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How To Evangelize A Roman Catholic

Posted by Job on March 27, 2009


15 Responses to “How To Evangelize A Roman Catholic”

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  2. J Ramsey said

    Hey. Great video except this man doesn’t seem to know the basics of being Roman Catholic.

    RCs believe in accepting the Grace of God and believing in Christ as Lord and Savior. The “doing works” part is PROOF of the acceptance of this Grace.

    “What good is it my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-17 (the rest of this chapter is in the same vein)

    Sometimes people say they are RC because they were baptized as such. This is NOT true. Christ must be accepted into the heart. Like any faith, going through the motions doesn’t get a person any where except hell. The idea of earning salvation is a heresy and condemned by the RC Church.

    I still like this video because it is obvious this man did not realize until this point that he had not been saved by Christ and was going to immediately do it!

    • Remnant said

      J Ramsey,
      ALL of my coworkers and friends are Roman Catholic and you cannot tell me that the RC church teaches salvation by grace and faith in Christ alone! Not true! I’ve had conversations with them all and they are all trusting in their own “goodness”. Every last one. Every one of them says to me they believe they are “basically a good person”. And every single one of them is a blasphemer, proud, boastful and utterly lost person that does not differ from any other unsaved sinner in any way except that they might warm a church pew more than the others. This city and county I live in is Catholic dominated. So if anyone does not know what the RC church truly teaches it must be you.

      Catholics are SO hard to reach because they have been brainwashed since birth and without the leading of the Holy Spirit it is a waste of time to try to evangelize them. WE cannot lead a Catholic to Jesus Christ, only the HOly Ghost can save them. If He is not leading, then one is using the arm of the Flesh.

      • J Ramsey said

        I would say they don’t even know their own faith! They need to check out the facts via the Catechism! Many people consider themselves RC just because they were baptized in that faith and go to Mass. This does not make a person a RC!

        “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and THIS IS NOT FROM YOU; it is the gift of God, it is NOT FROM WORKS, so no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

        is a teaching that has always been upheld by the RC Church!

        Unfortunately it is people who don’t understand the faith they claim to be who do it so much harm! Claiming good works to get into Heaven IS a heresy in the RC Church, as it should be! The RC Church teaches that NO ONE can get into Heaven by being “a good person”. Period.

        • Claudia said

          I completely agree with J Ramsey. Protestants are so misguided about what the Catholic Church teaches. The problem is that so many people are poorly catechized about their faith- this is true for people of all different denominations. When you meet a Roman Catholic who says that the Church teaches something that is wrong, it would be ignorant to assume that they are perfect, and right, and therefore everyone who says otherwise is wrong. Instead, Protestants should do their own research. I would recommend starting with Rome Sweet Home or Reasons to Believe by Scott Hahn. Scott Hahn was a Protestant Minister, who by actually studying the Bible for himself, converted to Catholicism.

          • Annie Mae said

            I was raised RC..I am not RC any longer. I was especially glad I left when a priest told me I could pray to my dead husband since he was a believer and ask him to intercede for me. Gee, when I read the Bible? It tells me NOT to do stuff like that. As a RC I was not taught that I was saved by grace..not at all. I was told to pray to saints (idolatry, and I won’t even talk about the idolatry of Mary), I was told to not chew the communion wafer because I would be chewing up Christ’s body, and I could go on. I was never taught that reading the Bible for myself would be a good thing or nourishment to my soul. On the contrary, I was told NOT to read the Bible because I wasn’t trained to understand it. I had a priest say to me, “You can’t possibly believe the story of Jonah is true, now do you?” Well, uh, yes, I do..Even Jesus referred to Jonah’s visit to a whale’s gut. I know for fact the RC church teaches things contrary to the Word of God and has books added to the canon of the Bible. I have heard many other RC’s talk about how other religions will get into heaven if they were good, such as Muslims, and Buddhists. I will admit, I have known some wonderful people who had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as a RC, but they are few and far between. Purgatory comes from books added to the Bible..Not allowing Priests to be married when the RC was supposedly founded by Peter (Petra – the rock) who himself had a wife!! I was a die hard RC and even went to mass every day during lunch in high school because the church was around the corner and very involved in church activities and cathechism. I was very involved in RC, studied it deeply, long talks with Priests about it, my role model was Bernadette. I wanted to be a nun. I praise God that he set me free from the religious spirit that hides in the walls of the RC church. The bottom line is that many RC’s are deceived into believing you only have to be “good” to get into Heaven, and that the RC is the only way. Jesus said that HE is the only way.

