What are the differences between Catholics and Protestants?



question what are the differences between Catholics and Protestants in this video I'll answer that question from a biblical perspective and afterwards I'll share some helpful resources so stick around to the end there are several important differences between Catholics and Protestants while there have been many attempts in recent years to find common ground between the two groups the fact is that the differences remain and they are just as important today as they were at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation the following is a brief summary of some of the more important differences one of the first major differences between Catholicism and Protestantism is the issue of sufficiency and authority of Scripture Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the source of God's special revelation to mankind and teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin Protestants view the Bible as the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured this belief is commonly referred to as Sola scriptura and is one of the five SOLAS Sola is Latin for a loan that came out of the Protestant Reformation as summaries for some of the differences between Catholics and Protestants while there are many verses in the Bible that establishes Authority and its sufficiency for all matters of faith and practice one of the clearest is 2nd Timothy 3:16 where we see that all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching for reproof for correction for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate equipped for every good work caphis reject the doctrine of Sola scriptura and do not believe that the Bible alone is sufficient they believe that both the Bible and sacred roman catholic tradition are equally binding upon the christian many Roman Catholic doctrines such as purgatory praying to the Saints worship work veneration of Mary etc have little or no basis in Scripture but are based solely on Roman Catholic traditions essentially the Roman Catholic Church's denial of Sola Scripture and its insistence that both the Bible and traditions are eagle in authority under – sufficiency Authority and completeness of the Bible the view of Scripture is at the root of many if not all the differences between Catholics and Protestants another disagreement between Catholicism and Protestantism is over the office and authority of the Pope according to Catholicism the Pope is the Vicar of Christ a vicar is a substitute and represents Jesus as the head of the church as such the Pope has the ability to speak ex cathedra with authority on matters of faith and practice making his teachings infallible and binding upon all Christians on the other hand Protestants believe that no human being is infallible in that Christ alone as the head of the church Catholics rely on apostolic succession as the way of trying to establish the Pope's Authority Protestants believe that the church's authority comes not from apostolic succession but from the Word of God spiritual power and authority do not rest in the hands of a mere man but in the very word of God while Catholicism teaches that only the Catholic Church can properly interpret the Bible prize UNS believe that the Bible teaches God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all born-again believers enabling all believers to understand the message of the Bible Protestants point to passages such as John 14 verses 16 through 17 I will ask the Father and He will give you another helper that he may be with you forever that is the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive because it does not see him or know him but you know him because he abides with you and will be in you a third major difference between Catholicism and Protestantism is how one is saved another of the five souls of the Reformation is Sola fidei faith alone which affirms the biblical doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone however Catholics teach that the Christian must rely on faith plus meritorious works in order to be saved essential to the Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation are the seven sacraments which are Baptism Confirmation the Eucharist penance anointing of the sick holy orders and matrimony Protestant believe that on the basis of faith in Christ alone believers are justified by God as all their sins are paid for by Christ on the cross and his righteousness is imputed to them Catholics on the other hand believe that Christ's righteousness is imparted to the believer by grace through faith but in itself is not sufficient to justify the believer the believer must supplement the righteousness of Christ imparted to him with meritorious works Catholics and Protestants also disagree on with means to be justified before God to the Catholic justification involves being made righteous and holy he believes that faith in Christ is only the beginning of salvation and that the individual must build upon that with good works because God's grace of eternal salvation must be merited this view of justification contradicts the clear teachings of Scripture a passages such as romans 4 verses 1 through 12 Titus 3 verses 3 through 7 and many others Protestants distinguish between the one-time act of justification when we're declared righteous by God based on our faith in Christ's atonement on the cross and the process of sanctification the development of righteousness that continues throughout our lives on earth while Protestants recognize that works are important they believe they are the result or fruit of salvation but never the means to it Catholics blend justification and sanctification together into one ongoing process which leads to confusion about how one is saved a fourth major difference between Catholics and Protestants has to do with what happens after death both believe that unbelievers will spend eternity in hell but there are significant differences about what happens to believers from their church traditions and the reliance on non conical books the Catholics have developed the doctrine of purgatory purgatory according to the Catholic Encyclopedia is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who departing this life in God's grace are not entirely free from venial faults or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions on the other hand Protestants believe that because we are justified by faith in Christ alone and that Christ's righteousness is imputed to us when we die we will go straight to heaven to be in the presence of the Lord one disturbing aspect about the Catholic doctrine of purgatory is the belief that man can and must pay for his own sins this results in a low view of the sufficiency and efficiency of Christ's atonement on the cross simply put the Roman Catholic view of salvation implies that Christ's atonement on the cross was insufficient payment for the sins of those who believed in him and that even a believer must pay for his own sins either through acts of penance or time in purgatory yet the Bible teaches that it is Christ's death alone that can satisfy or propitiate God's wrath against sinners our works of righteousness cannot add to what Christ has already accomplished the differences between Catholicism and evangelical Protestants are important and significant Paul wrote Galatians to combat the Judaizers Jews who said that Gentile Christians had to obey the Old Testament law to be saved like the Judaizers Catholics make human works necessary for one to be justified by God and they end up with a completely different gospel it is our prayer that God will open the eyes of those who are putting their faith in the teachings of the Catholic Church it is our hope that everyone will understand that his works of righteousness cannot justify him or sanctify him we pray that all will instead put their faith solely in the fact that we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith Romans 3 verses 24 and 25 God saved us not because of righteous things we had done but because of his mercy he saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior so that having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life Titus 3 verses 5 through 7 hungry for more subscribes they don't miss the next video visit got questions dot orgy for more great content and check out the detail section below this video there's one book I recommend along with several links to related articles if you'd like to learn more about Bible Munch or if you're interested in bite-sized devotionals subscribe the bible munch on youtube it's linked right here now remember we've got questions the Bible has answers and we'll help you find them