- Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Catholic (New Jerusalem) Bible.
5 things they believe
- Praying to Mary and the saints (and other idols) – they believe Mary is the ‘Mother of God’, and was sinless, and remained a perpetual virgin.
- The Pope is God’s only speaker/authority on this earth – that he’s the ‘Vicar of Christ’ from the lineage of Peter (the ‘first pope’).
- Confession of sins to a priest (whom they call ‘Father’), and keeping of the church sacraments – including infant baptism and confirmation.
- The Eucharist (their Holy Communion) bread and wine gets turned into the actual body and blood of Jesus – called ‘Transubstantiation’ – basically re-sacrificing Jesus every day/week.
- ‘Purgatory’ – an ‘in-between’ place of punishment that every Catholic goes to before going to Heaven – ‘Masses’ can be paid for and said to shorten a dead loved ones time in purgatory.
5 typical characteristics
- Apart from the priests and nuns, Roman Catholic believers pretty much look like everyone else. Very often though, a Catholic will wear a cross or a crucifx around their neck, and also carry a rosary in their bag or purse.
- They put Mary and the saints (and even the Pope and Vatican) before and above the Lord Jesus Christ.
- They are not familiar with what is in the Bible, as reading it is discouraged by the priests.
- Most Roman Catholics will probably only ever go to ‘Mass’ at ‘Christmas’ and ‘Easter.
- Priests wear black clothing with a white collar around their necks. Nuns wear full length clothing, which can be different colours, but usually black, blue, or white, and also wear a ‘habit’ on their heads.
5 typical responses
- Stubbornness – they tend to be very difficult to share the gospel with, as they believe their infant baptism, and membership in their church is ‘good enough’.
- Ignorance – they don’t know what the Bible actually says.
- Pride – it’s all about works in their religion.
- Hypocrisy – they claim to love Jesus, but will not act like they do, and will not talk about Him at all.
- Anger – when challenged, they can get very angry (and sometimes violent), very quickly.
7 verses (or combinations) to use
NOTE: The underlines have been added as suggested words to emphasise within the verse, but go as the Lord leads you!
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. – Exodus 20:4-6
NOTE: The Catholic Church removed this Second Commandment, and split the 10th Commandment up in order to keep it as ten.
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus … Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? … But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. – Matthew 1:25, 13:55-56, Galatians 1:19
NOTE: The Catholic Church teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin. However, reading the word of God, we can easily see that she had other children after giving birth to our Lord.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: … By the which will 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, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; – Hebrews 9:27, 10:10-12
NOTE: There is no purgatory. No temporary holding place. Also, NO priest anywhere on the planet can take away anyone’s sins. Jesus did it all, once. And now it is finished.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, 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 answered, 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 … He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. – John 3:3-7, 36
NOTE: No works can get anyone into Heaven. A person must be born again as our Lord said. If you are NOT born again, then the wrath of God abides on you every single day.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour … And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons … But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. – Luke 1:47, 2:24, 11:28
NOTE: The Catholics teach that Mary was sinless. However, the word of God says otherwise. Mary said that her spirit rejoiced in God her Saviour, and that she offered a sin sacrifice. Also, when someone said how blessed she was for giving birth to Jesus, He replied by saying that it’s actually the hearing of the word of God, and keeping it that’s the most important thing.
And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever … But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 8:14, 16:23
NOTE: The Catholics teach that Peter was the first ‘Pope’. There is absolutely NOTHING in scripture that shows that. Also, we see that Peter was married, and at one time Jesus referred to him as Satan. Not a ‘model Pope’!
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; – 1 Timothy 2:5
NOTE: Mary is NOT the ‘Mediatrix’ between God and man, it’s the Lord Jesus Christ.
- They don’t believe in the first 11 chapters of Genesis.
- Many Roman Catholics accept the conjecture of evolution.