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The Gospel according to...

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...the SDA church, the RCC, and the Reformation.

Allow me to summarize Catholic beliefs and SDA. Please contrast these with the reformed faith:

Catholics: Justification comes of faith that works in love
SDA: Justification comes of faith that works in love
Reformers: Justification is through faith alone in the merits of Christ alone

Catholics: Justification means to be made right with God.
SDA: Justification means to be made right with God.
Reformers: Justification means to be declared righteous by God.

Catholics: Jesus was our perfect example. We are called to imitate His life.
SDA: Jesus was our perfect example. We are called to imitate His life.
Reformers: Jesus was our Substitute. He was God, and did what sinful humans could never do.

Catholics: Grace is the divine gift that God bestows upon us, forgiving us and enabling us to keep the law.
SDA: Grace is the divine gift that God bestows upon us, forgiving us and enabling us to keep the law.
Reformers: Grace is God's favor and forgiveness toward undeserving sinners.

Catholic: Being justified by God does not excuse us from having to keep the law.
SDA: Being justified by God does not excuse us from having to keep the law.
Reformers: Believers are not under law, but under grace.

Catholic: Believers "grow" in sanctification.
SDA: Believers "grow" in sanctification.
Reformers: We have been sanctified by the offering of the body of Christ once for all.

Catholic: "Growing in grace" means we become progressively better.
SDA: "Growing in grace" means we become progressively better.
Reformers: "Growing in grace" means we recognize more and more deeply our sinfulness and the great price paid for our redemption.

Catholics: Original sin is not unto eternal death.
SDA: SDAs do not really believe in "original sin."
Reformers: Man, from the moment he is born, is totally sinful, totally lost.

Catholics: There are levels or "degrees" of sinfulness; some sins are worse than others.
SDA: There are levels or "degrees" of sinfulness; some sins are worse than others.
Reformers: All sin is equally "sinful" and merits eternal death for the sinner.

Catholics: God forgives sins; therefore, each individual sin must be confessed.
SDA: God forgives sins; therefore, each individual sin must be confessed.
Reformers: God forgives sinners. Completely.

Catholics: Sin is what we do.
SDA: Sin is what we do.
Reformers: Sin is what we are.

Catholics: Penance must be performed before God will forgive.
SDA: Great remorse must be displayed and people must stop sinning before God will forgive.
Reformers: God forgives sinners. Completely.

Catholics: We are saved by Christ's work on earth and His work in our hearts.
SDA: We are saved by Christ's work on earth, in heaven, and in our hearts.
Reformers: We are saved by the doing and dying of Christ alone.

Catholic: The authority for issues concerning our faith comes from the Bible, tradition, and guidance from the Pope.
SDA: The authority for issues concerning our faith comes from the Bible as illuminated by the "spirit of prophecy."
Reformers: The authority for issues concerning our faith is in the Bible alone.

Catholic: The Pope is God's highest authority on this earth.
SDA: The GC is God's highest authority on this earth.
Reformers: The Holy Spirit is God's highest authority on this earth.

Oh, and one more biggie:

Catholic: One must never feel certain that he is saved.
SDA: One must never say that he has been saved.
Reformers: Faith is knowing that we have been saved in Jesus Christ.


This is just for starters. I am sure someone could add to this list.
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