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The Roman Catholic Mass – What is the Mass?

THE WORD OF GOD VS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH  (Boldface type below are quotations from Roman Catholic literature. See footnotes for references. All scripture references are from the Confraternity-Douay Version of the Bible. Scripture locations in parenthesis indicate the KJV location.)

13. The Roman Catholic Mass
“SUMMARY: From the beginning of time sacrifice has been offered to Almighty God to acknowledge His sovereign dominion over man and all creatures. Cain offered fruits, Abel offered sheep and Melchisedech offered bread and wine, foreshadowing the sacrifice of the New Law. All
(including Cain’s offering???…italics ours) these were but preparations for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary, of which He is both priest and victim.”19


The following verses show the errors in the so called “infallible” teaching of the above statement:


Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice more excellent than did Cain, through which he obtained a testimony that he was just, God giving testimony to his gifts; and through his faith, though he is dead he yet speaks.


I John 3:12 Not like Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. And wherefore did he kill him? Because his own works were wicked, but  his brother’s just.


Hebrews 8:4 If then he [the Lord Jesus Christ] were on earth, he would not even be a priest, since there are already others to offer gifts according to the Law.


#357. What is the Mass? The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest (Roman priest), offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearance of bread and wine.20


#359….The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross.21


#360. Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross?…because in the Mass the Victim is the same…Jesus Christ.22


#361. What are the purposes for which the Mass is offered?

The purposes for which the Mass is offered are:…to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.23


Again, the word of God speaks and annihilates this false doctrine:


Isaiah 53:10-11[But the Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity.] If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days,; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.


Hebrews 9:24-28 For Jesus has not entered into a Holies made by hands, a mere copy of the truth, but into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God on our behalf; nor yet has he entered to offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the Holies year after year with blood not his own; for in that case he must have suffered often since the beginning of the world. But as it is, once for all at the end of ages, he has appeared for the destruction of sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed unto men to die once and after this comes the judgement, so also was Christ offered once to take away the sons of many; the second time with no part in sin he will appear unto the salvation of those who await him.


Hebrews 10:10-14 It is in this “will” that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all and every priest indeed stands daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but Jesus, having offered one sacrifice for sins, has taken his seat forever at the right hand of god, waiting thenceforth until his enemies be made the foot stool under his feet. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.


I Peter 3:18 Because Christ also died once for sins, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Put to death indeed in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit…


Hebrews 9:22 And with blood almost everything is cleansed according to the Law, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.


19Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, Understanding the Catholic Faith, An Official Edition of the revised Baltimore Catechism No. 3, (Ava Maria

Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1963), p.215

20Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p. 210

21Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p.211

22Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p. 212

23Rev. William J. Cogan, A Catechism for Adults, (Chicago, Ill, ACTA Publications), p. 81#1290


Peter the “rock” in Matthew 16:18 Explained


(Boldface type below are quotations from Roman Catholic literature. See footnotes for references.
All scripture references are from the Confraternity-Douay Version of the Bible.
Scripture locations in parenthesis indicate the KJV location.)

This is the Roman Catholic Statement:

 “…to refute the Catholic understanding that “rock” in Matthew 16:18 (‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church’) refers to Peter, Fundamentalists list as many verses as they can in which “rock” refers to God. They don’t bother to look at Matthew 16:18 in itself, and they forget that the whole point of the verse is precisely that Peter was being given a title usually reserved for God and that the name signified something important about his new status.”7


Contrary to the above accusation let us look at Matthew 16. The subject of the context is found in verse 13:


Matthew 16:13 Now, Jesus, having come into the district of Caesarea Philippi, began to ask his disciples, saying, “Who do men say the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is?” (NOT “Who is Peter?”)


When Peter correctly answered the subject of the context (i.e.. Who is Jesus?), the Lord spoke these words to Peter:


Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


What would Peter have understood by the Lord’s words to him? The following verses were part of Peter’s heritage:


Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock- how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways! A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!


Deuteronomy 32:15 So Jacob ate his fill, the darling grew fat and frisky; you became fat and gross and gorged. They spurned the God Who made them and scorned their saving Rock.

Deuteronomy 32:18 You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you, you forgot the God who gave you birth.


2Kings 22:2 (2Samuel 22:2) And he said: The Lord is my rock, and my strength, and my saviour.


Psalms 17 (18):2-3 I love you, O Lord, my strength, O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my strong hold.


Psalms 17 (18):32 For who is God except the Lord? Who is a rock, save our God?


