To restore all things in Christ
-- Pope St. Pius X
THE purpose of this Web page is to bring to the fore what has been lost to the doctrine of salvation preached by Jesus Christ and taught to all Nations as He commanded His Apostles and their disciples. As it has come to pass, the purity of the Faith has been compromised and eroded by those who have set themselves other Christs, teaching doctrines contrary to what Jesus came to teach for the salvation of souls. This is what has been lost in the thoughts of many: that the main reason, and for no other, Jesus established His Church was for the salvation of souls. He came in obedience to His Father who wished to be reconciled with sinful men who were barred from the gates of Heaven and had no chance of receiving their reward. Jesus paid with His life by His death on the Cross the ransom demanded by SIN. This He paid dearly. And having paid this ransom, He thus opened once again the gates of Heaven and gave humanity by His redemption the privilege of being able to enjoy the Beatific Vision Who is God Himself. However, through the centuries, Jesus' teachings were laid waste by the wayside, watered down, by those who took upon themselves the authority to teach what they mistakenly and erroneously believed to be the true doctrine of salvation, unknowing that these were prompted by the great enemy of God -- the First Protestant, Lucifer -- who vowed to destroy everything that was and always will be His.
All things that have been lost must be restored. What has been lost is too great. Many souls have been lost. And many more are being lost.
The following statements are from the teaching of the universal Church, paraphrased and in my own writing. This is the QUEST FOR SALVATION.
The Truth will set you free. [John 8:32]
The purpose of these presentations and articles is to essay to bring back to the fold all those who have separated themselves from the True Church and the Faith brought by the Apostles to the world so they may be set free*.
There are many faiths and beliefs, but only one way that leads to heaven. There is basically only two religions, the one established by Jesus Christ and the one established by Satan. If it is not of Christ, then it is of the other. Thus, there are Catholics, and there are Protestants, and others.
Our imprisonment by sin remains so until we see and understand the Truth. Are Protestants and those in other faiths and religions, and particularly Catholics who are ignorant and clueless of their religion, really set free while they continue in their error? We will show what these errors are.
Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke
in all patience and doctrine.
For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they
will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth,
but will be turned unto fables.
[2 Timothy 4]
1. The Jesus Christ that Protestants and others base their belief in is NOT the same Jesus Christ that Catholics place their faith in.
* Rejection of John 16:18
"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
What's so difficult to understand this TRUTH, this infallible statement of Christ? Salvation is through the Church and by no other, which is precisely
the reason Christ established her. "...[t]he house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." [1 Tim 3:15]
* How can the Church established by Christ disappear from the face of the earth in the 16th Century (as claimed by those who established their own churches) when He gave His guarantee that it will be here forever?
The following are empty words for the false followers of Christ, or what?
"The gates of Hell shall not prevail against her."
"...behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world."
* Denial of the infallible and inerrant words of Christ.
"[T]he truths revealed by Jesus Christ are unalterable; that 'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but His words shall never pass away;' [Luke 21:33] and that, therefore, to corrupt these sacred words, though but in one single article, would be ' . . perverting the Gospel of Christ,' [Gal. 1: 7], a sin so grievous that the Holy Ghost, by His mouth, pronounces a curse upon anyone, though an angel from Heaven who shall dare to be guilty of it."
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy
trust, avoiding the profane novelties of words, and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called."
(l. Tim. vi. 20.)
The world was to be saved by the preaching of the Cross, and by the Eucharist, and not by human wisdom or eloquence
The false Gospel of salvation.
* Sola Fide. By Faith "alone" you are saved.
A "personal relationship" with Jesus is all that is required for salvation.
* Once saved, always saved.
Salvation is "once and for all." It can never be lost; all sin has been forgiven; one can no longer commit sin.
Thoughts to Ponder: --
"With fear and trembling, work out your salvation" [Philippians 2:12]
The Narrow Gate: The Fewness of the Saved.
"But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate:
for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter and shall not be able...." [Luke Ch XIII:23-24]
In St Matthew's Gospel it is the same and more, Our Lord says that they are "many" who are lost and they are "few" who are saved:
"Enter ye at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction: and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate and strait the way that leadeth to life: and few there are who find it. ..." [Matthew VII: 13-14]
So how could the conviction that to simply have a "personal relationship" with Jesus
possibly guarantee salvation? Illogical. No sense.
