I am hoping that some of you could write a letter back to this person in a loving way in response to their errors and misunderstandings of Catholicism and their statements against it. Please read it carefully and respond to what is stated in the letter by writing a letter in return if you have time.Thank you dealry!! justin
"I love you, man. And I am OK if we agree to disagree. You are a good guy and it seems to me that you love Jesus. I actually enjoy having a friend who is a hard-core Roman Catholic, since I know so many RC’s who obviously have no clue. So I enjoy the banter, but please know that I’m not out to win an argument.
It is clear that you have bought the Roman Catholic system hook, line, and sinker… And that’s the genius of Catholicism: it’s a really good system. Once you buy it, you are a slave to it, because grace comes through the church, so you have to stay connected for life or risk missing out on heaven. I think the system is pretty airtight… Unfortunately I am convinced it is a system built on human wisdom and not on the Word of God.
For instance, doctrines like the perpetual virginity of Mary, praying to Mary and to the saints, the immaculate conception of Mary and not just Jesus, etc, are foreign to the pages of Scripture. I’m not sure how you can say the Roman Catholic Church has “never changed its position on faith and morals”… I can objectively walk you through church history and show you the development of these types of doctrines that have no basis in Scripture.
I have told you this before, but it is intellectually preposterous to claim that the Catholic Church as it currently exists has been around since Peter. The primacy of the Roman See was not established until Gregory the Great, circa 600 AD. Of course, when you are the bishop of Rome, and you are in a fight with the bishop of Constantinople over whose see is more authoritative… Wouldn’t claiming apostolic succession from Peter help you win that argument? SO many Roman Catholic doctrines, David, come down to this sort of political expediency. Even the condemnations of Luther at the Council of Trent were WAY stronger than many Roman Catholics wanted them to be… But the church was in a political struggle for its life, so it had to pronounce Luther as a heretic in order to have any chance of keeping its political power in Western Europe.
I have nothing against Catholics, … I love them. But I have much against the Roman Catholic Church as an institution, because when it comes down to it, their end goal is not the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ, but the glory and power of the Roman Church against all opponents. The gospel of Jesus is a gospel of weakness, a gospel of brokenness, a gospel of persecution and suffering… Not a gospel of political power and ecclesiastical authority.
So yes, you are right… There are unconverted people in every church. And there is error and human weakness in every church. And that’s why the GOSPEL must be the main thing, not the church. In the Roman Catholic system, the gospel exists to serve the church. In the Reformation heritage, the church exists to serve the gospel. And that is the crucial difference.
PS – one clarification… I’m OK if you get riled up in the midst of debate, but please agree that I do not have a “religion started by me.” I planted a church – one that believes Scripture and professes the Apostles’ Creed and stands within the historic Christian faith. I know you are bothered that I am not Roman Catholic… But come on, give a little grace. “Starting a religion” is something cult leaders and heretics do. Planting churches is something Christian missionaries do, for the proclamation of the gospel and the spiritual formation of families and the transformation of cities. "