Psalms 17 (18):47 The Lord alive! And blessed be my Rock! Extolled be God my saviour.


Psalms 27 (28):1 To you, O Lord, I call: O my Rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you heed me not, I become one of those going down into the pit.


Psalms 30 (31):3 Incline your ear to me, make haste to deliver me! Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety.


Psalms 41(42):10 I sing to God, my Rock:…


Psalms 61 (62):2-3 Only in God is my soul at rest; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.


Psalms 61 (62):6-7 Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed at all.


Psalms 70 (71):3 Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are my rockand my fortress.


Psalms 77 (78):35 Remembering that God was their Rock and the most high God, their redeemer.


Psalms 88 (89):27 He shall say of me, “You are my father, my God, the Rock, my saviour.”


Psalms 91 (92):16 declaring how just is the Lord, my Rock, in whom there is no wrong.

Psalms 93 (94):22 yet the Lord is my stronghold, and my God the Rock of my refuge.


When we allow the word of God rather than men to define “Rock” for us, we find consistently that it is God, Himself. There is no reason from the scriptures to assume that Peter or anyone else thought that Peter was attaining a title “usually reserved for God.” The Lord certainly did not hold Peter in such high regard when a few verses later He addressed the disobedient Peter as “Satan.”


Matthew 16:23 He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, satan, thou art a scandal to

            me; for thou dost not mind the things of God, but those of men.”


Paul did not hold Peter in such high regard when he rebuked him publicly:


Galatians 2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was deserving of blame.


Peter, to whom the Lord spoke in Matthew 16:18, did not hold himself in such high regard when he came to the Gentile Cornelius’ home:


Acts 10:25-26 And as Peter entered, Cornelius met him and, falling at his feet, made obeisance to him. But Peter raised him up, saying, “Get up, I myself also am a man.”


When the Jews of Christ’s time rejected His claim as the Messiah, He said to them:


Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, has become the corner stone; by the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?


After Matthew 16, Peter, Luke and Paul all refer to the Lord Jesus Christ thus:


Acts 4:10-12 Be it known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God has raised from the dead, even in this name does he stand here before you, sound. This is The Stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the corner stone. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.


1Peter 2:6-8 Hence Scripture says, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, chosen, precious: and he who believes in it shall not be put to shame. For you, therefore, who believe, is this honor; but to those who do not believe, A stone which the builders rejected, the same has become the head of the corner, and A stumbling-stone, and a rock of scandal,  to those who stumble at the word, and do not believe. For this also they are destined.


Romans 9:33 as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and rock of scandal: and whoever believes in him shall not be disappointed.


1Corinthians 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink (for they drank from the spiritual rock which followed them, and the rock was Christ.


Ephesians 2:14-22 For he himself is our peace, he it is who has made both one, and hath broken down the intervening wall of the enclosure, the enmity, in his flesh. The Law of the commandments expressed in decrees he has made void, that of the two he might create in himself one new man, and make peace and reconcile both in one body to God by the cross, having slain the enmity in himself. And coming, he announced the good tidings of peace to you who were afar off, and of peace to those who were near; because through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Therefore, you are now no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household:  you are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the chief corner stone. In him the whole structure is closely fitted together and grows into a temple holy in the Lord: In him you too are being built into together into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.


I Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation no one can lay, but that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus.


It is clear when we allow the scriptures to define themselves that not Peter, but the Lord Jesus Christ, was and is the one and only “Rock”! Peter was never called nor defined by this expression anywhere in the scriptures.


Even if Peter were the foundation for the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we would still need to come to the scriptures to find any link between present day Romanism and the true church. The “unbroken succession” of the popes of Rome has been revised, deleting some and adding another and placing some in doubt. One pope of the list before 1947 did not even exist. (See Secrets of Romanism by Joseph Zacchello, pub. Loizeaux Brothers, N.Y., 1952, p. 48-50).


Roman Catholics are bound to believe the interpretation of the Scriptures “according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers” (Creed of Pope Pius IV).8 On the subject of the supremacy of Peter, the Fathers do not unanimously agree.


Speech of Roman Catholic Archbishop Kenrick; cited in An Inside View of the Vatican Council,edited by Leonard Woolsey Bacon, pp. 107-109.9


     “The rule of Biblical interpretation imposed upon us is this: that the Scriptures are not to be interpreted contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers. It is doubtful whether any instance of that unanimous consent is to be found. But this failing, the rule seems to lay down for us the law following, in their interpretation of the scripture, the major number of Fathers, that might seem to approach unanimity. Accepting this rule, we are compelled to abandon the usual modern exposition of the words, ‘On this rock will I build my church.’”

