Penance Necessary For Salvation

(980) It is through the sacrament of Penance that the baptized can be reconciled with God and with the Church:

“Penance has rightly been called by the holy Fathers ‘a laborious kind of baptism.’ This sacrament of Penance is necessary for salvation for those who have fallen after Baptism, just as Baptism is necessary for salvation for those who have not yet been reborn” (Page 278)

The doctrine of penance is taught nowhere in the Bible. The Bible teaches that when believer is saved, they are eternally saved and in no danger of falling from salvation. The Scriptures overwhelmingly prove this.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom (Jesus) ye also TRUSTED, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye BELIEVED, ye were SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I WILL IN NO WISE CAST OUT.

Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Jesus says that he knows his sheep.

John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them ETERNAL life; and they shall NEVER perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

At the Great White Throne Judgment where all the lost damned will be cast into the lake of fire, Jesus says that he never knew those that were lost. Either they were never saved or Jesus knew them, and then said He didn’t know them. That would make Jesus a liar. I choose to believe His written Word than trust the traditions and philosophies of men.

Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful WORKS? (Notice the lost are claiming this, Jesus does not confirm this. They evidently were depending on their works) And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

God says whatever He does that is shall be done for ever. You are not saved if you can loose it. Tell a drowning man in the ocean that he is saved as you toss out a life saver and the rope, and tell him that he must do the rest of the work. He is not saved until someone lifts him out of the stormy seas and into safety. My friend, Jesus is a safe refuge that is able to keep his sheep saved.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, IT SHALL BE FOR EVER: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.


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