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BOOK INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION

BACK COVER

TITLE AND COPYRIGHT PAGES

CATHOLIC AUTHORS

CATHOLIC MINISTRIES

CHRISTIAN AUTHORS

DEDICATION

TOPICAL INDEX

A   B   C   E   H   I   J   M   N   P   

Q   R   S   T   V

CHAPTER 1.
Heaven and Those Who Want You

to Go There - 1

CHAPTER 2.
Heaven? Are You Sure? You Can Never Know

That for Sure? - 9

CHAPTER 3.
Two Views on the Assurance

of Salvation - 15

CHAPTER 4.
The Role of the Catechism of the

Catholic Church - 61

CHAPTER 5.
The Role of the Bible for

Biblical Believers - 65

CHAPTER 6.
Catholic or Christian and the

Gospel Comparison - 75

CHAPTER 7.
Compare the Emphasis on What is Preached:

Catholicism or Christ - 163

CHAPTER 8.
Catholic Sacramentals - 169

CHAPTER 9.
Veneration of Relics - 175

CHAPTER 10.
Catholicism’s Virgin Mary - 191

CHAPTER 11.
Fatima/Beacon of Hope - 205

CHAPTER 12.
Holy Water - 233

CHAPTER 13.
Christian Testimonies, Contemporary

and from Scripture - 239

CHAPTER 14.
Rome Sweet Home

and Catholic Testimonies - 259

CHAPTER 15.

A Final Look, Only One

Can Be Right, 

P.S. Jesus's 2nd Coming - 271


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The original book, We Agree! The Tomb Is Open--But What Comes Next? Compare the 2 Most Prominent Gospels In Christendom, may still be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and Christian Book, prices may vary. The book was published in 2020 and released on July 19th in paperback, hardback and eBook.

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In this age of spirituality, it can be difficult to discern the beliefs and traditions of various denominations and sects of Christianity, especially when comparing Protestant Biblical Christianity and Catholicism. How different are these two faiths and their books of doctrine? 

Christianity vs. Catholicism  is a profound collection of theological insight, inviting you on an in-depth journey through the heart of these two significant belief systems. As author Gary Westgerdes reveals the teachings of the Christian gospel and the Catholic Catechism, you will discover a variety of information about the differences, some of which, you may have never known or heard before.

Christianity vs. Catholicism will open your eyes to the ultimate truth separating Catholicism from other forms of Christianity. Complete with a look at apologetics and how to defend your faith, Westgerdes's work will enable you to walk-in truth on a sea of complicated and conflicting religious texts. 

Within this book of comparative theology, Westgerdes presents pertinent knowledge and testimonies to equip you to understand the differences and similarities between the teachings and tenants of the Roman Catholic faith and the essential Christ-centered foundations of the biblical gospel. With scriptural wisdom and revelatory knowledge of both faiths, Westgerdes presents you with the necessary facts you need to grasp the origins, values, and beliefs of both Christianity and Catholicism.

Christianity vs. Catholicism is a Reference & Apologetic work, and with the helpful Topical Index, will remain your perfect companion to understanding the fullness of the gospels behind Christianity and Catholicism, enabling you to ascertain which faith remains true when held up to the Word of God.


Gary Westgerdes the sailor returned to the LORD in 1980 and began sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with chick tracts. After an honorable discharge, he began challenging his home Counties Catholic community with the gospel of the cross through the local newspaper. With his VA benefits, in January 1986, he attended Ft. Wayne Bible College, which merged with Taylor University of Upland IN shortly after he graduated in 1992. He received a BA degree in Biblical Studies with minors in Pastoral Ministries and Christian Education. He has written and mailed gospel brochures and founded The Keys of Heaven Ministries.


We Agree! The Tomb Is Open.

CHRISTIANITY VS. CATHOLICISM

 


We Agree! The Tomb Is Open.

CHRISTIANITY VS. CATHOLICISM

Cross vs. Eucharist, Mary, Sacraments & Sacramentals

Referencce & Apolegetic, w/Contemporary Examples & Topical Index

< P.S. Jesus's 2nd Coming >

Gary Westgerdes

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Excerpts from the English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for use in the United States of America copyright © 1994, United States of Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with Permission. English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Modifications from the Editio Typica copyright © 1997, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops—Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the King James Version
(KJV)–public domain.

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Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-6312-9731-1
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INTRODUCTION

Gary was the second oldest of seven children, born and raised Catholic in his hometown of Coldwater, Ohio. Coldwater had a Catholic population of around 90 percent.
     At age seven, Gary was born again as he trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of his sins. Gary is an enlisted Navy veteran who served aboard the aircraft carrier IKE, CVN-69 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was commissioned on October 18, 1977. He joined the Navy at age nineteen, and after wandering from God the Father, Gary, the prodigal son, returned home at age twenty-three for forgiveness, which was in January1980.

     Gary’s BA degree is in Biblical Studies with minors in Pastoral Ministries and Christian Education. He graduated in 1992 from Summit Christian College, Ft. Wayne,
Indiana, which then merged with Taylor University, also located in Indiana.
     More recently, Gary is the founder of The Keys of Heaven Ministries.

     For the purpose of this book, presenting the truths of God’s Word and the teachings of the Catholic Church is Gary’s desire, the goal being that a deeper understanding and a greater familiarity with the topics and views from both sides will develop. The book’s intent is to honestly present the information without error, which Gary believes has been accomplished. Gary’s hope is that you will fi nd the book a compelling read that may lead
you to decisions for eternal truth, eternal life, and everlasting reward.

     Gary’s greatest joy is to let God speak for Himself and to present the Catholic teachings in the same way. However, comments, explanations, and some apologetics are at times necessary and helpful.

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AUTHORS, NOTABLES AND MINISTRIES QUOTED OR MENTIONED 

CATHOLIC AUTHORS & NOTABLES           B   C   D   E   F   G   H   J   K   L   M   O   P   R   S   T   W   

Acutis, Carlos, quote concerning the Eucharist, "My Highway to Heaven." 181

Akin, Jimmy, a convert to the Catholic faith with background in bible, theology, Church Fathers, philosophy, canon law, and liturgy. Author, speaker, and senior apologist at Catholic Answers with more than twenty-five years of experience in defending and explaining the Catholic faith. He appears weekly on radio with Catholic Answers Live. 164

Appolline, Sister, (a Nun), a quote concerning The Red Scapular. 170

Ayre, Harrison, a Canadian priest who started the trending Twitter hashtag #celibacymatters. He serves at Holy Family Notre Dame parish in Port Alberni, British Columbia. 57 

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Bacchiarella, Priest, J.,  S.D.B. 192

Barbour, Hugh, a Norbertine priest of St. Michael’s Abbey and a convert from the Episcopal Church. He began his chaplaincy at Catholic Answers in 2017. 116

Barron, Bishop Robert, the founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry, designed to “draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.” An acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. 115

Bassetti, Cardinal Cualtiero,  qoute. 274

Beaumont, Douglas, a former evangelical Protestant who authored the book The Message Behind the Movie (Moody, 2009) and is editor of Evangelical Exodus: Evangelical Seminarians and Their Paths to Rome (Ignatius Press, 2016). 48-50   119

Becklo, Matthew, 121

Benedict, writes for The Daily Rosary Family, 117-118

Buechi, Patrick J., Staff Reporter for Western New York Catholic (WNY Catholic) newspaper. 184    265

Eucharistic Procession, 184

Buscarino, Helen, Franciscan Nun's Testimony, 265

B


Chapman, Michael W., 96

Cruz, Joan Carroll, 183

C


dberns, a theology major pursuring a Masters in Theology. She teaches 2nd grade religion class and is the Director of Religious Education for her parish. 120  

Donnelly, Nick, quote. 274

Dunn, Matt, studied at Delaware County Community College and Temple University. Now serving at Ascension Press since 2014. 112

Dwyer, Claire, an unapologetically Catholic mother with six children, who delights in the sacramentality of daily life. She contributes regularly to the www.WomenofGrace.com. 195

D


Ewing, Jeannie, a Catholic spirituality writer focused on topics about moving through grief, the value of redemptive suffering, and how to wait for God’s timing fruitfully. A frequent guest on Catholic radio and contributes to online and printed Catholic periodicals. 192    (1 endnote)

Evans, Cora,

John Wayne's Testimony, 265-266

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Fagnant-MacArthur, Patrice, Senior Editor with Catholic Lane.com and blogs at http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com. Musings concerning life, readings, and a relationship with God. 114

Fay, Monsignor William P., General Secretary United Sates Conference of Catholic Bishops. 116 

The USCCB is a national membership organization drawing Bishops together to promote the greater good of the Catholic faithful and the world.

Fenelon, Marge, 227

Frye, Peggy, a staff apologist at Catholic Answers. Author of 101 Quick Questions with Catholic Answers: Sexuality, 2011. 92  

F


Gillen, Priest Kevin Gabriel, OP, the host of the weekly radio program Word to Life and the executive director of the Dominican Friars Foundation. “The Dominican friars promote the Rosary as a spiritual weapon … in a way that is most effective to combat the moral and spiritual evils of our day.”

They are also commited to, Engaging the Culture "Before St. Dominic Founded the Order of Preachers, he was traveling through southern France and spent the night at an inn whose owner had become a member of a heretical sect. Tradition holds that St. Dominic spent the entire night conversing with the man and by morning had converted him back to the Catholic faith! The man was converted not simply by St. Dominic’s piety, but by his ability to present the truths of the faith in a rational and compelling way. Preaching that is grounded in faith and reason was not only persuasive in St. Dominic’s time, it remains perennially so!" (2 endnote)

Gomes, Jules, Journalist, Church Militant. 274

Gorski, Eric, a national writer for The Associated Press. 154

Greydanus, Steven D., permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark and film critic for the National Catholic Register. Creator of DecentFilms.com. 92

Grodi, Marcus C., 1992 convert from a Protestant pastoral ministry. Author, speaker, and president of the Coming Home Network. Host of The Journey Home Program seen on EWTN. 

Converts to Catholicism, 266-268

Grondin, Charles R., Priest ordained in 2003. Appointed to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Providence, RI in 2012. 9

Guzman, Sam, author, and editor of The Catholic Gentleman. 169-170    234

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Hahn, Dr. Scott, former Presbyterian, speaks concerning Scripture and the Catholic faith. Teaching at Franciscan University of Stuebenville since 1990. Founded Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is still serving as president. 259

Hardon, John A., S.J. (deceased), an ordained priest who entered the Society of Jesus, Jesuits, in 1936. “Always a faithful son of the Church.” Authored over 200 books and was a consultant for the drafting of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 42    184 

"MY TICKET TO HEAVEN"––gets a big thumbs upp from Priest John Hardon! 42-43

Hater, Robert J., as authored over 25 books, a diocesan priest in Cincinnati who has lectured on Catholic evangelization since the 1970’s. 87

Heinlein, Michael, editor of Simply Catholic and former editor of The Catholic Answer magazine.

Hoffman, Francis, an ordained Priest in 1992. Orthodox and articulate. Member of Opus Dei. Noted Author, speaker, and doctorate in Canon Law. 42  

Horn, Trent, is a convert to Catholicism. He has earned master's degrees in the fields of theology, philosophy, and bioethics. He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, where he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them. 172

H


 Jones, Jonathan, 178-179

J


Kresta, Al, Catholic broadcaster, journalist, and author. Former evangelical pastor, now the president and CEO of Ave Maria Radio. Host of, Kresta in the Afternoon, syndicated on EWTN Global Catholic Radio. 180

K


Lovasik, Rev. Lawrence G., SVD, served as a missionary priest, a teacher and preached parish missions. “His life’s ideal was to make God more known and loved through his writings.” He published over 30 books, including children bible stories. 111-114    140  

Lubich, Chiara, quote concerning the Eucharist 180 

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McCann, Mark C., with more than 30 years-experience in ministry to children, youth, and families. He is an author and Ministry consultant with a BA degree in Theology. 117

Millegan, Brantly, former Protestant since 2010. Founder and editor-in-chief of ChurchPOP.com. A graduate of Wheaton College, the so-called “Harvard of evangelical schools.”

Moynihan, Robert B., PH.D, 80

M


Nash, Tom, apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers, blogger for the National Catholic Register, contributes to Catholic World Report and with over 25 years of experience that included a stint of 8 as theology advisor to EWTN. 115

Nix, Priest David, was an EMT and paramedic. A high school graduate of Regis Jesuit High School and Boston College. He is the first FOCUS missionary ordained priest (2010). Among his passions are, languages, the missions, the end of trafficking and especially the pro-life cause. 44-45 

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O’Connor, Francine M. (deceased), was a managing editor of Liguorian magazine and author of many Catholic children’s books. 119 

O’ Malley, Dr. Timothy P., expert in the areas of liturgical and sacramental theology, catechesis, and spirituality. Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. Author of, Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life. 23     (4 endnote)

Ordway, Holly, converted from atheism to Catholicism. Professor of English and director of the Master of Arts in Apologetics program at Houston Baptist University. Author of her memoir: Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius, 2014). 171

O


Pacwa, Mitch, S.J., American Jesuit priest fluent in thirteen languages. Celebrates liturgy in both the Roman and Maronite rites. President and founder of Ignatius Productions. TV/radio host at EWTN.com. Author of Saved. 33-34    54

Perry, Hannah, 182

Peze, Yann, 80

Phillips, Francis, reviews books for the Catholic Herald.

Pivonka, David, Franciscan priest and nationally known preacher and evangelist. Seventh president of The Franciscan University of Steubenville, whose mission “embraces the call to dynamic orthodoxy,” and whose vision is “To become the leading instrument for worldwide renewal at the service of the Catholic Church.” Always focusing on the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi’s divine call to “rebuild my Church.” (emphasis added)

Pontiff Benedict XVI, Sovereign of the Vatican 2005–2013. Ordained a priest 1951, a highly regarded theologian and a university professor of theology. 114   130  

Pontiff Francis, Sovereign of the Vatican 2013–present. He encouraged world leaders to prevent the idolatry of excessive monetary ambitions, which would then provide needed welfare aid. Ordained a priest in 1969 taking his Jesuit vow in 1973. 46   186  

(Pontiff) St. John Paul II, Sovereign of the Vatican 1978–2005. Successful in ending communism and in building bridges with peoples of other faiths. 180   187   188   205  

Pontiff Leo XIII, 188

Pontiff Pius X, Sovereign of the Vatican 1903–1914, vigorously opposed modernizing Catholic doctrinal interpretations. 40   187 

P


Richert, Scott P., Publisher for Our Sunday Visitor and former Editor at Large for Chronicles Magazine. 91

Rose, Devin, 32

Catholic Novena Prayer––The Fourteen Holy Helpers, 31

Westgerdes, An-Alternate-Choice––My God, 31-32

The Flying Novena––Pray for nine days, 37

Westgerdes, Truly God––Whom have I in heaven but thee––Psalm 73:1, 25.  37

Rotty, Derek, converted to the Catholic Church in 2004. Author of, A Life of Conversion: Meeting Christ in the Gospels, published in 2019. Director of Evangelization & Discipleship at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Jackson, TN. 260

Ryan, Fainch, carries a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Tomas Aquianas, Rome. She lectures concerning theology at Mater Dei, a college of Dublin City University. 184 

Ryland, Priest Ray, Ph.D., J.D., (deceased) a converted married Episcopal clergyman with five children, joining the Catholic Church in 1963. Ordained a priest in 1983 with a dispensation from celibacy. Served with Catholic Answers, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Coming Home Network. 17

Ryland, Tim, Editor of The Catholic Answers Magazine. 18

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Sabat, Patrick, Program Director of the Fatima Tour for Peace. Born in the Philippines in the Tarlac diocese. He holds a BA degree from Our Lady of Peace College in Philosophy which he taught at the Tarlac State University. He also took master studies at the Jesuit-run University of Ateneo de Manila in Philosophy. 97   206  

Saunders, Priest William, ordained 1984. Founder of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Potomac Falls, Virginia. Professor of catechetics and theology for the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. 179-180   234

Schreck, Dr. Alan, professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, specializing in Catholic doctrine, history, and Vatican II. Author of most notably Catholic and Christian. 93

Scott, Joe, CPS, a Roman Catholic Paulist priest, author of Busted Halo where he answers questions with the motto: faith shared joyfully. 275

Serpa, Priest Vincent, 9

Sheen, Archbishop Fulton J. (deceased), author, religious, leader and evangelist. Served as a Roman Catholic Priest and famous for his television series Life Is Worth Living. 191    (5 endnote)

Sister Lucy of Fatima, speaks with Priest Fuentes, concerning the rosary. 214

The Dominican Priests, statements concerning the above rosary apologia. 214

Sister M. Angelica, S.C., 42

Sobiek, Mary Jo, a Dominican nun, the theology teacher at Marian Catholic High School. 261-265

Stechschulte, Rev. Barry, originally from Minster, Ohio, ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 2009. Served for three years at Holy Trinity Parish in Coldwater, Ohio, currently at Holy Rosary since 2012 and at St. Patrick in Glynwood since 2014. 120   185

St. Alphonsus Ligouri, 187 

St. Anthony Maria Claret, 226 

St. Augustine, 186   

St. Francis of Assisi, 186

St. Ignatius of Antioch, 186  

St. Irenaeus, 187

St. John Bosco, 191  

St. John Chrysostom, 187 

St. John Vianney, 225

St. Teresa of Calcutta, (past titles, Mother and Blessed), 185   187  

St. Peter Julian Eymard, 187 

St. Teresa of Avila, (deceased), born in 1515 in Avila, Spain. She is the patron saint of headache sufferers. She lived during the times of Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther’s Reformation. “Out of all of this change came Teresa pointing the way from outer turmoil to inner peace.” 234    (6 endnote)

Stinson, Michael Stinson, Priest, FSSP, the North American Superior. 130

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Thigpen, Paul, “A best-selling author and award-winning journalist, Dr. Thigpen has published thirty-five books and more than five hundred journal and magazine articles in more than forty religious and secular periodicals for both scholarly and popular audiences. His work has been circulated worldwide and translated into twelve languages.” 16-28    (7 endnotes)

Thomas, Paul, an ordained Priest, wrote “My Ticket to Heaven.” 43

Todd, Paul, from Russels Point, Ohio, a well-versed Catholic who responded to several of my articles in 1982, which were written to the editor of our local newspaper The Daily Standard, Celina, Ohio. 128   141   155

Tomczak, Larry, author of Clap Your Hands! A Young Catholic Encounters Christ. Next to God’s word, Larry’s explanation and sharing of the gospel, with his Father, was instrumental in God bringing Gary Westgerdes back home to his heavenly Father. 245

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Warner, Matthew, 125

Welsh, Thomas J., Bishop, was appointed the first Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, which was a brand new diocese. 147

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About Catholics, a Catholic blog on faith and life. Sharing Catholics beliefs and teachings—Catholicism 101. 29    38-40    47   59

Aleteia, Art and Culture, Catholic Spirituality, and World Travel. 121

Answers.com, 275

Ascension Press, The Faith Formation Leader. Study Programs, Books and Media. 112 

Arlington Catholic Herald, the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington supporting the Church’s mission to evangelize by providing news from a Catholic perspective.

Baltimore Catechism, The, 9 

Busted Halo, 275

CATHOLIC Answers/Press, A media company sharing what the Church really teaches. The world’s largest source for reliable information about doctrine, tradition, and beliefs. 9   17    18    82    87   92   96   115   119   163   171   172   259   276

Catholic & Christian, 93

Catholic Communicator, Newsletter, 147

Catholic Encyclopedia, Old, 9

Catholic Exchange, 170

Catholic Femininiity, Traditional. 46

Catholic Gentleman, The, 170  

Catholic Holy Mass, For, 125

Catholic.net, founded by James Mulholland in 1955, “to help Catholics form a Christlike character” thus transforming the world’s cultures “with the Truth of the Gospel transmitted to us by Holy Mother Church.” www.catholic.net/op/about-us.html.

Catholic Online School, calls itself the “World’s Catholic Library.” 237

Catholic Response Inc., “presents the Truths of the Catholic Faith by simple means.” Explanations of Catholic issues available in Online Pamphlets.

CatholicSaints.Info,  194    https://catholicsaints.info/

Catholic, Simply, A ministry of Our Sunday Visitor headed by Michael Heinlein. 57   164 

Catholic Telegraph, 209 

Catholicism for dummies, 43-44

Christianity Stack Exchange, a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more.  125

Church Militant, 274

ChurchPOP, a Christian culture brand that is fun, informative, and inspirational. Part of the EWTN network and is under the spiritual patronage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 115   238   265

Faithful Catholics, 115

Holy Water, 238

Nun's Testimony, 261-265

CNA Daily News, 205

CNSNews, 96

Daily Mail, secular news site. 180

Guardian, The, 179

Inside the Vatican Magazine, 80

Legatus Magazine, 180

Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, is a Catholic Shrine, located in Maria Stein Ohio and has the second largest Holy Relic Collection in the United Sates. 177-178 https://www.mariasteinshrine.org/

Marian Titles:

Blessed Virgin Mary, Roman Catholic Mary, mother of Jesus and much more. 33   37  46   97  

Mother and Lady of All Nations, 200-201

Our Lady of Fatima/Fatima 33   97   208-227

The Fifteen Promises of the Rosary. 210-225   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifteen_Rosary_promises#cite_note-Akin-4http://jimmyakin.com/2010/11/are.html.

Rosary Promise #5, 33

ANF––America Needs Fatima, 215-216   226

The Hail Mary & The Hail Jesus, 224

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 195

National Catholic Register, conservative national Catholic newspaper since 1927 currently owned by EWTN. 92   193   227  

NewAdvent.org, connects online contents of the Catholic Church as a digital download, such as, Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible etc. 75

Orthodox Church Quotes, 78

Our Charisms, the first out of seven, Ongoing Conversion by notable professor and chair of Biblical Theology, Dr. Scott Hahn.

Our Lady's Blue Army, 206 

Our Lady's Warriors, 98

Our Sunday Visitor, serving the Church with products and news. 23   91

Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, 153   https://pewforum.org.

Questions from Religion Class, 120

Quora, an American question-and-answer website. A place to gain and share knowledge. A platform to connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers. 80

Regina Prophetarum, Traditional Sermons for Traditional Catholics, "Only One voice has connections to the keys of the kingdom of heaven." 76-77

Simply Catholic, 57   164  

Spiritual Woman, 114

Stack Exchange Network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share knowledge, and build their careers. 125

TAN Books and Publishers, 183

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CHRISTIAN AUTHORS, NOTABLES & MININISTRIES QUOTED OR MENTIONED

Ashley, William––“Billy” Sunday, (deceased 1862–1935) was a popular outfielder in the National Baseball League in the 1880s. Afterward, he was a celebrated and influential American evangelist for twenty years. 156   274

Berean Call, The,  formed, in 1985 under the direction of Dave Hunt and joined by T. A. McMahon, for encouraging spiritual discernment. Regarding themselves, not only as “evangelicals” but as biblical Christians. Their primary publication is a newsletter: The Berean Call.

Berean Call/Christian Post, an online news publication with news stories and information updated daily from a nondenominational/evangelical Christian worldview. 47

"How Africa is converting, China," 47

McMahon, T. A., Christian author, and current director of The Berean Call ministry.

Hunt, Dave (deceased), author and establisher of The Berean Call in 1985. 30   47

Crosby, Fanny,  102

Daniels, David W., of Chick Publications is an author, bible researcher and linguist. Chick is a Ministry of evangelism which promotes the authority of God’s Word that is under constant attack. He is trained in bible and linguistics with a B.A. and M.Div. He upholds the KJV bible as “God’s preserved words in English.” (Back Cover)

Goodwill, Dave, a former homosexual, and a brother in Christ. We and others shared our written testimonies around the neighborhood of our church. 247

Lemmel, Helen, the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist pastor. Born in England and arriving in the U.S. at the age of twelve. She loved music, giving concerts and taught voice at two Bible Institutes.

Lennartz, Mark, former Catholic, friend and brother in Christ. 239

Lighthouse Trails Inc., publishing company, founded by David and Deborah Dombrowski. Spreading “The Gospel of Jesus Christ—that Jesus died on the Cross to pay the penalty for man’s sins and that He arose on the 3rd day and has offered salvation freely to whosoever will come to Him.” Jesus “is the only means of eternal salvation for any person.” 240-241    (3 endnote)

Rodgers, Adrian (deceased), pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee. Founded Love Worth Finding Ministries in 1987, still aired on TV and through ministry App. Served as a three term President of the Southern Baptist Convention.) 15-16   30   150   196   201   237   276  

Spencer, Mike, served as a pastor for 23 years before joining the staff of Life Training Institute in 2012.  He brings a pastor’s heart to the often emotional and divisive issue of abortion in a way that is both gracious and compelling. 156

Winfrey, Oprah, quote, concerning one way to God. 156

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Begin your journey and remember that God is love.

     "His compassions fail not. They are new every morning." (Lam. 3:22, 23)

Make sure your keys will open the door to heaven. (8 endnote) 

Please note that through-out the book italics have been used in the scripture quotations for added emphasis.

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DEDICATION

TO the GOD who drew me, convicted me, enlightened me, forgave me, saved me, sealed me, and never lets me go.

TO my second-grade Catholic catechism teacher, God bless her, who read John 3:16 to our class: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

TO the Catholic Navy Chaplain/Priest who referred me to the Protestant Bible study with the Navigators because no Catholic Bible study was available.

TO my Navy friends and especially Larry W., who in 1980, the Lord used to bring me back home to my heavenly Father.

TO My dear wife Victoria who prays for me and worries about me during my late nights on the computer.

 

Topping off this book update, a thank you and dedication,

 

TO these and others for their encouraging comments.

I am enjoying your book, I read a little bit every day and I have found it very interesting. You have done a good job writing it. Kathy, a Christian friend

What a pleasant surprise! —I was so proud and happy to see a book written by you!! It is very interesting, good job writing. It sounds just like you. Thank you. Phyllis, a Christian friend

Thank You' for thinking of us and sending us your book! It was quite a surprise but very much appreciated! I have started reading it & look forward to continuing reading! I was very impressed—beautiful job! Carol, a Catholic relative

Thanks for sending your book—it looks like you put a lot of work into it. I did read the introduction—You already know that I would not agree with everything you have in the book—but that is all right! We all go to the Lord in the way that we know He is calling us, and we try to stay faithful to His call! Aunt B, a Catholic Nun

Thank you for—the newly published book, congrats—we have slowly been making our way through it. Sending prayers and thanks again! J & K, Catholic relatives

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TOPICAL INDEX

 

Assurance

 

Sin of Presumption, 9

Given by God, 11

Newer Bible Versions are inconsistent, 69

Sacraments and attending Church offer no, 88

Blessed ___Jesus is mine, 101

Draw near with a true heart in full ___of faith, 126

God’s love has given ___with his gift of everlasting life, 133

Jesus: Today, shalt thou be with me in paradise, 144

Full ___of understanding, 149

Full ___of faith, 151

Immediately, I received the Holy Spirit’s, 172

Moment I believed, God’s, 244

Purpose of Jesus Christ is to give, 257

 

Chapter 3, Assurance

15–16  29  38–40  47–49  59

All things are become new, 24

With faith and patience, 26

Spirit of adoption, 36

Walk in the light, Jesus’s blood cleanses us from sin, 51

Know that ye have eternal life, 53 

God the Father’s mercy has begotten us again through Jesus’s resurrection, 55-56

A lively hope, incorruptible, undefiled, fadeth not, reserved in heaven, 55

Kept by the power of God through faith, 56

 

Questions on Assurance

Are You Saved? 16

Are Protestants Saved? 17

Have you been Saved? After saying a little prayer, the sinner’s prayer, 29

Salvation: Assurance or Hope? Are you Saved? 38

Is Salvation as simple as receiving the Eucharist? 39

Becoming a good Catholic, 41

Mortal and Venial Sins, 42–45

Devotion to Mary, is a must, 46

Can we know that we have Eternal Life? 48

 

How does the Cross save us?

*Catholic view, the mystery of, “Christ consumed” grace through Sacraments, 57

*Christian view, the mystery of “Christ in you” grace through Faith, 58–59

 

What is the Catholic Church? 59

 

Baptism

 

Sacramentally united to Jesus by, 57

Catholic Church carries on Jesus’s work through, 60

 

Called a door (CCC-846), 78  82

*Catholic: bath of rebirth, 90–92

*Christian: water ___comes after rebirth through the ___of the Holy Spirit, 93–96

 

Holy Spirit, sealing and power, 100–102    

One of the Great Sacraments, the other the Eucharist, 234

 

 

Blood

 

All nations of one, 55

Abstain from these necessary things from, 111

No ___shed by Mary and saints, 218

Mary cannot deliver, she shed no, 219

 

Catholic & Eucharistic blood

Literally eaten or drank, 39

Shedding of blood is required Heb. 9:22, 44

Corpus Christi feast, 46

Consecrated and consumed, 60

In Her (the Catholic Church) sins may be forgiven through Christ’s, 79

Eucharistic nourishment, 103

The water and ___from Jesus’s heart signify baptism and Eucharist, 234

We eat Jesus’s flesh, ___, soul and divinity, 272

The Eucharistic sacrifice is united with the Church’s offering, 272

 

Jesus’s blood

Cleansing, 19

Perfect, sinless, shed, 23–24

Atoning, 27

Cleanseth, 51

Made white in the ___of the Lamb, 73

Everlasting covenant, 78

Washed in, 102

Without shedding ___is no remission Heb. 9:22, 107

Sanctifies, 213–214

Jesus’s ___cleanses the true believer from all sin, 234

Cleanseth sin and unrighteousness, 235

Purge conscious of dead works, 235

Sprinkling of ___grace and peace multiplied, 235

Jesus true God and true man through flesh and, 236

Justified, saved from wrath, 237

A much sorer punishment for those who reject, 237

Redeemed by the, 275

 

Unbloody (No blood is shed)

Sacrifice, Mass, 56

Christ offered as Eucharist, 111

Christ the victim offered in an ___manner, 113

Sacrifice, Mass, 123   126   131

The ___, representation of the sacrifice of the Cross, 209

 

Catechism

 

The Baltimore, 9

Chapter 4, 61–64

Explains the teachings of the Catholic Church, 102   (63)

Term, necessary, appears several times, 110

My First Catechism—a children’s book, 140

Four old fundamentals: Creed, Commandments, Sacraments, Prayer, 147

(CCC-411) Mary the “new Eve” Co-Jesus or theologically, Co-redemptrix, 200

Mary— “Teach them their” 227

Their plan of salvation involves the, 228

Quotes: centuries ago, early leaders, councils, and Church-established saints, 273

 

Catholic Spiritual Weapons

 

Holy Water, 234   237

Medals, 169

Scapulars, 170

Rosary, 212

 

Catholic, Ways to Heaven

 

Sacraments

Are Necessary, seven gateways to life–giving grace, 87

Baptism—the seal of Eternal Life, 90

New life, strengthening, nourishes, 103

 

Purgatory, God can put the pieces back together again, 130

Indispensable Minimum, Catholic precepts, 143

Mary, inseparably linked with Jesus’s saving work, 149

Religion, the wideness of God’s grace, 153–154

Reminders that heaven is obtainable, relics, 178

 

Eucharist (My Highway to Heaven)

Encourage children to remain close to Jesus in the, 39

Surest, easiest, shortest way is the, 40

Mass is the Sacrifice of the Cross, 111

Without the ___the Church simply does not exist, 114–121

Mass said every single minute starting between 16th and 17th centuries, 125

Jesus gives himself in the Mass as he did on the Cross, only he does not suffer, 140. Venerable Carlo Acutis quote, 181

 

(My Ticket to Heaven)

Avoiding Mortal Sin, “I can be sure thereby of going to heaven” 42–45

 

Children Books, Eucharist

 

Jesus is dwelling in our hearts, Communion, 39

Jesus is offered to the Father, Last Supper/Mass—the greatest Gift we have, 111

Jesus is always with us, Tabernacle, 112

Jesus is adored as God, Elevation of the Host—My Lord and my God, 113–114

Jesus is Real, the better Miracle, 119

Jesus is offered again to the Father, without suffering, and is food for my soul, 140

 

Comparison, The Gospel 77–162

 

  1. The Door to Heaven, 77–79

What is Absolutely Necessary for me to be Saved, 82

  1. Foundation—Salvation, 79–86
  2. Sacraments or Faith, 86–89

Gateways to God, 87

  1. Merit and Eternal life, 89–90
  2. Baptism, 90–96

No Guarantees: Why Parents Must Pray like St. Monica, 91

Why is Acts 8:37 omitted, 91

Why Evangelize, 92

Can Non-Christians Be Saved & How Are We Saved, 92–93

  1. Penance and Reconciliation, 96–99

Obsolete Sacrament, 96

  1. Confirmation or Holy Spirit Baptism and Sealing, 99–102
  2. Initiation or Welcome to the family, 103–111

Jesus is the Rock of the Church, 105–107

  1. Priesthood: Eucharistic sacrifice or Spiritual sacrifices, 111–127

Jewish and Catholic Tabernacles, 112

Jesus Real Presence in the Eucharist, 114–116

A Priests most Important Job, 116

Is Transubstantiation Unbelievable, 118–119

A drop of water in the wine at consecration, 120

Evangelical pastor Francis Chan’s dream of a Eucharist, 121

350,000 Catholic Masses a day, a ‘mega church.’ A Mass every minute, 125

  1. Final Purification: Purgatory or Jesus’s blood, 127–137

Is Purgatory for All, 127

Introduction to Indulgences, 129

Will you rescue eight souls this November? Indulgences, 130

Jesus’s own blood, 130–133

  1. Church Treasury or Jesus Christ, 137–140
  2. Fortifying ourselves for the end of life, 140–143
  3. Indispensable Minimum, 143–146

*Precepts of the Catholic Church, 143–144

*Precepts of the Christian Faith, gleaned from believing malefactor, 144

  1. The Church or The Scriptures, 146–149

*Catholicism—Swallow the Faith Whole, 147

*Christianity—Established by the Gospel, ye are Complete in Jesus, 149

  1. Mary Inseparably Linked with Jesus saving work, or just God, 149–153

What Can I Do to Be Saved? You’re too Late, 150

  1. Social Duty or Biblical Duty, 153–162

Religion Survey, my faith isn’t the Only Way, 153–154

Oprah’s Inconvenient Truth, 156

  1. Sacraments and Symbols or Scripture and Faith, 169–173

Spiritual Weapons: St. Benedict Medal & The Red Scapular, 169–170

The Language of Symbols, 171

 

A Summary, The Journey Home

*Catholicism & Christianity, 268–269

 

A Final Look

*Biblical Gospel & Catholicism’s Gospel, 271–273

 

Eucharist

 

Is Jesus Christ, 140

Must receive at least (once a year) during Easter season, 143

Jesus remains with us, his Eucharistic presence, Eucharistic love, 180

My Highway to Heaven, 181

Greatest Miracle, 182

Jesus’s divinity, body, soul, hands, feet, lips, ears, nostrils, heart, everything, 183

If we believe we are Catholic; If we do not believe we are not Catholic, 184

Most prized treasure, Jesus’s saving sacrifice, the center of life/worship, 185

Heart of Catholic Church, 187

Rebuttal: A physical metaphor, 188  

 

Initiation

*Catholic Sacraments, New Life, Strengthening, Transformation, 103   111–121

*Christian Rebuttal, True: Miracle, Worship, Sacrifice, Godliness, 122–123    126

 

Heaven, Those who want you to go to

 

God: Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit, Jesus’s Bride the Church, Angels, Former Haters and Persecutors of Christians, Deceased Loved Ones who may have gone to hell, 5–8

 

Holy Spirit

 

Given to those who ask, receive power to witness, 100

Filled, purifying hearts, love of God shed abroad in our hearts, joy, hope, 101

Know what is freely given, not man’s wisdom, witness to truth, 102

After believing sealed with ___of promise, 133

Raised Christ shall quicken those in Christ, 135 

Helpeth and maketh intercession according to the will of God, sanctification of, 235

Caught away Philip after Eunuch’s baptism, 256

 

Holy Water

 

Shows repentance, protection from evil, forgives venial sins, demons hate, 233–234

Means of spiritual wealth, devil not a snowballs chance in hell, 237–238

By ___and your blood, “wash away all my sins. O Lord” 237

 

Indulgences

 

The remission before God of the temporal punishment due, partial, and plenary, 129

Example: earn a plenary ___each day for a soul in Purgatory, 130

 

Jesus the Rock

 

Peter, thou art the Christ, Preaching peace by Jesus Christ, 83–84

Paul, Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone, 104

Old Testament—Psalms, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, wise malefactor, 105–107

 

Jesus’s 2nd Coming

 

Had no Wedding garment, 56

God’s preserved word, sound doctrine, 66–67

Blessed: Who “readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy” 136–137

Catholic quote, Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, 114

The Lord holds out his offer of, “WHITE”—EOUSNESS, 277 >

 

Mary (Real)

 

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word, 230

 

Mary (aka Satan)

 

Through, ___, we get access to the fullness of Christ, 46

 

Mary’s and Jesus’s Attributes Compared

Based on prayer to Mary of Mt. Carmel and Scripture, 194–204

 

Mary Quotes

“Do not be afraid. I am from Heaven, *206

Souls go to hell because there is no one to *sacrifice and pray for them, 207

“My Immaculate heart will be your refuge and way—to God” 208

Teach children: Catechism, Sign of the Cross, Approaching the Sacraments, 227

 

*Mary’s Rosary Promises, if devoutly prayed

*w/God & Jesus, Scriptural Promises

#1. Serve me, receive signal graces vs. receive a crown of glory, 211

#2. Special protection, greatest graces vs. God our refuge, word of his grace, 211

#3. Armor against hell, defeat heresies vs. Strong in the Lord, his armor, 212–213

#4. Sanctify themselves vs. God of peace sanctify you wholly, 213

#5. Soul shall not perish vs. Who believeth in Jesus shall not perish, fear God, 214

#6. Never conquered by misfortune vs. All who live godly in Christ Jesus shall

suffer persecution, 217

#7. Not die without sacraments vs. Jesus: Shepherd and Bishop of our soul, 218

#8. Participate, merits of saints in paradise vs. partakers with saints in Heaven, 218

#9. Deliver from Purgatory vs. They may have right to the tree of life, 219

#10. Merit, high degree of glory vs. No respecter of persons, God shall judge, 220

#11. Obtain all you ask me vs. Ask according to his will, he heareth us, 222

#12. Aided by me vs. I can do all things through Christ, 222

#13. Have for intercessors entire celestial court vs. Christ maketh intercession, 223

#14. Are my sons and brothers of my only son Jesus vs. Those, led by the Spirit of

God are the sons of God, 223

#15. Great sign of predestination vs. More than conquerors through—Christ, 224

 

Titles of Mary

Lady of Fatima, Queen of the World, 33   193   206

Gate of Heaven, Co-redemptrix, Queen of Heaven, Workshop of the Incarnation, Woman Clothed with the Sun, Adam’s Deliverance, 192   194  

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix, Advocate, 194   200

Mother and Lady of All Nations, 201

 

Mass

 

Mortal sin, missing Sunday ___without a valid excuse, 45

1 Peter no mention of the unbloody sacrifice of the, 56

Re-presenting Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, 60

Only 24% of Catholic women attend ___weekly, 96

Attendance begins at age seven, 172   247

Eucharistic, so-called, miracles occurred at, 181–183

Bringing Christ to us here today in his saving sacrifice, 185

Attending as a means of gaining Heaven, 246

 

Chapter 6 #9

Sacrifice of the Cross, 111

Christ is offered in an unbloody manner, 113

Drops of water into the wine symbolizes man’s little sacrifices offered at, 120

We partake of the same, specific Eucharist, 125

 

Rebuttals

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink” this apply to the Eucharist? 101. Apostle Paul warned about false teachers and teachings, could this include the, 107

Christians preach Christ crucified, not Christ consumed, 167

 

Mass continued

Daily 103 endnote    180

And Rosary, 193

The Gospel, 209

“Not a Divine commandment” 275

 

Novenas

 

The Fourteen Holy Helpers 31–32

The Flying Novena 37

 

Pope, Names 80–81

 

Prayers, Catholic—Gary/Redeemed

 

The Fourteen Holy Helpers—My God, 31–32

The Flying Novena—Truly God, 37

Mary of Mt. Carmel—Jesus of Mt. Calvary, 194–195

Hail Mary—Hail Jesus, 224

 

Precepts, a general rule, for Salvation

 

*Catholicism, 143–144

*Christianity, 144

 

Priesthood

 

Catholic

Necessary to dispense graces needed to obtain heaven, 9–10

Acts in the place of Jesus, ___is representing Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, 59–60

Through the authority of the Church forgive sin in the name of Christ, 97–98

Last Supper, Apostles became Priest, 111

Mass, Priests elevate Host, worshiped as Lord and God, 113

Carries on the teachings of the Church for the advancing of the kingdom, 115

Celebrating Mass/Eucharist, most important job, done daily even none present, 116

Church involved in offering Christ; With Jesus, she is offered whole and entire, 120

St. Augustine “In what she (the Church) offers she herself is offered, 120

Estimated, four Priest are celebrating the Mass every second, 125

Priest repeats “This is my Body” is “bringing Christ—in his saving sacrifice” 185

Priests use Holy Water to ward off evil and the exorcising of the Devil, 238

 

Believers/Christians

Offer spiritual Sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, a peculiar people, 122

Giving and spreading the Gospel, a Sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God, 123

Praise, give thanks, do good, present your bodies a living Sacrifice, 124

Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, 125

 

Purgatory

 

Chapter 6 #10

After-death purification to achieve holiness necessary for heaven, all people, 127

Indulgences, penance, Masses may help them achieve holiness sooner, 129–130

 

Quotes

 

Adrian Rodgers, Eternity, 15

Tim Ryland, Catholic Answers Magazine, 18

Dave Hunt, Recognition of Sin, 30

Mitch Pacwa, Not Praying to Saints, 34

Francine Bay-Heniing Zang, Jesus in our Hearts, 39

Pontiff Benedict XVI, Purgatory, 130

Oprah Winfrey, A mistake humans make, 156

Sister Apolline, Scapular a strong Armor, 170

Pontiff Francis, Eucharistic Processions, 186

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the mark of a Christian, 191

St. Tereasa of Avila, devils fly from Holy Water, 234

Billy Sunday, Religion & the word of God, 156   274

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, if you don’t like it Leave, 274

Journalist Nick Donnelly, holding to Account, 274

 

Quotes About

 

Eucharistic

 

Pontiff St. Pius X, the shortest way, 40

St. Ignatius of Antioch on the early heretics the Docetists, 121

Chiara Lubich, His presence, 180

St. John Paul the Great, unceasingly present, 180

Venerable Carlo Acutis, “my highway to Heaven” 181

St. Teresa of Calcutta, given so we don’t forget the crucifixion, 185

St. John Paul the Great, “to gain eternal life man needs the Eucharist” 187

St. Alphonsus Liguori, “My Jesus” 187

St. Teresa of Calcutta, Jesus loved: then, the crucifix—now the Eucharist, 187

Pontiff Pius X, the surest, easiest, shortest way, 187

Peter Julian Eymard, the ___is everything, from the ___everything is, 187

John Paul the Great, Jesus continues to offer Himself—as Divine Life, 2000, 188

 

Mary

 

Pontiff Francis, devotion a requirement, 46

St. John Paul the Great, Fatima more important now, 205

Pontiff Pius XII, crowned Queen, 206

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen—received more attention than Apostles, 215

  1. A., Casper, Wyo., ___has captured my heart, 216

ANF caption, win the heart and soul for, 216

St. John Vianney, invoke ___and Satan will leave you, 225

St. Anthony Maria Claret, a son of, 226

 

Most Blessed Sacrament

 

St. Augustine, at the Last Supper “Christ held himself in His hands” 186

St. Francis of Assisi, Jesus, humbled under the host, for our salvation, 186

St. Ignatius of Antioch—hungered and thirsted for Jesus’s flesh and blood, 186

St. Irenaeus, “a new sacrifice” 187

St. John Chrysostom, see, touch, eat Him, “your food and nourishment” 187

 

Rosary

 

The Dominican Fathers, “The most beautiful apologia—for the Rosary” 214

Sr. Lucy of Fatima, Mary “no problem—that cannot be solved by the Rosary” 214

 

Relics, Veneration Examples

 

Saints & Eucharist, 177–180

 

Sanctification and Cleansing, holy and without blemish

 

*Catholicism: Church’s Sacraments of Initiation, 103   (CCC-1422–1426)

*Christianity: Jesus’s blood and the word of God, 109–110

 

Sinner’s Prayer 29 - 42

 

Sin of Presumption

 

A badly regulated reliance on God’s mercy and power, 9

Salvation without doing anything to deserve it, 9

A rash expectation of salvation, not using proper means to obtain it, 9

 

Testimonies

 

Prodigal Son, 5

Gary Westgerdes, 10–14   97   244–247

Frank, a prisoner—LWF, 16

I must have said the sinner’s prayer a hundred times, a Baptist—LWF, 30–31

Keep Your Fork, a Christian lady with a terminal illness, 56–57

Sacraments as the principal means of encountering that salvation, of the Cross, 57

Dream—The Twin Pillars of Victory, St. John Bosco, the Eucharist, and Mary, 191

 

*Christian 239–257

 

Mark Lennartz—Raised Catholic, 239

Pat—Former Nun, 240

Gary Westgerdes—Raised Catholic, 244

David Goodwill—Journey to Freedom from Homosexuality, 247

Apostle Paul—Former Religious Pharisee & Murderer, 250

Cornelius—A Devout Man Needed Christ, 252

Apostle Peter a Fisherman—Now a Fisher of Men, 253

Ethiopian Eunuch—Reading God’s Word—Asked for Help, 255

God Planned for our Redemption—from the Foundation of the Earth, 256

 

*Catholic 259–268

 

Rome Sweet Home—Conversion story of Dr. Scott Hahn and wife Kimberly, 259

Derek Rotty—A Life of Conversion, & Seeking Truth, Goodness, & Beauty, 260

Sister Mary Jo Sobieck—Dominican “Nun Who Threw First Pitch: ‘My Dream is

to Start a Revival—We All Have Something to Offer the World’” 261

Helen Buscarino, OSF—a Franciscan Nun, 265

John Wayne—Never too Late to Embrace God’s Forgiveness, 265

Marcus C. Grodi—Receiving Christ in the Eucharist—Coming Home, 266

 

Three Steps to—Victory

 

Adrian Rodgers

 

  1. God’s Word/Cleansing, 237
  2. God’s Victory/Redemption, 196
  3. God’s Wrath/Righteous Judgment, 276

 

Todd, Paul, Catholic—Newspaper Articles

 

Catholic Infallibility, “the Catholic Church cannot be wrong” 141

Life Without Meaning, a fallen-away, “spiritually blinded, disturbed,” prideful, 155

No Salvation Bargains, scripture quotes impressive, need “Bible and history” 128

 

Transubstantiation

 

*Catholicism

 

70% disbelieve, 31% believe, 114

28% know the teaching of, 115

22% know and reject, 115

Robert Barron, “This is the central teaching of Catholicism.” 115

If one cannot except ___ how can one remain a Christian, 118–119

All Christians believe God could do this miracle if he willed it to happen, 122

 

*Christianity

 

Explanation debunking, were does Jesus get this flesh and blood? 122

Explanation debunking, Old Testament forbid the consuming of blood, 243

 

Videos not in Notes

 

http://reginaprophetarum.org/audio/20200426-To-Whose-Voice-Shall-We-Open-Up-Our-Souls-to-Lead-us.mp3.   77

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My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge: August 20, 2017, 12:39 min., 208

 

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Chapter One

HEAVEN AND THOSE WHO WANT YOU TO GO THERE 

This chapter begins with 1 Corinthians 2:9 that is displayed on the bumper of my car. I use it as a seed planter to get people to think about their love for God and eternity. First Corinthians 2:10 lets believers know that we can and should know what God has prepared for us.

