I was raised as a faithful Roman Catholic and completed many of her sacraments which are said to be channels for the church to dispense grace to her followers. Yet the hard truth is that they never did for I was dead in my trespasses in sins as my life and heart bore ample witness. But this was totally unknown to me and I would have fought tooth and nail against anyone who told me I was not on my way to heaven but rather God’s judgment and the lake of fire. For I had been taught from childhood that I was on my way to heaven for one reason alone; this being that I was a Catholic. And that if I continued to do all the church hierarchy told me to do, all would be well with me even if I had to go to purgatory for a few thousand years.

This I know is the belief of countless Catholics across the globe. And you are not in many ways to be blamed for believing this because it is all you have known from your youth. Today though I am challenging you even as I was challenged many years ago during my “crisis of faith.” A crisis that happened as I read the Bible and compared what it taught as the Word of God verses what the priests and nuns taught as the words/traditions of men. The difference being as stark as night and day as the Holy Spirit graciously opened up my blinded eyes.

I encourage all Catholics to watch this video and to pray the the Lord open your eyes and grant you the ability to clearly see his word and to understand what it teaches. You are also encouraged to email me if you have any questions or care to discuss further.

Much I would love to write on the subject of the true gospel but time right now fails me so this will be a short post. My life and coming to Jesus Christ was marked by a mighty deliverance from my belief in a false gospel to a unwavering belief on the true. A gospel that had no power in my life to change me or make me a new creature. Instead, what I had was dead religion; this most notably being that of Roman Catholicism. A religion that left me no different from the heathen next door as my life bore ample witness to the fact I was dead in sins.

How many out there are just like me? How many have believed on a false gospel and are trusting in a work of the flesh and not the authored and finished work of Jesus Christ? How many are blinded by false doctrines and false gospels and are still in bondage to sin? The gospel of Rome is not alone in this camp for the same thing can be found in Mormonism and with the Jehovah Witnesses. All three like peas in a pod who uphold the goodness of man, the ability of man to work his way into heaven, and the belief that faith in Jesus Christ alone is not enough for salvation.

And it goes beyond these organizations as we also have preached today in the vast majority of churches is the “gospel” of “ask Jesus into your heart” by praying the “sinner’s prayer.” One that is found preached the world over by the likes of the most famous ministers and churches. One that has become part-and-parcel with the easy-believing generation today where salvation is reduced to answering correctly to a series of questions.

If you would like to get some Scriptural insight into this “another gospel” and how it is just as prevalent in the evangelical church as it is in Rome please check out the latest video by Berean Beacon Ministries found on their Home page. It is entitled “The Invincible Gospel and the Modern Evangelical Lie.” A message more geared to those who profess faith in Jesus Christ to aid them in their ministry and witnessing to others. But one which would profit any who listen who have ears to hear the truth.

I pray that you will be greatly blessed from this message.

A Child of Rome Set Free

┬ęcopyright 2007 brother Michael

Raised as Roman Catholics, my family would be,
Two brothers, a sister, my parents and me.
As babes from the womb, Rome’s doctrines held sway,
Over our hearts and our lives all of the day.
Baptized and catechized, confirmed by the priests,
Bowing to idols during all of her feasts.

It goes without saying the nuns taught us well,
Not to question the Pope, lest we be cast into hell.
But little did they know, or maybe they did,
How me and their pupils were slaves to sin.
Yielding our members to desire and vice,
Never understanding born again, Jesus, True Life.
For from childhood and upward the fruit on our tree,
Bore witness to the fact even if you disagree.
That of our flesh and our mind, we all lived in sin,
Being children of disobedience and walking therein.

This assuredly is no mystery, for the world doth know,
That Catholics trump many in that which they sow,
To the flesh and sin they cannot deny,
Drinking it down with gusto, like bottles of wine.
Get angry with me for this truth you should know,
Because religion never saves, whether Protestant or Rome.

And religion Rome has, to this I agree,
Bowing and kneeling, teaching repeat after me.
Crossings and incense, chantings and more,
Silences the knockings of Jesus at the door.
Open unto me and I will come in,
So says he to Rome and all found therein.

But the knockings of Jesus that day I’d not hear,
And continued down Rome’s path, year after year.
Thinking I’d be heard, for the rosaries I’d pray,
Never being taught Jesus’ word, wherein he did say.
Pray not like the heathen who think they’ll be heard,
Who recite vain prayers with many a word.
Yea, rather pray simply to your Father above,
With words from your heart spoken in love.

These were our days much more I could write,
‘Bout how we were taught that Rome’s always right.
Steer clear of the Bible and what Jesus taught,
Lest all of our deceptions become all for naught.

And like the good child I wanted to be,
I submitted to my parents, the priests and the “see.”
Onward and upward in Rome I did climb,
Becoming an alter boy made my parents to shine.
Maybe one day a priest he’ll become,
Sacrificing afresh God’s most beloved Son.

Yet herein lies the truth that Rome must deny,
For the day that she’d stop, be the day she would die.
Salvation’s by grace through faith in the Son,
Believing in Jesus as the only One,
Who can save one from sin and raise them anew,
A gift per God’s grace not reward for what you do.

Too amazing to believe many will say,
Yet true it certainly is, as old things pass away,
For those born again, raised alive from the grave,
No longer in bondage, no longer a slave.
Serving in Spirit not letter of law,
Loving their enemies, and praying for all.

Unto all those who read, condemn I don’t do,
But rather point to Jesus and his Word which is true.
Open the book and search it this day,
For all that come in faith, he’ll never turn away.
Forsake dead religion, the traditions of men,
Repent, believe on Jesus, bless God and amen.