If You Love Jesus, Leave the Roman Catholic Church

roman catholic churchA few years ago, I wrote a post here why I believe the Roman Catholic Church is heretical in doctrine and practice. That post has disappeared. But I’m not as meek and cowardly as I was then. Back then I cared what my friends thought – Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, and nothing. I don’t care anymore. If I love Jesus at all, I will put truth first and value it most. If I value a friend more than the truth, I know I will lose both in the end. However, if I value the truth more than a friend, I may lose that friend in the short-term but I believe God will bring them back to me one day.

To many Protestants, Roman Catholics aren’t Christians. The church itself is considered a cult. So why would any Bible-believing church, organization, or individual have anything to do with the RCC? I pray God gives them light to see their error and publicly separate from that church. We must not be unequally yoked [2 Corinthians 6:14]!

I have Roman Catholic friends, some devout and some not. I hate to see them believe, live, and spread lies. I wonder why the devout ones don’t leave, especially after the pedophilia scandal. If you’re Roman Catholic and you say you love Jesus, then get out! Leave that church and publicly denounce it as doctrinal error. Only then will you find God’s light and truth. Better churches can cultivate your spiritual devotion and ground it in biblical truth. See the list and links below.

Priestly Celibacy

Christian ministers should not be forbidden to marry. See 1 Timothy 3:2, 4:3.

idolatry mary worship catholic churchWorship of Mary

She was human, not divine. Mary wasn’t a virgin after Jesus was born, for the marriage was later consummated [Matthew 1:25]. Jesus had half-brothers and sisters. Mary was in the upper room with the 120; she had to believe and accept Christ as Lord, just like the others [Acts 1:14]. After this, she’s never mentioned again in the Bible. If you’re a Christian, pray to God the Father in the name of the Son Jesus Christ – not Mary. Jesus is your only spiritual mediator: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” [1 Timothy 2:5]. If you have a problem, go directly to Jesus in prayer.

Purgatory

It doesn’t exist because there’s no reference to it in the Bible. There is no second chance after death. Once you die, you go to heaven or hell for eternity. Read Luke 16:19-31.

Use of Images / Statues / Crucifixes / Prayer Beads

In the Bible, the emphasis in worship is the written word, not images. God gave Moses two tablets of stone, on which He wrote the 10 commandments; Aaron disobeyed and made a golden calf [Exodus 32]. The second commandment is “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them” [Exodus 20:4-5]. “We walk by faith, not by sight” [2 Corinthians 5:7]. We don’t need objects in order to concentrate in worship or prayer.

Apocrypha

It is not inspired. Therefore you shouldn’t read or live by it. There is no reference to the Apocrypha in the 66 books of the Protestant Bible.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope

Christ is the spiritual head of His church, not any fallible human being. “Upon this rock I will build my church”: Christ was referring to Himself (petra), not Peter (petros) [Matthew 16:18]. “He [Jesus Christ] is the head of the body, the church” [Colossians 1:18; also Ephesians 1:22]. It is Christ alone, faith alone, Bible alone. The Bible is how God speaks to us, through the Holy Spirit. God can speak to us in other ways, but they must conform to the Bible. It is the final authority, not the pope or Vatican documents. Over the centuries, popes have made many doctrinal and moral errors. The most recent is theistic evolution under John Paul II. I admire Benedict XVI and I’m sorry to see him go, since he plans to resign on February 28. Yet why trust a fallible human being? According to HolyWar.org, he’s not even a good Catholic!

Sacraments

Jesus Christ ordained two: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist). We don’t believe in transubstantiation either. In the Lord’s Supper, we remember “the Lord’s death till He comes” [1 Corinthians 11:26]. “This is my body” and “this is my blood” are metaphors. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of Me” [Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24-25].

infant baptismInfant Baptism

We do dedicate infants to God, but we don’t baptize them. In the New Testament, baptism was always performed on believers in response to repentance and faith. This is not possible for an infant, although some children have been saved at age 4 or 5 and been baptized as a result. Baptism is an outward symbol of an internal transformation by which we die, are buried, and raised again with Christ [see Romans 6:3-5]. It cannot save. In Acts 8, the Ethiopian eunuch wanted to be baptized. Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may” [8:37]. Read Matthew 3, Acts 2:38 [“repent and be baptized”], and Acts 10:47-48. And when we baptize people, we dunk them! Baptizo [Greek] means “to make overwhelmed, fully wet”; its stem bapto [Greek] means “to overwhelm, cover wholly with fluid, moisten, stain, dip.”