     But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered-into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (King James Version, 1 Cor. 2:9)

     "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit." (1Cor. 2:10)

Jesus revealed an aspect of heaven while speaking with a group of Jewish religious leaders called the Sadducees, they are sad you see, because they do not believe in the resurrection. The Sadducees were trying to confuse Jesus by quoting Moses, aka the scriptures. They asked him a question concerning the law of Moses and marriage.

     "Master, Moses said, if a man, die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise, the second

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also … unto the seventh. And last of all the woman died also. Therefore, in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her." (Matt. 22:24–28)

Now listen closely to Jesus’s answer.

     "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

     "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

     "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

     "And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine." (Matt. 22:29–33)

Now before an individual can enter heaven and become as the angels, Jesus explains in the gospel of John, about our need of a relationship with him as our Savior. Apostle Paul confirms Jesus’s message, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit concerning our heavenly destination.

     "But now they desire a better country, that is, an, heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." (Heb. 11:16)

Jesus comforted his followers and assured them of his plans.

     "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye

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may be also … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:1–3)

The book of Revelation assures us that a blessing will be received by those who read, hear, and keep the things written therein. Chapters 21 and 22 of Revelation contain “those things,” which God has prepared for those who love him.

     "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: For the time is at hand." (Rev. 1:3)

     "I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away … there was no more Sea … I John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as a bride adorned for her husband … I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, The Tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God, shall Wipe Away All Tears from their eyes; and there shall be no More Death … Sorrow … Crying, neither … any More Pain for the former things, are passed away … he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all Things New … Write, for these words are true and faithful … he said unto me, It, is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of The Fountain of The Water of Life Freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my Son … And there came unto me one of the seven angels … saying, Come, hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem. Descending out of heaven from God … And I saw no temple therein: for The Lord God Almighty and The Lamb are The Temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for The Glory of God did Lighten it, and The Lamb is the Light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut

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at all by day: for there shall be no Night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no Wise Enter into it anything that Defileth, neither whatsoever Worketh abomination, or Maketh a Lie: but they which are Written in the Lamb’s book of life." (Rev. 21:1–7, 9–11, 22–27)

     "And he shewed me a Pure River of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of The Throne of God and of The Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there The Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the Healing of The Nations. And there shall be no More Curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no Night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun’ for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and everBlessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to The Tree of Life, and may enter in through the Gates into the City. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let Him that is athirst Come. And whosoever will, let him take the Water of Life Freely … The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Rev. 22:1–6,14–17, 21)

     "And this is his commandment, that, we should believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." (1John 3:23)

To those who desire salvation, eternal life and the knowledge of the works required, Jesus gives a direct answer.

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     What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered … This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent … And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:28–29, 40)

Next, this place, heaven, is also called a “paradise,” and believing in Christ is the way to get in. 2 Corinthians 12:4, Revelation 2:7, and Luke 23:34, 42–43 each describe heaven as a paradise.

     "Jesus: Verily I say unto thee, today, shalt thou be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)

And from the book of Psalms, we learn that when we need help, the God in heaven is the only one we need.

     "Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God, is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." (Ps. 73:25–28)

THOSE WHO WANT YOU TO GO TO HEAVEN 

God the Father, who in the Gospel of Luke gives a glimpse of his heart

     "A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living … And when he came to himself, he said … I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee … And he arose and came to his

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father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the Father said to his servants, bring, forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." (Luke 15:11–13, 17–18, 20–24)

 

God the Son, Jesus, calls us to himself with a loving knock

     "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man, hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Rev. 3:20)

     "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:28–30)

God the Son, Jesus, was crucified, and then commissions and sends the Church

     "Thus, it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to *suffer, and to *rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things." (Luke 24:44–48)

     "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you … And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (John 20:21, 30–31)

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God the Holy Spirit and the bride (the Church)

     "And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that heareth say, COME. And let him that is athirst COME. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Rev. 22:17)

The Angels and all of Heaven

     "I (Jesus) say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

     "It was meet that we should make merry and be glad: for your brother was dead and is alive again and was lost and is found." (Luke 15:10, 32)

Former Haters and Persecutors of Christians

     "Although, I (Apostle Paul) was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor and injurious: but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit, for this cause, I obtained mercy, that in me, first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting." (1 Tim. 1:13–16)

Deceased Loved Ones who may have gone to hell

     "There was a certain rich man … And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus … it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he, lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son … Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed … Then he

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(the rich man) said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, they, have Moses and the prophets (Old Testament Scriptures); let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father, Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they, will repent. And he said unto him, If, they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead." (Luke 16:19–20, 22–31)

Do you believe? Have you been persuaded?

     "Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was *crucified: he is *risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him." (Mark 16:6)

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Chapter Two

HEAVEN? ARE YOU SURE? YOU CAN NEVER KNOW THAT FOR SURE?

A Catholic priest or church leader told me that you can never be assured of your salvation until after you are dead. This Catholic teaching is based on the belief that you can never know, while you are alive, if you have been “good enough” or not to go to heaven.

Chapter 3 shows or proves that this belief is the official and prevalent teaching of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church calls assurance of salvation, the sin of presumption.

Here are two responses from Catholic Answers concerning the: “Sin of Presumption.” (9 endnote)

What Is the Sin of Presumption?”

     “It may be defined as the condition of a soul that, because of a badly regulated reliance on God’s mercy and power, hopes for salvation without doing anything to deserve it.” ––Priest Vincent Serpa O.P., old Catholic Encyclopedia

The Sin of Presumption?” (9a)

     Q. 1183. What is presumption?
     A. Presumption is a rash expectation of salvation without making proper use of the necessary means to obtain it.” ––Priest Charles Grodin, The Baltimore Catechism     

Westgerdes, in English, this means that you need Catholicism.

You cannot ask Jesus directly for the forgiveness of your sins.

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You can never know that you have received God’s gift of everlasting life.

You are presuming to have received salvation without receiving the proper sacraments entrusted to the Catholic Church and administered through her priesthood.

Your good works and acts of penance can never be totally completed unless you have reached sainthood and have no need of purgatory.

You can never be 100% sure that you are going to heaven, no way, nada, do not even think about it!

The common mind-set seems to be, relax, obey the Church, and she will lead or bring you to Christ. Catholics believe and teach that God gives the grace needed for salvation through the Church’s Sacraments. However, God says in his Word, it is through faith.

     "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8, 9)

In contrast, what Catholics hear, concerning salvation is the Church’s Sacraments. For by grace are ye saved through the sacraments; being administered by the Catholic Priesthood, established by God: part of your work to achieve salvation is the reception of the sacraments. Let no man boast of being saved through faith in Christ without the need of the Catholic Church.

THE SCRIPT OF GARY'S TESTIMONY VIDEO - AUG.10, 2009. (10 endnote)

     Pastor: All right, well, we are here with Gary Westgerdes, and he is going to be sharing, talking about your testimony, how you met Jesus, and how did this all begin,
where do we start?
     Gary: I would say it began back when I was six or seven years old. I do not remember the exact year. But I grew up in the Catholic Church, and they had been teaching us about sin and guilt and heaven and hell, and the Lord was working on my heart. I

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was feeling guilty for whatever I was doing, I do not remember exactly. I just remember in catechism class one year or day, the teacher, I don’t remember what she was teaching scripturally, shared John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
     After she shared that I believed that, if I put my trust in Christ, he’d forgive me of my sins, and God gave me the assurance that they were forgiven, that I was going to be in heaven with him, and that was fantastic. I went home a very happy little person.
     So, the priest came, church leaders and a priest, came up to the house to have the house dedicated to the Sacred Hearts of Mary and Jesus, where they put the statues on the wall. And he seen me and I was pretty happy that day, and he asked me why I was so happy, so I told him, “‘Because I am going to heaven when I die.” He just kind of chuckled and laughed at me, and said, “Oh, you can never know that for sure until after you’re dead because you never know if you’d been good enough or not.” And as you can imagine that put me in some great shock.
     And, I remember, I don’t know if it was after it was over, or if it was immediately, but I remember looking around the house at my brothers and sister arguing, and my mother was talking to someone (my younger brother). My parents had seven kids in seven years so I was about six or seven, so they might have all been around by then already. Ha! Ha! I remember looking at them and saying, “Well, if you have to be good enough to get to heaven, there’s nobody in this family going to make it.” Ha! Ha!
     Pastor: Wow.
     Gary: So, I just kind of hoped that, that was false. The whole time I was growing up, I didn’t really believe in everything the Catholic Church taught, but I was still raised Catholic and went to the sacraments and all that kind of stuff, but uh, I still was trying to be good. My mother said I was a pretty good kid growing up. But, later-on after high school, going into the Navy, I started getting away, going the

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way of the world, doing normal things that people and other Catholics you know have done. Ha! Ha!
     And while I was in the Navy, I started jogging, and I was feeling really good, real healthy, and I really enjoyed it and after one of my runs––I remember telling God––“This is really great; I think this is what I would enjoy doing for the rest of my life.” Ha! Ha! And ah, but he had other plans.
     And, shortly after that, I developed a blood clot in my leg and it was about three weeks before they finally discovered it, the doctor (and corpsman). They rushed me to the hospital right away and did the tests, and I had a blood clot, some of which had broken loose and gone through (my heart and into my lungs). And that caused me to start thinking about what would have happened to me if I had died.
     Then, after I got out of the hospital, I went to the library. I started reading God’s Word and met a (new) friend at my new duty station, who had asked me if I was worried about my leg. I said, “No, I know God can work everything out for the good,” and then he said, “Oh, you’re a Christian?” And I said, “I wasn’t sure,” so he invited me to his church.
     Pastor: “What kind of church did he go to?”
     Gary: In Virginia, it was a pretty large church, charismatic type, and they had an altar
call for people who wanted to come forward to receive Christ, and I didn’t go forward because in my heart I thought I already was a Christian. And so, they had a second altar call for people who wanted to come forward for prayer, so I went forward for that, but no one came to pray with me. And afterward, the friend that brought me told me to read the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation.
     So, I had gone back and read that during the week, and I got to reading 1 John by mistake and in there the only verse that popped out at me was the one that said, “He who sins is of the devil” (1 John 3:8), and the Lord was convicting me of my sin. When I read that, I knew that if I was of the devil, I was headed for hell.
     And I kept going back there for the next two more days to read the same thing, hoping I would see something different, but the Lord kept on bringing that verse to my heart. And I remember crying out to God, asking myself, “Well, if I’m just going to hell when I die,” you know, “life isn’t worth living.”
     So, but I kept on, you know, hoping or I don’t remember exactly now, but later on in the week, my friend invited me to go with him to a bookstore, and he picked out a couple of books for me to read and invited me to go to church with him again that weekend, but to an evening service. It was Saturday evening, but I just decided to stay back and

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read the books. The one book had the person’s testimony in it. And then, there he was sharing his testimony with his father. And he shared Ephesians 2:8–9: “For by grace are you saved not by works;” then I knew it was a free gift of God and not something you had to earn, and it wasn’t through good works. And that what I had learned when I was … six or seven years old was really true, that I could be saved just through faith in Christ.
     I started to get brave when I got older, in my early twenties, after I got out of the Navy and came back home. I found a church in Celina to go to, and I thought it was time to try to start dating, and so I dated, you know. I do not know if I dated them or if I just found one, I liked, but then I did not date them. Ha! Ha! But anyhow, I came to a point where I was just, I really wanted to marry someone who was a former Catholic, so we could work together in the ministry. There was one girl I dated who was a former Catholic, but I wanted to start out with a family. I was kind of looking for someone who already had children, and so I just prayed to God that I wanted to marry someone who already had children. I was, you know, a Christian of course, a former Catholic. I was looking more for maybe a widow at that time than a divorcee, but uh, I just felt, I prayed that to God. Then I prayed I would like to have someone who had their house paid for already, and God just worked it out. I think just, uh, I felt a real peace in my heart.
     And a couple of weeks later, I started a singles Bible study, and there were-actually-like three girls there, ladies there at that age and each one was a divorcee with children. Vicky was the only former Catholic, and I liked her, and she liked me. Ha! Ha! but it was about, oh, probably five months later before I asked her out
for our first date. And we kind of, it was an answer to prayer, and we just kind a stuck it out through all these years together. Ha! Ha!
     After we got married, I went to Bible college to use my VA benefits to study scripture and stuff, so that was big. It took me six and a half years to get my four-year
degree. Ha! Ha!

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     A couple years ago (2007) when I had a couple seizures I thought God was giving me a wake-up call, and (that I should) try to go out and start to share the gospel more, so that was kind of big, too, so that’s why I’m more determined to share the gospel this time.

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Chapter Three

TWO VIEWS ON THE ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

This chapter delves deep into the teachings on the assurance of everlasting life. Can we know for sure that we are saved and totally forgiven while we are still living
here on Earth?

“Friend, eternity’s too long to be wrong.” ––Adrian Rodgers

Jesus gives three witnesses to the fact that a believer in him will not perish but have eternal life.

     "And as Moses lifted-up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted-up: that whosoever believeth in him should, not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should, not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:14–18)

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"A TESTIMONY FROM FRANK"—A LONGTIME INMATE––LOVE WORTH FINDING

     “I’ve been listening to Adrian Rodgers for six or seven years. God used his preaching so very much to turn a cold hard heart from sin. I came to prison thinking I was a Christian. One day, I had it in my heart to end it all by taking my own life. But all I could think about was Pastor Rodgers’s words, ‘Friend, eternity’s too long to be wrong.’ Well, I fell on my knees and truly cried out, ‘Help me!’ Needless-to-say, He’s a God of His Word. Amen. He saved me that day.” (emphasis added)

In the following three articles Catholic apologists are trying to convince readers that assurance of your eternal salvation is not possible and unscriptural.

Number One, Paul Thigpen––“Are You Saved? A Catholic Response to a Common Protestant Question(11 endnote)

Thigpen
“That’s a question often heard from well-meaning Christians who want to
help others know Jesus Christ. As Catholics whose faith is centered in Him.”

Is the Catholic faith centered on Christ? The catechism mentions Mary as being inseparable from Jesus in their work for the salvation of souls (CCC-1172). The Catholic Church, as well, continues to teach that the belief of Christ in the Eucharist is the culmination of Catholic worship (CCC-1324). Though Catholics consider the Eucharist to be
Jesus in the flesh, they are not centered on the Jesus who died and rose victorious over sin and death like the “well-meaning Christians.” Catholics are focused on their definition of Jesus in the Eucharist, who is still offering himself for the sins of the world at each Mass. The Mass is the center of the Catholic Faith, for the Catholic Church’s leaders alone, have the “keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

The following article shows the clear difference between the well-meaning Christian’s view of Jesus’s victory and the Catholic view of, “we’re not there yet.”

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Explaining Catholicism(12 endnote N/URL)

     “Q. How do you explain Catholicism to non-Catholic friends, including the crucifix? Jeanne Lunasco, Ewa Beach, Hawaii”

     “A. Start with the crucifix. It’s the central symbol of the Catholic faith. It always reminds us of the agonizing death Our Lord willingly accepted to cleanse us from our sins. Gazing upon the crucifix reminds us of the horror of our sins … That gaze can strengthen our resolve to avoid sin and thereby free Our Lord from further suffering.” (emphasis added) ––Priest Ray Ryland, Catholic Answers

For further reading: Catholic Answers Forums, “Ignorant Question No. 1: Why does Our Lord Jesus still suffer for us?” (13 endnote)

Thigpen

     “We can appreciate their good intentions and admire their willingness to talk about God … What exactly do people mean when they talk of being already ‘saved’”?

This next source does a good job of answering Thigpen’s question.

Are … Protestants Saved? (14 endnote N/URL)

     “Q. … Protestants all seem to teach that all you need to do to be saved is accept Christ into your heart with faith and you’ll be saved regardless what you do after that … F. R. Oakdale, Minn.

     A. Protestants generally believe one is saved by true conversion to Christ. But if one who has given his life to Christ does not live a Christian life,

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they assume that person had not truly submitted to Christ.” ––Priest Ray Ryland, Catholic Answers

This a good and correct answer by a well-respected Catholic Publication, 

     “Dear Friend … As you know, it’s a one-of-a-kind publication. I’m aware of no other magazine in English devoted to publishing informative, insightful articles of Catholic apologetics.” ––Tim Ryland, The Catholic Answers Magazine, Editor, March 2019.

Thigpen

     “Christians with this query often view salvation as a past event that took place when they made a confession of faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord.”

All biblical Christians view salvation as a past event. All Christians view their salvation as a past event. Some individuals who call themselves Christians do not view their salvation as a past event because they have proclaimed it with their mouth substituting a sincere faith based on scripture with works and the sacrament of water baptism.

     "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17)

     "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever, believeth on him shall not be ashamed." (Rom. 10:9–11)

A better statement would be that they placed their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord and put no confidence in their flesh, meaning their good works or religion. In Apostle Paul’s case, it was Judaism—as Paul shares in his testimony.

     "For we … worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh … If any other man thinketh that he hath

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whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised … of Israel … of the tribe of Benjamin … an Hebrew … a Pharisee … zeal, persecuting the church … righteousness … in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." (Phil. 3:3–9)

     "By grace are ye saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it (the grace of salvation) is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:8–10)

Faith in Christ comes first, not a faith in the Christian’s confession of faith, but a faith in the object of their faith which is Christ.

Second, a true faith should be followed by good works, which God hath ordained. So then, faith is proved when it is followed by good works. This is a lifetime of being conformed to Jesus’s likeness of love, called godliness, putting others first and self, last. Catholic Apologist are calling this process, of daily growing in love and godliness, a daily occurrence of conversion to bolster their doctrine and teaching that we are still “being saved.”

The cleansing of our sin by Jesus’s blood, the salvation of our soul through faith in the sinless Christ’s offering and God’s placing of our sin behind his back, is finished.

All, and that is a very big all, that is left is for God to fulfill his promise to conform us to the image of his Son, something that he only does for his children. Jesus knows his sheep, and God knows his children; there are none who will be lost, left behind, or deceived/plucked out of God’s hand by Satan.

Thigpen

     “Many of them also believe that this act of faith now guarantees them a place in heaven, no matter what they may do for the rest of their lives. They will never have to face the punishment of hell for their sins.”

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As we saw earlier, this is a mistaken idea. Only false Christians would believe this, especially if Thigpen is intimating that these people are willfully sinning to satisfy their lust. However, God is surely plenteous in mercy for his saved children who struggle with sin and continue to seek forgiveness, as Jesus explained to Peter forgiveness has no limit.

     "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." (Matt. 18:21–22)

Thigpen

     “The teaching of the Catholic Church helps us understand that this is actually-a mistaken notion of salvation … Salvation in the fullest sense is an ongoing process that won’t be complete until after we die. And in the meantime, it’s still possible to turn away again from God … ‘saved,’ (?) … Well, I’m doing what the Apostle Paul tells us to do in the Bible: I’m ‘working out’ my salvation day by day (see Phil. 2:12).”

Well, let us take Thigpen’s advice, and put Philippians 2:12 in its proper context. (Phil. 1-2)

     "Being confident of this very thing, that he (God the Father) which hath begun a good work in you (a saved, forgiven, Holy Spirit baptized, and sealed saint) will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ … And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God … And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more, bold to speak the word without fear … stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the *gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you, salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sakeLet nothing be done through

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strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto *death, even the *death of the cross. Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.

     "(12.) Wherefore, my beloved (saints and brethren in Christ), as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, ‘work out’ your own salvation with fear and trembling. (13.) For it is God which worketh in you to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Phil. 1:6, 9–11, 14, 27–29; 2:3–13)

So, we see that we already have our salvation, but we should work it out in fear and trembling because God is the one who is working in us.

As his children, he uses us for his “good pleasure,” the goal being, to fulfill his purpose of saving as many as will believe. And how is this salvation brought about? Through the preaching of the Gospel, his Word. And how is it carried out or proved? By the “conversation” of our lives. As Paul says, he was not sent to perform water baptisms.

     "Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the *gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none, effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor. 1:17–18)

God has given all his children the same Holy Spirit as the apostles; therefore, we too should live as his children to bring him glory. We should not worry about doing enough good works to get to heaven, but we should work together to plant and water the seeds

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of God’s Word so that God may bring in the increase, resulting in the opportunity for all the souls who believe to have the joy of bowing to him in this life and the next.

Thigpen

     “Salvation in its fullness is God’s new creation. To save us, He remakes us in His likeness—A lifelong process requiring our cooperation … [with] its completion only in Heaven … those who are joined there with God … will achieve their greatest destiny … They will become what they were made to be.” (emphasis added)

Remember that Apostle Paul, an original, biblical Christian apologist, who wrote the scriptures under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, penned to the Ephesians concerning good works.

     "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)

First comes a saving faith in Christ. Second comes the good works, which God hath ordained that we should walk in, for his glory. They are not a requirement on the path to salvation; they are the visible evidence and proof of a believer’s salvation.

Thigpen,

     “We’re like the survivors of a shipwreck in a storm out in mid-ocean. We’ve been rescued from drowning and welcomed onboard The Ship we call The Church. That ship is now taking us to a safe harbor—our home in heaven with God. But we’re not home yet.” (emphasis added)

Noah’s Ark is pictured as a refuge that protected Noah and his family from God’s wrath, the same protection Jesus provides the believer when they are said to be seated in Christ through faith.

Opening the Word: The true presence in the Eucharist is the foundation for the clergy.” (15 endnote)

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     “Keep the ship on the same course because, we’ll be there no matter what happens. The feast of Corpus Christi is a reminder that many of us have been there all along and will continue to stay, even when the clergy are corrupt. We don’t show up to church for excellent preaching. We don’t show up for clerical virtue. We show up because only in this place can we receive the gift beyond all gifts and love beyond all loves: the very sacrifice of Christ that renews the cosmos … The corruption of the Church is not novel. A volume of ecclesial history could be written describing the corruption that has dwelt in the Church in each era … I show up to Mass … even, in the, midst of scandal, because I come to meet the risen Lord made available in the Eucharist.” (emphasis added) ––Timothy O’Malley, Our Sunday Visitor

Like other quoted Catholic apologists, Thigpen speaks the language of the scripture, but eventually it all comes back to an allegiance to the Church and faith plus good works. Everyone must do their part in achieving their salvation and that salvation will not be fully achieved until you reach heaven.

Thigpen,

     “You could say, then, that we’ve been ‘saved’ in the sense of being rescued and taken aboard a safe vessel. But we can’t really speak of being ‘saved’ in the full sense until we reach our destination. We must humbly admit that we haven’t yet arrived at final perfection.”

This is an area where Catholics do not understand that biblical Christians do not claim to be perfect in our own actions. We are fully saved because of Jesus who perfectly saved us and washed away our sins with his perfect sinless shed blood, given on the cross. This perfect salvation is then gifted through faith in Jesus Christ based on the perfect promise of his word. We are still God’s “workmanship” as he conforms us to the perfect image of his Son. This journey/work will not be perfectly complete until we see him face-to-face in heaven.

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Jesus never described himself as a ship, but he did describe himself as a door; Jesus is the door to heaven. In Christ, the sinner who deserved eternal death is born again spiritually, eagerly welcomed, clothed with Jesus righteousness, and safe from the wrath of God.

While here on earth, we are complete in our ownership of the gift of salvation, simply and completely through faith in Jesus. Apostle Paul reveals the fact of the saint’s assurance, joy, and salvation.

     "Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ … God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." (2 Cor. 5:17–19)

     "Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us … redemption." (1 Cor. 1:30)

     "For I am not ashamed of the *gospel of Christ: For it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth … For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: As it is written, the just shall live by faith … even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe … Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: That he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." (Rom. 1:16–17; 3:25–26)

     "For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness … David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works." (Rom. 4:2–6)

God justifies the ungodly by faith apart from good works.

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     "For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of, grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the Free-Gift came upon all men unto justification of life." (Rom. 5:17–18)

Thigpen,

     “Meanwhile, we also must recognize the sobering possibility that—God forbid—we could choose someday to jump overboard again.”

Paul teaches about this possibility in the book of Hebrews.

     Therefore, leaving the principals of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come." (Heb. 6:1–5)

Continuing in Hebrews 6, verses 6–19, Paul is making some serious points.

     "If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

     "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same

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diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because, he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, saying, surely, blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he (Abraham) had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

     "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

     "That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast." (Heb. 6:6–19)

Thigpen

     “Salvation isn’t guaranteed just because of something we’ve done in the past. We continue to have freewill … so we still have-the-ability-to turn away from God again. It’s a chilling possibility … If we’re tempted to forsake Him, He’ll grant us power to resist that temptation. Even so, the choice is still ours. In fact, we make choices every day that draw us closer to God or lead us farther away from Him. That’s why simply believing in Jesus isn’t enough.” (emphasis added)

The Catholic Church wants to put just enough fear in you so that you will put your faith and hope in something that you can do and see. They want to keep you in line with their salvation agenda: the sacraments of their Church. If simply believing in Jesus was enough, then the Catholic Church, the Mass, the Sacraments, and so forth, would not be necessary.     

Paul Thigpen and Catholic Apologist use phrases, like “jump overboard again” and “salvation isn’t guaranteed” and “the choice is still ours” and “simply believing in Jesus

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isn’t enough.” Because they refer to jumping from the Church; salvation is through the Church; you may decide to sin by leaving the Church. Simply believing isn’t enough because then you wouldn’t need the Church.     

God justifies sinners through faith in Jesus’s atoning blood sacrifice accomplished upon the Cross.

     "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)

     "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." (Exod. 12:13)

     "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:14; see also Col. 1:14; Rom. 4:4)

The debt sinners owe God for their sins can only be paid for with blood, the sinner’s, or Jesus’s. We can never pay our sin debt with good works because we could never do enough and because, no blood was shed, and no death occurred.

The result, of Jesus’s sinless life and his shed blood, was that payment was made and accepted for our sin debt. Through faith in Christ Jesus, Jesus’s payment is credited to the hell-bound sinner’s account, checked off as debt paid in full!

Thigpen

     “Faith is useless, then, without good works. God must have our active cooperation, because both our mind and our will—the full likeness of God—must be renewed if we’re to be saved in the end.” (emphasis added)

Jesus’s comment in Matthew 7:17 clearly caps off the biblical view that salvation is given as a gift immediately upon a hell-bound sinner’s repentance, admittance of guilt, and faith in Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. As a result, the newly sealed saint

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should be doing good works, such as spreading the Gospel and loving and serving their neighbors, family, friends, and yes, enemies.

     "Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter-into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matt. 7:17, 21–23)

Jesus did not say, “I knew you for a while, and then you decided to leave.” He said, “I never knew you.”

By faith in Christ, which others cannot see, we are justified with God. By good works, done “in Christ,” which can be seen, we are justified with men. Our neighbors can say, “These Christians are truly born again; we have seen their good works, and we can testify that they love and obey their God.”

If you believe you are justified before God through faith and good works, you are not connected to the vine. Jesus describes himself as the vine; he does not describe the Church as the vine.

Apostle Paul wants his hearers to remember what he and the other apostles preached according to the scriptures. Paul clearly and specifically lays out what the Gospel is according to the scriptures.

     "I declare unto you the *gospel … which … ye have received … wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you … For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ *died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was *buried, and that he *rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas (Peter), then the twelve … above five hundred brethren at once … James; then all the apostles. And last … me … Therefore, whether it, were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed." (1 Cor. 15:1–8, 11) 

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Number Two, About Catholics Team––“Catholic Assurance of Salvation(16 endnote)

ABOUT CATHOLIC TEAMS

     “Have you been saved? Do you know if you are going to heaven? The answer any Catholic should be able to say without fear is Yes. (emphasis added)     

     “There is nothing wrong with your church not guaranteeing your salvation instantaneously—there is something seriously wrong if you are told you are going to heaven for sure after saying a little prayer.”

I would agree with the comment about “a little prayer.” I assume they are referring to the Protestant “sinner’s prayer” that some use ad nauseam. There is too much emphasis on it, and sometimes it’s a, “Let’s hurry up and get as many people to say it as possible and then tell them that it only works if you are really serious” kind of prayer. Oddly enough, it is the same thing Catholics say about their prayers, like the rosary, novenas, or the wearing of the scapulars.

I am so grateful that I was saved at age seven through my faith in what Jesus had done for me. He died on the Cross for my sins to save me from the eternal punishment of hell. I will never forget that day, the joy that followed and what led up to it; And it happened without saying a sinner’s prayer! My salvation was instantaneous with my faith—in Jesus. Being raised Catholic, I did not even know or had even heard of a sinner’s prayer. My desire for forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life was expressed in my heartfelt faith. Jesus taught his disciples not to use repetitious prayers.

     "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." (Matt. 6:7)

I do understand that for some, the sinner’s prayer guides them in expressing what is in their hearts. It is not the words themselves that saves them but the expression of the faith that is behind the words. I do not know why some pastors follow up by saying it does not matter how you feel afterward. If a person is serious about their repentance, faith, and surrender to serve Jesus, I believe the joy of the Lord would be their strength.

The Holy Spirit tells me I am forgiven and saved through his joy and God’s word. Maybe it is the fact that those who do not have the joy have not spent enough time

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searching and reading the scriptures to come to the true realization that they deserve to spend an eternity in hell! If the Holy Spirit has brought you to that truth and then you are blessed through scripture with the knowledge that Jesus died to save you and you believe, that faith brings the truest joy you will ever experience—forgiveness and the freedom from the debt and guilt of sin.

“Our love for God and our appreciation of His love and forgiveness will be in proportion to the recognition of our sin and unworthiness.” (17 endnote)
––Dave Hunt

A Testimony of a Baptist Church Believer/Saint

Prayed the Sinner’s Prayer(18 endnote)

     “I was raised in the Church … prayed the sinner’s prayer.

     “I knew the stories: Noah’s ark, Moses, Joseph’s coat of many colors … I don’t remember the date … oh … do I remember the invitation! ... I was going to Hell … My heart was pounding.

     “I got out of that place under heavy conviction. I knew I had to do something. I thought, ‘I can fix all this. I know what to do. I was raised in church.’ … I need to go to church, get baptized and get married; then everything would be alright. So that’s what I did.

     “I was clean, and I wasn’t going to sin anymore. I will go to church every week and take communion … I was trying to do everything to save myself. I even put the rock’n roll down and listened to Christian radio.

     “Man, I didn’t fix anything. I was getting pounded all day with ‘Love Worth Finding.’ I needed Jesus, not baptism; I needed Jesus’s perfect life, not my pathetic attempt at perfection. (emphasis added)

     “I quit trying to live the Christian life and started trusting in the Savior’s life. It’s a substitution salvation. He died instead of me. It was a-free-gift.

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His righteousness was counted unto me … I started to study the Bible … it was God’s Word.

     “All the Bible stories changed. It wasn’t Noah’s ark anymore, the ark was Jesus saving me from God’s wrath, Moses was Jesus delivering me from bondage, and Joseph accepting his brothers was Jesus accepting me.

     “His death on the cross was my sin debt paid in full.

     “It was hard to understand the free, gift. I always felt like I had to earn it. I must have prayed the sinner’s prayer a hundred times, sometimes twice in the same message! I surrendered to Jesus; I gave all I knew of me to all I knew of Him.” (emphasis added)

A CATHOLIC NOVENA PRAYER—THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS

The Fourteen Holy Helpers are saints of the Catholic Church who were prayed to during the Black Death plague which blanketed Europe from 1346 to 1349. Today in 2020 you are encouraged to pray this novena to help stop the coronavirus as well as other pandemics.

Fourteen Holy Helpers Novena” ––Pray each day for nine days (19 endnote)

     “O, Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God, I honor thee as mighty intercessors, and come with filial confidence to thee in my needs, for the relief of which I have undertaken to make in this novena. (emphasis added)

     “Help me by thy intercession to placate God’s divine and just wrath, which I have provoked by my many sins, and aid me in amending my life and doing penance.

     “Because you persevered till death, you gained the crown of eternal life.

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     “Remember the dangers that surround us in this vale of tears and intercede for us in all our needs and adversities.

     (Mention your intention here)

    “Great princes of heaven, Holy Helpers, who sacrificed to God all your possessions, wealth, preferment, and even life, and now are crowned in heaven in the secure enjoyment of eternal bliss and glory, have compassion on me, a poor sinner in this vale of tears, and obtain for me from God, for Whom you gave up all things and Who loves you as His servants, the strength to bear patiently all the trials of this life, to overcome all temptations, and to persevere in God’s service to the end, that one day I too may be received into your company, to praise and glorify Him, the supreme Lord, Whose beatific vision you enjoy, and Whom you praise and glorify forever. Amen.” (emphasis added)

     “Pray the novena easily via your smart phone with daily reminders so you never forget to pray using the Pray Catholic Novena app!” ––Devin Rose, Pray Catholic Novenas

Devin Rose also mentions his new book Lionheart Catholic in which he reveals 19 additional practices “that every Catholic should be following in order to become a saint.”

MY RENDITION OF AN-ALTERNATE-CHOICE TO THE "FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS" 

My God

     My Savior Jesus, my friend, the Son of God.

     I honor thee my mighty King, my High Priest, the mediator I cannot see.
     I bow my knees before thee, in thanksgiving I sing, for the sin burden you

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paid, setting me free. Help me glorify thy name, for taking your Father’s wrath, for my sin debt and shame.

     You were victorious over sin and death, defeating Satan with your final breath. Through faith your resurrection provided, eternal life for those who have decided, that denying their life to serve the Christ will be their glorious delight.

     Jesus now seated at the right hand of God, gave up all he possessed, his life and righteousness. Now in heaven until he returns, giving rest to others, relieving their religious concerns.

     With his gift of heaven instore, he comes with arms open wide knocking on the door. Jesus awaits your hearts reply, what will you decide? Will you choose to be in Christ, while he sits at his Father’s side. Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

Rosary promise #5

“The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.” ––Blessed Virgin Mary

Here is the consecration promise from Our Lady of Fatima—“To everyone … who sincerely tries to live it:” (emphasis added)

“I will never leave you; my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God.” —Our Lady of Fatima

Scripture and Tradition with Priest Mitch Pacwa––2019–01–15(20 endnote)

Sharing in his “Scripture and Tradition” program, while teaching from his book Saved, when asked about praying to saints, Pacwa quoted the books

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of Hebrews and Revelation, to prove that praying to saints was biblical. He also commented on the importance of praying to the saints.

“To not pray to saints, is a sin.” ––Priest Mitch Pacwa

Pacwa mentioned Hebrews 12:22, but let us look at it in context.
In verses 17–21, Paul is talking about the mount from which God spoke to the Israelites, and then Paul shares about the mount which believers come to.

     "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Heb. 12:22–24)

It mentions the church but does not say anything about praying to the saints for guidance or help. The same holds true for the passage in Revelation.

     "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell-down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." (Rev. 5:8)

The prayers were of the saints, not to the saints.

     "And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer: and there was given him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended-up before God out of the angel’s hand." (Rev. 8:3–4)

Here again, the prayers are from the saints, not to the saints.

The Psalmist always and only encourages looking to the true God of heaven.

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     "Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart … So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless, I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand, thou, shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God, is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works." (Ps. 73:1, 22–28)

     "O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave." (Ps. 88:1–3)

     "Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me." (Ps. 66:16–20)

    " This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." (Ps. 34:6)

     "Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as, long as I live." (Ps. 116:2)     

The true God of heaven hears the prayers of all those who humble themselves before him, even Cornelius, a seeking unbeliever who had not yet heard the gospel.

     "I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man (an angel messenger) stood before me in bright clothing, and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God." (Acts 10:30–31)

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In the Scriptures, we receive instructions in praying to God the Father, in God the Son’s Name (Jesus), and our prayers go through and are helped by God the Holy Spirit. We cannot and do not pray to the saints; as stated in scripture they are our fellow citizens.

     "For through him (Jesus) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God." (Eph. 2:18–19)

Jesus instructs believers to direct our prayers to God our heavenly Father, in Jesus’s name.

     "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." (Matt. 6:9)

     "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." (John 14:13–14)

     "That whatsoever, ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." (John 15:16)

     "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever, ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you … ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:23–24)

Jesus has given believers the Holy Spirit adopting us into God’s family. The Holy Spirit gives us assurance and helps us by praying for our, requests.

     "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. . . .Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Rom. 8:15, 26)

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In late March of 2020, I received in a mail solicitation of what appeared to be a copy of a front page, article of The National Catholic Register, Volume 93, No. 22. The article was a story about “How to Pray Mother Teresa’s Famous ‘Flying Novena’ to Our Lady” under this title is the encouragement that “Mother Teresa found this a never-fail quick novena to turn to our Blessed Mother for speedy assistance.”

The said, centuries-old, Novena boldly proclaims Mary’s Motherly love for the world.

The Flying Novena—Pray for nine days

     “Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petition, but in your clemency hear and answer me. Amen.”

My following rendition gives glory to the heavenly Father.

Truly God—Whom have I in heaven but thee—Psalm 73:1, 25

     Remember O merciful all knowing, heavenly Father, your gracious forgiveness for the humble, repentant, sinner who believes and follows. You promised to feed and clothe us, even the sparrow escapes not your notice. Our dear God and Father, in heaven we pray, thank you for your crucified Son who died undeservedly when we were yet going astray. Your love removes our sin as far as east is from west, and casts them all into the sea depths. No more remembered, the cleansing blood shed upon a tree, white as snow I now shall be. God’s obedient Son satisfied our need, our salvation purchased clear and free. Let us vow now to return the same, faithfully obedient believing in his name. Now we are God’s possession held carefully in his hand, our hope not yet seen, but-yet we stand. The Spirit and Word gives the joy we need, while we await our coming King. Amen.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, my Savior Jesus and always a thank you for our Helper, the Holy Spirit.

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Salvation is something we must ask for, which we cannot see, but we must patiently wait in hope, as Paul writes to the saints in Rome.

     "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet, hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." (Rom. 8:24–25)

A Catholic Response, Inc.––“Salvation: Assurance or Hope? Are you saved?” (21 endnote: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/apologetics/salvation/salvation-assurance-or-hope-are-you-saved ) < right click this URL and then click: Open link in new tab, and then click the tab.

     “Through Christ’s Church—the Catholic Church, we can come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15; Matt. 16:18).”

     Catholics teach and claim that it is through the Sacraments that the free, gift of God’s saving grace is received. Two Sacraments are mentioned: Baptism and Confession. It is clearly stated that, “As Sinners we are not assured of our salvation.” (emphasis added)

      But do not give up hope because “Christians, who faithfully use the Sacraments––Channels of God’s saving grace––without giving up, can certainly hope for salvation.” ––Catholic News Agency, Printed with permission from A Catholic Response, Inc.

About Catholics Team

Catholic Assurance of Salvation(22 endnote)

     "How can we actually-know that we are going to heaven?

    “Well, in a sense, the Bible does guarantee salvation to those who want it badly enough, but on certain conditions. It is not as simple as only believing in and proclaiming Jesus as the Savior.” (emphasis added)

Westgerdes: What does Jesus say?

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     "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." (Matt. 7:21)

Is salvation as simple as receiving the Eucharist? The, following quote is from a children’s book.

Stories of the Blessed Sacrament––“Help children get to know Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and encourage them to remain close to him in the Eucharist all their lives.” (23 endnote N/URL)

     “When we go to Communion, like the Apostles on the night of the Last Supper, we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. The consecrated host is Jesus himself, who comes to dwell in our hearts!” (emphasis added) ––Francine Bay–Heniing Zang, Ignatius Press

Salvation is, just as simple as believing in and proclaiming Jesus as “your” Savior. Catholics and other unbelievers just do not understand that believing in Jesus means that you have acknowledged before God, that your righteousness is as a “filthy rag,” that you have recognized that you deserve to go to hell for your sin, and that you have come to believe that Jesus’s payment for sin and his victory over sin is the only correct choice. Jesus is the narrow way to everlasting life. Remember what Jesus teaches about bringing forth fruit.

     "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them … Many will say to me in that day, Lord, lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Matt. 7:18–20, 22)

     Men will see our fruit. God will see our faith.

About Catholics Team

“Catholic Assurance of Salvation” (24 endnote)

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Mentions a cross reference of Matthew 5:44–48, without quoting the passage, here is the King James Version.

     "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he, maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:44–48)

About Catholics Team

Catholic Assurance of Salvation(25 endnote)

     “We are given a commission to be perfect as God is perfect meaning, we are to love all. We are to help others gain access to God, through his Son, Jesus . . . Simply attempting to have a right relationship with God and neglecting our duty to the poor, sick and other people that need help is essentially a sin. It is the sin of formalism—A simple act of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is not enough to assure anyone of going to heaven. There is much more to it, and that is by doing the will of God.” (emphasis added).

The following Pontiff seems to agree with the simplicity and assurance of salvation through a simple act of accepting Jesus as Lord and Eucharist!

“The surest, easiest, shortest way is the Eucharist.” ––Pontiff St. Pius X

Catholics seem to be unable to comprehend the idea that only children of God can live like children of God. The “much more,” which needs to be done, comes after salvation is received. It is what is lived out as the child of God walks the talk, while becoming more like Christ.

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     The Great Catholic attack, is against the idea that you can be forgiven and receive God’s gift of everlasting life simply by accepting/trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Why is this wrong? Because Catholic Apologist must shore up the importance of the Sacraments and the Catholic Priesthood, etc. to keep Catholic followers in the Church. However, it appears that Jesus and the apostle John, think otherwise.

     "Jesus answered … This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom, he hath sent." (John 6:29)

     "Whosoever, believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God … By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments … For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:1–2, 4)     

We overcome by faith, in Christ, not by Sacraments and Church attendance.

Concerning salvation, I know that my salvation happened in an instant, the instant I realized I could be forgiven through believing in Jesus as shared in John 3:16. When you realize that hell is staring you in the face and you’re not sure where you are headed and God sees you’re concerned and seeking, your hope for a way out through God’s grace is really awesome and faith in Jesus opens the faucet! If you think that sounds simple, listen to the following two Catholic versions.

First Version

Becoming a Good Catholic?” (26 endnote N/URL)

Susan has an exceptionally long question in which she shares various concerns involving her spiritual walk, but here is her bottom line.

     Q. “My question is: If I probably won’t be a GOOD Catholic—that is, any better Catholic than I’ve been a Protestant, mainly not being a faithful churchgoer and worker—is there any point in becoming one? … Susan H., via e-mail

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     A. “You should consider this: With God’s grace, everything can change in an instant! … you CAN change for the better! Once you become Catholic, you will have unlimited sanctifying grace available to you through the sacraments, especially frequent reception of the holy Eucharist. And that grace—If you receive it with a humble and open heart—can completely change you … You could become a saint.” (emphasis added) —Priest Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.

This is kind of unique for a Catholic Priest, to say or write because when a sinner simply puts their faith in Jesus, God’s grace completely changes them, and you do become a saint! This is a clear parallel between the opposing focuses of the Catholic and biblical Christian faith.

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     Priest “John A. Hardon, S.J., World renowned Catholic theologian, professor, lecturer, and author of 20 books, among them, “The Modern Catholic Dictionary,” “The Catholic Catechism,” “The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism” gives the pamphlet a big thumbs up!

     “MY TICKET TO HEAVEN is excellent! It is a straight-forward presentation of the cardinal mysteries of the Christian Faith … I sincerely hope that this booklet will receive the wide circulation it deserves.”

     Sister M. Angelica, S.C., “There has been nothing like it ever before.”

Second Version

MY TICKET TO HEAVEN(27 endnote) The great majority of the ellipses are a part of the original text.

     “KEEP MY FACE TURNED TOWARD GOD … for turning around and going in the opposite direction; we call it: DEADLY or MORTAL SIN

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so to commit a mortal sin is the most stupid thing I can do … absolutely nothing more stupid … nonsensical … than … to turn … from … those gates of heaven and start going toward the gates of hell … nothing more disastrous … catastrophic … so disastrous … so catastrophic … it would be better if I would cease to exist, than to turn away from God … ‘Me commit sin? Never … never.’ But me remain faithful to God? Ever … ever.’ And if I maintain … this determination … this disposition of mind and soul … I can be sure of never committing sin. And I can be sure, thereby of going to heaven!

