An Urgent Plea to Roman Catholics

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An Urgent Plea to Roman Catholics
By Mike Gendron

What can we say to Catholics who are stubbornly happy with their religion? How should we respond when they say, “I was born a Catholic and I will die a Catholic?” Is there a way we can warn our loved ones of their pending peril without harming our relationships? Yes, we must speak the truth in love, with compassion, and pray for our Sovereign Lord to open their hearts (Acts 16:14). We must warn them that sin has separated them from God (Isa. 59:2). As ambassadors for Christ, we must beg them on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20).

Following are some biblical and persuasive heart to heart conversations we can have with our Catholic friends and loved ones.

What if Our Roles Were Reversed?​

If our roles were reversed, I would want you to pursue me with the truth until I repented and believed God’s Word. Never would I want you to give up on me, because so much is at stake. I love you too much to let you march proudly down the wide road to destruction without warning you. There is a reason why the Lord Jesus said very few find the narrow way that leads to life (Mat. 7:14). It is because the god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4). One of Satan’s most powerful tools to blind unbelievers is religious pride and indoctrination. The only way this veil of blindness can be removed is when you turn to Christ (2 Cor. 3:14-16). This means you must turn away from your priests, who are false mediators, and turn to Christ, who is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5). As God’s perfect man and man’s perfect God, He is worthy of all your undivided trust and faith!

Only the Gospel Can Transform Sinners into Saints​

Please understand that we were all conceived in sin and born sinners (Psalm 51:5). There is more bad news, because there is no human cure for sin. Sacraments, penance, indulgences, the Mass, and good works can never cancel the punishment for sin, which is eternity in hell away from the presence of God (Rev. 20:13-15). However, there is good news! God’s love and mercy provided the one way to be saved! A divine cure is available free for the asking because of a love story written in blood on a wooden cross 2000 years ago. The Lord Jesus Christ died as a sinless substitute for sinners who would repent and trust Him alone for the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God (1 Pet. 3:18). He died once for all sin, for all time; there are no more offerings for sin (Hebrews 10:10-18). Three days later, God raised Him from the dead for our justification and to show that divine justice was satisfied (Rom. 4:25). This is the greatest news a condemned sinner on death row could ever hear!

There Is Only One Infallible Source for Truth​

Did you know that the nature of deception is that people never know they are deceived until they are confronted with the truth? Many Catholics first found out they were deceived when they began reading the Bible. Once in bondage to religious deception, they were set free by the truth (John 8:31-32). I plead with you to trust Jesus, who is the personification of truth (John 14:6). He came to testify to the truth and everyone who is of the truth hears His voice (John 18:37). His Word must become your supreme authority for truth because it is the only infallible source to protect us from the lies and deception of false teachers (John 17:17).

Test the Uninspired Words of Men with the Inspired Word of God​

Please understand the crucial difference between the Bible and religion. The Bible is what God says, while religion is what man says God says. You can go directly to the source for truth and test the uninspired words of men with the inspired Word of God (Acts 17:11). We know that all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). That means Scripture is our divine authority for exposing what is false and correcting the errors. God has left us with His Word so that we can avoid being deceived by false teachers. Did you know that the Catholic teaching on venial sin is a perpetuation of the first lie of Satan in the garden? The serpent told Eve “You surely will not die” if you disobey God (Gen. 3:4). The lie of venial sin is reproved by Scripture, which declares all sins are punished by death (Rom. 6:23).

The Promise of the Gospel Is Eternal Life​

Please know that Catholicism withholds the Gospel’s promise of eternal life from its people. Instead, it offers “conditional life” by teaching you must attain salvation by what you DO instead of what Christ has DONE. This makes your eternal destiny conditional because you will never know in this life if you have done enough to merit the glories of heaven. The Catholic Church deceives you by distorting the Gospel and denying the sufficiency and finished work of Jesus (John 19:30; Gal. 1:6-9). You have been misled into believing the work of redemption must continue on Catholic altars. Please reject this false and fatal gospel and put all your faith in what Christ has already DONE. When you do, God will give you the assurance of eternal life (1 John 5:13). There is no greater joy and peace than to know the moment you take your last breath you will be in the presence of your Lord and Savior forever!

