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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Date Posted:
5/4/1998

Contents
Introduction (1-6)
The Bible (9-23)
The Pope (24-42)
The Sacraments (43-51)
Confirmation (53-54)
Lord's Supper (55-78)
Priesthood (79-94)
Matrimony (95-97)
SIN (98-107)
Forgiveness (108-122)
Indulgences (123-127)
Penance (128-141)
Purgatory (142-159)
Mariolatry (160-187)
Angels (188-208)
Reformation (210-213)
Patrick (214-228)
Ecumenism (229-240)


The Sacraments (43-51)


A Concise Guide to Bible Christianity and Romanism
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley


  1. What does Rome teach about the Sacraments?
  2. Which are the Sacraments of the New Testament?
  3. How may Sacraments are there according to Rome?
  4. What does Rome teach in regard to what is necessary for the validity of a Sacrament?
  5. Does Rome's Doctrine of Intention not put uncertainty upon all her religious Sacraments and works?
  6. What is Baptism?
  7. What does Rome teach concerning Baptism?
  8. What does Rome teach happens to children who die unbaptised?
  9. What is the attitude of our Lord Jesus Christ to children?

Back to Top 43. What does Rome teach about the Sacraments?

The Church of Rome teaches that a Sacrament imparts both sanctity and justice (that is righteousness) to the receiver, that this grace is contained in the Sacraments and is invariably conferred on those who do not resist the Holy Ghost; that the Sacraments are the only channels of grace and whosoever says that justification can be obtained without them or without the desire of them, or that they are instituted only for increase of faith is accursed.

Back to Top 44. Which are the Sacraments of the New Testament?

'The Sacraments of the New Testament are Baptism and the Lord's Supper.'

Back to Top 45. How may Sacraments are there according to Rome?

The Church of Rome's teaching on the subject of the Sacraments is as follows:

'Our Lord has instituted seven Sacraments, because they are necessary for our spiritual life. Baptism causes us to be born in Jesus Christ; Confirmation fortifies us; the Eucharist nourisheth us; Penance heals us; Extreme Unction renews our strength in the hour of death; Holy Orders perpetuates the ministers of the Sacrament, and Matrimony perpetuates the faithful who are to receive them.'

These Sacraments can be easily remembered by keeping in mind the two words 'become up.' Taking the letters that make up those words you have Rome's seven Sacraments:-

'B' - Baptism
'E' - Eucharist
'C' - Confirmation
'O' - Orders
'M' - Matrimony
'EU' - Extreme Unction
'P' - 'Penance'

Belief in these seven Sacraments first was made binding in the year 1437 at the Council of Florence.

Back to Top 46. What does Rome teach in regard to what is necessary for the validity of a Sacrament?

No sacrament is valid unless 'the intention of the priest goes with it.' Where there is no right intention on the part of the priest there can be no Sacrament.

Back to Top 47. Does Rome's Doctrine of Intention not put uncertainty upon all her religious Sacraments and works?

Yes. It follows from the Roman doctrine of Intention that no man can be certain with the certainty of faith that he receives a true Sacrament, since the Sacrament is not formed without the intention of the minister, and no one can see the intention of another. Intention makes the priest master of the Sacraments. He can dispense or withhold grace at his will and consequently salvation. He leaves his flock in uncertainty as to whether they have ever truly been baptised, confirmed or absolved, or of ever partaken of the benefits of the Lord's Supper or Extreme Unction! Nor on the same hypothesis can he be sure he is a priest himself, or the Pope is truly the Pope.

Back to Top 48. What is Baptism?

'Baptism is a Sacrament wherein the washing with water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, doth signify and seal our engrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace and our engagement to be the Lord's.'

Back to Top 49. What does Rome teach concerning Baptism?

The Church of Rome teaches that Baptism regenerates 'inasmuch as it confers the first sanctifying grace by which original sin is cancelled, and actual sin also if there is any.' 'In Baptism not only sins are remitted but also all the punishment of sin and wickedness are graciously pardoned by God.'

Back to Top 50. What does Rome teach happens to children who die unbaptised?

Rome teaches that children dying unbaptised 'are born to eternal misery and perdition.'

Back to Top 51. What is the attitude of our Lord Jesus Christ to children?

Mark 10:13-16: 'And they brought young children to him that He should touch them, and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them and blessed them.'

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