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 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 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.