Praise God For Your Website - 12/17/2002

I visit your site everyday, it's very informative. I just recently became Born Again and God has done so much for me in just a short 3 months...I grew up a Catholic, which eventually turned me away from God totally, they just make Him seem so unapproachable by having you to confess your problems and sins to a preist, and that there is no hope for you until you die...and they even make stuff up!!! Who would really want to follow that??? I'm so glad I found your website and read the info you had on that foul, demon-riddled religious denomination...My Mother wasn't so crazy about it, but thats ok...deceit will always battle the TRUTH....when I told her I became Born Again, she immediatly says to me "Don't forget about the Blessed Mother!!" PLEASE!!!!! Did SHE die on a cross for my sins???? Did she NOT have children after Jesus was born?? Didn't Joseph NOT help raise Him when He was a child and teach Him how to be a carpenter?? And another thing, if Mary died a virgin, so did Joseph!!!




CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Greetings Ryan, and thank you for contacting Contender Ministries. Praise God for your email. We can't tell you how encouraging it is to hear from people like you. We thank God that you have moved past a religion, and into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What you said is something we hear quite often, that Catholicism makes Christ unapproachable. Yet the Bible says that Christ is our mediator, not any priest (1 Timothy 2:5). Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we can "approach the throne of grace with confidence.." because Jesus is our high priest. If people could just realize one thing -- IT'S NOT THAT HARD. We don't have to jump through the hoops of seven sacraments and hope we don't have to spend to much time in purgatory. All we have to do is accept the gift that Jesus offers us by submitting ourselves to Him. We thank God that you are a new creation. May the Lord richly bless you as you grow in and contend for the faith.

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries