According to these two verses we have the following outline for whether or not a person is saved:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
First off, we need to figure out whether or not Catholics believe in the God of the Bible (“that God hath”), the Jesus Christ of the Bible (“the Lord Jesus”), if they believe God raised Jesus from the dead, physically, and if they believe God is the only one who can save them and not their own works (“it is the gift of God”).
Catholics and their views on the God of the Bible:
According to the Bible, God is the only One humans should worship. We are supposed to abhor false gods and idols and not bow down to them or pray to them. The God of the Bible is the only One who can be worshipped. However, in the Catholic faith we see something very different.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is often worshipped above and beyond God Himself. Catholics will often pray to Mary with the following, “Hail, Mary, mother of God, blessed art thou…” One Catholic Pope said that Mary was the one who had saved his life from a gunshot. All other Catholics also give Mary credit above God and may refer to her as Queen of Heaven, giving her equal or superior authority over God.
Catholics will pray this prayer to Mary:
“Hail Mary full of Grace; the Lord is with Thee; Blessed are Thou among woman and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God,pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death. Amen.”
For Catholics, Mary is at the same level or higher than God and thus the God of the Bible is not believed or respected in the Catholic faith.
Catholics and their views on the Jesus Christ of the Bible:
For the average Catholic, Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins, and rose from the grave. Anything wrong with that? Not on the outside. But, when we look on what Jesus they are talking about we see something drastically wrong.
You see, the Jesus the Catholics talk about did not cleanse us from our sins and make us new creatures in Him. No, this Jesus Catholics talk about was a role model of sorts. Sure, this Jesus died on the cross and rose but he did not take away sin. Instead, this is the job of the Catholic Priest.
One of the Catholic Popes declared Mary as the only way to Christ, and, of course, heaven. Other Catholics say that Mary is the only way to heaven.
So, the Jesus Christ of the Bible is not the one of Catholics. This is an incredibly important difference.
Catholics and their views on Salvation being the “gift of God”:
This is perhaps the most twisted view of Catholicism. With many, many things they have to do, Catholics definitely do not view Salvation as a gift of God, and, furthermore, the God of the Bible.
As earlier noted, Catholics need to confess their sins to a priest and then their only way of getting to heaven is through good works (of which one is water baptism) and through Mary. And we hadn’t even talked about purgatory where you can be “bought” into heaven with real money! It looks like Catholicism is a religion rooted in works.
Whether it be worshiping Mary and putting her on a throne equal or above God, tainting the atonement of Christ or believing that we can get ourselves to heaven, Catholics do not believe in the everlasting Gospel of the Jesus Christ of the Bible and they will not be going to heaven.