Members of the True Church Will Never Perish​

Your priests have indoctrinated you with a false security that you belong to the one true church founded by Christ. Yet, the Catholic Church looks nothing like the first century church. It drifted into apostasy when it no longer submitted to the supreme authority of Scripture. The apostles warned that apostates would depart from the faith of the apostles and follow doctrines of demons, including forbidding the clergy to marry (1 Tim. 4:1-3). Jesus said there would be many, not few, false Christians who called Him Lord but will not enter into heaven (Mat. 7:21-23).

The true Church is built upon the one foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone (Eph. 2:20). It upholds the doctrines they preached and warns about traditions of men that invalidate the Word of God (Mark 7:13). This is the only Church in which no one member can perish or be cast away (John 6:37-40). This is the Church to which the Lord Jesus promised, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). The Lord Jesus purchased this church with His own blood and He is its only Head (Acts 20:28). It is the Church which man enters as he is born of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). If anyone does not belong to the one true church at the end of their days, it will have been much better if they had never been born.

Religion Cannot Save Anyone​

I recognize that you are proud of your religion and are committed to it, but religion cannot save you. If anyone had reason to boast in his religion, it was the apostle Paul. He was passionately religious, zealous for good deeds, and blameless and righteous according to the law. Yet, he counted it all loss for the sake of Christ. Paul realized his righteousness fell short of the perfect righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. He exchanged his religion for an eternal relationship with Christ (Phil. 3:3-9). It is my heart’s desire that you do the same. One day you will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and He will either be a merciful Savior or a sin-avenging judge. If you have not believed His Gospel, you will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (2 Thes. 1:8-9). God’s Gospel is a message to believe, an invitation to accept, and a command to obey. I plead with you to come to Jesus, with empty hands of faith, before it is too late.

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in todays world it seems difficult to explain to people that the type leaders and hero's we look up to and glorify will effect our lives, not to say that leaders and hero's are worshiped in a literal sense but in a way leaders and hero's are uplifted high above many things

Just for example the Pontiff Francis today he is so important to millions and millions of Roman Catholics. Pontiff Francis transmits his message to tailor and conform to the worldly passions of untruthfulness and deception. The media and world leaders then also promote the same message that causes so much loss and damage to the world in ways that are damaging to the minds of the unlearned and uneducated and also promotes the concepts and messages of those who are filled with deception.
 

SkyRider

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Roman Catholicism is not the one true church; it is a cult. Like all cults - Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, et al - they claim to be the “one true church” (all others are false); only they can properly interpret Scripture; only they were given the keys to enter Heaven; their teachings supersede what the Bible informs us and they teach false, unbiblical, unchristian doctrines.



Actually, Romanism is comprised of at least two sub-cults in their religion: the cult of “Eucharistic Adoration” and the cult of Marian worship. The case could also be made for the cult worship of their popes: referring to him as “Holy Father”; that he is infallible; that he is the “Vicar of Christ” or a stand in for Jesus ( sounds more like the anti-Christ, as they believe he represents Christ on Earth [which is really the Holy Spirit's role] but he also truly opposes Christ in all of their diabolical teachings); and that he has a connection to Peter, who they wrongly claim was the first pope. Just another cult within a cult, within a cult.



Since Romanism does not believe that Jesus Christ’s one time sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to appease God’s wrath against sin, the popes had to invent a means of continuing the sacrifice of Jesus by substituting a wafer as the Lamb of God. Their priests supposedly have the miraculous power to transform a mere gluten wafer into the Creator of the world. No change occurs to the elements of the communion service, but they dupe their followers into believing that the wafer is now the full-sized body of Jesus. Each wafer becomes a Christ to them, which means millions of christs are created by them daily. But these christs need to be sacrificed repeatedly, as their supposed sacrifice of Jesus can never be finished, as opposed to the actual Jesus who declared that His true sacrifice was indeed finished when He cried out on the cross, “It is finished”.



