Seven years ago, I found myself praying desperately for my new friends – more than twenty of them were in serious trouble, and blinded from the truth of salvation. Someone needed to reach them; to share with them the Gospel of salvation!
Two years later, I was kneeling at the high alter of a little Catholic chapel in Spring, Texas, reciting by memory, and with all my heart, the Apostle’s Creed. The “Whore of Babylon” had finally seduced me.
Back then, I was the one saying these things. Now, my protestant friends and family continue to say it to me:
“The Catholic Church is apostate.”
“The Catholic Church is pagan!”
“The Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon from Revelation!”
“The Catholic Church worships Mary.”
“Catholics worship idols!”
“The Catholic Church rejects the Bible!”
“The Pope is the Antichrist!”
“The Catholic Church murdered Protestants!”
“Jesus says ‘you shall know them by their fruit.’ The Catholic Church bears no fruit!”
Yikes. What have I become? What have I embraced? What am I, if not lost: damned to eternal Hellfire?
And yet…the voices all stop there. Many love to accuse the Catholic Church, but very few care to expound, to explain, or in any way enlighten me or my brothers and sisters of our folly. Why?
Protestants can be found travelling around the world, sharing the Bible and ministering to the lost, meanwhile, millions of Americans – not to mention Catholics around the world – continue in this apostate faith right down the street from the your church! It is time to take action. Time to bring the light of Christ through the doors of these false temples, and show the devil and his priests that he has NO CLAIM to the precious souls of the 1.2 billion people kneeling in those pews before that piece of bread!
But wait a minute: you must first prepare.
Before you do this, you need to know what you are up against. These poor people are not just ignorant, but brainwashed. They still believe that the Church was faithful as far back as the second century! They know about the writings of Ignatius of Antioch and Justin Martyr, the Didache and other non-biblical teachings.
And then there is the Catechism, full of beliefs that you will need to know how to refute. You cannot simply show them John 3:16 and expect them to be safe. If you leave them uncertain of the rest of the Catholic claims, other Catholics will explain to them why you were wrong, and your work will all be in vain. You must cut at the root. It’s like what Jesus said in Matthew 12:43-45:
43“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”
But I warn you: do not make the statements listed at the beginning of this post until you know what Catholics believe and why. To accuse without just cause or full and proper understanding is slander, which is a violation of the 8th Commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
Therefore, as St. Paul exhorts us, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Heed Proverbs 10:18 “He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who utters slander is a fool.”
And be obedient to St. Peter’s command, “So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation; for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” (1 Peter 2:1-3)
My Protestant brothers and sisters: before accusing the Catholic Church of apostasy and fruitlessness, know the history; Before you accuse her of rejecting the Scripture and ignoring the teachings of Christ Jesus and his Apostles, know the Scriptures; And before you speak, I beseech you, know first, what Catholics actually profess. And that doesn’t just apply to one Catholic here or there, for as Catholics, we are not to be seen as separate or holding differing beliefs: but what our mother, the Church professes, that we believe. For together we all profess “one hope…one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
Do not, however, shrink from the challenge, or become apathetic, making excuses for why you are not reaching out to those you believe are lost.
Therefore, this is why I evangelize: if what I believe is true (and that, it most certainly is), then I need to be active. Because until the day I die, there will be a soul in need of the light of God’s truth. So I can never cease to do all I can to guide the lost into the loving arms of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Amen.