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:
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,