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Fundamental Beliefs

Evangelical Christian Catholicism

Trinity-- God is one God who exists in three persons Trinity-- God is one God who exists in three persons
equally. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.1 equally. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.11
Scripture is absolute authority.2 The Magisterium, Traditions, and the Bible are all
Sola Scriptura--(by Scripture alone) equal forms of authority.12
The Bible consists of exactly 66 Books. 39 in the Old The Bible consists of 73 books13, which include the Old
Testament; and 27 in the New Testament.3 All Testament, New Testament and parts of the
writing was completed before the end of the 1st Apocryphal books. (Additional books not added until 1546
Century A.D. A.D.)14

Only Jesus Christ is sinless and perfect.4 Jesus, His mother Mary and possibly others were
Sin is any disobedience to God’s commands. All sin There are two types of sin: Mortal and Venial. A
will be punished by God and the wages of EVERY sin Mortal Sin is serious sin that causes spiritual death.
is eternal separation from Him.5 Venial Sin is a less serious sin that cannot cause
eternal separation from God.16
Hell is the final destination of all unbelieving Eternal Hell is the final destination, but only for those
individuals. It is a place created for punishment in who have committed Moral Sins (serious sins).17
Eternal, Conscious Torment.6 Purgatory is a temporary destination of those who
have committed Venial Sins (less offensive sins); a
place of limbo prior to Heaven.18
Believers only pray to God. There is no Scriptural It is necessary to pray to God, Mary and numerous
example of prayers to anyone other than God.7 saints for intervention.19
Salvation is a free gift from God. It is by faith in Salvation is attained through Jesus and through the
Jesus Christ "alone".8 Forgiveness of sins is never personal work of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic
determined upon Good Works.9 Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance,
One is unable to attain Eternal Life though good Anointing of the sick, Holy orders, and Matrimony.20
deeds, baptism or any other act of work.
Whoever places their faith and trust Only members of the Catholic Church are able to be
entirely in Jesus Christ are saved and will exist with saved.21
Him in eternity.10
Documentation from the Bible
1) Isaiah 44:6-8, Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 28:19 2) 2 Timothy 2:16-17, 1 Corinthians 4:6, Acts 17:11 3) Revelation 22:18,
Luke 24:44-45, Jude 3 4) Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21 5) Romans 3:23, James 1:10, 1 John 3:4 6) Matthew 18:8,
Matthew 25:46, Daniel 12:2 7) Matthew 6:7-13, John 14:13-14, 8) Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 10:18 9) Ephesians 2:9, Galatians
3:1-3, Isaiah 64:6 10) Romans 10:9-10, 13, Acts 4:12, John 14:3

Documentation from Catholic Church

11)Isaiah 44:6-8, Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 28:19 12)CCC chapter 1, article 2 13)CCC 120 14)Council of Trent 1546 A.D.
15)CCC 508 16)CCC 1854-1863 17)CCC 1033 18)CCC 1030 19)CCC2683 20)CCC 1129 21)CCC 816, 846