Which Church Saves?
"Must we become Protestants in order to be saved?"
"Not at all, my friend. I wouldn't waste my time trying to convert you to Protestantism."
"But you do not believe that either the Roman or the Greek Catholic Church can save, do you?"
"Well then, I am a Roman Catholic and my friends are members of the Greek Orthodox Church, neither of which you say can save."
"And you, you are a Protestant. Do you not want us also to turn Protestant?"
"I do not. I have never asked any Catholic, Greek or Roman, to turn Protestant."
"You haven't! I don't understand. Do you not believe that Protestantism can save?"
"No, I do not."
"You don't! I am amazed. What then--?"
"Protestantism has no more power to save than has Catholicism, my friend."
"What then? How can a man be saved? There are only three great Christian Churches, are there not?"
"Yet I repeat, my friend, that neither the Roman Catholic, the Greek Orthodox, nor the Protestant Church can in any way save your soul."
"Wait a minute. No church can save, but The LORD JESUS CHRIST can."
"Yes, my friend, you are saved, not by the Church, either Catholic or Protestant, but through a person, and that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only-begotten Son."
"Can it be possible! And to think that I have never heard this before!" "So you see, it would do you no good to become a Protestant, for there are thousands of Protestants who are not saved; thousands who have embraced Christianity, but have never accepted the Christ of Christianity personally as Saviour."
"Is that why we have not found peace? Is there no peace in Catholicism?"
"No, friend, and none in Protestantism either. Peace is only found in Jesus. Religion cannot save;
Christ alone can."
"But are you sure of this, sir?"
"God says, 'Neither is there salvation in any other [Protestant or Catholic]: for there is none other name [Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, or Protestant] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved' (Acts 4:12)."
"Is that the only Scripture that says that?"
"No, turn to Matthew 1:21: 'Thou shalt call His Name JESUS. For He [not the Catholic priest nor the
Protestant minister, but He--Jesus Christ] shall save His people from their sins.'"
"What then must I do?"
"'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved'--'as many as received HIM, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name' (Acts 16:31; John 1:12)."
"And will He receive me?"
"'Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out' (John 6:37)."
"He loves you. Yes, He died for you. He bore your sins as He hung on Calvary. Then come, accept Him; trust His atoning death. Take Him now as your Saviour and Lord, for He will 'have mercy' and abundantly pardon" (Isaiah 55:7).
"Upon doing this, my friend, you will not only be saved, but you will be a member of the only Church the Bible knows. God's Word tells us that the Lord adds to the Church daily those who are saved by grace through faith (Acts 2:47). Scripture also calls this true Church the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22,23; 1 Corinthians 12:12,13), of which Christ is the Head (Colossians 1:18)."
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
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