I was a Roman Catholic for almost forty years. I wrote the following as a bible tract in the 1990’s, after I was born again. It was written for the purpose of encouraging Christians to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with Roman Catholics within their sphere of influence, and to pray for their salvation.
Behind Closed Doors
We are living in a day of ecumenism when the professing church is promoting an unbiblical unity, a unity which can only be achieved by compromising the truth of God’s Word. Many high profile evangelical leaders and pastors promote Roman Catholicism as ‘just another Christian denomination.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. Roman Catholicism preaches another gospel, a gospel of works, that is not found in the bible. It preaches a gospel that cannot save, a false gospel that according to the bible is leading multitudes to an eternal hell. Often such a statement will be perceived as unloving but in fact just the opposite is true. I have often wanted to take ecumenical leaders and pastors ‘behind closed doors’ into the homes and nursing homes of the many precious Roman Catholic people that I know, so that they could see for themselves the true condition of these lost souls.
I know of many people, a good number of them who are elderly and in the final years of their lives, that are still trusting in Mary, the sacraments, miraculous medals, scapulars, and their own merits for salvation. They also believe in a place called ‘purgatory’ that is nowhere to be found in the bible. I also know of those who are beginning this soul damning cycle afresh, indoctrinating their little ones by having them baptized as infants. They are deceived into believing that baptism is the means of the new birth (regeneration), not knowing that the bible teaches otherwise.
This unbiblical unity is being promoted by many Christian organizations and individuals who align themselves with the Roman Catholic Church in evangelistic work and political causes. Many Christians are succumbing to the intense pressure within the “professing church” of our day to consider Roman Catholics as brethren in Christ. As this becomes more prevalent fewer Roman Catholics will be evangelized.
The Jesus of the Roman Catholic Church is not the Jesus proclaimed in God’s Word but rather, as Paul said, another Jesus. It is only when you look past the surface and delve deeper into Roman Catholic teaching that you will be able to discern the truth. I encourage you to do this.
The Roman Catholic false gospel of works is rooted in paganism and very real occult practices. Mary is the primary mediator of the Roman Catholic. The truth is that if someone is praying to Mary it is a clear indication that they are not born again and are in desperate need of salvation. Praying to Mary (praying the rosary) is an occult practice. It is idolatry and rebellion against God’s Word. It is witchcraft and it will damn the souls of those who do not repent. (1 Timothy 2:5, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, 1 Samuel 15:23)
I would be negligent if I ended this tract without speaking of “Mother Teresa”. I have heard many pastors and evangelists praise Mother Teresa and speak of her as if she were a true believer.
The following is a quote by Billy Graham:
“When Mother Teresa died the only thing she owned was her rosary beads and the simple clothing that she wore. But one writer said of her she took a vow of poverty and became fabulously wealthy in the ways that really matter. She’s wealthy in the next world.” (Billy Graham San Francisco Bay Area Crusade, Excerpt from December 1997 televised broadcast, Speaker: Billy Graham, Topic: The Value of a Soul)
This propagates the false belief that Rome preaches the true gospel and that Roman Catholics are saved.
The following is a quote by Mother Teresa:
“If coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we . . . become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are … What God is in your mind you must accept.” (Desmond Doig, Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, Harper & Row, 1976, p. 156)
There is no question in a true Christian’s heart that, according to God’s Word (John 14:6, Acts 4:12), Hindus and Muslims need to put their faith in Jesus Christ alone in order to be saved. There is also no doubt that they must forsake their former affiliations and various forms of idolatry. Without exception the same is absolutely true for a Roman Catholic. If a Roman Catholic becomes born again and receives the Holy Spirit, they would be disobeying God’s Word by staying in and supporting an organization that preaches a false gospel.
My prayer is that you would join me in clearly sounding the trumpet by speaking the truth in love to those who desperately need to hear it.
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? (1 Corinthians 14:8)
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8,9)
In closing I want to say that whatever your calling is in the Body of Christ I pray that you would take what is written in this tract to heart, and speak out at a time when it is not popular to do so. Those who have done so have reaped a harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God.
I encourage you to do this especially if you are a pastor, evangelist, or in any position of leadership and have the God given opportunity to reach many. Speak not only to the Catholic people who are lost and need to hear the true gospel, but speak also on their behalf, speak for them who cannot speak for themselves. Tell your congregation that Roman Catholics need to be evangelized, and then teach your congregation how to evangelize the Roman Catholics.
Silence at a time such as this permits evil to flourish and precious souls to be lost forever. May the Lord bless and encourage you as you labor in His vineyard and “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1:3)
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8,9)
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. (Ezekiel 3:17-18)
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:25-35)