     “If I make this my policy throughout my life, to anyone asking me if I am going to heaven when I die, I can say: ‘Well, if I don’t make it, it won’t be my fault: that I guarantee you.’

     “And right there is the guarantee that I will make it.

     “To look at this from another angle, it would be a sin for me to go to hell. Because it is against God’s will for me to go to hell. And anything that is against God’s will is a sin. But I refuse to do anything that is against God’s will. With God as my helper I absolutely refuse to commit sin. Therefore, I refuse to go to hell. It’s as simple as that.” ––Priest Paul Thomas, Altoona-Johnston (PA) diocese

Let us look at the Catholicism for “dummies” Cheat Sheet to define mortal sin.

Mortal and Venial Sins in the Catholic Church(28 endnote)

     “The Church believes that if you commit a mortal sin, you forfeit heaven and opt for hell by your own free will and actions.”

There are three conditions that must be met in-order-for a mortal sin to be committed:

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     It must be a “grave matter” which, if carried out would be “intrinsically evil and immoral;” it must be carried out with the “full knowledge” that what is going to be done is a grave matter; and it must be done freely with “deliberate consent.” —dummies, A Wiley Brand

Many Catholics are not informed of the above conditions or of the following list of mortal sins.

15 Mortal Sins Catholics are Missing in their Confessions” ––Pilgrim Priest, Theology article of August 3, 2019 (endnote 28a)

     “Part I: Why Do We Need Confession and What Is Mortal Sin?

     “‘Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.’—Heb. 9:22. Thus, the only thing that can reconcile us sinners to God is a God-man Jesus Christ on His cross. [Westgerdes, At this point we see the biblical truth of Jesus’s payment being credited to a sinner’s account by faith, however, the Catholic truth comes in with the sacraments] The merits of His Passion, Death and Resurrection are communicated first by baptism (1 Pet. 3:21) and later confession of actual sins to a priest (John 20:22–23.).” (emphasis added)

     For Catholics sanctifying grace is first gained by the sacrament of water baptism and the only way it can be lost is through mortal sin. “There is no grey area in this matter—every baptized Catholic on the planet is either in sanctifying grace or mortal sin. Those who die in sanctifying grace go to heaven, or heaven via Purgatory. Those who die in mortal sin go to hell.”

     “Part II: 15 Mortal Sins Catholics Are Frequently Missing in Their Confessions

Numbers 1–2, 4–6 fall within a category which involves:
Any sexual gratification wherein sperm and egg are prevented/or have no chance of forming human life.

     “3. Immodesty, Including Wearing Leggings and Short Shorts.
     “7. Chronic failure to catechize your kids.

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     “8. Greatly harming someone’s reputation [Gossip].
     “9. Missing Sunday Mass without good reason and /or unnecessary work on Sunday.
     “10. Denying your workers, a fair wage.
     “11. Getting Drunk or High.
     “12. Saying the Name of Jesus in Vain.
     “13. Denying the Catholic faith, including any involvement in the occult even tarot cards or Ouija boards.
     “14. Skipping Friday Penance. [Which used to be eating no meat.] The new Code of Canon Law released under Pope John Paul II has only changed the type of penance, not the requirement for a Friday penance. Now, the suggestion is still to stay meatless, but a substitutionary penance is permitted in the new 1983 code.
     “15. Receiving Holy Communion with any of the above sins on your heart.

     The author ends by giving assurance to his readers that the above listed sins are all mortal sins and if your “parish priest or confessor” doesn’t agree, “please tell him I will debate him publicly on the Magisterium in any place, in any forum (his parish, street corner, or on YouTube) at any time he wants.” ––Priest David Nix,

However, in all honesty, all sin keeps us out of heaven, and there is no Purgatory. Even though the Catholic Church teaches otherwise, God does not, but God is plenteous in mercy and the same blood of Jesus that was shed to wash away our so-called venial sins also washes away our so-called mortal sins. You must decide of your own free will if you want to turn from your sin––worldly sinful enjoyments or addictions––to serve God and become more like Christ. It should be a no-brainer if you want to go to heaven!

And in all honesty, aside from all the sins mentioned in the Scriptures, it is a mortal sin to not obey all that the Catholic Church teaches as necessary to be a Catholic in matters of practice and belief. This would include not attending all required Masses, not receiving the Sacrament of Penance and the Eucharist at least once a year, and, though there may be more, not having devotions to Mary.

On January 1, 2020, Pontiff Francis commented on devotions to Mary.

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Devotion to Mary is a must(29 endnote)

     “Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life (emphasis added)––If our faith is not to be reduced merely to an idea or a doctrine, all of us need a mother’s heart.” ––Pontiff Francis

Devotion to Mary, Model of Femininity(30 endnote)

     “Yesterday was a celebration of Corpus Christi—Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Mary, who was His first Tabernacle, is our ultimate icon and guide to, perfect, traditional catholic femininity.

     “Through Mary, we get access to the fullness of Christ … through her, Man becomes godly.

     “The Three Hail Marys Devotion”

     “Three Hail Marys to be said when waking up and when going to bed.” ––Traditional Catholic Femininity

Biblically, Jesus is simpler and a 100 percent surety!

     "Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." (1 John 4:13)

     "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because, we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." (1 John 3:14)

     "And this is his commandment, That, we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." (1 John 3:23)

Clearly these passages say that we are saved by faith, and to validate or prove this faith, it should be followed up with love for our brethren and neighbors.

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About Catholics Team 

“Catholic Assurance of Salvation”

     “It is not enough to ‘win souls’ or prophesy or send Bibles to China.”

The following article is from The Berean Call/The Christian Post (31 endnote)

China hearing gospel via Africa; church growing amid brutal persecution(32 endnote)

     As a result of the influx of Chinese resources and approximately 10,000 Chinese-owned companies, the estimated 227,000 to 1 million Chinese working on the continent are hearing the message of the Gospel from African evangelical Christians.

    “Many local African churches have reached out to Chinese workers … And a small but growing number of ethnically Chinese missionaries from Taiwan and other countries are specifically targeting Chinese nationals in Africa.” ––Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post

Read also “How Africa is converting China,” UnHerd, February 13, 2019. (32a)

Praise God!

A Bible-believing Christian would not attest to the idea that it is necessary to win souls or prophesy or send Bibles to China to be saved. We are saved by God’s undeserved grace through a free-will act of faith in Jesus. A changed life of love and good works should follow. If not, that person was not saved because a good tree or branch bears good fruit.

Here are a couple of verses for Catholics to consider.

     "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he, that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Heb. 11:6)

     "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10)

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If a person commits one sin, they are just as guilty before God as if they had committed every sin.

Number Three, Douglas Beaumont––“Can We Know That We Have Eternal Life” (33 endnote)  (33a endnote)

Beaumont

     “Many Christians point to 1 John 5:13 as proof that the apostle wrote his epistle to assure believers of their final salvation based on their present belief. The verse reads: ‘I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life’ (RSV). It looks like an open-and-shut case, right? Maybe not.” (emphasis added)

This quote from 1 John 5:13 (RSV) has intentionally left out half of the verse, being guilty of removing words of God inspired by the Holy Spirit from the scriptures. The King James Version gives us the full truth of what God wanted us to hear.

     "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:13)

The two reasons John wrote this book is so that, “ye may believe” in Jesus, and second, that “ye may know that ye have eternal life.”

Apostle John continues speaking of the believer’s assurance and what God expects of them as his children.

     "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols. Amen." (1 John 5:19–21)

As a true believer in Christ, our salvation has been secured for eternity; “we are in him.”

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Catholic Apologist are good at adding words in between the lines of scripture called human reasoning, philosophy etc., you can’t see them in there or find them but they allow Catholics to over-ride the words printed on the page right in front of them called “God’s word.”

Apostle John also knew exactly how to communicate what God wanted his followers to know. He knew Jesus personally and was writing under the inspiration of the
Holy Spirit.

Beaumont

     “Even if John did write his first epistle to communicate assurance of future salvation to us and others … such assurance is not said to be based on belief alone—nor is such assurance said to be permanent.”

According to Merriam-Webster

     Eternal means: “Infinite duration: everlasting … abiding fellowship … continued without intermission: perpetual … seemingly endless … existing at all times: timeless.”

     Assurance means: “Being certain in mind … confidence of mind … easy freedom from self, doubt … security … pledge, guarantee … the act of conveying real property … insurance.”

Beaumont’s argument seems to be falling apart, he appears to be frustrated with the apostle John for writing confusing information or he may be frustrated with the biblical believers who cannot understand his argument.

Beaumont

     “By the time we reach 1 John 5:13, the author has cited numerous conditions of eternal life that are difficult to assess even personally, much less concerning anyone else.”

God’s preserved word, the scriptures, are genuine and clear, an individual’s understanding may be marred by sin, unbelief, lack of knowledge/seeking and they may not
have yet received the genuine baptism of the Holy Spirit.

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Jesus shares with his disciples two purposes of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

     "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever … But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:16, 26; see also 15:26)

     "The Comforter … he will reprove the world of sin … because they believe not on me … he will guide you into all truth … he will shew you, things to come." (John 16:7–9, 13)

Catholicism never admits defeat, even though they have as a witness the Scripture and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

     "Moses and the prophets … If they hear not … neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." (Luke 16:29, 31)

Jesus shared with the apostles the mystery of the kingdom of God, concerning the truths in the parables, but to those outside the kingdom he did not.

     "That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be, forgiven them." (Mark 4:12)

Beaumont

     “To use 1 John 5:13 to assure others that they have eternal life (or that they will keep it) is therefore unwarranted.

Don’t forget, according to Douglas Beaumont and the Catholic Church, you can lose your salvation or decide to quit anytime you want, and the title of the article is “Can We Know That We Have Eternal Life (1 John 5:13)?”

The Catholic answer is or seems to be—maybe but then maybe not but hypothetically you can be sure that you can never know for sure if someone else has it.

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So, from a Catholic standpoint, do not worry about having an assurance of everlasting life, just stay put in Mother Church’s lap. Look at everything through the eyes of Catholicism and the Catholic Church. And do not be over-scrupulous concerning your sinful guilt, and do not listen too intently to those who may try to tell you differently.

However, biblically, do listen to the Holy Trinity, which work in tandem, using the law written on your heart and in the Scriptures.

     "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)

     "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1)

     "Whosoever, abideth in him sinneth not: whosover sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (1 John 3:6–9)

Apostle Paul explains our struggle with sin, between the law of the flesh and the law of God.

     "If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me … now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me … O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our, Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, But with the flesh the law of sin." (Rom. 7:16–17, 20, 24–25)

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Here is more on how true believers should walk following their salvation.

     "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." (1 John 5:18)

     "And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.

     "He that saith he abideth in him ought also so to walk, even as he walked.

     "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man, love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

     "These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man, teach you." (1 John 2:3, 6, 15, 26–27)

     "But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother, have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in, deed and in truth." (1 John 3:17–18)

     "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)

Past and living Pontiffs have, or are, working toward establishing a “spiritual” unity with all religions. However, the group which Pontiff Francis seems to be the most concerned with are the biblical Christians, who are working to lead Catholics and all men, women, and children to Christ.

Catholics and or Catholic Apologists are constantly trying to prove that what Biblical Christians teach concerning salvation, is simply wrong, simply false because of ignorance, and simply without common sense or reasoning.

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Biblical Christians are constantly trying to teach the Simple Gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection apart from good works and according to the scriptures, apart from the traditions of men.

     "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." (1 John 4:7)

     "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which, he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself." (1 John 5:9–10)

Since the death of Christ, the assurance of the believer’s salvation and the gift of eternal life comes from God’s word and God the Holy Spirit. God’s witness is true and greater than man’s, whether they be Pastors, Priests, Pontiffs, so called Church Fathers, Saints or a Women called, The Blessed Virgin Mary.

     "He that believeth not God hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:10–15)

It is according to God’s will that we be saved through believing, in other words, through faith. Ask him to save you; he will hear you because he is not a liar. You will receive assurance from God’s written word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. As Peter wrote, God does not want anyone to perish.

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     "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance". (2 Pet. 3:9)

Priest, Mitch Pacwa, SJ, is described as an “internationally acclaimed biblical scholar, TV personality, and author," who presents a free, one-hour webcast.

     During his program, Scripture and Tradition, dated 2/12/2019, he shared about God’s love and concern for us and our place and time in history. He shared that Jesus’s time on earth was well planned out, which I agree. It is clearly laid out in scripture in minute detail, and as recorded in scripture, it was 100 percent carried out.

     But then Pacwa goes on to share that God did not do so for us; our existence was by total happenstance and without any forethought: “We all just happen to be born the way we are, with our different shape and size, color, time and place all by accident.”

However, God is very, concerned about our souls and where each of us will spend eternity. As stated by Apostle Peter, God is not willing that any of us should perish. This next verse shows how God placed us at a time and place that would provide us with the best opportunity to accomplish this. Let us see what Luke wrote in Acts about Apostle Paul’s message at Mar’s Hill.

     "In, the midst of Mar’s Hill … For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you … God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands." (Acts 17:22–24)

God dwells in temples made with his hands, in those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus. God dwells in their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. True believers are God’s temple. Apostle Paul shares on this subject with the Church at Corinth.

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     "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man, defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Cor. 3:16–17)

Peter also speaks of God’s nearness and availability in Acts.

     Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life … breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us. (Acts 17:25–27)

Again, all “these things” mentioned by Beaumont in 1 John are requirements or possessions of believers or ought to be the results manifested in the lives of believers who possess eternal life.
Do you want to possess Catholicism and all she requires and teaches, or do you want to possess eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ?

Jesus has commanded his followers to love, and he has given us a helper, the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is given to believers to guide and strengthen them to accomplish “these things.”
Are you waiting and searching for forgiveness and perfect love? Then, come and surrender to Jesus.

When Constantine, the Roman Emperor, went out, conquering other nations and peoples, they all were brought into the Catholic Church. When the Spanish ruler went out to conquer in South America, this was also the practice. Jesus wants a spiritual conquering, which comes through a humble repentant heart of faith.

Apostle Peter declared the surety of our salvation.

     "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the *resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who

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are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Pet. 1:3–5)

Peter’s comment above presents a substantial proof for the biblical Gospel of salvation. There is no mention of the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, of the requirement of
good works for salvation, or that there is absolutely no assurance of salvation. There is also no mention of the Eucharist.

Peter’s focus is on God’s mercy, our being born again, our new lively hope, Jesus’s resurrection, our inheritance in heaven as being incorruptible, undefiled, unfading, and reserved in heaven, and finally we are kept by God’s power through faith.

I am all in, committed to God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I can only say thank you, thank you, thank you. I dare not ask whether there is anything I need to do or that I can contribute toward my salvation.
Are you all in for Jesus? This next person was not, and he still came to the wedding!

     "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind, him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matt. 22:11–14)

In the Scriptures, wedding clothes and white robes represent Jesus’s righteousness that is the ultimate and only possible covering for sin. Any additions to it would insult the payment he made for us with his sinless blood.

This next lady got it right!

Keep Your Fork, the Best is Yet to Come!”
         Seen on Facebook (Author and date not known or given).

     “There was a Christian lady who was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and … given three months to live … she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house … ‘This is very important,’ … ‘I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand … The women explained, ‘In all my years of attending church socials and potluck dinners, I always remember that

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when the dishes of the main courses were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of Heaven … She Knew that something better was coming. At her funeral … Over and over, the pastor heard the question ‘What’s with the fork?’ And over and over he smiled … So, the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so gently, that the best is yet to come … Nothing scary. Nothing unknown. Jesus Christ is right there with us all the way.”

Saved by The Cross,” by Priest Harrison Ayre of the Diocese of Victoria, British Columbia, presented by Michael Heinlein of Simply Catholic. (33b endnote)

     “While we are familiar with the idea that the Cross saves, perhaps we are unfamiliar with how the Cross accomplishes salvation—How does the Cross save us? There are two aspects … What happens on the Cross, and how that is extended to us?

    “Sacramentally united to Jesus by Baptism, we are conformed to Jesus so that He lives out the Mystery of his Life, death, and resurrection in us, and gives us The Sacraments as the Principal means of encountering that salvation. (emphasis added)

     “Encountered continually today, in Mystery through The Sacramental Life of The Church—by which we are given the grace to be saved.” Simply Catholic

This sacramental life presents Catholicism in its simplicity and mystery. However, the mystery of the Cross with salvation by God’s grace through faith is even simpler. The Apostle Paul said it well, “We preach Christ Jesus the Lord.”

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     "We have this Ministry … we have received mercy, we, faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our *gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious *gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

     "For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Cor. 4:1–6)

     "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." (2 Cor. 5:7–8)

     "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: But I speak concerning Christ and the Church." (Eph. 5:30–32)

The Church is made up of each individual believer, it is not a political or denominational entity. And the believing individuals of Christ’s church have Christ in them, which is their hope of glory.

     "Praying always … And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the *gospel." (Eph. 6:18–19)

     "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God, would make known

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what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col. 1:26–27)

     "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ." (Col. 2:2)

     "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified, in the Spirit, seen, of angels, preached, unto the Gentiles, believed, on in the world, received up into glory." (1 Tim. 3:16)

Catholicism preaches Catholicism and that the mystery of God’s saving grace, comes through the Eucharistic Jesus, and through faith in the sacraments.

Biblical Christianity preaches Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross and that the revealed mystery of God’s saving grace comes through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord.

 “What is the Catholic Church?(33c endnote)

Gleanings:
     The Church is a global diverse community, over a billion strong, encompassing a wide spectrum of political beliefs yet united by the same central/focal point of religious belief/faith or written creeds.

     The Church is Christian and synonymous with Christianity, being first, the Catholic Church is Christianity all other groups have splintered away.

     The Church is a worldwide group with a leadership structure of servant-leaders encompassed by the ritual/Sacrament of Holy Orders being ordained/commissioned to be Priest. This priesthood carries the responsibility of acting in the place of Jesus and is the continuation of Jesus’s tradition of choosing men to be his apostles who would carry on his mission.

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     The Church is re-presenting Jesus sacrifice on the cross through its priesthood in the Eucharistic liturgy/Mass which is the focal role of its establishment. Catholics gather-together at each mass to worship Jesus as the priest consecrates the bread and wine into Jesus body and blood which is then consumed; Thus, completing the ritual/Sacrament of Holy Communion which is the center of Catholic faith and worship.

     The Church also through the ritual/Sacrament of Baptism are expected and responsible as called priest, prophet, and king to carry on Jesus work.

     The Church, like all institutions, deals with bad leaders and failing leadership but our faith and hope in Jesus Christ, remains, and holds us together. About Catholics Team

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Chapter Four

THE ROLE OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

We learned about what heaven will be like and whether you can have assurance of everlasting life in the past three chapters. Now in chapters four and five, we will look at the role of the Catholic Catechism and the Bible to see which is your best or winning choice in regard to eternity. In chapter six, we will compare the two most prominent Gospels in Christendom.

     The Paulist Fathers established the “Paulist National Catholic Evangelization” … 1984 – 1999 – “Another Look,” a national ministry to inactive Catholics … PNCEA. In 2009 the “PNCEA” adopted a new name and logo and became known as “Paulist Evangelization Ministries (PEM).”

I wrote the following letter in 1988 to “Another Look” to find out what needed to be believed to be a Catholic.

Another Look, (34 endnote)

     I receive your newsletter and fi nd it interesting. Articles that I am interested in seeing in your newsletter include: What does a person need to believe in order to be a (Roman) Catholic? And what can a Catholic do to give himself the greatest amount of assurance of attaining heaven?
     Thank you for your interest in me. If you do not address these questions in your next newsletter, could you please send an answer to me soon. These are two questions that have me puzzled.
     Thank you,
     Gary Westgerdes

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     "NATIONAL CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION ASSOCIATION
     3031 Fourth Street, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20017— (202) 832–5022—Under the Direction of the Paulist Fathers.

"22 January 1988
Gary Westgerdes
Box 83
Montezuma, OH 45866

     "Dear Mr. Westgerdes,
     Thank you for your letter of January 3, 1988.

     "What does a person need to believe in order to be a Catholic? Great question!
     Unfortunately, a simple answer in a one-page letter is impossible, considering all the scholarship and debates surrounding this issue.

    "I would like to suggest that you contact a priest in your area. Make an appointment and let him know what you want to discuss. Also, you might want to consider reading the following two books:

     "Basics of the Faith: A Catholic Catechism by Dr. Alan Schreck. Ann Arbor: Servant Publications, 1987.
     Understanding Catholicism by Dr. Monika Hellwig. Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press.

     "Hope this will help. God bless you.
     Sincerely, Mr. Thomas D. Carter, Programs Coordinator.

     "Inviting the 75,000,000 unchurched Americans and the 15,000,000 inactive Catholics to be enriched by Jesus Christ within the Catholic family of believers."
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In response to my own letter, this Gospel was compiled in 2011 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church © 1994. My goal was to express the Catholic Gospel truthfully and clearly, so that both Catholics and non-Catholics may see for themselves what is taught and compare it with the Scriptures.

Catechism Quotes are followed by (CCC–####) Any clarification articles will be clearly noted.
I have used within the Scripture and Catechism quotes, italics for (added emphasis).

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The asterisk seen in Scripture and Catechism quotes is there to identify these as the *Keys of Heaven for the respective Gospels.

     “New Catechism––Archbishop of Paris Jean-Marie Lustiger holds up a copy of the Roman Catholic Church’s first new catechism in 426 years during a news conference Monday in Paris. The 676-page guideline on doctrine is a major push to strengthen the church’s presence worldwide.” (emphasis added)

     AP Photo caption, “New Catechism,” The Daily Standard, November 17, 1992, 6.

"THE ROLE OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH" (35 endnote)

This catechism, spearheaded by Pontiff John Paul II, was published, and copyrighted in 1994.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CATECHISMS 
     The catechisms of the Catholic Church are an important tool to teach Church beliefs. The catechisms quote from many “encyclicals, church council documents,” as well as the Scriptures. These are the major references or starting points used to develop Catholic teachings. A catechism, unlike the Bible, is not inspired by the Holy Spirit. Like a tool, the catechism is a handy go-to as a consolidation of Catholic Church teachings.
     In 1566 the first Catholic catechism was published. It came after the Council of Trent and was named, the Roman Catechism. A new universal catechism was not published until 1994, and it was named The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CATECHISM 
     Its primary function is “to explain the teachings of the Catholic faith.” It makes a wonderful source for all non-Catholics to see and read what the Catholic Church really teaches. All issues, arguments, and misunderstandings concerning Roman Catholic doctrines and beliefs may be resolved by reading the catechism.

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     The Catechism of The Catholic Church (CCC) says: “The Church’s message ‘is true and solid … one and the same way of Salvation appears throughout the Whole World’” (emphasis added) (CCC-174). 

IS THERE ONLY ONE CATECHISM? 

     “There is only one official Catechism of the Catholic Church,” which was adapted to meet the different age groups represented in the Church.

DO CATHOLICS BELIEVE THE CATECHISM IS LIKE THE BIBLE? 
     “Catholics do not.

WHY UPDATE THE CATECHISM? 
     The Catholic Church claims that her teachings do not change, but they do admit that their “understanding of the revelation of Jesus Christ can develop.” An example of this would be issues that come up during the present day, such as the killing of unborn children in the womb and the advancements in warfare such as nuclear weapons.

     “The *Church … guards ‘The faith …’ teaches … the language of faith … introduce(s) … the understanding and the life of faith” (emphasis added) (CCC-171). 

HOW CAN I READ THE CATECHISM? 
     The Catholic Church wants the Catechism to be made available to everyone. It may be purchased, downloaded to Kindle, or read on the Vatican website.

     “Sacred Tradition … Scriptures and the Magisterium of the Church … One … cannot stand without the others … all contribute to the Salvation of Souls” (emphasis added) (CCC-95).

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Chapter Five

THE ROLE OF THE BIBLE FOR BIBLICAL BELIEVERS (36 endnote) 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BIBLE  

As shared earlier, Jesus presents the account of Lazarus and the rich man and the importance of the scriptures.

     Abraham saith unto him, They, have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said … but if one went unto them from the dead, they will, repent. And he said unto him, If, they hear not Moses and the prophets; neither will they, be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:29–31) (Moses and the Prophets, representing the Old Testament; )

In regard to the phrase “As it is written,” it appears fourteen times in the KJV Old Testament.

Jesus warns and assures us that God is in control.

     “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Luke 21:33)

God has given to us the holy Scriptures to live by, to guide us and to instruct us throughout our life. God the Holy Spirit, as our Helper, uses the Scriptures to accomplish this (John 16:13). God uses the phrase “as it is written” thirty-one times in the New Testament to teach us to use the Scriptures.

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Jesus quoted the Scriptures to defeat and rebuke Satan after he spent forty days and forty nights in the wilderness fasting. Satan came to Jesus three times, twisting the Scriptures, trying to get Jesus to falter in his humanity and weakened state. Jesus stood firm against the wiles and temptations of the devil, defeating him handily at his false reasoning and promises (Matt. 4:1–10).

Jesus gives a final rebuke to the Devil.

     "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou, shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Matt. 4:10)

     This presents a dilemma; are Catholics serving Catholicism and the Blessed Virgin Mary? If so, they have a choice, they can either convert and serve God, reading and obeying the Scriptures as Jesus did, or they can continue down the broad path that they have found comfortable, serving Catholicism in its ecumenism with the world’s religions and serving Mary by praying the rosary.
     God’s Word, the Scriptures, were written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for both the Old and New Testaments. They were written as an assured message from God that would never pass away.

     "Jesus saith––Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (John 20:29–31)

God has authored the Bible, using faithful servants throughout history. Many look to the King James Version as the true and God preserved Word of God in English and as others have pointed out, this is significant as we await Christ return and as English continues to become the world’s universal language.

THE PURPOSE OF THE BIBLE 

     The Scriptures declare that the Bible’s purpose is for preaching, teaching, and warning.

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"For Christ sent me … to preach the *gospel … the preaching of the cross … the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe … we preach Christ crucified." (1 Cor. 1:17–18, 21, 23)

     "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

     "They that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word." (Acts 8:4)

     "In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous … disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection … despisers of those that are good, traitors … lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away … ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth—Preach the word … with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine." (2 Tim. 3:1–5, 7; 4:2–3)

IS THERE ONLY ONE BIBLE? 

     Men have produced many new Bible translations since the King James Version (KJV). The KJV is copyright free, it reads nicer, and some say it is easier to memorize. Some may struggle with it at first as I did, but the Holy Spirit gives understanding.
    In the dash to ecumenism and the reversal of the reformation, newer versions are using the same manuscripts as the Catholic Church, one of which is the New International Version (NIV). These new translations are being or have been patterned after the Catholic version, minus only the Apocrypha.

The New International Version, Translator Preface
     “The Committee held to certain goals for the NIV: that it be an Accurate, Beautiful, Clear, and Dignified translation suitable for public and private reading, teaching,     preaching, memorizing, and liturgical use. (emphasis added)

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     “‘The translators’ work didn’t end when the NIV was published in 1978. The original mandate, given in 1965, was to continue the work of Bible translation, ensuring that the NIV always reflects the very best of biblical scholarship and contemporary English. The NIV saw its first major update in 1984 and was again refreshed for modern language in 2011. The Committee on Bible Translation still meets every year, reviewing the work in painstaking detail—because when translating God’s Word, it’s all about getting the words right.” (emphasis added)

Westgerdes—Man is supposedly getting the words right, while God is keeping his word right.

EXAMPLES 
     Along with the NIV and NIRV, the Catholic Bible, the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE), has also been updated to support the idea of an ongoing salvation that involves faith, with a life of continuous good works to “achieve” salvation. This view is supported by verses that use the phrase “we are being saved,” while the KJV uses “we are saved.” The C-RV Challoner-Rheims Version is a Catholic version translated from the Latin Vulgate and is a revision published in 1941; it also uses “we are saved,” and in some instances reads the same as the KJV. The verses in question are:

1 Corinthians 1:18 “The preaching (or message) of the cross to us who:
KJV, C-RV “are saved” NIV, NIRV, NABRE “being saved”

1 Corinthians 15:2 “The gospel, by which also you:
KJV, NIV, NIRV “are saved” NABRE, C-RV “being saved.”

2 Corinthians 2:15 “To God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that:
KJV, C-RV “are saved” NIV, NIRV, NABRE “are being saved”

Acts 2:47 “… the Lord added to the church daily such as should:
KJV, C-RV “be saved” NIV, NIRV, NABRE “being saved”

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1 Corinthians 15:1–4 KJV “I declare unto you the *gospel … By which also:
KJV, NIV, NIRV “ye are saved” NABRE, C-RV “are being saved”

The inconsistencies in the new versions are seen in these following verses. Instead of a clear separation between the KJV “are saved” and the NIV “being saved” which denotes a salvation of faith plus works without any present assurance, now the KJV, NIV and others are agreeing in these verses:

2 Thessalonians 2:8–10 “received not the love of the truth, that they:
KJV, NIV, NABRE, C-RV “be saved,” NIRV “would save”

Ephesians 2:5 “we … dead in sins … quickened … with Christ:
KJV “are saved” NIV, NABRE, C-RV “been saved” NRIV “has saved”

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace (God’s) … through faith:
KJV “are ye saved” NIV, NABRE, C-RV “have been saved” NRIV
“has saved”

Which then is correct? The consistent revelation of scripture is that “we are saved” through faith in Christ.

     "And when they shall say unto you, seek, unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isa. 8:19–20; see also Ps. 119: 130; Prov. 6:30)

THE BIBLE SHOULD NOT BE UPDATED 

     "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou, shalt preserve them from this generation forever.

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All thy commandments are faithful … For ever, O LORD, thy, word is settled in heaven … Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever." (Ps. 12:6–7; 119:86, 89, 160)

Jesus—"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Luke 21:33; Mark 13:31; Matt. 24:35; read also Isa. 40:8; 1 Pet.1:23–25; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 15:3–4)

READ THE BIBLE FOR WISDOM AND EVERYDAY GUIDANCE, WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART 

     Gleaned from Psalm 119 some responses and benefits by and for those who know God’s Word. Thy Word I: Hid in mine heart. (v. 11); Order my steps. (v. 133); Loveth it. (v. 140); Was grieved, because they kept not. (v. 158); Esteem … hate every false way. (v. 128); Standeth in awe. (v. 161); Rejoice … as one that findeth great spoil. (v. 162)

THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 

     "The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost." (Rom. 5:5)

     "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." (Rom. 15:13)

     "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed––sanctified––justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

     "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (1 Cor. 6:9–11; 12:13; see also 6:19–20; Eph. 1:12; 5:9)

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     "For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith—This I say then, Walk, in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh—If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Gal. 5:5, 16, 25)

     "And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost." (1 Thess. 1:6)

Quench not the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19).

     The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines the word quench as 2.1 “Stifle or suppress” 2.2 “Reduce (someone) to silence” 3. “Rapidly cool” 3.1 “Suppress or damp (an effect such as luminescence …)” Origin “… (… ‘put out, extinguish’), of Germanic origin.”

     "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly." (1 Tim. 4:1)

The Spirit has a voice, and we as Bible-believing Christians can expect to hear his voice.

     "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us." (2 Tim. 1:13, 14)

     "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus 3:5)

     "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ … through sanctification of the Spirit … preached the *gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven." (1 Pet. 1:1–2, 12)

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Peter has recorded the Christians’ purpose and goal to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Holy Ghost. Next this is followed by godliness which is evidenced in love for the brethren, the members of the Church family.

     "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever." (1 Pet. 1:22)

Jesus speaks to the Churches, referring to each individual member.

     "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is, in the midst of the paradise of God … he that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death … to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17)

     "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. . . .These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie." (Rev. 3:5–9)

Jesus speaks to the Churches concerning those who overcome during the tribulation period.

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     "Behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man, take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. . . .These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So, because thou art lukewarm … I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear . . . and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man, hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." (Rev. 3:9–22)

Apostle John questions an angel concerning a scene he sees in heaven.

     "What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? … These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They

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shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in-the-midst-of the throne, shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (Rev. 7:13–14)

The Holy Trinity of God is seen here as the Apostle Paul sets the record straight for Church leaders, all believers are established in Christ, are anointed of God and are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Church leaders should not and do not have dominion over the believer’s faith; they are instead, to be helpers of their joy.

     "Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God, Who, hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. Moreover, I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as, yet unto Corinth. Not for that we have dominion over your faith but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.” (2 Cor. 1:21–24)

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Chapter Six

CATHOLIC OR CHRISTIAN AND THE GOSPEL COMPARISON

Biblical Gospel—Scripture: King James Version
Catholicism’s Gospel—Catechism of the Catholic Church © 1994

The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans” ––first written mention of the Catholic Church. (37 endnote)  (37a)

     “Chapter 8. Let nothing be done without the bishop”
     “See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father––Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” (emphasis added) ––New Advent

     “The combination ‘the Catholic Church’ (he katholike ekklesia) is found for the first time in the letter of St. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans [8:1–2] written about the year [AD] 110. … 23) ‘Now it [the Church] is called Catholic because it is throughout the world … But the real strength of the argument lies in the patristic evidence.’” ––New Advent, The Catholic Encyclopedia

The first written evidence of an entity or group called “Christians” is found in Scripture.

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     "When they heard these things, they … glorified God, saying, Then, hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to … the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord. Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord, For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

     "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul (Paul): And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:18–26)

The following sermon is found at “Regina Prophetarum, Traditional Sermons for Traditional Catholics.” It was given two weeks after Easter on April 26, 2020, 35:24 minutes.

To Whose Voice Shall We Open Up Our Souls to Lead Us?”

     The Catholic sermon begins by mentioning Alex Jones, a radio talk show host, and Jim Jones the leader of a cult at Jonestown in 1978 and how they both used fear to impress and gather followers. Mention is also made of today’s health pandemic, COVID–19. Here are excerpts from a “Summary” of the message.

     “About all that is going on today, it is hard to be certain. It is messy. It is confused … and perplexing at times. We must be patient. There is,

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however, something we can be very certain about. It is our faith and how it works. Faith is based on authority from above. It is founded on God … because He said so. It is faith that keeps the antichrist at bay and wards off all the evils in the world. It is faith that tells us that the devil and all his minions cannot do anything without God’s permission.

     “Let us not give way to some … over, simplification or allowing the sophist-like-media be our shepherds, men whose tongue is their strength but have no license from God to speak. Instead, let’s … (use) solid philosophical principles of truth and causality … Let us not lose sight that there are two eternities … one up and one down, and we must be led in either direction. Whose voice, therefore, are you opening-up soul to hear? Only one voice has connections to the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” (emphasis added)—Accessed 4/27/2020.
http://reginaprophetarum.org/audio/20200426-To-Whose-Voice-ShallWe-Open-Up-Our-Souls-to-Lead-us.mp3.

As you read the Comparison you can quickly confirm the Catechism quotes by searching for, CCC and the number.

THE COMPARISON

     1. (Catholicism)
     Jesus “Opened” The Door to Heaven.

     By His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ has “opened” Heaven to us … He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ (emphasis added) (CCC-1026). 

     “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus ––“outside the Church there is no salvation” (38 endnote)  (38a)

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a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life.’” (emphasis added) (St. Irenaeus of Lyons. Against Heresies, III. 4). ––Orthodox Church Quotes

     1. (Biblical)
     Jesus “IS” The Door to and of Heaven!

Baptism is described as a door by the Catholic Church (CCC-846). Jesus describes himself as the Door to heaven.
God’s Son Jesus confirms his status as our Saviour.

     "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber … Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep—I am the door: if any man, enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture—I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep—My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able, to pluck them out of my Father’s hand." (John 10:1, 7–11, 14–18, 27–29)

Apostle Paul writes about Jesus our Great Shepherd.

     "Now the God of peace, that brought again *from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make, you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Heb. 13:20–21)

Apostle Peter refers to Jesus as our Saviour.

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     "To them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2 Pet. 1:1–4)

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     Church–-Foundation–-Salvation

     The *Church is apostolic … built on a lasting foundation: “the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev 21:14) … indestructible (cf. Mt 16:18) … upheld infallibly in truth: Christ governs her through Peter and the other apostles, who are present in their successors, the Pope and the college of bishops (emphasis added) (CCC-869). 

     The Lord made St. Peter the visible foundation of his *Church. He entrusted the keys of the Church to him. (emphasis added) (CCC-936). 

     [The *Church] Has Received The *keys of the Kingdom of heaven so that in Her, sins may be forgiven through Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit’s action. In this *Church, the soul dead through sin comes back to life in order to live with Christ, whose grace has saved us {526 St Augustine, Sermo 214, 11: PL 38, 1071–1072} (emphasis added)(CCC-981). 

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     The Pope enjoys, by divine institution, “supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls (emphasis added) (CCC-937). 

Inside the Vatican Magazine—Since 1993.
          A letter received by Gary Westgerdes multiple times.

Spring 2013

Dear Friend in Christ, (39 endnote)

     “The Pope is the most important man in the world, without question! He’s far more important than any other religious figure, or any president, prime minister, king, billionaire, CEO, writer, artist, scientist, inventor, or celebrity we could ever name.

     “No one on earth even comes close to the Holy Father in importance. He carries on His shoulders the spiritual welfare of 1.3 billion Catholics, plus that of countless non-Catholics who admire him. Billions of people respect his words. Hundreds of millions pray for him. His actions guide the world’s greatest body of believers and affect the course of world history.” ––Robert B. Moynihan, PH.D.

Check out also a secular view of the Pontiff’s importance. “Why is the Pope so important?” —Yann Peze, Quora, August 28, 2018

Here are 10 official titles of Pope Francis and their meaning." (40 endnote)

     “1. Pope: Italian for papa. First used in the 6th century. Describes the Pope as the Churches father hence, the Holy Father.
       2. Pontifex Maximus: Pons, Latin for bridge. Denoting a “bridge builder.”
       3. Summus Pontifex: Refers to the Churches highest priest.
       4. Pontiff: From pontifex. Also referring to the highest priest, leading to such titles as “supreme pontiff or the Roman pontiff.”

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      5. Servant of the Servants of God: “Adopted by St. Gregory the Great in 602.” It represents “the pope’s role as a servant to the people of God” as he imitates Jesus Christ.

      6. Vicar of Christ: Added in the 5th century “by St. Leo the Great” reminding faithful Catholics about “the pope’s role as an earthly representative whom Jesus appoints to shepherd his flock.”

        7. Sovereign of the Vatican City State: Give recognition to the Pope as “leader of the Vatican City State.”

        8. Bishop of Rome: Used since St. Peter “for his role as the local bishop of the city of Rome.”

        9. Primate of Italy: Historically, each region of governing of the Church has a “primate,” referring to “the first or primary leader of the Church in that specific area.”

       10. His Holiness: A title which is commonly used “when addressing the pope,” but it is used also to address “other religious leaders in the English language.”

     The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism explains: “For it is through Christ’s *Catholic Church alone which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth, the one body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the people of God  (emphasis added) (CCC-816).

Scrolling down you will see a book by Trent Horn titled, Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons. (41 endnote)

Book description: “Why—(God) inspired a holy book and founded an infallible Church—?”

     To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The *Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” … she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood. {334 St. Augustine,

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Serm. 96, 7, 9: PL 38, 588; St. Ambrose, De virg. 18, 118: PL 16, 297; cf. already 1 Pet 3:20–21} (emphasis added) (CCC-845). 

     “Outside the *Church there is no salvation.” … Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body: Basing itself on scripture and tradition the Council teaches that the *Church … is necessary for salvation … which men enter through *Baptism as through a door … Hence, they could not be saved who, knowing that the *Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it  (emphasis added) (CCC-846).

What is Absolutely Necessary?” (42 endnote N/URL)

    “Q. What is absolutely necessary for me to be saved? Teresa, via email

    “A. In Hebrews 11:6 we read what seems to be a minimal answer: ‘For anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.’

   “The Church teaches that outside the Church there is no salvation … It does mean, first, that salvation is available only through Jesus Christ. It means further that wherever the grace of Christ operates, it always works in His mystical body, the Church.

     “Non-Catholic entities can be a means of salvation because what they teach is Catholic truth. However, to have access to the fullness of grace … one must be a member of ‘the one true Church, the Catholic Church.’

     “‘Even if one is fully incorporated into the Church and accepts all her teachings and her guidance, that does not guarantee salvation … one who does not … persevere in charity [in love and service of the Lord Jesus Christ] is not saved.’” ––Catholic Answers

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     Jesus–-Foundation–-Salvation

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Prophet Isaiah writes about his personal relationship with God, the LORD Jehovah.

     "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation." (Isa. 12:2)

Jesus calls us to be servants.

     "Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven … But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." (Matt. 23:8–9, 11)

     "According to the grace of God, which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ … let no man Glory in Men." (1 Cor. 3:10–11, 21)

Be faithful to Jesus as Jesus was to God the Father.

     "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to him that appointed him." (Heb. 3:1–2)

Jesus asked, and Peter answered correctly.

     "Whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered … *Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God … Jesus answered … Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That, thou art Peter, and *upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell, shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the *keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:

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and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was *Jesus the Christ. From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and *suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be *killed, and be *raised again the third day." (Matt. 16:15–21)

The Rock of the Church is clearly Jesus, why would a sinful man who could not possibly die for our sins be the Rock of the Church?

Peter preached boldly about the peace we have in Christ.

     "Preaching peace by Jesus Christ … whom they *slew and hanged on a tree: Him God *raised up the third day and shewed him openly … even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he *rose from the dead. And he commanded us … to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness … through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:36, 39–43)

Paul preached boldly the Gospel he received from Jesus.

     "Brethren, I declare unto you the *gospel––Christ *died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was *buried, and that he *rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen." (1 Cor. 15:1–5)

Jesus taught boldly about himself, the Christ, in all the scriptures.

     "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have *suffered these things, and to enter, into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:25–27)

Jesus used the Scripture because God had set it up from the foundations of the earth.

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     "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17)

     "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the *gospel is preached unto you." (1 Pet. 1:23–25)

One day we will be living together with Jesus.

     "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who *died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him." (1 Thess. 5:9–10)

Believers living with Jesus

     "Are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Pet. 1:5)

     "I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude … stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes … And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb." (Rev. 7:9–10)

Isaiah’s description of the Messiah, and what the Messiah has accomplished.

     "Who hath believed our report? … He (Jesus) hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:

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the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and The LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: He is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: For the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his *grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his *death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him, he hath put him to grief, when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore, will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto *death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." (Isa. 53:1–12)

     3. (Catholicism)
     Sacraments—Efficacious Signs—Visible

     The *Church in this world is the *sacrament of salvation, the sign, and the instrument of the communion of God and men (emphasis added) (CCC-780). 

     “The Riches of Christ are communicated to all the members through the *sacraments.” {478 St. Thomas Aquinas, Symb., 10} (emphasis added) (CCC-947). 

     The saving work … is revealed and active in the *Church’s sacraments … The seven sacraments are the signs and instruments by which the Holy Spirit spreads the grace of Christ (emphasis added) (CCC-774). 

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     The Church affirms that for believers the *sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation (emphasis added) (CCC-1129). 

Gateways to God: Celebrating the Sacraments(43 endnote N/URL)

     “Sacraments work as gateways that lead us to encounters with God … Jesus described Himself as the gate to salvation and eternal life. And the Church is the gateway to the kingdom of God and the sacraments, the seven gateways to life–giving grace. (emphasis added)

     “Approach the seven sacraments of the Church as gateways to divine life … receive them with expectant faith … let them strengthen … for daily Christian living.” ––Priest Robert J. Hater PhD., Catholic Answers

     The *Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us (emphases added) (CCC-1131). 

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     Faith–-Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have Believed

Paul did not believe in Sacraments.

     "We walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Cor. 5:7)

Apostle John wrote that Moses gave us the law, but we have received from Jesus, grace, and truth.

     "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us … full of grace and truth … and of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1:14, 16–17)

Many have heard God’s word, however, only those who mix the word with faith will enter God’s rest.

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     "And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end … And to whom sware he that they should not enter, into his rest, but to them that believed not? So, we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering, into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the *gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter, into rest." (Heb. 3:5–6, 18–19; 4:1–3)

The Sacraments and Church attendance can be faithfully accomplished daily, but according to Catholic teaching, they still do not offer assurance or a guarantee of everlasting life.

True Salvation, like the prodigal son admits, is undeserved. However, with God’s Word and a childlike faith, the sinner may come boldly to God’s throne of grace and receive God’s gift of eternal life.

     "He (the LORD) giveth grace unto the lowly." (Prov. 3:34)

God wants no one to perish. Plainly and specifically, he states that the sinner must seek God to find him. From the worst sinner––the apostle Paul, to who we think is the least sinner and to us, each of us needs Jesus.

     "Verily I say unto you, except, ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter-into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 18:3–4)

No religious laws or rules, just Jesus’s command to love, forgive, and hate evil/falsehood. These acts are defined as Godliness.

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     "And you … who were dead in trespasses and sins … and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God … rich in mercy … hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus … For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:1, 3–9)

     "For the Scripture saith, whosoever, believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For, whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Rom. 10:11–13)

     4. (Catholicism)
     Merit—Graces for Sanctification and Eternal Life

     The initiative belongs to God … no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can *merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life (emphasis added) (CCC-2010). 

     4. (Biblical)
     Meriting Righteousness and the Uselessness of Religious Acts

     "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." (Isa. 64:6)

Paul warns to beware and keep your focus on Christ.

     "Beware of dogs, beware, of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the fleshnot having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." (Phil. 3:2–3, 9)

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Hell-bound sinners of Satan may, through faith in Jesus Christ, be overcomers.

     "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil … For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." (1 John 3:8; 5:4)

     "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name, whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." (Jer. 23:5–6)

     "Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." (1 Cor. 1:30–31)

     5. (Catholicism)
     Baptism–-Bath of Rebirth (CCC-1216).

     Justification … merited for us by the Passion of Christ … granted us through *Baptism … its goal the glory of God and of Christ, and the gift of eternal life (emphasis added) (CCC-2020). 

