I’m a Christian, But I’m Also A Pirate On A Sinking Ship. Arg, A Little Help?

Ever look at a Christian brother or sister and wonder why their life seems to have so much power? Why they used to be a drug addict or alcoholic, or an adulterer, and yet now it’s like they’re transformed and only keep growing and becoming better and better? It’s been years, yet they continue to go up rather than struggle with a roller coaster cycle of up AND down or just stay the same for a long time with not much change or growth. They are just filled with a passion for The Lord that never seems to go out.

Then you look at yourself, and wonder why your life doesn’t look similar, why you still struggle with sin and “bad habits.” Why you’re not as joyful. “Don’t we both believe in Jesus?” You ask. “Don’t we both go to the same church every Sunday and listen to the same pastor? Don’t we have the same Bible?”

The reason their life has been transformed is simple: because they’ve been transformed by the power and filling of the Holy Spirit. They have not only been baptized with water to repentance, but with what John the Baptist called the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.

“While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? ” “No,” they told him, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” “Then what baptism were you baptized with? ” he asked them. “With John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people that they should believe in the One who would come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in other languages and to prophesy.” (Acts 19:1-6)

“When the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had welcomed God’s message, they sent Peter and John to them. After they went down there, they prayed for them, so the Samaritans might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”(Acts 8:14-17)

The second passage shows there’s a difference between water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The first passage is one of many that demonstrate when one is baptized with the Holy Spirit, the outcome is the person either speaks in tongues or speaks prophecy, or both.

Every believer can experience this most powerful filling of the Holy Spirit, however, I believe there are two obstacles standing in the way: sin and fear.

Some of us want Jesus, but we also don’t want to let go of something: a relationship, an addiction, a career, you name it. And with Christ, it’s all or nothing.

Then there’s also a simple and completely understandable fear. Many charismatics have given the beautiful and powerful gift of the baptism of God’s Holy Spirit a bad reputation. They run around all out of control when a fruit of the Holy Spirit is actually self-control, they tell people to babble a certain phrase or a certain way, they speak in a tongue with no interpreters, and quite honestly, they look crazed. Some of them might actually even be possessed because of all the chaos, disorder, and confusion, which are in complete contrast to God’s Holy Spirit which is peace, order, and self-control.

When I received the gift of tongues, I was praying quietly by myself to God the Father through Jesus, in a pitch black cabin in Romania with over ten women sleeping all around me. I did not fall to the ground and convulse. I did not scream and get hysterical. I felt a wind inside of me (just as Acts 2:2 describes), and at first, I was fearful. I never felt something so amazing and spiritual, it was brand new to me. And the moment fear crept in, that spirit did not pounce and overtake me, throwing me to the ground. It did the opposite: it started to leave. Christ is gentle, He does not force Himself upon anyone, ever. In fact, I had been praying for the gift of tongues for four months before I received it. God patiently waited until I was ready. So, when His Spirit started leaving me, I rebuked my fear and began telling Jesus, ” Yes, Lord, I say yes to your Spirit, I want Your Spirit, Jesus.” And it came back, quicker, until my body was filled and it consumed my heart. The moment it filled my heart, my tongue truly ” loosened” (again, just as the Bible describes it), and I was speaking in tongues. I was filled with incredible joy, just quietly speaking in tongues. It was the most amazing feeling, a taste of Heaven where in God’s presence there’s fullness of joy. From that day onward, I kept growing and growing and have continued to have an increasing passion and boldness for Jesus Christ.

This gift is given to those who truly forsake their old life and desires, and choose Jesus 100% and ask Him for it.

“So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”-Jesus (Luke 11:9-13)

To my beloved brethren

To my brothers and sisters, saints in Christ Jesus, who have crucified their desires to His cross, and have been sanctified by the power of His Holy Spirit:

I am thankful beyond measure that God has so blessed and graced me with you all. When we fellowship, I experience love that goes far deeper than that of solely blood. You guys are truly family, and when I’m with you, it’s hard to leave. We talk until the late hour about the goodness of our Lord, and I promise I could live with you guys, all of you, under one roof, and not get frustrated by any of you. I love you all so much. You’re an inspiration, a burning light of encouragement that ignites and fuels me to press all the more into the intimate knowledge of our Savior and Lord. I cannot wait, Lord willing He finds me faithful until that day, to spend all eternity with you and our Savior. Your words of truth, words of genuine encouragement and power, always strengthen me. I experience with you all what Paul describes:

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”(Ephesians 4:11-16 ESV)

Thank you for your faithfulness to our King, and for building me up in love. I truly love you guys. Grace be with you always.

I’m A Christian, But Me And Satan Are Homies

“In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you. But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me! For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed! ” (Luke 22:20-22)

Do we not know that when we sin against Christ, we are betraying Him? We are rebelling against His will for our lives. When Satan rebelled against God, he was thrown out of heaven and cast into darkness. He continues to rebel, and his end is eternal destruction. We should not assume that if we likewise continue in sin, in rebellion against God’s will, that we will somehow escape God’s wrath and hell.

