Friday, December 11, 2015

I AM THE WAY




I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I was really troubled and shocked by a recent article in local newspaper letting the people know that a Bishop in the Catholic Church will be opening a holy door, or Porta Sancta, at a local Catholic Church this Sunday. On this 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II, Pope Francis has begun a holy year of mercy during which, (for one year only) a plenary indulgence, the remittance of all temporal punishment due to sin, is available to those who pass through one of the holy doors. We are less than two years away from the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and I am reminded of Martin Luther’s attempt to point the church back to the Scriptures. “What does the Scripture say?” should always be our question. Paul tells us, “for by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8) “And, there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:1) The author of Hebrews writes, “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:10) “And where there is forgiveness of (sins and lawless deeds), there is no longer any offering for sin.” (Heb. 10:18) My good neighbors, do not settle for an indulgence from Rome or any where else. No priest, Pope, preacher, overseer or any other official from any church or denomination can save your soul. The Bible tells us there is but one door, through which all may walk and be cleansed from all sin. This door is Jesus The Christ, the one who has already bore all the punishment for everyone who looks to him in faith and asks forgiveness. He paid the price at Calvary and when He said it is finished, it was finished