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Open Letter to a Catholic


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(Here is a letter written to a Catholic priest in response to a two-page ad in the Caller Times a Corpus Christi newspaper. The writer of the letter describes himself as a "cornfield-preacher." He is a faithful member of the church. His letter is not a shot from the hip but is straight from the heart. It is worth reading. If it seems a little rough on its edges, remember it is from the cornfield (heart). Would God that more saints would speak out boldly in his name.)

Robstown, Texas
Leonard Pivonlia
Corpus Christi Cathedral
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Sir:

I have no ill-will toward Catholics. I am truly interested in trying to help all men to better understand the truth.

"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

What is truth?

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth" (John 17:17).

Sir, the article you printed in the Caller Times (Sat., May 17, 1995) stated the Catholic church began on Pentecost A.D. 33.

I respectfully disagree.

There was a church that began on that date, but it was not the Catholic church. It was the church of Christ, which Jesus promised to build in Matthew 16:18. That church could not have been the Catholic Church, which did not appear until many years later.

Jesus told his apostles: "Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).

They did this (Acts 2:1ff). You cannot read of the Catholic Church in there anywhere.

Jesus died to purchase his church (Eph. 4:4-6; 1:22-23; Col. 1:18).

This is the only church we read about in the New Testament. It was purchased with Jesus' blood (Acts 20:28). Christ is its foundation (Eph. 3:21). He is its head (Eph. 1:22-23). It is the only church with perfect and everlasting laws (James 1:25; Matt. 24:35), the one we read about in the New Testament.

Its members wear the greatest name ever known, in which alone salvation is promised (Acts 11:26).

I cannot find one thing about the Catholic church in the Bible. I searched for the word Catholic, but in vain. I searched for many things Catholics do in their worship, but to no avail.

I had to go to the library to find out about the Catholic church.

The doctrines of Romanism (Catholicism) originated over a period of 1,200 years. Including the doctrines of holy water, purgatory, penance, mechanical instruments of music in worship, transubstantiation, celibacy, indulgences, and sprinkling. These doctrines are foreign to the teaching of Christ.

Martin Luther protested against the wrong teaching of Roman Catholicism and started the Lutheran church. The Presbyterian church was founded in 1535. The Church of England began in 1552. The Baptist church originated in 1607. The Methodist church had its beginning in 1729 with John Wesley.

Churches started since 33 A.D. cannot be the one and only true church. Please read the following scriptures: Eph. 4:4-6; 1:22-23; Col. 1:18.

Many put GOD last. The Bible says we should put him first (Matt. 6:33).

Peter says plainly what is going to happen: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" (2 Pet. 3:10-12).

Another doctrine of the Catholic church that is foreign to Bible teaching is the Pope. The first Pope was designated by Emperor Phocus in A.D. 606. He proclaimed the Pope to be infallible in his religious decisions.

Titles such as "Lord God the Pope," and "Another God on Earth," are applied to him. He is a mere man but claims to be infallible! God has never given such authority to men.

The apostle Paul warned of such departure from truth: "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself, above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God" (2 Thess. 2:3-4). Does this describe the pope?

I am thankful we will be judged by what God's Word says and not what some fallible man thinks! "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" John 12:48). "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:8-9).

When God speaks, he says what he means, and means what he says. Man must conform to what he says. God cannot lie (Heb. 6: 18). "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb. 10:31).

All who do not obey God, are in for a great surprise. "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power" (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

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Published December 1995