Dear Roman Catholic,
It has been my intent of this website to bring to your attention some things which you may not have known. I hope that you take my work and do your own homework. I don’t believe there is anything more to say, but I’d like to leave you with a few final thoughts.
Have you ever given any thought to eternity? Eternity is forever, and the fact is that once you die there’s no turning back! Paul wrote:
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
I implore you to do as Paul instructed and examine yourself. Are you a true believer in Christ? Why is this important? Because Jesus said the way leading to life is narrow and few will find it:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 KJV
Jesus also said that many people who prophesied, cast out devils, and did many wonderful works in His name would be rejected from heaven:
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” – Matthew 7:21-23 KJV
How could these people have gotten it wrong? Were they deceived? Were they sincere, well-meaning people that missed the gospel? The possibility of missing salvation should bring the urgency to the forefront and the realization that our beliefs equate to a life and death situation!
With that said, I ask you to ponder these two questions:
- If you were on your deathbed at this moment and knowing you would soon pass from this life, in what would your trust rest?
Would you be trusting in what you did? Would you be trusting in the Roman Catholic Church? Would you be trusting in the intercession of Mary? Would you be trusting in the intercession of the Saints? Or would you be trusting alone in what Jesus did?
- Or let’s say you died, met Jesus face-to-face, and He asked you why He should let you into heaven. What would you say?
Would you begin the sentence with “I”?
“I went to mass regularly. I participated in the sacraments without fail. I went to confession weekly. I did good works. I gave to the poor. I was a good Catholic.”
Or would you begin the sentence with “you”?
“You did it all.”
The truth is that Jesus did it all, and all He asks is for you to trust in what He did.
In Roman Catholicism your salvation is not only dependent upon faith (CCC 1814), but also dependent upon partaking in the sacraments (CCC 1129), observing the natural law (CCC 2036), and the Ten Commandments (CCC 2068). Every time you sin, it’s back to the confessional where the process repeats over and over again. Not only is this an exhausting process, but what is your best hope? Even as the best Catholic there’s a good chance that you’ll die with venial sin, so what is the best that you can hope for? To burn in purgatory (CCC 1031)? Was this what God intended for us today?
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1 KJV
What is this “yoke of bondage” of which Paul wrote? This bondage was the requirement to follow the law, to which the Galatian church was trying to return. Why was the law bondage? Because it was exhausting to attempt to keep it! The fact is that today we are not under the law, but grace. Jesus wants you to trust in Him alone by faith for salvation, and the good works will naturally follow. But the good works of the law are a result of salvation, not the cause. Hence, we have our liberty and freedom in Jesus Christ through faith.
As a Roman Catholic, have you ever realized that you can never be sure of your salvation? Rome teaches that it is presumptuous to assume your salvation. But do you realize that the Bible teaches you can know for sure?
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” – 1 John 5:13 KJV
John tells us that we can know for sure that we have eternal life. Contrary to Rome’s teachings, I think it is presumptuous to believe that we can merit our own salvation through our works (CCC 2010; CCC 2027; CCC 2068).
With that said, I encourage you to search the Scriptures and decide for yourself what you believe. It’s all I can ask.
I will leave you with the gospel:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV
I pray each and every one of you are blessed, and I pray the Holy Spirit will lead you, guide you, and give you knowledge and understanding.