Rome has been at war with the trio of Protestant acclamations regarding the sole authority of Christ, the sole authority of Scriptures and the issue of salvation by faith in Christ alone ever since their inception. It takes subtlety and cunning indeed to undermine these pillars of the Reformation without seeming to be at war with Christ Himself, and yet the papacy has seemingly succeeded in duping the world into believing that they are for Christ when in fact they are warring against Him. The Catholic doctrinal position on these issues is clearly stated in their literature. In Catholic Answers to explain and defend the Faith they unashamedly brand the doctrines of Sola Sriptura (the Bible is the sole rule of faith) and Sola Fides (justification is by faith alone) as shibboleths or outmoded ideas that some still cling to even though they are not based on ‘truth’
“In seeking to cast contempt upon the divine statutes, Satan has perverted the doctrines of the Bible, and errors have thus become incorporated into the faith of thousands who profess to believe the Scriptures.
The agencies which will unite against truth and righteousness in this contest are now actively at work. God’s holy word, which has been handed down to us at such a cost of suffering and blood, is but little valued. The Bible is within the reach of all, but there are few who really accept it and read it as the guide of life. Infidelity prevails to an alarming extent, not in the world merely, but in the church. Many have come to deny doctrines which are the very pillars of the Christian faith.
In rejecting the truth, men reject its Author. In trampling upon the law of God, they deny the authority of the Law-giver. It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of wood or stone. By misrepresenting the attributes of God, Satan leads men to conceive of Him in a false character. ” The Great Controversy , EGW, Chapter 36