FIFTY YEARS IN THE CHURCH OF ROME by Charles Chiniquy

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by Charles Chiniquy
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COPYRIGHT 1886
(Excerpt)
DEDICATION
TO ALL THE FAITHFUL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL,

I also, dedicate this book.

Venerable Ministers of the Gospel! Rome is the great danger ahead for the Church of Christ, and you do not understand it enough.

The consequence is an ignorance of Romanism which becomes more and more deplorable and fatal, every day.

It is ignorance which paves the way to the triumph of Rome, in a near future, if there is not a complete change in your views, on that subject.

It is that ignorance which paralyzes the arm of the Church of Christ, and makes the glorious word “Protestant” senseless, almost a dead and ridiculous word. For who does really protest against Rome, to-day? where are those who sound the trumpet of alarm?

When Rome is striking you to the heart by cursing your schools and wrenching the Bible from the hands of your children; when she is not only battering your doors, but scaling your walls and storming your citadels, how few dare go to the breach and repulse the audacious and sacrilegious foe?

Why so? Because modern Protestants have not only forgotten what Rome was, what she is, and what she will forever be: the most irreconcilable 5and powerful enemy of the Gospel of Christ; but they consider her almost a branch of the church whose corner-stone is Christ.

Faithful ministers of the Gospel! I present you this book that you may know that the monster Church of Rome, who shed the blood of your forefathers, is still at work, to-day, at your very door, to enchain your people to the feet of her idols. Read it, and for the first time, you will see the inside life of Popery with the exactness of Photography. From the supreme art with which the mind of the young and timid child is fettered, enchained and paralyzed, to the unspeakable degradation of the priest under the iron heel of the bishop, everything will be revealed to you as it has never been before.

The superstitions, the ridiculous and humiliating practices, the secret and mental agonies of the monks, the nuns and the priests, will be shown to you as they were never shown before. In this book, the sophisms and errors of Romanism are discussed and refuted with a clearness, simplicity and evidence which my twenty-five years of priesthood only could teach me. It is not in boasting that I say this. There can be no boasting in me for having been so many years an abject slave of the Pope. The book I offer you is an arsenal filled with the best weapons you ever had to fight, and, with the help of God, conquer the foe.

TO THE BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND PEOPLE OF ROME,

this book is also dedicated.

In the name of your immortal souls, I ask you, Roman Catholics, to read this book.

By the mercy of God, you will find, in its pages, how you are cruelly deceived by your vain and lying traditions.

You will see that it is not through your ceremonies, masses, confessions, purgatory, indulgences, fastings, etc., you are saved. You have nothing to do but to believe, repent and love.

Salvation is a gift! Eternal life is a gift! Forgiveness of sin is a gift! Christ is a gift!

Read this book, presented by the most devoted of your friends, and, by the mercy of God, you will see the errors of your ways—you will look to the GIFT—you will accept it—and in its possession you will feel rich and happy for time and eternity.

(Articles regarding former Roman Catholic priest Charles Chiniquy can be found in the archives of the New York Times. A subscription to the Times is required.)

PASTORS (continued)

What follows are more of our experiences in the modern day institutional church regarding Roman Catholicism. The content of this post is an edited reblog of a post from 2013 under a new title, Pastors cont. It is a continuation of the original post PASTORS.

1. The Visiting Preacher

Years ago, in my church, a visiting preacher shared about his meeting with a Roman Catholic nun. His sermon message was that the Catholic nun loved Jesus and she was a sister in Christ. My friend, a former Catholic, was sitting next to me. When she realized where this sermon was going, she took hold of my arm and wanted us to walk out of the church. But I told her that we should stay and hear what else this man had to say to the congregation, so that we would be fully prepared to address his disturbing message with the Pastor of the church. This was later done by my husband and I but to no avail.

2. The Three Catholic Ladies… (Former Catholics)

In another church we attended, there were three ladies who were born again and who had come out of the Catholic church. They told us about witnessing to their families, and wanting to get a microphone so they could preach in the park. My husband and I loved talking with them. We lovingly called them the three Catholic ladies because they were former Catholics like us. One day, one of them, I’ll call her the unofficial leader of the three, came up to us and asked if we believed that the Catholics were ok. In other words she wanted to know if Catholics needed to be evangelized. My husband and I were shocked by her question. That was an odd question for her to ask after all we had shared with one another other in the past. She said she asked our Pastor that same question earlier (a man who is known worldwide) and his answer was yes, the Catholics are ok. Think for a moment, about the incredibly bad influence of just a few words from one famous man.

3. The Billy Graham Crusade

Another example of the bad influence of a famous man. My husband and I worked as counselors at one of the Billy Graham crusades. A Roman Catholic who filled out a decision card was sent back to the Roman Catholic church for discipleship. Years later we discussed this wicked practice with one of our Pastors. It was a church where Billy Graham was held in high esteem. We were politely asked if we thought our time at that church might be up.

