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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    But Doesn't Rome Also Believe in Salvation by Grace?

    Visitor: Rome also believes in salvation by grace: See Trent CANON I.-If any one saith, that man may be justified before God by his own works, whether done through the teaching of human nature, or that of the law, without the grace of God through Jesus Christ; let him be anathema."

    ANSWER: ... Indeed we fully acknowledge that they affirm salvation by grace .. this was never in dispute ...but they do not affirm salvation by GRACE ALONE ... Rome only believes in the NECESSITY of grace but does not affirm the SUFFICIENCY of grace.

    - Trent also rejects the biblical teaching of "grace alone" through "faith alone" in "Christ alone" here in the same document:

    CANON XI.-If any one saith, that men are justified, either by the sole imputation of the justice of Christ, or by the sole remission of sins, to the exclusion of the grace and the charity which is poured forth in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, and is inherent in them; or even that the grace, whereby we are justified, is only the favour of God; let him be anathema.

    CANON XII.-If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ's sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema.

    CANON IV. If any one shall affirm, that man’s freewill, moved and excited by God, does not, by consenting, cooperate with God, the mover and exciter, so as to prepare and dispose itself for the attainment of justification; if moreover, anyone shall say, that the human will cannot refuse complying, if it pleases, but that it is inactive, and merely passive; let such an one be accursed"!

    CANON V.- If anyone shall affirm, that since the fall of Adam, man’s freewill is lost and extinguished; or, that it is a thing titular, yea a name, without a thing, and a fiction introduced by Satan into the Church; let such an one be accursed"

    Ironically, these directly contradict many of the declarations of the early church by Augustine and the Council of Orange

    Posted by John on October 27, 2013 03:53 PM

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    Rome would have well with the Galatian church of Paul's day. What a tragedy when one thinks of the tens of millions that have been and are daily being led astray by this the biggest anathema of all time.

    A former Catholic priest who was gloriously saved through faith alone in Christ alone and eventually called to be a baptist missionary told of a frequent experience while a priest administering the last rite of extreme unction for those who were dying. The rite required the repetition of the phrase "have mercy on me Jesus." Often a person in turmoil after praying this experienced a peace. This bothered him not having assurance himself of a right relationship with God. Once he was genuinely converted to Christ he understood these people were justified (Lk. 18:13-14). Perhaps in heaven there will be many who though misled by this false religion at the end of their life came to saving faith in Christ.

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