Why I’m Not Catholic

The following critique of Roman Catholicism appears in Tim Finley’s book; JESUS CHRIST Is the EASY and ONLY Way to HEAVEN, Chapter 32, pages 264-267. Chapter 32 – Why I am not Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, etc. is a summary of major world religions that reject orthodox (Bible believing) Christianity by implanting manmade tenets and beliefs into orthodox Christianity, a faith made perfect by the finished work of the Savior Jesus Christ. ALSO, PLEASE VIEW THE VIDEO TITLED: CATHOLICISM CRISIS of FAITH.


Why I am not a Roman Catholic

By Tim Finley

This lecture may help many folks trim their diseased family trees by teaching Biblical truth rather than flawed family tradition. I may make you mad, but as a Christian evangelist I must teach the truth as taught by Jesus. The following passage proclaims that Jesus rejects those who become complacent, self-satisfied, and blind…

Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.” John 9:39-41

Most people’s beliefs are inherited from their family, right or wrong. Many people’s perception of what is right exists simply because that is what they were told to believe. There are many moral people in the world who you may believe deserve eternity in Heaven, but who won’t make it because they followed incorrect teachings by refusing or not bothering to seek the truth.

Jesus divides families

Although faith in Jesus Christ provides Christians with peace on Earth and eternal life in Heaven, one’s faith may cause strains on friendships and within families. However, Jesus is very bold, stating that we must choose him.

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.

‘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.

            Your enemies will be right in your own household!’

If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.’”  Matthew 10:34-39, Jesus’ words

The term catholic generally means “universal.” When capitalized, it refers to the Catholic Church, a term first used in the early second century to describe the collective Christian Church. Catholicism is a broad term and applicable to several theologies and doctrines, but is generally used when referring to the Roman Catholic Church. When I use Catholic in this discussion, I am referring to the Roman Catholic Church or a member of that Church.

Just as with most Jews, most Catholics have told me there was little or no room for family discussions during their adolescence regarding any religions other than Catholicism. If there was discussion, it was only to stress that Catholicism was the only true religion. Teachings were also hard and fast with absolutely no allowance for academic discourse. Many Catholics egotistically refer to themselves as “Cradle Catholics,” which is ignorantly admitting they were forced to believe what their parents believed. Some believe they actually have Catholic DNA.

The Catholic Church was established at a time in history when people needed extreme leadership, as there were no Bibles or modern means of communication. People did not have the opportunity of choice. Christianity was a new religion and the Catholic Church became the most powerful until the time of the Reformation, which is discussed in another portion of this book.

I really respect the devotion that dedicated Catholics demonstrate to their institution. A devoted Catholic usually attends Mass regularly, respects the Catholic hierarchy, remains monogamous, does not participate in the murder of unborn children, is charitable, and tithes. I seriously considered joining the Catholic Church shortly following my acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior because of the many admirable traits of its members.

I spent a lot of time studying what the Catholic Church teaches, which I compared to what the Bible teaches. I discovered there were too many inconsistencies, especially regarding how to get to Heaven. I had become a Christian because it seemed like a very uncomplicated plan that God had established after Jewish laws failed. However, Catholicism was as complicated as Judaism. Thankfully, I declined.

The Catholic Church also presented me with books other than the Holy Bible, which they instructed me to read, understand, and adhere to the teachings. I was told that although the Catholic Church reveres the Holy Bible as the Word of God, the church has also adopted the catechism, sacred tradition and the magisterium as additional authorities.

WARNING: Beware of any religion that claims to be of the Christian faith if they have a book, or books, that must accompany the Bible to defend their beliefs. The New and Old Testaments are all that are needed.

Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.  Galatians 1:8

Apostolic succession

Apostolic succession is one of the pillars that the Catholic Church uses to claim they were the first and true Christian Church. They argue that the line of popes can be traced directly to the Apostle Peter, and that Peter was appointed by Jesus as the rock upon which the Christian Church would be built. However, Jesus was the rock upon which the Church was to be built.

Apostolic succession claims those individuals in the succession have inherited spiritual, ecclesiastical, and sacramental power and authorities bestowed to them by the apostles, who received their authority from Jesus Christ.

Contrary to what Catholics are taught, the papal office did not originate with Peter. The Bishop of Lyons (178-200) provided a list of the first 12 bishops of Rome, and Linus was the first. Peter’s name does not appear. Paul, in writing to the Romans, greets many people by their names, but not Peter.

While discussing apostolic succession and the probability that it is a false belief, I must also inform you that there are other faiths that claim this succession – including the Eastern Orthodox Church, some Anglicans, and some Lutherans.

