Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Journey Home - 2014-11-17 - Michael Cousineau - Former Assembly of God

I said something rather good before coffee this morning, what was that?

Oh yeah.

I was sort of taken aback by a Protestant who objected to our faith in the Church.  That's not what I was surprised about.  I was surprised by the fact that he objected to his obvious faith in Calvin and Luther.

When he objected to our faith in the Church, I retorted that there was little difference between our faith in the Church and his faith in Martin, Luther and the document called the Westminister Confession of Faith (WCF).

Anyway, my answer went something like this:

De Maria said,

November 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm
Don said,
November 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm
De Maria 1306,
“Depend upon” vs. “reject” is a false dichotomy.
How about “accept” vs “reject”? I said:
Why don’t you answer that part of the question?
If you don’t and if you accept them and rely upon them, how am I bearing false witness?
Do you accept the teachings of Calvin or not? Do you accept the teachings of the WCF of not?
No, I am not going to answer your loaded questions.
Where is the question loaded? Do you not believe the WCF? If you do, is faith, believing? or not?
Do you believe Calvin and Luther or not? Is faith, believing?
Good luck trusting your denomination.
I don’t need luck. I know that God speaks through the Catholic Church. I know that the Church prays for me in Christ’s stead:
2 Corinthians 5:20 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.
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Who speaks to you “as though God did beseech you”? Who prays for you ” in Christ’s stead”? Calvin? Luther? Who?
Do you even believe these verses?

Rewind: We are saved by faith and works, in a manner of speaking.

Originally posted: Thursday, August 18, 2011


Catholic doctrine says:

...we are therefore said to be justified gratuitously, because none of those things that
precede justification, whether faith or works, merit the grace of justification. (Trent VI, Chapter VIII)


Therefore, it is true, that we are saved by faith and works, but only in a manner of speaking.

Our faith does not save, we don't save ourselves.
Our works do not save, we don't save ourselves.

God saves those who demonstrate their faith in works of love. God grants eternal life to those who keep His Commandments.

Romans 2:13
(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.


Revelation 22:14
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Finding the Fullness of Faith 


What say you?


Sincerely,

De Maria

What to expect your first time in a Catholic Church

You've never been to a Catholic Church and you don't know what to do?

First of all, what day is it?  Is it Sunday?  Yes?  Then you'll find a large crowd of people entering a building which is adorned with statues of Saints and a Cross with Jesus Christ crucified.

But, what if it isn't Sunday?  Then skip down to the bottom.

If its Sunday, follow them in.  If this is a ROMAN Catholic Church, usually you'll see a sign with the Church name and the "mass" times.  If you don't see a sign, ask one of the people that is entering the building.  Once you're sure you're in a ROMAN Catholic Church, you can follow the old time adage, "do as the Romans".

What you will see:

Probably the first thing you'll see, outside, is statuary.  Statues of the Saints and mostly of Mary and Jesus.  Also, very frequently, images of Jesus, crucified.

Then, as you follow the people through the front doors, you'll see them dip their fingers in water and touch their foreheads with it.  Then they'll bring their hand down to their chest and then across to their left shoulder and then to their right.

The water might be in little bowls on either side of the door.  Or it might be in big bowls or fonts in front of the door or in the vicinity of the entrance.  People will be making their way to the water in order to perform this ritual.

The water is Holy Water which has been sanctified by the priest for the purpose of bringing down Christ's blessings upon all who touch it.

The movement of their hands from head to chest and shoulders is a prayer called the "Sign of the Cross".

When we touch the water to our heads and make the Sign of the Cross we pray to bring down Christ's blessings in the name of the Father (head), Son (chest) and the Holy Spirit (left and right shoulders).  It also reminds us of our Baptism (Matt 28:29).

Then, you should notice that people stop talking.  Unlike a Protestant gathering, in a Catholic Church, we maintain reverence for the presence of God.

Then, people will go to a pew and kneel on one knee and stand back up.  That is called a "genuflect".  It is our showing that we humble ourselves before the Lord.  Remember the Scripture, "every knee will bend".  That's what we do.

Then, we enter the pew and find a place where we will sit.

BUT before we sit, we kneel to pray.  What do we pray for at that moment?  Whatever is on our mind.  I use that time to thank God for my family and friends.  If anyone has asked me to pray for them, I add those prayers.

If you're there very early, say, about 30 minutes early, you'll see people praying the Rosary.  They are preparing their hearts for the coming of the Lord.

