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Catholics Come Home PT-1

                       Catholics Come Home (PT-1)  
      I recently came across an ad in the newspaper that said, " Holy Cross Parish in Kaukauna uses blog to spread faith, gospel." Checking out this article led me to their ad which said, "Catholics come home." It brought back memories of when I went to a session (a few of them actually) back in the late nineties at a different Fox Valley church.. At that time when I was asked why I was there, I simply answered that I'd be more than willing to go back if the Catholic Church was as their claims state. In that article back in the nineties, it basically said something about coming back home to the Catholic Church. I was honest in telling them back then that if they were any different, than when I had left their Church, that I wanted to see that for myself. As usual, it was very clear back at that time, and even more clear today, that the deceptions continue to get worse and worse in their church as I will illustrate over the next few months.
     In opening the website that the article led me to, their statement began by telling us, "We come together to  worship God , learn about God, and serve God in each other. Through these activities we become one. This is  called the Mystical Body of Christ ."  As you can see, it clearly states that they desire to worship, learn about, and serve God, but in practice I want to show that this is not the case. As many of their claims reveal, the Catholic Church often uses  the words, the language that are right, but in truth, they simply stick to their ideas and traditions that go against the word of God .
      From the information supplied in the Post Crescent article, we see that the website goes on to say, "We are called to be disciples of Jesus , and he will confront each of us with that ultimate question, 'Who do people say that I am?' The way we answer that question will determine how we live our lives and how we will come together as a Parish." Now the problem isn't with the question itself, but rather the fact that they imply at the beginning that Catholics are disciples of the Lord. Let's check to see if that is  true. Scriptures tell us that there is only one way, one path to salvation. (see Matthew 7:13, 14 and John 14:6)  The Catholic Church believes and teaches one becomes a follower when he or she gets baptized. The Bible does tell us we should be baptized, that's true, but like everything that is done by a believer, what they do is done as a reflection of their believing hearts. Now think for a moment, how does an infant believe in anything? The Bible clearly shows that it isn't what we do that saves us, it's what Jesus did at Calvary that saves us. This is found in Ephesians 2:8 + 9 that is then followed by verse 10. (Eph. 2:8, 9, 10 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God , not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them.) Notice how it says not by what we do lest we boast, that it is a gift, and how verse 10 says for things not by or  because of them? Titus 3:5 also says, "not by works of righteousness that we have done." The Bible always has people believing first which is where the salvation part rests as John 3:16 - 18 shows. Therefore, the idea comes in conflict with Scriptures by a non-believer thinking that they are a believer simply because they got baptized. Oh, they are correct in stating about how we answer that original statement shows up in how we live our lives, in that, "Once we accept Jesus as the Christ, our lives must change." So I ask which one is walking as the Lord's word teaches, the one who gets baptized to get saved, or the one because they are saved, gets baptized? 
     I also want to point out a few other discrepancies. That website that we were visiting said, "We are no longer our own. We have been purchased at a great price by the Blood of Jesus  Christ , who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As members of the Holy Cross Parish , it is our special devotion to take up our Cross and follow Him." It is very accurate in the first part when it says that we  must accept the Lord and change our lives, but then the deception begins where it says "we have been purchased at a great price by the blood of Jesus Christ." Don't misunderstand me as this statement is very true, but then if that's the truth, why does the evidence show that they do not believe in this way, but in a whole different system? One only needs to compare what the Bible say with their teachings to see that someone's beliefs are or aren't as Jesus meant them to be. For instance, the next paragraph says, "I invite you to browse our site and come to know our community a little more.  More importantly, I invite you to join our community in worship every day at Mass. I am excited about our parish and I want everyone to experience that joy. In that way Holy Cross Parish can be seen as the soul of Kaukauna." The Mass ? Is that how God wants to be shown how much we love and adore Him? They claim things like that the mass is the same as what He did at Calvary. They claim that Jesus is actually present in the host for another example. Are those the "truths" that the Catholic Church wants us to experience? I quote from their catechism, "# 1382 -   The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord's body and blood." Or is it the many other traditions that their own catechism allows such  as that one praying to Mary, believing in sacramentalism and a fictitious place called Purgatory? These are the very things in which as they said how the " way we answer that question will determine how we live our lives."  but those very traditions actually go against Sriptures. These practices certainly do show a different story than their claims state about being a fellow Christian Church .
      I could continue, but I know that by now you get my point, which is simply for individuals that believe in any way but what Jesus did at Calvary for the salvation of their souls better get serious and get to know for themselves what His Word tells us. Jesus made the statement of  how many are "mistaken, not knowing Scriptures." (Matthew 22:29 ) Don't just assume that you were raised up correctly, and get to a Bible preaching and teaching Church. Timothy tells us and actually warns us about the last days' deceptions. Just as the  invitation given above suggests, I will continue to browze around their website and write more on this topic with part two next month in the "Catholics come home" idea.