     “In a remarkable pamphlet ‘printed in facsimile of manuscript,’ and presented to the Fathers almost two months ago, we find five different interpretations of the word ‘rock,’ in the place cited, ‘the first of which declares’ (I transcribe the words) ‘that the church was built on Peter’; and this interpretation is followed by seventeen Fathers – among them, Origen, Cyprian, Jerome, Hilary, Cyril of Alexander, Leo the Great, Augustine.”

     “The second interpretation understands from these words, ‘On this rock I will build my church,’ that the church was built on all the apostles, whom Peter represented by virtue of the primacy. And this opinion is followed by eight Fathers – (etc)

     “The third interpretation asserts that the words, ‘On this rock,’ etc., are to be understood of the faith which Peter had professed – that this faith, this profession of faith, by which we believe Christ to be the Son of the living God, is the ever lasting, immov-able foundation of the church. This interpretation is the weightiest of all, since it is followed by forty Fathers and doctors; among them, from the East, are Gregory of Nyssa, Cyril of Alexandria, Chrysostom, Theophylact; from the West, Hilary, Ambrose, Leo the Great, from Africa, Augustine.”

     “The fourth interpretation, declares that the words, ‘On this rock,’ are to be understood of that rock which Peter had confessed, that is, Christ – that the church was built upon Christ. This interpretation is followed by sixteen Fathers and doctors.”

     “The fifth interpretation of the Fathers understands by the name of the rock, the faithful themselves, who, believing Christ to be the Son of God, are constituted living stones out of which the church is built.”

“From this follows, either that no argument at all, or one of the slenderest probability is to be derived from the words, ‘on this rock will I build my church,’ in support of the primacy. Unless it is certain that by the rock is to be understood the Apostle Peter in his own person, and not in his capacity as the chief apostle speaking for them all, the word supplies no argument whatever, I do not say in proof of papal infallibility, but even in support of the primacy of the Bishop of Rome. If we are bound to follow the majority of the Fathers in this thing, then we are bound to hold for certain that by the rock should be understood the faith professed by Peter, not Peter professing the faith.”

Only 17 out of the eighty-four early church fathers believed that the Lord referred to Peter when He said, “this rock,” the others holding variously that it applied to Christ or to Peter’s testimony to Christ, or to all the apostles. So if appeal is made to the early church fathers of the first four centuries, Rome’s claim must be disallowed.”10


The apostle Peter is only mentioned 65 times after the church begins in Acts 2. The apostle Paul is mentioned 182 times. Peter does have a prominent place until his failure mentioned in Galatians 2. In the council of Acts 15 Peter only recounts his calling to preach to Cornelius in Acts 10, then asks the council a question. James was evidently in charge and passed judgment on the issue before the brethren and it was agreed to by the apostles, elders and the church there present.


Note that Peter was called by Almighty God to be the apostle to the circumcision (Jews) while it was Paul who was called as the apostle to the Gentiles. Paul wrote 13 epistles in which he was chosen by God to reveal truths for the present church age. Peter only wrote 2 epistles to the “…scattered…” (Strongs #1290, the ‘diaspora,’ the Jews living outside Palestine).


Peter’s mission:

Galatians 2:7 On the contrary, when they saw that to me was committed the gospel for the uncircumcised as to Peter that for the circumcised.


Paul’s mission:

Romans 11:13 For I say to you Gentiles, As long, indeed, as I am an apostle of the Gentiles, I will honor my ministry:


I Timothy 2:7 To this I have been appointed a preacher, and an apostle, (I tell the truth and do not lie) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.


II Timothy 1:11 Of which I have been appointed a preacher and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.


7Keating, Catholics, Fundamentalists, and the Bible, (Los Angeles, Franciscan Communications), p.9

8Joseph Zacchello, Secrets of Romanism, (New York, Loizeaux Brothers, Edition 1952), p. 18

9Zacchello, p.p. 40-42

10F.C.H. Dreyer and E. Weller, Roman Catholicism In the Light of Scripture, (Chicago, Illinois, Moody Press), p.42

Religious Gullibility

Religious Gullibility


One is gullible when he takes things for granted, gulping it down without personal investigation. This is most prevalent in the religious realm, which is tragic because here one’s eternal destiny is involved. Is the Bible understandable to all? It is a common mistake to think that only the “clergy” can understand it. Psalm 25:9, 14 informs us: “The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them his covenant.” The Bereans “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things [which they were taught] were so,” we read in Acts 17:11. “The simple [the gullible] believeth every word [they hear]: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” Proverbs 14:15. All sorts of false teaching may be produced by “handling the Word of God deceitfully.” 2 Corinthians 4:2.


