shows them that they are baptized because of Jesus not because of him. He is therefore glad that he didn’t baptize them so not to cause more confusion.
4. He explains that he did not baptize them because that is not his mission given to him by Christ his mission is to preach.
5. He goes into specifics and explains that he preaches not words of human wisdom but God’s will
6. If what he would say was human wisdom then this would mean that Christ was really not what he claimed to be.
So the above passage does not speak about the importance of baptism but simply about the fact that Paul was chosen by God to preach and that what he says does not come from his intellectuality but from God.
So no, Baptism (as has been shown to you) is necessary for salvation but of course it doesn’t save you.
We are to preach the word of the Lord (the bible) and the gospel (which is in the bible)
Yes we are to preach word of God. But tell me, does the Bible say that the only source of the Gospel and in fact word of God is in the Bible?
Ac 8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
NOT what some church says, but what the bible says.
So you actually believe that they were holding the New Testament and reading it to people? :rolleyes:
Rule #1. Bible is the word of God but word of God is not Bible.
Rule #2. What a text says and how we interpret it are two different things and do not necessarily match.
Rule #3. The Bible in infallible but there is no point of having an infallible text without an infallible interpreter.
Rule #4. It is what the Church of Christ says because only in the True Church exists the authority to interpret the Gospel.
Rule #5. You will be unable to give us any passage in the Bible which shows that people were preaching on they own. All of those who taught with an authority were send out by the Apostles or those who the Apostles appointed.
We go to church for edification, to “build up” it’s members, not to worship it. We go there to worship God, not the church.
Worshiping the Church? Dude, that’s crazy! Who would do that? Certainly not Catholics!
BUT, we don’t go to Church. We are part of the Church (or not). The Christ founded the Church and this Church is one, catholic (universal) and apostolic. We can leave it, but we don’t go in and out whenever we want to. The Church is the mystical body of Christ, and not some building where we gather.
The word of truth (is located in the bible) contains the gospel
Either you are going to believe the bible (God’s word) or you are going to believe the lie. Choose.
I believe the word of God, the word preached by Christ and His Apostles. This word we call Sacred Tradition and it consists of written Tradition (the Scripture) and oral Tradition. These were both preserved by the Church and are found in the Church and only the Church.