            • I too was raised RC and I totally get where your coming from, I left when I met my wife because she refused to become RC and I was fine whit that. But I spent the last fifteen years moving from Pentecostal to Baptist to evangelical, and I have listen intently to what was taught in each, but there was a real problem, a problem in protestant circles that is never talked about. Ya there are problems with the RCs but I have sat through a sermon where the pastor talked about how it was important as believers that we act out our faith, then three weeks later, how as Christian, it was not necessary to do anything but believe, that’s a contradiction!
              Even my 12-year-old daughter went to a sermon where she heard one message on a Friday night retreat and a totally opposite message on Sunday. It seems truth is different depending on which pastor you listen to. How do you explain that to a 12 year old? That priest who told you that you could pray to your dead husband shows that the teachings in the Catholic Church are all over the board too. But, there is a difference, you see, in the RC, when you hear a massage that is confusing, or you suspect is not true, you can look at the priest or the deacon and say, “but you are not the Authority” there is a clear line or Authority and it leads to one person, one living authority, in the protestant faith, you can say the same thing, but, there is not authority, so no way of knowing what is the final truth. Each pastor, and in effect each person is left to find the truth on there own, remember, if one priest is wrong, well, you don’t leave Peter because of Judas.

            • NFogarty said

              I am so intrigued by the many fallacies and misinterprestations by you who left the RC. All of you should study church history, in general. I am a protestant who converted to Catholicism because of the hypocrisy I was seeing in the protestant churches I attended. I would like to address a couple of issues that I have read. Annie, when the priest told you you could pray to your dead husband to intercede he meant that it is an intercessory prayer. When you ask your neighbor or another family member to pray for you, you are asking for an intercessory prayer-someone to pray on your behalf. Praying to your dead husband, a saint, or even Mary is not idolatry. The prayers are intercessory in nature. Anyone that says otherwise, does not know or understand the meaning of intercession. I taught Theology for 8 years and nowhere does it say you can get to heaven on good works alone. It is emphasized that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light anyone believing in him will have everlasting life. These people that you speak with and have said things that are contrary to biblical teaching are probably the same ones that are referred to today as “cradle catholics”. They have been spoon-fed information through a series of periods in the church that no longer reflect some man-made ideology ( ie. the Baltimore Catechism) Many of the old ways the catholic church catechized its people was not the best way and there were many fallacies and misinterpretations of faith. The teaching about priests being married is a man-made rule because during the dark time in the church there was much corruption and priests, bishops, and popes were having extramarital affairs. So, in order to bring them into line and practice a more holy and chaste life, it was passed that priests could not marry. The thought was to eliminate the temptation of the flesh. This can be found in books regarding church history. The canon you speak of that you claim is randomly added is untrue. These were books originally in the Bible when it was first written and as it was translated, many different scholars found them to be repetitive or inconsequential and arbitrarily removed them. You can find them in the KJV as the apocrypha. As far as Muslims, Buddhists, etc getting into heaven, John Paul II wrote that a Muslim who is true to their faith will reach God. Muslims claim inheritance to God’s kingdom through Abraham. Abraham is the father of Judaism, Christianity, and Muslims. He is the father of Muslims because of his son with Haggar, Ishmael. Remember in Genesis, the angel appears to Hagar and tells her that her son will be a wild ass of a man and that his kinsman will be at war with each other. I would say all churches run by man are flawed because we are human. Teachings are all over the place because we have different interpretations of what God is trying to say to us. There are those in RC that are closed minded and only refer back to a time when things were not good. John Paul II tried to rectify that. He said all Catholics should have a Bible in their homes and it should not be a dust catcher. It should be read regularly. I would encourage you to read documents by John Paul II. I would also encourage you to read any of Scott Hahn’s books. May God bless you and keep you and whether you return to a Catholic church, may the Lord open your eyes and ears to wisdom and understanding, not judgment. Read for yourself. We were all catholic at one time in history.

            • Michel said

              I have a very hard time believing Annie Mae here who says she has studied the RC ‘deeply’. There are so many errors in what she says the Catholic Church teaches and what it ‘actually’ teaches. It’s fine if you disagree with the what the Catholic Church teaches on something, but disagree with what it ‘actually’ teaches rather than something that it either doesn’t teach or is a caricature of what it teaches.

              Praying to your dead husband.