The Bible a Reliable Book


Is the Bible truly reliable as “a light to our path,” without contradictions and without scientific mistakes? Certainly, as proved by its contents! One verse, for example             (1 Cor 15:39), exposes the unproven theory of organic evolution as being a great lie. It plainly states: “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.” Modern science itself has verified this in the study of bloods and chromosomes, which in number, kind and assortment differ in the cell nucleus of each species of flesh. They never change, so transmutation of species is quite impossible. Bible biology also makes known an unchangeable law that everything in the vegetable and animal kingdoms brings forth “after his kind.” Gen 1:17, 24


Another outstanding proof of the Bible’s veracity is to be found in fulfilled prophecies. History has corroborated many of them. Eighty prophecies about Jesus Christ were fulfilled at His first advent, which advent was foretold 4,000 years ahead of time. Gen 3:15. See also Isa 7:14. Now let this sink down in your ears, dear reader, 250 more prophecies are yet to be fulfilled at His second coming, which is drawing near!


The sudden silence of heaven for nearly 2,000 years since Israel was set aside (temporarily) at the close of the book of Acts period, has caused many to doubt that God exists and they become scoffers just as the Bible predicted. A clear understanding of this temporary silence is obtainable by examining Rom 11; Acts 15:14-18 and Eph 1:22; 3:1-11 explaining how God is now silently “taking out of the Gentiles [the nations] a people for His name” to form the church which is Christ’s body. Meanwhile, because of His Son’s unlimited vicarious atonement for man’s sin, He allows the world by His grace to continue its way, offering His free salvation to all men through Jesus Christ. Shortly after the church is “caught up to meet the Lord in the air.” (1 Thes 4:13-17) “The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation: He shall give a shout . . . against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth . . . He will plead with all flesh: He will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord” Jer 25:30-31. See also Isa 2:17; Joel 3:16 and Rev 6:12-17. Thus, be not gullible in believing the scoffers!


The Holy Spirit never promotes hysteria; but note the large crusades in hysteria-filled tents where gullible multitudes believes that all they see, hear and experience is undoubtedly the working of the Holy Spirit of God — in “a second Pentecost,” so called. We refer to the way God’s Word is handled by ringmaster healers, so-called, the strange power seizing the body in a so-called “baptism of the Holy Ghost,” babbling tongues and seeming miraculous healing. The Bible plainly warns us about the counterfeit activities of Satan and demons! King Saul “prophesied” while possessed by “an evil spirit.” 1 Sam 18:10. So it can be with “speaking in tongues” today! “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” 1 Tim 4:1-2 “And for this cause [receiving not ‘the love of the truth’] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie . . . 2 Thes 2:10-11.


Deception in “Church Authority”


A tragic and far reaching gullibility is associated with the supposed power and authority over the bodies and souls of men through the distorted doctrines of a man-organized so-called “church” and its officials. The following four biblical points should be sufficiently clarifying for the truth seeker in this matter.


[1] No man was ever divinely empowered to directly forgive another man’s sins or to retain them! Christ said to His disciples, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosoever’s sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever’s sins ye retain, they are retained.”   Joh 20:22-23. This can only mean that through their preaching in the convicting power of the Holy Spirit the gospel of free salvation in Christ and the remission of sins through the merit of His shed blood, the disciples would be the indirect means of sins being remitted or retained. It points to the result of such preaching whether it is accepted or rejected by the hearers.


“Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Christ did so, being “God manifest in the flesh.” Luk 5:20-21; 1 Tim 3:15. As for binding and loosing [Mat 18:18], that was a temporary bestowment of miracle-working power during the infancy of the church. See Acts 5:1-11 and 13:8-11, recording clear examples of such binding and loosing. Compare       Jer 1:9-10. The true church of the Bible, a God-organized organism, as composed of saved sinners throughout the world who are “all one in Christ Jesus” [Acts 2:47; 5:14; Gal 3:28] has no autocratic power over men. This rests solely in its head, the Lord Jesus Christ.     Col 1:18; 2:19; Eph 5:23. True, His ministers are to “rule” in the church [1 Tim 3:5; 5:17], but this word means “to guide” or to lead believers in the truth of God’s Word and to beseech them to heed and to obey it. According to Joh 18:36; Phil 3:20 and 1 Pet 2:11, Christ’s church has no part or activity in the political and militant ways of “this world,” for His kingdom is not of this world order!


