I was evangelizing to an elderly lady who told me she was saved because she was born catholic.
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John 1:11 "He came unto his own, and his own received him not." John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" John 1:13 "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Verse 13 clearly states you cannot inherit salvation because of being born into a particular family, not because an individual wills or wishes it so, nor because someone else willed or wanted it for you. It is a result of God willing it so. Salvation is not found in church membership or affiliation, it is totally and completely found in the person of The Lord Jesus Christ, by the redeeming power of his shed blood, death, burial and resurrection.
I am in agreement with brother JD Abshine post and my short answer would be NO, this misconception is deceitful in itself, and shall we say cultist at it's core. Many precious souls will be deceived and miss the very narrow path, and suffer great eternal loss for their error of following false teachers and incorrect doctrine. It's our job to warn as many as we can of their eternal error, while there is still some time on the clock, as the hour is close at hand, with great joy let us keep looking up. Ezekiel 33:6 In the Lord's freedom and narrrow path...............warrior on
As a former Catholic, some Catholics are "Christians" and some are not. Some, like the lady you spoke to, see it like a club, and when they join the club through baptism, and going to church, they think they are in a group of people going to heaven. The problem with this view is that it places the burden on us to do the right thing, and we could never in our own power make ourselves worthy of heaven. The only way to heaven is to trust in the work Jesus did, and He is the only one capable of paying the price for our sins. If a Catholic believes this, they will go to heaven, but if they believe going to heaven is based on anything other than this (such as being baptised, receiving the Eucharist etc) then sadly they will not.
No. The only way to Know that you are saved according to the Bible is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He is the only way, the only life and the only truth. No religion will save you, it has to come from you and that personal relationship with the creator of the Universe.
if you confess jesus is lord and you know in your heart you are a sinner. You have to read his word (the bible) so you can hear what god wants to say to you. Then you are saved. Proof by your fruits and change of heart in how you act as a follower of jesus.
I know so many who believe they are on the way to heaven simply because their patents had them baptized as infants. Many only attend church a few times per year, if at all. This lie has cast many into the outer darkness and I wish there was a way to get through to such folks that their eternal rest is at a very high risk.
The often-misinterpreted book of Ezekiel, that many use to try and justify "soul sleep," Chapter 18 says it all. It speaks of your salvation being your own. You are not saved because your father (any parent) was saved. Conversely, you are not condemned to death because of your father's sins. Your salvation is predicated upon your acceptance, and yours alone, of Christ as your Savior. To extrapolate that out, it means that belonging to any particular denomination also doesn't save you. As God says, "behold all souls are Mine (v4). We are all accountable for our own eternal destiny.
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