Legend: RCC = Roman Catholic Church; RC = Roman Catholic
Every now and then, in the national and world news, in the newspapers, on radio and television, and in the work-place, schools and churches, the subject of anti-Catholic bigotry comes up, and when it does it is a hotly debated issue.
Those who believe the Bible and denounce Roman Catholicism are not usually given equal time, but are condemned and castigated for being nasty, mean and hateful - just being “bad people” and “bad Christians.”
The news media and the political world and the religious crowd areintolerant towards anyone who would speak against the Roman Catholic religion. The liberals in religion and politics have not yet learned that TOLERANCE IS A TWO-WAY STREET. They are just as guilty of intolerance as they claim us to be. In condemning us, they condemn themselves.
When we say we are anti-Catholic we do not mean that we hate Catholic PEOPLE, but that we hate the Roman Catholic RELIGIOUS SYSTEM.
In this article we present the Bible-believing side of the Roman Catholic controversy.
I. Historically Considered. The RCC claims that it was founded by the Lord Jesus Christ, and that Simon Peter was its first Pope, that all Popes have been successors to him, that they (the RCC) gave us the Bible, that they are the “true Church” and if you don’t belong to it and respect it you are lost and going to hell. (Mel Gibson, director and producer of the movie “The Passion,” says his wife knows Jesus, but according to his “church” she is going to hell because she is not a member of the Roman Catholic “Church.” He says that is what the Pope has decreed, and he has to “go with that.”)
The historical facts are that none of the above is true. The RCC had its beginning when the Roman Emperor Constantine wanted to consolidate his power and hold the empire together. The emperor before him, Domitian, had persecuted Christians mercilessly. His policies de-stabilized the Imperial Roman Empire.
Constantine tried another way: In 325 A.D. he legalized the Christian religion, and ‘christianized’ pagan Rome, so that it became papal Rome.
The places of pagan worship became Christian churches.The priests of false religion became Catholic priests.The worshipers of false gods became Catholic Christians.The false gods themselves became Catholic saints.The hierarchy of the RCC was patterned after the order of the pagan Roman religious system. For instance, the Emperor and Religious Ruler was called the Pontificus Maximus - the supreme religious leader, the chief muckety-muck: the POPE. The Roman Senate became the College of Cardinals(both wore red hats). The Vatican was formerly the worship-center for the Roman gods; as a matter of fact, the statue of Peter in Vatican Square is not St. Peter, but was originally worshiped as the chief of the Roman gods, JUPITER. In other words, no one was converted, or born again, or regenerated, or saved in any biblical sense – the Roman government, out of political expediency, simply pronounced all pagan Rome to be Christian. They just changed the names of the people and places and gods, and “made them Christian.”
Historically, some of the most notorious men of history have been products of the Catholic Church. Famous Catholics would include: Torquemada of the Spanish Inquisition, Adolf Hitler and his NAZI staff - Hess, Himmler, and others. Al Capone and numerous other Mafia figures (like The Sopranos, on HBO).
They are the church responsible for the persecution of bible-believing Christians and of Jews and Moslems throughout the ages. They are the church of the Spanish Inquisition that tortured and murdered so-called ‘heretics’ for centuries. (The present Pope, John Paul 2, “apologized” to the world for this historic “mistake.”)
II. Socially Considered. Today the RCC opposes capital punishment. The Pope has denounced it world-wide. It is the official position of the RCC. Every priest, bishop and cardinal must and do take this position. The next time a high profile execution is covered by the news media, look for the Catholic priest – he’ll be there to protest it.
The RCC has never stood against the liquor crowd. They encourage outright, blatant displays of wickedness and immorality in preparation for the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection - it’s calledMardis Gras. Many of their priests are drunkards who finish off theBlue Nun after Mass with the altar boys. A local Catholic priest did prison time here in Memphis for setting fire to his church building while he was drunk. The Catholic University in town, Christian Brothers, teaches bartending.