What's the Rosary?  It's an ancient Biblical prayer that walks you through the Gospels from the perspective of Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

If this is your very first time to a Catholic Mass, I suggest you sit in the back and simply do as the Romans are doing.  Sit when they sit, kneel when they kneel, stand when they stand.

Fortunately, in this day and age, some Churches have TV monitors which show the prayers which are being prayed if you want to follow along.

Some also show the songs being sung.

If that isn't available, most Churches have "missalettes".  They are booklets that have the entire Mass for you to follow along.  If you come in early enough, you can look for the appropriate date.

Some Churches don't have entire books but do provide outlines of the Mass in leaflets.  You can't read along because they won't have the entire prayers. But you can follow along because they tell you the main points and usually tell you when to kneel, sit and stand.

If you have a smart phone, you can get the same information from certain apps.  Some are free.

Or you can print out the Readings before you leave your home.  Click on the day that you want to see what Scriptures will be prayed on that day.

For a minute explanation of the Mass, go here.

If it isn't Sunday.

The parking lot will probably be empty.  But, most Catholic Church's have a daily Mass.  So, find the office.  Its usually well marked, but if it isn't, it will be in the area of the few cars that are in the parking lot.

Rarely, but occasionally, the office is not connected to the Church.  If it isn't in same campus as the Church itself, then you might want to get the name of the Church and look up the phone number.

Or, google it.

Once you get in touch with someone in the office, you will want to know the schedule of Masses. Some Churches have the daily Mass in the morning.  Some in the evening.  Some don't have a daily Mass, but will be able to direct you to a Church which does.

Now that you've decided upon which Mass you will attend, go back up to "if its Sunday" and do as the Romans.  The only difference will be that there will be fewer Romans.  But this set of Parishioners are far more knowledgeable than the ones who only go on Sunday.

So, there it is.  I hope this is helpful.  Let me know.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Romans 10 vs Protestantism

Frequently, Protestants will say that Romans 10:4 supports the doctrine of faith alone.  However, for anyone who is steeped in the Sacred Traditions of Jesus Christ which are the bedrock of the New Testament, the Teaching of Rom 10 is very clear and it has nothing to do with justification by faith alone.
Romans 10
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
That compares the OT to the Sacraments of the NT. Christ is the end of the Law because it is in the Sacraments that we are saved, if we believe in Christ.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
This tells you that the Law of Moses is still efficacious, for those who obey God.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
These two verses destroy the false doctrine of presumption of salvation.
Here in 6, St. Paul says not to judge yourself or anyone saved. For, in so doing, you are putting Christ down. You are usurping His Role as Judge of Mankind.
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Here, in 7, St. Paul tells you not to condemn any man to hell. For in so doing, you are usurping God’s Role. You are exalting yourself as though you have the power of life and death.
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
This is describing what we do in the Sacraments. We profess our faith in Christ and God pours into our hearts the grace of the Holy Spirit.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek because those who hear the voice of God and believe will obey and do His works:
Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
That doesn’t say, “pick up the Bible and read for yourself”. That doesn’t say, “pass out bibles and figure it out for yourself.”
That provides the Catholic Teaching which says that we learn our faith from our Priests. They are the ones who preach to us the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes from hearing. Not from reading the Bible. From hearing the Church which is the infallible Teaching of the Wisdom of God:
Ephesians 3:10King James Version (KJV)10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
This is a clear Teaching of the authority of the Church, of the efficacy of the Sacraments and of the necessity of keeping Sacred Tradition.  Nothing about faith alone. 

Don't say you love me


Don't say you love me, show me that you do, don't ask me to trust you, prove to me that you can be trusted author unknown

Its no coincidence that God compares our relationship to Him as matrimony.  If we love someone, we show them by the way we behave towards them.  Saying that you love someone is important.  But it is more important to show them that you love them.

Scripture says:

 But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. (St. James 2:18)
Our Lord Himself said:
 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  (St. John 14:15)
Does anyone deny that God is literally saying to us, "Don't say it if you don't mean it!"

Peter - Cornerstone of Catholicism

Abraham vs Protestants

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Protestants proclaim to save themselves by their faith alone. God doesn’t make that proclamation. Protestants say that about themselves.

Here’s the difference.  Protestants claim they are saved like Abraham. God saw his faith and credits him righteousness. Read that again. God sees his faith and credits him righteousness.

But God is out of the picture with Protestants. They claim faith and credit themselves righteousness. Abraham didn’t do that. Abraham didn’t say, “I’m saved by my faith alone! You’re not saved! And you’re not saved! But I’m saved!”

