Evangelical: Do you think you’re going to heaven? Catholic: I hope so
Evangelical: (Woah. He must not be saved. If he were saved he would know. I feel bad for him. I wish he understood the love of Jesus Christ and God’s grace.)
Catholic: How about you? Evangelical: YES!!!!
Catholic: (Wow. That is really arrogant. He’s not even dead yet and he knows he’s going to heaven? I think it’s sinful to be that arrogant. I am so confused.)
This demonstrates how two people who both love Jesus and both embrace grace can misunderstand each other. Roman Catholic theology does not accept “once saved always saved,” but it still affirms all entrance to heaven is by grace alone. Many evangelicals (David Platt/Paul Washer camp) will embrace the “saved” theology, but do not mean that once “saved” a person can do whatever they want.
The two sides are actually very close while seeming lightyears apart.