This is the “Church” that has used their members’ financial contributions to defend their pedophile priests. Some of the highest officials in the RCC in America have been accused, charged, indicted and sentenced to prison for child molestation. The “Church” has paid out millions of dollars in court settlements to sexually abused church members. They have knowingly harbored these perverted priests and covered up their dirty little secrets for decades. Their solution was to relocate a perverted priest to another diocese. Some were even promoted to higher positions within the “Church.” At one point the RCC tried to protect the guilty by saying it was a matter for the “Church” to handle, not a civil court – that is, they attempted to keep it quiet, within the “Church,” and out of the American judicial system. Thankfully, the legal system was able to try these miscreants in court.
They are the church that labeled the Jews as ‘Christ-killers’ and through their policies promoted the racist views of anti-Semitism. The Star of David patch that NAZI Germany forced Jews to wear originated in the Dark Ages with the RCC. As a matter of fact, theghettoes of Europe were the product of RC social policy.Hitler said that his policy, the Final Solution, to exterminate the Jews, was simply a continuation of what the RCC had been doing for centuries!
Roman Catholic countries have been among the most povertystricken in the world. Some of the most backward, ignorant and superstitious people in the world are subjects of the Pope. Witness Mexico, Central and South America - one and a half continents under some of the worst social, economic, and political conditions in the world!
III. Politically Considered. The RC system is compatible with dictatorial forms of government, not democracy. The most communist-influenced countries in the free world are Catholic nations. A good example would be Italy.
America was founded by Christian men who knew and understood the power of a state-church, and the evil inherent within it. The early Americans came to these shores to get away from the Catholic Church and the Protestant state-churches. They fled persecution and sought freedom to worship God apart from the established state-churches.
Around the time of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson praised the concept of separation of church and state and the Pope condemned it. (The Pope still does, which makes him not only unscriptural, but also un-American.)
The RCC believes it is the one true church and that the State should be subservient to it. Look at the Dark Ages - kings trembled at the Pope’s power over their nations.
Pope Boniface VIII wrote Philip IV of France: “God has set us over kings and kingdoms.” (Philip wrote him back and basically told him to “go jump in the lake.” He was one of the few, if any, that had the audacity to backtalk the Pope.)
Pope Boniface VIII’s Unam Sanctum, the most famous Catholic document on their church-state policies, says the Catholic Church has spiritual power and political power over the entire world and that “every human creature” must be subject to the Pope.
During the height of the Catholic Church’s power (known historically as the “DarkAges”) if a king or his people challenged the “Church” the Pope would threaten them with HELL by way of an “interdict” until they submitted: an interdict was when the Pope ordered the Catholic churches closed so that no one could partake of Mass – so anyone who died during an interdict would go to hell, according to the RCC. This was how the Pope controlled an insubordinate political ruler, by threatening his subjects with hell until they put enough pressure on the monarch to bow to the Pope’s will.
An old saying is: “When the Catholic Church is in the minority, then it is as meek as a lamb. When it has equality, then it is as sly as a fox. When it is in the majority (and therefore in a position of power), then it is as fierce as a tiger.
Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power through the endorsement of the Pope (Pius XII). The Nazi vote and the Communist vote were very close in the German elections. The “swing vote” was the Centrist Party of Germany – the Catholic vote – and Hitler needed it to win the Chancellorship of Germany. So Hitler signed a concordant (agreement) with the Pope, and in turn the Pope delivered the Catholic vote to Hitler. Mussolini also signed a concordant with the Pope.
IV. Doctrinally Considered. Now we are going to prove that the Bible itself is anti-Catholic. A converted Catholic priestsaid:“The greatest book ever written against the Catholic Church was written by God - that book is the Bible.”
A. The Bible.
The RCC and its members have a very low regard for the Bible as the word of God. They teach and believe that the Catholic Church gave us the Bible, and therefore we who are not Catholic are usingtheir Book, and we are sacrilegious to actually believe it and interpret it apart from their “Church.”
If you witness to a Catholic he/she is liable to say, “We Catholics wrote the Bible and gave the Bible to the Church. Who do you think you are to try and convert me?”