“…let us draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:22-31)

I’m speaking to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We have no advantage over the one without Christ if we continue deliberately sinning. Jesus commanded those who desired to follow Him to pick up their cross, deny their self, and follow Him. We must deny our desires if they are contrary to His will. We must obey what He says if we are His disciples.

“When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:10-23 NLT)

So please pray to our Father. He is ready to forgive with fresh mercies each morning. Come to Him, walk into the arms of love, and repent. If you’re not sure if you’re in sin, ask Him to reveal if you are. He is faithful. Then really make it a goal to know His Word which clearly declares His will. Get into the New Testament and read it all the way through, then do it over again and again.

His desire is for your well-being, and sanctification is for our benefit. I love you guys.

The Crazy Stuff God Downloads Into Your Brain

This morning when I asked God to speak to me, these thoughts flooded my mind:

My mercies are fresh every morning.

I never give up on you.

I’m always here for you.

Don’t ever give up on the plans I have for you. Remember they are good, pleasing, and perfect.

Always remain connected to the Vine.

Don’t lose heart.

Remain in Me, remain steadfast and immovable.

Commit your ways to Me, and your plans will be established.

Never cease to pray.

Endure all things.

Believe the best.

Walk in love and mercy, and be truthful.

Let love and good works abound.

Care for your neighbor.

Seek Me diligently.

Hope until the end.

Walk by faith. Walk in the Spirit.

Kill your desires, hold fast to Mine. Remind yourself of them daily.

Keep covering the brethren. Keep loving them.

Pursue peace.

Grow in wisdom and knowledge, and the fear of the Lord.

Renounce evil, stay far away from it.

Never reject wise counsel.

Confess your sins to one another.

Walk in holiness and sanctification.

Mend the broken-hearted.

Strengthen the weary.

Love always.

They’re Punching Jesus Christ In The Face

Who is man that they do not fear God? They are but dust that will pass away as soon as they have come into this world. This lifetime is but a breath, a vapor, and then it ends.

Will one waste their life on foolish deception, or repent and find true life and freedom? Will they remain bound in their sin, dead to good works, or come alive in Christ, refreshed and renewed, thoroughly equipped for every good work? Will they linger on in darkness, stumbling and hurt, or come to the light, that they may find their identities and be healed. Will man stay broken, or will they allow the Mender to give them strength and heal their wounds?

Why should they deny the one that created them, the one that gives them life? He who sees everything sees their deeds, He is not blind to their works, nor is He blind to their thoughts and motives.

His grace abounds on all the earth. His light shines in the darkness. But we turn from His love, and spit on His sacrifice. We mock His holy name and hate His purity. We despise His children and all that is good. We applaud evil, we exalt it, we chant its name.

What has become of man? They do not fear God. And they will die in their sins.

Mr. Holy-Roller, Please Take Your Clothes Off

Do we find any of the twelve apostles of Apostle Paul walking around in glorious apparel, taking homage from the people? Did not even Christ Himself shun and disapprove of this? He walked around poor and lowly, humble, with no beauty that people would desire Him.

Yet we have priests and popes in the Catholic Church, parading around in robes of fine linen with high hats as though they were more holy or special than the rest of us saints.

Does God have favorites? Does not Jesus and the Apostles Paul and James warn about showing preference? They rebuked such exaltation of man! Don’t believe me?

“For there is no partiality with God. “(Romans 2:11)

“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:1-9)

“And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.” (Ephesians 6:9)

Yes I shall speak with all boldness that God looks down on our exaltation of mere men like the pope and the papacy and regards it as sin!

I know that even nondenominational Christians do this. It is something Paul had to correct many of the early churches on:

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:26-31)

“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:1-5)

So please beloved, do not exalt any man. You can honor them by showing them practical love, but do not bow before them–not even angels allowed mortals to bow before them! (Revelation 22:8-9)

And check out what Peter did:

“As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” (Acts 10:25, 26)

May we all repent of this exaltation of man. And may them who embrace this glory repent! Yes, the popes and those in “holy” robes may they tear their clothing and fall down before God and beg Him for mercy for if they don’t, they have received their reward here on earth as Jesus said:

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”(Matthew 6:2-8)

Pope Francis: Preacher of Peace, or the Gospel?

Dear loved ones of the Catholic persuasion, do not be enamored by merely the concept of change. Many preach change, but read the fine print, the details of what that “change” entails.

Pope Francis “referred to St. Paul’s outreach to pagans and other religions, said that the church should include people who feel excluded, and preach peace.”

But dear loved ones, what did our Lord Jesus Himself teach?