              This does not mean you are attributing divinity to your husband.
              In this context ‘praying to’ means ‘asking of’.
              Like princess Fiona on Shrek .. “I pray thee take this napkin as a token of my affection”.
              She isn’t worshiping Shrek, she’s asking something of him.
              Catholics do not take ‘praying to saints’ to mean to worship them in any manner whatsoever.

              Seeking his intercession is merely asking him to pray to God on your behalf WITH you. (not instead of you praying to God directly). This is no different than if I asked you to pray for my mother-in-law that just got a pacemaker to live a long life. Isn’t God a God of the living, not the dead. If your husband is in heaven he is more alive than either you or I right now. Isn’t there ONE body in Christ, not one ‘living’ and one ‘dead’. Aren’t we as Christians part of the body of Christ. Would you suggest that death and going to heaven separate you from the body Christ. Of course not. We are all part of the body of Christ, those in heaven and the saints on Earth. The bible tells us not to practice necromancy, … quite a different thing than asking a saint in heaven to pray to God for you. … and why even ask them, right? How much better can someone in heaven pray than we can? They never tire or get distracted. They can pray unceasingly! Since heaven cannot contain anything unclean, if they are in heaven they must now be perfect. How much better can a perfect person pray than sinful little me can?

              My 8 year old understands this.
              If you truly studied the teachings of the Catholic Church ‘deeply’, I find it very hard to believe you’d have such a wrong view of praying to saints in heaven.

              As you will, disagree with what is actually the teaching, not some one-liner poor representation of the teaching.

              Do not chew the wafer.
              It is very unlikely that a priest would ever tell you this.
              Our believe in the Eucharist is directly tied to the accounts of the last supper, the sacrifice on the cross, and the bread of life discourse in John 6. I’ll leave it to you to validate that the words used in saying to ‘eat my flesh’ (trago, phago) actually mean ‘to chew’ then more strongly ‘to gnaw’.

              You weren’t told to read the bible or were told ‘not’ to read the bible.
              Studied the teachings of the Catholic Church ‘deeply’?

              In sections 131-133 of the Catechism (means ‘teachings of the Catholic Church’) we find this:
              Hence “access to Sacred Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful.”…Therefore, the study of the sacred page should be the very soul of sacred theology…The Church “forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful…to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.

              Added books to the canon.
              Catholics have the same books in their bible that they had in the 15th Century, 9th Century, 4th Century. Check the councils in the 4th century for yourself. It’s there. Our bible hasn’t changed. Martin Luther took issue with those seven old testament books and a few new testament books as well. He only reassembled the new testament after urging from others. The Church even re-affirmed our canon after protestantism started in response to Luther’s removal of them.

              Peter was married.
              This we know and don’t say otherwise.
              Unmarried priesthood is really only in the West. Catholic Churches in the East still allow a married man to become a priest. Unmarried priesthood is considered a best practice and was urged by PAUL in the new testament. My priest is married and has kids and grand-kids. He converted from the Episcopal Church. He’d be the first to tell you how right Paul was.

              Being ‘good’ is enough.
              Nowhere is this taught by the Catholic Church.
              You can find many Catholics … and Protestants … that will say this … and they’d be wrong and be shown to not understand what their church actually teaches.

              Muslims or Buddhists going to heaven
              IF any Muslim or Buddhist goes to heaven it isn’t because of their Muslim or Buddhist faith. It would only be by the generous grace of God that he might not have held them fully accountable for their ignorance of Christ if and only if they are not responsible for their ignorance of Christ.

  3. Sandy said

    You know one time a woman from Caanan wanted Jesus to heal her demonic daughter and at first He did not answer. Then the disciples asked Jesus to send her away, and He stated that He had come for the lost of Israel and called her a “dog.” (Because He was Jewish and she a Gentile. Jewish people called the Gentiles “dogs” and “swines.”) Her reply was not one of anger or bitterness regarding the comments of Jesus but one of faith, “Even a dog can eat of the crumbs from their Masters table.” Jesus told her, her faith had made her whole and her daughter was healed.

    You see, she stated to Jesus, that even though she was not Jewish, she was still entitled to all He came to do for Israel. He told her she was right. So Catholics to some may be “dogs” “swine” but even we are entitled to the scraps from our Masters Table, if we believe in Him which we do.

    What is wrong with being a good person and doing good things for others? Do you think people who do nothing but evil are going to heaven? Jesus did say, that those who claimed to cast out demons in His name, and prayed on the street corners, that He would say, “He never knew them.” Jesus is Jesus. He is about love, mercy, and grace. If you do not like the Catholic Church then do not go there. No one says you have to.

