This was a response to John, a devout RC (Roman Catholic) who argued that even though he disagreed with what the Vatican was doing, the mother RC church was the only authentic church and all else are lost.
He was particularly offended by reader Richard commenting on his postings who argued against his position and stated that Jesus did not come to setup a new religion but for all to have direct access to God through Him alone without the need of a religious institution as a mediator in between.
I was a third party to the conversation. The names have been changed to protect their identity. This was my rebuttal:
A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
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:
On my way to a seminar today, I passed a billboard on the highway that was advertising for a local hospital. It offered “World-Class emergency care locally here in Wayne, New Jersey.”
“World-Class?” I thought, “I don’t want World-Class! I want Heaven-Class!” Who wants to be cut up with knives, burnt with radiation or poisoned with chemical drugs when you can be instantly healed in the wonderful name of Jesus? Right? Continue reading World-Class?→
Manny is a dear friend of mine. I have known him for at least 20 years. He runs an auto repair service and has serviced our family for years.
My daughter came home one day and said that Manny wanted me to call him. She had just picked up her car and this is what Manny had asked her to tell me.
So the next time I was in the area, I made it a point to stop in and see my old friend. As I walked into the garage, he came towards me and pulled down his collar to show me a scar that extended across his entire neck. Continue reading Caught Up to the Third Heaven→
The greatest event that will occur in the believer’s lifetime is either a) we will die and immediately be with the Lord or, b) the Lord will come for us as His church to take us home.
The word tells us that before Jesus’ triumphant return at His second coming to rule over all the world, He will first come to gather His church in the air to take us home.
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
Notice that He does not touch down on the earth as He will do at His second coming when he will stand on Mount Moriah. At that time “every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7). At this time only believers will see Him because He is coming for us only. Also notice that it says that we will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Him in the air. Further notice that once we meet Him in the air, we will be with Him forever.