Galatians 1:6-9, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
I read online today that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley (original bands members of KISS) are both Christians, Catholic. Roughly 51,000,000 Americans are Catholic according to Pew Research. You need to understand dear reader that there are many different meanings of the term “Christian.” The Roman Catholic meaning is far from the biblical meaning.
The way I see it there are three meanings, as relate to this article here:
- Unsaved people see a Christian as a follower of Christ - In the Bible, a Christian is someone who follows Christ. The disciples were first called “Christians” at Antioch (Acts 11:26). It was the unsaved world, and not believers themselves, who called the followers of Jesus Christians. If you were placed on trial and accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
- Catholics see Christianity as a system of beliefs and practices, a religion - https://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/christianity
- The saved person has been born again - This is the true biblical meaning of what it means to be a Christian. Only a born-again person can enter into the Kingdom of God.
John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” As a musician myself I have always admired Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020). Yet, Eddie was a devour Roman Catholic. The Bible doesn't say you get to Heaven by being religious. Sorry Eddie! His brother Alex is also Catholic, an ordained minister in fact. Alex has often performed the weddings of celebrities and friends. And as I mentioned earlier, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss of KISS are professing Catholic Christians. But dear friend, these men are not born-again believers!
One woman on Facebook was upset with me, trying to shame me for saying that Eddie Van Halen served the Devil all his life, and is likely sadly burning in Hell now. Dear reader I didn't say that, Jesus did. John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The Catholic church perverts God's free grace by adding keeping Seven Sacraments to it. According to official Catholic dogma, the first of the sacraments is water baptism, which the Vatican says is the door into the Catholic church. They teach that the Catholic church is the Body of Christ, with Peter (the first pope) as its head. The Bible teaches something very different in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The Vatican says there is no salvation outside of the Catholic church, but Jesus said He alone is the way, the truth and the life.
I truly hope with all my heart that Eddie Van Halen died in the Lord, but it doesn't appear to be so. I do not say that because of the wickedness of Van Halen's career, but because Catholicism is a false religion. Granted, we all have our opinions. But what saith the Scripture? Jesus exhorted everyone in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” El Papa over in Rome cannot save himself, let alone anyone else. Your sinful Catholic priest or Lutheran minister cannot forgive their own sins, let alone yours! You can confess your sins to some sinful priest in a telephone booth all you want, but the Bible says in 1st Timothy 2:5-6, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” My friend, the Bible is abundantly clear that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven!!! Jesus is the one and only Mediator.
The Bible says that eternal life is a free gift. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” A gift is a take proposition, not a give proposition. Salvation is received, not achieved. Do you know why so many preachers today are going astray from the truth? It is because they spend more time listening to their peers and buddies than they do searching the Scriptures. There is no way that you can listen to the Gospel of John or the Epistle of Galatians, and walk away thinking that you must “repent of your sin” to be saved. You won't find the phrases “turn away from your sin” or “repent of your sin” anywhere in the King James Bible. Yet every pseudo-Christian cult teaches that you must repent of your sinful behavior to get to Heaven.
Please understand that I am not a Catholic basher! If you are Catholic I respect your right to believe as you choose. This is America, right? A truly free society is one in which it is safe to be unpopular. So if you are a Catholic, I love you with God's love. I am not berating you for your beliefs. However, I am letting you know as a true friend does, that the Devil is deceiving people with Catholicism. Truly, the Catholic church is a religious prisonhouse! There is nothing taught in the Bible about sacraments. Listen to what Jesus warned in Mark 7:9, “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Do you see how Catholicism is manmade? The preceding link shows a few dozen of Catholicism's manmade fabricated doctrines. Psalm 118:8, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Catholics are not Bible-believing born-again Christians, they are Vatican following religious churchgoers. Satan's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” 1st Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” The inspired and incorruptible Word of God is the seed (Luke 8:11) by which we are born anew from above by the Holy Spirit of God (John 1:12-13). If you are born once, you die twice (Revelation 21:8); but if you are born twice, you die once (Revelation 20:6). John 3:7, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Exodus 20:4, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”
Exodus 20:5-6, “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”