A Message of Truth and Love for Catholics

 

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God loves Catholics.  The Word of God says in 2 Chronicles 19:7, "Let the fear of the Lord be on you, for there is no sin with God and no respect of one person above another person, and God does not take gifts."  When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of everyone who had ever been born, or that will ever be born, he paid the price for the sins of everyone.  The Bible tells us that we only need to believe in Jesus, repent and follow His teachings to be saved.  His death was a free gift to all, not just Christians or Catholics, but for Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, everyone!  The Bible says in John 1:29, "John saw Jesus coming to him and he said, Behold the lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world." 

There are problems in the Catholic Church and teachings which deviate from the fundamental truth of the Bible. I can demonstrate to Catholics, from the scriptures, that they have strayed from the doctrine of the Bible. These are things Catholics need to recognize are wrong with the Catholic Church:  1) The Bible tells us in Exodus 20:4 "You shall not make graven images, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water."  This is the second of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20.  The first commandment is to "Have no other gods before Me" Exodus 20:3

Catholics bow down, worship and pray to idols of the saints and the Virgin Mary.  I Timothy 2:5 says, "There is one God and one mediator (not two or more) between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."  Ephesians 2:14,18 says, "He broke down the middle wall of partition between us...for through Him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father."  The Holy Word of God says there is only "one mediator between God and men." What this means is that you can pray before idols of the saints and Mary all day long and they cannot mediate your prayers before God; it is against the Word of God. Jesus is our mediator (the one who hears our prayers and takes them before God) and there is no other. It is against God's Word for people to pray before idols, worship them, pray to the saints and pray to Mary. As wonderful and blessed as the saints and Mary are, they cannot take the place of Jesus and what Catholics do is against God's Word and it is described as idolatry in His Word.

The temple, until Christ's death, had a large veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, where the priest went yearly to make atonement for the sins of the people.  The scriptures tell us that when Christ died on the cross, "The veil of the temple was torn from the top to the bottom" Mark 15:38.  This was an extremely thick veil and could not have been torn my a man's hand and would have been very difficult even with an instrument.  There were many layers of cloth within this one veil in the temple, which separated the priests from the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God was.  Paul said in Ephesians 2:18 that "we have access by one Spirit unto the Father."  The New Testament teaches us plainly in many passages that Christ became the mediator, high priest, and we have no more need of a high priest on earth, but can come boldly before the throne of grace to repent, each one for ourselves (Hebrews 4:16).  To say we need a priest to receive our confessions, in order that he can make intercession for us to God, is to literally attempt to replace Jesus Christ as our mediator. This too is idolatry. 

Peter said to the saints, new converts in fact, in I Peter 2:5, "You are like lively stones and build up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."  In I Peter 2:9 he went on to say, "You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show praises to Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."  If you read the Bible for yourself, it is very clear to see that when Christ died, and the hand of God Himself tore the veil in the temple from top to bottom (the temple stood about 40 feet high, so no man could have torn it), which had separated men from Himself, we no longer needed priests on this earth to go before God for us, but Jesus Christ became our High Priest and is, Himself, our mediator between us and the Father. The Bible says, "Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake and the rocks rent" Matthew 27:50-51. 

The scriptures also clearly tell us that an apostate church would exist in the last days, which would deviate from the faith by not allowing marriage or eating of meat.  The scriptures are found in I Timothy 4:1-3, "Now the Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."  Honestly, I can't think of another religious sect, other than the Catholic Church, that fits this profile.  For many, many years Catholics were forbidden to eat meat on Fridays and to this day, the nuns and priests are forbidden to marry, which has caused all sorts of sexual sins within the Catholic Church, the worst being pedophilia and homosexuality among the priests.  These types of sins are an abomination in the eyes of God, according to the scriptures, Romans 1:27, "Men, leaving the natural use of women, burned in their lust toward one another, men with men, working that which is vile."  Also in Leviticus 20:13, the Bible says, "If a man lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they shall be surely put to death; their blood shall be upon them."  

Finally, Jesus said, "Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven" Matthew 23:9.  Nevertheless, the Catholics call all of the priests "father."  Jesus specifically said not to do that and it is forbidden, so it perplexes me totally that Catholics do this, as well as all of the above, when the scriptures specifically teach against them.  If you are a member, or attend the Catholic Church, I recommend that you pray and study these and other scriptures for yourself, in order to learn what the truth really is.  The Word of God also tells us, "Thus says the Lord, cursed be the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm (strength), and whose heart departs from the Lord" Jeremiah 17:5.  No man, except Jesus Himself, can give you pardon from sins; not since the death of Jesus, there is no other mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5).  

Finally, because of these deviations and apostasy gone rampant in the Catholic Church, God warns His people, who truly worship Him, to come out of "her" (the Catholic Church) in Revelation 18:4-5, "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 'Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues, for her sins have reached unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities.'" In fact, if you read the entire chapter of Revelation 18, it is a perfect description of the Catholic Church, right down to the color of the priestly robes (verse 16). God has not forgotten the millions of Christians and Jews slain during the Inquisition, the severe torture inflicted upon human beings by the Catholic Church, and in the latter days (soon), God is going to destroy the Vatican with fire (Revelation 18:18). So, again, God is saying, "...Come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins and that you receive not of her plagues" Revelation 18:4-5.

My prayer is that every Catholic will come to know the real truth in Christ Jesus for themselves, by reading the Bible for themselves, not depending on anyone else to explain it to them.  Don't take my word for any of this, please open the Bible and read it for yourself.  The Bible also tells us, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" Philippians 2:12.  This means, you are not supposed to look to anyone to help you get to God, you have a responsibility to read the Word of God for yourself and know the way to God, then make certain your minister adheres to the Word of God that you already know is true, not tradition or fables.  God bless you.  


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