What is the difference between the Roman Catholic Church and a Bible Church?

There are significant and irreconcilable differences between a Bible honoring Church, such as this one, and the Roman Catholic Church. We can in no way identify with an institution which is so completely contrary to the clear and undeniable truths of the Word of God.

The following is a partial list of these differences:

A Bible Church regards the Bible as the final and sole authority in all matters of faith and life. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the traditions and teaching of the church have the same authority as the Bible. It also teaches that the pope speaks without error when he speaks ex-cathedra.

"Every Word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His Words lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar" (Proverbs 30:6)

The Bible teaches that Christ's death on the cross is the final and only payment for sin. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that man may be purged of sin in purgatory and, that his own suffering or, the suffering of another, may expiate sin (Vatican II).

"And it is appointed unto men once to die and after death the judgment" (Heb 9:27)

The Bible teaches that Salvation is by grace (the unmerited favor of God) through faith ALONE. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that salvation is through the church and its sacraments, particularly baptism. It also teaches that the good works of others can expiate sin. In other words, Christ's sacrifice was not sufficient payment.

"For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast" (Eph 2:8,9)

The Bible teaches that Christ died once for sin. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christ is re-crucified spiritually every time a Mass is offered.

"For Christ has not entered the Holy Place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place with the blood of another. He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world, but now once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself"             (Hebrews 9:24-26)

The Bible teaches that Christ Jesus is the only mediator between God and Man. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary and "the saints" can be intercessors.

"For there is one mediator between God the men, the Man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5)

The Bible teaches that all men are sinners, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary was sinless from conception (the Immaculate Conception, proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854).

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

The Bible teaches that Christ alone suffered for our sin. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary suffered with Christ in the redemption of man (In 1923, Pope Pius XI sanctioned Pope Benedict XV's (1914-1922) pronouncement).

"… when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3)