     *Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ … it is necessary for salvation, as is the *Church herself, which we enter by Baptism (emphasis added) (CCC-1277). 

     Our Lord tied forgiveness of sins to faith and Baptism … {519 Mk. 16:15–16} Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification (emphasis added) (CCC-977). 

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     The Lord Himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation … the Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude (emphasis added) (CCC-1257). 

     It is by faith in the Gospel and Baptism {17 Cf. Acts 2:38} that one renounces evil and gains salvation that is the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life (emphasis added) (CCC-1427). 

No Guarantees: Why Parents Must Pray like St. Monica(44 endnote)

     “In previous columns, I have written about the human need for ritual, (emphasis added) and the responsibility of parents to provide it to help feed the gift of faith in their children. While nothing can relieve us from that responsibility, we must recognize that even parents who asked the Church for the gift for their child cannot, in the end, force that child to embrace that gift. If they could, it wouldn’t be a gift, after all.” ––Scott P. Richert, The Countermarch/Our Sunday Visitor

     “Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life” (emphasis added) (CCC-1274). 

     Children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God … the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth (emphasis added) (CCC-1250). 

Why Is Acts 8:37 Omitted from Many Bible Translations?” (45 endnote)

     “Question: Why isn’t Acts 8:37, “If thou, believes with all thine heart, thou mayest,” included in many Catholic Bible translations? My non-Catholic friend says the Church omitted this verse in an, effort to cover up the truth that baptism is not necessary for salvation.

     “Answer: Acts 8:37 is not included in many Bible translations because it is not found in the oldest and best translations of Acts. There is no attempt to cover it up, as you can find it (with an explanation) in the footnotes of

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most Bibles. In fact, the Catholic Douay-Rheims New Testament includes Acts 8:37.

     “The Haydock Bible Commentary explains the meaning of ‘If thou, believes’ in this way:

     "But infants are baptized in the faith of the Church. Their sponsors, who receive them from the font, answer for them. And as the defilement was not personal, but that of others, so are they purified by the faith of others.” (emphasis added) ––Peggy Frye, Catholic Answers Q&A

     Children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God’s mercy and pray for their salvation (emphasis added) (CCC-1283). 

     “Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal Mystery. Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of His Church but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity (emphasis added) (CCC-1260).

If Non-Catholics Can Be Saved, Why Evangelize? It’s Complicated(46 endnote)

     “St. Thomas Aquinas further stipulated that ‘baptism of desire’ need not be explicit; one ‘receives the forgiveness of sins before Baptism in so far as he has Baptism of desire, explicitly or implicitly’ (ST III, 69, 4).

     “In other words, it is possible to receive salvation in Christ not only without baptism itself, but even without an explicit desire for baptism per se, but having only a broader or more general desire that in some way implies or includes desire for baptism, or for that to which baptism gives access.” ––Steven D. Greydanus, National Catholic Register

Can Non–Christians Be Saved?(47 endnote N/URL)

     “The Catholic Church has consistently affirmed that Jesus alone is Savior of mankind. (emphasis added)

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     “A more complex question is: How are we saved by Jesus Christ?

     “Imagine the way to heaven to be like a railroad train: You could get to the destination riding in a boxcar or clinging to the sides of the train, or by riding in the first class, coach in the front. Some Christians hold that only those in first class are saved. They are people who explicitly believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

     “The word of God gives us hope that those who respond to the grace of Christ may be saved, even if they do not know him explicitly. Matthew, chapter 25 … In this passage, God judges ‘the nations’ strictly by the criterion of charity. Faith in Christ is not mentioned in Matthew 25, possibly because … (it was) assumed … On the other hand, if we presume … we must conclude that the ultimate requirement for salvation is not faith, but charity. This would illumine the teaching of … James that faith without works of love is dead and useless.” (emphasis added) ––Alan Schreck, Catholic & Christian

     5. (Biblical)
     Baptism: A Testimony of Rebirth

Apostle Peter is clear that water baptism comes after salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Baptism by immersion is a testimony of the believer, of their new spiritual birth in Christ.

     "Peter, who shall tell thee, words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God saying, Then, hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life." (Acts 11:13–18)

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Faith is not a gift. As mentioned earlier in the above article “No Guarantees,” the Catholic Church may be purposefully trying to confuse the so-called “gift of faith” with the gift of free will. Faith is nurtured by God through his creation and his Word, until it produces fruit unto everlasting life, by a free-will choice. I did a count with the KJV in regard to the last Catholic article; the word faith appears thirteen times in the Gospel of Matthew, whereas faithless appears only one time.

     "The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." (Rom. 1:20)

     "For when the Gentiles … which shew the work of the law in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another." (Rom. 2:14–15)

     "God gave Adam and Eve a choice; they chose to eat the fruit from the tree which would give them, like God, the knowledge of good and evil. This knowledge was then passed on to their children and to all of mankind, which includes us.

     "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us (The Trinity), to know good and evil … Therefore, the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden … he drove out the man; and he placed … Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Gen. 3:22–24)

     "Paul: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." (1 Cor. 3:6)

     "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word … (Westgerdes: skip the rituals!) do the work of an evangelist.” (2 Tim. 4:1–2, 5)

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Man is also required to work for his faith, he must receive and search the scriptures (Acts 17:11). They must also search for God to find him (see Jer. 29:13 and Matt. 7:7).

Apostle Paul is clear; baptism is not a requirement for salvation.

     "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the *gospel: Not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none, effect." (1 Cor. 1:17)

     "For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet, have ye not many fathers: For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel." (1 Cor. 4:15)

     "Call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." (Matt. 23:9)

Even though Paul may be their father through the Gospel, Jesus’s instruction is clear: No man or spiritual leader should be called Father.

     "Do not err, my beloved brethren. every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures … receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:16–18, 21)

     "Nicodemus (a Pharisee which came to Jesus by night and asked) … How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus … Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except, a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter, into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:1,4–8)

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The above phrase “born of water” is often referred to as water baptism. Another view is that this is referring to a child’s physical birth in which the water sack is burst at birth. This seems to be the case since in the next sentence Jesus mentions “that which is born of flesh is flesh.”

     6. (Catholicism)
     Penance: Reconciliation with God and the Church

     The communion of the Holy Spirit in the Church restores to the baptized the divine likeness lost through sin (CCC-734).

     “If the Church has the power to forgive sins, then *Baptism cannot be her only means of using, the *keys of the Kingdom of heaven received from Jesus Christ” (emphasis added) (CCC-979).

     It is through the *sacrament of Penance that the baptized can be reconciled with God and with the Church: … This sacrament of Penance is necessary for salvation for those who have fallen after baptism, just as Baptism is necessary for salvation for those who have not yet, been reborn” (emphasis added) (CCC-980). 

     Converting to Christ through *penance and *faith, the sinner passes from death to life (emphasis added) (CCC-1470). 

Obsolete sacrament?” (48 endnote N/URL)

     “Been to confession lately?... According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, a full 75 percent of Catholics in the United States say they go to confession less than once a year or never.” Just 2 percent say they go “once a month or more.” ––Editorial, Our Sunday Visitor, 2011

Survey: Only 24% of Catholic Women Attend Mass Weekly(49 endnote)

     “At least 70% of Catholic women objectively disobey the Church’s teaching on Confession.” ––Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews, 2018

     “Individual, integral confession and absolution remain the only ordinary way for the faithful to reconcile themselves with God and the Church, unless physical or moral impossibility excuses from this kind of confession” (emphasis added) (CCC-1484). 

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     “Only priests who have received the faculty of absolving from the authority of the Church can forgive sins in the name of Christ” (emphasis added) (CCC-1495). 

     “My favorite stories are those of conversions. It is unbelievable the number of people I meet, who, after seeing the statue and hearing the message of Fatima, are moved to go to confession after many years. There are always long lines in our parish visitations.” —Patrick Sabat, Program Director, Fatima Tour for Peace

     6. (Biblical)
     Sin and Reconciliation through Faith in Christ

Westgerdes: As a child growing up in the Catholic Church we were required, whether by our parents or the Church or both to go to confession once a month. This was not a joyous time but, boring. You had to think of something you did wrong, confess it, and then the Priest, who sounded just as bored as we were, said, “Say five Our Fathers and five Hail Mary’s” and then we would go back and sit or kneel and pray and reflect for a time. Ugh! However, I do remember there were two times, maybe three, where the Holy Spirit was really convicting me of a certain sin, and when I confessed it during one of my monthly trips to Confession, the joy of the Lord flooded my soul and heart with assured forgiveness. I was just as joyous as I was when I had trusted in Christ at age seven. This was not a result of the Sacrament of Penance but of my faith that God could and would forgive me of my sin.

Only God can forgive sin is attested to by the Jewish leaders and in an indirect way by the Catholic Priesthood since they claim to be doing so in Christ place. Without this self-proclaimed power they would have no power to do so. Which they do not. Jesus’s pronouncements of forgiveness were valid because he, is God, one with the Father.

     "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be, forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why, doth this man thus, speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" (Mark 2:5–7)

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     "And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man, deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matt. 24:4–5)

The Roman Catholic Church is not ashamed of what they teach or of who they declare themselves to be. Even the Scriptures, God’s own words, do not deter them.

Lumen Gentium––Chapter III––The Church is Hierarchical(50 endnote)

     “20. … with priests and deacons as helpers, [11] the bishops received the charge of the community, presiding in God’s stead over the flock, [12] … Moreover, just as the office which the Lord confided to Peter alone … is a permanent one, so also endures the office, which the apostles received, of shepherding the Church and … [14] The sacred synod consequently teaches that the bishops have by divine institution taken the place of the apostles as pastors of the Church, [15] in such wise that whoever listens to them is listening to Christ and whoever despises them despises Christ and him who sent Christ (cf. Lk. 10:16).[16]” (emphasis added) ––Our Lady’s Warriors

They who hear God’s word and walk in it, shall be blessed.

     "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD … Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word." (Ps. 119:1, 9)

     "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:9, 17, 19–20, 5:1–2)

Catholics believe they have access to God’s grace through the sacraments. Paul, as we just read, states that believers have access to God’s grace by faith.

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     "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." (Matt. 6:14)

     "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." (Luke 6:36)

It is not Mary or the saints, but it is God only who knows the hearts of men.

     "Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)." (1 Ki. 8:39)

God does not forsake anyone; Jesus died for the sins of the world, those who would believe and those who would not.

     "Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful slow to anger, and of great kindness." (Neh. 9:17)

     "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." (Isa. 55:6, 7)

     7. (Catholicism)
     Confirmation: Gift of the Holy Spirit

     One should receive the sacrament of *Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit (emphasis added) (CCC-1310). 

     “The faithful are obliged to receive this Sacrament at the appropriate time” for without *Confirmation and *Eucharist … Christian initiation remains incomplete (emphasis added) (CCC-1306).

     The sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of The Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost (emphasis added) (CCC-1302). 

     Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace (emphasis added) (CCC-1303).

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     *Confirmation, like *Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian’s soul; for this reason, one can receive this sacrament only once in one’s life (emphasis added) (CCC-1317). 

     7. (Biblical)
     Holy Spirit Baptism and Sealing—At the Moment of Saving Faith

     "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask of bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or … for a fish give him a serpent? Or … an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:9–13)

Through the power of the Holy Spirit we become witnesses to spread the message of the Cross, the gospel of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.

     "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

     "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language." (Acts 2:1–6)

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A false doctrine and gospel concerning the Gentiles (non-Jews) is creeping into the Church and must be dealt with now.

     "There rose-up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That, it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the *gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore, why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they." (Acts 15:5–11)

The Gospel had been secured and defended; nothing was added to it. Jesus does the saving, and believers do the believing. The believing trust, that Jesus the Savior, does the saving.

    "We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us … For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink (Westgerdes: could this apply to the Eucharist/Mass just as easily as our daily food?); but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost … Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." (Rom. 5:3–5; 14:17; 15:13)

The above passage reminded me of one of my favorite hymns

Blessed Assurance!

     “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,

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     O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

     “This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all-the-day long. (repeat)

     “Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blest, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

     “This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all-the-day long. (repeat)” ––Fanny Crosby, 1873

Something that we can agree on with Catholics is that what we believe should be verifiable in writing. The great difference with Catholics is that they hold man’s words (traditions) as equal with God’s written words. Christians use only the Bible God’s, written Word.
As Catholics have stated, if you have any questions about Catholicism, you can resolve all doubts or controversy by checking the Catechism. Christians have God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

     "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual." (1 Cor. 2:11–13; see also 2 Tim. 1:13–14; Titus 3:5)

     "And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because, the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (1 John 5:6, 7)

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     8. (Catholicism)
     Initiation: Three Sacraments Make Us “Holy and Without Blemish”

     Christian Initiation is accomplished by three sacraments … *Baptism … the beginning of new life; *Confirmation … it’s strengthening … the *Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ (emphasis added) (CCC-1275). 

     Conversion to Christ, the new birth of Baptism, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Body and Blood of Christ received as food have made us “holy and without blemish” (emphasis added) (CCC-1426). 

     The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ in Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist (emphasis added) (CCC-1322). 

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     Welcome to the family through repentance, faith in Christ, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit

     "Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things … but with the precious blood of Christ … Unto you therefore which believe he is precious." (1 Pet. 1:18–19; 2:7)

     "Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ … by the cross … For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." (Eph. 2:13, 16, 18)

Paul instructs the saints in Corinth that the Church/Believers no longer know Christ after the flesh thus nullifying the teaching and supposed Mystery of the Eucharist, this is supported by what Jesus taught in John 6:62–63.

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     "Christ … *died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which *died for them, and *rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know, we him no more. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature … We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)" (2 Cor. 5:14–17; 6:1–2)

Paul points out that believers in Jesus Christ, who are reading or hearing this epistle, are fellow citizens with the saints in heaven.

     "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being, the chief corner stone." (Eph. 2:19–20)

Paul called Jesus Christ the chief corner stone, Peter referred to Jesus as the Christ, and Jesus said, “upon this Rock I will build my church.” Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world, the Rock and Chief Corner Stone. The apostles and prophets inspired by the Holy Spirit gave us God’s word, they believed and served Jesus and are the foundation built upon Jesus. Those who believed the message of the apostles and prophets are built upon the apostles and prophets. Simply and obviously, Jesus was referring to Peter’s statement of faith that Jesus is the Christ means Jesus is the Rock.

     "But whom, say ye that I am? … Peter answered … Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God … and upon this ROCK I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the *keys of the kingdom of heaven … From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be *killed, and be *raised again the third day." (Matt. 16:15–16, 18–21)

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JESUS IS THE ROCK OF THE CHURCH 

Jesus is the Rock of the church because the church is made up of individual believers no matter the “Church” entity or denomination they may be in. The current Pontiff may be the visible earthly Rock of the Roman Catholic Church but not of the Catholic Orthodox Church nor is he the Rock of any other entity that considers themselves “Christian” but not Catholic. Jesus is the Christ, the Savior, the Rock of the Christian Church, of those who by faith have trusted in him as their way, truth, and life.

     "Written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If, thou be the Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked, him, saying,

(1) Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly;

(2) for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus,

(3) Remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say unto thee,

(4) To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:38–43; numbering added)

The foolish malefactor was thinking only of maintaining his earthly life. However, the wise malefactor recognized his impending death and humbled himself.

> He feared God.
> He acknowledged his guilt, that his deeds were sinful and that his punishment of death was just and deserved.
> He recognized that Jesus was guiltless, sinless and that His suffering and death were undeserved.
> He believed that Jesus would live again and have His own kingdom.
> He had faith that Jesus was the Christ who could forgive him and give him a new life.

Jesus saw/recognized the wise malefactor’s faith and promised him eternal life that very day.

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Perhaps, unknowingly, the wise malefactor’s comments point to Jesus as the Rock upon which the Church would be built, because after all:

     “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Here, again, are the wise malefactor’s comments, followed by one or more parallel Old Testament Scriptures.

(1) “Dost not thou fear God?”

     "For, who is God, save the LORD? And who is a ROCK, save our God." (Psalm 22:23)

(2) “For we receive the due reward for our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.”

     "To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my ROCK, and there is no unrighteousness in him." (Ps. 92:15)

     "He is the ROCK, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." (Deut. 32:4)

(3) “Jesus, remember me when thou comest into thy Kingdom.”

     Deliver me in thy righteousness and cause me to escape, incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: Thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my ROCK and my fortress. (Ps. 71:2–3)

     Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my ROCK; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. (Ps. 28:1)

(4) Jesus’s response: “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

These scriptures reveal the joy the wise malefactor must have experienced that day.

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     "The LORD liveth; and blessed be my ROCK; and exalted be the God of the ROCK of my salvation." (2 Sam. 22:47)

     "The LORD is my ROCK, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust." (Ps. 18:2)

     "O Come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the ROCK of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods … O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand." (Ps. 95:1–3, 6–7)

Apostle Paul warned about false teachers and false teachings which not known to him, would relate to the Mass, Eucharist, Sanctuaries, the Monstrance, and so forth.

     "BEWARE: lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, and not after Christ." (Col. 2:8)

In CCC-1426, Catholicism clearly avoids mentioning Jesus’s blood shed on the Cross, however, scripture declares, 

     "Without shedding of BLOOD; is no remission … For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true: but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should OFFER himself OFTEN … For then must he OFTEN have suffered since the foundation of the world but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men ONCE to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many; and unto

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them that look for him, shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Heb. 9:22, 24–28)

     Jesus: "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." (Matt. 11:25)

Jesus was covered in and paid for our sin debt, through faith in Jesus we are covered in the payment receipt of his righteousness. Apostle Paul preached concerning Jesus’s sacrifice and gift as being an opportunity for reconciliation with God.

     "Now … be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; That we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Cor. 5:20, 21)

A TRUE, SCRIPTUAL, SINNER'S PRAYER 

     "Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy loving kindness … cleanse me from my sin

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… For I acknowledge my transgressions … wash me and I shall be whiter than snow." (Ps. 51: 1–3, 7)

What was God’s answer to the sinner’s prayer of faith in his forgiveness? An eternal, YES!

     "Peace, from him which is … which was … which is to come … unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own BLOOD." (Rev. 1:4–5)

     "They sung … for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy BLOOD." (Rev. 5:9)

PAUL'S FOCUS 

     "But God forbid that I should glory save in the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Gal. 6:14)

PAUL'S STATEMENT OF FAITH 

     "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Gal. 2:20)

JESUS PROCLAIMS THE BLESSEDNESS OF FAITH 

     "Jesus saith … Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29–31)

The Apostles write on our position in Christ

     "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." (Eph. 1:4)

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     "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it, abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." (John 15:3–4)

Apostle Paul reveals, a great Mystery concerning Christ and his Church.

     "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; That he, might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he, might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So, ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cheriseth it, even as the Lord the Church … This is a great Mystery … concerning Christ and the Church." (Eph. 5:25–29, 32)

Jesus’s Joy, the worship, fellowship, and love of the redeemed.

     "Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking, unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1–2)

If thou shalt––thou shalt be saved

     "The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: That is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath *raised him from the *dead, thou shalt be saved." (Rom. 10:8–9)

In the Catholic Catechism, the term necessary appears several times. Here is an instance when it appears in Scripture.

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     "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things, … abstain from meats offered to idols … from blood … from things strangled, and from fornication: From which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well." (Acts 15:28–29)

Biblical Christianity is not about religion; it is about respect and godliness—respect for the Gospel of Christ, and Godliness a life of service to God and neighbor.

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     Eucharist: Christ Offered in an Unbloody Manner

The Seven Sacraments––a children’s book. (51 endnotes N/URL)

     “JESUS gave us the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper … ‘Do this as a remembrance of Me.’ At that moment, the Apostles became priests … and were given the power” to consecrate the bread and wine “so that people of all times may be present at the Sacrifice of Jesus … called the Mass. The Mass is the Sacrifice of the Cross.”

     “Holy Mass makes present for us the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus … but now He is in glory and cannot suffer.” (emphasis added)

     “In the Mass we offer Jesus to the heavenly Father as the greatest Gift we have.”

At the climax, the children are pictured gazing upon a hovering Eucharist above a golden chalice.

     “Jesus … invites them to come and pray to Him in the tabernacle, where He is present day and night, praying to His Heavenly Father for all of us … the best friend of children.” ––Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.

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     The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments … are bound up with the Eucharist and oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch” (emphasis added) (CCC-1324). 

Israelites and Catholics use a light to signify God’s presence in the Tabernacle.

The Prominence and Placement of Tabernacles Explained(52 endnote)

     “In her book Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism, Sonja Corbitt … writes:

     “‘The strictly prescribed Tabernacle setup informed the Israelites that they could only draw near God in the way he offered’ (Fulfilled, 240). (emphasis added)

     “The similarities are not a coincidence: ‘Light was a metaphor … for the saving presence of God.’ (Fulfilled, 152–153). This light … is fulfilled … in the Magisterium of the Church, which continues to … shed light today, and … offers us new ways to draw near God.” (emphasis added) ––Matt Dunn, Ascension

The Holy Eucharist––a children’s book. (53 endnote N/URL)

     “Jesus Is with Us in the Tabernacle.” This is signified by a lit candle. Concerning his Eucharistic presence in the tabernacle, Jesus is quoted as saying, “Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time” (Matt. 28:20).

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On the next page, a priest is elevating a Monstrance, a child is looking on in awe and admiration at Christ’s Eucharistic presence.

The caption reads:

     “Jesus Is ‘God with Us’” (The children are told,) “The Eucharist was … and is still the center of all worship of God today and to the end of time.” ––Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.

     The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same… only the manner of offering is different. … in the Mass … Christ … is offered in an unbloody, manner” (emphasis added) (CCC-1367). 

My Picture Missal––a children’s book. (54 endnote N/URL)

     Following the picture of the “ELEVATION OF THE HOST,” the consecration, the children are instructed to, “Adore the Sacred Host and say: ‘My Lord and my God!’”

     Next, the Priest is pictured elevating
the chalice for the “CONSECRATION OF THE WINE (when) the Priest changes the wine into the living blood of Jesus.”

     Next, the children are encouraged to proclaim, “the Mystery of our faith” the “Memorial Acclamation.”

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     “We now acclaim Our Lord Jesus Christ who is with us on the altar. We remember his Passion, Death, and Resurrection and his Return on the Last Day.” ––Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.

Why the Sign of Peace is Important(55 endnote)

     “In Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI instructs, ‘By its nature the Eucharist is the sacrament of peace. At mass, this dimension of the Eucharistic mystery finds specific expression in the sign of peace.’” –– Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Spiritual Woman

     Because this bread and wine have been made Eucharist (“eucharisted,”) according to an ancient expression), “we call this food Eucharist, and no one may take part in it unless he believes that what we teach is true, has received baptism for the forgiveness of sins and new birth, and lives in keeping with what Christ taught” {180 St. Justin, Apol. 1, 66, 1–2: PG 6 428} (emphasis added) (CCC-1355). 

Quotes About Eucharist(56 endnote)

     “The more ardent the love for the Eucharist in the hearts of the Christian people, the more clearly will they recognize the goal of all mission: to bring Christ to others. Not just a theory or a way of life inspired by Christ, but the gift of his very person—Without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist.” ––Pontiff Benedict XVI

70% of Catholics Do Not Believe in Jesus’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, New Study Finds(57 endnote)

     “The Pew Research study, conducted in Feb. 2019, found that only 31 percent of Catholics believe the Church’s teaching on transubstantiation.

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     “Only 28 percent of Catholics actually know the Church’s teaching on transubstantiation.

     “22 percent do know the Church’s teaching on transubstantiation but reject the Church’s teaching on the Real Presence.

     “Bishop Robert Barron … ‘it’s hard to describe how angry I feel’ … this ‘should be a wakeup call for all of us in the Church.

     “If it’s only a symbol, why bother?... Big deal!’ “This is a central teaching of Catholicism—that Jesus is really, truly, and substantially under the forms of bread and wine. It’s a basic tenet of Catholicism.” ––ChurchPOP

A year-later update.

Renewal Must Be Christ–Centered(58 endnote N/URL)

     “The alarm seems to have died down … Buried in the Pew survey (of February 2019) was the finding that sixty–three percent of regular Sunday Mass participants polled affirm the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist.

     “Belief in the Eucharist is diminishing among younger Catholics, with only twenty–six percent of the faithful under forty believing in the Real Presence.

     “We have a crisis on our hands.

    “The formula for advancing the kingdom requires—fidelity to Christ and the teachings of his Church, especially receiving the sacraments of the Eucharist and confession. The renewal of the Church will be Christ–centered, or it won’t happen.” ––Tom Nash, Catholic Answers

     When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ’s Passover, and it is made present: the sacrifice Christ offered once for all on the cross remains ever present. {183 Cf. Heb. 7:25–27} “As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which ‘Christ

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our Pasch has been sacrificed’ is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out” {184 LG 3; cf. 1 Cor. 5:7} (emphasis added) (CCC-1364). 

A Priest’s Most Important Job(59 endnote N/URL)

     “The priest’s first duty is to preach the Faith by word and example … But his chief and most valuable role … is to celebrate the sacrifice of the Eucharist.

     “This role is so valuable that the Church strongly encourages priests to celebrate every day, even when the faithful cannot be present.

     “The Savior through his priesthood shared by our ministers offers up his perfect and completed sacrifice in the Eucharist so as, to apply its fruits throughout time ‘until he comes in glory.’” ––Priest Hugh Barbour, Catholic Answers

     In the Eucharist Christ gives us the very body, which he gave up for us on the cross, the very blood which, He “poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” {186 Mt 26:28} (emphasis added) (CCC-1365). 

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers(60 endnote)

     “The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the ‘Real Presence’ of Christ in the Eucharist.

     “How does this happen? The presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words.” (emphasis added) ––Msgr. William P. Fay, U.S. Conf. of Catholic Bishops

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     The Eucharist is thus a Sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the Sacrifice of the cross because it is its memorial and because it applies its Fruit.

     [Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption. But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper “on the night when he was betrayed,” [he wanted] to leave to His beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be applied to the forgiveness of the sins we daily commit {187 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1740; cf. 1Cor 11:23; Heb 7:24, 27} (emphasis added) (CCC-1366). 

To the Ends of the Earth: Action(61 endnote N/URL)

     The book is part of a series of bible studies for Catholic Men. The book cover pictures a Monstrance with the Eucharist. Under the picture is the word “ACTION.” The promo on Amazon reads: “Men of action—jumping in to help, to save, to win … lives are at stake … for eternity.” McCann breaks down the call for action to “ten of the most fundamental principles of the Catholic Faith.” Teaching them how they can draw strength “from the Eucharist, the sacraments, sacrifice, prayer, and other men.” This strength will then give them the ability to “live a life of boldness, carrying the truth of the Gospel to your world.” ––Mark C. McCann, Our Sunday Visitor

The Power of Eucharistic Preaching(62 endnote)

     “This is a very touching truth, for if we want the bread of life, if we are attracted to the Blessed Sacrament, then it means that the eternal Father is drawing us through love for his Son. This goes for all the truths of the Faith that have been showed to us through Christ.

     “The Savior, the greatest of preachers, who day and night lives in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, loving us and ‘ever living to intercede for

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us’ without speaking a word. The silence of the sacrament is the greatest homily of all.” ––Benedict, Daily Rosary Family

     The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Churches life (emphasis added) (CCC-1407). 

     And it is the same Christ, really present under the species of bread and wine, who is the offering of the Eucharistic sacrifice (emphasis added) (CCC-1410). 

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sunday Bulletin, June 23, 2019:

     “Help _________ Spread the Gospel!” From Mercer County to a Mission trip in Russia. God called me out of my comfort zone … I am a life-long member of Holy Trinity … I have grown alongside a group of FOCUS missionaries, Fellowship of Catholic University Students … I have taken ownership of my faith and … desire to share my ‘Love for Christ’ with others!

     “For a month this summer … it will be serving on a mission in Vladivostok, Russia … to bring back the faith after years of communism and atheism … volunteering in an orphanage and hospice facility and putting on a summer camp to help young adults ‘Encounter Jesus!’” ––Cluster of Parishes, Coldwater Ohio

     By the consecration, the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living, and glorious is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity {cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651} (emphasis added) (CCC-1413). 

Is Transubstantiation Unbelievable?(63 endnote)

     “All Christians believe in an omnipotent God who could perform the miracle of transubstantiation if he willed it to happen.

     “That God who inspired Scripture built a Church based on the Eucharist.

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     “If one cannot accept transubstantiation simply because it seems counterintuitive or implausible, it is difficult to see how one could remain a Christian at all.” (emphasis added) ––Douglas Beaumont, Catholic Answers

     The gifts of his creation, bread, and wine … have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present (emphasis added) (CCC-1357). 

     As a sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God (emphasis added) (CCC-1414). 

     In brief, the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith: “Our way of thinking is attuned to the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn confirms our way of thinking” (emphasis added) (CCC-1327). 

The ABC’s of the Mass … for children (64 endnote N/URL)

     Which is better a letter from Grandma or a hug?
     Which is better a call from Dad or when Dad comes home?

     “The real thing is better!

     Which is better the [biblical] stories about Jesus love and the miracles he used to do or the miracle of the Eucharist?

     “The REAL THING is better … Jesus is the miracle that happens at Mass … When the bread and wine become his Body and Blood, and Jesus and his love are there for REAL!” ––Francine M. O’Connor

LAY PEOPLE IN CHRIST'S PRIESTLY OFFICE AND GOOD WORKS 

     “For all their works, prayers, and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body. If they are accomplished in the Spirit—indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born—all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the body of the Lord. And so, worshipping everywhere

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by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives” (emphasis added) (CCC-901). 

     The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist, the sacrifice of Christ becomes also, the sacrifice of the members of his Body. *The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayers, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value, Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering {188 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1743; cf. Heb. 9:14, 27} (emphasis added) (CCC-1368). 

     “At Catholic Mass, the priest pours a few drops of water into the cup of wine to be consecrated into the Blood of Christ. This symbolizes our little sacrifices offered along with the Blood of the Lamb on the altar. For it is the altar that the one redemptive sacrifice of Christ is made present for us, and it is the best moment to offer our sacrifices and our very selves to God the Father.” ––Rev. Stechschulte, The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

Why does the priest add that small drop of water with the wine at consecration?” (65 endnote)

     “Our Church Fathers believed the water is understood as the people and the wine is understood to be the blood of Christ. When the water is mixed with the wine, the people are made one with Christ. We are now conjoined with Christ and nothing can separate the two. We become the Body of Christ, conjoined with Him … there must be a comingling of the two.” ––dberns, Questions from Religion Class

     To the offering of Christ are united not only the members still here on earth, but also those already in the glory of heaven (emphasis added) (CCC-1370). 

     St. Augustine … This wholly redeemed city, the assembly and society of the saints, is offered to God as a universal sacrifice … in what she offers she herself is offered {194 St. Augustine, De civ. Dei, 10, 6: Pl 41, 283; cf. Rom. 12:5} (emphasis added) (CCC-1372).

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     The Eucharistic sacrifice is also offered for the faithful departed who “Have died in Christ but are not yet wholly purified” {191 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1743} … By offering to God our supplications for those who have fallen asleep if they have sinned, we … offer Christ sacrificed for the sins of all, and so render favorable, for them and for us, the God who loves man {193 St Cyril of Jerusalem, Cateh. Myst. 5, 9. 10: PG 33, 1116–1117} (emphasis added) (CCC-1371). 

Francis Chan and his dream of a Eucharist rooted in the Early Church(66 endnote)

     “Evangelical pastor Francis Chan recently made some very interesting comments about … the Real Presence:

     “I didn’t know that for the first fifteen hundred years of church history, everyone saw [communion] as the literal body and blood of Christ … I’ve been dreaming about this. I’ve been praying about this, going, man: I would love it if one day … here in the U.S., people understood the body of Christ, that they were just a part of it, and they got excited to gather and partake of the body and blood of Christ.

     “In another video … he continues to explore this new direction.

     ‘I’m supposed to preach the Gospel by taking communion?... Let’s bring communion back to the forefront.’

     “St. Ignatius of Antioch (35-108) on the early heretics the Docetists: (emphasis added)

     “They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins.” ––Matthew Becklo, Aleteia, 1/20/2020

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     The Priestly Office of Earthly Saints: Spiritual Sacrifices and Maintaining Good Works

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Remember Beaumont’s comment earlier––“All Christians believe in an omnipotent God who could perform the miracle of transubstantiation if he willed it to happen.”

The qualified answer is no, all Christians do not believe God could do the miracle of transubstantiation because it would go against the truths revealed in scripture. God, Jesus, and the apostles performed miracles that could be seen, eaten (bread/fish) and touched so that the miracle would prove their love and message.

The supposed miracle of transubstantiation is unscriptural, unobservable, and unqualified, there is absolutely, no proof. If the only proof someone has that something is good, and right is that “God can do anything that he wants” then why can’t he save us in the way that is provable as described in the scripture? Jesus proved himself to be God by the physical miracles he performed which could be seen, thus proving that he can perform the miracle of a spiritual new birth by faith. The baptism of the Holy Spirit cannot be seen but the effects of the baptism can be seen in those who were touched/filled by the Spirit.

Here is a question for Catholics to ponder, if, as Paul wrote, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 15:50) and if, as John wrote, “We know that when he (Jesus) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). How or where does Jesus get this flesh and blood from to change the Eucharist into, when he is currently in his immortal heavenly body in heaven? And how can Jesus give both his resurrected body and his physical body, which died on the cross, for us to eat and drink at the same time?

If the only proof we need to teach something that is controversial is to say that “God could do a miracle and make it happen if he wanted to” then there is no limit on what could be taught! The true miracle of God is changing a sinner into a saint.

In the following scriptures the Apostles Peter and Paul speak concerning True Worship, True Sacrifice and True Godliness.

     "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual SACRIFICES, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ … But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light … Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which

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they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men … honour all men. love the brotherhood. fear God. Honour the king. Servants be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." (1 Pet. 2:5, 9, 11–15, 17–25)

A saints financial giving is considered an acceptable Sacrifice.

     "Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound, I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a SACRIFICE acceptable, well-pleasing to God." (Phil. 4:15–18)

Watch out for strange doctrines, for example: the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, the Eucharist, and the supposed joining of human suffering and good works to assist Jesus in the taking away of the sins of the world. We are also looking with anticipation for the

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coming heavenly city, the New Jerusalem. We are not building a lasting city here, such as the Vatican City or a worldwide religion.

     "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with GRACE; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore, Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own BLOOD, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore, let us offer the SACRIFICE of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: For with such SACRIFICES God is well pleased." (Heb. 13:9–16)

We are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, be good, work hard, distribute to the needy, be not conformed to the world’s sinful habits and overcome evil with good.

     "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living SACRIFICE, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service … be not conformed to this world … be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God … abhor that which is evil; Cleave to that which is good … not slothful in business … distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitalityrecompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

     If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he, thirst give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire (guilt/repentance) on his head. Be

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not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good." (Rom. 12:1–2, 9, 11, 13–14, 17–21)

     "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children . . . And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a SACRIFICE to God for a sweet smelling savour." (Eph. 4:32; 5:1–2)

The offering of Jesus took place only once, and it was for all sin. This one offering forever perfected those who are sanctified. God remembers their sins no more.

350,000 Catholic Masses a day! Now This is Communion(67 endnote)  

     “Aug. 31, 2010 (www.fallibleblogma.com)—There is an estimated (at least) 350,000 Catholic Masses celebrated every day … 4 priests saying … ‘Do this in memory of me,’ every single second … literally and continually making present Christ’s (once and for all) sacrifice on Calvary … 350,000 daily Masses … (you wanna talk about a ‘mega-church’?) … We are all joined in … and we partake of the same, specific Eucharist.” ––Matthew Warner, For Catholic Holy Mass

Is every single minute of the year a mass being celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church? If so, since when?” Asked May 7, 2017. (68 endnote)

     “I am inclined to say yes.

     “Once the West of now-US/then-Mexico (UTC -6) was finally conquered by the Spaniards; and Catholic churches and monasteries were established, we could be more or less sure a Catholic mass was celebrated at all times of the day, every week, and year––between the XVI (16th) and XVII (17th) centuries.” ––Christianity Stack Exchange

The saint and martyr of the Church, the Apostle Paul teaches otherwise.

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     "We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices [the Mass?], which can never take away sins [the Mass is an “unbloody” sacrifice]: But this man, after he offered ONE sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by ONE offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof, the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now were remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter-into the holiest by the BLOOD of Jesus … Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith … Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering … And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." (Heb. 10:10–19, 22–24)

While on earth, faithful Catholics are seeking and focused on the Eucharist; for the faithful Biblical Christian/Christian, our seeking and affections are above where Christ is sitting at God’s right hand. We are encouraged by the apostle Paul, not concerning the Eucharist, but that each believer would “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

     "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above … Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is, hid with Christ in God … Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry … also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another … put off the old man with his deeds … put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of himput on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above

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all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." (Col. 3:1–17)

     10. (Catholicism)
     Final Purification–-Purgatory

     All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven (emphasis added) (CCC-1030). 

Purgatory for All?” (69 endnote N/URL)

     “Q. … Will purgatory be applied to all people in denominations outside of the Catholic Church? (Name withheld via e-mail)

     “A. Yes, perhaps to the surprise of some, it will. The reasons … godly perfection (see Matt. 5:48) … nothing imperfect or impure will enter heaven (Rev. 21:27) … God ‘who began a good work in you will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Phil. 1:6).

     “The fact is most, if not all … are going to need some sort of final purifications that will complete the work of God in us … purge us from … the world … help us let go of hurts and sorrows and burn away the final imperfections (see 1 Cor. 3:13–14).

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     “Those in other denominations are under the same obligations and receive
the same promises that we have in this regard.” ––Rev. Msgr. Charles E. Pope, The Catholic Answer

     The Church gives the name *Purgatory to this final purification of the elect … formulated … at the Councils of Florence and Trent {605 Cf. 1 Cor. 3:15; 1 Pet 1:7} … whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come {606 St Gregory the Great, Dial. 4, 39: PL 77, 396; cf. Mt. 12:31} (emphasis added) (CCC-1031). 

No Salvation Bargains(70 endnote N/URL)

     “Feb. 10 … in which Gary Westgerdes wrote an article.” Paul Todd the author mentions Purgatory in his letter. He points out that Westgerdes quoted 17 or 18 scripture texts “It is quite impressive, that is, if one doesn’t know much about the Bible.”

     Todd goes on to talk about putting to, much faith and hope in only one or more texts from the Bible. And that maybe some may think they can be saved on the threads of one or two texts, “But we cannot know on this earth whether partial belief is equal to full belief in matters of salvation.”

     Continuing, Todd mentions frequently this idea of “bargain-basement salvation” by using only one or two verses. However, he says, “The Catholic Church, because it received its commission from Christ (John 21:15–17), has to take the whole Bible and history (emphasis added) into consideration when it teaches.” When encountering contradictory Scripture texts, Todd writes “The Church … has to use established principles of interpretation in order to perceive the truth.” ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

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     This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead … “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.” {607 2 Macc. 12:46}. From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God {608 Cf. Council of Lyons II (1274): DS 856}. The Church also commends almsgiving, *indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: Let us help and commemorate them (emphasis added) (CCC-1032). 

Introduction to indulgences(71 endnote)

     “‘Enchiridion’ means ‘handbook,’ and the Enchiridion of Indulgences is the Church’s official handbook on what acts and prayers carry indulgences and what indulgences actually are––‘the remission before God of the temporal punishment due sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned’ … forgiveness of sin is separate from punishment for sin.” Forgiveness comes through the sacrament of confession but the punishment for sin still-remains. [Westgerdes: If you remember Jesus death and resurrection only opened the doors to heaven (CCC-1026).]

     There are only two kinds of indulgences, one removes only a “part of the temporal punishment due for sin,” a partial indulgence; the other a “plenary indulgence removes all” of the punishment. While still living on earth the punishment comes through various sufferings, after death it comes through purgatory. ––Catholic Online

Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 1968 edition, no. 50

     “A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who use Sacred Scripture for spiritual reading with the veneration due the word of God. A plenary indulgence is granted if the reading continues for at least one-half hour.” (emphasis added)

The Apocrypha book Tobit

     "It is better to give alms than to lay up gold: For alms doth deliver from death and shall purge away all sin." (Tobit 12:8–9)

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Quotes on Purgatory(72 endnote)

     “Purgatory basically means that God can put the pieces back together again. That He can cleanse us in such a way that we are able to be with Him and can stand there in the fullness of life. Purgatory strips off from one person what is unbearable from another the inability to bear certain things, so that in each of them a pure heart is revealed, and we can see that we all belong together in one enormous symphony of being.” ––Pontiff Benedict XVI

(Priest) Stinson’s Letter for All Souls Day 2019(73 endnotes)

     “Dear Friend in Christ,

     “We know from sacred Scripture that nothing unclean can enter Heaven … during His Passion and death, Christ earned infinite merits that opened the gates of Heaven to all those who earnestly seek it. (emphasis added)

     “Will You Rescue Eight Souls This November?

     “We can and should pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory every day … Holy Mother Church makes it possible to earn a plenary indulgence each day for a soul in Purgatory … a plenary indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due as a result of a person’s sins.

     “From November 1 … 8, the Church offers a plenary indulgence each day for all those who visit a cemetery to pray for the faithful departed. So, if you pray at a cemetery daily, receive Communion daily, pray for the Pope’s intentions daily, make a good Confession that week, and are free from attachment to sin, you could rescue eight souls this November! “Help Your Loved Ones Get Out of Purgatory.” ––Priest Michael Stinson, FSSP, North American Superior

     10. (Biblical)
     Purification: Jesus’s Own Blood

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Jesus speaks on the cost of forgiveness and what will not be forgiven.

     "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

     "Wherefore I say unto you, All, manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be, forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be, forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." (Matt. 12:30–32)

     "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)

     "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 3:11)

     "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus … by his own blood he entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us … How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? … and almost all things are by law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission … Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness … follow peace with all men, and holiness. Without which no man shall see the Lord." (Heb. 3:1; 9:12, 14, 22; 12:9–10, 14)

No blood is shed for the cleansing of sin in Purgatory. No blood is shed in the many qualifying acts done for an early release from Purgatory. These acts would also include the saying of “unbloody” Masses.

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We have boldness to enter heaven through Jesus’s cleansing blood, so we too should live holy lives. Lives without sin and lives of love. God is sinless and God is love, he is holy.

     "Wherefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, be, ye holy; for I am holy." (1 Pet. 1:13–16)

God the Father has placed all the fullness of the believer’s salvation in Jesus, that, which Jesus accomplished through his shed blood and his bodily death on the Cross. Therefore, since Jesus does not die or shed blood during the celebration of the Mass or in the partaking of the sacraments, no one can be reconciled with God through them.

     "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross … and you … hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death … If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled and be not moved away from the hope of the *gospel." (Col. 1:19–23)

     "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ *died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Rom. 5:8–9)

Those who have received this redemption by faith “God dwelleth in him” and the fear of judgment and torment are lost in the presence of God’s love.

     "Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment, he that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:17–18)

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If someone is fearing torments in hell or even purgatory, they have not been made perfect in love through faith in Christ, all your efforts to appease God will come to naught. God’s wrath has been appeased with Jesus’s sinless blood sacrifice and you need to by faith be in him to wipe out your sin debt. If you say, you do not want to give up your sinful habits, then you will have to pay for them yourself with your own sinless blood. What? You do not have any, well, that is not good.

The former hell bound sinner’s, now believer’s sin debt, is washed away by Jesus sinless blood. God’s love has given assurance with his gift of everlasting life and now they are called to live out their new life for the glory of God. Innocent spotless/sinless blood is the only sacrifice God will accept for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus is the only one who can fulfill this sacrifice, which he has already done, declaring it “finished” and he only needed to do it once, Adam only had to sin once to pass his sin nature onto us, all of mankind. Jesus came to abolish the old law of repeated animal blood sacrifices, by himself, being the Lamb of God. He is the narrow way to everlasting life.

     "Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness … That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the *gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which, is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." (Eph. 4:24; 1:12–14)

     "There were false prophets … there shall be false teachers among you … damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them … many shall follow … the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." (2 Pet. 2:2)

     "Jesus saith … I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)

There were false prophets among the Israelites, and there will be false teachers among the Christians. They will deny that simply Jesus is enough. They will deny that God’s Word is the truth that we need to trust.

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     "The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide … He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." (Ps. 103:8–12)

     "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool … for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” (Isa. 1:18; 38:17)

     "Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression … he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy, He will turn again he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Mic. 7:18–19)

     "Saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jer. 31:34)

     "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out." (Acts 3:19)

If Jesus were still on the earth, he would not be a priest, therefore, Catholic Priest who are supposedly acting in place of or on behalf of Jesus cannot be priest.

     "Now … This is the sum: We have such, an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man … For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of

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God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah." (Heb. 8:1–4, 6–8)

     "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit … For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace … they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man, have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that *raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that *raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die, but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Rom. 8:1–14)

Above we see the Trinity of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit working in unison on our behalf in our salvation and the welcome into God’s family.

Below we see the accumulation of God’s salvific plan and that for now, the way to the tree of life is still open to all earthly inhabitants through faith in Christ.

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     "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And, hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

     "And they Sung a New Song, saying, Thou, art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast *slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

     "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs … sorcerers … whoremongers … murderers … idolaters and WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.

      "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride Say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely … He which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." (Rev. 1:3, 5–7; 5:9–10; 22:14–17, 20–21)

Did you notice that the last sin mentioned above was about liars? Within Christendom, we have our share of liars and false teachers who abound in many forms, from false spiritual teachings to those who are greedy for money.

Paul gives a warning concerning Jesus’s return.

     "But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and

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they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness … But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and an, helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who, *died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore, comfort, yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." (1 Thess. 5:1–5, 8–11)

     11. (Catholicism)
     Communion of Saints and the Church Treasury: “The Holiness of One Profits Others”

     “The life of each of God’s children is joined in Christ and through Christ in a wonderful way to the life of all the other Christian brethren in the supernatural unity of the
Mystical Body of Christ, as in a single mystical person” (emphasis added) (CCC-1474). 

