Mike Gendron: Antithetical Doctrines Provide Gospel Clarity

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Antithetical Doctrines Provide Gospel Clarity

Have you ever considered how antithetical statements in the Bible can be used to bring clarity to the Gospel? Antithetical assertions are effective because they help people see contrasting consequences. Just as a diamond sparkles brighter when it is laid on a black cloth, the Gospel shines brighter when contrasted with the darkness of sin and deception. There are many antithesis’s revealed in God’s Word, including Christ and Antichrist, advocate and adversary, believers and unbelievers, eternal life and eternal death, light and darkness, justification and condemnation, truth and error, righteousness and lawlessness, the church and the world, regenerate and unregenerate men, heaven and hell, and children of God and children of Satan.

Death vs. Life and Man’s Wages vs. God’s Gift

One of the most powerful and consequential uses of antitheses is found in Romans 6:23. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In this verse, “wages” is contrasted with “gift”, and “death” with “eternal life.” These are powerful antithetical words that are direct opposites. God’s free gift of grace is not something anyone can earn as a wage for our works. Instead, Paul presents man as effecting his own death by the wages of sin. However, God offers man eternal life by His grace, which is totally free of man’s merit. The law of antithesis is used by the Holy Spirit to show the helpless state of sinners and the incomprehensible grace of God. Paul repeats the antithetical assertion that God’s saving grace must be exclusive of man’s works in Romans 11:6. “If it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”

Salvation Is All of God and Not of Man

Two verses that have set so many Roman Catholics free from the bondage of religious deception are Ephesians 2:8-9. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Paul destroys the false teaching of a works-based salvation by declaring salvation is all of God and not of man. Salvation is by God’s grace through faith in what God has done, not by works man must do, so that no one may boast. In Titus 3:5, Paul uses antithesis again to destroy a works-righteousness salvation. “He (God) saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.”

Scripture Juxtaposed with Catholic Teaching

As we witness to Catholics, it is effective to show how biblical doctrines are diametrically opposed to Catholic dogmas. I also have found it highly effective to juxtapose contrasting statements when I teach and write. Many of our subscribers appreciated my article that contrasts two men Roman Catholics call “infallible” popes: Peter vs. Francis. The teachings of these two men could not be more diametrically opposed. Clearly, God’s Word shines brighter when it is laid side by side against the lies of a false prophet.

Which Jesus Do Catholics Trust?

The apostle Paul warned that some would come and preach another Jesus whom the apostles did not preach (2 Cor. 11:4). Have you ever considered how antithetical the Jesus of the Catholic Church is with the true Jesus who is gloriously revealed in Scripture? Consider the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible as He is juxtaposed against the false Christ of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).

