Testimony of an ex-Catholic - 05/31/2004
I became a born-again Christian when I was 33. I am now 60. I am sorry to say that I undertook the RCIA course of the Catholic Church in 1998 and "became" a Catholic. There were a variety of reasons too long and complicated to go into here. It is only now through the good prayers and talks with a very dear Christian friend that I realize my mistake. Through reading and Bible study I believe the Catholic Church to be utterly corrupt. This corruption stems from the papacy and the sinister cardinals and others associated with it - the twisting of the scripture and the notion that anyone has control over the soul of another. It is clear from scripture that only Christ has power over us. To allow others this privilege is disastrous as I can testify.
Jesus Christ is the one we should be worshipping and Him alone -- never mind the saints, Mary etc. etc. The Catholic Church is the kind of system that Jesus came to destroy - He was so dangerous, the ruling religious elite had him crucified.
There are kind and good Catholics, but personally I no longer want to be associated with that church. I have suffered
a lot through the past few years. It is only recently that I realize it is due to the spiritual darkness of being a member of a church that is essentially evil. I have allowed New Age teaching to infiltrate my life. I had statues and other things in my home which I believe come under the heading of Graven Images. I have strayed from the true faith and I am truly sorry for that. But Jesus has saved me (again). I now hope and pray to lead a life that is pleasing to Him. I pray that the darkness that clouded my soul will dissipate in the light of Christ and I will find again the joy I once had before I went off to a "far country".
If this has struck any chord with you and you too feel uneasy about the teachings of the RC church I beg you dont delay - get out of it.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Hi Eleanor. Thanks so much for writing and sharing your testimony. It is truly a blessing to hear how the Lord has worked in your life. As with many religions that have strayed from Biblical truth, the Roman Catholic Church has many decent and sincere adherants that are walking in darkness. In a recent study by the Barna Group, they found that only 37% of Catholics say they are absolutely committed to the Christian faith. Less than a third have read the Bible in the past week, and nearly three-fourths deny the existance of Satan! These figures are symptomatic of a religion that places the words of men above the Word of God. We must always keep them in our prayers, and perhaps your testimony will strike a chord with somebody. May the Lord continue to guide your paths.
Ben and Jennifer Rast