Protestant’s vs. Catholicism

Protestant’s vs. Catholicism Catholicism vs. Protestant’s
The Bible:
The old and new testaments are the only sources of Christian doctrine and are inspired by God.
The Bible:
Sources of doctrine include:
Certain papal declarations
Old Testament
New Testament
Catholic Church Traditions
Catholic interpretation of the Bible
Purgatory is totally unscriptural.  Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross-was the only offering necessary and the only means to salvation.
There are two types of sin, mortal and venial.  If you die with a mortal sin on your soul, you are condemned to Hell for eternity.  If you die with a venial sin, you will be sent to Purgatory, which is like Hell, except that it doesn’t last forever.  You will eventually go to heaven.
Good Works:
We are justified (saved) by faith alone, not by good works.
Good works will result in greater rewards in the afterlife but have no effect on getting saved.
Good Works:
Baptism brings us grace.  We are made righteous in ourselves, and this inherent righteousness is the ground for our justification.  Grace is then given to lead a Christian life.
The Pope:
Looked upon as a religious leader, liken to the Archbishop of Canterbury or the President of the Methodist Conference.
The Pope:
Although the Cardinals elected him, he does not derive his authority from them, nor from the Church, but as the successor of Peter, he receives it direct from Christ.  His authority is absolute and immediate in all matters of faith, morals, discipline and government.
References made to Mary in the Bible are few.  She was the Mother of Jesus by immaculate conception.  She was blessed among all women.  She was destined to be Jesus’ mother by fulfilling prophecy of the coming Messiah from the line of David.  Mary had other children after Jesus.
Mary is regarded as a mediator to Christ.  She was conceived and born without sin, and remained a virgin and sinless throughout her life.  She had no other children and was taken into heavenly bodily after her burial and crowned Queen of Heaven.  She is present in all the vicissitudes of the Church.
Christ, who is all knowing did not teach confession or penance, nor did any of his apostles after.  It was made compulsory by the Roman Catholic catechism in 1215 AD when the Fourth Lateran Council decreed that it was necessary.
Baptism remits all sins up to the point at which it is received.  But every sin committed afterwards must be removed by penance, and only a priest can give absolution.
In the last supper Christ intended that we thankfully remember his death on the cross for us, and as we receive the bread and the wine we should by faith receive the benefits of his sacrificial death.  We do this in remembrance of Him.
The bread and the wine before the priest on the altar become the actual body and blood of Christ in everything but taste, color, and texture.  The priest by his words of consecration turns the bread and wine into the physical body and blood of Christ.
The Mass:
There is no teaching in the New Testament regarding efficacy of the sacrifice of the mass.  The teaching is about Communion service, or the Lord’s Supper, and about the need to receive by faith the benefits or Christ’s death made once upon the cross, but nothing about the need to offer further sacrifices for sins.
The Mass:
The mass has power to take away their sins that they will find forgiveness by virtue of the “work” of attending mass.  Masses are said for the soul in purgatory that they may be forgiven and their time in its fires shortened.



1. There is only one God.
2. This one God consists of three distinct persons:
a. Jehovah
b. Jesus
c. The holy Spirit
3. Each person of the Godhead is fully God, yet there is only one
4. All men have sinned against God, thereby being separated from
5. Jesus became a man of flesh and blood by immaculate conception.
6. Jesus voluntarily suffered and died on the cross for the sins of all
7. Jesus was resurrected in a physical body after being dead for three
8. Jesus’ sacrifice made a way for all mankind to receive salvation
and be restored to God.
9. To obtain salvation, a person must do all of the following:
a. Admit he is a sinner.
b. Sincerely repent of his sins.
c. Sincerely intend to try to lead a new life without sin.
10. Belief in a Supreme Being is not enough for salvation. God will
only save those who accept Him and the sacrifice that he did  for
all of mankind. “Believing in Jesus” means believing that Jesus is
God, not just a messenger from God such as a prophet or apostle.