According to the Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Faith, such teaching is an inversion of the Faith and dreadful hindrance for a person being able to actually fulfill Christian moral requirements. The esteemed authors of this invaluable book say that if grace isn’t given a distinct priority and strong emphasis in catechesis, then “the precepts of the Decalogue seem to exceed our human capacity.” The tragic result is that the person quits the Faith after futility attempting a do-it-yourself and trust-in-yourself religion.
According to St. Paul, those adhering to a religion of primary trust in themselves, or in something other than Christ’s grace for salvation are:
• Deserting Christ (Galatians 1:6)
• Turning to a different gospel (Galatians 1:6)
• Perverting the Gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:7)
• Not justified before God (Galatians 2:16)
• Nullifying the grace of God (Galatians 2:21)
• Under a curse (Galatians 3:11)
• Under a yoke of spiritual slavery (Galatians 5:1)
• Severed from Christ (Galatians 5:4)
• Fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4)
• Prone to engage in the works of the flesh, that is, things like fornication, impurity, strive, jealousy, anger, drunkenness (Galatians 6:18-21)
Spiritual malformation, instead of transformation, occurs when adhering to a primary trust in self. God’s gracious life-transforming gift of the Spirit only comes through faith in Christ (Galatians 3:2-5).
Therefore, every catechist, teacher, chastity educator, and parent urgently needs to read this book. Pages 44 through 49 should be read several times and followed carefully. The Catechism of the Catholic Church was written in a purposeful order. Read this book and find out why.