[2] Instituting continuance of the Old Testament [covenant] Aaronic priesthood and imitating it in this present dispensation of the formation of “the church which is Christ’s body” [Eph 1:22; 3:1-11], is to put people under the law and its characteristic fleshly ordinances, or rituals, under the mediatorial office of man-made clergymen, priests and popes. Formerly there were God appointed priests but Hebrews 7,9 and 10 explains that that order of Aaronic priesthood ceased, giving way to the rising up of “another priest,” a kingly one, the Lord Jesus Christ, “made a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” He is the “one mediator between God and men!” 1 Tim 2:5. He “died for our sins” and “was raised again for our justification.” 1 Cor 15:15; Rom 4:25.


“The Spirit of Christ,” the one “head of the church,” is ever present in all believers. Rom 8:9, 11; Gal 4:6; Phil 1:19; Col 1:27. He needs not, and has not a “vice regent” – a “vicar” on earth. He commanded, “Do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your Master, and all you are brothers. And call no one on earth your father; for one is you Father who is in heaven. Neither be called masters; for one only is your Master, the Christ.” Mat 23:8-10. [R.C. Confraternity Version.] Yes all who belong to Christ are truly a common brotherhood of redeemed saved sinners. The Bible teaches the direct opposite of Rome’s pompous, major claims! Her demand that all men be obedient to the “authority” and teaching of the Roman Catholic “Church” as centered in her pope, or “Pontifex Maximus” [a name of pagan religion origin] is utterly unscriptural and blasphemous!


[3] There isn’t the faintest hint in the Bible about the teaching of so-called “apostolic succession!” All that God wanted men to receive by way of apostolic authority He has supplied in the inspired epistles of the apostles Paul, Peter, James and John. Their epistles are included in “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” which are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16-17. To know that the Bible can be sufficiently understood by any humble believer anywhere, anytime, apart from clerics and popes in a religious hierarchy, please read Joh 14:26; 16:13-15; 1 Joh 2:27 and 2 Tim 2:7, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”


[4] The doctrine that Christians need a certain amount of cleansing after death from “remaining sins” in an intermediate place called “purgatory” is utterly foreign to God’s word! The main prop for this wicked, unproveable invention is taken from the uninspired Second Book of Maccabees [12:40-45], where it is stated that Judas had “a pious thought” to make atonement for and to pray for some dead soldiers “so that they might be set free form their sin” of having worn idolatrous “amulets under their shirts.” Please read 2 Cor 10:5 concerning unscriptural thoughts and imaginations.


God says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth [purgeth] us from all sin,” “For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” 1 Joh 1:7;       Heb 10:14. Please read Heb 9 and 10. Remember, “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.” Pro 14:8. Yes, the gullible are easily and painfully deceived!


Beware of all religious means used by individuals or sectarian organizations to obtain temporal power and gain!


The forgoing should, by Bible investigation, help to forestall and expel the stupefying gullibility suffered indeed by the masses in deception by, and ignorant submission to, grave ecclesiastical errors and schemes. How precious are the words of the Lord Jesus: “If any man will do His [God’s] will he shall know the doctrine . . . ,” and, if you continue in my word then are you my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Joh 7:17; 8:31-32; Mat 11:28. Why not be restfully free from the burdens and deceptions produced by the “doctrines and commandments of men” [Mat 15:9] and so rejoice in the truth, having joy and peace in mind and conscience? “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” [Make them to stumble.] Ps 119:165


Yours “for the truth’s sake” and “in the name of the Lord Jesus” [2 Joh 2; Col 3:17]

Ed Stevens.      Circa 1960                       Copied by D. Brittain



1. THE GOSPEL…What the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us.

The gospel or “good news” of personal salvation is not what we can do for the Lord Jesus Christ, but what He has already done for us!

Isaiah 53:5-6 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

I Corinthians 15:1-5 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

Matthew 27:33-35 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which the prophet spoke, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Ephesians 4:9-10 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Matthew 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Romans 5:6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

John 14:19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”


To believe that a person could lose their salvation is to believe that we have some innate ability to do good, contrary to the following scriptures. When a person is saved he already has an old nature with which he was born (Eph 4:24) but now, he possesses a new nature (Eph 4:26). The old nature is incapable of gaining or maintaining his salvation (See Romans 8:5-8). The new nature is incapable of losing his salvation.

