Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?

Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?

There are many similarities and differences between the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz narrows the differences down to one thing that really sets Catholicism apart from other Christian Churches: authoritative teaching.

If you like this video, you may also like Sonja Corbitt’s book “Fulfilled: The Biblical Foundations of Catholicism” (https://www.amazon.com/Fulfilled-Uncovering-Biblical-Foundations-Catholicism/dp/1945179287).


  1. Lupe Lo on July 31, 2022 at 11:24 pm


  2. Connor McMahon on July 31, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Christianity doesn’t say you need go to church to be saved. It never say it in the Bible. This pastor reminds me of a verse from Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    You need to pray and accept Jesus as lord and Savior and walk with him throughout your day. Going to church will not save you, it’s a beautiful place to go, sing and pray but Catholics think by going to Church you’ll be saved and that’s its the only place where the Lord is. But when God speaks through the Bible, he offers eternal truth. The difference with Christians is Catholics believe by doing good works you will be saved but Christianity is living for Christ Jesus in everything we do in our daily lives we talk to God pray through the day and listen to his word and only his word and not just do good deals hoping to be saved and connect to him. He’s says to study the word of God in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. And in Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV) he says Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. For Christians the word of God as it says in romans
    Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Scripture also tells us to not worship anyone other than God which is what’s the Catholic church teaches from a young age to pray to Mary but Jesus says 1 Corinthians 10:19-20 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Christianity is harder than any other religion but honestly its not a religion is a relationship out Creator and Lord Jesus Christ because. Christians believe you will not obtain salvation, by Peter, Moses, Not by Works, Not by Mary, Not by attending church, not by a rosary, not by law, not by meditation, not by confession, not by water baptism, not by holy water, not by sabbath, not by inscens, nor by devotion to idols, because in 1 Timothy 2:5 it says For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. There is no Hail Mary in her Bible because in Romans 3:23 Jesus says For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; There’s a difference between Catholics and Christians and Christianity is not in a church it is Invisible and the Kingdom Of God lies in us who believe in him and call on his name and live by his word because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. John 4:4 (KJV)

  3. Freedeez Tallbikes on July 31, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Your authority is the pope a horrible unbiblical man. *drops mic*

  4. hennepin 2020 on July 31, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Roman Catholic are NOT saved. They commit idolatry and heresy and obey man made laws Their pope is a liar, heretic and blasphemer.

  5. John The Baptist on July 31, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Have you noticed that the people who bash Catholics have never been to a mass or even walked into a Catholic church and asked a priest what the Catholics believe.

  6. Stephanie Nicole on July 31, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I thank the Lord for this video. I found myself asking why am I a Catholic. And then asking a deacon to be at my parish why they were catholic and I was told because of the Eucharist. Well yes, I adore the Eucharist but so does other Christian denominations. But the authoritative teaching of the gospel in the Catholic Church is why I am Catholic and will always be Catholic. And I thank the Lord that my husband is Catholic and we will raise our children, who are truly gifts from God, to be Catholic. You said it perfectly Father Mike. Jesus I Trust In You! May the Holy Spirit guide us. God, may Your will be done! Mother Mary pray for us! Amen.

  7. Melissa Schusted on July 31, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Chapter and verse please where it mentions the ROMAN Catholic church.

  8. Sanderus on July 31, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Well, what I find rather amusing is that modern Catholicism never denounces other Christian denominations as Non Christian, but those other modern Christian denominations constantly say that Catholisims is not Christianity and Catholics should "convert" to Christianity. But of course it’s always the Catholicism which is portrayed as this big evil intolerant one XD.

  9. Russell Kerns on July 31, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Jesus said "I am the way the truth and the light, no man come to the father except by me" why do catholics pray to Mary, and ask a priest for forgiveness? I’m sticking with the Bible and putting my faith wholly in Christ to save my soul. I think all "catholics" should research what the Catholic church believes. It’s your soul that’s at stake.

  10. J Lewis on July 31, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

  11. J Lewis on July 31, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    I am not allow to call Mike Schmitz ‘father.’
    Matthew 23
    9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    Peter was never a pope. The word pope is not even in the Bible.
    While Peter was central in the early spread of the gospel (part of the meaning behind Matthew 16:18-19), the teaching of Scripture, taken in context, nowhere declares that he was in authority over the other apostles or over the church (see Acts 15:1-23; Galatians 2:1-14; 1 Peter 5:1-5).

