The Roman Catholic Church Declared Their Opposition To The Gospel At The Council Of Trent Preached By The Apostle Paul About The Grace Of God

The Council of Trent (Latin: Concilium Tridentinum), held between 1545 and 1563 in Trent (or Trento, in northern Italy), was the 19th ecumenical council of the Catholic Church. Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation and counter-Gospel of the Grace of God.
Council of Trent, 19th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church, held in three parts from 1545 to 1563. Prompted by the Reformation, the Council of Trent was highly important for its sweeping decrees on self-reform and for its dogmatic definitions that clarified virtually every doctrine contested by the Protestants. Despite internal strife and two lengthy interruptions, the council was a key part of the Counter-Reformation and played a vital role in revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church in many parts of Europe.
Though Germany demanded a general council following the ex-communication of the German Reformation leader Martin Luther, Pope Clement VII held back for fear of renewed attacks on his supremacy. France, too, preferred inaction, afraid of increasing German power. Clement’s successor, Paul III, however, was convinced that Christian unity and effective church reform could come only through a council. After his first attempts were frustrated, he convoked a council at Trent (northern Italy), which opened on December 13, 1545.
As the council opened, some bishops urged for immediate reform, and others sought clarification of Catholic doctrines; a compromise was reached whereby both topics were to be treated simultaneously. The council then laid the groundwork for future declarations: the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed was accepted as the basis of Catholic faith; the canon of Old and New Testament books was definitely fixed; tradition was accepted as a source of faith; the Latin Vulgate was declared adequate for doctrinal proofs; the number of sacraments was fixed at seven, and the nature and consequences of original sin were defined. After months of intense debate, the council ruled against Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith alone: man, the council said, was inwardly justified by cooperating with divine grace that God bestows gratuitously. By enjoining on bishops an obligation to reside in their respective sees, the church effectively abolished the plurality of bishoprics. In church governance, a diocese or bishopric is the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
Political problems forced the council’s transfer to Bologna and finally interrupted its unfinished work altogether.
What is the Nicene Creed? also called Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, a Christian statement of faith that is the only ecumenical creed because it is accepted as authoritative by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and major Protestant churches. The Apostles’ and Athanasian creeds are accepted by some but not all of these churches.
Until the early 20th century, it was universally assumed that the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed (the more accurate term) was an enlarged version of the Creed of Nicaea, which was promulgated at the Council of Nicaea (325). It was further assumed that this enlargement had been carried out at the Council of Constantinople (381) with the object of bringing the Creed of Nicaea up to date in regard to heresies about the Incarnation and the Holy Spirit that had arisen since the Council of Nicaea.
Now, the Roman Catholic Church declares that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation and receives that salvation by grace through faith alone, is cursed by them. This is what they decided at the Council of Trent.
Perhaps the most defining event of the Roman Catholic church since its inception in 325 AD was the Council of Trent which was the Vatican’s response to the then-brand-new movement of something called the Protestant Reformation. At the Council of Trent, many important things were decided and officially codified into the Catholic canon of teaching. They decided that the Biblical doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone was bad for business, and had to go. So, out it went.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 (KJV)
Some say that Catholics are not Christians, and they’re not. This is true because born again Christians follow the teachings of the Bible in general and the writings of the apostle Paul in particular, whilst Catholics follow the teachings and writings of the Roman Catholic Church which exist outside of the Bible. The Council of Trent is an excellent example of this.
So just for fun, I thought it would be interesting to place a few of the “infallible declarations” from the Council of Trent that speak to the doctrine of justification alongside matching verses from the Bible and let’s see if the Roman Catholic religion matches up with Biblical Christianity. Ready? Go!
Council of Trent Session 6, Canon 9: If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification and that it is not in any way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will, let him be anathema.
Anathema definitions – in common usage, is something or someone that is detested or shunned. In its other main usage, it is a formal ex-communication. The latter meaning, its ecclesiastical sense, is based on New Testament usage.
It is a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine.
It also means something or someone that one vehemently dislikes, “racial hatred was anathema to her”!
The King James Holy Bible: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:5-7 (KJV) WINNER!
Council of Trent Session 6, Canon 14: If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because that he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema.
The King James Holy Bible: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16 (KJV) WINNER!
Council of Trent Session 6, Canon 33: If any one saith, that, by the Catholic doctrine touching Justification, by this holy Synod inset forth in this present decree, the glory of God, or the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ are in any way derogated from, and not rather that the truth of our faith and the glory in fine of God and of Jesus Christ are rendered (more) illustrious; let him be anathema.
The King James Holy Bible: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1,2 (KJV)
Let’s pull over and park for a moment, and consider what is being said in just these 3 small examples. Read very carefully what is being put forth by the Catholic Church. Over and over they are declaring as the doctrine that if anyone, that’s you, believes that a sinner is justified before God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, then they are anathema. What does ‘anathema’ mean? Please let me put the definitions a different way to let it soak in for you: According to the Webster’s 1828 dictionary, it means ‘one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority; someone or something intensely disliked or loathed; a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by ex-communication; the denunciation of something as accursed’. Now stop…and let that sink in.
