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Talking with Roman Catholics, Extreme Calvinists, Legalists, and Mormons – What is the true Gospel message?

I have had a lot of discussions with people lately whom believe that their version of the gospel is the true one, and in short all others are false gospels. To be more specific I have talked with people involved within Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, legalists, and with those whom hold to the more extreme views of Calvinism also known as Reformed theology.  What is of interest, is that in all of these discussions they base their truth from the Scriptures, so they say.  With putting that into a proper perspective, what gospel message do each of these groups reflect to the world?  I would like to have feedback from those of you whom read this, and that you would share your perspectives concerning what the gospel is and what the gospel is not.

  • Roman Catholicism – The gospel of the Roman Catholic Church

Officially the Roman Catholic Church teaches that they are the only true church, that a person must keep the sacraments (7 Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church) in order to be saved and to stay saved.  Catholicism also teaches that Mary (the Virgin Mary to them) in a co-mediatrix along with Jesus for a person’s salvation.  Lastly, there is a doctrine called “Purgatory”, which in short is a place according to Catholicism where people must go to in order to have their sins purged out, in order to make them holy enough to be able to get into heaven. This is what Roman Catholics have been taught to believe concerning the gospel message.  (more info click here)

  • Mormonism – The gospel of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) teaches that from the death of the apostles to 1830 the true gospel was lost.  With Joseph Smith being a latter day prophet and restoring the true gospel back on earth.  Mormonism states that they are the only true church, that they solely have the true gospel and all others are false, that works are required for one’s salvation, that Christ’s blood is not sufficient to atone for all sins, and if it were not for Joseph Smith there would be no salvation.  Essentially this is what Mormons have been taught to believe.  (more info click here)

  • Legalism – The Necessity of Works performed by a person to keep one’s Salvation

The discussions I have had lately have been primarily focused around the belief that a person whom has been born again in Christ has to perform works in order to stay saved in Christ Jesus.  Thus salvation is dependant upon what they do, and it is a denial of grace through faith in Christ Jesus.  In short they turned the gospel into a Works performance message. (more info click here)

  • Reformed Theology – Extreme views whom believe that the 5 Points of Calvinism is the only true gospel

The following comments are not a reflection of all those whom are known as Calvinists or Reformers.  There are certain Calvinist’s whom teach that the 5 Points of Calvinism, also known from the acronym the TULIP, is the only true gospel, and that all views are false.  Calvinist’s whom believe to this view will state that if a person does not hold to the TULIP doctrines, (also called doctrines of grace) they are not true Christians.  (more info click here)

Gospel Talk

If anyone who has any of these beliefs wishes to participate here, I wish to extend an open invitation.  If you believe I have shared anything inaccurate, please provide your reasons for the discussion.  I have posted this to generate honest and respectful discussions concerning the most important topic, namely the good news of Jesus Christ.  What is the gospel message for a person to be saved and set free from sin, and judgment?  (click here more info from the Berean Perspective’s view of the Gospel)

Kelly Powers

17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,   18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3 NASB)


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