     “A perennial link of charity exits between the faithful … (in their) heavenly home, those … expiating their sins in purgatory and those … still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is … an abundant exchange of all good things.” In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one, profits others well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus, recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishment for sin (emphasis added) (CCC-1475). 

     We also call these spiritual goods of the communion of saints the Church’s treasury, … the ‘treasury of the Church’ is the infinite value, which can never be exhausted, which Christ’s merits have before God … In Christ … the satisfactions and merits of his Redemption exist and find their efficacy” (emphasis added) (CCC-1476). 

     “This treasury includes, as well the prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin
Mary … the prayers and good works of all the saints … who have followed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord … they attained their own salvation and at the same time cooperated in saving their brothers in the unity of the Mystical Body” {88 Indulgentiarum doctrina, 88} (emphasis added) (CCC-1477). 

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     Through indulgences the faithful can obtain the remission of temporal punishment resulting from sin for themselves and … for the souls in Purgatory (emphasis added) (CCC-1498). 

     An indulgence … through the action of the Church ... dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfaction of Christ and the saints … to the living or the dead (emphasis added) (CCC-1471).

     11. (Biblical)
     The Holiness of Jesus Christ Profits Each Individual Who Believes

     "The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness." (1 Cor. 1:18)

     "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my *gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen." (Rom. 16:25–27)

Be ready to do good works but remember, it is by God’s mercy that we are saved.

     "Be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not, by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:1–7)

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     "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching, us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates." (Titus 2:11–15; 3:1)

     "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." (Jude 1:24–25)

     "And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise, our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed, are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These, are the true sayings of God … And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war … And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of wrath of Almighty God. And

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he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Rev. 19:5–9, 11, 13–16)

     12. (Catholicism)
     The Anointing of the Sick “Fortifies the End of Our Earthly Life”

     The sacrament of the anointing of the sick … completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ, just as Baptism began it. It completes the holy anointing that mark the whole Christian life that of Baptism, which sealed the new life in us, and that of Confirmation, which strengthened us, for the combat of this life. This last anointing fortifies the end of our earthly life like a solid rampart for the final struggles before entering the Father’s house (emphasis added) (CCC-1523). 

     In addition, … The Church offers … The Eucharist as vaticum. Communion in the body and blood of Christ, received, at this moment of “passing over” to the Father, has a, particular-significance, and importance. It is the seed of eternal life and the power of resurrection, according to the words of the Lord: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” The sacrament of Christ once dead and now risen, the Eucharist is here the sacrament of passing over from death to life, from this world to the Father (emphasis added) (CCC-1524).

My First Catechism––a children’s book. (74 endnote N/URL)

     “The Holy Eucharist is Jesus Christ after the bread and wine have been changed into His Body and Blood at Mass.

     “In the Mass Jesus gives Himself to His Father as He did on the cross, but He does not suffer anymore.

     “In Holy Communion Jesus gives me Himself as food for my soul.” ––Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.

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     Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist as viaticum constitute at the end of Christian life “the sacraments that prepare for our heavenly homeland” or the sacraments that complete the earthly pilgrimage (emphasis added) (CCC-1525). 

Catholic Infallibility(75 endnote N/URL)

     Paul Todd thinks that former Catholics “are being hoodwinked out of their faith … some Protestant preacher will come along and swallow them up with the message of the Gospel.”

     Todd recognizes that “Catholic and Protestant interpretation of the Scriptures are diametrically opposed to one another … the Catholic is taught … by the Church. He knows that his judgment can be wrong, but the Catholic Church cannot be wrong, because Christ Himself promised to guide it and keep it from error.”

     Todd gives an example using the Constitution and the Supreme Court, the Court is, in charge of interpreting the Constitution. And, in the same way, the Bible and the Catholic Church work. “So why should not … the Church that gave the Bible to the world, may in case of doubt declare truly the meaning of the Bible?”

     Todd points out that if Protestants want to hold the Scriptures as the rule of their faith, it can only be done as a theory. This is true because the Scriptures, “can be logically regarded as a rule of faith only on the assumption that an infallible voice declared its writings to be genuine and inspired.” ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

     12. (Biblical)
     Apostle Peter: “Thou (Jesus) hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

     "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If, thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It, is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that

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proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matt. 4:3–4; see also Deut. 8:3; Luke 4:3–4; Eph. 6:17; John 1:10–14).

     "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed … It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not … Therefore, said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it, were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will, ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God." (John 6:27, 63–69)

     "Jesus saith … my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." (John 4:34)

Feeding on the true meat of Jesus does not mean consuming the Eucharist, but the obeying of Jesus will, to go out and spread the Gospel, the good news of the cleansing away of sin by his blood, through faith in his death, burial, and resurrection.

Here is apostle Paul’s prayer for the saints.

     "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … that he would grant you … to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye … may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadeth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ … that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God … Unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Eph. 3:1, 3, 5–12, 14, 16–19, 21)

     "Now unto him that is, able to do, exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Eph. 3:20)

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Here is Paul thanking Christ Jesus for putting him into the ministry and using him as an example of his mercy and forgiveness.

     "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope … And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry … Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Tim. 1:1, 12, 17)

     13. (Catholicism)
     Catholic Church: Indispensable Minimum

     The precepts of the Church are set in the content of a moral life bound to and nourished by a liturgical life. The obligatory character … is meant to guarantee to the faithful the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor (emphasis added) (CCC-2041). 

     The first precept (“You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.”) requires the faithful to participate in the Eucharistic celebration when … on the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord.

     The second precept (“You shall confess your sins at least once a year.”) ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.

     The third precept (“You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during Easter season.”) guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy (emphasis added) (CCC-2042). 

The fourth precept (“You shall keep holy the holy days of obligation.”) completes the Sunday observation by participation in the principal liturgical feasts which honor the mysteries of the Lord, the Virgin Mary and the Saints.

The Fifth precept (“You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.”) ensures the times, of ascesis (the exercise of self-discipline) and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts; They help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.

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     The faithful also (sixth precept) have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his abilities (emphasis added) (CCC-2043). 

     13. (Biblical)
     The Biblical Church’s Indispensable Minimum: Deny and Lose Your Life

     "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9:23–24)

     "Mt. Calvary: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him saying, If, thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom … Jesus … Verily I say unto thee, To day, shalt thou be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:38–43)

Precepts of Faith

     >   Fear the God who can cast your sinful soul into hell.
     >   Recognize that you deserve to be cast into hell.
     >   Recognize Jesus’s sinlessness.
     >   Recognize Jesus is the God of an eternal kingdom.
     >   Recognize Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross as the payment for your sin.
     >   Recognize what is written for our blessing that Jesus gives assurance of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life, which begins today! Right now! At the point of faith!

Break out the white robes, the tambourines, dance, singing praises to the Lamb our King! (examples of salvation joy: Luke 15:1–32)

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     "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner [who consumes the Eucharist? no] that repenteth." (Luke 15:10)

An Old Testament saint’s testimony of God’s enduring mercy, “I called … The Lord answered.”

     "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever … I called upon the LORD in distress: The LORD answered me, and set me in a large place … it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man … The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation … I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

     "The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner." (Ps. 118:1, 5, 8, 14, 17–22)

     "For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God." (Gal. 2:19)

Do not let others judge you based on religious observances.

     "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an, holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days." (Col. 2:16)

     "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For ALL THE LAW IS FULFILLED IN ONE WORD, even in this … LOVE thy neighbour as thyself." (Gal. 5:13–14)

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Jesus is the one we are following.

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But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all is prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:18–21)

Do not be cursed, our Lord is coming.

     "If any man, love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha." (1 Cor. 16:22)

     14. (Catholicism)
     The Church: Mother, Teacher, Pillar, Bulwark, Guard “of Christ’s Words” and Hands on the “Confession of Faith”

     Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: “We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation.” Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith (emphasis added) (CCC-169). 

     The Church, “the pillar and bulwark of the truth,” faithfully guards “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” She guards the memory of Christ’s words; it is she who … hands on the apostles’ confession of faith {1 Tim. 3:15; Jude 3.} … the Church our Mother teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and the life of faith (emphasis added) (CCC-171).

     “For though languages differ … the Tradition is one and the same. The Churches established in Germany have no other faith or Tradition, nor do those of the Iberians … Celts … East … Egypt … Libya, nor those established at the center of the world …” The Church’s message “Is true and solid, in which one and the same way of salvation appears throughout the whole world” (emphasis) (CCC-174).

Westgerdes, for Catholics, Scripture and Tradition, are equal, and with the Magisterium the three are one in the work of salvation.

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     The Church … “Does not derive her certainty about all … truths from … holy Scriptures alone. Both Scriptures and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence” (emphasis added) (CCC-82).

     The Magisterium of the Church. “The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God … written … or … Tradition, has been entrusted to the living, teaching office of the Church alone” (emphasis added) (CCC-85).

     The infallibility of the Magisterium … extends to all the elements of doctrine (emphasis added) (CCC-2051).

     “Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others … they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.” (emphasis added) (CCC-95).

Newsletter: Catholic Communicator(76 endnote N/URL)

     “The new Catechism is a large and impressive book, but it will quickly direct us to four old fundamentals: The Creed, the Commandments, the Sacraments and prayer. On the one hand it will tell us that there is a lot to our Faith and that it is as up to date as the Twenty–first Century. On the other hand, it will encourage us to opt for the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. It will say to cafeteria Catholics that paradoxically the only way to avoid indigestion is to swallow the Faith whole.” ––Bishop Thomas J. Welsh

     14. (Biblical)
     The Scriptures: God’s Written Word; Old and New Testaments Stand Alone, Unequaled

     "But unto the wicked God saith, What, hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee." (Ps. 50:16–17)

     "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your traditions? … Ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. (Matt. 15:3, 6)

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     "For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men … Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition … Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." (Mark 7:8–9, 13)

In this passage, Paul put a limit on what he called traditions; they had to be taught by word or “our epistle.” Paul gives a true to this day example of a tradition that should be followed.

     "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth: Whereunto he called you by our *gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

     "And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

     "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us … this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." (2 Thess. 2:13–15; 3:5–6, 10)

I believe that most of the traditions taught in the new testament relate to loving one another and not traditions which need to be carried out to help in the attaining of salvation.

Gleanings from Psalm 119 that you may consider incorporating into your life.

     Thy Word: “I hid in my heart … I will not forget … my delight … I trust in … comforted myself … the rejoicing of my heart … I hope in … I esteem … giveth light … giveth understanding … order my steps … thy servant loveth it … I might meditate in … is true from the beginning … endureth for ever … my heart standeth in awe … I rejoice at … my tongue shall speak of thy word.”

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     "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen … Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my *gospel.” (Rom. 16:20, 25)

Here is Paul’s heart felt desire for the saints.

     "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge … As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving … in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him." (Col. 2:2–3, 6–7, 9–10)

     "To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen." (Rom. 16:27)

     "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Gal. 5:1)

     15. (Catholicism)
     Mary

     “*MARY … is inseparably linked with the saving work of her Son” (emphasis added) (CCC-1172).

Westgerdes, I have seen this truth pictured in a 1st Communion drawing of Mary standing behind a chalice with a hovering Eucharist/Host.

     Mary … the Mother of all the living. We can pray with and to her. The prayer of the Church is sustained by the prayer of Mary and united with it in hope (emphasis added) (CCC-2679).

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     Because of Mary’s singular co-operation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary … and to entrust supplications and praises to her  (emphasis added) (CCC-2682).

     15. (Biblical)
     Mary is not Inseparably Linked with the Saving Work of Her Son (see CCC-1172)

     "Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." (John 19:28–30)

You’re Too Late!” (77 endnote N/URL)

     “Evangelist Billy Sunday preached in tent meetings … a young man … under great conviction found Billy Sunday … ‘Oh Mister Sunday, I need to be saved. What can I do to be saved?’ Billy said, ‘I’m sorry, You’re too late.’ … ‘Oh, but I wanted to be saved … What must I do to be saved?’ … Billy Sunday … ‘You’re too late to do anything to be saved, for Jesus has already done it all. It’s finished. All you need to do is receive what He’s already done.’” ––Adrian Rodgers, LWF, Devotional

For most individuals, having “Just God” is not enough; there is no room to enjoy religion or even a smidgen of evil.

     "Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God, is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

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But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works." (Ps. 73:25–28)

     Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in is wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." (Jer. 9:23–24)

     "And having, an, high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith." (Heb. 10:21–22)

     "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed, is the man that trusteth in thee." (Ps. 84:11–12)

     "Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven." (Ps. 148:13)

     "Unto thee, O LORD," do I lift, up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee." (Ps. 25:1–2)

     "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven … For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (Matt. 6:9–10, 13)

God the Father is the head of our heavenly home and his Son Jesus is the shepherd and greeter to the eternal kingdom. Why then do most people think their ideas will make heaven better?

     "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father

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     "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:27–28, 33)

     "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Ps. 23:1–6)

     "But God, who is rich in mercy … hath quickened us together with Christ … hath raised us up together … made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus … now in Christ Jesus ye … are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace … Having abolished in his flesh the enmity … for to make in himself of twain [Jews and Gentiles] one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby." (Eph. 2:4–7, 13–16)

     "Salvation is of the LORD." (Jon. 2:9)

     "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour … For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light … Redeeming the time, because the days are evil … Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS

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UNTO GOD and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:1–2, 8, 16, 19–20)

There is no one we should be praying to but God the Father. And we should be praying in no one else’s name but Jesus’s.

     "Be careful, for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God." (Phil. 4:6; see also Rom. 8:26–28; Acts 12:1–24)

     "Now I pray to God that ye do no evil." (2 Cor. 13:7)

     16. (Catholicism)
     Social Duty of Christians

Religious Americans: My faith isn’t the only way,” (78 endnoteN/URL)

     An AP Religion writer, shares that in 2008 a survey was done of 35,000 adults to check religious tolerance and the knowledge of their own beliefs. When asked, “Can many religions lead to eternal life?” these are the percentages of those who said Yes: (emphasis added)

     Hindu came in at 89%, Buddhist 86%, Jewish 82%, Catholic 79%, (emphasis added) Orthodox Christian 72%, Protestant 66% which includes Evangelicals (57%), mainline (83%) and historically black churches (59%), Muslim 56%. “On the Net: Source: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: https://pewforum.org

     “Some Christians hold strongly to Jesus’ words as described in John 14:6 ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ Others emphasize the wideness of God’s grace.

     “The Catholic church of Christ teaches that the ‘one church of Christ … subsists in the Catholic Church’ alone and that Protestant churches while defective can be ‘instruments of salvation.’ … More than most groups,

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Catholics break with their church … Only six in 10 Catholics described God as ‘a person with whom people can have a relationship’––which the church teaches––while three in 10 described God as an ‘impersonal force.’ (emphasis added)

     Quoting the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput: “The statistics show … that many who describe themselves as Catholics do not know or understand the teachings of their church––Being Catholic means believing what the Catholic church teaches. It is a communion of faith, not simply of ancestry and family tradition. It also means that the church ought to work harder at evangelizing its own members.” ––Eric Gorski, The Daily Standard

     The Social Duty of Christians is to respect and awaken in each man the love of the true and the good. It requires them to make known the worship of THE ONE TRUE RELIGION … THE CATHOLIC … CHURCH (emphasis added) (CCC-2105). 

Know, Love, and DEFEND your Catholic Faith!” (79 endnote)

     “Troy founded ‘Discover His Church Media’ to help Catholics defend their faith against ongoing attacks from both secular culture and anti-Catholic fundamentalists.”

     In Troy’s book, Evangelical Catholic, he relates his experiences while “discovering the Catholic faith.” He reveals “the indisputable Biblical and historical evidence” which led him to embracing a conversion to Catholicism. ––Troy Guy

Here is an ad for one of Troy's speaking engagements: April 7, 2020

Westgerdes, the following is my final step in my decision to leave the Catholic faith. The next article is an early example of a Catholic defending his faith against me, a fallen away Catholic.

Now is a good time to share this, I struggled quite intensely when trying to decide whether to stay in or leave the Catholic faith; Did I need to pray to Mary plus be a born-again Christian? Et Cetera. After around six

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weeks, surprisingly, I decided to stay. I went to Mass the next Sunday and the first thing the Priest said was “Don’t worry about reading the book of Revelation because no one can understand it anyway!” Well I will tell you what, upon hearing that, unsurprisingly, the Holy Spirit told me, “Gary, now you can leave the Catholic Church.” I had already read the book of Revelation and knew that verse 1:3 says blessed is he who reads the words of this book. I needed that one last step—the confirmation from the Holy Spirit and I have never looked back.

(How ironic this former Catholic, of 40 years, is now an official member of a local Baptist Church, as of October 18, 2020, the Celina Baptist Temple, an Independent Baptist Church. What a blessing being in a Church membership that rejects both of St. Augustine's major theological contributions to the religious world, aka. Calvinism and Catholicism.)

Life Without Meaning(80 endnote N/URL)

     Paul Todd writes about the disparity of fallen-away Catholics, “Perhaps the hardest thing for them is to see themselves clearly and honestly, as spiritually blinded, disturbed and saturated with pride.”

     Todd is secure in his idea that fallen-away Catholics have “no rational foundation” and that obsession with quoting scripture after scripture shows their dilemma, ignorance, and lack of reasoning powers. On the other hand, Ordinary Catholics have “a sufficient knowledge to save” their souls. A fallen-away “can no longer understand the true sense of Scripture, the verdict of history and the demands of logic.” (emphasis added)

     Todd continues, sharing how these Catholics who have left the faith will in worldly matters such as legal affairs or health issues, consult a specialist but with spiritual matters of most importance, their “eternal destiny at stake” will consider themselves “fully competent to decide the gravest issues … a guilty violation of reason and conscience.” (emphasis added)

     Todd’s final comment is “If a man loses his goods, he loses much. If he loses his life, he loses more. If he loses his faith, he loses all.” ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

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     “Let’s quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ” ––Billy Sunday. (81 endnote)

Oprah’s Inconvenient Truth(82 endnote N/URL)

     A local pastor revealed in our local newspaper, that Oprah had hosted a panel to discuss spiritual matters, many religious views were expressed. Each view was considered equally valid, but at one point a lady in the audience stood and shared that, “the only way to heaven was through Jesus Christ.” Oprah responded, “One of the mistakes that human beings make is believing there is only one way … There couldn’t possibly be only one way to God.”

     The pastor shares, “An ounce of humility provides us enough honesty to admit we’ve all sinned or broken whatever moral code we subscribe to. If God exists … and if our sins have offended him … and he is loving enough to throw his creation a lifeline … it isn’t impossible, or unreasonable or unfair for God to provide only one way. We are condemned criminals, sentenced to die for our crimes and the only thing a just God owes us is justice.” ––Mike Spencer, The Daily Standard

The pastor gives scriptural support from: John 14:6; 8:24; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5; Rom. 6:23; John 3:16 and Luke 9:23.

Believers in Christ responded to Saul’s (now Apostle Paul) persecution by preaching the word of Christ crucified.

     "And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him … Therefore, they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word. (Acts 8:2, 4)

Apostle Paul now converted, preaches the same word of Christ crucified.

     "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine … watch thou in all things, 

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endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry … I have fought … I have finished … I have kept the faith: Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (2 Tim. 4:2, 5, 7–8)

     "To them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours … Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me … that there are contentions among you … every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas (Peter); and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? … Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the *gospel … the preaching of the cross … we preach Christ crucified … Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men … That no flesh should glory in his presence." (1 Cor. 1:2, 10–13, 17, 23–25, 29)

     "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour … Therefore, let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas (Peter), or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s." (1 Cor. 3:5–8; 21–23)

Apostle Paul speaks on and explains the mystery of our future inheritance, our hope in Christ’s coming and our home in God’s kingdom.

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     "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we, are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ *risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward, they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death … And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God: neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In, a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 15:19–26, 49–57)

The true gospel of Scripture is under a constant threat of being perverted. Christians and Christian leaders are called to stay the course through the preaching of God’s Word to the saints and at times openly rebuking Christian leaders who are going astray, such as Apostle Peter and Barnabas.

     "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another *gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you and would pervert the *gospel of Christ. 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,

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so say I, now again, if, any man, preach, any other *gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1–4; Jesus’s *death, *burial and *resurrection) unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Gal. 1:3–9)

     "I went up by revelation and communicated unto them that *gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the *gospel might continue with you … But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the *gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If, thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?... Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." (Gal. 2:2–5, 11–14, 16)

Apostle Peter evidently accepted the Apostle Paul’s rebuke as he writes favorably concerning him.

     "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through

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covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not … For it had been better for them not to have known the way, of righteousness than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The, dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire … Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen." (2 Pet. 2:1–3, 21–22; 3:13–18; see also 1 John 1:5–10; 2:1–6, 22, 25–29)

     "Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you." (1 John 3:13)

     "One of the seven angels … talked with me, saying … I will shew unto thee the judgement of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters (people): With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication … I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with

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the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration … the angel said … Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns … And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth … and the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as, yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

     "And he saith unto me, the, waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire, for God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth." (Rev. 17:1–7, 9, 12–18)

Watch for grievous wolves who will covet, your money and apparel. All who are able should work to help support the weak no matter what their supposed ranking in the Church.

     "For I know this, 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

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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 20:29–35)

The godly duty of Christians is to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the doctrine of godliness––overcoming sin and loving others.

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Chapter Seven

COMPARE THE EMPHASIS ON WHAT IS  PREACHED: CATHOLICISM OR CHRIST 

In this chapter we will see that:
Catholicism is focused on Catholicism. Preaching themselves and their Catholic Truths. Aiming to achieve their quest, for new converts and bringing lax Catholics back to the one true Church, the Catholic Church.

Cruise Catholic! Private Charter on the Rhine River,” (83 endnote N/URL)

     “Catholic Answers river cruises are the absolute standard in cruises for those whose principal interest is a full formation in Catholic life and culture. There is abundant good company … congenial conversation, and informative talks on the Faith and history in the heartland of Europe. All cruisers will be aboard because of their love for Jesus Christ and his Church, and their support of Catholic Answers.” ––June 9–10, 2020, 100% Catholic Answers

Christians are focused on the biblical truths that lead to an eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s Son, who was crucified upon a cross and raised from the dead for the world’s sins. This victory then, providing/proving Jesus Christ as the narrow way to everlasting life.

The Catholic focus is clearly expressed in their ministry slogans and purposes, whereas the biblical focus, is of course, found in the Scriptures.

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CATHOLIC FROM THE GET-GO” ––an advertisement. (84 endnote N/URLl)

     “Jimmy shows how, even in the first century after the Resurrection, it was necessary to defend and explain truths that are still under attack today; the Real Presence, the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, and others.

“Enlightening for anyone who wants to understand and defend the Full Truth of Catholicism, it shows clearly that the new, first-century Christian church was Catholic from the get-go. ––Jimmy Akin, 3-CD Audio Set

SIMPLYCATHOLIC.COM” ––Purpose

     “The mission … is simple to help Catholics know and love the Lord and His Church … equipped to share their Catholic faith with others. Simply Catholic … has been sharing the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of Catholicism since OSV’s founding in 1912. (emphasis added)

EWTN” ––Slogan

     “Live Truth, Live Catholic(emphasis added)

CATHOLICSComeHome.org” ––Purpose

     “Encountering Jesus through the Sacraments … Discover the History, Beauty, Spirituality and Accomplishments of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago. We are Catholic.” (emphasis added)

OSVnews.com” ––Slogan

     “For Catholics Who Love Their Faith” (emphasis added)

OSV CATHOLIC BOOKSTORE” ––Slogan

     “Topics that help you Learn, Live, and Love the Catholic Faith.” (emphasis added)

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IGNATIUS PRESS” ––Slogan

     “Discover the Best of the Catholic World” (emphasis added)

Discover His Church” ––Slogan

     “Know, Love, and Defend your Catholic Faith!” (emphasis added)

BIBLICAL FOCUS FOR TRUTH AND MINISTRY—JESUS CRUCIFIED! 

We Preach NOT OURSELVES. (2 Cor. 4:5)
We Preach CHRIST CRUCIFIED. (1 Cor. 1:23)

     "Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; But by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

     "But if our *gospel, be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious *gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord … For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Cor. 4:1–6)

     "We preach Christ Crucified … Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God." (1 Cor. 1:23–24)

Jesus Christ crucified is also mentioned: (Matt. 26:2; 27:22, 23, 26, 35; 28:5; Mark 16:6; Luke 23:33; 24:7; John 19:41 and Acts 2:23, 36; 4:10)

Apostle Paul declares what should be the number one focus of all those who call themselves Christians.

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     "For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

     "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Gal. 6:14)

The Catholic Deception and Focus Continues.

Discover His Church(85 endnote)

     “Join Our Mission! Support the New Evangelization! Help us Share the Love of Christ!

     “‘Discover His Church’ seeks to foster an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and remove obstacles that prevent our culture from seeing the true faith and teachings of the one Church that Jesus Christ established 2000 years ago!” ––Troy Guy

Trying to sound more biblical and Christian-like, Catholics have been using language that Christians use.

     Our Church “seeks to foster an intimate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

On the surface this sounds great; this is a goal of every true Christian Church. A personal relationship with Jesus would involve the study of God’s Word, the knowledge of the Holy Spirit as the Christian’s helper and prayer partner, joint worship, and loving the brethren.

But as you read the remaining portion of the statement, you see that it involves the accepting and practicing of the teachings of the Catholic Church. This would involve the reception of the Sacraments, the celebration of the Mass, the eating and worshipping of the Eucharist, the encountering of Christ, not in the Scriptures, but in the consuming of Jesus’s body, blood, soul, and divinity.

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As the Bible teaches—Christians preach Christ crucified, not Christ consumed.

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CATHOLIC SACRAMENTALS 

This chapter, with examples, scripture, and comments, deals with the sacramentals, which play an important role in the Catholic Church; they help the Catholic faithful see God at work.

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     Sacramentals and Symbols: Their importance to the Life of the Church

SACRAMENTALS

     “Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs … of a spiritual nature … obtained through the intercession of the Church” (emphasis added) (CCC-1667). 

     “For well-disposed members of the faithful, the liturgy of the sacraments and sacramental sanctifies almost every event of their lives with a divine grace which flows from the Paschal Mystery of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. From this source all sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. There is scarcely any proper use of material things which cannot be thus directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God” (emphasis added) (CCC-1670). 

     “Catechesis must take, into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful … the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions … the rosary, medals, etc.” {178 Cf. Council of Nicaea II: DS 601; 603; Council of Trent: DS 1822.} (emphasis added) (CCC-1674). 

Spiritual Weapons: The St. Benedict Medal(86 endnote)

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to devour’ (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is real, and he wants to destroy you … through any means possible … fight back with the spiritual weapons of prayer and faith.

     “One of the powerful weapons in spiritual combat is the St. Benedict medal.
(emphasis added)

     “(On) The back … are the letters C S S M L – N D S M D, (standing for) the Latin prayer (which means) The Holy Cross be my light; Let not the dragon be my guide … I highly recommend you get one. It’s basic protection, like the bullet proof vest of sacramentals!” ––Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Spiritual Weapons: The Red Scapular(87 endnote)

     Also called, the Scapular of the Passion it is considered “a source of spiritual protection.”

     “Will prove to us a strong armor against infernal assaults, an impenetrable shield against the arrows of our spiritual enemies.” ––Sister Apolline

     “If you’ve never worn a scapular before, the red Scapular of the Passion is one option to consider. It’s a powerful weapon for your spiritual arsenal.” ––Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

     Pastoral discernment is needed to sustain and support popular piety and, if necessary, to purify and correct the religious sense which underlies these devotions so that the faithful may advance in knowledge of the Mystery of Christ (emphasis added) (CCC-1676). 

     Sacramentals … In accordance with bishops’ pastoral decisions, they can also respond to the needs, culture, and special history of the Christian people of a particular-region or time. They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of (emphasis added) (CCC-1668). 

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SYMBOLS

     The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus wanted to leave believers “a visible-sacrifice (as the nature of man demands)” (emphasis added) (CCC-1366). 

The Language of Symbols(88 endnote)

     “A symbol is something that stands for something else; it literally re-presents an idea to us in a different form so that we can take it in more fully and deeply … It’s vitally important to teach doctrine and Scripture, but explaining something only once, or in just one way, won’t ensure that it will be understood, let alone that it will be meaningful and memorable. We need to have ideas presented to us in multiple ways in a variety of modes … they express truth via another layer of teaching, which we can absorb on an emotional and aesthetic as well as an intellectual level; when we make gestures such as the sign of the cross, or lighting a candle, we are speaking symbolically and thus enacting our faith on a physical level. For that reason, the liturgy contains a wealth of symbolic details and action, and the interiors of churches are traditionally rich in symbols.” (emphasis added) ––Holly Ordway, Catholic Answers

17. (Biblical)
In the true biblical Church, there are no sacraments that visibly or otherwise dispense saving grace; hence, there is no need for sacramentals. Jesus did use symbols, and they have been written down in Scripture.

Remember what Jesus told doubting Thomas:

     "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29)

Remember what the goal of the signs were and why the Apostle John wrote them down.

     "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:30–31)

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Jesus used signs (miracles), symbols, illustrations, parables, and so forth, and the writers of the Gospels wrote them down. Jesus also explained to the disciples what the signs and parables meant, and the Holy Spirit guided and inspired them to write them down so we could understand everything we needed to know to believe and have life through his name.

Jesus was able to teach in a way that his listeners could believe that he was the Christ and that faith in him would result in the reception of the gift of everlasting life. Phrases everlasting life, eternal life, or life eternal appear twenty-three times in the KJV New Testament. The Scriptures give many examples, explains it in different ways, and gives opportunities to the listeners to believe and receive the gift of everlasting life.

Jesus was concerned for those who saw the miracles and heard him speak but still did not believe.

     "Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, we, speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3:11–12; see also Num. 21:5–9; Ps. 119:105, 130; Heb. 9:24; 1 Cor. 1:21)

The heavenly things, like the message of the cross.

At age seven, my salvation was not precipitated because of or helped by the things I could see; it was because of the Holy Spirit’s conviction, God’s Word, and my God given free will. I used my free will to put my faith/belief in Jesus for the forgiveness of my sin and the reception of the gift of everlasting life. Immediately, I received the Holy Spirit’s assurance, confirmation, sealing, and joy. My sins had been totally removed, I—was—going—to—heaven!

At what age are children required to attend Mass?” (89 endnote)

     “The Code of Cannon Law says, ‘The faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass’ (1247), but it does not define the age” ... Cannon 11 tells us, “Merely ecclesiastical laws bind those who have been baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it, possess the efficient use of reason, and, unless the law expressly provides otherwise, have completed seven years of age.” ––Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

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I thank and praise God that he reached me at an early age, seven, I wish only that I would have begun reading God’s Word as Timothy did.

     "That from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able, to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus—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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables." (2 Tim. 3:15; 4:3–4)

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Chapter Nine

VENERATION OF RELICS

This chapter contains the symbols and definition of relics. You will also discover that the Eucharist is not only Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity, but it may also become a relic. This happens when confirmed miracles concerning the Eucharist, give sight to the Catholic faithful convincing them that Christ is truly present. The importance of relics is also seen in the fact that no Catholic building could be consecrated without a relic in its presence.

DEFINING THE TERMS - TRUTH AND FABLES

Truth (90 endnote)

     From the Greek: “225 alethia: truth … Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.” ––Strong’s Concordance.

Fable (91 endnote)

     “A fictitious narrative or statement: such as––a legendary story of supernatural happenings” ––Merriam Webster.

From the Greek (92 endnote)

     “3454. Muthos––a speech, story, i.e. a fable … Definition: a speech, story, a fable Usage: an idle tale, fable, fanciful story.” ––Strong’s Concordance

     “HELPS Word-studies 3454 mythos—a myth; a false account yet posing to be the truth; fabrication (fable) which subverts (replaces) what is actually true.”

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Veneration (93 endnote)

     Definition of Veneration:

1. “Respect or awe inspired by the dignity, wisdom, dedication, or talent of a person.
2. “The act of venerating.”

     History and Etymology for veneration:
     “Middle English veneracioun, borrowed from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French veneratiun, borrowed from Latin veneration-, veneratio 'act of soliciting the good will (of a deity), demonstration of respect or awe,’ from venerari ‘to solicit the good will of (a deity), hold in awe, VENERATE’ + -tion-, -tio, suffix of action nouns.”

Quotes on the Most Blessed Sacrament” ––using veneration, venerating. (94 endnote)

     “Eucharist: Sacrament to be Adored”
     Pontiff John Paul II wrote a letter to Bishop Albert Houssiau of Liege, Belgium in regards to “the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the first celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi” point three shares concerning the Eucharist that “Outside the Eucharistic celebration, the Church is careful to venerate the Blessed Sacrament, which must be ‘reserved … as the spiritual centre of the religious and parish community’ (Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei, n. 68) … whom we adore … adoration in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament unites the faithful ‘with the paschal mystery;’ it enables them to share in Christ’s sacrifice, of which the Eucharist is the ‘permanent sacrament.’” (emphasis added) ––The Real Presence

We see venerate and adore used interchangeably in relation to the Eucharist, which is also worshiped upon the consecration of the Host. Do Catholics “worship” relics? They say no, but bowing, kneeling, and kissing out of reverence all look like acts of worship.

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RECENT EXAMPLE OF VENERATING RELICS 

Community prays(95 endnote N/URL)

     Relics of “St. Isidore, the patron saint of Farming and St. Gregory of Thaumaturgus … patron saint against flooding”  were venerated. I counted approximately sixty attendees in the newspaper photo. Another photo showed Nun Barbara Ann Hoying kissing the Relics. (emphasis added) ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

PAST EXAMPLES OF VENERATING RELICS 

St Peregrine prayer service at chapel(96 endnote N/URL)

     A “prayer service … for anyone who has cancer.” The relic of Saint Peregrine was available to be touched and held during the service. (emphasis added) ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

Shrine schedules prayer service(97 endnote N/URL)

     “Many relics of Christ’s Passion are believed to have been found by St. Helen (Helena), mother of Emperor Constantine in the late 320s.” These, as well as other relics were brought to Maria Stein out of the collections of “Reverends Brunner and Gartner in the 1800’s.” The relics are small and include, “pieces of the Last Supper Table, Veronica’s Veil, a Thorn from the crown of thorns, the Purple Mantle and the Burial Shroud.” (emphasis added) ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

THE IMPORTANCE/PURPOSE FOR RELICS 

Shrine gains relic of Pope John Paul II(98 endnote N/URL)

     First-class relics are described as something “left over from the life of a saint” such as body parts from hair to an actual head. Second-class relics may be something that a saint used. Third-class relics are items that have touched a first or second-class relic.

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     The relic from the Pontiff were strands of his hair. The common disclaimer assurers that relics should not be worshipped but only “honored and venerated.”

     “Relics are physical, tangible, concrete reminders that heaven is obtainable for us, so long as we recognize what made the saints holy and work to apply those qualities to our lives.” (emphasis added) ––The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

JESUS'S RESPONSE TO VENERATING RELICS 

     "All things are delivered unto me of my Father … Come unto me … I will give you rest … learn of me … And ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matt. 11:27–29)

From St Peter’s bones to severed heads: Christian relics on display(99 endnote)

     Here are five of the top ten extant (def. standing out, existing, not lost) Christian relics:

     The Head of St. Catherine of Siena, which is mummified and called the “grisliest relic” in the Catholic Church.

     The Blood of Saint Januarius, in Naples Italy, a red, dried powder, “Every September—and on two other days in the year … liquefies” thus becoming “Living Blood” and protects the city from volcanoes, earthquakes and plagues. (emphasis added)

     A tongue, it is “Said to have belonged to St. Anthony of Padua.” It was found 750 years ago “perfectly preserved—an incorruptible relic.” Being a “great preacher,” his tongue must have been “holy.” (emphasis added)

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     The Relics of Sainte-Chapelle, “The French king, Louis IX … Saint Louis” being “proud” of his relics, which included “Christ’s Crown of thorns,” built a church for them but they have found their way, so that today, they are in the cathedral of Notre Dame.

     The Severed Head of St. John the Baptist was kept in Amiens Cathedral, built as a shrine. Today only a “replica” of his head is there; “the original was stolen in the 19th century.” ––Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

Why do we venerate relics(100 endnote)  (100a)

     “The use of relics has some, although limited, basis in sacred Scripture” as seen during the lives of Elijah, Elisha, and Apostle Paul (2 Kings 2:9–14; 13:20–21; Acts 19:11–12). “Indeed, miracles were-connected-with these ‘relics’––not that some magical power existed in them, but just as God’s work was done through the lives of these holy men, so did His work continue after their deaths. Likewise [meaning: we can make a case for this because], just as people were drawn closer to God through the lives of these holy men, so did they (even if through their remains) inspire others to draw close even after their deaths. This perspective provides the Church’s understanding of relics.”

     A history of the acceptance of opening-up the tombs of the so-called saints in 312 allowed Catholics to venerate their remains. Jerome warned not to worship or adore the relics but during the Middle Ages abuses began to grow with greedy individuals preying on ignorant people and their superstitions. Augustine “denounced imposters who dressed as monks selling spurious relics of saints.” Finally, Pontiff Gregory stopped the collecting of remains from the tombs and the selling of relics. However, Pontiffs and other Church authorities could not control “the translation of relics or prevent forgeries.” This negativity till this day continues to keep people “skeptical about relics.” The article ends on a positive note mentioning that the faithful can be reminded by the relics to be holy, cooperate with God’s work, ask for the prayers of the saints and to

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“beg the grace of God to live” a “faith-filled” life, like the saints. ––Rev. William Saunders, Arlington Catholic Herald

The Rev. Charles Mangan remarks/presents for CERC, the Catholic Education Resource Center, “Church Teaching on Relics” written by Rev. William Saunders. In closing Saunders reminds the faithful that:

     “The relics of the saints and their veneration is just another in the long line of treasures which Jesus Christ has given to His chaste bride, the Church.”

What are Relics and why are they Important?” (101 endnote)

     “Relics are one more way that God demonstrates the fitness of the physical world to be a carrier of His grace and mercy.” ––Al Kresta, Legatus Magazine

Eucharistic Quotes––Page 3(102 endnote)

     “We discovered, like infants opening their eyes for the first time, that, God’s coming, upon earth out of love for us had radically changed the world, because he had remained with us. As we walked about the city, or traveled to different cities and countries, it was not the beautiful and interesting things around us that attracted us. Not even Rome’s wonderful monuments and precious relics seemed so important. Rather, what gave sense of continuity to our journeying through the world for Jesus, was His Eucharistic presence in the tabernacles we found wherever we went.” (emphasis added) ––Chiara Lubich

     “Peoples of the entire world need to hear these words. Their conscience needs to grow in certainty that Someone exists who holds in His Hands the destiny of this passing world… And this Someone is Love––Love that became Man, Love crucified and risen, Love unceasingly present among men. It is Eucharistic Love.” ––Pontiff John Paul II

Daily Catholic Mass – 2017 – 08 – 13 – Fr. Joseph” ––from Carlo Acutis website. (103 endnote)

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The Eucharist as a sacramental receives from some a very prominent role in their lives as the Church teaches that it should. But as we saw earlier, many Catholics do not share this enthusiasm. However, the following young boy does.

The teen who dedicated his life to eucharistic miracles(104 endnote)  (104a)  (104b)  (104c)  

     A young Italian boy, Carlo Acutis, was born in 1991, lived only fifteen years, and during that time “developed a deep love for his faith” with daily Holy Communion, weekly confession, and praying the rosary. His great passion was to design, with his computer, an “exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles” that he worked on for close to three years. A parish in Thame of the UK is one of the first “to organize a display,” which may be requested for free at www.carloacutis.com.

“Jesus is my great friend and THE EUCHARIST MY HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN,” (emphasis added) ––Venerable Carlo Acutis

Jesus, however, does not share this young boy’s enthusiasm.

     "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there-at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matt. 7:13–14)

     "Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29)

The spiritual blessings of faith far exceed those who need miracles or sightings to satisfy or confirm their belief.

Catholic Diocese investigate ‘bleeding’ communion wafer being hailed as miracle by believers in Utah(105 endnote)

     This so-called miracle began during Mass at the St. Francis Xavier Church. A young parish attendee brought his consecrated communion wafer back to the priest “who then placed it in a glass of water” which follows church protocol, but on this day the host did not dissolve but

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stayed intact and “began to turn blood red.” The Eucharist is no longer open to public display and has been taken by the Diocese of Salt Lake City. The Catholic diocesan administrator, Monsignor Colin F. Bircumshaw, has appointed an investigation, which will include people from “various backgrounds,” and results will be shared with the public. The Monsignor states “Whatever the outcome of the investigation, we can use this time to renew our faith and devotion in the Greatest Miracle—The Real Presence of Jesus Christ that takes place at every Mass.”

     Trickling blood from a host is the most commonly reported miracle. “The most famous ‘miracle’” took place at a Mass in the city of Bolesna, which is painted on the walls of the Vatican. The depiction shows a Host “bleeding onto the tablecloth in the shape of a cross.”

     An “unusual Eucharistic miracle” took place in the Lanciano monastery back in the eighth century and is a “certified Eucharistic miracle.” A monk “Claims that the bread and wine literally changed into flesh and blood during a Mass.” (emphasis added) ––Hannah Perry, Daily Mai

“Eucharistic Miracles” (106 endnote)

    Faith in Christ’s Presence Christ’s true presence in the wafer and the wine present some difficult doubts for Catholics. To help Catholics the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum presented a conference on miracles involving the Eucharist. This they hoped would “help people comprehend the incomprehensible.” The exhibition focuses on “about 80 of the most important Eucharistic miracles.” They are displayed with “in-depth historical descriptions.”

Siena, Italy—August 17, 1730,
Consecrated wafers are “perfectly preserved for over 250 years.” Even “rigorous scientific experiments” could not explain this miracle.

Blanot, France—March 31, 1331,
A Eucharist Host had fallen from a woman’s mouth onto the “altar rail cloth” left a “spot of blood the same size” before the Priest was able to recover it.

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Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy,
A priest was having a problem with “believing in the Real Presence” but when he pronounced the consecration on the Host blood began seeping out of it. This miracle lead to Pontiff Urban IV commissioning “the feast of Corpus Christi.” This event is still being celebrated. (emphasis added) As recorded within this website the above three miracle descriptions were: Used by permission from Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz © copyright 1987 TAN Books and Publishers, Inc.

Lanciano, Italy—Eighth Century AD,
During the celebration of the Mass a priest is doubting Jesus real presence in the Eucharist but when he consecrates the Host it is immediately transformed into “flesh and blood” and upon “extensive scientific examination” it is determined that this could only have been a miracle. The flesh was “cardiac tissue” and the blood type was AB “as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles.” (emphasis added) ––no authorship information given see more at, Zenit.org

Eucharistic Truth––The Eucharist and Sanctity(107 endnote)
What Do We Believe?

     “The simplest way to express what Christ asks us to believe about the Real Presence is that the Eucharist is really Hethe real Jesus … that the Eucharist began in the womb of the Virgin Mary; that the flesh … received … is the same flesh … changed [into] bread at the Last Supper; that the blood received is the same blood into which He changed wine at the Last Supper. Had she not given Him His flesh and blood, there could not be a Eucharist.

     “We are to believe that the Eucharist is Jesus Christ—simply without qualification … in the fullness of His divine nature … His human nature … his body and soul … everything that makes Jesus—Jesus. He is in the Eucharist with His hands and feet … lips … ears … nostrils … affections … emotions and, with emphasis, with His living, pulsating physical Sacred Heart. That is what our CATHOLIC FAITH DEMANDS of us that we believe.

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if we believe this, we are Catholic. If we do not, we are not, (emphasis added) no matter what people may think we are.” ––Priest John A. Hardon, S.J, CERC

The Eucharist: What do we believe? A book published 10 July 2012, author Fainch Ryan. In the description, seen on CatholicIreland.net the book tries to answer questions for Catholic adults about the Eucharist.

     “Catholics are a sacramental people. Our rituals are what bring us into contact with the God we believe in, and with the actions he has undertaken that we believe are for our salvation.” (emphasis added)

A doctorate in theology is held by Ryan from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. She lectures concerning theology at Mater Dei, a college of Dublin City University.

Eucharistic Processions––Corpus Christi procession fills the Streets of Buffalo’s East Side(108 endnote)

     The Monstrance, with the Eucharist was carried by Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz. The feast was jointly celebrated by Corpus Christi and Martyr Parishes. The procession went from one church to the next with a hundred people in attendance. Girls scattered flower petals, to welcome Jesus, with Bishop Grosz following under the canopy, creating a Holy place for the Eucharist. The Host for the Monstrance was brought back from Poland. In Poland the tradition, dates-back-to 1247 and in St. Stanistaus it has been carried out for at least 75 years. The processions in Poland are huge. It was drizzling when the procession began which the Bishop said was a reminder of their baptism “by which we become part of the Church” with the Holy Eucharist as the center. The Eucharist is essential for the Church and the Priesthood, without it neither would exist. Bishop Grosz stated that the “Priesthood, Church and Eucharist all together is what we celebrate now as we enter into this act of Divine Worship.” ––Patrick J. Buechi, Western New York Catholic (Original site declared not safe. Endnote replaced with procession from London.)

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Quotes on the Holy Eucharist(109 endnote)

     “The Eucharist is connected with the Passion. If Jesus had not established the Eucharist, we would have forgotten the crucifixion. It would have faded into the past and we would have forgotten that Jesus loved us. There is a saying that to be far away from the eyes is to be far away from the heart. To make sure that we do not forget, Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a memorial of his love.” —Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

The following is an example of a Eucharistic procession, in my hometown, celebrated by the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Prized Possession on Parade(110 endnote)

     “When you have a treasure—prized possession—you want everyone to see it … The most prized treasure of the Catholic church will be taken to the streets … Sunday.” The Archbishop from Cincinnati, Dennis Schunerr will “carry our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ under the appearance of a round, white piece of bread, and held in a golden vessel for all to see and adore.”