Sadly, Rome defies Jesus by implying in their masses, that no - it is not finished. Catholics are also encouraged to worship these wafers in a pagan, sun-shaped monstrance in what they call a “Eucharistic Adoration” ritual. This wafer, to them, is God and is deserving of true worship. This is nothing more than idolatry and blasphemy!



These Jesus wafers are also incapable of cleansing Catholics from all their sins, as they are still required to perform acts of penance and spend an undetermined amount of time purging left-over sins that these wafers were not able to atone for in a false, fabricated, satanically inspired invention of a place called Purgatory. This is all a ruse, a mere hoax, that the enemy has designed to entrap millions of Catholics into worshipping a powerless wafer to save them. They blindly follow this deception instead of looking to the real Jesus Christ to save them. What other cult can come up with such a diabolical slight-of-hand deception than Rome has done to mislead their flock?



But that is not all. They also have their followers worshipping a false version of the biblical Mary. They instead bewitch their ‘faithful” into paying homage and devotion to a resurrected Babylonian pagan deity known as “the Queen of Heaven” – as can be read about in Jeremiah 7 and 44, and how much God detested the worship of this false being – and they have wrongly referred to her as “the Mother of God”. They have “Christianized” this false pagan deity by giving her the name Mary. But she reflects none of the characteristics of the true Mary/Miriam.



Mary was not a perpetual virgin – she had other children; she was not sinless – she needed a savior; she was not bodily assumed into Heaven; she is not an intercessor or a co-redemptrix – only Jesus is; she cannot hear or answer prayer – only God can; she cannot go into a false place like Purgatory to free souls entrapped there in torment as they purge their sins – only Jesus Christ frees us from sin; and she plays absolutely no part in our salvation. These are all satanic fabrications that Rome attributes to their false version of Mary and millions of duped Catholics worship this false, convoluted version of the biblical Mary.



Catholics vehemently deny that they worship Mary, but their actions prove otherwise. She is prayed to far more than God is; there are far more cathedrals and churches named after her than Jesus or God; their faithful at supposed Marian apparition sites encircle these shrines on their bloody knees in devotion to these demonic deceptions that took place at these sites; they parade behind graven images of this false Mary in many Roman Catholic countries and line the path of this manmade statue with flower petals, all done in worship of this fabricated version of the biblical Mary.



If all of these activities don’t qualify as worship, then the word is meaningless. Just more idolatry, blasphemy, and defying God in His first two commandments, found in Exodus 20:3-6, when He commands us not to place anything before God in worship or prayer, and not to create or put graven images before us in worship or prayer. This is nothing more than a cult of worship to a pagan deity and bowing down before graven images of her.



The Roman Catholic religion then presents a false, unholy Trinity: they follow a false “holy father” in Rome, a title of the true God transferred to a mere, sinful man; they present a false “Mother of God” and a supposed mother to all Catholics, in their transformed unbiblical version of Mary; and lastly, they present to their flock a false son of God, which is only a transubstantiated “consecrated host”, or wafer. These are the three main components of this religious cult. None of it is biblical, none of it is Christian.



Christians do not worship wafers, pagan deities or graven images. We are not pagans. We follow Christ. We adhere to God’s commandments. Catholics are not Christians if they are involved in this activity. Roman Catholicism is a cult. They teach, believe, practice, indoctrinate, brainwash their flock into defying God repeatedly. There is nothing Christian about Romanism. The papacy is a false construct, designed by Satan to entrap millions of Catholics into a false worship system. He has them spiritually blinded to the gospel of Christ and how to be a true Christian.



Do what God says in Revelation 18:4 regarding fleeing the false religion of the popes: “Come out of her my people and do not participate in her sins, nor partake of her plagues”. Leave this false cult immediately! Trust in the real Jesus Christ only!
 
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