Most Protestants reject any succession of power based upon the fact that nowhere in Scripture did Jesus, neither the apostles, nor any other New Testament writer communicate any form of apostolic succession. In addition, nowhere in Scripture is Peter characterized as supreme over other apostles. Furthermore, nowhere are any of the 12 apostles documented as passing their Spiritual gifts and authority to anyone. Most Protestants stand firm that the authority of God is passed through the Holy Scriptures.

A trail of blood

Christian Rome has blood on its hands from the slaughtering of both Christians and Jews. In addition to those victims of the inquisition, the Huguenots, Albigenses, Waldenses, and other Christians were massacred, tortured, and burned at the stake by the hundreds of thousands, simply because they refused to align themselves with the Roman Catholic Church and its corruption and heretical dogmatic practices.

The victims of Roman Catholic torture were those Christians who attempted to follow the teachings of Christ and the apostles, independent of Rome – and for that crime they were imprisoned, tortured, and murdered. These horrendous acts were carried on for centuries in the name of Christ by the command of those who claimed to be the vicars of Christ. Although the Catholic Church has done much good, it also has left a trail of blood.

Vatican II

Vatican II was the Catholic Reformation instituted in 1965 by Pope John XXIII. Catholics can now eat meat on Friday, mass is given in English, nuns can choose their form of attire, and many other changes have taken place. Although Vatican II was a huge turning point for the Catholic Church, it was too little, too late. The ceaseless councils, committees, and subcommittees left some dazzled, but Catholics are still leaving the Church in droves.

The opulence and pomp displayed by the cardinals who attended Vatican II was disgusting. They arrived in very impressive black limousines whose license plates were engraved with the letters SCV (which stands for Stato della Citta del Vaticano and simply means “Vatican City State”). The rustling silk costumes of these powerful worldly leaders set them apart from their bodyguards and the common onlookers. The glorification of the church’s hierarchy definitely was not in sync with the style of Jesus, who rode into town on a donkey. His crown was made of thorns.

In an interview one nun said, “While I resent the hierarchy, I guess I came to think that, that isn’t the church anyway. The real church exists in coming home after a fourteen-hour day, dragging your feet, coming in with a smile, and saying to a sister, ‘Did you save me anything for supper?’ That’s the real church. The real church is helping the recovering alcoholic who had a slip. That’s the real church. The real church is when you sneak some food out of the convent for some man standing there, who is on the run. You ask no questions. That’s the real church.”

Although the Catholic Church has done, and continues to do, many wonderful acts of benevolence worldwide, and although it has instilled Christian morality in millions, the Catholic Church must make major changes or it will cease to exist. Perhaps it is time for Vatican III.

7 Thoughts on “Why I’m Not Catholic

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  2. Thanks for your investment and how you’ve brought clarity to the Truth.

    • Thank you, Rick. It has cost me a few friends, but I would rather lose friends for being truthful in the name of Jesus, than to stand in front of him someday shameful for being a coward. Furthermore, perhaps our ministry will save lost souls. Tim

  3. Peter Julian on May 11, 2014 at 9:19 am said:

    Hello Tim, and all who are against the Catholic Church.
    Where did you get the teaching that the Bible is the ONLY source of truth?
    Nowhere in Christian history is that seen. That is the fundamental flaw of Protestantism and all break-aways of it. Ask yourself: why is the church community you are currently in a break-off from another church? Why are there so many different Protestant groups claiming correct interpretation of the Bible? Why do you think the Bible-believing church beside your own is mistaken? This kind of discord is not of the Spirit. The Spirit teaches unity — the fullness of this unity of which is only found in the Catholic Church. Study Christian History. Study the Church Fathers and the ones who came before us. All point to the truth of the Church Jesus Himself founded on earth — the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. God Bless.

    • Tim Finley on May 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm said:

      Hello Peter,

      FYI, I am not a Protestant. I am an orthodox, Bible-believing, born again Christian, who received the free gift of eternal life in 1980, at the age of 34, when I made the mature, well-thought-out decision to accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior. This is what we Christians refer to as being born again. My parents did not brainwash me from the cradle what I must believe as is the case with most world religions. Born again Christians are those who make mature individual decisions and commitments to rely on Jesus’ finished work as their only means of receiving eternal life. We receive that eternal life at the moment we make the mental or verbal proclamation.

      When we Christians are born again we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who is our personal counselor, connecting us directly to Jesus. Because I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I do not need an intermediary to God (Jesus incarnate) such as a priest, bishop, cardinal, Pope, or a dead person. I pray directly to Jesus and not to dead people.