Once, in a conversation with a Catholic, I mentioned that the Bible had something to say about our topic of conversation, and quoted a verse. He casually said, “Well, you know, the Bible was written by men, and it’s their opinions of what they thought God said.” I looked at him and said rather firmly: “No its not – it’s the word of God.” He literally sat back in his chair, his eyes suddenly wide open, and speechless. It was as if I had slapped him. I think the Lord slapped him. That was the end of our conversation about the Bible. That is the typical reaction of a mild-mannered Catholic. Some are much worse than that, even hostile.
Now the Bible says of itself in1 Tim. 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
By “scripture” we mean the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament: 66 in all. And the Bible means that also. Here are some of the beliefs and attitudes the RCC has about the Bible:
· The RC Bible contains the Apocrypha. The RC Bible contains 46 books in the OT, not 39 like the Protestant Bible.
There are three canonical sections of the Bible in the OT according to Jesus Christ – the LAW of Moses, the PROPHETS and thePSALMS (see Luke 24:44). Some believed there should have been a 4th section – the Apocrypha - but Jesus Christ did not accept it and never quoted it. If Jesus did not accept it, then why does the RCC?
· The RCC has Dual Authorities: The Bible and Tradition.
According to the RCC it is too dangerous for its members, and the world of non-church members, to interpret the Bible for themselves. They need the Catholic priest to interpret it for them. When the Catholic is faced with two contradictory statements: the Bible or Tradition – then the Catholic priest and Church tell the member what to believe, and as the Bible says, “The simple believeth every word” (Proverbs 14:15). This makes the final authority the Pope and his cronies, not the Bible.
· The Bible was placed on the Catholic “List of Forbidden Books” at the Council of Trent in the 16th century.
The “Church” that claims to have given us the Bible OUTLAWED the reading of the Bible for its church members and the whole world.
· The RCC burned people at stake for translating the Bible into the language of the people, such as John Wycliffe and William Tyndale. They did the same for those who preached the Bible.
One of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, in his Autobiography, wrote of the fear of reading the Bible under the domination of Roman Catholicism in England. His great-great-grandparents had to read the Bible secretly. They were in fear of the officer of the “spiritual court” of Bloody Mary’s Catholic England finding them reading the word of God in their home. So, like many of their day in England, they hid their Bible. They had it taped open on the underside of a stool. When they read the Bible for family devotions, one of the family members was posted as a lookout. If and when he saw the Catholic religious police coming down the street, he would warn them so they could put the Bible back in its hiding place, lest they be "in danger of trouble.”
In a case I am personally acquainted with, a newly converted Catholic who became a born again Christian asked her Catholic Bishop in Memphis about the New Testament. This so-called “man of God” took the Bible she had brought with her, and said this is whatto do with it – and he walked over to the waste basket and threw it in. She was shocked! She had always thought that the Bible was the word of God and should be respected, even as a good Catholic. Needless to say, she never went back to the Catholic Church again.
B. Its False Foundation.
According to the RCC, the apostle Peter is the foundation, not the Lord Jesus Christ! The Bible says differently.
Matt.16:18 Jesus said to Peter - “...thou art Peter, and upon thisrock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Who is the “rock” that Jesus was referring to? Who does the Bible identify as the “Rock”?
The following verses of Scripture show us the “rock” is Christ.
1 Cor. 10:4 Israel in the wilderness “...drank of that spiritual Rockthat followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
How plain is this? Romans 9:33 “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
The passage speaks of Christ, not Peter. 1 Pet. 2:7, 8 “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”
The context of this passage clearly shows the “rock” is Jesus Christ, not Simon Peter – and it is Peter who wrote this! Deut. 32:31 “For their rock is not as our Rock.”
Simon Peter is their “rock” (a small one) and the Lord Jesus Christ is our “Rock” (a big one).If you will look at John 1:42, Jesus calls Peter “Cephas,” which the Bible tells us means a “stone,” which is a small rock.The difference is the difference between a piece of gravel from your driveway (a stone, a small rock) and a boulder on the side of the mountain (a big Rock).As a matter of fact the BIG ROCK is the “stone cut out of the mountain” that is going to CRUSH all the other rocks into powder – see Daniel 2:44-45; Matthew 212:42-44. 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
As the old hymn says: “The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord!” C. Unscriptural Religious Titles.
