After reading this post, about Being a Good Person, etc… – which led to an explanation about the poster of the original topic possibly being of the Way of the Master persuasion, I went to the Way of the Master website (it’s the main site for Kirk Cameron’s show about witnessing and Christianity) – and started digging through some of the “how to witness to various groups” tools. I found one that didn’t say “Catholic” outright, but said something like “how to witness to someone from a certain congregation if you fear they don’t know Jesus.” (that is not word for word.)
So I emailed someone at Way of the Master asking if they believed it was okay to be Catholic. After half a day, I got a personal response. Some of it is this:
"Thank you for writing. Here is some information that I have copied for you
from CARM (Christian Apologetics Research Ministries). I hope this is
Roman Catholics are Christians if they trusted in Jesus alone for the
forgiveness of their sins. However, if they believe that the are saved by God’s grace and their works, then they are not saved–even if they believe their works are done by God’s grace–since they then deny the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice.
Even though Roman Catholic Church affirms the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and His physical resurrection, it greatly errors in its doctrine of salvation by adding to salvation.
No one can say whether a Roman catholic is truly a Christian or not since we cannot know people’s hearts. But, if anyone, Catholic included, openly denies essential doctrines 2 then he is not saved, and this is the problem. It appears that the Roman Catholic church is denying the essential doctrine of justification by faith. If a Roman Catholic believes in the official Roman Catholic teaching on salvation, then he is not a Christian since the official RCC position is contrary to scripture. Therefore, as a whole, Roman Catholics need to be evangelized. They need to hear the true Gospel. They need to hear that they are not made right before God by being in a church, or by being baptized, but by receiving Christ (John 1:12), believing that Jesus has risen from the dead (Rom. 10:9), and that justification is by faith (Rom. 5:1) and not by our deeds (Rom. 4:5). It is only true faith that results in true works (James 2), not the other way around. Roman Catholics, like anyone else, need to trust in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of their sins and not the Catholic sacraments, not the words of the priest, not the pope, not Mary, not the saints, not penance, not indulgences, not the rosary, etc. Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life ( John 14:6).
Jesus alone saves. Jesus alone is Lord. Only Jesus’ sacrifice can cleanse us. Only by faith are we made right before God. Justification is by faith, not by anything we do."
How would you answer this kind of apologetic? It seems to be reasonable, and I know several people who believe according to this idea.