Not all who cry, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 7:21]
"And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." [Matthew 18:3]
Sadly, Protestantism does not regard those words of Jesus and only pays lip service to them.
1. Matthew 16:18 Jeus establishes His Church on the rock of Peter (Cephas). A solid foundation.
2. Jesus hands Peter the keys to the kingdom of Heaven and to no other, and the power to bind and loose.
3. Jesus specifically states that the gates of hades will not prevail against His Church.
4. Jesus gives His promise that He will be with His Church until the end of time.
5. Jesus builds His Church for the purpose of saving those who will enter it. For no other reason,
outside this Church there is no salvation whatsoever.
What do the above all mean?
Protestantism denies and rejects all five truths.
Where then is its credibility? Yet Protestantism has gained millions of adherents and followers simply on the strength of the "promise"
that the Bible, and only the Bible, is required for salvation, and nothing else.
Wouldn't it make one tremble with fear if one were to accept this premise and proposition by merely taking the word of the Protestant minister, put and trust one's salvation
soul merely in theoretical, hypothetical or speculative terms?
The grievous error of Protestantism is dishonesty, and promoting false hope. The new "believer"
who answers the "altar call" takes this "teaching" to
heart and fimly believes he is"saved." That is all the assurance he needs and he goes away with the conviction that he need not do anything anymore,
except read some Bible verses and attend "church" and he can look look forward to being with Jesus at the end of his journey. Is this really the doctrine
of salvation which Jesus came to pay for with His life by His passion and death on the Cross? Terrible price to pay for such an easy path to the
heavenly reward. Shouldn't we all take and accept it?
But wait. Why has such teaching been intentionally overlooked or ignored? For what reason? The pastor who teaches this doctrine knows full well,
if he is honest enough, that this isn't so, for he has read the Bible through and through and is keen on the verses of salvation, and knows it is not an easy
path. But when he tells the new believer that this is so, isn't he being dishonest and perchance says so to gain a new member in his church, if for no other
valid reason whatsoever?
Many -- cradle Catholics and converts especially -- have gone astray through ignorance of Catholic doctrine. This is because “[t]he students are molded according to the pattern of their teachers.” False teachers -- who arrogate for themselves the authority to teach -- must be exposed, dismissed and persecuted. Thus only will the purity of the Faith be regained and all things will be restored in Christ.
"[M]ass rebellion against Papal authority and having personal experience for many years in Northern Europe with first generation apostates from the faith, it was inevitable that St. Robert Bellarmine's attitude toward non-Catholics should be one of uncompromising rigor in opposing their errors, softened only by his love for them as “the straying sheep” with whom he pleaded to return, at the cost of salvation, to their Father’s house."
Uncompromising rigor in opposing errors--this was the stance and attitude taken by all of the early Church Fathers in opposing the heretics that were intent in destroying the Church, still in her infancy, and the doctrines imparted by Jesus to His Apostles to "teach all nations and to baptize them" in names of the Blessed Trinity, that whosoever shall believe and be baptized shall be saved. St. Irenaeus (b. circa 115) was one of the first Church Fathers to defend Catholic doctrine, in his time against the Gnostics. His comprehensive volume of work, Adversus Haereses (Contra or Against heresies, entitled "[T]o the Detection and Overthrow of the False Knowledge"), was one of vigorous and detailed attack against the heresy of Gnosticism, which was a great threat to the Church.