The RCC is guilty of violating the Scriptures regarding terms of address for the clergy, and they encourage their members to disobey the Bible in this matter also.
Jesus Christ said in Matt. 23:9, “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
So, no one should be calling their spiritual leader FatherO’Malley.In the book of John 17:11 Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven and said: “...I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me...”
So, “Pope” is an unscriptural title. It means “papa,” or “father.” The Pope is referred to as the “Holy Father” by the Church and in the media, and yet that title is only used ONCE in the Bible, and that is by the Lord when He addresses HIS FATHER. How dare a sinner usurp that title for himself!The Apostle Peter, the so-called first Pope, said in 1 Peter 2:25“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”
The RCC has Archbishops. An “arch” bishop is higher than a Bishop. So, the Catholic Church has church officials that arehigher than Christ?! The proper scriptural title for the Pope is anti-Christ.(All the Reformers called him this; in what was called the ‘Great Schism’ in the middle of the Dark Ages there were two men claiming to be Pope and each called the other the anti-Christ.) The term “anti” has two meanings: 1) against or opposed to, and 2) counterfeit. Both definitions apply to the Pope of Rome. He is against the Christ of the Bible, and he considers himself the Vicar (substitute) of Christ upon the earth, which makes him a counterfeit Christ, an impostor if you will; hence, anti-Christ.
As for the Catholic priesthood, it is no more scriptural than the Mormon priesthood. The priesthood of Israel ended with the Cross, and Catholic priesthood is not authorized anywhere in the Bible.
The fact of the matter is that every Christian is a “priest” (1 Peter 2:9). There is no special class called the clergy that is separate from the laity in the New Testament, except where it is condemned (Rev. 2:6, the “Nicolaitans” – a priestly, religious class that ruled over [nico, from conquer] the people [laity]). The Christian’s “Great High Priest” is the Lord Jesus Christ, not some other sinner (Hebrews 4:14-16).
By the way, the Bible also knows nothing of a presiding Bishop over a number of congregations: either locally, regionally, or nationally. And the Bible does not recognize Archbishops, Cardinals and Popes over a universal, world-wide, catholic “Church.”
D. Infallibility of the Pope.
The RCC declared the so-called “Head of the Church, the Pope,” to be infallible (without error in his teachings) in 1864.
This means that the Pope has a monopoly on the truth! When he speaks “ex-cathedra” (in official capacity, “out of the chair”) he isnever wrong, even when he contradicts the Bible itself! He is more authoritative than the Bible, and can overrule its authority by his pronouncements (called Papal “Bulls” – how appropriate).
This doctrine caused a SPLIT in the RCC. Bishop Strossmeyer did not agree and opposed the new policy, and in 1870 formed the“Old” Catholic Church in protest.
The only infallible Head of the (“True”) Church is the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23).
E. Celibacy of the Priesthood.
1 Timothy 3:2 “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife”
1 Timothy 4:2 “Forbidding to marry…” (The denial of marriage is identified as a “doctrine of devils” in this very passage, along with “abstaining from meat” [another Catholic practice – no meat on Friday, only fish].)
In the Bible, a “bishop” is the same as a Pastor or Elder, and is only the church leader over a single, local congregation. According the Bible,he is to be married. (And his spouse is to be a woman, not the Catholic Mother “Church” – why would a celibate priest want to marry his “mother” anyway? This is another strange, twisted teaching of the “Church.” The priest wears a ring to symbolize he is wedded to the “Church” and claims this fulfills the requirement of Scripture – nonsense!).
F. Myth of Purgatory.
There is no scriptural basis for this either. The basis for this un-biblical teaching is the Apocrypha, particularly the book of Maccabees. They then go to Matthew 5:25-26 and completely wrest the Scriptures from their context and distort its meaning.
In the Bible, there is a heaven and a hell: there is no “in-between” state, no limbo, no purgatory. Most Christians understand the concept of the “Church Militant” (Christians still living on the Earth) and the “Church Triumphant” (Christians who have died and gone to Heaven); however, the RCC has added to this the false idea of the “Church Suffering” (Christians who have died but are in need of being cleansed and purged of their sins before being granted entrance into Heaven).
