Why Do People Say We Need Sacraments of the Catholic Church?

Q. A Catholic told me “you must receive the sacraments of the Catholic church to go heaven.”
Why would he say that?

BFHU: Our Sacraments are Biblical and Historical and several of them are scripturally linked to obtaining eternal life.


John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.


1 Peter 3:21
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,







images-3John 6:48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; 54 he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live for ever.”

John 20: 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”images-1

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.





Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,



Annointing of the SickUnknown

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders (the Greek for Elder is etymylogically the toot for priest) of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.



Malachi 2:7
For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.images-5











Matrimony we all agree on.images-7

4 Responses

  1. I see the sacraments as being biblical – the only doubt I have is over baptism which for a new convert I think should be immersion. Or maybe a further baptism as a youth with mental acceptance of the gospels.

    The problem with most in the CC church is missing two further sacraments – which is bible study and prayer. This was my problem.

    We have one billion catholics relying on 5-10 minutes of bible readings per week to get them to heaven. Unless you went to church everyday it would take 20 years to get through the bible.

    Only the Word of God can purify the soul.

    My experience of fellowship in the CC was just worldliness or events like processions etc If someone had fellowship in their house it was a sort of drinking party avoiding anything truly religious. This cant be true in all cases but I had not come across much else.

    If you dont read the “hard sayings of Jesus” on a consistent basis
    a person can lose the fear of God which is deadly.

    What I have said above applies to many churches not just the CC but I got mainly the impression in the CC that if you talked “bible” outside of the 1hr – you were a bible nut or you got a lets change the subject moment since bible study is only for the priest.
    Many catholics still believe they should not try to understand the WORD – this is the teaching of the church – overtly or covertly.

    • The Church does in no way teach that one “should not try to understand the WORD.”

      Also, while Bible studies and prayer are great, they are not Sacraments

      CCC 1131 The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.

    • Dear Charles,

      The Sacraments are the Visible Word.

      In fact there is one Sacrament: Christ.

  2. Don’t argue the forms of Baptism. That is splitting hairs. Some of us take showers, others sit in a bathtub, some wash completely in a basin of water and a cloth. We are still all cleansing ourselves. Baptism is an outward sign of the Grace of God applied to our souls. Some churches immerse, some churches pour, some churches sprinkle. The main ingredient of Baptism is water AND, AND the words “I Baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” That is Baptism! The Church also teaches Baptism by blood and Baptism by desire. Baptism by blood is when an un-Baptized person is about to face martyrdom for the Faith and hasn’t had a chance to be Baptized formally then their martyrdom for the Faith is their Baptism and salvation. Baptism of desire is for the person who has never been Baptized, desires Baptism, but has no chance of being Baptized by another Christian. Their desire of salvation IS their salvation.

    The ancient church always had seven sacraments. They are both Biblical and of Apostolic Tradition. None of them were “invented” by the Roman Church as these sacraments all existed co-equally in all of the sister churches, which are all daughter churches to the Church of Jerusalem. In other words the sacraments existed in the Jacobite Church of Jerusalem, the Petrine Church of Antioch, the John Markian Church of Alexandria, the Petrine Church of Rome, the Constantinian Church of Byzantium, the Apostolic Church of Chaldea, the Apostolic Church of Armenia, the Mar Thoma Church of India, the Apostolic Church of Ethiopia,. etc., etc. There has never been a dispute within the ancient Orthodox, Oriental or Catholic Churches over the number of sacraments. They have always numbered seven. Only the western heretics of the protestant “reformation” reduced that number, and the modern day so called “evangelicals” still toy with the numbers. But orthodoxy still prevails, and the number is seven!

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