This section of Apologetics, we will present arguments for the true doctrine taught by Christ and commanded by Him to teach all nations for the salvation of souls. St. Irenaeus is the patron saint of this section. More on his monumental work:
"Of this work (Adversus haereses) we possess a very ancient Latin translation, the scrupulous fidelity of which is beyond doubt. It is the chief work of Irenaeus and truly of the highest importance; it contains a profound exposition not only of Gnosticism under its different forms, but also of the principal heresies which had sprung up in the various Christian communities, and thus constitutes an invaluable source of information on the most ancient ecclesiastical literature from its beginnings to the end of the second century. In refuting the heterodox systems Irenaeus often opposes to them the true doctrine of the Church, and in this way furnishes positive and very early evidence of high importance. Suffice it to mention the passages, so often and so fully commented upon by theologians and polemical writers, concerning the origin of the Gospel according to St. John (see GOSPEL OF SAINT JOHN), the Holy Eucharist, and the primacy of the Roman Church." (Catholic Encyclopedia)
"Of a second work, written after the "Adversus Haereses", an ancient literal translation in the Armenian language. This is the "Proof of the Apostolic Preaching." The author's aim here is not to confute heretics, but to confirm the faithful by expounding the Christian doctrine to them, and notably by demonstrating the truth of the Gospel by means of the Old Testament prophecies. Although it contains fundamentally, so to speak, nothing that has not already been expounded in the "Adversus Haereses", it is a document of the highest interest, and a magnificent testimony of the deep and lively faith of Irenaeus." (Catholic Encyclopedia)
Foremost in the agenda of the present work is the Unity of the followers of Christ, the Christians.
(Comments are mine)
Extra Ecclesiam nulla Salus
Outside the [true] Church, there is no salvation
INSTRUCTION ON THE ONE ONLY SAVING FAITH
The following was preached by the great Homilist, Fr. Leonard Goffine (d. 1719)
(From the Gospel on the 17th Sunday after Pentecost)
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.
--Ephes. IV. 5.6.
These words of the great Apostle of the Gentiles show clearly, that it is not a matter of indifference,
what faith or religion we profess. Yet in our times so poor in faith, we often hear the assertion from so called
enlightened men: “It is all the same to what religion we belong, we can be saved in any, if we only believe in
God and live uprightly.”
This assertion is impious! (N.B. to all who base their faith in sola scriptura, where is that assertion to be found?)
Consider, my dear Christian, there is but one God, and this one God has sent only one Redeemer; and this one Redeemer has preached but one doctrine, and has established but one Church. Had God wished that there should be more than one Church, then Christ would have founded them, nay, He would not have preached a new doctrine, established a new, Christian Church; for the Jews also believed in one God. (And so do the Moslems, and other non-Christian religions such Mormonism, and others who profess belief in God, such as Adventists, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.)
But Jesus cast aside Paganism and Judaism, promulgated a new religion, and founded a new Church.
Nowhere does He speak of Churches, but always of one Church. He says that we must hear this Church, and does not add, that if we will not hear this Church, we may hear some other. He speaks of only one shepherd, one flock, and one fold, into which all men are to be brought. (Where is the Unity He so much desired?)
In the same manner He speaks always of one kingdom upon earth, just as there is only one kingdom in heaven; of only one master of the house and one family, of one field and one vineyard, whereby He referred to His Church; of one rock, upon which He would build His Church. On the day before His death, He prayed fervently to His Heavenly Father, that all who believe in Him, might be and remain one, as He and the Father are one, and He gave His disciples the express command to preach His gospel to all nations, and to teach them all things, whatsoever He had commanded them. (Can it not therefore be said that all who profess belief in Jesus but refuse to be united with one another are not true followers?)
This command the apostles carried out exactly. Everywhere they preached one and the same doctrine, establishing in all places Christian communities, which were all united by the bond of the same faith. (Universality or catholicity which this came to be known) Their principal care was to prevent schisms in faith, they warned the faithful against heresy, commanded all originators of such to be avoided, and anathematized those who preached a gospel different from theirs. As the apostles, so did their successors. All the holy Fathers speak with burning love of the necessary unity of faith, and deny those all claim to salvation who remain knowingly in schism and separation from the true Church of Christ.
Learn hence, dear Christian, that there can be but one true Church; if there is but one true Church, it naturally follows that in her alone salvation can be obtained, and the assertion that we can be saved by professing any creed, is false and impious. Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life , speaks of but one Church , which we must hear, if we wish to be saved. He who does not hear the Church, He says, should be considered as a heathen and publican.