    Go where you want, be happy with it and your beliefs, and let us be happy with ours and live in peace together. This would glorify God more than anything. Who truly has it right and what Church after 2000 years could hold up to a spotless history. We will not know because we will not live that long. But if the Lord tarries, someone will, and they will be saying the same thing about your Churches. What does it matter anyway, because we will be dead?

    If we could just all get along God would be so happy. Since it is about Him and not us, that is what we should all strive to do.

  4. mariah said

    Some of you people are right, and some of you are wrong. First of all, it is NEVER a waste of time to evangelize to anyone. Second of all, RC churches do not teach salvation through grace, only through infant baptisms, [which is nowhere at all mentioned in Jesus’ teachings or the original Greek scriptures] and through fulfillment of the rest of the sacraments. Lastly, if you’re going to be quoting scripture, use the correct bible. The kjv. It is the only bible that correctly translates the original Greek texts. See for yourself why you shouldn’t. Just simply look at Revelations 22:18-19. It says, “for I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophesy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Either way, Ephesians 2:8-9 say, “for by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.” And as for pergatory, the bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the JUDGEMENT. It didn’t say pergatory. It said judgement. The bible talks about those who think going to heaven only requires being good. It can be found in Proverbs 14:12, “there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” THERE IS ONE WAY TO HEAVEN, AND ONE WAY ONLY. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF YOU’LL BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART AND CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, IN HIS DEATH AND RESDURECTION, AND IF YOU’LL LAY DOWN YOUR PRIDE AND ADMIT THAT YOU’RE NOT A GOOD PERSON, AND THAT YOU’RE A SINNER, YOU’LL BE SAVED IF YOU ASK HIM TO. GOD’S DEFINITION OF GOOD IS “moral perfection.” The bible tells us in Romans 3:23, that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” So that proves right there that you cannot go to heaven by just “being a good person.” If you think that, then you are calling God a liar, and are therefore a blasphemer. I hope this helped! May God bless you bountifully! 😀

  5. mariah said

    oops! I spelled resurrection wrong! Forgive me :]

  6. Sal said

    Peace be with you all!
    I read something beautiful the other day. I think it captures essentially what it is that Catholics MUST UNDERSTAND about their justification.
    And so I quote, “Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is FAVOR, the FREE AND UNDESERVED HELP (*not my emphasis*) that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.
    Grace is a participation in the life of God. It introduces us into the intimacy of the trinitarian life: by Baptism the Christian participates in the grace of Christ, the Head of his Body. As an “adopted son” he can henceforth call God “Father,” in union with the only Son. He receives the life of the Spirit who breathes charity into him and who forms the Church.”
    Catholics could also come a step closer to Christ if they were to realize the following as well:
    “Jesus’ call to conversion and penance, like that of the prophets before him, does not aim first at outward works, “sackcloth and ashes,” fasting and mortification, but at the CONVERSION OF THE HEART, INTERIOR CONVERSION. Without this, such penances remain sterile and false; however, interior conversion urges expression in visible signs, gestures, and works of penance.
    Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance to the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace. This conversion of heart is accompanied by a salutary pain and sadness which the Fathers called ‘animi cruciatus’ (affliction of the spirit) and ‘compunctio cordis’ (repentance of heart).”
    May God’s grace soften the hardest hearts among all of us, and lead us all into “spirit and truth,” whereby we may proclaim his heavenly glory by our very participation in it, all made possible through the redemptive and everlasting sacrifice of our Lord, JESUS CHRIST.

    • Mark said

      My family all says they are catholic but, neglect anything to do with Jesus, I am done with most churches in general. I go through the bible once every couple weeks on audio and reading. I find most Catholics with trinkets and a lot of talk about praying to Mary and saints. I am a saint do not pray to me! Call on Jesus He sits at the right hand of GOD and intercedes for us saying Father forgive them! The catholic churches makes you feel like you have to earn it, and makes a person feel they are in hell! The Pope scares me and the whole church. I am glad i was saved at the age 30 in Fred Meyers and this year have been truly born again Love Jesus and I think there are a few Catholics that do too.

      Stay away from religion it makes you feel that you are in hell!!
      We first called ourselves Christians in Antioch,

  7. Thomas said

    What J Ramsey said is correct…although I do not think the man in the video (Paul) was newly saved, rather agreeing with the interviewer on a basic level. He already had stated that faith in Jesus Christ and forgiveness/repentance was necessary for salvation. So any extra ‘catholic’ works are proof of that faith and cooperation of that grace.

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