Catholic Verses - 95 Bibles Passages That Confound Protestants?


Page 74: Hebrews 5:9: "And being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him." Catholics point out that obedience to God is directly tied into salvation (as opposed to a "bare assent" being all that is necessary to receive this salvation). This verse would make many Protestants squirm, for it states outright that salvation involves obeying, not merely believing (which is basically what the Protestant notion of sola fide is about).

Note: Christians truly have obeyed Jesus Christ by placing their belief and faith in Him for eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Note: Is your faith and belief in Jesus Christ or the Catholic Church?


Pages 74-75: Most Protestants place the elements of obedience, holiness, and righteous conduct under the classification of sanctification: distinct, in a separate, airtight compartment, from justification and salvation. They believe justification occurs in an instant (this is where a man gets "saved"), but that sanctification has nothing to do with justification. It should normally follow, but, strictly speaking, it is not necessary for salvation. Hebrews 5:9 appears to be straightforwardly at variance with that view.

Note: Scripture in context is at variance with the author's heretical  interpretation of this verse.

Galatians 5:1-7 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Note: Are you bound obeying the rules, regulations, and rituals of the Catholic Church?


Pages 75-76: Luther and Calvin believe that faith alone saves a person, and works or obedience have nothing whatsoever to do with it - not even an obedience necessarily made possible entirely by grace. So, when faced with a verse that clearly states a contrary proposition, they simply proclaim that obedience is, in fact, just another way of describing faith, and presto! - the apparent contradiction vanishes. Yet no one seems to notice the sleight-of-hand.

Note: Christians truly have obeyed Jesus Christ by placing their belief and faith in Him for eternal life.

1 Peter 1:22-25 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Note: Christians are saved at a point in time. The phases "purified your souls" and "been born again" are in the past tense.