Another great deception…
Further to my recent post on the Great Deceiver, I find myself seeing many ways in which Satan deceives us, tells us lies, whispers in our ears that which he knows will harm and destroy us. And one of the biggest, and most harmful lies to me is that of the Big Catholic Debate (so-called by myself).
You see, there are many protestants for reasons unknown who hate Catholics and the Catholic church. And in case you are wondering – I am Methodist, born and raised. And I am married to the most wonderful Catholic man you can ever imagine. And his family are wonderful Christians who love and serve God and who try to live the best Christian life possible.
But, you see – Satan’s deception comes in two ways:
Because first, it’s not about what church you belong to. It’s about belonging to the wider body of Christ. It’s about being born again and receiving Jesus as your saviour – and I know and have known many wonderful born again Christians in the Catholic church. Shock, horror 🙂 . Yes, it’s true. The Catholic church has Christians in it. Okay, I am being a tad sarcastic, but to me, that is how silly the whole argument is. I remember a couple of years ago sitting in a very charismatic church where the newly ordained minister at the ripe old age of 21, condemned seven billion souls to hell because they were Catholic (and then welcomed an orthodox Muslim into the church with an embrace). Seriously???? Who are we to judge? The Catholic church has more ministers and missionaries out there spreading the gospel than the entire protestant movement and we dare say they’re all going to hell, because we don’t agree with the expression of their faith?
In fact, I would go one step further and say that some of the most beautiful church services I have been to have been Catholic church services.
Secondly, the deception is that a house divided cannot stand. Christ himself said this.
A House Divided Cannot Stand
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Reference here.
How can we, as Christians, expect to have any impact in this world, when we can invite Muslims into church (which we should definitely do) but condemn seven billion souls to hell because they belong to a Christian church we disapprove of or feel uncomfortable with? In my mind, it just doesn’t make sense.
Every Catholic church service I have been to – before I met hubby, and after – I have thoroughly enjoyed. I could not fault their doctrine, or their teachings in those services. In fact, I found myself nodding and agreeing with almost everything they taught. The hymns and choruses they sing are pretty much the same as we what we sing in the Methodist church, but there is one crucial difference – you will never hear, or at least, I have never heard any Catholic slate a protestant church. Ever. In fact, all they do is teach from the Bible (the same Bible that I use). I must also just say here that I do have a three-year Diploma in Theology, and while this doesn’t make me an expert by any means, it does give me some grounds to pick up unsound doctrine. However… in contrast…
I have often heard people from Protestant circles talk about Catholics in such derogatory ways that I can actually feel myself blush.
People – let’s get one thing straight: it’s not for us to judge who is going to hell. And if you don’t like the Catholic church, then go to a whichever church you do feel comfortable with – as long as they abide with the teachings of the bible. But, embrace all Christians – and love them. Because that is what God has called us to do. And so that we can have a united front working to save our fallen world. With so much infighting in the Christian faith, there is very little that Satan has to do – we’re pretty much doing his work for him. And I find that incredibly sad.
Click here to read a letter from someone who converted to Catholicism. I found what he had to say very interesting and worth considering.
The problem with this doctrine is that when a believer disagrees with the leaders he is supposed to submit to, he then finds other leaders that agree with his interpretation to submit to. This is not submitting to church authority, it is submitting to self.
This is one of the greatest strength of the Catholic church – in my opinion. Read his whole post to understand the context of what he is saying.
My point is thus – we are all Christian. Let’s love and embrace one another. So, that a united house – the Christian house – can truly make an impact in the world we live in.