Dear Roman Catholic Friend
By Andy Neckar

First let me say that I came out of the Roman Catholic Church in 1991 by reading the New American Bible. (a Catholic Bible) That Bible, despite the Catholic footnotes, had enough truth in it to make clear to me that my beliefs, and the teachings I had received were all wrong.

I know Catholicism. I have 53 years experience. I know the workings of the Vatican Pontiff. I know the functions of the diocesan bishops and the parish priests.

Catholics are hard working people. In St Augustine Parish in Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Dallas Texas, in the 1970's I worked hard in that Catholic church. My kids went to the Catholic school, and I was very active in this church. I was president of the Holy Name Society twice. I was Parish Day chairman, and Parish Carnival chairman.. I sat on the Parish Council directing the affairs of this large Parish. I was "Worthy Warden" in the Knights of Columbus, traveling from lodge to lodge as a member of the initiating team.

I received awards for outstanding achievements. I received the "Man of the Year" award in 1978. But all this hard work could not save me. I realize now that I and all my hard working Catholic friends were lost. I know Catholicism. I have many, many friends who are Catholic. They cannot understand why I left the Church, and will not listen to the true gospel.

On the other hand, some of my friends have left this Church and came to believe in the "salvation of grace by faith". Some of my friends adult children have come to believe. Many Roman Catholics can be converted to Jesus Christ once they hear the true gospel for the first time.

Many people don't know anything about Catholicism. They may believe that there is not that much difference between "Catholic Ritual and Tradition" and "Grace by Faith". Unless these people are informed, they may accept the Roman Catholics as fellow Christians and deny them the true gospel by not witnessing to them. There is a twofold reason for my articles on Catholicism. To witness to Catholics and prove to evangelicals that Catholics are lost. It is worth the effort.

Offensive Love?
My burden for Roman Catholics is not to offend them, but to offer to them the "true gospel of Christ,", the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. (Rom 1:16)

Most Catholics are lovable people. It would be hard not to love them, even if we tried. The Lord teaches us to love the deceived, though we hate deception. But this does not require us to remain silent on deception and sin for fear of offending others. How else are people to come to realize that they are lost if someone doesn't preach against sin, error and deception.

Most of my family are lost Catholics. They place their faith in the Roman Church and practice many false doctrines. But I have many lovable family members. By man's reasoning we would call them good. They are zealous for their faith. They are active in their church and in their communities. They tithe regularly and honestly. They feed the hungry and clothe the naked. They would give you the shirt off their backs. It is painful to think of them as lost. They order me not to witness to them and stay away.

If someone doesn't preach to my family their situation will remain hopeless. I was hopelessly lost until someone preached to me. This made me very angry. I considered myself already saved. I was offended and very angry. I took up the Bible to defend my Catholic faith, and in doing so I discovered that I had no faith. I had greatly mistaken beliefs. I am very thankful that God sent someone to offend me and make me very angry. The person that offended me loved me very much. The Apostles of Jesus offended so many people that they all died martyrs except for John. Can we say there was no love in their hearts?

Before we condemn someone for offending others by exposing deception and preaching the gospel of Christ, we should take up the Bible and see what the Lord has to say about it.

We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith. (Jude 1:3)