I made the grave mistake of wandering onto a Baptist Forum looking for an answer to a thread I posted here, earlier. Needless to say, my registration will have to be approved by the forum powers that be. In the meantime, I’ve been reading some comments. I’d like to get your reaction to some comments I read on the “other side”.
*Re: Roman Catholicism, cult or not?
It may not deny the deity of Jesus Christ. However:
There is no salvation outside the Catholic Church.
To be saved one must be baptized into the Catholic Church.
All doctrine originates from one source (not the Bible), but the magesterium.
All doctrine must have only one interpretation (that of the magesterium).
The Bible is not the final authority, rather there is another authority to appeal to–Oral Tradition.
The gospel is another gospel–a gospel of works which Paul calls anathema.
It is not a gospel of grace through faith.
Grace is redefined.
Grace supposedly works through “sacraments” which the Bible knows nothing of.
The belief that Christ paid the full penalty for our sins is denied, in that one has to pay part of that penalty in purgatory.
The sacrifice of Christ was not sufficient, therefore he must be resacrificed again and again.
How many times must Christ be re-sacrificed until his sacrifice is sufficient enough to pay for our sins??
All the above puts the RCC in the realm of a cult. You cannot believe in the above doctrines and be a Christian at the same time. It is an impossibility.*