Are Catholics Saved By Grace?

Catholics like to say they are saved by grace, and then point to their catechism , where one might read:

1281 for it is by grace that we are saved and again it is by grace that our works can bear fruit for eternal life;--Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed., 1994/1997 United States Catholic Conference, Inc.

However, they usually fail to mention that the Catholic version of God not only takes back His gift of grace, but even un-adopts His adopted children when they sin. Betcha you never thought of God as an Indian giver. The Catholic clone of God is.

GRACE, HABITUAL The created supernatural gift of God which places a person in a state of permanent friendship with God. It is not something merely extrinsic or imputed to the person "as if" he were pleasing to God but rather it is a real and intrinsic change by which the person is now an adopted child of God. Through habitual grace the person is united to God Himself, Uncreated Grace or Gift. Habitual grace is lost by any mortal sin, and may be regained through sacramental confession or, if this is impossible, through an act of perfect contrition.--Albert J. Nevins, Ed., The Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary, Grosset&Dunlap (1965), p. 255 - w/Nihil obstat & Imprimitur [My emphasis]

So there you have it. God gives habitual grace to a Catholic and by this puts the recipient in permanent friendship with God. In fact, the recipient of habitual grace becomes an adopted child of God.

Clearly, the above is talking about the Catholic God, who is not the God of Scripture. The Catholic deity seems to be an Indian giver. He gives habitual grace and makes a guy his adopted child and permanent friend. Then, when the guy makes a major booboo, the Catholic deity takes back his permanent friendship and cancels the adoption. Later, if the guy makes a good confession or perfect act of contrition, he gets to be the Catholic deity's permanent friend again and the adoption is re-instated -- until the next mortal sin.

Talk about your roller coaster rides.

The Holy Scriptures tell us:

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
--John 6:37-40

So, are Catholics saved by grace? I do not doubt that some within the membership of the Catholic Church actually are saved by grace (re-born) (Ephesians 2:8-9). That grace is a gift from our real God, not something doled out by the Catholic Church, to be taken back whenever Mama Church or her pretend God wishes.

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