Christians, we need to be always ready to give a defense to
everyone who asks for the reason of our hope in Christ Jesus (1
Peter 3:15). Since I am an evangelist working in the white fields
for harvest in the Roman Catholic Church, I often receive
emotional letters from Catholics who challenge me about my faith
in Jesus. Following are several letters from Catholics and the
defense I gave them for my faith in Christ Jesus.
I am a Catholic
who is well educated with a minor in theology. You know nothing
of Catholicism except the lies you have been taught. You are the
one who is deceived. Christ founded my Church, a human founded
yours. You are unable to interpret the scriptures properly
because you are prejudiced by the Protestant Tradition (invented
in the 1500ís). The Catholic Church doesnít teach salvation is
by good works or adhering to a religious system. This is a lie
that you were told. You may be surprised, but the main function
of the pope is to insure that nothing is added or deleted from
both the Bible (written Tradition) and Oral Tradition. The
Catholic Church is the only church which takes the Bible
seriously. Iím sorry that youíve been so brainwashed with your
Protestant traditions that you refuse to submit to the teachings
of the Bible. Catholics wrote the Bible. Itís obvious you donít
take the Bible seriously, because if you did, it would bring you
into the Catholic Church. Either the Catholic Church is the
Bride of Christ or it is the Whore of Babylon. It cannot be
somewhere in between. I trust in God, you trust in men. In
Christ Jesus and Mary, D.R.
Personal bias and prejudice are difficult to set aside when oneís
religious faith is involved. Accordingly, we must examine all the
facts objectively. We must be careful what we accept as truth. My
knowledge of Catholicism comes from its official teachings. From
your comments, I wonder if you have read the new Catechism of the
Catholic Church. In paragraph 1821 we read, "each one of us should
hope...to obtain the joy of heaven, as Godís eternal reward for
the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ."
According to the Bible, heaven is not a reward but a gift, and it
is by grace through faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). In
fact, when you mix works with grace as your Catechism teaches,
grace is no longer grace (Romans 11:6). You are correct, Rome has
always taught salvation by grace alone, but Catholic grace is not
true grace. Godís grace is unmerited. It does not flow from
the side of Christ, through the hands of Mary, through the
sacraments administered by Catholic priests as your church
teaches. It is not earned as described in paragraph 2027, "We can
merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed to
attain eternal life." If the Popeís main function is to insure
nothing is deleted from the Bible, how do you explain his approval
to delete the 2nd Commandment of God from page 496 of the new
Catechism? When I took the Bible seriously I left the Catholic
Church, never to return to a system which deceives its people
concerning the most critical issue of their livesóhow can sinners
be reconciled to a holy God.
millions of Christians who interpret scriptures differently than
you do. Who is right? Who has the real truth? Saying that you
are right & the rest of the worldís Christians are wrong is not
have never said I am right. In fact I never ask people to believe
as I believe, but to believe only what God has revealed through
His written word. I point people to the Scriptures which are able
to make them wise unto salvation. As the Holy Spirit illuminates
their minds and hearts they will find the narrow road that leads
to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14).
Where in the
Catechism does it say that Catholics need the sacraments to get
to heaven? I am trying hard to understand your motives for
lying. Every time you attack and claim that my church is anti
biblical you are showing your ignorance. The bible is the corner
stone of our religious education, and our spiritual lives. How
would Jesus look upon you and your followers? You are spending
your time creating a rift with fellow Christians. Why do you
continue to lie about the Catholic Church? I will continue to
pray for you and hope that you see the light. I pray that you
will stop spreading untruths and hurt and start really doing
Godís will. S. S.
Paragraph 1129 of your new Catechism states, "The Church affirms
that for believers the sacraments of the Covenant are necessary
for salvation." In paragraph 1257, it further states: "Baptism is
necessary for salvationÖ the Church does not know of any means
other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude."
