Catholic Verses - 95 Bibles Passages That Confound Protestants?


Page 76: Romans 5:17-19: "If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men. For as by one's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous." This passage presents, upon deeper inspection, a subtle but effective argument for actual, infused, intrinsic justification (the Catholic view), as opposed to the Protestants' extrinsic, imputed, merely "declared" righteousness. The Protestant view, on the other hand, holds that God declares a person justified and righteous, even if there is no outward change in him.

Note: Christian sincere belief in Jesus Christ results in justification before God for eternal life at one point in time.

Acts 13:36-39 “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.


Page 76: Note the parallelism in verse 19 between those who are "made sinners" and those who are "made righteous." Protestants agree that original sin is actual: the sin is real, not just declared. Therefore, it stands to reason that men are "made righteous" in the same fashion: the righteousness is real, not just declared and imputed by God.

Note: Christian sincere belief in Jesus Christ results in justification before God for eternal life at one point in time.

Romans 3:21-26 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.


Pages 76-77: Commentators Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, and David Brown, authors of a widely used nineteenth-century Commentary on the Whole Bible, provide an example of how Protestants wrongly interpret this passage: The significant word twice rendered, made, does not signify to work a change upon a person or thing, but to constitute or ordain, as will be seen from all the places where it is used. Here, accordingly, it is intended to express that judicial act which holds men, in virtue of their connection with Adam, as sinners; and, in connection with Christ, as righteous.

Note: Christian sincere belief in Jesus Christ results in justification before God for eternal life at one point in time.

Romans 4:20-25 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

Note: Cult members will usually quote from an old discredited reference manuals for their unbiblical interpretations.


Page 78: The President of the United States is a different man from what he was before he became President. He has various powers and duties and so forth. It is not as if a ruler is declared to be so and then nothing happens and life goes on as it did before. The person becomes a ruler or an elder. In the same manner, the person who is "made righteous" is different, not merely declared to be so, just as when the human race fell, men were really made sinners; they were different from what they had been before. This interpretation seems more plausible and straightforward, at any rate, than the Protestant attempt to read its distinctive soteriology into the text.

Note: Christian sincere belief in Jesus Christ results in justification before God for eternal life at one point in time.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Note: The words were washed, were sanctified, and were justified are all past tense.