Having been born a Roman Catholic, raised by a father who had studied to be a Jesuit priest but did not complete his studies, and having studied Catholicism in depth before coming to the realization that RC doctrine did not line up with scripture and even contradicted it, I “came out of her” as per Revelations 18:4.
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. Revelation 18:4
My questions for most Catholics I minister to today is simply this:
When you die as a Catholic, where will you go?
Most will answer, heaven, and I gently correct them and explain that that is not accurate according to the RC catechism or doctrine. The correct answer is purgatory and they grudgingly admit and agree.
I ask them if they know why and many will tell me that they have to pay for their sins. Then I ask them, do you want to go to purgatory? Of course everyone says, no.
So then I ask them, do you know why Jesus died on the cross? Every single one of them will say, to pay for our sins. This is when I gently confront them and look into their eyes and ask: “So if Jesus already paid for your sins, then why would you have to pay for them yourself?”
I always love seeing the light go on and hearing them say, I never thought of that!
I will then go on to ask them if they are born again and they usually say, no. I ask them, can I show you where Jesus says that we must be born again or we cannot see or enter the kingdom? They never refuse and I open a pocket gospel of John and start reading Jesus’ very own words to them from the beginning of chapter 3.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5
Many are convicted right then and there realizing that this simple truth has been withheld from them all these years. Yet it is clearly printed in their very own Catholic bible, if they even have one.
Jesus told the Pharisees:
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13
Sadly, this is much the condition of not only of the RC church organization today but also of many protestant and other church organizations and denominations as well.
I tell people that I myself am catholic but not Roman to which they say, that is impossible. I explain to them that the word catholic means universal and that I am part of the universal church of Jesus Christ, but I do not bow to Rome.
The word church is the Greek word “Ecclesia” which means the “out-called”. As such, we as believers “called out” of the world, are the church and not some religious organization. Jesus literally said “…thou art Peter (“Petros”, literally “a piece of rock or stone”) and upon this the rock (“petra” literally “a mass of rock” of revelation of the truth that I am the Messiah the Son of God), I shall be building my “out-called believers”, meaning us as believers and not some religious institution.
Jesus did not come to establish a religion or denomination of any kind but to restore the direct relationship between us and the Father. He was the last Adam to restore what the first Adam had given away.
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” 1 Corinthians 15:45
He did not come to set up a Pope (literally means Father) over us.
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” Matthew 23:9
He did not appoint priests or any other intermediaries beside Himself between us and the Father because He is our High Priest and we are the priesthood of believers, as Peter plainly tells us so.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9
I will even take it a step further.
You can argue all you want about doctrine all day long but Jesus said that by their fruits you will know them. We are commissioned by Jesus in John 14:12 to do the exact same works that He did and greater because He went to the Father. Yes, that literally means that we are to heal the sick, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead and tell them that the kingdom has come nigh unto them. These are His direct instructions which he confirmed right before He ascended in Matthew 28:18-20 and in Mark 16:17-18. This is how we are to be doers of the word and not hearers only.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12
We are to be Jesus to the world and step into His footsteps and do the Father’s will endued with power from on high by the Holy Spirit, the same power by which Jesus did all His works, stretching forth the Father’s hand to accomplish signs and wonders in the name of Jesus to confirm His word. Only then are we truly His disciples. This is the true Spirit of Christ.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9.
If you are a Roman Catholic, and the Holy Spirit is convicting you to be born again (or born from above) so that you too can see and enter the kingdom according to Jesus’ very own words, now is the time.
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Franciscus M. Dartee
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