Bible Truth about Catholicism

Personal Testimony
Pastor Edward Rice   I was saved in 1960 at the age of eight. My mother and father were founding members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Gang Mills New York.  My mother was converted form Roman Catholicism, and became a Christian.  She was converted to the Lord Jesus Christ; She was born again.  
The articles below are presented in love, that you may see the lies of Roman Catholicism and be converted as well.  Jesus Christ said "Except ye be converted .... ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven."
Pastor Ed Rice

The Bible and Catholicism

The Pope and priests say "call me father." But Jesus said in the Bible "All ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth; for one is your father, which is in heaven." (Matt 23:8-9)

The Pope and priests say "Pray to Mary, pray to Saint Peter, Pray to Saint Jude." But Jesus said in the Bible "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name” (Matt 6:9).

The Pope and priests say "bow and pray before these statues and images." But God said in the Bible "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God" (Exod 20:4-5)

The Pope and Priests say that "Mother Mary can intercede for you." But Jesus said in the Bible "I am the way the truth and the life: no man cometh to the father, but by me" (John 14:6) And the Bible says, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all." (ITim2:5-6)

The Pope and Priests say that they can get your sins forgiven and can save you from sin's penalty. But the Bible says "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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved." (Rom 10:9,13)

You could be converted from the Sacramental system of Catholicism and eternally saved from your sin debt by calling on Jesus Christ today. "Except ye be converted ... Ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 18:3)

The Catholic word “Penance” is found nowhere in Holy Scripture. It is an errant translation found in the Catholic's Latin Vulgate 52 times. Penance is a Catholic addition to the faith. All fifty-two times when the Holy Bible says, “Repent”, the Roman Catholic Church said it meant “Do Penance.”

Roman Catholics take out “repentance” and add “penance”, they take out “mystery” and make it “sacrament” they take out “presbyters” and make them “priests.” It isn't any wonder they took Bible translators and their Bibles, and burnt them at the stake! They had all the vulgar translation they needed in their corrupt Latin Vulgate.

Baptists make every effort to systematically capture every thing the Bible says in its teachings about how to attain eternal life. Catholics make tradition and errant Church Fathers dictate their doctrines of penance, sacraments, and priest-craft.

Salvation is clear in the Bible. John 3:16 says, 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.

God loved, and God gave, and if you believe what he did for you, you can be saved and have (present tense) everlasting life, and know it for certain.

John 3:17 and 18 says man is condemned and God's son came so you can be SAVED.

In verse 36 there are only two kinds of people in this world, those with eternal life, and those who don't have it. Which are you?

God wrote out what you need to believe about his Only Begotten Son in what we call The Roman's Road.

First, Romans 3:10, 23

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:... For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The Holy Bible says ALL have sinned, ALL come short. Romans 5:8 says: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

He died in our place. Verse 12 tells how the world got like this:

Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners. Now look at verse 18: Therefore as by the offence of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (Jesus Christ) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Adam brought us into condemnation, and only one man, the sinless Only Begotten Son of God, can bring us out. Look here at Romans 6:23.

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

Eternal death looms over us because of sin, but God, because he loves us, offers a gift. A gift has a giver and a receiver. The receiver does not pay for the gift, does not purchase the gift, and does not work for the gift; that's why its a gift. The giver has purchased the gift at a great price, all the receiver has to do is accept the gift, no strings attached.

But the gift may be turned down. One could say to the giver, “I'll not accept this gift from you.” The thing about salvation is, there is a formal method for accepting and receiving God's gift of eternal life.

Would you like to receive a free gift today? Not what I give to you but what God is offering in these Scriptures, ETERANL LIFE!

Religions tell us we must work, be good, do penance, attend church, build karma, or change our life to deserve salvation and eternal life, but look in Romans 10:9-13 what God says you must do to receive his gift:

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.(Roman 10:9-10)

You could pray right now and accept God's gift! That verse states that if you believe what he is offering, absolutely free, and you want to accept it from him, absolutely no strings attached, that is all it takes to receive eternal life. You don't deserve it, you can't deserve it. You are condemned already without it and someday “the wrath of God” will abide on you. There is no priest that can give absolution, there is no good deed you could do, there is no church that could give this to you, and WITHOUT God's free gift you get...

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:14-15)

.... OR you could accept God's gift of Eternal Life, and be saved from that eternal punishment for sin:

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.(Rom 10:13)

If you would like to receive that free gift you could call upon him with this prayer:

LORD God, I want to receive your gift of eternal life. I don't want to pay my own sin debt. You said in your Holy Bible your Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, already paid my debt. I want to accept him as my Saviour and be forgiven of my sin. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Call on Him today, call on us tomorrow

By Dr. Ed Rice, Pastor, GSBaptist Chuch 


My inside notes on the May 19, 2012
      "Interactive Conference on Catholicism with Fr. Scott Caton and William Gent "
       giardino_catholic_conference_notes.html   or
              giardino_catholic_conference_notes.odt  or  giardino_catholic_conference_notes.pdf   

Learning to Speak Roman Catholic (My Book Draft)
Article 1 A Grand Divisor of Truth and False Religions (The Blood)
Article 2 On Biblical Authority (The Book)
    On Biblical Authority What the Bible says
Article 3 One Church, But Not Roman (The Body)
Article 4 Origin of Roman Catholic Church
    Chronological Tabled List of Heresies
Article 5 Peter not the Rock on which the Church was Built
Article 6
Three Roman Errors Concerning Mariology
    The Error in the words of their Catechism
Article 7 
The Ancient Witness of Baptist Existence
Appendix 1 The Bible and the Good Friday Error
    The Greatest Decision You Could Ever Make
Appendix 2 
Help From Dr. Steven A. Hite
Appendix 3 
Vatican II Liturgical Press ... concerning indulgences 
Appendix 4 
The Contrast - Faith by Grace, and Faith by Works

One Divisor Between Truth and False Religion - A Challenge

Testimony of Charolett Wells, Catholic Carmolite Nun

Salvation is not by Sacraments

You must be converted from Catholicism to Enter Christ's kingdom.