    Scripture shows that Peter’s authority was shared by the other apostles (Ephesians 2:19-20) and that the “loosing and binding” authority attributed to him was likewise shared by the local churches, not just their church leaders (see Matthew 18:15-19; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 13:10; Titus 2:15; 3:10-11).

    The actual first Pope was Gregory the Great. This is because the power of the papacy (papal supremacy) did not fully develop until around the time of Gregory the Great. Gregory the Great was born around the year 540 A.D. and died in 604 A.D. Gregory the Great became pope in the year 590 A.D. 570 A.D. TO 1830 A.D.
    The Bible teaches me the trinity. I don’t need a church to tell me that. Tertullian spoke of the trinity hundreds of years before the Catholic Church came about.

    The Council of Nicea affirmed what Scripture already taught.

    The Council of Nicea upheld the doctrine of Christ’s true divinity, rejecting Arius’s heresy. The council did not invent this doctrine. Rather, it only recognized what the Bible already taught.

  12. Siylence Dogood on July 31, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    There is no pope in Scripture. There is no institutional priesthood of Christians in Scripture – the Catholic priesthood reflects the Jewish Priesthood which Jesus called whitewashed tombs, blind guides and hypocrites. There is no canonized saint in Scripture. There is no worship of Mary by the church in Scripture. There are no indulgences in Scripture. There is no purgatory in Scripture. There is no meriting the Gift of God in Scripture. There is no transubstantiation of the bread and the wine in Scripture. There is no mass for the dead in Scripture. There is no recommendation or command or example to pray to anyone other than God in Scripture.

    "8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

    11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."

    Christ has made us perfect forever by His one sacrifice. We are being sanctified in the flesh, but we are made perfect already because Jesus paid our debt in full. We need no indulgences, there is no purgatory. As He said to the thief on the cross – "today you will be with me in Paradise." We need no additional grace and we cannot merit "grace" which by definition is "unmerited."

    We are saved when we are "born again." All of our sins are washed and made as white as snow when we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. When we believe and repent, putting our faith and trust in Christ and His completed work on the cross, we are baptized and indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God and are made new creations in Christ – born again – sealed by His Spirit and nothing can take us out of His hand.

  13. J Lewis on July 31, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    According to the Roman Catholic Church I am accursed because I believe in grace alone, faith alone and I have assurance of salvation. My authority comes from God himself, not what a church teaches.

    CANON 9: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.”

    CANON 12: “If any one shall say that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ’s sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which we are justified…let him be accursed.”

    Canon 14: “If anyone saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because that he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema.”
    It doesn’t matter what the Catholic church says about me or what any church says.

    I know that my sins have been forgiven.
    I know that I have eternal life.

    I know that I have been made perfect.
    I know that I will forever with God.

    Hebrews 10:14
    14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
    15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

    16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

    17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
    18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

  14. B.C splat briancross on July 31, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Catholics are not Christians you are no Father the Bible tells us not to call another man father Only God is the Father Peter was no catholic Catholicism is antichrist spirit the pope is not the vickor of christ but antichrist follow christ alone JESUS SAID IT IS FINISHED NO BAPTISIM SAVES THE FAITH I. JESUS ALONE NO WORKS ADD TO SALVATION MURDERING CATHOLIC ANTICHRIST YOUR RITCHUALS WILL NOT SAVE YOU READ YOUR KING JAMES VERSION BIBLE AND BELIEVE IN CHRIST YOU ARE IN THE CHURCH
    I DONT BELIEVE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Hs any atrocity whatsoever

  15. MEL on July 31, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Can you please pray for me! For protection from bad spirits

  16. craig marlow on July 31, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Very clear communication in all of your messages, thank you. Only point I would like to emphasize is that the decisions that are being made by the catholic church can not go outside what the Bible says. Where the Bible has drawn definite lines the church should not use todays social construct to interpret it to fit what our society wants to hear.

  17. Daniel Just on July 31, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    If you are Catholic you simply reject the Bible. Many Catholics don’t even consider Bible as Word of God but rather as so kind of legend who no one should interpret. Catholics don’t believe that God speaks through the Bible and they don’t believe what the Bible says because it’s contrary to their tradition. Catholics LOVE tradition and everyone who says different than the tradition is heretic and possessed by Satan according to them. Truly, deceived people.
    Catholics don’t even know what to do to be saved, they don’t know the Gospel.