According to the teachings of the Bible, there is no 2nd chance after death (Hebrews 9:27) and the fires of purgatory do not “purge” us of our sins after we die – the BLOOD of Jesus Christdoes when we by faith accept Christ as our personal Savior in this life (Hebrews 1:3; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14).
In the 16th century the RCC authorized the sale of indulgences. These reduced one’s time in purgatory, and that of dead relatives, when they bought them with their hard-earned money. The real purpose of these was to raise money to build St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The “Church” in essence took advantage of superstitious Catholics. It was this that so incensed Martin Luther that he wrote and nailed his famous 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1531, and started the Protestant Reformation.
G. Teachings About Mary.
Perpetual Virginity – The Bible informs us in Matt. 1:25 that Jesus was her “firstborn son.” Doesn’t this imply she had at least a second-born child? Yes. And the Bible tells us so in Mark 6:3, and even names them. So, according to the Bible, Jesus had brothersand sisters!
· Immaculate Conception – This is the teaching that Mary was also virgin born and therefore sinless, just like Jesus Christ. But the Bible says nothing to support this at all. In the Bible Mary recognized that she herself needed a Savior (Luke 1:47) and even offered a sacrifice for her cleansing according to the Law of Moses (Luke 2:26).
· The Assumption of Mary - This is the teaching that Mary ascended to heaven and did not die. This was proclaimed to be so in 1952 by the Pope. There is no proof of this in the Bible whatsoever. This is pure fabrication and truly a false assumption on the part of the Catholic Church.
· Intercession of Mary (co-mediatrix) - This is the idea that Mary can “pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death,” and can help you spiritually. Notice what two Catholic authorities say:
Pope Pius XII: “The Holy Virgin enjoys such influence with her Son that whoever needs help and fails to have recourse to Mary is like one seeking to fly without wings.”
St. Bonaventure: “If devout to Mary during life, what shall I stand in need of to work out my salvation, since the Mother of God is my mother?...my salvation shall depend upon a Mother’s prayer and a Brother’s word.”
The truth is that Mary can do nothing for you. The sign on the side of the hill in Canada that says “To Jesus thru Mary” is a lie out of hell, perpetuated by the Catholic Church. Mary is not making intercession for us – the Lord Jesus Christ and His Spirit are(Romans 8:27, 34) and He needs no help from a co-mediatrix to save you or me – we come to God through Him, and Him ALONE(John 14:6; Hebrews 7:25).
Worship/Devotion - Pope John Paul II has the name of “Mary” embroidered on his robe, and promotes what the RCC refers to as the “cult of Mary.” Notice his words:
“We dare say that devotion to Mary, from the commencement of the Church, has ever been one of the marks by which it has been possible to distinguish the truly faithful from heretics and careless Christians.” Pope John Paul II
No, John Paul; the heretics are those who would make Mary the object of their cultic devotion (worship!). We do not dishonor her by refusing to believe the false teachings of the RCC about her. Mary herself said: “Whatsoever he [Jesus] saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5). The best way to honor Mary is to heed her command to OBEY CHRIST, not the Catholic Church.
H. Sacrifice of the Mass.
This is not the same thing as Communion or the Lord’s Supper observed by other non-Catholic or non-Orthodox faiths.
The RCC teaches that the Mass, also referred to as the Eucharist, is a continuation of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross in an “unbloody manner.” The RC priest supposedly performs his ‘black magic’ and miraculously turns the elements of bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ and REPEATS CALVARY EVERYDAY THRUOUT WORLD in every observance of the Mass.
The Bible does not teach what the RCC does. The word of God says in Heb.10:12 that Jesus Christ “offered [himself as the] one sacrifice for sins for ever.” His sacrifice is, according Heb.10:10,“once and for all.” On the Cross Jesus cried: “It is FINISHED” – not, “to be continued.” (John 19:30)
If the doctrine of the Mass is true, then those who eat and drink the supposed literal body and blood of Christ are practicing a mystical form of religious cannibalism! (The RCC will try and justify this sacrilegious sacrament by perverting our Lord’s words in John 6:51-59. The context clearly indicates Jesus was speaking in a spiritual, figurative sense, not a literal, physical sense.)