4. The Church We Could Have Joined

I liked the church. The Pastoral leadership wanted us but with this stipulation… “if only we would flow with the Catholics”. We would not flow!

5. The Nursery School

I found out that the principal of the nursery school of my church was a Roman Catholic. The Pastor allowed this. The believer who told me about it didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.

6. Unbiblical Counsel

I was asking my former Pastor for counsel in finding a new church. I told him that our testimony about Roman Catholicism was not received by the churches we attempted to join. His reply… “well then stop talking about the Catholics”!

Duplicity

I must say that I did not think that believers could be so easily swayed from truth, but my experiences have brought me to the conclusion that big name preachers have had an incredibly negative influence on the church. They deceive by preaching the true Gospel while at the same time validating a false gospel. We have had many interactions with born again believers regarding Roman Catholicism. They don’t seem to understand the simple fact that Rome preaches another gospel.

Focusing often on one topic may cause some to think that we are somewhat unbalanced. But when so many Christians are weighed down with falsehood on one specific topic, it is important for us to repeatedly tip the scale with an abundance of truth, even though some may think us odd for seeming to be so single minded. It is imperative that we born again believers shout a clear and consistent warning regarding Rome. The bottom line is that if believers think Roman Catholics are taught the true Gospel, they will think that there is no need for evangelism.

2 Corinthians 11:4 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.

Galatians 1:8-9 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.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

See also…

PASTORS

I HAVE A TESTIMONY

THE UNITING OF THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH WITH THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Read about the unifying with Rome by Franklin Graham, Beth Moore, Rick Warren, the Southern Baptists and more.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS – A NEW OPENNESS – by Lighthouse Trails

Excerpt…

“It’s not just a fluke or an aberration that the evangelical churches and the Catholic Church are coming into alignment with each other.”…

Entire post here…

CHRISTIN LEADERS – A NEW OPENNESS

PASTORS cont.

What follows are more of our experiences in the modern day institutional church regarding Roman Catholicism.

1. The Visiting Preacher

Years ago, in my church, a visiting preacher shared about his meeting with a Roman Catholic nun. His sermon message was that the Catholic nun loved Jesus and she was a sister in Christ. My friend, a former Catholic, was sitting next to me. When she realized where this sermon was going, she took hold of my arm and wanted us to walk out of the church. But I told her that we should stay and hear what else this man had to say to the congregation, so that we would be fully prepared to address his disturbing message with the Pastor of the church. This was later done by my husband and I but to no avail.

2. The Three Catholic Ladies… (Former Catholics)

In another church we attended, there were three ladies who were born again and who had come out of the Catholic church. They told us about witnessing to their families, and wanting to get a microphone so they could preach in the park. My husband and I loved talking with them. We lovingly called them the three Catholic ladies because they were former Catholics like us. One day, one of them, I’ll call her the unofficial leader of the three, came up to us and asked if we believed that the Catholics were ok. In other words she wanted to know if Catholics needed to be evangelized. My husband and I were shocked by her question. That was an odd question for her to ask after all we had shared with one another other in the past. She said she asked our Pastor that same question earlier (a man who is known worldwide) and his answer was yes, the Catholics are ok. Think for a moment, about the incredibly bad influence of just a few words from one famous man.

3. The Billy Graham Crusade

Another example of the bad influence of a famous man. My husband and I worked as counselors at one of the Billy Graham crusades. A Roman Catholic who filled out a decision card was sent back to the Roman Catholic church for discipleship. Years later we discussed this wicked practice with one of our Pastors. It was a church where Billy Graham was held in high esteem. We were politely asked if we thought our time at that church might be up.

4. The Church We Could Have Joined

I liked the church. The Pastoral leadership wanted us but with this stipulation… “if only we would flow with the Catholics”. We would not flow!

5. The Nursery School

I found out that the principal of the nursery school of my church was a Roman Catholic. The Pastor allowed this. The believer who told me about it didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.

6. Unbiblical Counsel

I was asking my former Pastor for counsel in finding a new church. I told him that our testimony about Roman Catholicism was not received by the churches we attempted to join. His reply… “well then stop talking about the Catholics”!

Duplicity

I must say that I did not think that believers could be so easily swayed from truth, but my experiences have brought me to the conclusion that big name preachers have had an incredibly negative influence on the church. They deceive by preaching the true Gospel while at the same time validating a false gospel. We have had many interactions with born again believers regarding Roman Catholicism. They don’t seem to understand the simple fact that Rome preaches another gospel.

Focusing often on one topic may cause some to think that we are somewhat unbalanced. But when so many Christians are weighed down with falsehood on one specific topic, it is important for us to repeatedly tip the scale with an abundance of truth, even though some may think us odd for seeming to be so single minded. It is imperative that we born again believers shout a clear and consistent warning regarding Rome. The bottom line is that if believers think Roman Catholics are taught the true Gospel, they will think that there is no need for evangelism.

2 Corinthians 11:4 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.

Galatians 1:8-9 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.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

SEE ALSO…

PASTORS

AND…

I HAVE A TESTIMONY