  18. George Pierson on July 31, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Let’s hear it for JD’s arrogance. It is greater than Satan’s arrogance.

  19. Carlos C. Templar on July 31, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Bla, bla, bla. Catholic church is the mother of all the prostitutes. Revelación 17 and 18.

  20. Elizabeth James on July 31, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Matthew 23:9 and call no man father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven.

  21. mike podrasky on July 31, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    This guy is a joke. You don’t need a “church” to tell you what to think. You don’t need Mary the saints or some pope to tell you what to think or do. As in the holy bible Christ alone. Get into the word, bible study then you will know the Truth. Don’t believe a word from this puppet from the harlot church

  22. Gail Green on July 31, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Why are the Catholic Church are so divided from all of the others body in Christ

  23. Orange Cat on July 31, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    The biggest difference of Catholicism and Christianity is that for catholics, good works will merit their salvation, while Christianity, and the bible says that God’s gift of salvation (Jesus) is His mercy and not of your works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8-9). You need Jesus because you can’t save yourself by your own works. You need to genuinely repent (confessing your sin and turn away from it, you don’t want to play the hypocrite), and put your trust wholly to Christ like you trust a parachute. Flapping your arms won’t save you from death.

  24. Ghoetzin Jal on July 31, 2022 at 11:56 pm


  25. Douglas Williams on July 31, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I’m not

  26. Krusty on July 31, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    "I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed" – Pope Francis
    .. Why not Just NOT Christian??

  27. Annon Annon on July 31, 2022 at 11:58 pm


  28. Jesus Christ is Lord on August 1, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Catholicism is literally satanic.

    Sunday worship is Christian Idolatry and homage to Satan who has claimed that day for himself.
    The false doctrine of the immortal soul is necromancy that disqualifies one from Christ’s kingdom.

  29. Brother Gaige on August 1, 2022 at 12:04 am

    The roman catholic church is the little horn in Daniel 7 that’s peaks against God and oppressed His holy people and changed the set Times And Laws and the beast coming out of the sea in Rev 13 and the prostitute in Rev 17 holding the golden cup , please come out of her before you share in her sins for they are piled up to Heaven and God will never forget her crimes please we can study more about this in detail just let me know thank you ….

  30. A Tax Collector on August 1, 2022 at 12:07 am

    No no no!

    Jesus is saying this: ‘You are Peter (Petros, small rocks or pebbles) and upon this rock (Petra, large rock or stone), I build my church.’

    Who’s the big rock? Jesus is referring to the statement that Peter just made, which was that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus and His words are the rock, as we see in rhe parables at the end of Matthew 7 and in Matthew 21. He literally calls himself the cornerstone which the builders rejected.

    I encourage all of you to study Biblical hermeneutics and not rely on others for interpretation.

  31. Grand Old Partisan on August 1, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Catholics are Christians.

  32. Siylence Dogood on August 1, 2022 at 12:09 am

    The early church was not Roman Catholic. The early church was persecuted by Rome. God chose specific people to carry the faith into the succeeding generations, but as with all things human, the institution became corrupted. It happened throughout the Bible as we read of all the Kings of Israel and Judah. The reformation was a righting of course. Is everything in Catholicism wrong and is everything in Protestantism right? No. Of course not. Scripture is right. Scripture is truth. If a belief or tradition cannot be confirmed by Scripture it is wrong and should be abandoned.

  33. T Price on August 1, 2022 at 12:09 am

    The religion is pure evil. They were responsible to atrocities committed against indigenous peoples in Canada.

  34. Siylence Dogood on August 1, 2022 at 12:09 am

    “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    The "Rock" upon which God built His church is that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God, not on Peter.
    Peter was the pebble, little rock, Jesus is the ROCK, the Chief Cornerstone and the Rock of offense. Soon after this Jesus told Peter – “Get behind me,
    Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

    The Keys to the Kingdom is the Word, the Gospel, the Good News. What was bound and loosed didn’t refer to doctrine or traditions to be imposed by an institutional priesthood, it was specifically in reference to when a brother sins against a brother and how to deal with it.

