The catholic church teaches that there are several steps to salvation. For the catholic, the first step is baptism as an infant. At this point, the infant is said to be born-again. It is then that he is a member of the church.
“By the sacrament of Baptism, whenever it is properly conferred in the way the Lord determined and received with the proper dispositions of soul, man becomes truly incorporated into the crucified and glorified Christ and is reborn to a sharing of the divine life” (Vatican II, Decree on Ecumenism, chap. 3, II, 22, p. 427).
After baptism, the new convert is taught that he must continue to be nurtured spiritually through confirmation, mass, penance and the sacraments.
“Just as Christ was sent by the Father so also he sent the apostles … that they might preach the Gospel to every creature and proclaim that the Son of God by his death and resurrection had freed us from the power of Satan and from death, and brought us into the Kingdom of his Father. But he also willed that the work of salvation which they preached should be set in train through the sacrifice and sacraments, around which the entire liturgical life revolves” (Vatican II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chap. 1, I, 5,6, pp. 23-24).
“The seven Sacraments are the necessary means established by Christ through which His redeeming, life-giving, sanctifying grace is imparted to individuals’ souls. You must centre your life upon the sacraments established by Christ if you want to save your soul. means of salvation. … The sacraments are the source of your real life, the divine life that will unite you with God in this world and in eternity. Let nothing make you think that you can get along without the sacraments. Without them your soul must die. … If you don’t receive the Sacraments, you don’t receive grace. If you don’t receive them properly, that is, if you receive them seldom and with little devotion, you receive less grace” (L.G. Lovasik, The Eucharist in Catholic Life, pp. 14,15).
The catholic doctrine of different steps for salvation are not recorded in the early church according to the Book of Acts.
~Acts 16:30-34 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (30) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (31) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. (32) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. (33) And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (34)
The prison keeper was about to kill himself because the earthquake had shaken the foundations of the prison and the prisoners’ cell doors were open! Instead of escaping, Paul and Silas used the opportunity to lead him to Christ. There were no steps involved – there were no sacraments. In fact, the prison keeper was saved and then he was baptized.
My catholic friend, read the Bible instead of reading after your religion and the words of your catholic “fathers.” You will find that there is no where in the Bible that teaches sacraments must be kept to achieve salvation. A gift does not need to be earned – it is freely given.
~Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (8 ) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (9)