There are many threads here that speak partly of the issues that I have found in my walk in Christ.
I have read many threads here and I can see the various tones that indicate where people reside in their thinking. I see those who hold love more valuable than pride, and I can see the people who are the polar opposite.
I am a minister and did my schooling at a Pentecostal university, but I find that this did not matter in my beliefs. I follow no man-made doctrines and I question all of them before holding them as valid.
Some good friends of mine did join the Catholic church and talked to me about the schooling that they attended there. I love the idea of the church taking time to teach in that fashion - and I don’t see it being done in Protestant churches.
Now that my introduction is done, I’ll move on.
When it comes to the truth I perceive in the Bible, I find that the Catholic faith seems to be more accurate in taking truly the message that God has given us. I am drawn to the Catholic faith more strongly than any other.
However, God has laid a purpose on my life which is to evangelize the lost and to foster love and acceptance of the brethren among those who follow Jesus.
Where I live, if I am a member of a Catholic church, I cannot do what God has given me to do. Many doors would be closed to me because of the label “Catholic.” Yes, as sad and as wrong as it is; that is how it is.
From what I read here, there are those who might think that I might not be “saved,” because I am not a member of the only Catholic church in our region. I can assure you that I follow Christ Jesus and I work to enlarge the true church - of which there is only one - and Jesus is the head of it. I have no doubts about my relationship with God.
I will join a Protestant church, but because my beliefs are not following the Protestant doctrines on some issues, I keep silent on certain questions. This requirement to be silent is not easy for me, but God has given me a love that is stronger than my desire to be “right” on issues of doctrine.
The part B of this issue is:
The only Catholic church in our area is reluctant to partner with me in evangelizing the area. (I have founded a non-profit 501©3 organization.) It seems that they are so used to being criticized by the Protestants that they are reluctant to be out in the public eye and even look at me suspiciously because I am not “Catholic.”
Truly, this has got to stop. With true faith comes love and courage.
If anyone has any thoughts on what I have written, I would like to know what they are.