Roman Catholicism teaches that salvation is obtained only through the Catholic Church:"The Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council makes explicit: 'Only through the Catholic Church of Christ, which is the general help of salvation, can the full fullness of the means of salvation be attained'" (page 239, # 816).
The official source of Catholic doctrine affirms categorically that salvation is not obtained except through the Roman Catholic Church. You may say: "The Catholic Church does not believe that!" However, the position of the Catechism is unequivocal:
"… all salvation comes from Christ-Head for the Church that is his Body: The Holy Synod … based on Sacred Scripture and Tradition, teaches that this pilgrim Church is necessary for salvation. Christ, in fact, is the only Mediator and way of salvation that is present to us in his Body, in the Church … Therefore, those who, knowing that God founded, through Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church as necessary, could not be saved. for salvation, however, they would not have wanted to enter or persevere in it "(p.249, # 846).
If those words still do not seem clear, let's see other quotes:
"In the Church it is where the total fullness of the means of salvation is deposited. It is in her where we 'get holiness by the grace of God' "(p.242, # 824).
"In it there subsists the fullness of the Body of Christ united to its Head, which implies that it receives from Him 'the fullness of the means of salvation'" (p 244, # 830).
Two critical facts stand out when we consult the Word of God on this subject:
1. The Bible never indicates-not even remotely-that salvation must be obtained through a church.
2. Literally hundreds of verses proclaim that salvation is a free gift of God that is available to all, but only through Jesus Christ:
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
No other name (or group) can offer salvation, except Jesus Christ:
"And in no other is there salvation (except in Jesus Christ); because there is no other name under heaven, given to men, in which we can be saved. "
When Christ died on the cross, He paid the full price for the sins of mankind, and made it possible for anyone to go directly to Him for salvation. Jesus himself said it:
"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God is upon him. "
Jesus also preached:
"He who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life; and he will not come to condemnation, but he has passed from death to life. "
Again and again Jesus Christ proclaimed this blessed truth:
"He who believes in me has eternal life."
(Read also John 6:40, 3:16, 18, 36, 1:12).
In John 20:31 we discover why the gospels were written:
"But these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, you may have life in his name."
Jesus Christ never required the use of a church to provide salvation. This free gift is available to everyone who believes in Him:
"Of this (Jesus) all the prophets bear witness, that all who believe in him will receive forgiveness of sins by his name."
According to the Bible, redemption is found in Christ, not in a church:
"Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
Only Christ can offer the gift of eternal life, because He willingly shed His blood for us:
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace".
Ephesians 1: 7
Again, the only requirement for obtaining salvation is faith in Jesus Christ:
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes."
Many biblical verses affirm the same thing:
"God has not set us up for wrath, but for salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 5: 9
While Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross, He showed us that salvation is through Him, not through the church. The thief crucified beside Jesus cried out:
"Remember me when you come into your kingdom."
When that sinner who was about to die exclaimed those words of faith, Jesus answered him saying:
"Today you will be with me in paradise."
The church does not save … Christ saves:
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved by him."
"Well, much more, being already justified in his blood, we will be saved from wrath".
Romans 5: 9
If salvation were only through the Catholic Church, would God have deceived us in his Word intentionally, knowing that our eternal destiny was at stake?
Would Peter have declared the following words in the Holy Scriptures?
"Before we believe that by the grace of the Lord Jesus we will be saved."
The Word of God declares that salvation is obtained through the faith in the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for us, while the Catechism affirms that salvation is obtained only through the Catholic Church.
You must decide which one you will believe in-in the tradition of men or in the Word of God? You can not say that you believe in "both", because each says that the other is wrong:
"God sent his only begotten Son into the world, so that we might live for him."
1 John 4: 9
Remember, someday you will be before God and you will have to explain to him the reason for the decision you made. Are you willing to risk rejecting the Word of God to follow the traditions of men?
"Because leaving the commandment of God, you cling to the tradition of men."
Mark 7: 8