Ex-Catholic Says 'Thanks' - 10/04/2003
I heard about your website from Michael Youseff's "leading the Way" broadcast and I wish I had time to read everything you have on it, but have lots of little ones who don't need Mommy in front of the screen for very long! I am a former Roman Catholic from a very orthodox Catholic home so I did briefly read some of the articles on Catholicism and just wanted to say thanks.
Chuck Colson, James Dobson, and a handful of other evangelicals are wanting us to embrace Catholicism and not judge our "Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ"...and I don't wish to judge anyone...yet the Bible tells me to examine all doctrine, whether it be the truth, and there is so little real truth in Catholicism. Yes, there is some, but there is some in Islam, are we going to be embracing our "Muslim brothers and sisters" next? Anyway, I know from experience that it is difficult to stand for the truth, and I appreciate your doing so. May God Bless you!
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi! Thanks for taking the time to write us. We've received several emails from people who heard about us on that broadcast. We invite you to glean the pages of our online ministry for all the information you can find, but we certainly understand that the "little ones" need their mommy. It's wonderful that your children have a mother who will train them in the way they should go, so that when they're older, they won't depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6).
Praise the Lord that you have found the true gospel of Jesus Christ, even though you had to look through the veil of man-made religion before you could find it! It is such a blessing to hear that. You're absolutely right - we are not called to judge other people. That is the job of Jesus alone. We
are called to judge doctrines, to see if they are true, or if they represent a false gospel. It is a scriptural mandate to discern truth from error, and the truth is so easily found in the Word of God. Many Christians feel that if they take a stand against false teachings, they will be labeled "judgmental," "divisive," or "intolerant." In their fear of being so labeled, they forget their obligation to contend for the faith. They forget that they must discern truth from error, and so they throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. Many respected Christian leaders are falling into that trap as well, especially with the secular media waiting to pounce on their every word. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:16 that we must share the truth in love. Being loving does not mean ignoring or hiding the truth - it means sharing it! Paul knew that Christians would sometimes be criticized and misunderstood as they contend for the faith, though. In Galatians 4:16, he said, "Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?" Yes, it can be difficult at times to stand for truth, and we are often powerless to do so on our own. That's where prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit comes in. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
Thank you so much for your encouraging words. May the Lord richly bless you and work through you as you share the truth in love to a lost and dying world.
Ben and Jennifer Rast