Uh, uh.

Abraham simply obeyed God because of his mighty faith. And Scripture says:

Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Any questions?

Where does the Bible say that we are to be mediators?





Protestants frequently object that Scripture says,


1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
And therefore, according to them, there are no other mediators.  Which, I believe, misses the point.  Jesus Christ is the one mediator, we are in Jesus Christ, therefore, we mediate through Jesus Christ.  Here’s what Scripture says:
2 Corinthians 5:20 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.
Again, note the bolded words. Christ is mediator between God and man because He prays for us to the Father, correct?
Here, St. Paul prays for us instead of Christ. In other words, he is performing the role of Christ. He is standing between us and the Father. He is mediating.
An even more shocking revelation is this:
as though God did beseech you by us
He is also performing the role of God to us. He is speaking for God to us. He is mediating in both directions.
You might say, “well, that’s Paul, but how about us?” Well, St. Paul said,
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
In other words, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”
Does anyone disagree with this?

What does the Bible say about the Pope?

The word "Pope" is Latin for "Father".  The Bible speaks of God as "Our Father",

Lectio: Peter - DVDs Matthew 6:9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Scripture also says that the Apostles considered themselves the Fathers of their flocks:

1 Corinthians 4:15
15 For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 
1 John 2:1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 
Because Jesus Christ appointed Simon to "feed" His flock.  The Church has always called him the first "Pope" or "Father" of the Church:

John 21:1717 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

God made rules and established rituals. Obey Him.




de Maria March 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Peter Pereira March 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM
A dictionary definition of “religion” would be something similar to “belief in God or gods to be worshipped, usually expressed in conduct and ritual; any specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics.” In light of this definition, the Bible does speak of organized religion,
Agreed.
but in many cases the purpose and impact of “organized religion” are not something that God is pleased with.
The only organized religions to which God is opposed in Scripture, are those which worship other gods. Do you have any evidence that God opposes organized efforts to worship Him?
In Genesis chapter 11, perhaps the first instance of organized religion, the descendants of Noah organized themselves to build the tower of Babel instead of obeying God’s command to fill the entire earth. They believed that their unity was more important than their relationship with God. God stepped in and confused their languages, thus breaking up this organized religion.
Good example of what I’m talking about. You have also admitted that they “disobeyed” God. Therefore, God was opposed to this organization.
In Exodus chapter 6 and following, God “organized” a religion for the nation of Israel. The Ten Commandments, the laws regarding the tabernacle, and the sacrificial system were all instituted by God and were to be followed by the Israelites. Further study of the New Testament clarifies that the intent of this religion was to point to the need for a Savior-Messiah (Galatians 3; Romans 7). However, many have misunderstood this and have worshipped the rules and rituals rather than God.
I don’t know of any who worship the rules and rituals. The rules in the Catholic Church are to ensure obedience to God. And the rituals are to ensure proper worship of God.
Throughout Israel’s history, many of the conflicts experienced by the Israelites involved conflict with organized religions. Examples include the worship of Baal (Judges 6; 1 Kings 18), Dagon (1 Samuel 5), and Molech (2 Kings 23:10). God defeated the followers of these religions, displaying His sovereignty and omnipotence.
Exactly. God organized a true religion to oppose the world’s false religions.
In the Gospels, the Pharisees and Sadducees are depicted as the representatives of organized religion at the time of Christ. Jesus constantly confronted them about their false teachings and hypocritical lifestyles. In the Epistles, there were organized groups that mixed the gospel with certain lists of required works and rituals. They also sought to put pressure on believers to change and accept these “Christianity plus” religions.
Christianity plus? You mean like this one?
James 1:27
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Galatians and Colossians give warnings about such religions. In the book of Revelation, organized religion will have an impact on the world as the Antichrist sets up a one-world religion.
All the while, the Catholic Church which Jesus organized will oppose all those who worship the anti-Christ and all those who bring about heresies and errors. Scripture says:
Ephesians 3:10
King James Version (KJV)
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
In many cases, the end result of organized religion is a distraction from the intent of God.
On the contrary, the religion which God organized does not distract from but focus upon, God.
However, the Bible does speak of organized believers who are part of His plan. God calls these groups of organized believers “churches.” The descriptions from the book of Acts and the Epistles indicate that the church is to be organized and interdependent. The organization leads to protection, productivity, and outreach (Acts 2:41-47). In the case of the church, it could better be called an “organized relationship.”
Religion is a relationship with God.
Religion is man’s attempt to have communion with God.
True Religion is God’s revelation instructing man how to have communion with Him:
1 Corinthians 11:24
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
The Christian faith is a relationship with God because of what He has done for us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is no plan to reach God (He has reached out to us—Romans 5:8). There is no pride (all is received by grace—Ephesians 2:8-9). There should be no conflict over leadership (Christ is the head—Colossians 1:18). There should be no prejudice (we are all one in Christ—Galatians 3:28). Being organized is not the problem. Focusing on the rules and rituals of a religion is the problem.
Disobedience is the problem. God made rules and established rituals. Obey Him:
Hebrews 5:9
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Sincerely,
De Maria