The reason for the procession is to let everyone know that “Jesus Christ is present in a very real way in the consecrated bread in every Catholic church in the world.”

It is stated that this Catholic belief is supported by Jesus’s words in the Gospel of Matthew 26:26 “This is my Body.” Rev. Stechschulte shares that these are the words repeated by the Priest “bringing Christ to us here today in his saving sacrifice” referred to as the Mass or Eucharist. He also correctly declares that the Eucharist is “The center of Catholic life and worship.” He writes that “it sounds mysterious, possibly strange” that Jesus could be present with us in the “Blessed Sacrament;” then with emphasis he declares, “But it is true.”

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     He compares his faith in the Bible with the same faith he has in “Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament.” This Sacramental “treasure” is something they do not want to keep hidden. He believes this historical procession should be “revived today.”

     The Reverend invited everyone to come, watch and see that, “Christ is truly with us … in the Blessed Sacrament and we are taking him to the streets.” ––Reverend Barry Stechschulte, Coldwater cluster

Corpus Christi Procession 2014(111 endnote)

     “I want the Church to go out into the streets.” ––Pontiff Francis

     “They followed Bishop John Noonan holding a monstrance with the body of Christ through downtown Orlando, singing and praying, more than 1,000 Catholics from the diocese gave witness to their love and devotion to the real presence of Jesus Christ during the annual Corpus Christi procession June 22.” ––Orlando Diocese

Quotes on the Most Blessed Sacrament(112 endnote)  (112a)

     “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.’ No one partakes of this Flesh before he Adored it.” ––St. Augustine

     “Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice, what flowed from His side …” —St. Augustine, Sermon 3, 2; circa A.D. 410 {original translation}

     “What wonderful majesty! … That the Lord of the whole universe, God, and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a Little Bread, for our salvation.” (emphasis added) ––St. Francis of Assisi

     “I hunger for the bread of God, the flesh of Jesus Christ—I long to drink of his blood, the gift of unending love.” (emphasis added) ––St. Ignatius of Antioch

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     “Jesus taught a new sacrifice which the Church received from the Apostles and offers throughout the whole world.” (emphasis added) –– St. Irenaeus (d. 202)

     “How many of you say: I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes. You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him, but also to be your food and nourishment.” (emphasis added) ––St. John Chrysostom

     The Eucharist is the Heart of the Church (6/1997). At the close of the Eucharistic Congress in Wroclaw:

     “Behold, Christ came into the world to bestow upon man divine life––In order to gain eternal life man needs the Eucharist … By consuming the Body and Blood of Christ, man bears within himself, already on this earth, the seed of Eternal Life … the Eucharist is the Sacrament of Life in God.” (emphasis added) ––Pontiff John Paul II

     “My Jesus! What a lovable contrivance this Holy Sacrament was—that You would hide under the appearance of bread to make Yourself loved.” (emphasis added) ––St. Alphonsus Legouri

     “When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you Then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you Now.” (emphasis added) ––Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

     “The surest, easiest, shortest way is the Eucharist.” (emphasis added) ––Pontiff St. Pius X

     “The Eucharist is everything, because from the Eucharist, everything is.” ––St. Peter Julian Eymard

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     “The Year 2000 will be intensely Eucharistic: in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the Savior, who took flesh in Mary’s womb twenty centuries ago, continues to offer Himself … as the source of Divine Life.” (emphasis added) ––Pontiff John Paul II, Tertio Millennio Adveniente—Year 2000

     “The Renovation of the World will be brought about only by the Holy Eucharist.” (emphasis added) ––Pontiff Leo XIII

Catholicism’s goal is a worldly goal “the renovation of the world” while the biblical goal is the new birth of an individual’s soul, for the new heaven and the new earth. The apostles Paul and Peter both share that this world is not the believer’s home:

     "For here have we no continuing city, (such as the Vatican) but we seek one to, come (the New Jerusalem). (And what sacrifices do the priesthood of believers perform, in regards, to sin? none.) By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." (Heb. 13:14–15)

     "But ye are … a royal priesthood … that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God … as strangers and pilgrims. (1 Pet. 2:9–11)

Jesus used a physical metaphor, eating his flesh and drinking his blood, to test his disciples to see if they truly understood what he was teaching and requiring of them.

The meat we are to eat is not the Eucharist but the meat of committing to doing the will of the Father and carrying on the task of preaching the gospel, planting and sowing the seed of God’s Word that he may reap souls for his kingdom.

     "Jesus saith unto them, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say, not ye, There, are four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift, up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest … And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman … And many more

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believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now, we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (John 4:34–35, 39, 41–42)

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Chapter Ten

CATHOLICIM'S VIRGIN MARY

We are now going to transition from the Eucharist to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Archbishop Sheen had the most appropriate quote and Jon Bosco the most glorious dream.

     “The mark of the Christian is the willingness to look for the Divine in the flesh of a babe in a crib, the continuing Christ under the appearance of bread on an altar, and a meditation and a prayer on a string of beads.” (emphasis added) ––Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

The Twin Pillars of Victory—Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco (113 endnote)  (113a)

     Bosco dreamed of two pillars, the Eucharist and Mary. A painting of this dream hangs in Turin, Italy, in the church, Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice. This dream was in May of 1862 and is titled, “The Twin Pillars of Victory.”

     Bosco describes the scene as a sea of ships trying to destroy a much larger ship (the Church) when during the battle, “two mighty columns of great height arise … On the top of one … the statue of the Immaculate Virgin … ‘Help of Christians;’ on the other … much higher and bigger, stands a Host … ‘Salvation of the Faithful.’

     As the battle rages the Pontiff guides the ship between the two columns and anchors the ship to the columns. The bow is chained to the Host column and the stern is chained to the Immaculate Virgin column.

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Bosco interpreted the dream: The ships are enemies which bring persecutions, serious trials and are trying to sink the ship/Church. “Only two means are left to save her amidst so much confusion: DEVOTION TO MARY MOST HOLY and FREQUENT COMMUNION, making use of every means and doing our best to practice them and having them practiced everywhere and by everybody.” (emphasis added) —Priest J. Bacchiarello, S.D.B.

In this chapter, all things Mary are laid out and compared with the Scriptures. Catholics do not use many scriptural truths in their teachings about Mary. Truths about the Blessed “Ever” Virgin Mary come from the source equal with the scriptures called Tradition, Church Tradition. Marian apparitions are also important and well respected in the Catholic Church.

This is the Most Complete List of Marian Apparitions––the book received a Whopping 4.6 million likes! (114 endnotes)

     “She suffered a sword piercing her heart as she watched her son’s Passion and Death … Our Blessed Mother comes to us when we need her most, with a message and guidance specific to the problems and suffering at hand. Here is a list of 40 beautiful stories of Marian apparitions in countries all over the world to inspire you and remind you of the eternal compassion and counsel which she unceasingly offers to us.” ––Jeannie Ewing, Cora Evans blog

Titles of Mary include The Gate of Heaven, Co-redemptrix, Mother of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of the Rosary, Queen of Heaven, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Refuge of Sinners, Seat of Wisdom, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Fatima, and in 1951 Pontiff Pius XII before a crowd of over

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one million declared that he had in 1946 “Crowned Our Lady of Fatima as Queen of the World.” This is an amazing statement, since Satan is called “the god of this world”

     "But if our *gospel be, hid, it is, hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious *gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Cor. 4:3–4)

What Jesus has done for this world, as the True God and True Man, is hidden or obstructed behind Catholicism’s teachings, especially those pertaining to Mary and the Eucharist. This is seen in the following article.

The Dads of Saints: Two Fathers Who Raised Holy Men(115 endnotes) 

     The fatherly devotion of John Paul’s and Padre Pio’s fathers included the Mass and the Rosary.

     Pio’s father Orazio was “A simple and joyful man … devoted to the Mass and Rosary.” He did not learn to read but told scripture stories to his children from what he memorized from the Scripture. In his old age when the pilgrims would come to see his son and compliment him for being Padre’s father it is said that he replied, “‘I didn’t make him. Jesus Christ did.’ At the end of his life, though, it seems he was ready to claim a little credit.” Just before Orazio died, his granddaughter shares, he said “I’m going to call the angels and tell them to take me to heaven, because I can say, ‘I’m Padre Pio’s father.’”

     Pontiff John Paul II’s father “was recognized as a man of character, integrity and justice … leading his young son Karol … in a daily routine punctuated by regular prayer … reading the Bible, reciting the Rosary, and attending daily Mass.” His father would teach him “Polish history––but the most meaningful lessons were those of interior conversion, resignation to the will of God and redemptive suffering.” (emphasis added) —Claire Dwyer, National Catholic Register

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Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary”—CatholicSaints.Info

     The Mary of Catholicism has many titles; total titles from A–W, 371. The last title, the “Workshop of the Incarnation” just beating out, “Woman Clothed with the Sun.” The letter, O, topped the list with 116 titles, of which 115 of them started with the word “Our.” Mary’s first alphabetically ordered title is Adam’s Deliverance. https://catholicsaints.info/titles-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/.

In all of Mary’s titles none of them is love. That name is reserved for God, as the scriptures proclaim. (1 John 4:7, 8, 16; 2 Cor. 13:11)

     "God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us … hath quickened us together with Christ … And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Eph. 2:4–6).

BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE 

     "God said, Let, us make man in our image, after our likeness … so God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them. (Gen. 1:26–28)

Since God is love, he has the attributes of a loving father, mother, son, daughter, friend, uncle, aunt, cousin, co-worker, neighbor, teacher, employer, employee, and so forth. So, God may manifest the love of a mother. He is the one who created motherhood.

Here is a prayer to Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is noted for starting the devotion concerning the wearing of the brown scapular.

     “O Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity. Star of the Sea, help and protect us. Show us that you are our Mother. Amen.”

Here is my reconstruction of the above prayer put together in honor of Jesus.

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     "O Beautiful Savior of Mt. Calvary, the most fruitful and only vine, the obedient Son of God, the servant of our salvation. Ever sinless and knocking at our door, the day Star that arises in our believing heart, be our light to replace the darkness. The victorious and resurrected King, the Lamb of God! Jesus, by faith I am seated in thee! Jesus the Almighty Amen!"

There are many Catholic ministries or organizations that advance the extolling of the, so called, Blessed Virgin Mary. With their combined comments Mary is credited with doing and being if not all, just about all that Jesus is and has done except for his dying for our sins and being resurrected from the dead. Satan is busy with his business, of getting your eyes off, of Jesus. Here are scriptures to show that God the Father and Jesus do the same and more, than what is ascribed by the prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

1. “O Beautiful Flower of Carmel”

All, of our prayers, praise and proclamations should be about and go to God.

     "O Sing unto the Lord … bless his name; shew forth his salvation … declare his glory … his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised.

     "I will praise thee … my God, with all my heart: … I will glorify thy name for evermore." (Ps. 96:1–4; 86:12)

Is there a human being, who is a creation of God, worthy of praise and glory?

     "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

     "O GOD … my lips shall praise thee. (Ps. 115:1; 63:1, 3; see also 2 Cor. 4:14–15)

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Step Two: Victory Sings the Redeeming Works of God.” (116 endnote N/URL)

     “The first recorded song in the bible (Exodus 15) is the song of Moses, when God freed the Israelites, from Egypt. The last song is this one, the song of the Lamb.

     “When Paul and Silas were thrown into the Philippian jail, they sang and praised God … Celebrate the Lord Jesus! Praising God precedes and follows every victory.” ––Adrian Rodgers, Love Worth Finding

2. “Most Fruitful Vine”

Is Mary taking the place of Jesus for those who follow her?

     "I am the true vine … now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you … I am the vine … without me ye can do nothing … If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so, shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that MY JOY might remain in you, and that YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL. This is my Commandment, that, ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you … I call you not servants … I have called you friends; For all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (John 15:1, 3–5, 7–15)

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3. “Splendor of Heaven”

     "David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: … Blessed be thou, LORD God … for ever and ever … the greatness … the power … the glory … the victory … the majesty: … all that is … is thine … thou art exalted … above all … thou reignest over all … Now therefore … we thank thee and praise thy glorious name.” (1 Chron. 29:10–13)

Daniel records Nebuchadnezzar’s praise for God after his abasement by the Lord as the king of Babylon.

     "I Nebuchadnezzar … I blessed … I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever … Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven … those that walk, in pride he is, able to abase." (Dan. 4:34–35, 37)

Now remember these Marian apparitions could very well be Satan who “is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). How can we know? Do they line up with scripture, and do they glorify God the Father and or Jesus Christ? Or, do they mimic Jesus, taking on names or attributes that Jesus or God the Father already have?

4. “Holy and Singular”

     "He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy … because it is written, Be, holy; for I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:15–16)

     "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee … After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

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     "And all the angels stood, round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing … glory … wisdom … thanksgiving … honour … power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." (Rev. 15:4; 7:9–12)

     "Mary said, My, soul doth magnify the Lord … For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him.” (Luke 1:46, 49–50)

5. “Who Brought Forth the Son of God”

The scriptures say that Mary would bring forth a son. That this son would be the Son of God. He was to be her firstborn son. Nowhere, does it say that Mary would be the mother of God. God is eternal, and he has always existed.

     "Behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that, which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: For he shall save his people from their sins." (Matt. 1:20–21)

     "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)

     "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To, redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (Gal. 4:4–5)

     "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS … The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore, also

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that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God … And Mary said, My, soul doth magnify the Lord, and, my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." (Luke 1:30–31, 35, 46–47; see also Mark 3:33–35)

6. “Still Ever Remaining a Pure Virgin”

     "Then came to him his mother and his brethren and could not come at him for the press. And it was, told him by certain which said, Thy, mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he answered and said unto them, My, mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it." (Luke 8:19–21)

7. “Assist Us in Our Necessity”

Our greatest necessity, being, the cleansing away of our sin.

     "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope … For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim. 1:1; 2:5)

     "We are … unclean … our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isa. 64:6; see also Luke 24:44–47; 24:25–27; 9:22)

Since Jesus wanted the necessity of his message preached to all nations, I checked the internet for how many nations the Blessed Virgin Mary was credited with appearing in and found this:

Welcome to the Lady of All Nations Website of the Family of Mary(117 endnote)  (117a)  (117b)  (117c)  (117d)  

     On March 25, 1945, Our Lady appeared in Amsterdam to Ida Peerdeman (deceased 1996). On May 31, 2002, the current Bishop of Amsterdam, Jozef M. Punt, made a written statement regarding the authenticity of the apparitions of Mary as the Lady of All Nations

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     “In light and virtue of all these recommendations, testimonies and developments, and in pondering all this in prayer and theological reflection, I have come to the conclusion, that the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam consist of a supernatural origin.” (emphasis added)

     Our Lady appears under a new title, “The Lady of All Nations” or “The Mother of All Nations.” In this time, she wants to be made known and loved by everyone under this title.

     Mary gradually reveals a plan with which God wants to save the world and prepare it for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Accordingly, she gives all peoples and nations an image and a prayer.

     In the image, Mary appears in a white dress with a gold cloth belt, which represents “the Loincloth of the Son. For I stand as the Lady before the Cross of the Son.” Her feet stand on top of a globe of the earth, under the globe are waves of sheep, which represent “all the nations and races of the earth.” Mary states this signifies her endorsement from the Father and the Son of their acceptance to bring her “into the world as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate (May 31, 1951).”

     The prayer reads, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster, and war. May the Lady of All nations, The Blessed Virgin Mary, be our Advocate. Amen.”

     One condition for approval was the insertion of the title “The Blessed Virgin Mary.” A significant aspect of this is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph (CCC-411) that mentions Jesus as the “new Adam” and Mary, Jesus mother, is referred to as the “new Eve” thus making her Co-Jesus or in theological terms Co-redemptrix.

Finally, on the Home Page we read:

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The title Mother and Lady of All Nations ‘Under this title she will save the World.’ (March 20, 1945)(118 endnote)

It appears that the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the message of Jesus Christ is now obsolete.

Remember: Jesus is our focus and our message is the Cross.

     "And as Moses lifted, up the serpent … even so must the Son of man be lifted up … this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:14, 19)

Unbelief, LWF Devotional(119 endnote N/URL)

     “Individuals don’t go to hell because of sins such as lying, stealing, or cheating but because of unbelief.
     Unbelief is the major sin–the … sin out of which all other sins grow. It is the one sin that will damn you to hell.
     Can you think of any sin greater than to point the finger of unbelief at God and say, ‘You lie!’ There is no greater sin than to aim the gun of unbelief at the Christ on the cross and refuse to receive Him.” ––Adrian Rodgers, Love Worth Finding

There may also be those out there who know it is true, but they will not surrender to serve Christ. They would rather remain in their sin and suffer the consequences with the brotherhood and sisterhood of unrepentant sinners, which is not a good idea.

     "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God … I shew you a mystery … we shall all be changed … put on incorruption … put on immortality … death is swallowed up in victory … God … giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore … be ye … abounding in the work of the Lord … your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Cor. 15:50–58)

8. “Star of The Sea”

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     "I Jesus … I am … the bright and morning star." (Rev. 22:16)

     "A star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel. (Num. 24:17)

     "We have also a more, sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts." (2 Pet. 1:19)

     "Jesus … I am the light of the world." (John 8:12; see also Isaiah 9:2)

9. “Help and Protect Us”

God helps and protects us.

     "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them." (Gen. 3:21)

     "And they came to wake him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was calm. and he said … Where is your faith? And they, being afraid wondered, saying one to another, what, manner of man is this! For he, commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him." (Luke 8:24–25; see also Matt. 14:24–31)

     "Then king Darius wrote unto all people … Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, Who, hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. (Dan. 6:25–27)

     "Our God whom we serve is, able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thy hand, O king. But if not, be it

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known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury … Then Nebuchadnezzar the King was astonished … and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in, the midst of the fire, and they have no, hurt and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar … said … come forth … Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth … Then Nebuchadnezzar … said, blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God." (Dan. 3:17–19, 24–26, 28)

10. “Show Us That You Are Our Mother”

Jesus gives no special favor to his mother spiritually. In fact, Jesus says that whoever does God’s will is his mother.

     "Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." (Mark 3:35)

     "Blessed, is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.

     "But he (Jesus) said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it." (Luke 11:27–28)

God knows how and does love like a mother.

     "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” (Luke 13:34; see also Ps. 17:6–8)

     "For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob … As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh

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them, beareth them on her wings: So, the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. (Deut. 32:9, 11–12)

11. “Amen”

Amen, is defined as, “So be it” and “surely” and are signs of agreement. Check out closely the finality of God’s blessedness.

     "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD." (1 Chron. 16:36)

     "Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his Glory; Amen, and Amen." (Ps. 72:18–19; see also Rev. 3:14; 2 Cor. 1:20)

SOME CLOSING REMARKS 

Jesus, as a minister of God, completed everything God the Father promised and planned for the world’s redemption. Through faith in Jesus’s shed blood, we have peace with God. To Jesus be glory for ever.

     "Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers." (Rom. 15:8–9)

     "O the depth of the riches both, of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! ... For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen." (Rom. 11:33, 36)

     "Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will … to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Heb. 13:20–21)

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Chapter Eleven

FATIMA/BEACON OF HOPE 

The supposed apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima Portugal is a major event and celebration of the Catholic faithful especially outside of the United States.

 “At Fatima, 24 countries consecrated to Jesus and Mary amid the coronavirus pandemic.” —This year on March 25, 2020

     The twenty-four countries included Albania, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Tanzania, Timor (East), and Zimbabwe. —CNA Daily News

THE INTERNATIONAL PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE 

Excitement Builds: Our Lady of Fatima Tours America(120 endnote)

     “An epic journey. A critical message that must be spread. The Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace. (video 1:14 min.)

     “Fatima is more important now than in 1917.” ––St. John Paul II

The Fatima Tour for Peace(120a)

     “The purpose of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue tours was and still is to bring the graces of Fatima and Our Lady’s message of hope, peace and salvation

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to those many millions of people who may never have an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Fatima itself. —Patrick Sabat, Program Director

     “In 1946, I crowned Our Lady of Fatima as Queen of the World.” — Pontiff Pius XII

World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, Our Lady’s Blue Army

     “‘The apostolate is the only Fatima organization in the world which speaks the name of the Church’ and ‘with the authority of the Church’ on Fatima. “Our mission is to help people learn, live and spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima in communion with the Church and in concert with The New Evangelization. www.bluearmy.com.”

The Message of Fatima(121 endnote)

     “Do not be afraid. I am from Heaven.

     “…God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace [world peace].”

     “If we heed our Lady’s call to personal holiness, prayer, and reparations for sin, we will see the blessings promised at Fatima poured out abundantly on us! –– ‘Learn the message of Fatima! Live the message of Fatima! Spread the message of Fatima!’” ––Patrick Sabat, Program Director

7 Powerful Messages from Our Lady of Fatima: ‘The Grace of God Will be Your Comfort'” 

     “May 13 is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

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     “Our Lady of Fatima appeared six times to the three shepherd children (Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco) from May 13, 1917––Oct. 13, 1917.

     “3) ‘[Jesus] wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it; and these souls will be beloved of God like flowers arranged by me to adorn His throne.’ (emphasis added)

     “4) ‘Pray the rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, for she alone can be of any avail.’ (emphasis added)

     “5) ‘Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make a sacrifice, ‘O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ (emphasis added)

     “6) ‘Pray, pray much, and sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.’” (emphasis added) — ChurchPOP Editor

Am I the only one that can hear the Devil’s voice mocking Jesus in the above and other Marian quotes?

 

"Jesus wants to use you to make me known and 

loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion 

to my Immaculate Heart. To those who accept this, 

I promise them the salvation of their souls and they

will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to

adorn His throne."

(June 13, 1917 - Our Lady to Lucia, one of the shepherd children who entered Religious life) 

The World Apostolate of Fatima is a Public Association of the Faithful under the Pontifical Council

for the Laity - the official voice of the Vatican on the Message of Fatima.

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My Immaculate Heart will be Your Refuge—Our Lady of Knock”—Ireland, (121a)

     “Jesus came to us through his mother he desires that we come to him through the same mother.” Through, the work of the Holy Ghost, “Mary molds and fashions us into the likeness of Christ.” —Priest quotes during offertory message, minute 9–10

     “‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.’ —Our Lady of Fatima.”

     “Living this consecration as parishioners means becoming an apostle of Mary, striving to imitate her virtues, and to place in her hands the offerings of our little sacrifices of reparation for the salvation of souls, so that we might be strengthened and aided by her in order to face the attacks of the Evil One, and hasten the day of the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.

     “To everyone who makes that consecration and sincerely tries to live it, the words of Our Lady—I will never leave you; my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God. (emphasis added)

     “For more please visit http://www.reginaprophetarum.org & remember to say 3 Hail Marys for the priest.” —Sensus Fidelium

The phrase Mary supposedly used “I will never leave you” was used by God in Deut. 31:6, 8; Josh. 1:5; Isa. 41:10, by God’s Son Jesus in Matt. 28:20 “And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” and shared by Paul in Heb. 13:5 “For he (God) hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

If Satan/Lucifer wants to exalt himself and deceive what better way could he achieve this than by calling himself a Co-this and a Co-that with phrases and statements that belong to God.

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Our Lady of Fatima” ––Russells Point, OH (122 endnote)

     From Lima Ohio we learn in the “Lima News” that Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Indian Lake––Russell’s Point––Ohio, was built in 1964. The 19’6” statue was sculpted and then cast out of fiberglass in Florida, with work beginning in February 1963. George B. Quatman with a specific goal in mind built the statue of the Blessed Virgin on this site—to honor Mary’s apparition at Fatima and “to improve the morals of society.” He was quoted at the original dedication in June 1964 saying, “If this monument will stop just one person from using profanity, it will be worth all the effort that has been expended on it. Profanity is an insult to God.”

 “A picture says a thousand words: Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Russels Point Ohio.” —Catholic Telegraph, August 14, 2018 (122a)

     The Catholic Telegraph photographer, Greg Hartman gives us a view of the shrine while “On Saturday August 11, Bishop Joseph Binzer said Mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russels Point on the shore of Indian Lake.”

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ” —A Sunday Bulletin from the Coldwater Cluster of Parishes, June 23, 2019 (Earlier a portion from the bulletin concerning the Eucharist appeared in Chapter Six page 118.

Watch for the “Christian-ese” that is being used.

     “Help _________ Spread the Gospel!”

As you read in the title of the bulletin, the gospel of the Catholic Church is the Eucharist/Mass, the unbloody, representation of the sacrifice of the Cross.

     “From Mercer County to a Mission trip in Russia. God called me out of my comfort zone … I have taken ownership of my faith.

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     “I would greatly appreciate prayers for our safety and especially, to Our Lady of Fatima for the radical conversion of Russia. Along with this, any financial help.” Bulletin, Holy Trinity Church, Coldwater Ohio

Committed Catholics are being trained to sound more like biblical Christians however, their teachings and goals remain the same, bring all people into the fold of the One
True Church, bring them home to Catholicism, the Eucharist and Mary.

JESUS TRAVELED THROUGH SAMARIA TO ACCOMPLISH HIS FATHER'S MISSION    

     Jesus traveled through Samaria and there met a woman at Jacobs well. Jesus spoke to her concerning worshiping God the Father and says that it will be “Neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem” but the hour will come “And now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” [God the Father is not an old man with a white beard, as pictured in many if not all Catholic Churches.]

     The women, says, that she knows the Christ is coming and that he would tell us all things.

     Then Jesus tells her “I that speak unto thee am he.” The disciples who had just come, marveled that Jesus had talked with the woman. The woman left and went into the city telling the men “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” The disciples encouraged Jesus to eat “But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of … my, meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:4–34)

Remember, the same holds true for Jesus’s followers; their “meat” is to do the will of Jesus who sent them and to finish his work, to labor to bring in souls for God’s kingdom.

Mary’s fifteen promises for those who pray the rosary and serve her, compared with God the Father and Jesus fifteen promises for those who obey and serve them.

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1. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “Whoever shall faithfully serve me by recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces. (emphasis added)

1. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "The elders … I exhort … feed the flock of God … taking the oversight … willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (1 Pet. 5:1–4)

     "The devil said unto him … If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered … him, Get, thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou, shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." (Luke 4:6–8)

No one should be serving Mary/Satan by praying the rosary. All our serving, devotion, adoration, and worship belong to God.

2. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary. (emphasis added)

2. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps. 46:1)

    "Brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)

Sanctified–Set apart, made holy for service to God.

     "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Rom. 3:24)

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Justified–Made righteous before God.
Redemption–Sin debt purchased from God.

     "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." (2 Cor. 8:9)

Jesus was Rich–The sinless God of love.
Jesus became poor–the selfless God of love.

     Jesus, who was made “to be sin for us.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

There is no need to pray the prayers of the rosary. God is not pleased with repetitious prayers. He wants to be treated by his children as a Father, with prayers from the heart.

     "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." (Matt. 6:7–9)

The Scriptures are unmistakably clear: Our prayers are to be directed to God the Father in God the Son’s name, Jesus. Which are helped and guided by God the Holy Spirit, our Helper and Comforter.

3. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.” (emphasis added)

3. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against

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spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly (To pray the Rosary? no), to make known the mystery of the *gospel, For, which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." (Eph. 6:10–20)

4. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its’ vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.” (emphasis added)

4. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

As Christians, it is the very God of peace who sanctifies us through his word and with his Son Jesus’s blood. This knowledge should lead us to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts and inspire us to maintain good works.

     "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." (John 17:17)

     "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thess. 5:23)

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The Scriptures talk about our whole spirit, soul, and body, we can learn correctly,everything we need to know about them, and their needs from the Bible. God after all, created them.

     "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate." (Heb. 13:12)

     "Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts … be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." (1 Pet. 3:15)

     "This is a faithful saying … affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable." (Titus 3:8)

5. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.” (emphasis added)

The Dominican Fathers proclaim that:

     “These statements of Sr. Lucy certainly form the most beautiful apologia that can be made for the Rosary.”

Conversation between Sr. Lucy of Fatima and (Priest) Fuentes, Dec. 26, 1957(123 endnote)

     “The most holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary, to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls.” (emphasis added) —Sr. Lucy of Fatima

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5. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

The above Mary promise reminds me of what Jesus said, in John 3:16, about those who believe in him shall not perish. Why then, would anyone think Mary’s above promise is true? Whether Mary said it or Satan posing as Mary, it is still false in both instances.

     "Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)

If Mary does not have the power to destroy someone’s soul in hell, she can neither offer them salvation.

     Jesus saith, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matt. 11:29)

What an unnecessary yoke the supposed Blessed Virgin Mary has placed on her followers of having to pray the rosary repeatedly to serve her and to save loved ones from purgatory or gain supposed graces for everlasting life.

     "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." (Matt. 22:37)

When you are serving Mary, you are disobeying the above commandment.

     “Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.” —Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Visit www.ANF.org for more information about the America Needs Fatima program.

What people say: (124 endnote)

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“Thank you for everything you have sent to me. Our Lady of Fatima has captured my heart. I am now reconciled with the Church after 11 years away, and you, America Needs Fatima, have been part of that transformation. God bless your ministry.” —L. A., Casper, Wyo.

This next section of information comes from ANF’s Site Articles, at the top of the page is a headline which reads: Miracles linked to the Rosary. Further down is a picture which depicts a two to three-year-old girl looking up at the face of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The caption with the picture is:

     “Become a Child of Mary become Our Lady’s Companion.”

Just as Satan came before God to ask for permission to test Job (Job 1:6–22), I can see Satan coming before God to ask for permission to appear as the Blessed Virgin Mary so as to deceive people to follow him, the god of this world, through this (Mary) avenue. What else could it be?

     "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From, going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." (Job 1:6–7)

Here is the final push by ANF to capture your attention. They are planning a “special crusade to spread the message of Fatima” of course in America:

     The goal of this effort is to “win the heart and soul of America for Mary” this will be accomplished by spreading Mary’s Fatima message and encouraging devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. They claim that Mary’s prophetic Fatima message is what America needs for a “clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to achieve it.” They also claim that this Fatima message with its “admonitions, requests, and warnings … can rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual.”

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Wow! Mary is calling for your devotion and service to her cause. She has a clear call to win over people’s minds and souls. She is “Mary Most Holy.” Wow!

Wow! Jesus is still the Savior of the world. His offer for the forgiveness of sin is valid until your point of death. If you choose Jesus’s offer, you will receive the gift of everlasting life and the Holy Spirit as the sealer of your salvation, the Comforter of your soul, your prayer partner, and your tutor in understanding God’s Word that was delivered to you in written form from heaven and given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Wow!
Choose wisely.

     "Wherefore … receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able, to save your souls." (James 1:21)

6. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise.” (emphasis added)

6. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:17)

     "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim. 3:12–17)

Apostle Peter’s admonition on where your focus and faith should be:

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     "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

     "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." (1 Pet. 1:7–9)

7. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.” (emphasis added)

7. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

More insights from Peter concerning the salvation Jesus has provided.

     "Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he *suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." (1 Pet. 2:23–25)

8. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.” (emphasis added)

8. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

Mary and the saints did not shed their blood and die for our sins. Go with the many scriptures that give witness to Jesus’s merits and put your faith in Him

     "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since, we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the

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love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the *gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth … For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding … Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear, Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature." (Col. 1:3–6, 9, 12–15)

9. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.” (emphasis added)

9. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

Again, Mary cannot deliver anybody, she did not shed any of her blood for the forgiveness of sin. Sin came by man, the first Adam; sin can only be cleansed away by man, the second Adam, Jesus.

     "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city." (Rev. 22:12–14)

This is Peter’s second epistle and he is still talking about Jesus.

     "Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering

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to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking, for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? … Beware, lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen." (2 Pet. 3:8–12)

10. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.” (emphasis added)

10. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

Here is the first verse and stanza of an encouraging hymn. May God bless you!

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus(125 endnotes)

"O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you, see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant, and free.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

     Jesus: "I am the door: by me if any man, enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture … I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." (John 10:9, 11)

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There was a cute or nice cartoon on Facebook, depicting a wolf standing behind some sheep. In front of the sheep is a man pointing and yelling “Danger! Danger! Wolf!” In the next and final frame, a sheep is pictured kicking the man in the rear and shouting “Troublemaker!” as the man is up in the air. Below the cartoon is the Bible verse:

     "Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" (Gal. 4:16) —facebook.com/KJV1611Bible/

The apostle/Saint Paul keeps his focus on Jesus and encourages others to do the same.

    "Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?... For there is no respect of persons with God … In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my *gospel." (Rom. 2:4, 11, 16)

     "Brethren, I declare unto you the *gospel … Christ *died for our sins according to the scriptures … he was *buried … he *rose again the third day according to the scriptures: … O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 15:1–5, 55–57)

     "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Tim. 1:15)

     "For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his … we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an, high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without

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sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb. 4:10, 14–16)

11. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.” (emphasis added)

11. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us." (1 John 5:14)

Mary promises that you will “obtain all you ask of” her by praying the rosary, but the scriptures promise that the Son of God will hear and answer if our prayers are according to his will.

     "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit … if God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. 8:1, 31–32)

12. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.” (emphasis added)

12. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil. 4:12–13)

     "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into

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this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content—and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness … fight the good fight of faith … keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus ChristWho is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;" (1 Tim. 6:5–8, 11–15)

     "Jesus: Therefore, I say unto you, Take, no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on––for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:25, 32–33)

13. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.” (emphasis added)

13. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that *died, yea rather, that is *risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Rom. 8:34)

14. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.” (emphasis added)

14. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." (Rom. 8:14–16)

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15. Mary/Rosary Promise

     “Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.” (emphasis added)

Some of you may not be familiar with the rosary prayer, the first stanza is based on scripture the second is not.

The Hail Mary

     “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee! Blessed art Thou among women and Blessed is the fruit of Thy Womb Jesus.

     "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death! Amen.”

 

The following Hail Jesus is not a prayer but my redeemed rendition of the Hail Mary.

The Hail Jesus

     “Hail, the forgiving Savior Jesus, born full of grace and truth, God his Father is with him! Blessed is the fruit of thy empty tomb Jesus, sinners made saints through the only name that saves us. Holy Jesus, Son of God, strengthen the redeemed to love, may they walk like thee, forgiving others, with strength from above. Holy Spirit, third person of God, thank you for praying to the Father the righteous desires of my heart and for the joy awaiting me at the hour of my death! Amen.”

Come, be redeemed, bow, and worship the Lord God Almighty the King. Your Creator crucified and resurrected for you, coming again, for those of you, who trust in him.

15. God/Jesus Scriptural Promise

     "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For, thy sake we are killed, all, the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

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For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor, height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 8:35–39)

     "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, Whom, he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." (Rom. 8:28–30)

     "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Rom. 8:17–18)

25 Quotes from St. John Vianney” ––#10  (126 endnote) ––first seen on Facebook.

     “If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.” ––Saint Therese

Apostle Paul, a saint long before Vianney was born in 1786, gave the Church, or saints, in Corinth two admonitions concerning the Christian faith.

     "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

     "Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry." (1 Cor. 10:13–14)

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The example of God’s promise and the following verses clearly show the battle between the supposed Blessed Virgin Mary and God. Surely, this shows Lucifer’s attempt to dethrone God under the guise of Mary.

     "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most, High." (Isa. 14:12–14)

America Needs Fatima shared this before the promise.

Wherever he goes(127 endnote)

     “The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame.” ––St. Anthony Maria Claret The ANF blog shares their mission:

     “Because she is the solution for our times. Our mission is to spread devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, the Holy Rosary and to oppose blasphemy in the public square.”

God can meet and exceed any, and all of Mary’s supposed promises. Flee from Mary and go all in for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and give them the worship and glory they alone deserve!

Miracles Still Reported at the Site of the First Marian Apparition in the U.S.” ––miracles of conversion … are plentiful. (128 endnote)

     “This grace-filled place has been attracting visitors from all over the world––If they’re Catholic, they’ll receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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     “During the first two apparitions, Mary said nothing. On the third, however, she urged Adele to pray and offer holy Communion for the conversion of sinners.

     “‘If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them,’ she said.

     “She gently admonished Adele … Adele asked her, ‘What more can I do, dear Lady?’ (Our Lady said.) ‘Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.’

     Mary––“‘Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the Sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing, I will help you.”

     Lisa Larson the shrine docent (guide, teaching staff) explains that they always stress the value “of the sacraments, of the Rosary, of Mary’s graces.” Larson goes on to mention that just like in Adele’s case, today’s Catholics are still “poorly catechized” with only 30% actually believing in Jesus Real Presence in the Eucharist and many who just do not participate in the sacraments at all. However, Larson is still upbeat mentioning “Everything we do here helps people to know the Truth.”

     “At the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help,” it is emphasized again that “miracles of conversion are plentiful” and for whatever reason the visitors come “they depart with their faith and convictions restored” some who had been away (not receiving the sacraments?) for 20 or 30 years.

     The articles author finishes with––“At the shrine, I had the distinct feeling of Mary’s presence and of knowing that Mary not only was there but still is there now.” ––Marge Fenelon, National Catholic Register

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of their plan of salvation involves the catechism, rituals, and sacraments. For the Biblical Christian/Christian it is scripture, Jesus finished sacrifice on the cross and faith.

visit our website today(129 endnote) To plan your pilgrimage to the place in America where the Queen of Heaven appeared on earth. 

A SCRIPTURAL PORTRAYAL OF MARY 

Let us take-a-look at the aka Blessed Virgin Mary, who in scripture has other children. (see, Mark 6:3, page 77, Saint Joseph Edition of the New American Bible).

     "There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy, mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who, is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about, on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." (Mark 3:31–35)

Something similar is stated by Jesus in Matthew 12:49–50 and in Luke 8:19–21.

Here Mary is not especially esteemed. Those individuals who are especially esteemed are they which “do the will of God,” “do the will of my Father … in heaven” and “hear the word of God and do it.” Every true believer can be esteemed equally with Mary because she herself heard the Word of God and did it.

     Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work … And he marveled because of their unbelief. (Mark 6:3–6)

Matthew 13:53–58 expresses a parallel statement. Mary is not especially esteemed.

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In the Catholic New American Bible, St. Joseph Medium-Size Edition, concerning the verse Mark 3:32, the reader is encouraged to check the comments concerning Mark 6:3, on page 77.

If the statements in this verse refer to Jesus’s half-brothers and sisters, then that destroys the Catholic teaching of Mary’s perpetual virginity. So, the Catholic Church takes the position that the Greek terms used for these expressions of brother and sister possibly could be referring to cousins, thus saving their traditional faith in the Perpetual Virginity of Mary. However, the Catholic Commentary contained therein readily admits that if the Church did not teach that Mary was a perpetual virgin, the regular meaning of the scriptures would be that Jesus had physical brothers and sisters born to Joseph and Mary.

Therefore, Jesus would have or, better yet, has at least four named half-brothers and at least two half-sisters.

The Gospel of Luke tells us this truth about Mary:

     "The angel Gabriel was sent from God … To a virgin … the virgin’s name was Mary … And the angel … said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women … Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt (1.) conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt (2.) call his name JESUS.

A.   He shall be great, and shall be
B.   called the Son of the Highest: and
C.   The Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And
D.   he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and
E.    of his kingdom there shall be no end
1b.     The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
2b.     therefore, also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

     And behold, thy cousin, Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age … For with God nothing shall be impossible.

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And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26–38; read also from verse 39 through Luke chapter 2)

Blessed, is the womb that bare thee … (Jesus) Yea, rather, blessed, are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:27–28)

Here Mary is not especially esteemed. Again, Jesus focuses on the word of God and keeping or obeying it.

The remaining scriptures which speak of Mary: Matthew 1:18–25; 2:9–11; John 2:1–11; 19:25–27; Acts 1:13–14)

To close out this portion about Mary, let us be reminded again about Jesus.

     "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Eph. 1:1–3)

All spiritual blessings come from God the Father to those who are in Christ, Mary has none to dispense. Her blessing to the world was being obedient to God and his word in giving birth to Jesus. Praise God every believer has a role to play in being a blessing to the world through obeying God’s word.

     "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins … And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:1, 6–7)

     "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All, these things will I give Thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get, thee hence, Satan: for it

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is written, thou, shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. (Matt. 4:8–10)

Catholics may say that they do not worship Mary, but they do serve her. Remember her first promise to those who pray the rosary:

     “Whoever shall faithfully serve me by recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.” (emphasis added)

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Chapter Twelve

HOLY WATER 

Holy water is used from birth to the grave, from an infant’s baptism and to the blessing of the casket.

Holy water fonts or plates are placed at the entrance to Catholic Churches to be used when people arrive and exit. Parishioners may also ask for holy water to bring home. It is said that holy water, is especially used as a sure way of making the devil flee!

HOLY WATERREMINDS CATHOLICS OF THEIR BAPTISM AND "DEVIL'S FLY . . .  FROM" IT!

Blessing of the Backpacks(130 endnote N/URL)

     Coldwater Ohio Parish. Holy Trinity Catholic Church had a blessing of the backpacks before the first day of school. This was performed by the Reverend Alexander Witt, as shared in the Church bulletin. It serves as a reminder each year that “they are not walking alone but with Jesus.” –– The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio

Holy Water(131 endnote)

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evil, and is a reminder of water baptism. “Just as water and blood flowed from the Sacred Heart of our Lord as He hung upon the cross—signifying the great sacraments of baptism and holy Eucharist, the taking of holy water and making the sign of the cross remind us of our baptism in preparation for the reception of the holy Eucharist.” ––Priest William Saunders, Arlington Catholic Herald

“Spiritual Weapons: Holy Water(132 endnote)

     “Why Use Holy Water? What’s the Point?
     It has “the power to forgive venial sins.” It is done in preparation for receiving the sacraments, “especially the Eucharist.” Thirdly, the devil and his “demons hate holy water.”

     “I have found by experience that there is nothing from which the devils fly more quickly than from holy water. (emphasis added) They also fly from the cross, but they return almost immediately. Certainly, the power of holy water must be great; for my part, my soul feels particular comfort in taking it, and very generally a refreshment and interior delight which I cannot express.” (Autobiography). ––St. Teresa of Avila

     “Holy water is an excellent way to protect yourself, your family, or your home from the attacks of the evil one!” ––Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

The spiritual power of Holy Water: 6 effects every Catholic should know(133 endnote)

     (1) Erases venial sins.
     (2) Removes distractions in prayer.
     (3) Dispels evil powers over people and places.
     (4) It disposes us, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, to greater devotion.
     (5) Scares away demons.
     (6) It disposes us to receive or administer the sacraments. ––ChurchPOP, Editor

The six spiritual powers revealed in Scripture:

     (1) The blood of Jesus cleanses the true believer from all sin.

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     "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light … the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin … If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7, 9)

     "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." (Eph. 1:7; see also Eph. 2:13; Col. 1:14; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Heb. 9:12, 22).

     (2) The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers.

     "The Spirit also helpeth … for we know not what we should pray for as we ought … Spirit itself maketh intercession for us … the Spirit … maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." (Rom. 8:26–27)

     (3) The blood of Christ will purge our conscience. We have the armor of God to withstand the devil.

     "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Heb. 9:14)

     "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil––Above all, taking the shield of faith––to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." (Eph. 6:10–11, 16)

     (4) The Holy Spirit is a gift. He is involved in our sanctification. He helps us in our access to the Father. By praying in the Holy Spirit, we are building ourselves up in the faith.

     "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." (1 Pet. 1:2)

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     "Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38; see also Eph. 2:18; Jude 1:20–21)

     (5) When you submit yourself to God and resist the devil, he will flee. Learn and grow in the knowledge of Christ and live like him, giving no place for the devil.

     "Know ye not that friendship of the world is enmity with God? ––resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will, draw nigh to you." (James 4:4–8)

     Jesus: "Gave some, apostles … prophets … evangelists … pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God … That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive … Put off … deceitful lusts … Put on … true holiness––neither give place to the devil––be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you." (Eph. 4:11–14, 22, 24, 27, 32)

     "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Heb. 2:14–15)

     (6) The Church has been purchased with the blood of Jesus and saved from God’s wrath through faith.

     "Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28)

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"Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Rom. 5:9; see also Col. 1:20–23)

Step One: Victory Depends on Standing on the Enduring Word of God.” (134 endnote N/URL)

     The “Sea of Glass” in Revelation 15 depicts the Word of God which cleanses from all sin. Ephesians 5:26 mentions the cleansing power of water and its symbolic relationship to the Word: That He [the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest] might sanctify it [the Church] and cleanse it (with) the washing of water by the Word. (Eph. 5:26) ––Adrian Rodgers, Love Worth Finding

What might happen to those who trust in and use holy water?

     "Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" (Heb. 10:29)

The following Catholic articles express the importance and purpose of holy water.

When Using Holy Water(135 endnote)

     “By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.

     “Holy water is a means of spiritual wealth—a sacramental that remits venial sin. The Church strongly urges its use, especially when dangers threaten. The devil hates holy water because of its power over him. He cannot long abide in a place or near a person that is often sprinkled with this blessed water.” ––Catholic Online

Priest Exorcizes Las Vegas Shooter’s Hotel Room with Holy Water after Feeling Evil Presence (136 endnote)

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Priest Clete Kiley, “could sense an evil presence in the room, so he used a palm branch to disperse Holy Water while praying to the Holy Spirit.” ––ChurchPOP Editor

Orthodox Priest Cleanses His City’s Downtown with Holy Water after LGBT Parade(137 endnote)

     “An Eastern Orthodox priest visited the parade site and cleansed the space with holy water … Holy water has long been a powerful sacramental used by Christians.” ––ChurchPOP Editor

Bishop to Exorcise Entire City from Helicopter with Holy Water: ‘We Have to Get Rid of the Devil’” (138 endnote)

Update: Bishop Will Not Exorcise City Via Helicopter, Will Process and Bless with Fire Truck(138a) 

     “Diocese of Buenaventura, Colombia Bishop Ruben Dario Jaramillo Montoya will lead an exorcism over Buenaventura … during one of its festivals.