Priestly Absolution

Only God the Father in Christ Jesus can forgive or atone for sin. See Matthew 6:12, 9:1-6, Luke 7:47-50, Acts 5:31, 26:18, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14. Acts 13:38 says, “Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins.” 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” No human being, whether or not a pastor, can do that.

The Mass

Jesus Christ died for our sins, once and for all. We don’t repeat the perfect sacrifice of Christ nor imitate it in our worship. See Hebrews 9:26-28, 10:12-14.

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13 thoughts on “If You Love Jesus, Leave the Roman Catholic Church

  1. You should educate yourself before you make statements. I grew up Roman Catholic. The Catholic Church was the first Christian Church. Listen to the Apostle’s Creed. As I have grown, I don’t believe in any one organized religion although having I do believe having a church family is important. The Catholic Church like any human creation is flawed, but not for the reasons you give. Most of them are purely symbolic. The reason I say you should do research first is because, while you are picking and choosing scripture to back up your statements, here is scripture for you from Revelations 18: “I am warning everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If you add anything to them, God will add to you the plagues told about in this book. 19 If you take any words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from you your share in the tree of life. He will also take away your place in the Holy City. This book tells about these things.” Yet the King James version edited out some of the Catholic bible? I’m humble enough to say I don’t know everything but if we are going to quote scripture then we must believe in ALL of it. Just a bit of trivia, since I have now seen you bash Catholics and homosexuals; King James was rumored to be a homosexual adulterer. So, if you are going to be literal about things and pretend to know what God thinks, then you should know that the Kings James Bible, the non-Catholic one, has text taken out of it, which goes against scripture, by an alleged homosexual adulterer. But you see, I choose to follow the teachings of Christ and not judge and try to love others as He loved us. God Bless.

    • Dear friend, if ‘the Catholic Church was the first Christian Church’ then why does it teaches doctrines that contradict Jesus and His Apostles ?

      Here’s an example:

      Mary as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate???

      The Bible says JESUS is the ONE & ONLY MEDIATOR, INTERCESSOR & ADVOCATE
      1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one MEDIATOR
      between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus

      Heb 7:25 – Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make INTERCESSION for them.

      1 John 2:1 – My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

      Also, the Bible condemns prayers to Mary & the dead saints; bowing to idols;etc.(Exo 20:4,5 & 1Tim 2:5)

      [The Bible warns: WHOSOEVER TRANSGRESSETH, AND ABIDETH NOT IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, HATH NOT GOD – 2Jn 1:9]

      • You know the Catholic Church edited the Bible as you know it, right?

        Learn about the council of Nicea.

      • Do you have people asking you to pray for them? Mary was she the means which God became a man? Do we pray to the dead? are the Saints and Mary dead or are they alive in heaven? Lazarus and the rich, is Abraham dead or is he alive in Gods presence? Do you have the answers?

      • What are you really asking? Get to the point. Do you know what the Bible says about these things, or do you care – preferring to rely on bad Catholic teaching and human reasoning?

    • Thank you so much. Speaking truth is what matters. I can’t control the replies – just leave them in the hands of God. I heard great teaching on Ecclesiastes 11 last week – we must be spiritual Johnny Appleseeds, sharing the seed of the Word in all seasons and with all people.

    • 30 YEARS AGO ROMAN CATHOLIC IS REALLY RESPECTABLE BUT LATER ON REVISING THE PRIEST AND THE CHURCH PROCEDURE AND WHAT HAPPEN TO THE PRIEST THERES NO MORE GLORY ……PRIEST AND NUN ARE THE SOURCE OF CRIMINAL AND SINNER ENTERING THE RALLY AND LEADER OF THOSE ACTIVIST …….WE CAN NOT RESPECT YOU ANYMORE, YOU MUST BE PEACE MAKER BUT WHAT HAPPEN ??????
      WE LOST FAITH AND DONT TRUST YOU ANYMORE…….YOU ARE THE MOST SINNER….
      THE FOLLOWER ARE THOSE SAME SINNER…….

  2. It is better for you to search, research more for you to understand what you are talking about. I think you do not know what you have in your mind.

  3. my advice to all is to hold on to ur God.
    And pls judge not, judgement lies in the hand of God, therefore be careful not to incure the wrath of God on you.

    • Don’t misuse Matthew 7:1. The church has a scriptural mandate to judge the doctrine/practice of people who call themselves believers; God judges unbelievers (1 Corinthians 5). “Your God”? Not everyone who says “Lord, Lord” will enter heaven, only those who do the will of God.

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