Many Catholics do not know what their Catechism teaches. Roman
Catholicism is a very complex religion which attempts to control
its people with obligatory sacraments and rituals. If you desire
to be a disciple of Jesus, do as He says. Abide in His Word! Only
then will you know the truth which will set you free from the
bondage of deception. Repented sinners are "justified as a gift by
His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus [not
sacraments]; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His
blood through faith" (Romans 3:24-25). Be obedient to the
Scriptures and withdraw yourself from the Catholic clergy who
teach doctrines contrary to the words of Jesus Christ (1 Tim.
Jesus said that
He came to build His Church. Which one of the 23,000 Protestant
churches do you think He was talking about? Protestants say that
they only need the Bible and yet you all believe differently.
How is that unity? Dawn
church Jesus established is made up of all who have been called by
the Father and sealed by the Holy Spirit upon repenting and
believing the glorious Gospel of grace. They are called saints
because He has saved them completely, having obtained their
eternal redemption by shedding His blood to purge away their sins.
They were baptized by one Spirit into one body, which is the
church. The physical building where people worship or their
denominational affiliation does not determine membership in the
true church. Accordingly there are many people within Catholic and
Protestant churches who profess Christ but have never experienced
the second birth. Everyone born of God believes the same Gospel.
All believers of Jesus Christ are united in Godís Gospel.
good works, just like Catholics, so what is the difference? I
need to get this issue straight. Faith with no works is
"useless" (James 2:20) and "dead" (James 2:17), so why we do
Godís work? When are good works not for salvation but as a
reason to be further justified? E.C.
difference is found in Ephesians 2:10. Those who have been born of
God will do works God has prepared for them. Prior to being born
again and justified, sinners are spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1).
Therefore any righteous works are done in the flesh and not in the
Spirit and are filthy rags in Godís sight (Isaiah 64:6). James is
addressing those who profess Christ, but their lack of evidence
(works) indicate they may not really possess Christ. The Bible
teaches that justification = Faith + nothing, whereas Roman
Catholicism teaches justification = faith + works. No one can add
to Christís perfect work of redemption. Any attempt to do so
nullifies Godís grace. Once Jesus saves us we do the works God has
prepared for us out of love and appreciation and to glorify our
Father in heaven. Christians do works because Jesus has saved
them. The new Catholic Catechism teaches that Catholics do works
to merit their salvation.
Christians "evangelize" Catholics, why shouldnít the Catholic
Church also "evangelize" or "steal sheep" away from those
Christians who claim to be born-again? If Catholics can become
Christians, can Christians become Catholics? E. C.
According to John, chapter 10, when any lost sheep, no matter what
church or religion they are in, hears the voice of the Good
Shepherd they will follow Him. They hear His voice when His Gospel
is proclaimed. The Good Shepherd protects His flock from sheep
stealers. As long as Christians continue receiving spiritual food
from Him through His word, they will never follow the voice of a
robber or a thief trying to steal them away. A Catholic can become
a Christian when the true shepherd calls, but a Christian
following Christ will never follow the voice of a stranger whose
deceptive motive is to capture and hold in bondage.
I know that Jesus
would not want me bashing other religions, but rather to seek to
understand and to love our fellow brothers on earth with respect
for what they stand for. Jesus would not want us fighting
amongst ourselves, but rather living out his word. Spreading
untruths and hurting others by insulting their faith is the work
of the devil. E. K.
How well do you
know Jesus of the Bible? Have you read that Jesus came to earth
"not to bring peace, but a sword... to set a man against his
father, and a daughter against her mother?" (Mat. 10:34-36).
Disciples of Jesus will rebuke false religious leaders as He did.
Have you read the terrible rebukes Jesus gave to the false
teachers in Matthew 23:13-36? Did you know that God hates what is
false (Psalm 119:104)? Christians are also to hate what is false (Prov.
13:5) The doctrines of the Mass, purgatory and indulgences are not
only false, they rob Christ of His glory and devalue His precious
blood which was shed to purify sin. Until you come to the Jesus of
the Scriptures with a broken and contrite heart, you may never
find the narrow gate that leads to eternal life.