     “The exorcism is a response to the demonic infestation he believes is responsible for the terrible crimes occurring in the city. More than 50 homicides were reported between Jan. and May … ‘We want to go around all of Buenaventura, from the air, and pour holy water on it to see if we can exorcise and get out all those demons that are destroying our port, so that God’s blessing comes and gets rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets’ Bishop Montoya told Blu Radio of Colombia.

     “Pennsylvania Diocese exorcist Msgr. John Esseff of Scranto told Patti Armstrong of the National Catholic Register that ‘if every bishop woke up to their power, the devil wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell—the results would be amazing. The power of the Church entrusted to the bishops is exactly what the devil fears most,’ Msgr. Esseff said.” ––ChurchPOP Editor

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Chapter Thirteen

CHRISTIAN TESTIMONIES, CONTEMPORARY AND FROM SCRIPTURE 

In the previous chapters, we have looked at and discussed the teachings of Catholicism. In this chapter, you will hear from some who came out of Catholicism, Judaism, or sinfulness, and some who were good people but still were sinners who needed and wanted more.

MARK LENNARTZRAISED CATHOLIC 

     My name is Mark, and this is how I have become a Christian.

     I was born and raised in a loving caring Catholic family. My parents raised me the best they knew how. They took me to church every Sunday and always told me that I had to go to church to learn about God and the Catholic faith.

     On November 22, 1985, I married my wife, Rita, who was also Catholic. Sometime in March of 1990, she came to me and said that she turned her life over to Jesus Christ, and she felt as she was now a whole new person, and she knew she was going to heaven.

     I thought to myself “good, maybe she will settle down a little” because she lived a more outgoing lifestyle than I did. She told me that she and her friend, Mary, were praying for me that I would do the same. I told her that I thought I was going to heaven because I was a good person. I was nice to people, went to church regularly, obeyed the Ten Commandments, and went to confession. Rita told me I was going about it all wrong. She said I needed a personal relationship with Jesus, so Rita and her friend, Mary, asked me if I would meet with the pastor at their church. The date was August 12, 1990. I agreed, and during the meeting, the pastor explained to me why I needed Jesus in my life and what I needed to do to ask Jesus into my life. He told me I needed to admit that

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I was a sinner because the Bible says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). The only way back to God is through Jesus Christ.

     I needed to realize that being a good person was not enough. Because it is by God’s grace and our faith that we are saved, and it is a gift of God: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).

     I needed to believe that Jesus died for us sinners. Romans 5:8 says: “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That
our sin is forgiven by the shed blood of Jesus, as 1 John 1:7 tells us: “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

     I needed to put my faith in Jesus alone for my salvation. “And they said, Believe, on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31), and John 14:6 says: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

     After the pastor explained why I needed to do this, I prayed with him and accepted Jesus as my Savior!

     Now the difference in my life is I know for sure I am going to heaven, instead of “I think so.” Now I want to go to church and read the Bible, instead of thinking “I have to.” Also, I want to be a good person because I am now a child of God. Is life easier for me now? No, not really, but I know that Jesus is with me during my life’s journey, and I know that I am going to heaven.

     I also want to say that God gave me another chance. About forty years ago, I was in a very serious car accident and was the only survivor out of four people. My neighbor told me that God was not done with me yet. At the time I was not for sure what he meant by saying that, but now I understand. “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

     Praise God!

PART 3: “LETTER FROM A FORMER NUN (139 endnote)

     Pat served as a nun for ten years. A few years after she left, she joined a self-realization fellowship. She assembled a Hindu altar in her home.

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Around a year later she “was introduced to the Bible,” and some Christian co-workers shared the plan of salvation with her. Then on “Good Friday morning in 1977, while sitting in front of her ‘Hindu altar,’ she began to think upon what “those Christians had told me and Christ spoke to me there, and I gave my heart to Him right then. He will search us out in the most obscure and strange places.” She is so “grateful to Him” for not giving up on her and for the continuing opportunities she has-to share Christ with Catholics and those in the New Age.

     Pat would also appreciate your prayers because she is having constant “opportunities to share with Catholics.”

     One of her encounters involved a woman she met in a store. While she was sharing with her how she had trusted in Christ’s sacrifice and realized that Jesus had done that for her personally, the woman told her that she had “just realized a few months ago that Jesus died for her personally,” Then she told her about a grandson that was going to “make his first ‘Holy’ communion.”

     Pat asked her if she could share something with her that she was “somewhat curious about.” She answered, “Yes.” Pat began, “So at the Last Supper when Jesus said, “This is My Blood’ over the wine chalice, do you believe it turned into Jesus’s blood and that He passed it around for all of His Jewish disciples to drink who were sitting there at the Last Supper?” The lady said, “Yes.”

     Pat continues, sharing, that if this is what Jesus did, then since “Jews being Kosher were forbidden by God’s law to drink blood, then wouldn’t Jesus have caused all of them to sin by giving them blood to drink?”

     The lady, stunned, replied, “I never thought about that.” ––Lighthouse Trails Inc.

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The Scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments teach that the blood should not be drunk or consumed.

     "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. . . . “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood." (Lev. 17:11; 3:17)

     Jesus: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter, into the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5:17–20)

Acts chapter 15 deals with the controversy of whether the Gentile followers of Christ should be circumcised or not for their salvation as some of the sect of the Pharisees believed. In Jerusalem––James, Peter, Paul, Barnabas, the apostles, and elders met to discuss this matter. Apostle James presents the results:

     "Wherefore, my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood … It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost,

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and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden. (Acts 15:19–20, 25–28; see also: Matt. 18:15–20).

Jesus’s comment in this next verse shows that the apostles, in Acts 15, were putting an aspect of their God-given power into practice:

     "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 18:18)

Catholicism has failed on the admonition to “abstain from pollutions of idols” seen through their veneration of statues, their adoration of the Eucharist, the Monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament, and their processions of Corpus Christi.

The next two admonitions are to restrain from “fornication … and from blood.”

Technically Catholics do not literally drink human (or even animal) blood at Mass, but through the false doctrine of transubstantiation, which must be taken literally to be Catholic, they are eating and drinking the supposed flesh and blood of Jesus, God’s Son.

This blood being the supposed blood shed on the Cross for the forgiveness of sin and, which now must be consumed during the Mass to receive eternal life. Of, course Catholicism misinterprets that as well for Jesus in the scriptures clearly says that:

     "Whoso, eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:54)

In light, of this, if in the Old Testament, the law was not to eat or drink the blood of the animals because it was used to make atonement for sin seeing that precious life was in the blood. How much more precious is the blood of Jesus, which is given in atonement for our sin, not to be drunk or consumed.

The false disciples missed the spiritual message behind Jesus words, always thinking in worldly ways to dismiss the spiritual truths and replace them with something they can see or physically/religiously do.

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GARY WESTGERDES—RAISED CATHOLIC

At the age of seven, I was being taught about heaven and hell in my Catholic catechism class. I was fearful for and convicted of my sinfulness, and I feared God and the destiny of my soul. After being in this frame of mind for a few days or weeks, our teacher shared with the class the compelling Bible verse John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” With childlike faith, I took the verse to heart. I believed Jesus died to forgive my sin and to give me eternal life. The moment I believed, God’s assurance of salvation and the joy of the Holy Spirit filled my heart. I wanted to obey Jesus, be like Him, and be nice to others.

     I am not sure how long, maybe several months, but it was during the summer, the day before my eighth birthday. My parents were having our home dedicated to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. On that day, a church leader or priest asked me why I was so happy. I told him “because I’m going to heaven when I die.” He stood up, stepped back, chuckling, and laughed saying, “Oh no! You can never know for sure if you’re going to heaven or not until after you’re dead because you can never know for sure if you’ve been good enough or not.” I was in shock! After his visit, I remember looking at four of my brothers and sister running around the house screaming and Mom scolding one and thinking, “If you have to be good enough to get to heaven, no one in this family is going to make it!”

     However, my religious upbringing taught that eternal life is something that you must work toward through the church, with good deeds, the sacraments, and devotions. I always hoped the church was wrong and God’s Word was true, but I had nowhere to turn. I was a good kid, growing up, but after high school, and then during my tour of duty in the Navy, I began conforming to the world’s pattern.

     After three years, my rank was moving up. I was having a good time, and my daily jogging had me in excellent health. (I had received a few witnesses about Jesus, and took them to heart, but I did not really do anything about them; I felt my life was all, together.) I remember telling God jogging is what I wanted to do with my life. That very week I was given a desk job and began having pain in my leg. The pain continued and increased, and three weeks later I found myself hospitalized with a blood clot in my lungs that had passed from my leg and through my heart. With my life at age twenty-three coming so close to death, I began to reconsider my life and its direction.

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     After recovering from the clot and being placed on limited duty, I began to think about my sin and my accountability toward God. I wanted to know where I would have gone if I had died. I started going over to the library to read God’s Word, and God began to work on my heart. A friend asked if I was worried about my leg, and I said, “No, because I knew God could work things out for the best.” He asked if I was a Christian, and I said, “I don’t know.” He then invited me to his church. I went, and after the service, I went forward to pray and seek God. Afterward, my friend encouraged me to read the Bible.

     That week, as I was reading in First John, this verse hit me hard, “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). I had always thought I was a pretty good person, but suddenly I knew I deserved and was headed for hell. I was shattered. God had placed His finger on my sin, and I could not deny it. I went back to the library to read 1 John again the next two days, with the same results. I knew my life was not worth living if I was just going to die and end up in hell. I cried out to God about my struggle but did not communicate this to my friend.

     That following Saturday, my friend helped me pick out some Christian books. One of the books I read, by Larry Tomczak, Clap your hands! A Young Catholic Encounters Christ, (140 endnote) shared the simple gospel message that I had always hoped was true back when I was seven. The scriptures shared in that book showed that there was nothing of myself that I could offer to God for my sins. My sins deserve the eternal punishment of a Holy God. But God’s love reached out to me through Jesus Christ. Throughout the week I had acknowledged my sinfulness to God. I then read, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8–9) and realized that eternal life is given as a gift to all who believe in Jesus. It was then that God’s mercy, grace, and peace flooded my soul with understanding and forgiveness. I knew that what I was told at age seven by the priest or church leader was false. My joy returned as my eyes were opened to the truth of God’s Word that salvation was through faith in Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the Cross. I had experienced Emmanuel “God with us” (Matt. 1:23; Isa. 7:14). Praise God: “Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).

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(Larry Tomczak sharing the Gospel with his father)

     “These things I am writing to you that you may know that you have eternal life—you who believe in the name of the Son of God“ (1 John 5:13, Conf. Version). “Let me see that.” Dad reached for the Bible. He focused on the verse I had underlined in red. “Hey! You’re right! It does say that!” “Let me ask you another question,” I began. “Dad, suppose that you were to die tonight and stand before God, and He were to ask you, “Why should I let you into heaven?” what would you reply?“ Dad mused over the question for a few moments and then said, “Well, I’ve tried to be a good Catholic … lead a decent life, and obey the Ten Commandments. I’ve never intentionally missed Mass. I don’t think I’ve been too bad.” “Anything else?” “I’ve been an usher for a number of years and helped out in a lot of parish projects. I’ve always given my Sunday offerings, too!” “So you’d say to God: “I’ve been a good Catholic, led a decent life, obeyed the Commandments, attended Mass, served as an usher, helped out in the parish, and faithfully gave a weekly offering, right?” “Right.” “Dad, I’ve got some good news for you! Heaven is not something a person earns or deserves or works for. According to the Bible, heaven—eternal life—is an absolutely free-gift.” “A free gift?” “Yep, the Bible says that eternal life is a-free-gift unearned, unworked for, and undeserved. Free!” “Oh, go on; nothing’s free!”

     “I sat down next to him on the couch. Opening the Bible to Romans 6:23, I pointed to the verse so that Dad could read for himself. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is life everlasting in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Conf. Version). “Hey!” Dad exclaimed. “I never knew that!” “Dad, when the Gospel is read at Mass, do you remember hearing the words of Jesus, “How narrow the gate and close the way that leads to life! And few there are who find it?” (Matt. 7:14 Conf. Version). “Sure.” “Well, if only a few find this gift of eternal life, wouldn’t you like to be one of them?” “Of course!”

     “The first thing we want to look at is what God says about man.” Flipping the pages of the Bible, I found Romans 3:23 for Dad to read: “all have sinned and have need of the glory of God.” Dad looked up from the page. “So, what’s new about that? In the Mass we say, ‘I confess to almighty God … that I have sinned through my fault.” I know that everyone is a sinner.” “Well, because man is a sinner, and a sinner can do no good, thing, of himself anyway, it is impossible for him to earn his way into heaven, even if it weren’t free, which we’ve just seen that it is. The Bible states this very clearly: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not from yourselves, for it is gift of God; not as the outcome of works, lest anyone may boast (Eph. 2:8–9, Conf. Version). “Hold on a second,” Dad said. “Let me read that last one again!” His face appeared slightly

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pale. “Larry,” he finally said, “I want to receive this gift of eternal life. What do I do?” “See, Dad, “I said, “faith is the key that opens the door to eternal life.” ... I tried to live a decent life. I tried to obey the Ten Commandments. I, I, I, I, I was really trying to be my own savior.”

Jesus gives a warning to those who teach a false gospel, especially teaching it to children:

     "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter-into the kingdom of heaven … And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it, were better for him that a millstone, were hanged about his neck, and that he, were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matt. 18:3, 5, 6)

At what age are children required to attend Mass?(141 endnote N/URL)

     The Code of Cannon Law says, “The faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass” (1247), but it does not define the age at which someone becomes a member of the faithful. But canon 11 tells us, “Merely ecclesiastical laws bind those who have been baptized in the Catholic Church or received into it, possess the efficient use of reason, and, unless the law expressly provides otherwise, have completed seven years of age.” (emphasis added) ––Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

DAVE GOODWILL––JOURNEY TO FREEDOM FROM HOMOSEXUALITY

     Maybe your story has some different players and components, but some of the same thoughts plague:

     * “I have to accept who I am and just live with it”
     * “I can’t talk to anyone about this because they won’t understand.”
     * “I know there’s only one way out of this. I’ll just end it all, and it will be easier for everyone.”

     For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt that I was different. However, I could never say exactly why. At about the age of fourteen, I discovered what I thought was the reason I felt different. I was with a friend from school and had my first experience

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with homosexuality. At that time, I believed I had discovered what I was searching for and that this was the lifestyle for me. After many years of living this way, I discovered this lifestyle left me feeling unfulfilled and empty, but I did not know why. Years later at a home Bible study, I came across a verse that stated my homosexual encounters were morally wrong. I wanted to do what was right. I wanted out of this lifestyle, and I desperately hated what I had become. I told myself, “No problem, it’s wrong. I hate it; I’ll quit it.” As I struggled to break free of this, I encountered people’s opinion on homosexuality. This ranged from ridicule to hatred. I realized that I could not go to any of my family or friends for help. Their reaction would be rejection of me, not my lifestyle. I was all alone as I fought this battle raging within. I felt the only safe place I could possibly discuss my feelings was with my gay friends and the gay community. However, they could offer none of the help I desperately wanted. The attitude of the gay community and the “world” is, “You are what you are; just accept yourself for what you are.”

     For over fifteen years, I tried and failed to get free of the grip that homosexuality had on my life. This cycle of trying and failing threw me into a deep depression. My career at that time was a cross-country truck driver. While in this depressed state, the solution was placed in my mind. “The reason you have such a struggle is because you can’t change what you are. Either accept it or die.” I happened to be in Pennsylvania, crossing Snow–Shoe Mountain, when the “way out” presented itself. This mountain offered me an escape. On the way down, there is a ravine about a quarter of a mile deep with lots of trees. I would be free of these homosexual feelings forever. It would be just another truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel. It is a terrible thing, but it happens. Ready to take this way out, I headed toward the ravine. Just before I hit the edge, one of the Bible Study lessons I had recently studied flashed across my mind. My life is a gift from God and to throw that away would be far worse than anything I could ever do or have done. Suicide was not the way out. I regained my composure and got back on the road where I belonged.

     On my way home, I stopped at my neighbor’s house. He knew me well enough to know that I was in deep trouble. He offered prayer and suggested that I get involved in Christian fellowship somewhere. Following this recommendation, I attended church in late 1989. The love and compassion I felt on my first visit assured me that this was the right place for me and may hold the keys to my way out.

     After a couple of visits, I confided in the pastor about some issues in my life, carefully avoiding the important issue of my homosexuality. As he helped me through those areas, I began to trust him more and more. Finally, I shared my homosexual struggles

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with him. The response was one of love and acceptance of me. Now, I did not have to struggle alone. It was like a giant weight had been lifted. Now in times of overload and depression, help was just a phone call away.

     I became involved in a discipleship class. I continued to grow in the Lord and eventually felt comfortable enough to talk with another brother about my sinful past. As I
learned to walk away from this behavior, they became my accountability net, encouraging me in times of weakness and during times of severe trials. In each, they worked to get me back on track with God’s will and never gave up on me. However, temptation was out there, no matter what I did or where I went. Even my thoughts were used against me. Thoughts like “Remember how much easier living was when you just accepted what you were” or “Just this once won’t hurt; who is going to find out?” I left the truck-driving profession because I thought this would stop the temptations since this profession seemed to offer an abundance of opportunities.

     However, the temptations were as strong as ever. I discovered at times like these, the memorized Word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the tough questions I knew I would get from my accountability group gave me the strength to resist. I began to rely on 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” This verse helped me in two ways. First, it assured me that this is not something new that has never happened to anybody else, so God will not be surprised or shocked. I am not the first, and I will not be the last. Second, it told me that God always provides a way out. The way out can be many things, such as a place, a thing, or a person to go to for support.

     I learned that my best defenses were building my relationship with the Lord through prayer and Bible study and by building my relationships with fellow believers. I learned that if I were to succeed, these two things had to happen. Without these, my life would only get further out of control.

     As time went on, I realized God had a plan for my life. The Lord wanted to use me and the experiences of my life to help others. With the support of other believers, I began this journey. My biggest step was to tell the story about the struggles I have had with homosexuality, a secret I would have rather kept to myself. It has been a long hard struggle to get to where I am now, and it is a long way from over. Of all the difficult things I have had to do in my life, letting anybody see a side of me that is not pretty was one of the

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most difficult. But as I am following the Lord’s will for my long journey with Him. I hope that maybe somebody else will not have to struggle and suffer alone as-long-as I did.

     I am not asking anyone to accept homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. It is imperative to understand that God makes it clear in His holy Word that homosexuality is wrong. This can be found in Leviticus 18:22 and 1 Corinthians 6:9–11 “the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God … nor effeminate … shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

     If you feel trapped in homosexuality, I want you to know there is hope. You do not have to stay in this lifestyle; there is a way out and a chance to change through Jesus Christ. It is not easy or an overnight change, no matter how much anyone wishes it could be, but you do not have to struggle alone. Help is available through the Lord and His people. As a matter of fact, it has been my experience that it is impossible to do it alone.

     And finally, if you have a family member, a friend, or a fellow worker trapped in homosexuality’s ugly grip, they need you more than you will ever know. Do not reject them or turn your back on them. Simply show them the same love Jesus showed you when you were struggling.

The Bible says,

     “With God, all things are possible,” and in the words of Jesus, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31–32).

APOSTLE PAUL, FORMER PHARISEE—A MURDERER AND PERSECUTOR OF CHRISTIANS

     "1. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou, art permitted to speak for thyself … 2. … I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: 3.4. … from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem … 5. … that after the most, straightest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. 6. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: 7. Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come … 8. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? 9. I verily thought … that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

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10. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. 11. And I punished them oft in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. 12. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13. At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining, round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17. Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 19. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20. But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and TURN TO GOD, and DO WORKS meet for repentance. 21. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple and went about to kill me. 22. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both too small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: 23. That CHRIST SHOULD *SUFFER, and that he should be THE FIRST THAT SHOULD *RISE FROM THE DEAD, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. 24. And as he thus spake for himself, FESTUS SAID with a loud voice, PAUL, THOU ART beside thyself; much learning doth make thee MAD. 25. But he said, I AM NOT MAD, most noble Festus; BUT SPEAK FORTH THE WORDS OF TRUTH and soberness. 26. For the

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king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for THIS THING WAS NOT DONE IN A CORNER. 27. King Agrippa, BELIEVEST THOU THE PROPHETS? I know that thou believest. 28. Then AGRIPPA said unto Paul, ALMOST, THOU PERSUADEST ME TO BE A CHRISTIAN. 29. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds. 30. And when he had thus spoken, THE KING rose up, and THE GOVERNOR, and BERNICE, and they that sat with them: 31. And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, THIS MAN DOETH NOTHING WORTHY OF DEATH OR OF BONDS. 32. Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This, man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar." (Acts 26:1–32)

CORNELIUS––A DEVOUT MAN NEEDED CHRIST

     "Cornelius … a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. He saw in a vision evidently … an angel of God … saying … ‘Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God … now send men … for … Peter’ … Peter said, ‘of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent … preaching peace by Jesus Christ … you know … published throughout all Judea … how God anointed Jesus … with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him … in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly … to us … after he rose from the dead … He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word … Peter, Can, any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received

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the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord." (Acts 10:3–5, 34–36, 39, 40, 42–44, 46–48)

APOSTLE PETER A FISHERMAN—NOW A FISHER OF MEN

     "1. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers ('Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims.' 1 Pet. 2:11; 'Here have we no continuing city.' Heb. 13:14; 'For our conversation is in heaven.' Phil. 3:20) scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2. Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the *resurrection of Jesus Christ from the *dead, 4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved, in heaven for you, 5. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might befound unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." (1 Pet. 1:1–9)

We do not need to see Jesus in the Eucharist. We do not need any Eucharistic miracles to prove Jesus is true. We do not need to see Jesus being re-offered on the altar at
Mass to prove to us that Jesus loves us and wants to forgive us.

     "10. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11. Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the *sufferings of Christ, and

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the glory that should follow. 12. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the *gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 13. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14. As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15. But as he which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be, ye Holy; for I am Holy. 17. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

     "18. Forasmuch as ye know that YE WERE NOT REDEEMED WITH CORRUPTIBLE THINGS, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19. BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was MANIFEST IN THESE LAST TIMES FOR YOU, 21. Who by him do believe in God, that *raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; THAT YOUR FAITH AND HOPE MIGHT BE IN GOD." (1 Pet. 1:10–21)

No additional “saints,” no Blessed Virgin Mary, and no purgatory are needed. It is purely a matter of choice to either surrender your life to love and obey God or surrender your life to something or someone that cannot offer you forgiveness of sin or everlasting life.

     "22. Seeing YE HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, SEE THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER with a pure heart fervently: 23. BEING BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth forever. 24. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25. But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is THE WORD WHICH BY THE *GOSPEL IS PREACHED UNTO YOU." (1 Pet. 1:22–25)

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JESUS'S—PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL SON

The parable may be read in Luke 15:11–32 and was also shared in Chapter One. A true conversion includes recognizing your sinfulness and unworthiness and God’s mercy and forgiveness.

ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH—READING GOD'S WORD—ASKED FOR HELP

     "26. And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28. Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, understandest thou what thou readest? 31. And he said, How, can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his *life is taken from the earth. 34. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

     "35. Then PHILIP opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and PREACHED UNTO HIM JESUS. 36. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and THE EUNUCH SAID, See, here is water; WHAT DOTH HINDER ME TO BE BAPTIZED? 37. And PHILIP SAID, IF THOU BELIEVEST WITH ALL THINE HEART, THOU MAYEST. And he answered and said, I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD.

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38. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both PHILIP and the eunuch; and he BAPTIZED HIM. 39. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that THE EUNUCH saw him no more: and he WENT ON HIS WAY REJOICING." (Acts 8:26–39)

Reading God’s Word, the scriptures, comes first, preaching Jesus and understanding comes second, believing “with all thine heart” that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, comes third, salvation and the Holy Spirit baptism is fourth, water baptism is fifth, and rejoicing in your salvation is sixth, which, with my experience, comes simultaneously with number four.

GOD PLANNED FOR OUR REDEMPTION—FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH

Satan would bruise Jesus’s heel, but Jesus would crush Satan’s head.

Many Scriptures prophesied of this event.

An Old Testament sacrificial system was set up, to point people to Jesus’s sacrifice, as the Lamb of God. Jesus came when the time had been fulfilled for his sacrifice.

     "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

     "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Pet. 3:9)

Seek God, read his word, that you may believe the truth of the message of the Cross; Jesus’s suffering, death, burial, and resurrection was for the payment and forgiveness of your sin.

     "1. Brethren, my heart’s desire, and prayer, to God for Israel [& Catholics] is, that they might be saved. 2. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3. For they, being ignorant of

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God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. 5. For Moses describeth the righteousness, which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6. But the righteousness, which is of faith speaketh on this wise, say not in thine heart, Who, shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7. Or, Who, shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8. But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12. For there is no difference between the Jew, [& Catholic] and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15. And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How, beautiful are the feet of them that preach the *gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things! 16. But they have not all obeyed the *gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Rom. 10:1–17)

The Purpose of Jesus Christ is to give peace, forgiveness, a spiritual–joy, knowledge, assurance, the gift of everlasting life, strength, an eternal family with all the saints in heaven/earth and a Helper the Holy Spirit. Come all ye diverse and hell-bound sinners, repent, believe, receive forgiveness/eternal life, and be welcomed home into God’s Family.

     "A great multitude … of all nations … kindreds … people, and tongues … cried with a loud voice … Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." (Rev. 7:9–10)

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SIVINI—HATRED WAS HIS BUSINESS—PRAISING GOD WILL BE HIS JOY

     Sivini, a killer, lived among the Papua New Guinea tribes, “Hatred was his business.” The tribes would attack one another, and the other tribe would seek revenge. Sivini oversaw revenge for the Usarufa tribe from the village of Moife. He would carry out the revenge killings, amassing blood to his name. He was revered by his people for his longevity, but God spared Sivini for a life that would bring the Word of God to the Usarufa people.

     The Moife tribe raised wheat and “threshed their wheat by hand.” Sivini traveled from Moife to Ukarumpa to arrange the transport of a threshing machine. Ukarumpa was also a major hub of Bible translation, 275 translators worked to bring God’s word to the tribes.

     As Sivini traveled, God was working, a new Translators’ Training Course was beginning the same day that Sivini arrived. It was filled but a man learned that he would not be able to make it, a friend who knew Sivini was in town “grabbed him—it would be really interesting, he promised—and a blood-thirsty tribal leader found himself learning how to translate the Bible into Usarufa!”

     Genesis 4 was being translated, when they came to the sin of Cain killing Abel, Sivini was stunned, Abel’s blood called out from the ground to God, “the words pierced my heart” he said lamenting about those he brutally slain, how he could almost see their blood calling out to God. In that moment Sivini began to consider the hope of cleansing. Sunday Sivini went forward at the local Christian Church to publicly repent of his sin. “He asked for prayer—he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ—and in that moment, the God of forgiveness and peace lifted Sivini’s burden of guilt.” He joyfully exclaims “even my looks have changed since I accepted Jesus—because now I no longer carry the weight of the guilt of my past. Who but Jesus could do such a wonderful thing?” —Wycliffe Associates, Solicitation Letter, 2008

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Chapter Fourteen

ROME SWEET HOME AND CATHOLIC TESTIMONIES 

This chapter includes a variety of testimonies, true examples that express the new and the old views. Two are by nuns; the one a younger and the second a ninety-four, year old who expresses the hope of most, if not all, Catholics. There is John Wayne’s death-bed conversion, who was encouraged to become a Catholic throughout his career.
     There are several former Protestant leaders, pastors who converted, embracing Catholicism.
     I have read where receiving the sacrament of penance was considered a conversion. I imagine this would be true in the Catholic sense since a person in mortal sin has lost his salvation and needs to be readmitted to full communion with God and the Church.
     The book title below, ROME SWEET HOME, is a great example of how the Church is the focal point of the Catholic conversion.
     Marcus C. Grodi wraps it up with his testimony and offer of help to assist seekers in their journey home to the Catholic Church.

ROME SWEET HOME–– A CONVERSION STORY (142 endnote)

     “Learn the joys and struggles faced by two devout Protestants as they each converted to Catholicism. In this moving account, the reader cannot escape learning the insights Dr. Hahn and Kimberly gained as they made their journey home. The discovery of new conceptions of God’s covenant … is just one of the gems the reader can mine from this sometimes painfully-candid, account of conversion and the effect it can have on today’s families.” ––a book description, Catholic Answers, Shop Catholic

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DEREK  ROTTY––A LIFE  OF  CONVERSION  (143 endnote)  (143a)

An Invitation to Conversion.”

     Rotty is quick to point out that conversion is not a onetime event it is a lifelong process of becoming more like Christ.

     “Many of us can look back at a specific point in our lives when we first encountered Jesus Christ and realized his plan for us. This has been true in my own life. When I found the fullness of Christianity, the Catholic faith, at the age of twenty-two, I thought I was all set. Was I ever wrong!”

     He shares that while the Lord works on him, He is, “converting me every single day.” He states that, turning “toward the King, our King, every day” involves the mind and the heart. He doesn’t want to be misunderstood, “This is not easy. It takes effort to believe that ongoing conversion is necessary and possible. It takes a whole lot of patience before we see much measurable progress … a life of conversion is eminently worth it … full communion with the King of the universe!”

     Rotty reveals that the practicality of this daily conversion involves the “reading, studying, and praying with Scripture, especially the Gospels.” He speaks about, Pontiff Emeritus Benedict XVI statement that “familiarity with Scripture will be key to a new spiritual springtime in the Church and the world.” Rotty again emphasizes that “the more we study the Gospels, the more we see that Jesus is constantly calling us to conversion, not just once, but again and again.” (emphasis added) ––A Life of Conversion, Meeting Christ in the Gospels

DEREK ROTTY––SEEKING TRUTH, GOODNESS, & BEAUTY (144 endnote)

Rotty, in a more personable testimony shares, that his non-Catholic Christian home gave him the basics and the foundational doctrines and support that would make his future growth possible.

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     As a typical teenager he was more interested in worldly entertainments and pursuits than in religion. “I chose to pursue the things of the world and the flesh … I was … generally void of purity, humility, and charity.”

     After years of pursuing his self-interest Rotty, began seeking truth and grew in his understanding, “I resolved to find truth and live by it, no matter where that might be.” His future wife, with her family helped answer his questions and “allowed me to understand that religion has an important role to play in the search for truth.”

     “I began to retrace my religious upbringing … I found my way home to the Catholic Church in 2004.”

     From the beginning until now fourteen years later, with his eyes on the goal, Rotty has “been spurred on by the beauty of its worship … historicity, and … moral teachings.” He mentions, with joy, that the two great parts of his story are his Catholic faith and that “the woman who brought me to the doors of the Church said ‘Yes’ to my marriage proposal.”

     Rotty has more to share concerning his continued conversion, “In hindsight, though, my reception into the Catholic Church was only the beginning of a much more important conversion:” –– www.derekrotty.com/story/

SISTER MARY JO SOBIECK––DOMINICAN

Nun Who Threw First Pitch: ‘My Dream is to Start a Revival––We all have something to Offer the World’” (145 endnote)

She threw the first pitch for a Chicago White Sox game and is speaking to Jacqueline Burkepile, an Editor for ChurchPOP, July 16, 2019.

     Mary Jo has received some so-called “fame” for this and uses this opportunity “to evangelize and bring awareness to vocations.” She talks about being a “person of faith,” the “youngest of ten” siblings and “the Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways.” Throwing this pitch was her opportunity, and she was going to do her best and “trust God will do the rest.”

Here are some of her notable comments concerning her faith, how God directs lives, and her testimony on being a Marian Catholic.

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     “This is about the community, about the Church, about Marian Catholic. It’s about hopefully inspiring people to want (to) pull up the potential within them to see ‘what’s possible for me?’ So that’s really what I hope it’s about.”

     “If this is just an avenue for God to put out the message or the visibility of a religious sister, whether it’s on a baseball card or a bobble head … if my image will communicate something of passion and desire to be good and holy and genuine, I’m all for it. I hope that’s what this is all about, really.”

     “It’s important for me that I represent who God is, because for many of them (Marian High School sophomores and juniors), I’m going to be the closest thing that they experience of God.”

     Mary Jo has students who at first were “resistant” but at the end of the year they would complement her.

   “Sister, the way you teach—you’re so honest. You allow us to just be who we are.” (emphasis added)

     “Recognize God is in all of it, even in our questions … our doubts … our fears … anger and grief, all that stuff we want to blame God for—God understands and bears the burden of that. We’re going to work through it. If I can give people that kind of feeling, that wherever they are, they’re still loved by God, that’s the greatest thing I can do. Because that’s who God is. God embraces all of us where we are at any given time.”

     “It’s not about telling somebody something more to save them. It’s about bringing to the surface what’s already there and within them that has saved them, and helping them recognize it, and to live in freedom out of that.” (emphasis added)

     Mary Jo was approached by a gentleman after a first pitch, who shared:

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     “Sister, just keep doing what you’re doing because if you can reach me and help me believe that there is still good in this Church, (emphasis added) you’re doing a good thing.”

     “Again, for me, it’s inspiring people to just be themselves. God doesn’t want you to be anything different. God wants you to be you” (emphasis added).

When asked about keeping her humility through all the attention, Mary Jo replied:

     “I recognize the value of being part of a team. I think that’s what drew me to Religious Life (emphasis added). I’ve always been part of a team, and I know my role.” She gives credit to God, the influence of her parents, and the knowledge she learned when she was young to “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

Mary Jo was asked about her advice to those who might think they would miss out on their dreams if they entered a “vocation to the religious life.”

     “If you feel a call … first—recognize God has a dream for you … When I felt the call to religious life—handing myself over—emptying myself—allowing God to fill me … If you allow God to direct your life, so much of what you dream for yourself and more will come to fruition … God integrates them … my dream right now is really to start a revival … For my Church—community—world.” (emphasis added)

     “A revival [which starts] in people and families willing to give their children to the Church. People to give themselves to the Church. The Church is still relevant—credible … still, as Pope Francis said, ‘a place to live joy.’ … when people can go and live who they are unapologetically … Come as you are. God created you with gifts that the Church needs right now. And it might be something a little bit different than it was in 1950 or 1980 … let’s create the Church, what it needs to be. So that’s what I mean for revival for our community.” (emphasis added)

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Mary Jo would like “to inspire new vocations” which may look unorthodox.

     “Jesus was unorthodox. That’s the reason he was crucified. He didn’t fit the mold of a leader. So, we’re in good company when that’s who we are … let’s make the Church what we want it to be and what it needs to be. But we need people’s help.” (emphasis added)

Mary Jo was asked about holiness and explained, she read something about holiness fifteen or twenty years ago.

     “Holiness isn’t about being somebody else. It’s not about reaching a certain ideal of all the right things. Holiness is about being who you were created to be. So, number one, we … take-a-look at who we are and accept who we are. And that our call to religious life isn’t out of who we are, it’s to be (emphasis added) who we are … Enter religious life and allow the life to transform you to become who you were, the more you were created to be. It starts from accepting who we are.”

Then she shares from that point, God will bring you to being perfect: “As your heavenly father is perfect.”

Mary Jo simplifies what perfection is for us.

Number One:
     “It’s accepting ourselves and our call to be our true selves. That’s holiness. And when we can live our true freedom, that’s when we’re the most holy.”

Number Two:
     “Prayer. Prayer is key. To go sit in a Church in front of the Blessed Sacrament (the Eucharist) To put a crucifix in front of you in the morning and just gaze on Christ. To have an image of Jesus. The rosary is a big one for me and the Dominicans, and my mother. That mantra of just calling upon the Spirit.” (emphasis added).

Mary Jo’s final points in coming together to reach the light.

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     “I pray for our world, that when we see the devastation, destruction and the upheaval in nature and the violence—If you look over the course of history, in those moments, from that comes a new Enlightenment … so we have to go through these moments of darkness to get to the light. I believe now is the time our Church, our World, in our own Lives when we … address that and not resist it, but persist in it, trusting that it will lead us to the light. So, the more we can come together in doing that as a collective, the more it will happen.” (emphasis added) ––ChurchPOP Editor

Mary Jo’s testimony is unique, interesting, and true to the Catholic faith. It did not sound like she believed in a personal, free-will life decision to receive God’s gift of everlasting life. I hope she knows that Jesus is the “Light” we all should be seeking and following. Some may find some earthly pursuit to supposedly fill that void and give them joy, but only Jesus can give joy eternally.

Holiness is to be sinless and having a selfless love for God and neighbor.
Christians are created to be and are meant to be like Christ serving in their spiritual gift/gifts.

HELEN BUSCARINO––TESTIMONY

The Testimony of Helen Buscarino,” OSF––a Franciscan nun: (146 endnote)

She had many opportunities to help others “and she used every one of those chances to make someone else’s world better. She admits she had selfish motives.

     ‘I’m going to stand before God and I want to make sure I get a good report … Knowing my nature, my impulsiveness, I wanted to make sure I made it up to heaven.” ––Patrick J. Buechi, WNY Catholic

Here are 10 of the Most Unexpected Catholic Conversion Stories”––Sara and Justin Kraft (147 endnote)

# 2. JOHN WAYNE
     Wayne grew up a Presbyterian, however the mothers of his children raised all seven of them in the faith of the Catholic Church.

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In agony on his death bed suffering from stomach cancer, “A priest was called, and Wayne was baptized, and the priest administered last rites.” When night had fallen, “Wayne fell into a coma. ‘I don’t know the technicalities of the Church or what constitutes a conversion,’ said son Michael. ‘But Dad did die in the Church.’”

“(Priest) Munoz, Wayne’s grandson, said that his grandfather expressed a degree of regret about not becoming a Catholic earlier in life—blaming ‘a busy life.’

     “From Wayne’s example, we should learn that it is never too late to embrace God’s forgiveness. We should not allow a busy life to keep us from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Receiving the sacraments and especially weekly Mass attendance can help foster that relationship.” ––The Mystical Humanity of Christ Publishing, Cora Evans

Marcus C. Grodi––“The Coming Home Network International”––Ministry Solicitation letter––Gary Westgerdes––January of 2020. (148 endnote)

"The COMING HOME NETWORK International, From the desk of Marcus C. Grodi" (letterhead)

     "Dear Gary, Are you praying for someone you know and love to become Catholic?" ––A Solicitation Letter

     “God opened my heart to understand the importance of receiving Christ in the Eucharist.”
     Grodi offers a CD, “John 6:53, Symbolic or Literal?”
     Grodi, shares his conversion testimony.

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“I’m Marcus Grodi, a former Protestant minister who came home to the Catholic Church 27 years ago. You may know me from my television show, The Journey Home, which is now in its 22nd season on EWTN.

     “In 1993, convinced by the claims of the Catholic Church, I stepped down from my position as a Presbyterian minister and entered full communion with the Catholic Church.

     “At the time, I was a young father, with a wife and little ones. For me, becoming Catholic meant losing my only means of supporting my wife and children. It also meant losing the support of friends and our church community.”

Grodi shares the difficult journey that three convert seekers experienced:

     A Protestant minister … “He was fired on the spot” when his senior pastor heard from a congregant about his interest in becoming a Catholic.

     A Lutheran minister was convinced that he “needed to become a Catholic” because of his views concerning communion but upon going to a local Catholic parish he was told, “Since Vatican II, you no longer need to convert. You should stay were you are.” (emphasis added)

     An Evangelical Christian, she “desperately wanted to become Catholic” but her husband did not want anything to do with Catholicism.

     For these three instances, “Fortunately … the CHNetwork was there.”

     They helped the Protestant minister find work. The Lutheran minister received, “clear guidance about becoming Catholic.” The Evangelical Christian was befriended by CHN staff and members “as she figured how to become Catholic and save her marriage.”

     “Each had reached a turning point. God was calling them home to the Catholic Church, and He was giving them the grace to come home. But

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they almost missed that moment of grace. They almost said no. What made the difference? The CHNetwork and the contributions of faithful Catholics.” (emphasis added)

     “A Work of Grace, for 26 years, the CHNetwork team and I have done everything we can to make sure that nobody who comes to us misses that moment of grace. Our partners … Catholics like you who want everyone to experience the fullness of faith found in the Catholic Church.” (emphasis added)

Sincerely Yours in Christ Our Savior,
Marcus C. Grodi, President/Founder

Depending on the amount of your gift you may choose the CD, a booklet–What Must I Do to Be Saved? and a book of 30 conversion stories—Journeys Home.

Coming Home Network International––Purpose

     “To help non-Catholic Christians, clergy and laity, discover the truth and beauty of Catholicism and to make the journey home.”

A summary of: The Journey Home, Catholicism’s Gospel––Sacraments

Water Baptism = New Birth.
Confession to a Priest = Daily Conversion.
Eucharist/Mass Sacrifice = Daily Forgiveness of Sin. (CCC-1366)
Anointing of the Sick = Based on Personal Holiness.
Heaven = Eternal Life.
Purgatory = Purging of Temporal Punishment Owed for Sin––Eternal Life.
Misappropriation of the Sacraments = Self Pays for All Punishment Owed for Sin––Eternal Death.
Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Co-redemptrix = Spiritual help, Salvation,
escape from Purgatory––Eternal Life.

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The Journey Home, Biblical Gospel––Faith in Jesus Crucified

Repentance, Confession of Sin, Faith, Holy Spirit = Salvation––Eternal Life seated with Christ in Heaven.
     Holy Spirit Baptism = Spiritual New Birth, New Creation, Permanently Sealed, and Gifted to Serve.
Believers Water Baptism = Proclaims Spiritual New Birth and Resurrection.
Confession for Sins of the Flesh = God’s Immediate Merciful Forgiveness.
Communion = Represents Jesus Sacrifice for our Sins and our Unified Commitment to bring Christ’s Gospel, the Message of the Cross—Jesus Crucified, to the Ends of the Earth.
Anointing of the Saints = Daily Guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Death/Absent from the Body = Present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8) ––Eternal Life in Heaven with Christ face to face.

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A FINAL LOOK, ONLY ONE CAN BE RIGHT

The following are my renditions when considering the information gleaned from the two gospels.

BIBLICAL GOSPEL 

     By Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, the keys of heaven, he became the Door to heaven. All who enter heaven must go through him. Jesus is the way.

CATHOLICISM'S GOSPEL 

     By Jesus’s death and resurrection, he has opened heaven’s door and given the Church via Peter the keys of heaven. The Church is the way.

BIBLICAL GOSPEL 

     Jesus is the Word of God made flesh; spiritually speaking; we must eat Jesus’s flesh, the Word of God. How do we do this? By reading/studying, God’s word and carrying on Jesus’s work of preaching salvation through his name. What are the words of God? The scriptures written by Moses, the prophets and apostles under the guidance and inspiration of God the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to personally bring us the truth of God and to

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preach and explain the purpose of his coming. Jesus came with the truth and he declared that he,  Jesus, is the truth.

CATHOLICISM'S GOSPEL

     Jesus is the Eucharist, physically speaking, under the appearance of bread and wine. We eat Jesus’s flesh, blood, soul, and divinity. During the Mass, Jesus’s body and blood offered on the Cross is united with the Church’s offering. This one offering then is made to God to help take away the sins of the world. This is an unbloody visible act to help Catholics see the truth and benefits of Christ’s sacrifice. Our truth comes equally from scripture and tradition. The Church is the Truth.

BIBLICAL GOSPEL

     The faith that grows and is cultivated through this study of truth, God’s Word, brings us to a choice: do we want to follow Jesus or turn away? Some choose to turn away; some choose to follow. Those who choose to follow receive God’s gift of everlasting life. They are spiritually born again, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They also, just as importantly, are sealed by the Holy Spirit as a child of God and are given a spiritual gift to minister to the church and to bring the gospel of Christ to the world. Though you are dead in sin, through faith in Jesus’s sacrificial death on the cross, you can and, if you so freely choose, you will receive new life. Because of this, Jesus is the life.

CATHOLICISM'S GOSPEL

     The Catholic Church has been the One True Church since the first Pentecost recorded in Acts or even the First Mass and celebration of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. God wants all of mankind to be a part of the One True Catholic Church. This is accomplished through the explicit or implicit reception of the Catholic Sacrament of Baptism. Those who are ignorant of the truth and sacraments of the Church may be saved or

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welcomed by loving God the best they know how. For those who do, it may be supposed or implied that if they had known it was necessary to receive Roman Catholic baptism they would have willingly and freely done so. Because of this, the Church is the life.

A BIBLICAL INVITATION

     Come, join the Church of the redeemed, be a temple of the living God. For Jesus does not dwell in holy places made with man’s hands. He dwells in the bodies, souls, and hearts of those he created who have recognized their sinfulness, and who are, with their whole heart, seeking forgiveness and who by faith have freely chosen to lose their life to follow Jesus.

WESTGERDES EXPLAINS

     The Catholic Church has their Catechism with quotes that go back centuries from early leaders, councils, and Church-established saints.

     It is taught that The Catholic Catechism contains the Way, the Truths, and the Life of Jesus’s established Church, the One True Religion, as seen in, (CCC-2104,  CCC-2105).

Catholicism’s new life is not assured. You must persevere in good works and obedience to the Church and avoid sin/mortal sin.

     For Catholics, salvation can only be achieved through the Church. Everyone should be a part of the Church. The Sacraments are how God’s grace is dispensed. Catholics encourage, Come, join us as we celebrate the Eucharist, “The Highway to Heaven.” Enjoy Catholicism.

A CATHOLIC INVITATION

     Come join the Catholic Church, we are over a billion strong. We have the successors to Peter, the first Church, the mysteries of the Sacraments and Eucharist, the saints, the Church Fathers, Mary, and the long history of

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maturing in our knowledge of God through the scriptures and tradition. Come, experience the riches of Catholicism.

SOME CLOSING THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS TO PONDER.

“An authentic interpretation of the word of God … has been entrusted to … The Church Alone” (emphasis added) (CCC-85). 