The Church of England calls this in their 39th article of Confession:“A blasphemous delusion, and a dangerous deceit.”
In the Bible, the observance of the Lord’s Supper is in REMEMBRANCE of what Jesus did for us; it is NOT continuation of the Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. It is merely symbolic, and those who confuse this truth with pagan ritual are in danger of damnation (1 Cor. 11:23-26, 29) because they are deceived and trusting in a perverted gospel.
I. The Confessional Booth/Penance/Rosary/Prayers.
1 Timothy 2:5, 6 “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.”
Confession. We are supposed to confess our sins to God, through Jesus Christ, not the Catholic priest (1 John 1:9; Hebrews 4:14-16).I asked a sincere Catholic friend about this once. He said he did confess his sins to Christ - in the confessional booth. He was taught and believed that in the confessional booth the Catholic priest not only represented Christ, but was Jesus Christ in that capacity. How sad that someone could be so deceived and deluded.
The Rosary. Jesus said inMatt. 6:7, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”The true Christian has no need of the Rosary and a pre-recorded prayer. Christians pray from the heart, to their heavenly Father, through the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Prayers to the saints. Notice two interesting verses: Job 5:1 - “Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?” Job 15:15 “ Behold, he putteth no trust in hissaints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.” If the Lord won’t trust the “saints,” why would you? Our trust is supposed to be in the Lord, His Son, and the Bible. No one and nothing else.
You need to understand that the Bible does not teach that special people who perform verifiable miracles and are canonized by the Pope become “saints.”
In the Bible, every born again child of God is a “saint” because they have made a covenant with God through accepting the substitutionary, sacrificial death of Christ for their sins on the Cross (see Psalm 50:5). The New Testament refers to all Christians as “saints” (see Romans 1:7, for instance).
The RCC basically teaches that salvation (i.e., the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life so you can go to heaven when you die) is by doing good works, being a good Catholic, and taking the sacraments.
The “infallible” Pope, Boniface VIII, stated in the official Church document Unam Sanctum: “There is one holy, Catholic and apostolic church...and that outside this church there is no salvation or remission of sins...”
Of course, the Bible teaches that salvation is BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8) and that salvation is NOT BY WORKS (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5; et al). The Bible also teaches that once a person is saved that they canKNOW they are saved and have eternal life (1 John 5:13; John 3:16).
And of course the RCC teaches opposite of the Bible on salvation. They teach that salvation by faith is a heresy (“Council of Trent”) and that to believe you can know you are saved is a sin of presumption.
Do you want to stake your eternity on the Bible or the Catholic Church?
V. Prophetically Considered. The road is being paved for the coming of Anti-Christ and his kingdom: a one-world government, economy and religion, controlled by Satan through his human instrument, the anti-Christ.Revelation 17 makes it clear that anti-Christ (referred to as the “Beast”) is connected with the city of ROME (verses 9, 18), and it is RELIGIOUS and it KILLS CHRISTIANS (verse 6).We personally believe that the Pope will be the anti-Christ or the Beast’s false prophet spoken of in the book of Revelation.VI. Evangelistically Considered.
Roman Catholics need to be evangelized and converted to the Lord Jesus Christ just like any other unsaved person.Now, be careful that you are not fooled by so-called evangelicalCatholics: you need to be aware that as all cults do, the Catholic Church uses our vocabulary but a different dictionary – Bible terms don’t mean the same thing to them that they do to a genuine Bible-believing Christian.
A few examples of this are: “Born Again” and the “New Birth” to a Catholic means being baptized. To “Receive Christ” to the Catholic means to partake of the elements of the Mass and to eat their ‘wafer god’ (also referred to as the ‘Jesus cookie’). So you really do have to define the terms when talking to a Catholic.
God loves them, Christ died for them, and we need to pray for them and witness to them with love and compassion.
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