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Understanding man and woman

Michael Cumbie dynamic Catholic speaker

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Although a Protestant Pastor for 23 years, Michael ultimately realized that to be truly in one accord with "ancient historic" Christian practice, means to be in union with Rome, where the chair of the successor of St. Peter is located, he continued his studies and research. Michael was even ordained to the sacred priesthood (see picture gallery 2) with an "old catholic" group in 1993. Eventually he realized that his denomination and the Roman Catholic Church would not become one any time soon, and he discovered that this quest for the fullness of Faith could only be realized in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2001, Michael and his three children were received into the Catholic Church. Michael's wife Sherry came back to the Catholic Church that day as well, after a 28-year absence. Michael Cumbie's conversion story is entitled "No Bread on the Table, No Crumbs on the Floor" because of his great love of, and respect for the Most Holy Eucharist.

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Rebellion against the organized religion that Christ established, is rebellion against Christ.




De Maria March 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Sharon F. April 4, 2009 at 12:50 PM
I have non Catholic Friends that believe the Catholic Church is too authoritative. We have recently return to the Catholic church from and we are fire up about our faith. How do we talk to our non catholic friends about this subject?
Thanks.
I think Jae’s answer is very good. He said:
Jae March 25, 2009 at 1:29 AM
I agree with you bro ed. a good example of the guy named Koher in the OT, where he challenged Moses about his authority and questioned its origin.
By doing so, koher was challenging God Himself who had established that authority to Moses.

Even in Heaven it is very hierachical, e.g. different position and dominions of angels and archangels also in the visible Church where St. Paul described her as with Bishops, priests and deacons….the One , Holy, Apostolic, Catholic Church!
It is evident, from Scripture, that Jesus Christ organized a Church. He established an organized religion to succeed the organized religion His Heavenly Father had established by Moses. I would simply repeat something along the lines of what Jae said. Rebellion against the organized religion that Christ established, is rebellion against Christ.
De Maria March 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM
Malbert De Souza March 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Organized Religion=Legalism=Cult.
Jesus Christ established an organized religion. He established a Church (Matt 16:18).
Appointed a Leader (John 21:17).
Appointed a Board of Directors (Luke 6:13).
Appointed officials throughout His Church (1 Corinthians 12:28-29).
Jesus Christ established the first CORPORATION. The Church is the Body of Christ. Corporation comes from the word, “body”. And a body is nothing if not organized. That is why, human beings are “organisms.” Because God has organized our bodies (Rom 12:5-7).
Its an earthly institution that behaves like an extra-judicial heavenly authority
1 Corinthians 6:3
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
and usually has sets of DO’s and DONT’s, binding its members in bondage thru’ its non-reformable system. 
Matthew 18:17
King James Version (KJV)
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Galatians 1:8
King James Version (KJV)
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Its composed of a thick-layered theological jungle mess that is accessible only to the core group
On the contrary, the Catholic Church is accessible to all men. There is no Church more open than the Catholic Church.
while the common men, has to sheepishly obey everything without any form of protest.
Hebrews 13:17
King James Version (KJV)
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
The problem is, that you have never read Scripture. Or if you did, you didn’t understand what you read. You are living according to your traditions of men. And in so doing, have placed yourself directly against God. The Catholic Church is the voice of Christ on this earth:
2 Corinthians 5:20
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.
Sincerely,
De Maria
De Maria March 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Isabel E. March 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I believe that the Catholic Church will be doing great service to the One Infinite God and to the Catholic faithful if they have leaders, priests and lay, who are well versed in the Bible to teach young people of its teachings and meanings rather than the Cathechism.
There are many such leaders in the Catholic Church. Most Catholic Diocesan offices offer all types of Biblical, doctrinal and theological studies in addition to the Catechism.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lisa Ling's - Called to the Collar


Let's all defy the odds!  Thanks be to God for the young men who are answering the Call!