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Romans 3:10-11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.


Acts 10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 21:4 “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.”

Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

4. SALVATION IS A “GIFT” FROM GOD…(it has to be!)

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.



Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.


I Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

I Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.


I John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12-13 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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.


Romans 3:22 “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”

Romans 4:3-5 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousnessBut to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

II Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.


II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Eph 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”


I Peter 1:4-5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Romans 5:9-11 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

John 10:29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

John 14:19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I Corinthians 1:8 Who (THE LORD JESUS CHRIST) shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.


Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”


Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

If a child of God at some point could lose eternal life, the life God gave him would not be eternal but only lasted as long as His child had it. God would thus be a liar!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.



None of the above are ours by self-denial, holy living, ceremony participation, alms giving or any form of diligence. All are the gift of God by faith in the finished work of Christ. They are our “standing” in Christ. We are constantly exhorted in the scriptures to raise our ‘state’ (or walk) to the level of our ‘standing’ in Christ.



I Corinthians 1:4-9 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.


I Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?



Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:


Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;


THE ‘OLD MAN’ (not one bit better after salvation)

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.


Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Please note that the old nature is incapable of gaining or maintaining our salvation (See Romans 8:5-8) and the new nature is incapable of losing our salvation.

God’s exhortation is to put off the old man and put on the new (Eph 4:17-29). The motivating factor that is brought to the Christians to obey this exhortation is NOT the threat of loss of salvation, but rather “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30 KJV)



1 Corinthians 5:1-5 “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”


We have no commands in the scriptures to ‘mark,’ ‘avoid,’ have no company with,’ unsaved people, but we do have several commands to do so to a sinning ‘brother.’ Obviously, such a one has not lost his salvation because he is still a brother because God is His Father, even though he has been so wrong he must be avoided.

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators. Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6 “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”


Note the fact that God ‘never knew’ the doomed. They are not people who were once His children by faith in Christ.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Contrast this with:

John 10:29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

Heb 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”


John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:”

We are “FREE” to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in love, not in slavish fear.


Not saved are we by trying

From self can come no aid.

‘Tis on the blood relying

Once for our ransom paid.

No deeds of ours are needed

To make Christ’s merit more

No frames of mind or feelings

Can add to His great store.

‘Tis simply to receive Him.

The Holy One and Just.

‘Tis only to believe Him

It is not try but trust!

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.




Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The believer is commanded to “work out” the salvation he already has, not work for or to maintain his salvation.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

If this verse is teaching “work” for maintaining salvation then the “gospel” is NOT the “good news” of Christ dying for our sins but a works program! It is faith plus works, contrary to Romans 6:11.

A simple reading of the context will show that James is speaking of the fact that works are the only way to show that a person is saved…”I will show you my faith by my works.” James gives the example of Abraham who was saved in Genesis 15 by faith but then proved he was indeed the friend of God by offering his son on the alter in Genesis 22.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Again, this verse is misused to teach “works” for salvation. The truth is that the context is speaking about physically enduring to the end of the “Tribulation Period” and thus being physically saved. Simply read on in the chapter.

I Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

The vain belief Paul speaks of here is in regards to his arguments that Christ is indeed risen form the dead. If Christ be not risen then your faith in Him is vain.

II Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Is the saved person a sheep or simply a washed sow? Again, a reading of the context will reveal that the persons spoken of here are not saved people.

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

It is strange that most everyone who believes they may loose their salvation also believe they may repent and regain their salvation…being born again, again and again. However, if the above passages are teaching that a saved person can loose their salvation they indeed may NOT be saved again!

The truth is that the context is speaking of persons whom God has enlightened, but they have turned away in their unsaved condition and become reprobate.



ebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Once again, reading the context reveals the persons spoken of are ones who have been exposed to the gospel but have trampled it under foot. They have received the knowledge of the truth and rejected it. There is no other sacrifice for sins!

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

This is a warning based on the fact that we are saved by grace. Any who attempt to be saved by works have “fallen from grace.”


Galatians 5:19- 21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The point is that Christians should not act like the unsaved who have no inheritance in the kingdom of God as we do. See this similar thought in the following:

1 Cor 6:9-11″Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

See also Ephesians 4:17-24

Matthew 10:2-4 “Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; …Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.”

The following verses prove that even though Judas was one of the original twelve apostles, he never was a saved man:

John 6:70 “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

Acts 1:25 “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”

John 12:4-6 “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

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