  35. Deon Woode-Amissah on August 1, 2022 at 12:10 am

    can anyone share their view on John 3:3 and how catholics pratice this scripture. Thank you for the respond in advance

  36. J R on August 1, 2022 at 12:12 am

    All Chuches think they have authority. Evangelical Churches also think they speak with authority. So do Anglicans, Pentecostals, Baptists etc. etc. etc…. Catholicism is no different. Every Church thinks they are the REAL one… Catholics are not different or unique.

  37. JD on August 1, 2022 at 12:12 am

    There is a huge difference between who Jesus said he was and who Christi-anity claims he is!!!!!
    1. he was never called himself Jesus.
    2 he never set up a cross or any other " Christian" symbol to signify his beliefs.
    3. He called His Creator Our father not his father.
    4. He didnt claim to be God or the son of God in the pagan way Christi-anity claims, rather he said he was a bene-ficiary of a promise to inherent everlasting life, as the Aramiac word bene infers. Not the fake pagan way Rome Greece Egypt and all the other rulers claimed self greatness.

    Christi-anity is actually pushing the opposite of this which makes its doctrine anti-christ

  38. Eric Gutierrez on August 1, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Because it’s funner when your leader wears a pointy hat and a dress.

  39. Cherry Berry on August 1, 2022 at 12:12 am

    *O People of the Book!* Do not go to extremes regarding your faith; say nothing about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was no more than a messenger of Allah and the fulfilment of His Word through Mary and a spirit created by a command from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers and do not say, “Trinity.” Stop!—for your own good. Allah is only One God. Glory be to Him! He is far above having a son! To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And Allah is sufficient as a Trustee of Affairs. [Surah An-Nisa; 4:171]

  40. Poncho17 on August 1, 2022 at 12:13 am

    I’m Christian now and no longer Catholic. I actually listen in church what pastor preaches on. Catholics are not the same as Christians. You don’t not add or take away from the Bible. Catholics add traditions that contradict Bible. Please do some research guys. I mean this with love and concern! God bless

  41. Jeremy Dillman on August 1, 2022 at 12:14 am

    This definitely helps me to explain to others the errors of the Catholic Church. Right from the mouth of a priest. I don’t like straw men arguments. I don’t mean any disrespect. I do care about you. I pray that God will bring you out of this unhealthy church.
    Even without the authority of Scripture popes and priests over the course of the last 1400 years have shown us why we can’t put divine authority in men.

  42. Matt_von_Glanz on August 1, 2022 at 12:16 am

    what, selfproclaimed authority and legacy is the main argument? legacy is really questionable and therefore authority. Why is Peter romcatholic property?
    Body of the Church, as you say, in bible doesn’t include the bishop of the bishops. On the other side, Jesus is the only needed great priest, and including other intercessors is really unnecessary and dangerous.

  43. Higher Calling on August 1, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Catholicism is just another branch of satanism. Anyone that even scratches the survive will clearly see the Truth

  44. J Lewis on August 1, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Does a church have the authority to murder people who disagree with it?
    What about the 50+ million people who were killed by the Papacy?

  45. Helen Beam on August 1, 2022 at 12:19 am

    The pope said to be Christian first and Catholic next.

  46. JJ on August 1, 2022 at 12:20 am

    yall worship mary and statues

  47. Walter Henry on August 1, 2022 at 12:24 am

    AUTHORITY: Yes! i agree with "AUTHORITY" but, just not with whom, you say has the, authority, the authority is actually the "HOLY SPIRIT" not a corruptible body of, GOD ALMIGHTY, created Men. I believe the only authority that any, church should have is, to, teach the "Uncorrupted GOSPEL OF GOD ALMIGHTY. That is the true authority, and to be whiling servants of, the ALMIGHTY, FATHER CREATOR! You shall know them by their fruits.
    I am not calling/saying that, this YouTuber is a false teacher, specifically, However, i am just pointing everyone to, the fact that, the HOLY SPIRIT is, the highest revealer of truth, not a man or, group of men, the church is supposed to be, a home (where the love of, GOD ALMIGHTY DWELLS) and school not, an authoritative ground of, group judgment, only the HOLY TRINITY has that, authority, burden, and Glory. And only HIM "Jehovah" is, truly COMPETENT to fulfill it justly!
    Matthew 7:15-TO-20
    King James Version
    15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    17. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

    18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    19. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Christians in the church should only, collectively or/and individually analyze, church leaders or, leadership, unless we get a, revelation from the, HOLY TRINITY!

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