  • Jesus gives believers eternal life and promises they will never perish (John 10:28).
  • Rome’s false Christ offers only conditional life without any assurance that they will never perish (CCC, 1035).
  • Jesus purifies all sins (Heb. 1:3, 1 John 1:7).
  • Rome’s counterfeit Christ does not purify all sin (CCC, 1030).
  • Jesus will remain in heaven until He appears a second time, without reference to sin (Heb. 9:28).
  • Rome’s false Christ returns every day to be offered for the sins of the living and the dead (CCC, 1374, CCC, 1414).
  • Jesus finished the work of redemption on the cross (Hebrews 9:12, 10:12).
  • Rome’s counterfeit Christ continues the work of redemption on an altar (CCC, 1367, CCC, 1405).
  • Jesus redeemed believers from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us (Gal. 3:10).
  • Rome’s false Christ requires Catholics to obey the law to attain salvation (CCC, 2068).
  • Jesus is the only sinless mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5).
  • Rome’s false Christ is not the only sinless mediator. The counterfeit Mary of Catholicism is a sinless mediatrix who brings Catholics the gift of salvation (CCC, 969, CCC, 494).
  • Jesus is the only Way to the Father in heaven (John 14:6).
  • Rome’s false Christ is not the only way. Rome declares Muslims, who reject Jesus as God and deny that He died on the cross, are part of God’s plan of salvation (CCC, 841).
  • Using these points and counterpoints can be very effective in warning Catholics that they need to know the true Christ and His all-sufficient, finished work of redemption. They need to know that the Eucharistic Christ is a false Christ and to worship the Eucharist is the terrible sin of idolatry. It is no different than the Israelites worshipping the golden calf as the true God that delivered them out of Egypt. God had 3,000 Israelites put to death for the blasphemous sin of idolatry (Exodus 32:28). 
  • The Final Antithetical Declaration 
At the end of time, the Good Shepherd will divide the sheep from the goats. The human race will be divided in two groups throughout all eternity. Some will enter into the joy of eternal life with their Savior; others will depart into eternal punishment (Matthew 25:31-46). This should motivate us all, with a sense of urgency, to lovingly confront people with the truth of the Gospel. People will never know they are deceived until they are confronted with the truth!
A message Mike Gendron delivered at Revolve Bible Church in San Juan Capistrano in September has gone viral with nearly 200,000 views on YouTube. It is a message you will want to share with your friends and loved ones. You can watch the message here.
How to Evangelize Catholics Biblically
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Letters to Edify and Encourage the Saints

Mike, I appreciate your willingness to spread the Gospel. However, I do not agree with a lot of your beliefs. It seems as though you have a personal agenda against Catholicism. I understand you were once a Catholic, but to quote scripture against Catholics from a book that they compiled seems pretty ironic. K.G., Internet

Hi K.G., Catholics did not compile the books of the Bible. Long before church councils were ever convened, church elders were constantly evaluating which of the many writings of their day carried apostolic authority. We have proof that letters were circulated and accepted before the canon was formally established. Paul wrote: “After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans” (Col. 4:16). To collect various letters and books of Scripture into one volume was the task given to born-again Christians. They were under conviction and illumination of the Holy Spirit from the writings of the Apostles long before any Council established a canon. Hence, the Word of God established the Church. The actual gathering together of the Scriptures into one volume took place in God’s providence, under the supervision, persuasion, and conviction of the Holy Spirit. Christians labored together to separate God’s inspired Word from spurious writings. We know the Bible was complete and “once for all delivered” to the Saints in the first century (Jude 3). The Old Testament Canon was closed about 400 years before Christ and long before the Roman Catholic Church was established.

Hi Mike and Jane, I have been on your website and have devoured your articles. Having spent 12 years at a Jesuit School in South Africa, I really like your knowledge of Catholicism and early Church History. As I look back on my upbringing, I marvel that our Lord would choose me from such a devout family and show me the errors of Catholicism. Your ministry excites me, thank you! S.L., Dawsonville, GA

Mike, I first came across your ministry through your episodes on Catholicism with American Gospel and have been extremely blessed by your content. I grew up in the Catholic Church but came to true saving faith at the age of 20. Almost everybody on both sides of my family is Catholic. I have been invited to my second-cousin’s wedding, and wonder if I should go to the wedding which will include the Sacrifice of the Mass. I am working through this question with the elders of my church but wanted to reach out to you due to your expertise in Roman Catholicism. Thanks so much for your time. S.S., Internet

Dear S.S., While some would say it is important for family unity to attend, we must prayerfully consider any invitation to attend a ceremony that dishonors or blasphemes God. The very presence of God’s people at one of these events sends the message, unintentional as it may be, that what goes on there is acceptable. When Christians get invited to these life events, they can be opportunities to share the Gospel. You can explain how Catholic teachings stand in opposition to God’s Word and dishonor Christ and His finished work of redemption. If you choose not to attend, you can say: “As much as I love you, I hope you understand that my love for Jesus is far greater and I desire to please Him in all that I say and do.” If you choose to attend, you should simply observe and not participate.
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