with respect, and that one sincerely
adhere to decisions made by him
conformablywith his manifest mind and intention ..." (Vol. 1, p.379).
To the Roman Catholic, "ex cathedra" (Latin for
from the seat)
statements are asinfallible as the Bible.
Though they are rare, the following are three "ex cathedra"statements or "infallible" declarations of Roman Catholicism, which they placealongside the authority of the Bible. (All emphasis is our own):"There is but one universal Church of the faithful,
outside of which no one at all canbe saved
" (Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)"We declare, say, define, and pronounce that
it is absolutely necessary for thesalvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff"
(PopeBoniface VIII, the Bull
, 1302.)"[The Holy Roman Church] firmly believes, professes and teaches that
none of thosewho are not within the Catholic Church, not only Pagans, but Jews, heretics andschismatics, can ever be partakers of eternal life, but are to go into the eternalfire 'prepared for the devil, and his angels'
xxv. 41), unless before the close of their lives they shall have entered into that Church;
also that the unity of theEcclesiastical body is such that the Church's Sacraments avail only those abiding inthat Church, and that fasts, almsdeeds, and other works of piety which play their partin the Christian combat are in her alone productive of eternal rewards; moreover, thatno one, no matter what alms he may have given, not even if he were to shed his bloodfor Christ's sake, can be saved unless he abide in the bosom and unity of the CatholicChurch." (Mansi,
xxxi, 1739.) (Pope Eugene IV, The Bull
To believe in papal infallibility is to believe ONLY Roman Catholics can besaved, for they alone are in submission to the Pope.
It is, therefore, impossible for an informed Catholic to get saved or to stay saved if he knows of theseaforementioned Roman Catholic declarations and still continues to believe in papalinfallibility! This is so because salvation centers around exclusive trust in the personand redemptive work of Jesus Christ and in Him alone. In other words, all 100% of our trust for our soul's salvation MUST be in Jesus Christ alone apart from trusting ina denomination or submission to any spiritual leader, including the Pope! Since this isthe Biblical message and Catholic "ex cathedra" statements contradict this, then
belief in papal infallibility must be rejected for the sake of salvation!
In fact, the three excathedra declarations just cited are clearly "another gospel" (Gal. 1:8,9).Throughout the Scriptures, we are often warned of false prophets and false spiritualleaders (Mt. 7:15; 24:11; Rom. 16:18; 2 Cor. 11:13; Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:2; 2 Tim.3:13; 4:3; Tit. 1:10, 2 Jn. 7; 1 Jn. 4:1; etc.). What can one conclude except that whatthese past popes have said regarding salvation is on a par with what the founders of Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventism and what other provenfalse prophets have declared. All need to be flatly rejected, not only as error, but
(2 Pet. 2:1, KJV)!