Catholics and Protestants (2 of 2)

5 solas 4

(Continued from yesterday)

3) Sola Gratia – Grace Alone. Our justification and salvation are by God’s grace alone, and not dependent on any condition or action by man. The RCC holds that man’s work is meritorious.
a Rom 3:24 and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
b Tit 3:7 so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
c Acts 15:11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.
d Eph 2:5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
e Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
f 2 Tim 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

4) Solus Christus – Christ Alone. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. Our salvation is possible only through His death and resurrection. The RCC believes Mary to be Co-Redeemer and Mediatrix with Christ, and that priests are intermediary intercessors between God and laity.
a Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
b 1 Tim 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

5) Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God Alone. All glory and honor is due to God alone. The RCC ascribes glory and honor to Mary, saints, and popes.
a Isa 42:8 I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.
b Isa 48:11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.

There are many other differences, but these are the fundamental ones that led to the Reformers breaking away from the RCC tradition and back to the Bible. They affect a person’s understanding of the gospel and whether they are truly saved or not. But you can present the gospel without dwelling on differences from Catholic teaching. They are a digression and only divert attention away from the true gospel.

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