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I *did not* come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:34)

This is what Jesus taught us to preach:

“Go into all the world and preach *the gospel* to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”(Mark 16:15, 16)

“And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.”-Acts 10:42

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”-Matthew 4:17

Jesus taught for people to repent, to turn from their sins and follow Him. He did not walk around preaching mere “peace.” He is peace. When you get right with Him by accepting Him as Lord and forsaking your sin you receive peace with God.

Let us just listen well and continue to pray. I do not know pope Francis’ heart, I only know his words. But words do eventually reveal what is in the heart.

Do we seek to please men or God? The gospel truth does polarize. Jesus taught, “He who is not for me is against me.” And in Revelation that He would “vomit from His mouth” lukewarm Christians.

Peace on this earth full of sinners and wicked men is impossible. Heaven on earth will never, ever happen until Jesus returns and rules it Himself with a rod.

Forget peace. Preach the gospel. Salvation is infinitely more important than tranquility without eternal life.

Christian, don’t get caught up in the hype. Anti-Christ will bring temporary “peace” and then he will rule with an iron fist and force the world to worship him.

Don’t seek peace alone. Seek Christ, and in so doing, in Him alone, one will find peace.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28, 29)

This Might Ruffle Some Catholic Feathers

If you are Catholic, I beg you to take the time to read this. Many of the Catholic teachings are not Biblical beliefs followed by first century Christians, but rather, they are man-made doctrines. After Constantine’s more ardent profession of Christianity in 324 AD, there were arguments amongst believers as to doctrines. So, some in the church looked to Emperor Constantine to give his opinion and based on his opinions, cemented certain beliefs. This incorporation of man-made teachings persisted until this very day in the Catholic Church. For instance, the teaching of transubstantiation; The Eucharist becoming the literal body and blood of Christ and is a propitiatory sacrifice for sin which is not a Biblical belief and is in fact quite dangerous to one unfamiliar with the Scriptures. Why? Because the Word is clear that: When he died, he died once to break the power of sin.” (Romans 6:10 NLT)

“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.” (1 Peter 3:18 NLT)

“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:27, 28 NLT)

When the Catholic Church teaches that consuming the Eucharist is a means of receiving forgiveness of sins and that it’s a sacrifice for sins, they are really saying Christ’s death on the cross was not sufficient to cleanse you for all time and that you need to practice a ritual in order to receive forgiveness, rather than what the Bible teaches you need to do to receive forgiveness which is repent (turn away from your sins). What this ritual does is make it ok to keep sinning, because all you have to do is eat the Eucharist and you’ll be forgiven. This is false doctrine and very dangerous. God does not care for religious sacrifice:

“You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalms 51:16, 17)

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1, 2)

“So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” (Colossians 2:16-23)

This ritual of consuming the Eucharist does not grant forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ sacrifice has granted forgiveness for all time. Now, because of His sacrifice on the cross, you simply need to come to God with a desire to change, and just ask Him for forgiveness on account of His Son:

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9)

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

You will not find a single verse in the entire Bible that says the Eucharist (you actually won’t even find that word) is a sacrifice for sins. This is the only thing Jesus taught regarding His supper:

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. (Luke 22:19, 20)

He taught that it was simply an act of remembrance and that it represents the new covenant, confirmed by Jesus’ blood, which had yet to be spilled as a sacrifice. So it was not His blood, but a representation of what was to shortly happen.

The Apostle Paul affirms this teaching of the Lord’s supper being an act of remembrance in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:

For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.”

Did the Apostle Paul say it was a sacrifice? No. He said it was to be done as a remembrance and an announcement of the Lord’s death. That is all.

The Catholic Church tends to take the focus off Jesus, and distract its followers with many others: saints, the mother Mary, angels, Jesus’ brothers, and the popes, and the main focus of their mass is the Eucharist which you now see is a false teaching. The focus is not what God desires it to be, Christ and His Word:

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

“Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “ All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:5-9)

“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” (Psalms 138:2)

“Then he [Jesus] said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”(Revelation 22:6-10, 18, 19)

So many of the Catholic doctrines add to Christ’s sacrifice (Purgatory, indulgences) and are completely unbiblical. Why do you think they only read small bits of usually the same Scriptures week in and week out? Because those who read the Bible will discover many of the Catholic teachings simply are not backed by the inspired Word of God.

These teachings enslave the poor soul unfamiliar with Christ’s teachings and the early fathers of the faith as recorded in the New Testament. They continue to demean Christ’s sacrifice, causing Catholics to have to work for a more perfect forgiveness as though Christ’s brutal death and precious blood was not enough. The Bible completely annuls every Catholic doctrine of sacrifice in this single passage:

The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer. You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God— as is written about me in the Scriptures.’” First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says, “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord : I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. (Hebrews 10:1-18)

So please, if you are Catholic, study the Bible for yourself to see if you can find their teachings. Do not have a priest go over the Scriptures with you, for the Word teaches us:

“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” (1 John 2:27)

Pray and ask Christ Himself by His Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth:

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.” (John 14:16, 17)

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’”(John 16:13-15)