Is God calling you to the faith?

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Rewind: Salvation by faith and works in Scripture

Originally posted: Saturday, August 20, 2011

I am discussing faith and works salvation with Ken on the Beggars All Reformation Blog.  However, a complete response was impossible because of the character count.  For anyone interested, I am posting it here.  Ken's words are in blue and indented.:

De Maria,
Hello Ken.
Thanks for admitting up front that Roman Catholicism is a "faith plus works" salvation system.

It is the teaching of Scripture:
Romans 2:
King James Version (KJV)
6Who will render to every man according to his deeds:7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
The Romans 2:13 quote is not meant to stand alone but is in the middle of Paul's argument, which I already noted before - follow it through all the way to Romans 3:28 and even Romans 4:1-16 and 5:1-11.
I have a different understanding than yours:
(For not the he
arers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall bejustified.

Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible

In other words, doing the law doesn't automatically justify anyone. But not doing the law automatically condemns. Because those who are justified will only come from the set of people who do the works of the law.

God selects and justifies only from the group of men who do the works of the law.  Not from those who do not keep His Law.

Example:
A man is an unrepentant murderer and sinner. He will never be justified by God because he rejects the law. He will be condemned.  Scripture says elsewhere:
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Therefore, if you read Romans 2, it says:

Romans 2

4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11For there is no respect of persons with God.

A man keeps the law in obedience to Christ:

King James Version (KJV)

24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The Revelation 22:14 passage is a textual variant.
The best manuscripts read,
"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they might have the right to eat of the tree of life . . . 
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In fact, that is what the Douay says.  However, in either case, whether washing one's robes or keeping the Commandments, works are highlighted as essential for eternal life.
see Rev. 7:14 - only by the washing/cleansing of the blood of the lamb - faith in His atonement - Romans 3:25-26 - only by His work on the cross is someone saved.
Which brings us to the Mass and the Sacraments.
Roman Catholicism is a “faith plus works” salvation system, because
Because Scripture teaches a faith plus works salvation system.

 you must do good works all through your life to gain back your justification,

You must also do good all your life. Or do you think you can sin and sin mightily and still inherit the Kingdom of heaven. Read the Rev: 22:15:

King James Version (KJV)
 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

started with baptism

It starts before Baptism. For one must have faith in order to be justified and Baptism is the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. One can't approach Baptism without faith demonstrated in works of love.

(either infant 
Infant baptism is a separate. Jesus Christ said, let the little children come to me (Matt 19:14) and Acts 2:39 says that Baptism is for us and for our children.


or conversion baptism); but which you lost by the commission of mortal sin. 
Never heard of conversion baptism. Nor did I know that you could read my soul and determine that I had committed a mortal sin.
The Roman Church claims “by faith through grace alone”,
Grace alone is a Protestant doctrine. The Catholic Church recognizes that all is grace, but does not teach grace alone.

 but upon deeper investigation, it means that there are works one must do in order keep getting grace until final perseverance and getting scrubbed clean in purgatory and passing through it, and in order to stay in a state of grace. (baptism, partaking of the Lord’s supper, obeying the Ten Commandments, confession to the priest, prayers to Mary for dispensing of grace from the treasury of merit; or some other saint; visiting saints graves, etc. fasting, extended times of more prayer, meditation, giving to the poor; doing what the priest says as the satisfaction aspect of penance, etc.) These things are contradictions to “by grace alone” (hence they contradict faith alone – Romans 4:16) and they contradict “not by our own works”. You don’t get grace dispensed to you from the treasury of merit, unless you do the works; and that only comes to you after you do those things; those good works, ceremonies, communion (partaking of the Lord’s Supper), hail Marys, prayers, fastings, almsgiving, and obeying the Ten Commandments, etc.<
No. 2068 in the RCC Catechism says, “The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians . . . so that all men may obtain salvation through faith, Baptism, and the observance of the Commandments.” ( p. 502, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liberia Editrice Vatinaa, Imprimi Potest, Cardinal Ratzinger, 1994.

This is contradictory to RC claims that it is “not by our own works” and contradictory to “by grace alone”.
Also, the Catechism says:
No. 2010 “Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life.” ( Ibid, p. 487)
I would love to discuss every single doctrine you've brought up. However, it is impossible for me to do so all at once. I simply don't have the time. However, I invite you to discuss each and everyone of those things with me, one at a time so that we can investigate them thoroughly and compare them to Scripture. Not only the Catholic doctrine, but also YOUR alternative.

Sincerely,

De Maria