I made a post on another forum defending the catholic church’s teaching on the eucharist and its claim to be the only true church on earth. A protestant responded with the following
I want to say that that if the catholic church is the only true church wouldnt there be more fruit? Wouldnt your leadership be walking with God more? Wouldnt more people want to be catholic? Wouldnt just as the early church had people being added daily to the church…wouldnt that be happenning? According to the NT the church had power and influence… they drew people in with the love of Jesus to the point that they completely changed theyre world.
I run into more people who are so hurt by the catholic church, or who never felt what it is to know God in the catholic church on outreach than any other faith I have ever encountered. Yet they are scared by the church because the church didnt offer life…just hoops to jimp through to try and get Gods attention. I am not saying this is true of all Catholics but I am saying I run into it enough and see genuine hunger and desire to know God in these people…and not just know Him but to forsake everything to know Him… that I have to question the catholic church.
I am in no way saying the catholic church is some awful thing because hey stuff happens… but I cant help and have questions as to why. Why do people I meet not ever feel the precense of God in church? Why do they feel dead? How come like the church in acts numbers are not being added daily?
I dont believe of course that that sort of move of God is somehow limited to protestants…but it is limited to those who walk with Jesus…and if your church is so right and true than why dont we see this? What happenned between the NT and now? The Bible says that the mark of true followers of Christ is that the church is growing… if this is not happenning in your church than you are not following after Christ and you are not fulfilling the great commission.
how should we respond to protestants who claim that the catholic church does not produce enough “fruit” or isn’t reaching out to the lost enough? What exactly are the statistics of catholic converts, last time i heard it was growing?