Wednesday, December 16, 2009

There is only one way into the Kingdom of God: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

St. John 3:5: "Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God"

There is not anyone numbered among the children of God, who has not been first made subject to the authority of the Roman Pontiff, the earthly representative of Jesus Christ - appointed by Christ Himself in St. Peter and his successors, by entering the Church through the gate of Holy Baptism, and that all who are outside the Church at the moment of their deaths, including baptized heretics and schismatics, will, sadly, go to hell.

Any person who professes to be Catholic must, in fidelity to the Roman Pontiffs, reject the heretical teachings of baptism of desire and baptism of blood, which are contrary to the dogma "Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation".

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 11, 1442, ex cathedra: “It firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Catholic Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the Church's sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed his blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.”

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council, Profession of Faith, ex cathedra: “I profess also that there are seven sacraments of the new law, truly and properly so called, instituted by our lord Jesus Christ and necessary for salvation, though each person need not receive them all.”

From this it follows that at least ONE sacrament, properly so-called, must be actually received.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, 1439, ex cathedra: “Holy baptism holds the first place among all the sacraments, for it is the gate of the spiritual life; through it we become members of Christ and of the body of the Church. Since death came into the world through one person, unless we are born again of water and the spirit, we cannot, as Truth says, enter the kingdom of heaven. The matter of this sacrament is true and natural water”

Pope Julius III, Council of Trent, On the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance, Session 14, Chap. 2, ex cathedra: “… since the Church exercises judgment on no one who has not previously entered it by the gate of baptism. For what have I to do with those who are without (1 Corinthians 5:12), says the Apostle. It is otherwise with those of the household of the faith, whom Christ the Lord by the laver of baptism has once made ‘members of his own body’ (1 Corinthians 12:13).”

Pope Pius IX, Vatican Council I, Session 4, Chapter 1, #3, ex cathedra: “And it was to Peter alone that Jesus, after his resurrection, confided the jurisdiction of Supreme Pastor and ruler of his whole fold, saying: Feed my lambs, feed my sheep…”

If Peter had jurisdiction over the fold and ONLY those who have entered by the gate of Baptism are under the jurisdiction of the Church, then it logically follows that only the baptized can be in the Church.  Otherwise, there are members of the Church over which Peter does not have jurisdiction.  But that is nonsense.

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 6, Chapter 4, ex cathedra: "[T]he Justification of the impious is indicated, as being a translation, from that state wherein man is born a child of the first Adam, to the state of grace, and of the adoption of the sons of God, through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And this translation, since the promulgation of the Gospel, cannot be effected, without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof, as it is written; unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God."

Note:  Some people fall into confusion about the above passage, and deduce erroneously that it means one can be saved by the desire alone for baptism.  But look at it carefully.  It says cannot take place without this or that.  In other words if you are without either this or that, you cannot be justified before God.  So being baptized against your will cannot justify you, and desiring baptism but failing to obtain it cannot justify you either.

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