Catholics, Other Cults and the Bible

Origins of Catholic Doctrines V, From The Baptist Story by AA Davis

Chart of Catholic vs Baptist History, "The Trail of Blood"

 Baptist Answers to Catholic Defender, Max

Roman Catholicism Other Sites

A Priest's Story by Richard Bennett

Scion of Zion at Does Not Often Represent Baptist viewpoints (they
being hyper-Calvinist)  but is a leader in refuting the man made Roman Catholic Religion
Escaped - The Story of Madge Moult
Marian Propaganda
Mary Tudor and the Return to Rome
Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa - Does God Really Exist?
Roman Catholicism: Chronology plus Commentary
Was Mary Sinless?
What the Bible teaches about Purgatory?

Thy Word is Truth

The following table is from   A Priest's Story by Richard Bennett
John 17:17

Biblical Truth

The Light of God’s Word




New Catechism

Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994)

The Bible only is the Standard for Truth


“….the scripture cannot be broken.”  John 10:35  

 “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.”  John. 17:17

 “That ye might learn in us not to think…above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.’’

 I Corinthians 4:6

Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”  Proverbs 30:6


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is 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.” II Timothy  3:16-17

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered…”  Mark 7:13

The Basis

of Truth

Truth is based on Scripture, Tradition, and the Pope


Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church  Para 80

“And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit.”  Para 81


“As a result the [Roman Catholic] Church...does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone.  Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”   Para 82

The Supreme Pontiff, in virtue of his office, possesses infallible teaching authority when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful...he proclaims with a definitive act that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held as such.”  Para 891


Salvation is by Grace Alone through Faith


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


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.”  Ephesians 2:8, 9


“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.” Rom 5:17

 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…”  Titus 3:5-6


“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  Galatians 2:21



by Grace


For Salvation, Grace becomes merely a help, and is given through the sacraments of the Church


“Grace is the help God gives us to respond to our vocation of becoming his adopted sons.  It introduces us into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life.”  Para2021


“The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. 'Sacramental grace' is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament.”  Para 1129


One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience.”   Para 1493


Faith is the Gift of God and comes by the Word of God


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


“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”  Philippians 1:29


“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Romans 10:17


Faith is God-given and sustained

Faith comes through the Mother Church


It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes and sustains my faith.”   Para 168


“Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother:...  Para 169

Believing’ is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers.  ‘No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother.’”   Para 181


Christ’s Sacrifice was His alone and once offered


“...Jesus said, ‘It is finished:...’”  John. 19:30


“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” Hebrews 10:12


 “...when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”  Hebrews. 1:3






Christ’s Sacrifice continues, and is also of the Church


“In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.”   Para 1367


“The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the [Roman Catholic] Church.  The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head.  With him, she herself is offered whole and entire.”  Para 1368



Biblical Truth

The Light of God’s Word




New Catechism

Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994)

God is the Only All Holy One, and the Only Source of Holiness


Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”  Isaiah. 6:3


“Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?  For Thou only art Holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee...”  Revelation. 15: 4


There is none holy as the Lord:  for there is none beside Thee:  neither is there any rock like our God.”  1 Samuel. 2:2


“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8 



God, the Only 

All Holy


Mary is also the All-Holy One, and the Source of Holiness


“By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All Holy One.”  Para 2677


“From the [Roman Catholic] Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary....”  Para 2030


“The Fathers of the Eastern tradition call the Mother of God ‘the All-Holy’ (Panagia), and celebrate her as ‘free from any stain of sin, as though fashioned by the Holy Spirit and formed as a new creature’”  Para 493



In Salvation the Lord Jesus Christ Alone Mediates


“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”  I Timothy. 2:5


Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name [Jesus Christ] under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12




In Salvation “Mary” Also Mediates


“Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.... Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the [Roman Catholic] Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”   Para 969


God Hates Idolatry


“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything...Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.”  Exodus. 20:4-5


“And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even Ten Commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.  Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake...Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure....”  Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16


“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” 1 John. 5:21




The Roman Catholic Church Rationalizes Idolatry



“The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols.  Indeed, the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype, and whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.”   Para 2132


“Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word, the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) justifiedthe veneration of icons - of Christ, but also of the Mother of God, the angels, and all the saints.  By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new ‘economy’ of images.”   Para 2131



This Pagan Practice is Forbidden in the Bible


I am the LORD thy God…Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:2-3


“There shall not be found among you any one…that useth divination, or an observer of times, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. [one who calls up the dead].” Deut. 18:10-11


“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits [divination; contacting the dead], and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.  Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy:  for I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus. 20:6-7


Compiled by Richard Bennett, Converted Catholic Priest, now Evangelist.  P.O. Box 192 Del Valle, TX 78617

Email: rbennett(at)


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This Practice is Recommended by Rome


Communion with the dead.  In full consciousness of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead...Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping “them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.”   Para 958


“The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom, especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer...Their intercession is their most exalted service...We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.”   Para 2683


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