The Roman Catholic Church teaches that baptism removes the stain of sin, regenerates the soul and makes one adopted son of God, among other things
The above has the ring of truth, for it includes bits and pieces from 1 Peter, 2 Corinthians , Galations, Hebrews and a few other New Testament books. It sounds good, but it is sophistry, a syllogism created from a false premise. Nowhere in the Scriptures are we informed that baptism results in the above. Not that it makes much difference to the Catholic, for though he is said to bear an indelible mark on his spirit after baptism, he can lose all the above-mentioned benefits and a lot more. All it takes to erase the promised blessings of baptism is a single mortal sin.
The Catholic Church being the way it is, there is an abundance of escape clauses to prevent the loss of grace altogether or to restore the lost blessings.
Even if an out-of-grace Catholic is unable to find some means to prevent his sins from “sticking” to his spirit, there is always the tried and truth appeal to confession and penance.
It is at this point that Catholic fantasy-as-theology begins to seriously conflict with the Scriptures. Assuming for the moment that Catholic teaching concerning the redemptive and regenerative powers of baptism are true, then must we not also believe that the salvific effects of baptism are lost when one falls from grace? In essence, the formerly regenerated sinner has been returned to his unregenerated, spiritually dead condition. This is really bad news, because the dead in spirit are not able to obtain a new baptism and likely are now dancing to Satan's fiddle.
Granted, Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus concerning their having been saved, but it does appear reasonable to me that if one can lose his salvation then he surely must again become a child of wrath. Rome does teach that one can be restored to a “state of grace" and once again be saved. Is it really so easy?
The whole point of this is that, I suspect, a vast number of Catholics who have committed mortal sin like believe that they have not gone from being Catholics in a "state of grace" to once again being a natural man who is unable to understand the ways of God. While that person may believe that he/she has lost their salvation they would not believe that they have been struck dumb in the ways of God in an instant. However, if you are saved then you possess the indwelling Holy Spirit.
If you lose your salvation then the indwelling Holy Spirit would leave you [1 John 3:24 and 4:13]. If you are without the indwelling Holy Spirit then you indeed have become a natural man who cannot discern the ways of God [see 1 Cor 2:10ff, quoted above].
The Catholic with shipwrecked faith may argue, "I still know the ways of God, but I sinned and must repent and have my grace restored." How can he know this, for the Spirit has left him and he is once again walking with the prince of this world. Thus, as Paul infallibly teaches, he cannot discern the ways of God. The out-of-grace Catholic must either accept the above points or else label Paul a liar. Paul's words are obvious and there is no other option that can apply.
Of course this brings another crucial matter into the mix:
If the above is true, and I believe that it is, once the Catholic has lost his/her salvation [assuming for the sake of argument that it were possible to be saved by the Catholic Church], "it is impossible to renew them again to repentance". This would mean that the Catholic works of confession and penance are a sham.
If, in accordance with Romish teaching, Catholic who has lost his "state of grace" and the Holy Spirit, then, according to Scripture, he is incapable of worship that God accepts. He might ask what kind of worship God will accept. Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman what manner of worship God accepts:
The Samaritans, much like the Jews, were fixated upon a mode of worship rather than the spirit of worship, as does Catholicism. The Samaritan woman associated worship with a place, in her case a mountain. Apparently worshipping apart from the mountain was to be inferior or worthless.
The Jews associated their worship with the physical structure of the temple. Burnt offerings, for example, were to be offered by a Levite priest at the appropriate place [the tabernacle and later the temple, per Leviticus 1]. After speaking with the angel of the Lord, Samson's parents offered a burnt offering without outside help. This offering neither prepared by a priest nor offered at the “official” location for burnt offerings. In spite of this, God accepted their offering. Why? The answer is obvious--due to the manner in which it was offered. The externals of the offering were not in line with what God had ordained, yet the spirit with which the offering was made must have been right because God accepted it. These offered worship in spirit and truth, not in rite and ritual.
How can the Catholic who has lost his state of grace [according to Catholic teaching] worship in spirit and truth? He cannot. According to Catholic doctrine, he has lost not only his state of grace but also the indwelling Holy Spirit who makes it possible for him to discern spiritual things. Thus any worship such a person offers must be unacceptable to God. That being the case, how could such a person's penance be accepted by God?
Then there is the difficulty described in the above-quoted words from the book of Hebrews, which state that salvation once lost can never be regained. This is all so confusing and convoluted. None of these points coincides with another, which leads me to the obvious conclusion that the Roman Church once again stands in disagreement with God's clear teaching.
Just a reminder: Catholic doctrine aside, Scripture clearly informs that salvation once granted will never be lost or withdrawn.
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