      Fortunately I was raised in a pagan home, so my beliefs are based on unbiased years of exhaustive examination, study and prayer – not on what my parents dictated I must believe, which is usually the case with Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.

      I have no desire to debate someone who was ordered what to believe from the time they were born. I am a teacher and not a debater, but I will briefly answer your questions. If you want to debate I suggest you go elsewhere. My purpose is to lift up the Lord Jesus, teaching folks about his finished work, and the free gift of eternal life by faith alone. I am not defending a denomination or religion that is based on the tradition of men. Quite the opposite.

      I am an advocate of Sola Scriptura because I have made that choice, realizing that Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, etc. will not agree with me. I do not use Sola Scriptura as a weapon against others because I think it is irrelevant. What is relevant are the accounts of Jesus’ from Genesis through Revelation in both the Old and New Testaments, which bring us the Good News that we may know him personally via his Spirit. My personal connection to Jesus are his inspired Scriptures, which consist of 30,000 verses, plus the Holy Spirit who lives in me. The 30,000 Holy Spirit inspired all-inclusive verses are sufficient for me, as I am counseled in their meaning by the Holy Spirit.

      In my opinion, the Holy Scriptures are the only authority for the Christian faith. Traditions are valid only when they are based on Scripture and are in full agreement with Scripture. Traditions that contradict the Bible are not of God and are not a valid aspect of the Christian faith. Sola Scriptura is the only way to avoid subjectivity and keep personal opinion from taking priority over the teachings of the Bible. If your desire is to revere Catholic books other than the Bible, the Koran, tarot cards, or anything else – be my guest.

      Before becoming an orthodox, Bible-believing, born again Christian, I was married to a Catholic woman. To please my new wife I considered joining the Catholic Church, which presented me with books other that the Holy Bible. They instructed me to read these books and they ordered me to adhere to their teachings. I was told by a priest that the Catholic Church has adopted the catechism, sacred tradition and the magisterium as additional authorities. I was very uncomfortable with the unbiblical traditions of a hierarchy purported to be untrustworthy by much of the world. Upon further investigation, I was warned by learned theologians to beware of any religion, which claims to be of the Christian faith if they have a book, or books that must accompany the Bible to defend their beliefs. I took their advice.

      The Catholic Church was built on sand, evidenced by its recent erosion, and the new Pope doing his best to shore-up the floodwall as Catholics are drowning in dogma and lies that add to what Jesus already accomplished. Those who defend Catholicism are similar to those who may have tried to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic as it was sinking. Catholicism is sinking because educated Catholics refuse to accept the dictatorship of the Vatican, which has been loaded with villains for centuries. Apostolic succession has been proved bogus, based on the fact that many of those supposed successors were evil self-serving offenders. Christ’s Church is about him – not mortals.

      I suggest you take your eyes off the Vatican and focus on Jesus (the only Catholic lifeboat) and his Written Word, but only after you have been born again. If you have not been born again, you will not understand Sola Scriptura.

      Most Protestant denominations, orthodox Christians, and former Catholics are unanimous in rejecting the papacy, the supremacy of Rome, prayer to saints/Mary, worship of saints/Mary, transubstantiation, purgatory, and most other Roman Catholic dogmas.

      Speaking of “discord of the Spirit.” Come on Peter, there are just as many differences within Catholic groups as there are in non-Catholic groups, so do not use that to defend Catholicism. You said there is only unity in the Catholic Church. Were you joking? The original Christian Church founders (Apostles) also had differences of opinion, just as do Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. Historically, the Catholic Church has been one of the most dysfunctional and corrupt organizations in the world because it has fleeced its sheep.

      The most important difference between Catholicism and orthodox Christianity is that Catholics spend their lives trying to reach up to God, while orthodox born again Christians accept the truth that God has reached down to us in the person of Jesus.

      God bless you,

      Tim Finley

  4. While this is a good start, I think it bears discussing more of the biblical points that draw people away from Catholicism. Please, if you can, address the matters of transubstantiation, papal infallibility, Marian doctrine, infant baptism, and prayer to the saints. These reasons are why I am no longer Catholic.

    • Congratulations for “pruning what was probably your family tree.” That necessitates intelligence, education, and courage. We have been so busy bringing Tim’s next book WILL GAYS GO TO HEAVEN? to market that we have not had time to address the catholic topics you suggested. It is our prayer that our website and books will be the catalyst to remove the scales from the eyes of those who have been blinded by lies.

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