The Second Vatican Councils Decree on Ecumenism explains: For it is through Christs Catholic Church ALONE, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God.
I do understand the doctrine of Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which every true believer in Christ takes part in when they trust in Christ Jesus. The Bible clearly teaches that all who are saved are baptized into the body of Christ and this body is called the Church. The Church is the called out assembly. It is clear through many of the catechisms of the Catholic Church they are not teaching salvation in the body of Christ but through the institution of the Catholic Church. They clearly state that they are basing this on Scripture and Tradition. It appears to me that they are basing it on more tradition than Scripture. They are mingling the work of baptism with salvation. Clearly, the Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift, and not of righteous works. One might say that they are referring to the baptism of the Holy Spirit here. As I will show more clearly a little later, what is really being taught is water baptism, due to the fact that the Catholic Church approves of infant baptism. Scripture teaches clearly that water baptism is only for those who believe.
My friend, becoming a Catholic will not save you just as becoming a Baptist or anything else will not save you, but Jesus will save you if you will trust Him, and ask Him too.
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