An Email I Received From A Catholic Sister About My “Dating A Catholic” Post

Hey beloved. I received an email this morning regarding my post: Dating a Catholic. She was a sweet sister, and I believe our conversation can be beneficial to you all. Here’s her email:

Hello!
I am 19 years old, I love reading your blogs and watching your You Tube videos, you have been blessed with a true gift and I am so thrilled that you reach out to young girls!
However, When I read your post about dating a Catholic and how its wrong, I was very hurt by it. I am a Catholic myself and reading that stereotypical blog about the Catholicism surprises me in a way because I love the Lord just as much as you do. I have always respected you and will always still respect you but I think you should just have an open mind about us.
Just because we are labeled Catholic doesn’t mean that we aren’t a Christian. I look to be a servant of the Jesus in everything I do in my life, I read the bible for an hour everyday, and have prayer time set aside every morning and night (While still praying consistently throughout the day). But I still love saying my rosary!
I understand the Catholic church isn’t perfect… but what of anything made by man is? I have always respected different denominations of Christianity because essentially we are all on the same team! I truly believe that if a person loves Jesus with all their heart knowing that he sacrificed his life for us, will be saved. And just because Catholics follow more traditions does not make us any less of a Christian. I find it funny that the word Catholic itself means universal! Which is a beautiful way to look at it!
I am not looking for a fight at all because I honestly love everything you preach, but I would like to discuss some things that you find is wrong in the Catholic church and maybe give you a different perspective!

Thank you for everything! Please respond! GOD BLESS 🙂

And here was my response:

Thank you so much for your email, sister. I’m blessed that you glean from my blogs and pray The Lord continues to use them in your life. I should add to that blog if I hadn’t, that I do believe there are Catholics who are genuinely disciples of Jesus, who love Him and are pursuing Him. I know a couple of Catholics like that.

However, my great concerns regarding Catholicism are many. My main concern is found in Jesus’ rebuke to the religious Pharisees of His time: “He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God ”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ” (Matthew 15:3-9)

God was very ardent on His commandments being the only foundation we follow. Revelation warned a curse is on those who add or take away from the Scriptures.

Many times, when people add traditions or create their own rules to Christianity, you get religion, and now the Christian is boxed in and the Holy Spirit is quenched. Since you are now following man’s teachings rather than God’s, there can and will be hindrances to your growth because now, although you have the truth, you’re also believing some lies.

Such as: praying to saints and Mary. This is never found in Scripture, and the one time someone did pray to a saint (when King Saul summoned Samuel), he was rebuked. Jesus is our mediator, and the bible teaches that because of Him, we can now “enter the throne of grace with boldness.”

Also, the repetitious prayers. “Jesus said: And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:7, 8)

The papacy: when we allow certain men to be able to judge who is worthy to be recognized as a saint, we have exalted men above us and did exactly what Christ said not to do:

“And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” (Luke 22:25-27)

Even Paul said he was just a fellow brother and servant of Christ and rebuked the Corinthians for lifting him up. But the Catholic Church lifts up certain members, especially the pope which is extremely unbiblical. Even Jesus came in a lowly form without expensive garbs, but was humble and a servant.

Purgatory: the bible says it is “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)

There is no place of waiting where we can be cleansed some more. We have one chance—our whole life—to choose Jesus and be made holy. This kind of teaching can cause people to think it’s okay to sin because they can be further cleansed after death. That is a lie and very detrimental to a Christian’s growth.

There are more, sister, but I will end with this: Christ desires us to love Him and follow Him, to be on equal ground with all of our brothers and sisters, being one with Him and one with each other. Man-made traditions and Religions tend to interfere with the leading of the Holy Spirit, and God’s desires for what He wants His church to look like. The original intentions of men may be good, but good intentions are not always led by the Holy Spirit, and sadly, the early motives of the Catholic Church were very wicked and corrupt. I was actually told last night by a sister who’s aunt did an intensive family tree investigation and discovered one of their ancestors from the 1500s was burned alive by the Catholic Church for becoming a Protestant, and that the Catholic Church would have the people’s children set them to flames. When I hear things like that, in addition to the catholic church’s desire for political control and financial gain, I do not see that this was a Holy Spirit led institution. The first church in Acts had none of these rules and expensive church buildings and a pope. They just hung out from house to house, traveled from town to town, sold their belongings and gave to everyone in need amongst them. They ate together, prayed together, and just loved each other. It was not a business or institution.

So I just ask you to consider these things and pray. What does bearing the name of “Catholic” or “Christian” matter? Not even the disciples labeled themselves as such, but people labeled them “Christians”. We are followers of Christ, and we believe only the Word of God, we add nothing to it, and we obey Christ, and love each other. It’s simple and beautiful and freeing.

