It's Protestants that did not heed Peter our first pope's warning.
Do you think you can outsmart Satan?
Why did Peter say there are things in Paul’s letters hard to understand?
5And account the longsuffering of our Lord, salvation: as also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you: 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction
2 Peter 3
It’s obvious to Catholics why.
Before Paul’s conversion he was a Pharisee. He was a Jewish lawyer and understood like a Jewish lawyer.
You can’t look at scripture through your tradition of anti Catholicism. You must see it through the mind of a first century Jewish convert.
Gentiles baptized into the church knew virtually nothing about Mosaic Law and Paul wrote with his understanding of Mosaic law in his mind.
Protestantism fell into the same errors as the early Gentiles and Luther would but the early Gentiles, they had the church to guide them.
"Read Luther's work against "The Mass and the Ordination of Priests," (Erl. 31, 311 ff.) where he tells of his famous disputation with the "father of lies" who accosted him "at midnight" and spoke to him with "a deep, powerful voice," causing
"the sweat to break forth" from his brow and his "heart to tremble and beat." In that celebrated conference, of which he was an unexceptional witness and about which he never entertained the slightest doubt, he says plainly and unmistakingly that "the devil spoke against the Mass, and Mary and the Saints" and that, moreover, "Satan gave him the most unqualified approval of his doctrine of justification by faith alone." Who now, we ask in all sincerity, can be found, except those appallingly blind to truth, to accept such a man, approved by the enemy of souls, as a spiritual teacher and entrust to his guidance their eternal welfare?"
Father Patrick Ohare The Incredible Catholic Mass
These errors led to Protestantism separating from truly being Bible believing Christians
because It separated them from obedience to the faith of the narrow road of transforming grace in the religion and ritual of the New Covenant.
The first legislation of Mosaic Law is the Ten Commandments which are fulfilled in the prophecy fulfilled of the grace given freely of the laws w
ritten on our hearts.
“I will write my laws on their hearts.”
These have been raised to conscience through the love of Christs gift of going to the cross.
Laws on stone raised to holiness of conscience
21You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment.
Law of conscience
27You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. 28But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Law of conscience
4Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; 5Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
We are saved through conscience and faith.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
The second legislation of Mosaic Law was g
iven to the Jews as the curse of the law for worshipping the Golden Calf. This is the entire Torah minus the Commandments.
In scripture it is referred to as law of works. It is primarily expressed as ceremonial law. Due to this failure of exegesis Luther created in not discerning the different aspects of law,?people began to separate from the narrow road of transforming grace of the religion and ritual of the New Covenant Jesus put in place through an agonizing death on the cross.
Peter explained that there are some things in Paul’s letters that are hard to understand and can lead to peoples destruction.
Protestantism fell into this and the error became Protestant tradition.
When Paul is referring to faith as opposed to works he is not talking about works of charity which James says is required. He is not talking about the Ten Commandments, he is not talking about the religion and ritual of the New Covenant which millions have separated from due to this diabolical deception, he is talking about the second legislation of Mosaic Law which was the boast of the baptized Pharisees.
Due to this error Protestantism falsely sees sacraments as works.
Sacraments are not works, they are gifts , they are grace given freely.
The Ten Commandments are not works, sacrificing bulls and goats, Jewish ritual washings, solemnities and feast days of Jewish law are the LAW OF WORKS.
I can't emphasize this enough. The failure of Protestantism to understand this has separated millions and millions of people from the religion and ritual of the New Covenant that God established as our process of transforming grace through humility, obedience, and a focus on what is holy. To return our souls to the state of being before the fall of Adam and Eve.
There is no salvation without a focus on holiness.
Do not partake of the fruit.
Obey your prelates who have the rule over you for they watch over your souls.
You will not die you will be as gods. ( false worth separate from God)
To humility in abandonment to the word of God.
My flesh is true food.
Where is then thy boasting? It is excluded.
By what law? Of works? ( The second legislation of mosaic law, the curse of the law given for worshipping the golden calf is literally the law of WORKS. ) No, but by the law of faith. Rm 3:27
The law of faith is living the New Covenant including the religion and ritual of the New Covenant in obedience to the faith. This is the narrow road and wide is the road that leads to destruction!
By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name;
This is why I left you in Crete, that you ordain priests in every city as I have ordained you.
8For by grace you are saved ( I will write my laws on their hearts. Baptism and all of the sacraments are grace given freely) through faith, ( Obedience to the faith in a covenant with God. This is my blood of the New Covenant, DO THIS ) and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God; 9Not of works, that no man may glory. ( Not of the Second Legislation baptized Pharisees were boasting about) 10For we are hi
s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in (((good works, )))which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God
Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
We find reference to the second legislation in the Didascalia written or added to, around 230 A.D. Many of the ancient documents are h
ard to date because of additions written at a latter dates.
“Him they denied and said : We have no God to go before us; and they made them a molten calf and worshipped it [Ex 32.1, 8] and sacrificed to a graven image. Therefore, the Lord was angry; and in His hot anger -- (yet) with the mercy of His goodness -- He bound them with the Second Legislation, and laid heavy burdens upon them, and a hard yoke (p. 109) upon their neck. And He says now no longer: If thou shalt make [cf. Ex
20.24-25; Dt 27.5-6], as formerly; but He said: 'Make an altar, and sacrifice continually' as though He had need of these things. Wherefore He laid upon them continual burnt offerings with a necessity, and caused them to abstain from meats by means of distinctions of meats. For from that time were animals discerned, and clean and unclean flesh; from that time were separations, and purifications, and baptisms, and sprinklings; from that time were sacrifices, and offerings, and tables; from that time were burnt offerings, and oblations, and shewbread, and the offering up of sacrifices, and firstlings, and redemptions, and he-goats for sin, and vows, and many other things marvellous. For because of manifold sins there were laid upon them customs unspeakable; but by none of them did they abide, but they again provoked the Lord… For the Second Legislation was imposed for the making of the calf and for idolatry. But you through baptism have been s
et free from idolatry, and from the Second Legislation, which was (imposed) on account of idols, you have been released. For in the Gospel (p. 110) He renewed and fulfilled and affirmed the Law; but the Second Legislation He did away and abolished.
The gospel “affirmed” the law of unconditional love, and released the Jews from the second legislation through the cross by way of baptism Into the flesh of Christ, Gods church, the promise of Abraham fulfilled.