He speaks furthermore of one fold, and He promises eternal life only to those sheep who belong to this fold, obey the voice of the shepherd and feed in His pasture. The apostles were also convinced that only the one, true Church could guide us to salvation. (To you who belongs to a certain church, how convinced are you that your church is the true church founded by Christ for the salvation of your soul? Honestly. When you step out of this church you belong to and walk a few blocks and pass by another church, do you say to yourself, "here is another church that possibly is also professing to be the true one, am I saved in the church I belong to, or should I join this one," or state indifferently, "are they saved just as well?" By the way, how many of these churches do we pass by each day and wonder why do they exist because Jesus never spoke of or mentioned these.)
Without faith it is impossible to please God, writes St. Paul to the Hebrews, (XI. 6.) and this faith is only one, he teaches the Ephesians. (IV. 5.) If the apostles had believed that we could be saved in any religion, they would certainly not have contended so strenuously for unity, they would not have declared so solemnly, that we should not belong to any other than to Christ alone, and that we must receive and obey His doctrine. (And they would not have given up their lives, as did their Master, for this one true Faith)
As the apostles taught, so did their successors, and all the Fathers agree that there is no salvation outside of the true Church. St. Cyprian writes: “If any one outside Noah's ark could find safety, then also will one outside the Church find salvation.” (De unit. eccl. c. 7.) From all this it follows, that there is only one true Church which insures salvation, out of which no one can be saved. (The barque of Peter is the new Noah's Ark)
But which is this Church?
The Roman Catholic, Apostolic Church, for she alone was founded by Christ, she alone was watered with the blood of the apostles and of thousands of holy martyrs, she alone has the marks of the true Church of Christ, [see the Instruction for the first Sunday after Easter] against which He has promised that the powers of hell shall not prevail.
Those who fell away from the Church five hundred years ago do, indeed contend, that the Church fell into error and no longer possessed the true, pure gospel of Jesus. Were they right, Jesus might -- should and could -- be blamed, for He established this Church, promising to remain with her and guide her through the Holy Ghost until the end of the world. He would, therefore, have broken His word (an impossibility), or He was not powerful enough to keep it. But who dare say this? (You?) On the contrary, she has existed for twenty-one hundred years, whilst the greatest and most powerful kingdoms have been overthrown, and the firmest thrones crumbled away.
If she were not the only true and saving Church, founded by Christ, how could she have existed so long, since Jesus Himself said: Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. (Matt. XV. 13.)
If she were not the Church of Christ, she would have been destroyed long ago, but she still stands today, whilst her enemies who battled against her have disappeared, and will continue to disappear; for the gates of hell shall not prevail against her, says our Lord. He has kept His promise and will keep it, notwithstanding all the oppositions and calumnies of her implacable enemies.
You see, therefore, my dear Christian, that the Catholic Church is the only true, the only saving Church; be not deceived by those who are neither cold nor warm, and who say: “We can be saved in any religion, if we only believe in God and live uprightly,” and who wish to rob you of your holy faith, and precipitate you into the sea of doubt, error, and falsehood. (In other words, give you false hopes)
Outside of the Catholic Church there is no salvation; hold this firmly, for it is the teaching of Jesus, His apostles, and all the Fathers; for this doctrine the apostles and a countless host of the faithful have shed their blood.
Obey the teaching of this Church, follow her laws, make use of her help and assistance, and often raise your hands and heart to heaven to thank God for the priceless grace of belonging to this one, true Church; forget not to pray for your erring brethren, who are still outside of the Church that the Lord may lead them into her, that His promise may be fulfilled:
There will be one fold, and one shepherd.
-- Fr. Leonard Goffine
There can be no more than ONE faith. Any other must come from the great enemy of Christ, whose principal obsession is to destroy this faith, and to destroy the Ark of Salvation, the true Church. He is the devil. For the only way for him to gain adherents and followers is bring all to damnation, where he reigns forever.
Be not blinded and follow the First Protestant -- Lucifer whose PRIDE led him to revolt against God and declare "I will not serve!" -- who is working very hard to drag you into Pit and there to serve him in hating and blaspheming God for all eternity, What would it profit you to believe in a false faith and hold on to false hopes if in the end you lose your soul?
To be continued ...
* Freed from the shackles of sin, from the bondage with the devil.