When speaking to RC the most important thing that is needful is that they hear the gospel of grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ. It's easy to get caught up in discussions about idolatry, traditions of men, blasphemous mass, etc. Three things are foreign to most RC, which the Lord Jesus freely gives to repentant sinners. Complete forgiveness of sins. The imputation of His perfect righteousness The assurance of eternal life. These are the promises from the Word of God, that popery opposes with a vengeance, and their councils ( Trent and Vatican II) condemn any RC who believe these precious promises with anathema. There is no match for the Word of God. It is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. Let it speak for itself and be in ferverent prayer that their eyes will be opened and they be turned from darkness to Light.
How popery teaches justification, taken from their handbook, catechism of the catholic religion. 1-Justification is a transformation of the soul in which original sin is removed and sanctifying grace is INFUSED. [ 1987-1995] 2-Initial justification is by means of BAPTISM. [1262-1274] 3-Justification is furthered by SACRAMENTS and GOOD WORKS.[1212, 1392, 2010] 4-Justification is LOST through mortal sin. [1033, 1855, 1874]
Much, much more on their works mongering satanic delusion. This should suffice.
John, I hear you. Where we live all the religious folk have been driving up and down our road to get to the park, for their sunrise services, egg hunts, worship of trees , flowers, bees etc. We had our scripture signs out on the Lords Day and it makes them drive faster as they go by our house. Maybe one of God's elect took notice.
Shane, I have a RC family and they say happy Easter, Merry Xmass, etc. I smile, thank them and say a blessed Lords Day to you, if it is a Sunday, or if it is during the week when the winter festival is celebrated I wish them a blessed day. This usually opens the door for them to ask questions concerning this topic and why we don't participate. It is always to be handled with grace and concern for Gods glory and their eternal benefit. I was blessed by your post and your handling of the matter with your co-worker. Blessings to you and yours.
US, I will continue to expose error and contend for the faith as long as the Lord wills. If it is viewed as 'sanctimonious', pharisaical or whatever one chooses to call it. So be it. Have a blessed Lords Day.
s c, I agree with your response to Unprofitable. His post lost credibility with me when he poorly chose to use the word sanctimonious. I was pondering how to respond to it, you answered well. : thumbsup:
Yes John it can be very costly to follow our precious Lord and Saviour, that is why we are commanded to count the cost. Also we are told: "And whosoever doth not bear his cross,and come after me, cannot be my disciple". He gave all for us: "As heirs of promise, let us live By faith in Jesus' word; Expect His fullness to receive, And glorify the Lord". James Smith.
The crucial question for the beliver is the Lordship of Christ."Ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price" Are we sincerely willing to to think whatever God would have us think about this whole matter? To do whatever He would have us to do even though it may mean a drastic change in our thinking and practice? Are we willing to lay our Isaacs down? Whatever they may be....
Excellent thoughts ladybug and s c. "Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. Learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow". Isaiah 1:14,17. Also James 1:27.
In regard to this news article: C.H. Spurgeon wrote this in his day concerning the 'worldly religious' gatherings. 'The Religious Juggler' I have seen, when I was a boy, a juggler in the street throw up half-a-dozen balls, or knives and plates, and continue catching and throwing them, and to me it seemed marvellous; BUT the religious juggler beats all others hollow. He has to keep up Christianity and worldliness at the same time,and catch two balls at once. To be a freeman of Christ and a slave of the world at the same time must need fine acting. One of these days, he, will make a slip with one of the balls, and your game will be over. You cannot keep it up, and play the game so cleverly, sooner or later you fail.Then he is made a hissing and a by-word, and becomes ashamed, if any shame be left in him.
Mourner wrote: thanks Dorcus I wasn't familar with the word. I was quoting sc and thought it was the same as magistrate which to me means those in civil authority. A chief magistrate would be a king or president in my mind. I stand corrected, if it means as you state. I just looked in Websters 1828 and it wasn't in there, just the word magistrate: a public civil officer invested with the executive government or some branch of it. In this sense the king is the highest or first magistrate as is the President of the United States. But the word is more particularly applied to subordinate officers, as governors, intendants, prefects, mayors, justices of the peace and the like" What Websters did you use? I was saying one thing and meaning another. Thanks for pointing that out.
Mourner, I used my Websters app on my tablet. If you google magisterium, for what it is worth, Wikipedia will give you a fairly good discription. I thought you might be mixing up Magistrate & magisterium.
Mourner wrote: "What does love do"? As all our family are romanists, we have had to make difficult choices concerning unbiblical practices and 'holy days'. We will not acknowledge them, but do not object to a gathering on these days for family time.. They don't understand why we refuse to partake in these festivals but their need is not explanations of peripheral issues, but that they come to a realization that they are sinners who need the Lord Jesus Christ.
One verse that spoke to me personally... The Lord Jesus speaking,"Lovest thou me more than these"?