The Roman Catholic Church declares that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation and receives that salvation by grace through faith alone, is cursed by them. They are saying that if you believe the Bible and nothing else, that if you trust Jesus, and nothing else, they curse you. Salvation by grace through faith alone is the bedrock of the gospel of the grace of God. Salvation by grace through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone is the gospel of the grace of God. And by their own declarations and in their own words they are against it. So you tell me how the Roman Catholic Church can possibly be a “Christian” organization? That is not possible.
“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:3-6 (KJV)
Now, let me show you 9 fun facts to drive the point home as nine things evangelicals should know about the Council and the decrees that it issued:
1. The Council of Trent was the most important movement of the Catholic Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church’s first significant reply to the growing Protestants Reformation. The primary purpose of the council was to condemn and refute the beliefs of the Protestants, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, and also to make the set of beliefs in Catholicism even clearer. Approximately forty clergymen, mainly Catholic bishops, were in attendance during the twenty-five times over the next eighteen years that the Council convened.
2. Protestants endorse justification by faith alone (sola fide) apart from anything (including good works), a position the Catholic Church condemned as heresy. During the sixth session, the Council issued a decree saying that “If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.”
3. The Protestant Reformers rejected the Apocrypha as part of the biblical canon. (The term Apocrypha (Gr., hidden) is a collection of ancient Jewish writings and is the title given to these books, which were written between 300 and 30 B.C., in the era between the Old and New Testaments.) During the fourth session, the Council issued a decree damning anyone who rejected these books:
. . . if anyone receives not, as sacred and canonical, the said books entire with all their parts, as they have been used to be read in the Catholic Church, and as they are contained in the old Latin vulgate edition; and knowingly and deliberately contemn the traditions aforesaid; let him be anathema.
Many doctrines unique to Catholicism, such as the teachings of purgatory, prayers for the dead, and salvation by works, are found in these books.
4. During the Protestant Reformation, the doctrine of transubstantiation was heavily criticized as an Aristotelian “pseudophilosophy.” The 13th session reaffirmed and defined transubstantiation as “that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood – the species only of the bread and wine remaining – which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation.”
5. Protestants claimed that the only source and norm for the Christian faith were Holy Scripture (the canonical Bible without the Apocrypha). The doctrine of Sola Scriptura was rejected at Trent. The Council affirmed two sources of special revelation: Holy Scripture (e.g., all the books included in the Latin Vulgate version) and traditions of the church (including the “unwritten traditions”).
6. In Catholic theology, an indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven. Under Catholic teaching, every sin must be purified either here on earth or after death in a state called purgatory. The selling of indulgences was not part of official Catholic teaching, though, in Martin Luther’s era, the practice had become common. (Luther was appalled by the sermon of an indulgence vendor named John Tetzel who said, “As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.”) The Council called for the reform of the practice, yet damned those who “say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them.”
7. In Catholic theology, purgatory is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who denied yet were not free from “venial” sins (a lesser sin that does not result in a complete separation from God and eternal damnation in hell). The council affirmed the doctrine of purgatory and damned anyone who claimed: “that after the grace of justification has been received the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out for any repentant sinner, that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be paid.”
8. In the 24 session, the council issued decrees on marriage which affirmed the excellence of celibacy, condemned concubinage, and made the validity of marriage dependent upon the wedding taking place before a priest and two witnesses. In the case of a divorce, the right of the innocent party to marry again was denied so long as the other party was alive, even if the other party had committed adultery.
9. At the request of Pope Gregory XIII, the Council approved a plan to correct the errors to the Julian calendar that would allow for more consistent and accurate scheduling of the feast of Easter. The reform included reducing the number of leap years in four centuries from 100 to 97. Although Protestant countries in Europe initially refused to adopt the “Gregorian calendar” (also known as the Western or Christian calendar), it eventually became the most widely accepted and used civil calendar in the world.
It is the Catholic church itself who declare themselves to be non-Christian, the Council of Trent is indisputable truth of it. That brings us to the last point, and that is why the Roman Catholic Church would teach such a thing when it is in obvious opposition to the Bible. They do it for many reasons, the primary one being that they come out of Rome, and are the modern-day representatives of ancient pagan Rome. It is Rome that killed all the Christians before conducting a hostile takeover in 325 AD and hijacking the true Church for over a thousand years. The last thing the Catholic church wants is for you to think for yourself, pray for yourself, and open that Bible for yourself. Because when you do that, you quickly discover that the Roman Catholic Church is actually Mystery, Babylon, and the one who has shed the blood of the saints and will continue to do so until they meet the end in Revelation 18.
To be clear: The declarations and anathemas of the Council of Trent have never been revoked. The decrees of the Council of Trent are confirmed by both the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the official “Catechism of the Catholic Church” (1992).
And on who declared what about the Bible and a small part of where doctrines came into play. This post, I hope, clears up a few questions that have hovered around since the advent of Facebook!

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