Thank you again for writing me. I pray you understand where I’m coming from. <33

Much love to you,

Natasha

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4 thoughts on “An Email I Received From A Catholic Sister About My “Dating A Catholic” Post

  1. Very well done Natasha, God has clearly granted you the gift of wisdom. I hope you blesses you everyday of your life 💛

  2. Thank you so much for your beautiful and prompt response! I will defiantly pray about many things you regarded! You are such an inspiration to me and I’m a little star struck haha!
    But I just have a couple things I would like to add! (I am not as knowledgeable as you so I can’t respond to everything).

    However, I do not pray to saints or Mary but more think of them as friends. For example, when your friend is going through a tough time and they ask you to pray to God for them, that’s pretty much what I do when I ask for a saint or Mary’s help! Because they had such a strong relationship with the Lord, it becomes a fellowship of someone who inspires you and prays FOR you! Also as a Catholic, I believe in the many apparitions which Mary appeared to certain people in which we just have a great respect for her because she is so close with the Lord, BUT, she will never EVER take the place or should be praised like my God!

    Regarding the church and how it is a money gig, Ofcourse there are corrupt PEOPLE who dishonor God in that way…. that can happen in any church whether it be Catholic, Lutheran, or non denominational. But as you said that as long as you get to know the Lord through his word , you should never be blinded by any corruption!

    With the repetition of prayers… Besides that the Our Father is in the Bible and Jesus told his disciples to say it. When I pray any prayer, I don’t just say them and believe I’m praying, it’s more the message behind the prayer! For example when we say the Our Father, Our Father who art in heaven blessed be thy name ( basically just saying, “oh my great Lord, whom I love with all my heart” ) then you skip a little … And forgive us our trust passes as we forgive those who trespass
    against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen ( ” I pray that through your mercy I can show the same back to my brothers and sisters. I pray that you give me the wisdom to never stray from your path into temptations but let us be servers to you. I BELIEVE”) and it may be different everyday. BUT I totally understand where your coming from because it says it right in the bible and I will make sure to pray about it! and it is SO important for us to also talk to him as a friend in addition to those prayers

    In regards to purgatory, you are absolutely right that there is no place in the bible it says the word purgatory but it does make reference to a place where sins can be forgiven in the next life …
    Matthew 12:32 ” And who ever speaks a word about the sin of man will be forgiven but who ever speaks against the holy spirit will not be forgiven. Either in this age or the age to come”
    We know that in hell there is no forgiveness and in heaven there is no imperfect thought about Jesus Christ and the Holy spirit, in which they must be regarding a third place, we just have it the name purgatory which means, a cleansing place. But let this not be confused for a second chance of conversion, the man is already justified. But if there is no place of intermediate state of purification we would all be damned to hell!

    Your friend who’s ancestors we’re killed by Catholics are not Catholic at all our any type of Christians. They were MEN that abused their power and and we’re evoked by the devil. I do not look at the Pope as a person of power but more of a man of guidance who has spent his whole life getting to know the Lord and wants to inspire people to do the same.

    I really do understand your views, and if a Catholic is not a strong enough believer in the word of God, I could see where things could get fuzzy. But that’s why it’s so important (as you say!!) to read his words and you will become a Christ follower. A CHRISTIAN!
    There many things I wish the Catholic church practiced more such as fellowship. I go to my best friend church’s bible study, who is non denominational, because my church doesn’t have enough young fellowship or yearn to read his words!

    No matter if we use the word Catholic or Christian or whatever… it’s just a name. Yes we follow tradition, but as long as its not abused.. like anything can be! and keep the word of God close to heart! He has our back!
    Oh my goodness, thank you so much again! I would LOVE to continue this conversation! THANK YOU AGAIN!
    Olivia

    1. Hi again sister 🙂 I would like to start my comment with this passage from the Scriptures:

      “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual mind. He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God. If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men. Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.” (Colossians 2:8-23 HCSB)

      And this passage reminded me of the catholic command that priests cannot marry: “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3 HCSB)

      And regarding priests, the book of Hebrews, chapter 7 goes into detail how our new priest is Christ Himself:

      “Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do — first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all when He offered Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever.” (Hebrews 7:23-28 HCSB)

      First, I would like to point out that this passage teaches that Jesus Himself makes intercession for us, so we literally don’t need to ask saints like Mary to intercede for us. Secondly , this passage makes human priests unnecessary, teaching that the old covenant needed priests, but now in the new covenant, Christ is our perfect priest. The next passage also teaches that because of this very reason, we do not need a human mediator to pray for us, even if we have sinned and feel guilty. We can go directly to the Father ourselves and confess our sins to Him:

      “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens — Jesus the Son of God — let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 HCSB)

      Also, God considers all Christians as priests:

      “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:4, 5, 9)

      This is a fantastic article that briefly sums up why confession to a priest is unbiblical for Christians: http://www.gotquestions.org/confession-sin-priest.html

      Regarding the papacy judging who can be called saints, Paul said:

      “A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God’s mysteries. In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one of them be found faithful. It is of little importance to me that I should be evaluated by you or by any human court. In fact, I don’t even evaluate myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. The One who evaluates me is the Lord. Therefore don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-5 HCSB)

      Praying for you sister. Much love,

      Natasha

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