For starters, he has a poor understanding of what the Church is. Even if we concede that all his so called facts about the Church persecuting others are true (most of them aren’t), or that many leaders of the Church were and are more concerned about money (which is pretty true), it doesn’t change the fact that the Church is the Church, even if her leaders have sinned, and sinned greatly. Heck, if they didn’t sin, what would be the point of Jesus’ coming in the first place?
It is clear from the New Testament that Christ and the Apostles intended to set up a community, an organization, of whatever sort. One with leaders, no less. Why would he ordain some as Apostles otherwise? Even the creations of the New Testament is secondary to the aim of building the Church. The libertarian Christian never existed, and never will.
Ask yourself this, if the leaders of your country are making a mess of things, do you abandon your country, or do you try to correct the damage so she is back in shape? If your son is addicted to drugs, do you just have another son, or do you help recovery him? This is how we should approach our mother the Church.
That should be a fair response to most of his rhetoric so far.
You will not be the first person to read the scriptures clearly and then be saved by REPENTING of your sins and BELIEVING on the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who shed his blood ONE TIME to pay for our sins that we have committed. He died to completely pay for our sins and he rose again for our justification (ref. Romans 4:25).
Catholics believe that the Liturgy is participation in the Passion of Christ, a moment in time Christ made timeless. It isn’t adding or subtracting or redoing anything to Christ’s sacrifice, just sharing in the same sacrifice, the same wedding ceremony.
You will not get to heaven by your own works and by following the rules and regulations of a (supposedly) religious organization--the Roman Catholic institution
Following the bindings of those who currently occupy the position of Apostle certainly won’t bring you into the Kingdom on its own, just as merely stopping sinning won’t, but not following these bindings won’t help prepare you to enter the kingdom either, just as sinning won’t either.
How’s that so far? Any questions?