Did you know that you can go directly to the Lord Jesus Christ to be forgiven of YOUR own sins? Did YOU know that the Jewish people came against Jesus Christ because they did NOT believe that he had the power to forgive sins? The religious Jews knew that ONLY God could forgive sins, but they did not (and still do not) believe that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh! In the following passage of scripture, the Lord FORGAVE a man of his sins, and AFTER the religious Jews objected the Lord Jesus completely HEALED a paralyzed man, just to PROVE to them that he had the power to do both! You just have to LOVE the person we know as Jesus Christ!
“And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” Mark 2:1-12
Any person including ALL Roman Catholics can go directly to the Lord for the forgiveness of sins, and more importantly for salvation. They do not have to go through “Mother Mary” or “Mother Church” or to their local priest whom they call “Father” to get to Jesus either. I was taught those atrocious LIES when I was in the Roman Catholic church, but then I got SAVED, and all of that stuff was put behind me. I thank God for the Word of God (the scriptures), and the truth that made me free! Roman Catholic I encourage YOU to leave the Roman Catholic system TODAY, and do not put it off any longer! You are not promised tomorrow!
“I have given them thy WORD; and the world hath HATED THEM, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy TRUTH: thy WORD is TRUTH. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the TRUTH. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through THEIR word;” John 17:14-20
“And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you FREE.” John 8:32
“If the Son therefore shall make you FREE, ye shall be FREE indeed.” John 8:36
Did you know that YOUR sins can be forgiven by Jesus Christ? I am talking about TRUE salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know, because I am a former Roman Catholic who would go into the Confessional booth, to confess my sins to a Roman Catholic priest. I confessed my sins, but my sins were NEVER forgiven by GOD, because the Catholic priest did NOT have the POWER to forgive my sins! I did not realize it at the time, but I was merely confessing my sins to another sinner, who was in dire need of salvation in Jesus Christ himself. My heart sinks when I think about the multitudes of deceived Roman Catholic priests who have died in their sins and gone on to an eternity in Hell. Not to mention the countless millions over the centuries who have been deceived by them.
There was a man by the name of Bob Bush, who was a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest for 21 years, but then he got SAVED, and completely LEFT the Roman Catholic church. After Pastor Bob Bush got saved he became a true evangelist for the Lord Jesus Christ, and he had his own radio program called “His Truth Is Marching On” on KGDP radio in Oakdale CA. I had the privilege of being a guest on his program many times in 2005, and Pastor Bob spoke often about his experiences within the Roman Catholic system. I can remember Pastor Bob talking about how he recoiled at the thought of “absolving” people of their sins in the confessional booth. He quoted the words “I absolve thee . . .” and then he went OOOOOOH, when he recalled how he would speak those words to the Catholic people. It was abundantly clear that Pastor Bob Bush had a TRUE Biblical conversion, when he realized that he NEVER had the power to absolve anybody of their sins. Pastor Bob (ex-Jesuit Catholic Priest) was awakened to the truth that ONLY God can truly forgive a person of their sins!
It was such a joy to listen to Pastor Bob Bush (ex-Jesuit Catholic Priest) as he testified how he got saved, and how he even left the Roman Catholic church, and he died in 2011. One of the most beautiful things is how the Lord saved Pastor Bob’s parents who were in their eighties. Pastor Bob was about to formally LEAVE the Roman Catholic Church and he wanted to tell his parents. Here is an excerpt from his own testimony:
I began to see that Roman Catholic dogmas which contradict Scripture are so rooted that they cannot be changed. The Catholic charismatic movement today has gone back to these fundamental dogmas and doctrines of Rome. It maintains and holds onto these, and so that whole movement has been totally undermined. The Catholic charismatic movement is not a fresh breath of air blowing through the church, changing everything by moving it back to the Bible. Everything cannot get back to the Bible because the Catholic Church will not let it go back that far.