     "Yea let God be true, but every man a liar." (Rom. 3:4)

     “I have more respect for the devil than for some preachers I have met; the devil believes the Bible is the Word of God!” ––Billy Sunday

     "These were more noble … they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore, many of them believed." (Acts 17:11–12)

Cardinal tells Catholics who protest Pope to become Protestants” (149 endnote) ––directed to Catholic Journalist. ––Jules Gomes, Church Militant. 

     “Our Protestant brethren have neither the pope nor the bishop––everyone makes his own choices. I told someone they could make the choice of becoming Protestant if you don’t like the Catholic Church, if this boat is too narrow.” ––Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti

A journalist and deacon responded:

     “This isn’t about a personality clash (“of ‘liking’ or ‘disliking’ Pope Francis”) but about Catholic journalists who love the Church––sometimes at great personal cost––holding to account powerful prelates who are destroying the Church’s communion by promoting false teachings.” ––Nick Donnelly  

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I believe the term “communion” in the above quote pertains to the coming together as one body and not the sacrifice of the mass. The false teachings could be in relation to social, ecumenical, or traditional doctrinal/practicing issues.

Attendance at mass each Sunday is a requirement of Catholics?” (150 endnote) 

 

     “Yes, it is. A Catholic who does not attend Mass each Sunday is committing a mortal sin and needs to go to confession.” (emphasis added) ––Wiki User, Answers.com

Where in the Bible does it require weekly attending of the Mass?(151 endnote)

     “The ‘Mass’ … Over time … became more formulized and ritualized and included readings from Scripture. As more time passed … enthusiasm waned … So, the Church imposed a rule obligating Christians to attend Mass at least on Sunday … The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is a Church law, not a Divine commandment like the 10 commandments.” (emphasis added) —Priest Joe Scott, Busted Halo, Paragraph #3

     Jesus: "I am the good shepherd … I lay down my life for the sheep (Jews). And other sheep I have (Gentiles), which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be onefold, and one shepherd." (John 10:14–16)

     "And they sung a new song … for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation … Worthy is the Lamb that was slain … And every creature … in heaven … on the earth … under the earth … in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Rev. 5:9, 12–13)

King David prayed for God’s forgiveness. You can do the same, along with your faith in Jesus.

     "Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin … Wash

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me and I shall be whiter than snowHide thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." (Ps. 51:1–2, 7, 9–10)

Just a glimpse, from a five-page solicitation letter sent to Westgerdes from Catholic Answers, September 9, 2019.

It’s All About Saving Souls

     “Catholic Answers has the knowledge, the materials, the projects, the programs, and, most importantly, the staff to help convert people to the Catholic faith (emphasis added) . . . or bring them back when they’ve gone astray. We just don’t have the money it takes to keep all, of our work going at the pace the crises in the Church and the world demand. And that is why we’re turning to you now.”

Some Catholic and Protestant ministries, organizations, churches, and denominations may come and go, but Jesus is always the only steady anchor for the soul (see Heb. 6:19). Convert and follow Jesus today.

Step Three: The Wrath of God––His Righteous Judgment.” (152 endnote)

     “You wouldn’t expect to see judgment as a principle of gaining and celebrating victory, but it is. We gain victory when we know not one sin will ever go unpunished … Every sin will be punished. The only question is: who’s going to bear that punishment? Your sin will be pardoned in Christ or punished in Hell, but it will never be overlooked. No one’s ever is.

“In His righteous judgment, God puts the final period on the final page of history.” ––Adrian Rodgers, Love Worth Finding

This passage is always worth repeating, Jesus calls to the world, all of humanity, and to whosoever will, “Come.”

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     "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:28–30)

Jesus the Word of God, Jesus the Word of God made flesh, Jesus the risen Christ,
Jesus the Amen. Jesus he is coming again. Jesus says, be ready!

May God Bless You,
Our Love and Prayers,
Seated in Christ, by Faith,
Gary and Victoria Westgerdes

     The last KJV Bible verse to mention the word––Cross, Saviour, Amen.

     Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:2)

     Looking for that blessed hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)

     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Rev. 22:21)

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P. S. Be not deceived by the Anti-Christ, concerning:

Jesus’s 2nd  Coming

For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west;

so, shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matt. 24:27)

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect—Immediately, after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matt. 24:24, 29–30)

Jesus is speaking to the Apostles before he ascends into heaven, to sit at God the Father’s right hand.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This

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same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:8–11)

Apostle John is now speaking to us about Jesus’s second coming, as Jesus descends from heaven.

And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war . . . And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean—And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword (God’s word, Eph. 6:17), that with it he should smite the nations . . . And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Rev. 19:11, 14–16)

The Lord holds out his offer of, “WHITE”—EOUSNESS.

COME now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isa. 1:18)

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9–10)

 

And I saw the dead, small, and great, stand before God;

and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:

and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works—And whosoever

was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:12, 15)

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He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Rev. 3:5)

 

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. (Matt. 28:3)

 

And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so, as no fuller on earth can white them. (Mark 9:3)

Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)

Lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes—And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

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These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev. 7:9–10, 13–14)

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to COME, the Almighty. (Rev. 1:8)

And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that heareth say, COME. And let him that is athirst COME. And whosoever will, let him TAKE the water of life freely. (Rev. 22:17)

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I COME quickly. Amen. Even so, COME, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)

 

The Tribulation

     The Tribulation Period is the Seven Year Period preceding Jesus’s Second Coming. After Jesus’s return he will establish his reign upon the earth for a Thousand Years during which Satan shall be chained in hell. After the Thousand Years Satan will be released and he will gather his followers in the final great battle to defeat Jesus, Jesus will destroy Satan and his followers in this final Victory. This Victory will be followed by Jesus’s destruction of the current heavens and earth and the creation of a New Earth and a New Heaven in which righteousness will reign. (Rev. 20–22) 

About the Rapture, what is it?

     The Rapture is when Jesus calls up his saints, both dead and alive, to join him in the air. In relation to the Seven Year Tribulation period. There are three views, the rapture will be:

     Before—to escape God’s wrath* (1 Thess. 4:13–5:11).

     Middle—When the Anti-Christ sits in the rebuilt Jewish Temple demanding worship.

     After—at Jesus’s 2nd Coming.

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About the Millennial views concerning Jesus’s thousand-year reign.

     “Amillennialists see it as a spiritual reign in heaven—we are currently in the millennium. Amillennialism is not new—by the time of Augustine, it had become the dominant view of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and many Protestants. And it was the view of the reformers, including Calvin and Luther.” —Ed Jarrett

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-amillennialism.html.

     This is significant because those, or some, who believe this view are looking for Christ’s return as the world gets more peaceful and united, thus, they may be deceived into accepting a false Christ, and ultimately, the Anti-Christ. (1 Thess. 5:3)

For the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved. (Rom. 10:12–13) —Jesus please save me.

Have mercy upon me, O God (Jesus), according to Thy loving kindness—cleanse me from my sin—For I acknowledge my transgressions—Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:1–4, 7)

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NOTES

  1. www.catholicexchange.com

     2. Dominican friars. Accessed 10/11/2019.

www.Dominicanfriars.org/about/our-mission/.

     3. Lighthouse Trails. Accessed 2/22/2020.

https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?page_id=2.

     4. Our Sunday Visitor, 2017. www.osv.com.

     5. Fulton J. Sheen, biography. Accessed 10/13/2019.

www.Britannica.com/biography/Fulton-J-Sheen.

     6. St. Tereasa of Avila, Catholic School. Accessed 10/4/2019.

https://newbaltimorecatholic.com/st-teresa-of-avila-saint-of-the-day-for-thursday-october-15-2020/.

     7. The Catholic Answer. Accessed 11/19/2018. www.osv.com.

     8. Gary Westgerdes, Founder of The Keys of Heaven Ministries.

www.thekeysofheaven.com.

     9. Priest Vincent Serpa O.P., “Q & A, What Is the Sin of Presumption?” Catholic Answers. Accessed 4/13/2020.

https://www.catholic.com/qa/what-is-the-sin-of-presumption.

     Priest Charles Grondin, “Q & A, The Sin of Presumption” Catholic Answers, Accessed 3/16/2020.

https://www.catholic.com/qa/the-sin-of-presumption.

     10. Gary Westgerdes, “Gary Testimony,” Zuma Church, August 10, 2009, Accessed 3/13/2020.

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     23. Francine Bay – Hengiing Zang, Stories of the Blessed Sacrament, pg. 27, Original French edition: Les belles histoires de ma communion © 2018 by Mame, Paris, © 2019 by MAGNIFICANT, New York – Ignatius Press, San Francisco.

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     25. ibid.

     26. Priest Francis Hoffman, J.C.D., “Becoming a Good Catholic,” The Catholic Answer Magazine, Volume 26, No. 2, May/June 2012, 26–27.

     27. Priest Paul Thomas, “My Ticket to Heaven,” Catholic League, For Religious and Civil Rights, October 17, 1993, 8–10, Accessed 12/30/2019.

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     29. Hannah Brockhaus | Source: CNA, “Devotion to Mary is a must,” Catholic.net, Accessed 1/5/2020.

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     30. Traditional Catholic Femininity, “Devotion to Mary, Model of Femininity,” tradcatfem.com, Posted June 19, 2017. Accessed 2/22/2020.

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     31. The Berean Call, www.thebereancall.com.

     32. Brandon Showalter, “China hearing gospel via Africa; church growing amid brutal persecution,” The Christian Post, February 17, 2019.

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“Can We Know We Have Eternal Life (1 John 5:13)?” douglasbeaumont.com, April 18, 2016. Accessed 4/15/2020.

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     34. Another Look, “Our History” Paulist Evangelization Ministries, Accessed 3/17/2020.

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     35. About Catholics Team, “The Role of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,” About Catholics, Accessed 3/23/2020.

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     40. Accessed 11/14/2020.

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     42. Priest Ray Ryland, PhD, JD., “What is Absolutely Necessary,” The Catholic Answer, Magazine, November/December, Volume 26, No. 5, 21.

     43. Priest Robert J. Hater, PhD., Advertisement: “Gateways to God: Celebrating the Sacraments,” Catholic Answers Magazine. May/June 2012, Volume 26, No. 2. 23.

     44. Scott P. Richert, “No Guarantees: Why Parents Must Pray like St. Monica,” The Countermarch/Our Sunday Visitor, Aug. 30, 2019. Accessed 2/21/2020.

         https://countermarch.org/articles/no-guarantees-why-parents-must-pray-like-st-monica.

     45. Peggy Frye, “Why Is Acts 8:37 Omitted from Many Bible Translations?” Catholic Answers, Q & A, Accessed 12/14/2019.

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     46. Steven D. Greydanus “If Non-Catholics Can Be Saved, Why Evangelize? It’s Complicated,” National Catholic Register, Accessed 3/18/2019.

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     47. Alan Schreck, “Can Non-Christians Be Saved? Catholic & Christian, October 1989, 27-28.

     48. Editorial, “Obsolete sacrament?” Our Sunday Visitor, March 27, 2011, 19.

     49. Michael W. Chapman, “Survey: Only 24% of Catholic Women attend Mass Weekly,” January 17, 2018, CNSNews, Accessed 2/12/2020.

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     52. Matt Dunn, “The Prominence and Placement of Tabernacles Explained,” Ascension, July 18, 2018. Accessed 2/6/2020.

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     53. Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik S.V.D. The Holy Eucharist, © 1986 by Catholic Book Publishing Corp., N.J., pp. 31, 32.

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     58. Tom Nash, “Renewal Must Be Christ-Centered,” Catholic Answers Magazine, 30th Anniversary Issue, January–February 2020, Volume 30 | Number 1, 8.

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     60. USCCB, Monsignor William P. Fay, General Secretary, “The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers,” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 2001. Accessed 3/13/2020.

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     61. Mark C. McCann, “To the Ends of the Earth: Action,” Our Sunday Visitor, Amazon Promo, February 2, 2019.

     62. Benedict, “The Power of Eucharistic Preaching,” Daily Rosary Family, December 21, 2018. Accessed 3/18/2020.

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     64. Francine M. O’Connor, “The Real Thing is Better,” The ABC’S of the Mass … for children, Copyright © 1988, Liguori Publications, 20-21.

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     66. Matthew Belklo, “Francis Chan and his dream of a Eucharist rooted in the Early Church,” Aleteia, Jan. 20,2020. Accessed 3/14/2020.

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     67. [email protected]_Parishworld.net, Matthew Warner,“350,000 Catholic Masses a day! Now This is Communion,” For Catholic Holy Mass, August 31, 2010. Accessed 12/01/2019. For Catholic Holy Mass: 350,000 Catholic Masses a day!

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"350,000 Catholic Masses a day! Now This is Communion"  Tuesday, August 31, 2010

AUG. 31, 2010 (www.fallibleblogma.com) - There is an estimated (at least) 350,000 Catholic Masses celebrated every day on planet Earth. It is celebrated in every nook and cranny on the planet, by every race and nationality, and using every language. And each of these Masses is celebrated (generally) using the same scripture readings and the same prayers.

Every single one of these 350,000 Masses is actually doing exactly what Jesus said to do in scripture (Luke 22:19, 1 Cor 11:23-29) when he said “Do this in memory of me.” Catholics live that out as a Church over 350,000 times a day. That means there are 4 priests saying those precise words, “Do this in memory of me,” every single second of every single day.

Every one of these Masses is literally and continually making present Christ’s

(once and for all) sacrifice on Calvary for all mankind. At any second you can join your own prayers to one.

When you participate in a Catholic Mass, you are participating in the same celebration as these other 350,000 daily Masses all over the world (you wanna talk about a “mega-church”?). We are all joined in the same readings and prayers and we partake of the same, specific Eucharist. And the rest of the time, when we are living out our faith outside of Mass, there are (literally) a billion other Catholics around the world continually offering it up on our behalf.

Now that’s unity (John 17:11). That’s communion. __Matthew Warner

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     109. Accessed 5/17/2020.

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     110. The Daily Standard, Celina, Ohio, September 17, 2010.

     111. Orlando Diocese, “Corpus Christi Procession 2014,” June 22, 2014. Accessed 3/22/2020.

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     112. Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, “The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist,” Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association, Accessed 4/19/2020.

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     115. Claire Dwyer, National Catholic Register, June 9, 2019; June 16, 2019. Accessed 3/24/2020.

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     116. Adrian Rodgers, “Three Steps to Gain and Celebrate Victory,” LWF: On Mission,

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     118. Accessed 3/19/2020.

https://www.devrouwevanallevolkeren.nl/en/the-title-the-lady-of-all-nations/.

     119. Love Worth Finding Ministries with Adrian Rodgers, Daily Devotional, May 23, 2013.

     120. World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, “Excitement Builds: Our Lady of Fatima Tours America,” The Pontifical Council for the Laity, Yahoo, Youtube.com, 2016, 1:14 min. Accessed 4/27/2020.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-synantecext_safe&hsimp=yhsext_safe&hspart=symantec&p=fatima+centennial+us+tour+for+peace&guce_referrer=aHR0HM6y92WRlby5zZWFyY2gueWFob28uY29tL3locypzZWFyY2g_Znl9eWhzLXN5BWFudGVjLWV4dF9zYWZUmhzaW1wPXlocy1leHRfc2FmZSZoc3BhcnQ9c3ltYW50ZMmcD1mYXRpbWErY2VudGVubmlhbCt1cy

Patrick Sabat, Program Director, “Fatima Tour for Peace,” World Apostolate of Fatima, USA—Our Lady’s Blue Army, Accessed 4/27/2020.

https://www.fatimatourforpeace.com/the-statue/.

121. Patrick Sabat, Program Director, “The Message of Fatima,” Pilgrim Fatima USA, Accessed 4/26/2020.

https://www.pilgrimfatimausa.com/.

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Notes

     ChurchPOP Editor, “7 Powerful Messages from Our Lady of Fatima: ‘The Grace of God Will Be Your Comfort,” ChurchPOP, May 13, 2019. Accessed 4/27/2020.

“My Immaculate Heart will be Your Refuge—Our Lady of Knock,” Sensus Fidelium, Aug.24, 2017, 13 min. Accessed 4/27/2020.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUtGHgbhX_8.

     122. Lima News, June 29, 1964. “Our Lady of Fatima,” Historical Marker Project, Accessed 5/17/2020.

https://historicalmarkerproject.com/markers/HM1YU5_our-lady-of-fatima_RusselsPoint-OH.html.

Greg Hartman, “A Picture Says a Thousand Words: Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Russels

Point Ohio,” The Catholic Telegraph, August 14, 2018. Accessed 3/19/2020.

https://www.thecatholictelegraph.com/a-picture-says-a-thousand-word-our-lady-of fatimashrine-russels-point-ohio/53254.

     123. Bro. Michael of the Blessed Trinity, The Whole Truth About Fatima, vol. 3 (Buffalo, NY: Immaculate Heart Publications, 1990). Dominican Fathers of Ayrille, The Origin of the Rosary, Accessed 3/10/2020.

https://www.olrl.org/sacramental/rosary.shtml.

     124. America Needs Fatima | ANF Site Articles, 10/10/2019, Accessed 3/22/2020.

https://www.americaneedsfatima.org.

     125. Helen Lemmel. (1922). “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus,” hymnal.net.

     126. “25 Quotes from St. John Vianney,” Saint Therese, #10., Accessed 3/19/2020.

http://www.sainttherse.com/25-quotes-from-st-john-vianney/.

     127. St. Anthony Maria Claret, quote, “Wherever he goes,” The America Needs Fatima Blog, October 24, 2019. Accessed 3/19/2020.

https://america-needs-fatima.blogspot.com/2018/10/wherever-he-goes.html.

     128. Marge Fenelon, “Miracles Still reported at the Site of the First Marian Apparition in the U.S.” National Catholic Register, July 3, 2017. Accessed 4/20/2020.

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/mfenelon/a-visit-to-the-first-marian-apparition-site-in-the-u.s.

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     129. Accessed 4/20/2020. https://championshrine.org/.

     130. “Blessing of the Backpacks,” The Daily Standard, Celina Ohio, August 21, 2018.

     131. Priest William Saunders, “Holy Water,” Catholic Education Resource Center/Arlington Catholic Herald, 2003. Accessed 3/20/2020.

https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/holy-water.html.

     132. Sam Guzman, “Spiritual Weapons: Holy Water,” The Catholic Gentleman, 2013, 12. Accessed 3/20/20.

https://www.catholicgentleman.net/2013/12/spiritual-weapons-holy-water/.

     133. ChuchPOP Editor, “The Spiritual Power of Holy Water: 6 Effects Every Catholic Should Know,” ChurchPOP, November 20, 2017. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://churchpop.com/2017/11/20/the-spiritual-power-of-holy-water-6-effects-every-catholic-should-know/.

     134. Adrian Rodgers, “Three Steps to Gain and Celebrate Victory,” LWF: On Mission, MAR | APR 2020, Vol. 27, No. 2, back cover.

     135. Catholic Online, “When Using Holy Water,” Catholic Online, Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=20.

     136. ChurchPOP Editor, “Priest Exorcizes Las Vegas Shooter’s Hotel Room with Holy Water After Feeling Evil Presence,” ChurchPOP, October 26, 2017. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://churchpop.com/2017/10/26/priest-exorcizes-las-vegas-shooters-room-holy-water/

     137. ChurchPOP Editor, “Orthodox Priest Cleanses His City’s Downtown with Holy

Water after LGBT Parade,” ChurchPOP, August 22, 2018. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://www.churchpop.com/2018/08/22/orthodox-priest-cleanses-his-citys-downtown-with-holy-water-after-lgbt-parade-pictures-inside/.

     138. ChurchPOP Editor, “Bishop to Exorcise Entire City from Helicopter with Holy Water: ‘We Have to Get Rid of the Devil,’” “Update: Bishop Will Not Exorcise City Via Helicopter, Will Process and Bless with Fire Truck,” ChurchPOP, July 10, 2019. Accessed 11/18/2020.

https://www.churchpop.com/2019/07/10/bishop-to-exorcise-entire-city-with-holy-water-from-helicopter-we-have-to-get-rid-of-the-devil/.

https://www.churchpop.com/2019/07/12/update-bishop-will-not-exorcise-city-via-helicopter-will-process-bless-with-fire-truck/.

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Notes

      139. Pat, “Letter from a Former Nun,” Lighthouse Trails Research Project, February 26, 2019. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://www.Lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2019/newsletter20190226.htm#article10.

     140. Larry Tomczak. Clap your hands! A Young Catholic Encounters Christ. Plainfield: Logos International, 1973. Print 134–136 Catholic Approved by: Nihil Obstat: Rev Micheal J. Arrowsmith, S.T.L. Censor Deputatus; Imprimatur: The Most Reverend William W. Baum, S.T.D. Archbishop of Washington. October 6, 1973 … official declaration that a book … is free of doctrinal or moral error. No implication is contained therein that those who have granted … agree with the content, or statements expressed. Cath. Conf. Edition of the Bible (used in Clap Your Hands!) pp. 134–136. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://www.larrytomczak.com/oops-pope-francis-did-it-again/.

     141/ Trent Horn, “Answers: What do Muslims believe about the crucifixion of Jesus?” Catholic Answers Magazine, Volume 28, Number 5, November–December 2018, 45.

     142. Scott and Kimberly Hahn, Quoted from Catholic Answers Book Description, Rome Sweet Home. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://shop.catholic.com/rome-sweet-home/.

     143. Derek Rotty, “An Invitation to Conversion,” A Life of Conversion, Meeting Christ in the Gospels. 2017, pages 10–13. Accessed 3/1/2020.

https://thelifeofvirtue.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/1028875_t2017firstchapter_authorcopy.pdf.

“Derek Rotty, A Life of Conversion & the gospels,” The Kyle Heimann Show, Headliner.app, Accessed 3/1/2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoSctB3ulWo.

     144. Derek Rotty, “Seeking truth, goodness, & beauty,” Accessed 3/3/2020.

https://derekrotty.com/story/

     145. ChurchPOP Editor, “Nun Who Threw First Pitch: ‘My Dream-is to Start a Revival – We All Have Something to Offer the World,’” ChurchPOP, July 16, 2019. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://www.churchpop.com/2019/07/16/nun-who-threw-first-pitch-my-dream-is-to-start-a-revival-we-all-have-something-to-offer-the-world/.

     146. Patrick J. Buechi, “Testimony of Helen Buscarino,” WNY Catholic, December Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://sosf.org/sister-has-long-ministry-of-caring-for-people/.

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     147. Sara and Justin Kraft, “Here are 10 of the Most Unexpected Catholic Conversion Stories,” The Mystical Humanity of Christ Publishing, Cora Evans,” Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://www.coraevans.com/blog/article/here-are-10-of-the-most-unexpected-catholic-conversion-stories.

     148. Marcus C. Grodi, “Ministry Solicitation Letter,” Coming Home Network International, January 2020. Accessed 3/16/2020.

https://community.chnetwork.org.

     149. Jules Gomes, “Cardinal tells Catholics who protest Pope to become Protestants,” Church Militant, 1/27/2020. Accessed 4/10/2020.

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/catholic-protesting-pope-francis-can-join-protestantism-says-cardinal.

     150. Wiki User, “Attendance at mass each Sunday is a requirement of Catholics?” Answers, May 02, 2017. Accessed 2/22/2020.

https://www.answers.com/Q/Attendance_at_mass_each_sunday_is_a_requirement_of_catholics.

     151. Priest Joe Scott, “Where in the Bible does it require weekly attending of the Mass?” Busted Halo, May 18, 2008. Accessed 2/21/2020.

https://bustedhalo.com/questionbox/where-in-the-bible-does-it-require-weekly-attending-of-the-mass.

     152. Rodgers, Adrian, “Three Steps to Gain and Celebrate Victory,” LWF: On Mission, MAR | APR 2020, Vol. 27, No. 2, back cover. Accessed 3/16/2020.

https://www.lwf.org/articles/how-to-gain-and-celebrate-victory-article.

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TOPICAL INDEX

 

Assurance

 

Sin of Presumption, 9.

Given by God, 11.

Newer Bible Versions are inconsistent, 69.

Sacraments and attending Church offer no, 88.

Blessed ___Jesus is mine, 101.

Draw near with a true heart in full ___of faith, 126.

God’s love has given ___with his gift of everlasting life, 133.

Jesus: Today, shalt thou be with me in paradise, 144.

Full ___of understanding, 149.

Full ___of faith, 151.

Immediately, I received the Holy Spirit’s, 172.

Moment I believed, God’s, 244.

Purpose of Jesus Christ is to give, 257.

 

Chapter 3, Assurance

(15–16, 29, 38–40, 47–49, 59)

All things are become new, 24.

With faith and patience, 26.

Spirit of adoption, 36.

Walk in the light, Jesus’s blood cleanses us from sin, 51.

Know that ye have eternal life, 53. 

God the Father’s mercy has begotten us again through Jesus’s resurrection, 55.

A lively hope, incorruptible, undefiled, fadeth not, reserved in heaven, 55.

Kept by the power of God through faith, 56.

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Questions on Assurance

Are You Saved? 16.

Are Protestants Saved? 17.

Have you been Saved? After saying a little prayer, the sinner’s prayer, 29.

Salvation: Assurance or Hope? Are you Saved? 38.

Is Salvation as simple as receiving the Eucharist? 39.

Becoming a good Catholic, 41.

Mortal and Venial Sins, 42–45.

Devotion to Mary, is a must, 46.

Can we know that we have Eternal Life? 48.

 

How does the Cross save us?

*Catholic view, the mystery of, “Christ consumed” grace through Sacraments, 57.

*Christian view, the mystery of “Christ in you” grace through Faith, 58–59.

 

What is the Catholic Church? 59.

 

Baptism

 

Sacramentally united to Jesus by, 57.

Catholic Church carries on Jesus’s work through, 60.

 

Called a door (CCC-846), 78, 82.

*Catholic: bath of rebirth, 90–92.

*Christian: water ___comes after rebirth through the ___of the Holy Spirit, 93–96.

 

Holy Spirit, sealing and power, 100–102.    

One of the Great Sacraments, the other the Eucharist, 234.

 

 

Blood

 

All nations of one, 55.

Abstain from these necessary things from, 111.

No ___shed by Mary and saints, 218.

Mary cannot deliver, she shed no, 219.

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 Catholic & Eucharistic blood

Literally eaten or drank, 39.

Shedding of blood is required Heb. 9:22, 44.

Corpus Christi feast, 46.

Consecrated and consumed, 60.

In Her (the Catholic Church) sins may be forgiven through Christ’s, 79.

Eucharistic nourishment, 103.

The water and ___from Jesus’s heart signify baptism and Eucharist, 234.

We eat Jesus’s flesh, ___, soul and divinity, 272.

The Eucharistic sacrifice is united with the Church’s offering, 272.

 

Jesus’s blood

Cleansing, 19.

Perfect, sinless, shed, 23–24.

Atoning, 27.

Cleanseth, 51.

Made white in the ___of the Lamb, 73.

Everlasting covenant, 78.

Washed in, 102.

Without shedding ___is no remission Heb. 9:22, 107.

Sanctifies, 213–214.

Jesus’s ___cleanses the true believer from all sin, 234.

Cleanseth sin and unrighteousness, 235.

Purge conscious of dead works, 235.

Sprinkling of ___grace and peace multiplied, 235.

Jesus true God and true man through flesh and, 236.

Justified, saved from wrath, 237.

A much sorer punishment for those who reject, 237.

Redeemed by the, 275.

 

Unbloody (No blood is shed)

Sacrifice, Mass, 56.

Christ offered as Eucharist, 111.

Christ the victim offered in an ___manner, 113.

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Sacrifice, Mass, 123, 126, 131.

The ___, representation of the sacrifice of the Cross, 209.

 

Catechism

 

The Baltimore, 9.

Chapter 4, 61–64.

Explains the teachings of the Catholic Church, 102 (63).

Term, necessary, appears several times, 110.

My First Catechism—a children’s book, 140.

Four old fundamentals: Creed, Commandments, Sacraments, Prayer, 147.

(CCC-411) Mary the “new Eve” Co-Jesus or theologically, Co-redemptrix, 200.

Mary— “Teach them their” 227.

Their plan of salvation involves the, 228.

Quotes: centuries ago, early leaders, councils, and Church-established saints, 273.

 

Catholic Spiritual Weapons

 

Holy Water, 234, 237.

Medals, 169.

Scapulars, 170.

Rosary, 212.

 

Catholic, Ways to Heaven

 

Sacraments

Are Necessary, seven gateways to life–giving grace, 87,

Baptism—the seal of Eternal Life, 90.

New life, strengthening, nourishes, 103.

 

Purgatory, God can put the pieces back together again, 130. 

Indispensable Minimum, Catholic precepts, 143.

Mary, inseparably linked with Jesus’s saving work, 149.

Religion, the wideness of God’s grace, 153–154.

Reminders that heaven is obtainable, relics, 178.

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 Eucharist (My Highway to Heaven)

Encourage children to remain close to Jesus in the, 39.

Surest, easiest, shortest way is the, 40.

Mass is the Sacrifice of the Cross, 111.

Without the ___the Church simply does not exist, 114–121.

Mass said every single minute starting between 16th and 17th centuries, 125.

Jesus gives himself in the Mass as he did on the Cross, only he does not suffer, 140. Venerable Carlo Acutis quote, 181.

 

(My Ticket to Heaven)

Avoiding Mortal Sin, “I can be sure thereby of going to heaven” 42–45.

 

Children Books, Eucharist

 

Jesus is dwelling in our hearts, Communion, 39.

Jesus is offered to the Father, Last Supper/Mass—the greatest Gift we have, 111.

Jesus is always with us, Tabernacle, 112.

Jesus is adored as God, Elevation of the Host—My Lord and my God, 113–114.

Jesus is Real, the better Miracle, 119.

Jesus is offered again to the Father, without suffering, and is food for my soul, 140.

 

Comparison, The Gospel 77–162

 

  1. The Door to Heaven, 77–79.

What is Absolutely Necessary for me to be Saved, 82.

  1. Foundation—Salvation, 79–86.
  2. Sacraments or Faith, 86–89.

Gateways to God, 87.

  1. Merit and Eternal life, 89–90.
  2. Baptism, 90–96.

No Guarantees: Why Parents Must Pray like St. Monica, 91.

Why is Acts 8:37 omitted, 91.

Why Evangelize, 92.

Can Non-Christians Be Saved & How Are We Saved, 92–93. 

  1. Penance and Reconciliation, 96–99.

Obsolete Sacrament, 96.

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  1. Confirmation or Holy Spirit Baptism and Sealing, 99–102.
  2. Initiation or Welcome to the family, 103–111.

Jesus is the Rock of the Church, 105–107.

  1. Priesthood: Eucharistic sacrifice or Spiritual sacrifices, 111–127.

Jewish and Catholic Tabernacles, 112.

Jesus Real Presence in the Eucharist, 114–116.

A Priests most Important Job, 116.

Is Transubstantiation Unbelievable, 118–119.

A drop of water in the wine at consecration, 120.

Evangelical pastor Francis Chan’s dream of a Eucharist, 121.

350,000 Catholic Masses a day, a ‘mega church.’ A Mass every minute, 125.

  1. Final Purification: Purgatory or Jesus’s blood, 127–137.

Is Purgatory for All, 127.

Introduction to Indulgences, 129.

Will you rescue eight souls this November? Indulgences, 130.

Jesus’s own blood, 130–133.

  1. Church Treasury or Jesus Christ, 137–140.
  2. Fortifying ourselves for the end of life, 140–143.
  3. Indispensable Minimum, 143–146.

*Precepts of the Catholic Church, 143–144.

*Precepts of the Christian Faith, gleaned from believing malefactor, 144.

  1. The Church or The Scriptures, 146–149.

*Catholicism—Swallow the Faith Whole, 147.

*Christianity—Established by the Gospel, ye are Complete in Jesus, 149.

  1. Mary Inseparably Linked with Jesus saving work, or just God, 149–153.

What Can I Do to Be Saved? You’re too Late, 150.

  1. Social Duty or Biblical Duty, 153–162.

Religion Survey, my faith isn’t the Only Way, 153–154.

Oprah’s Inconvenient Truth, 156.

  1. Sacraments and Symbols or Scripture and Faith, 169–173.

Spiritual Weapons: St. Benedict Medal & The Red Scapular, 169–170.

The Language of Symbols, 171.

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A Summary, The Journey Home

*Catholicism & Christianity, 268–269.

 

A Final Look

*Biblical Gospel & Catholicism’s Gospel, 271–273.

 

Eucharist

 

Is Jesus Christ, 140.

Must receive at least (once a year) during Easter season, 143.

Jesus remains with us, his Eucharistic presence, Eucharistic love, 180.

My Highway to Heaven, 181.

Greatest Miracle, 182.

Jesus’s divinity, body, soul, hands, feet, lips, ears, nostrils, heart, everything, 183.

If we believe we are Catholic; If we do not believe we are not Catholic, 184.

Most prized treasure, Jesus’s saving sacrifice, the center of life/worship, 185.

Heart of Catholic Church, 187.

Rebuttal: A physical metaphor, 188.   

 

Initiation

*Catholic Sacraments, New Life, Strengthening, Transformation, 103, 111–121.

*Christian Rebuttal, True: Miracle, Worship, Sacrifice, Godliness, 122–123, 126.

 

Heaven, Those who want you to go to

 

God: Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit, Jesus’s Bride the Church, Angels, Former Haters and Persecutors of Christians, Deceased Loved Ones who may have gone to hell, 5–8.

 

Holy Spirit

 

Given to those who ask, receive power to witness, 100.

Filled, purifying hearts, love of God shed abroad in our hearts, joy, hope, 101.

Know what is freely given, not man’s wisdom, witness to truth, 102.

After believing sealed with ___of promise, 133.

Raised Christ shall quicken those in Christ, 135.  

Helpeth and maketh intercession according to the will of God, sanctification of, 235.

Caught away Philip after Eunuch’s baptism, 256.

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Holy Water

 

Shows repentance, protection from evil, forgives venial sins, demons hate, 233–234.

Means of spiritual wealth, devil not a snowballs chance in hell, 237–238.

By ___and your blood, “wash away all my sins. O Lord” 237.

 

Indulgences

 

The remission before God of the temporal punishment due, partial, and plenary, 129.

Example: earn a plenary ___each day for a soul in Purgatory, 130.

 

Jesus the Rock

 

Peter, thou art the Christ, Preaching peace by Jesus Christ, 83–84.

Paul, Jesus Christ being the chief corner stone, 104.

Old Testament—Psalms, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, wise malefactor, 105–107.

 

Jesus’s 2nd Coming

 

Had no Wedding garment, 56.

God’s preserved word, sound doctrine, 66–67.

Blessed: Who “readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy” 136–137. 

Catholic quote, Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, 114.

The Lord holds out his offer of, “WHITE”—EOUSNESS, 277 >

 

Mary (Real)

 

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word, 230.

 

Mary (aka Satan)

 

Through, ___, we get access to the fullness of Christ, 46.

 

Mary’s and Jesus’s Attributes Compared

Based on prayer to Mary of Mt. Carmel and Scripture, 194–204.

 

Mary Quotes

“Do not be afraid. I am from Heaven, *206.

Souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them, 207.

“My Immaculate heart will be your refuge and way—to God” 208.

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Teach children: Catechism, Sign of the Cross, Approaching the Sacraments, 227.

 

*Mary’s Rosary Promises, if devoutly prayed

*w/God & Jesus, Scriptural Promises

#1. Serve me, receive signal graces vs. receive a crown of glory, 211.

#2. Special protection, greatest graces vs. God our refuge, word of his grace, 211.

#3. Armor against hell, defeat heresies vs. Strong in the Lord, his armor, 212–213.

#4. Sanctify themselves vs. God of peace sanctify you wholly, 213.

#5. Soul shall not perish vs. Who believeth in Jesus shall not perish, fear God, 214. 

#6. Never conquered by misfortune vs. All who live godly in Christ Jesus shall

suffer persecution, 217.

#7. Not die without sacraments vs. Jesus: Shepherd and Bishop of our soul, 218.

#8. Participate, merits of saints in paradise vs. partakers with saints in Heaven, 218.

#9. Deliver from Purgatory vs. They may have right to the tree of life, 219.

#10. Merit, high degree of glory vs. No respecter of persons, God shall judge, 220.

#11. Obtain all you ask me vs. Ask according to his will, he heareth us, 222.

#12. Aided by me vs. I can do all things through Christ, 222.

#13. Have for intercessors entire celestial court vs. Christ maketh intercession, 223.

#14. Are my sons and brothers of my only son Jesus vs. Those, led by the Spirit of

God are the sons of God, 223.

#15. Great sign of predestination vs. More than conquerors through—Christ, 224.

 

Titles of Mary

Lady of Fatima, Queen of the World, 33, 193, 206.

Gate of Heaven, Co-redemptrix, Queen of Heaven, Workshop of the Incarnation, Woman Clothed with the Sun, Adam’s Deliverance, 192, 194.  

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix, Advocate, 194, 200.

Mother and Lady of All Nations, 201.

 

Mass

 

Mortal sin, missing Sunday ___without a valid excuse, 45.

1 Peter no mention of the unbloody sacrifice of the, 56.

Re-presenting Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, 60.

Only 24% of Catholic women attend ___weekly, 96.

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Attendance begins at age seven, 172, 247.

Eucharistic, so-called, miracles occurred at, 181–183,

Bringing Christ to us here today in his saving sacrifice, 185.

Attending as a means of gaining Heaven, 246.

 

Chapter 6 #9

Sacrifice of the Cross, 111.

Christ is offered in an unbloody manner, 113.

Drops of water into the wine symbolizes man’s little sacrifices offered at, 120.

We partake of the same, specific Eucharist, 125.

 

Rebuttals

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink” this apply to the Eucharist? 101. Apostle Paul warned about false teachers and teachings, could this include the, 107.

Christians preach Christ crucified, not Christ consumed, 167.

 

Mass continued

Daily 103, 180. 

And Rosary, 193.

The Gospel, 209.

“Not a Divine commandment” 275.

 

Novenas

 

The Fourteen Holy Helpers 31–32.

The Flying Novena 37.

 

Pope, Names 80–81

 

Prayers, Catholic—Gary/Redeemed

 

The Fourteen Holy Helpers—My God, 31–32.

The Flying Novena—Truly God, 37.

Mary of Mt. Carmel—Jesus of Mt. Calvary, 194–195.

Hail Mary—Hail Jesus, 224.

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 Precepts, a general rule, for Salvation

 

*Catholicism, 143–144.

*Christianity, 144.

 

Priesthood

 

Catholic

Necessary to dispense graces needed to obtain heaven, 9–10.

Acts in the place of Jesus, ___is representing Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, 59–60.

Through the authority of the Church forgive sin in the name of Christ, 97–98.

Last Supper, Apostles became Priest, 111.

Mass, Priests elevate Host, worshiped as Lord and God, 113.

Carries on the teachings of the Church for the advancing of the kingdom, 115.

Celebrating Mass/Eucharist, most important job, done daily even none present, 116.

Church involved in offering Christ; With Jesus, she is offered whole and entire, 120.

St. Augustine “In what she (the Church) offers she herself is offered, 120.

Estimated, four Priest are celebrating the Mass every second, 125.

Priest repeats “This is my Body” is “bringing Christ—in his saving sacrifice” 185.

Priests use Holy Water to ward off evil and the exorcising of the Devil, 238.

 

Believers/Christians

Offer spiritual Sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, a peculiar people, 122.

Giving and spreading the Gospel, a Sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God, 123.

Praise, give thanks, do good, present your bodies a living Sacrifice, 124.

Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, 125.

 

Purgatory

 

Chapter 6 #10

After-death purification to achieve holiness necessary for heaven, all people, 127.

Indulgences, penance, Masses may help them achieve holiness sooner, 129–130.

 

Quotes

 

Adrian Rodgers, Eternity, 15.

Tim Ryland, Catholic Answers Magazine, 18.

Dave Hunt, Recognition of Sin, 30.

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Mitch Pacwa, Not Praying to Saints, 34.

Francine Bay-Heniing Zang, Jesus in our Hearts, 39.

Pontiff Benedict XVI, Purgatory, 130.

Oprah Winfrey, A mistake humans make, 156.

Sister Apolline, Scapular a strong Armor, 170.

Pontiff Francis, Eucharistic Processions, 186.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the mark of a Christian, 191.

St. Tereasa of Avila, devils fly from Holy Water, 234.

Billy Sunday, Religion & the word of God, 156, 274.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, if you don’t like it Leave, 274.

Journalist Nick Donnelly, holding to Account, 274.

 

Quotes About

 

Eucharistic

 

Pontiff St. Pius X, the shortest way, 40.

St. Ignatius of Antioch on the early heretics the Docetists, 121.

Chiara Lubich, His presence, 180.

St. John Paul the Great, unceasingly present, 180.

Venerable Carlo Acutis, “my highway to Heaven” 181.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, given so we don’t forget the crucifixion, 185.

St. John Paul the Great, “to gain eternal life man needs the Eucharist” 187.

St. Alphonsus Liguori, “My Jesus” 187.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, Jesus loved: then, the crucifix—now the Eucharist, 187.

Pontiff Pius X, the surest, easiest, shortest way, 187.

Peter Julian Eymard, the ___is everything, from the ___everything is, 187.

John Paul the Great, Jesus continues to offer Himself—as Divine Life, 2000, 188.

 

Mary

 

Pontiff Francis, devotion a requirement, 46.

St. John Paul the Great, Fatima more important now, 205.

Pontiff Pius XII, crowned Queen, 206.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen—received more attention than Apostles, 215.

  1. A., Casper, Wyo., ___has captured my heart, 216.

ANF caption, win the heart and soul for, 216.

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St. John Vianney, invoke ___and Satan will leave you, 225.

St. Anthony Maria Claret, a son of, 226.

 

Most Blessed Sacrament

 

St. Augustine, at the Last Supper “Christ held himself in His hands” 186.

St. Francis of Assisi, Jesus, humbled under the host, for our salvation, 186.

St. Ignatius of Antioch—hungered and thirsted for Jesus’s flesh and blood, 186.

St. Irenaeus, “a new sacrifice” 187.

St. John Chrysostom, see, touch, eat Him, “your food and nourishment” 187.

 

Rosary

 

The Dominican Fathers, “The most beautiful apologia—for the Rosary” 214.

Sr. Lucy of Fatima, Mary “no problem—that cannot be solved by the Rosary” 214.

 

Relics, Veneration Examples

 

Saints & Eucharist, 177–180.

 

Sanctification and Cleansing, holy and without blemish

 

*Catholicism: Church’s Sacraments of Initiation, 103, (CCC-1422–1426).

*Christianity: Jesus’s blood and the word of God, 109–110.

 

Sinner’s Prayer 29 - 42

 

Sin of Presumption

 

A badly regulated reliance on God’s mercy and power, 9.

Salvation without doing anything to deserve it, 9.

A rash expectation of salvation, not using proper means to obtain it, 9.

 

Testimonies

 

Prodigal Son, 5.

Gary Westgerdes, 10–14, 97, 244–247.

Frank, a prisoner—LWF, 16.

I must have said the sinner’s prayer a hundred times, a Baptist—LWF, 30–31.

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Keep Your Fork, a Christian lady with a terminal illness, 56–57.

Sacraments as the principal means of encountering that salvation, of the Cross, 57.

Dream—The Twin Pillars of Victory, St. John Bosco, the Eucharist, and Mary, 191.

 

*Christian 239–257

 

Mark Lennartz—Raised Catholic, 239.

Pat—Former Nun, 240.

Gary Westgerdes—Raised Catholic, 244.

David Goodwill—Journey to Freedom from Homosexuality, 247.

Apostle Paul—Former Religious Pharisee & Murderer, 250.

Cornelius—A Devout Man Needed Christ, 252.

Apostle Peter a Fisherman—Now a Fisher of Men, 253.

Ethiopian Eunuch—Reading God’s Word—Asked for Help, 255.

God Planned for our Redemption—from the Foundation of the Earth, 256.

Sivini—Hatred was his Business—Praising God will be his Joy, 258.

 

*Catholic 259–268

 

Rome Sweet Home—Conversion story of Dr. Scott Hahn and wife Kimberly, 259.

Derek Rotty—A Life of Conversion, & Seeking Truth, Goodness, & Beauty, 260.

Sister Mary Jo Sobieck—Dominican “Nun Who Threw First Pitch: ‘My Dream is

to Start a Revival—We All Have Something to Offer the World’” 261.

Helen Buscarino, OSF—a Franciscan Nun, 265.

John Wayne—Never too Late to Embrace God’s Forgiveness, 265.

Marcus C. Grodi—Receiving Christ in the Eucharist—Coming Home, 266.

 

Three Steps to—Victory

 

Adrian Rodgers

 

  1. God’s Word/Cleansing, 237.
  2. God’s Victory/Redemption, 196.
  3. God’s Wrath/Righteous Judgment, 276.

 

Todd, Paul, Catholic—Newspaper Articles

 

Catholic Infallibility, “the Catholic Church cannot be wrong” 141.

Life Without Meaning, a fallen-away, “spiritually blinded, disturbed,” prideful, 155.

No Salvation Bargains, scripture quotes impressive, need “Bible and history” 128.

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Transubstantiation

 

*Catholicism

 

70% disbelieve, 31% believe, 114.

28% know the teaching of, 115.

22% know and reject, 115.

Robert Barron, “This is the central teaching of Catholicism.” 115.

If one cannot except ___ how can one remain a Christian, 118–119.

All Christians believe God could do this miracle if he willed it to happen, 122.

 

*Christianity

 

Explanation debunking, were does Jesus get this flesh and blood? 122.

Explanation debunking, Old Testament forbid the consuming of blood, 243.

 

Videos not in Notes

 

http://reginaprophetarum.org/audio/20200426-To-Whose-Voice-Shall-We-Open-Up-Our-Souls-to-Lead-us.mp3. 77.

http://www.reginaprophetarum.org. http://www.reginaprophetarum.org/#/.  

My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge: August 20, 2017, 12:39 min., 208.

 

The Topical Index is not exhaustive, some overlap, over four thousand words are quoted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church © 1994. View Westgerdes’s website at:

www.thekeysofheaven.com/online-book/ for linked Notes URLs; CCCs, are linked as well. May God Bless.

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