Can You Trust The Catholic Jesus?
The Lord Jesus warned us, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” (Matthew 24:23). Yet this is what Catholic priests proclaim each time they lift up the Eucharist. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Eucharist becomes “the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . [such that] the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained”(CCC, 1374). This is done so that “the same Christ who offered himself” on the cross can “be offered” on Catholic altars (CCC, 1367).
How can we know if the Eucharist is truly the Lord Jesus or a false Christ? The Apostle Paul warned us that some will preach another Jesus whom the apostles never preached. “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” (2 Corinthians 11:4.) Therefore, the accuracy of every teaching must be tested with the word of God. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11). Jesus proclaimed from the cross, “it is finished,” so we know it cannot be Jesus who is being offered daily on Catholic alters (John 19:30). “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:17-18).
Jesus Will Return a Second Time
The Bible gives precise details about the return of Christ so that no one will be deceived. The true Jesus does not return every day in the Eucharist as an offering for sins. “So, Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28). When He returns it will be with power and great glory in a physical body, the same way He ascended to heaven. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:27-30; Acts 1:11).
Jesus Is The Only Savior
Peter declared: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12). Yet Catholics deny that Jesus is the only name for salvation. “In the treasury, too, are the prayers and good words of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints . . . In this way they attained their own salvation and at the same time cooperated in saving their brothers” (CCC, 1477).
Jesus Saves Forever
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus promises they will “never perish” because He gives them eternal life and He will never cast them out. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:37-39). “And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28). Catholics have no such assurance. The Catholic Jesus offers only conditional life. After the sacrament of baptism each Catholic is placed on probation and must strive to remain in God’s favor through “good works, sacraments and law keeping” (CCC, 1129, 2068). Those who die in a state of mortal sin will suffer in “hell’s eternal fire” (CCC, 1035).
Jesus Is The Only Sinless Mediator
God’s perfect man and man’s perfect God is the only one qualified to be the mediator between God and men. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5).
Only in Him can those who were formerly far off, be brought near by His blood. “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13). Only in Christ can sin, which separated sinners from God, be removed. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2). The Catholic Jesus is robbed of His glory and honor by the Catholic Mary who is called a “sinless Mediatrix…. Without a single sin to restrain her . . . she became the cause of salvation for herself and the whole human race” (CCC, 494).
Jesus Saves Completely
The Lord Jesus gave His life for those who hear His voice and follow Him. “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:4-16).
His death forgave all their sins and cancelled their complete sin debt. “And you being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” (Colossians 2: 13-14). “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14). Catholicism denies this by teaching the sinner must “expiate or make satisfaction for his sins” (CCC, 1459). Catholics can remit temporal punishment for themselves, and for the dead through “indulgences” (CCC, 1471).
Jesus Purifies All Sin
Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from sin. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood: and without shedding of blood is no remission.” (Hebrews 9:22). “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7). When Jesus made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he hath by himself purged out sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3).
The blood of the Catholic Jesus is not the only cleansing agent for sin. After death Catholics “undergo purification [through a cleansing fire in Purgatory], so as to achieve the holiness necessary to obtain heaven” (CCC, 1030-31).
How Will You Respond?
Will you repent and forsake everything that cannot save you – the sacrifice of the Mass, the sacraments, good works, purgatory, indulgences and Mary? Will you believe the true message of Jesus Christ and be sealed with the Holy Spirit, thus guaranteeing your glorious inheritance? “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14). Jesus said, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24).