The Catholic Church is not going to let go of the Mass and let it be a memorial as Jesus said. It will always insist that the Mass is an ongoing continuation of the sacrifice of Jesus. The Catholic Church will not let go of the dogma that little babies are reborn and receive eternal life at baptism, even though infant baptism was not practiced in the early church. It did not begin until the third century, and it was not universally practised until the fifth century. The Catholic Church is not going to let go of or of all the other requirements that are put upon their people. Now I sincerely do love Catholics and want to help them. I want to help them find the freedom of salvation and the life and blessing that comes from following the Scriptures. And I have nothing against any Catholic or any priest; it is the dogmas and doctrines that keep them bound. God Himself wants to loose them.
In Chapter Seven of Mark, Jesus said, ”For laying aside the commandments of God, ye hold the tradition of men….” That is the problem we are facing right here. These traditions destroy the very Word of God because they contradict its truths. When I left India and came home, I knew that I was facing the biggest change of my life. It was a time of great distress for me because I had really totally believed in the Roman Catholic Church and had served it for so much of my life. I knew when I came back I was going to have to leave the Church of Rome. I am a free man because His truth has set me free. I no longer walk with one foot in the Bible and one in tradition. I walk based on the absolute authority of His written Word. I follow the Scripture as the sole source of authority for revealed truth. Jesus said, ”Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).
At that time, I was experiencing a great deal of suffering. I came home to my parents, both of whom were over eighty, and one night we had a serious conversation. I told them what I was going to do; I told them that I was saved by God’s grace and I was going to leave the Catholic Church for doctrinal reasons. There was a big pause and my father said, speaking very slowly, ”Bob, you know, both your mother and I have been thinking the same thing.” They went to one more Mass and came home and said, ”Do you know that is an altar in front of the church? An altar is a place of sacrifice.” And he said, ”I see clearly now there is no more sacrifice.” Both my mother and father began reading the Bible and following it. In 1989 my mother died reading the Word of God and with the peace and assurance that she had everlasting life and was going to go to be with the Lord forever. On June 6, 1992, God gave me the greatest gift God can give a person besides salvation, my beautiful wife, Joan. My dad passed away in 1993 with a prayer on his lips for those he left behind. He had written his own testimony to the grace of God, and while quite old had witnessed to others even in the retirement home.
Is it not amazing that a former Roman Catholic Jesuit priest spoke with such passion about the false teachings of the Roman Catholic system? I remember Pastor Bob Bush telling me on one of the radio broadcasts, how he excelled in theology while he was still in that system. The bottom line is that the Lord SAVED him, and told him to preach the gospel, and he spoke out clearly against the Roman Catholic church. Compare that to the modern day compromisers such as Billy and Franklin Graham, Luis Palau, James Robison, Pat Robertson and many others who speak well of Rome and her Popes. James Robison believes that the unity with the Roman Catholic church, is the unity that Jesus prayed for. Sorry but the Lord does not call his people to join in unity with a system that preaches a FALSE gospel! This FALSE UNITY with ROME, is nothing more than the “mystery of iniquity” that the Bible talks about folks, but few are willing to take heed to God’s Word!
You have read about the conversion of a Roman Catholic priest, and how he came out of deception. I encourage you to skip the confessional booth, and go directly to the Lord for TRUE salvation, and TRUE forgiveness of your sins. You heard it straight from a former Roman Catholic Jesuit priest, who became a true “missionary of mercy” and “ambassador for Jesus Christ”, AFTER he got SAVED, and left the Roman Catholic system
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Did you know that ALL true Christians are true “ambassadors for Christ” and therefore they are already “missionaries of Mercy” to whomever they preach the gospel! You may be a woman who has had an abortion, but AFTER you are truly SAVED in the sight of the Lord, you will INSTANTLY become an “ambassador for Christ.” You will become as much an “ambassador for Christ” as the former Jesuit priest Bob Bush, and any other Christian for that matter, including the apostle Paul! Once again I encourage you to skip the confessional booth, if you are a Roman Catholic, and go directly to the Lord to be forgiven of your sins, and to receive everlasting LIFE in JESUS CHRIST!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:16-21