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  • Hello my name is Dudley Davis

    I am a former Roman Catholic and a convert to Reformed Protestantism. I am today a Presbyterian. My decision to leave Roman Catholicism was not an easy one. I will say it took courage to do so; I was turning my back on the faith I had lived by all my life. However I acted on my conscience especially after I read the New Testament. As I read the New Testament I began to see that many of the things I was taught to believe as a Roman catholic were not only biblically supported but many were in direct contradiction to the scriptures.It was because of those contradictions I initially left the Roman catholic church. However as I studied further the history of the early church an the Reformation of the 16th century I realized that contrary to what I was taught as a Roman catholic that Protestantism and the Protestant church communities left the "catholic" meaning universal church founded by Jesus Christ; I began to believe that the opposite was really true. I began to see that Roman Catholicism drifted from the true Gospel and true church by adding many things that were not supported in scripture and a I said even contradicted the scriptures. I found that the 16th century reformers who were also Roman Catholic like I was really returned the church communities to the Gospel told in the scriptures and the early church founded by Christ and the apostles and the church that existed until Constantine made Christianity the religion of the Roman empire in the 3rd century of the church. As a result the Roman church began to drift away from the true church and the true Gospel. That discovery is why I am no longer a Roman catholic and why I became a Reformed Protestant.
    I would really summarize them to be the "Five Reasons" I am now a Presbyterian, a Reformed Protestant, and they are "the same Five Reasons" I am no longer a Roman catholic. As a Reformed Protestant I give all glory and honor to God alone, Roman Catholicism does not give Glory to God alone. Roman Catholicism shares that honor with Mary and the saints, which have no basis in scripture.
    As a Presbyterian and a Reformed Protestant I place my faith in Christ alone. Roman Catholicism does not.
    I am now a Reformed Protestant and thankful I am a Presbyterian because I know I am saved by faith alone as it is taught over an over again in the scriptures. Roman Catholicism says it is faith and works; we must merit our salvation and I now believe that theology can lead men into the turmoil of hell and despair. As a Roman catholic I was beginning to loose faith because I believed I may not be able to merit heaven. Man cannot save Himself, that is why God sent us the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, to save us and make us righteous by imparting Christ’s righteousness to us. He did that to justify us and sanctify us but through no merit of our own, He did that because He knew we were not able to do it for ourselves.
    As a Reformed Protestant I rely on scripture alone as our only and final authority, Roman Catholicism does not; it says scripture must be seen with tradition and then the RCC and her pope can even override and add to scripture. I no longer accepted the authority of the bishop of Rome as Christ's Vicar on earth. Like the Reformers I believed that only Jesus Christ heads His church.
    I now believe as a Protestant and because I believe as a Protestant that it is through Grace alone that we are given Faith alone In Christ alone and I know that it is Scripture alone that is our only and final authority. As a Protestant I give all glory and honor to God alone. Because of these five beliefs, the 5 solas of the Protestant Reformation and the great gift of Grace alone I am a now a Presbyterian. Roman Catholicism does not accept the 5 sola’s of the Protestant Reformation which I believe are biblically correct and supported.
    These are the five major reasons I am no longer a Roman Catholic and they are as I said the same Five major reasons I am now a Protestant and a member of the Presbyterian church. I believe it is by the Grace of God alone I am now born again into the truth of the pure Gospel; the Gospel of Christ without the additions, distortions and contradictions placed into it by Roman catholic traditions which corrupted the true Gospel. I now as a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian have the true and pure Gospel and message of salvation.
    I can give testimony “that it is awesome great and wonderful to be Protestant and know I am saved and not that I might be saved as when I was a Roman catholic. I can truly testify that I am thankful that I am today a Presbyterian and a Reformed Christian. I am still part of the "catholic" meaning universal church but I protest the teachings of Rome which are not biblical. I thank God I am today a Protestant! ~ Dudley Davis~
    Deuteronomy 4:2 says
    "Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you."

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    The Roman Catholic view of Justification and the Protestant view is the strong dividing line between being RC and being Protestant
    By Dudley Davis
    The Roman catholic view of Justification and the Protestant view is a strong dividing line between being Roman Catholic and being Protestant.
    “Justification is a judicial act of God, in which He declares, on the basis of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, that all the claims of the law are satisfied with respect to the sinner. It is unique in the application of the work of redemption in that it is a judicial act of God, a declaration respecting the sinner, and not an act or process of renewal, such as regeneration, conversion, and sanctification. While it has respect to the sinner, it does not change his inner life. It does not affect his condition, but his state, and in that respect differs from all the other principal parts of the order of salvation. It involves the forgiveness of sins, and restoration to divine favor.” Louis Berkhof
    Justification is by faith alone.
    "The Roman Catholic view of justification [is that] God declares a person to be just when justice (or righteousness) inheres in the person. The person, under divine analysis or scrutiny, is found to be just. God justifies the just. ...By stark and radical contrast the Reformation view of justification is that God declares a person just based upon something [external to them], something not inherent in the person: the imputed righteousness of Christ."
    R. C. Sproul
    Justification is the process of transforming us from what we were: dead in sin, to what we will be: Like Christ. Justification does not make us good; it imparts Christ’s goodness to us.
    I now believe that the Protestant doctrine of Justification which is that we are eternally secure in Christ because we have contributed nothing towards our redemption is biblically sound and correct. The beauty and awesomeness of this doctrine is that we are secured and saved by our faith alone. We do good works because we are in Christ but we can not save ourselves through works as Roman Catholicism teaches.
    II Cor. 5: 21
    For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
    God counts the people He has called as righteous by means of their faith and not their works. This does not mean the elect are counted righteous on the basis of their faith. Since faith is itself a gift from God, no one can boast of this as if he has done anything to merit it.
    Eph. 2: 8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
    Christians are counted righteous on the basis of Christ’s righteousness which has been applied to us through the vehicle of faith.
    Rom. 3: 21-24 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all] who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
    Paul uses a legal term to explain how and why the elect are justified. The Greek word to justify is diakioun. Whenever a Greek verb ends in –oun, it means to treat someone as something. It never means to make someone something. When we stand before God, as we all will some day, we need to recognize that in us, there is nothing which makes us worthy of God’s grace; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
    We are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God treats us as righteous because of what Jesus did on the Cross.
    Heb. 9: 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
    When we stand before God, as we all will some day, we need to recognize that in us, there is nothing which makes us worthy of God’s grace; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
    We are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God treats us as righteous because of what Jesus did on the Cross.
    The beauty and awesomeness of the Protestant doctrine of Justification is that we are eternally secure in Christ because we have contributed nothing towards our redemption.
    I am a Protestant today because I believe completely in the Protestant teaching of Justification.
    God counts the people He has called as righteous by means of their faith and not their works. This does not mean the elect are counted righteous on the basis of their faith. Since faith is itself a gift from God, no one can boast of this as if he has done anything to merit it.
    Eph. 2: 8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
    ~ Dudley Davis `
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      Welcome to the forum.
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        Welcome to this forum Dudley. I hope you'd a good journey from a religion to relationship with God.
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          Hello Dudley
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            Welcome Dudley!
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