There are many things that are said on this board that shock me and it sounds like there are those that are shocked by some of the things I say. However, as Baptists or even Protestants it is shocking to me that folks believe Roman Catholicism to be a Christian faith, particularly when they are adherents to the formerly mentioned faiths. Central to the Christian faith is what the Protestants have historically expressed as the solas. These solas are what distinguished them from the Roman Catholics and is what made them Protestants. An example of this includes Sola Scriptura (scripture alone)rather than catechisms or papal bulls. Another example would be, Sola Christus (Christ alone) rather than being saved through the Roman pontiff or or church. Finally, and perhaps a most essential difference is in sola gratia and sola fide (grace alone and faith alone). Protestants and Baptists believe in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ as being the key to salvation, for by grace are we saved through faith not of works (Eph 2:8). Roman Catholics believe that works are necessary for salvation. If you are a Protestant or Baptist what cause would you have to believe that a works based religion is Christian and why is it so shocking when a brother says that a works based religion is not Christian? Perhaps you believe that Catholicism is a grace based religion, then please tell me how the sacraments are not required for salvation according to the church? Finally, if you are Protestant or Baptist and think that Catholicism is Christian, then what is it that keeps you from being Catholic?