1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear
What you will find with Catholics, both young and old, is the utter void in being able to express in any way the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is a snippet of a recent conversation I had with a Catholic and is quite typical as to what you will hear.
Catholic: “The Good News needs to be proclaimed, not turned into a quiz.”
Me: Can you please share with me the Good News?
Catholic: You tell me
Me: I see you said “Good News”, I asked you what is that Good News
Catholic: I know what it is, so do you I think.
Me: So what is that Good News? I want to make sure I am sharing the right one.
Catholic: We read the Gospel at every mass.
Me: So what is the Good News?
Catholic: Dude, I don’t owe you anything.
Me: The Gospel is not read, it is lived by every Christian because the Good News is the power unto salvation. So what is this Good News?
Catholic: You are being hateful.
Yes, this is how it always generally goes. This particular Catholic by her admission has been in the RCC for over 3 decades, yet could not share this Good News. It speaks to evidence that this cannot be a Christian church, nor a church a Jesus is building.
A Catholic can recite all their favorite talking points on the RCC, these are memorized, they know them quite well. “We gave the world the Bible”, “Our church was founded by Jesus 2,000 years ago”, and so on. They can also in a second tell you all the great things they know about Mary, and their personal witness in Mary. However, when pressed on the VERY ESSENCE of Christianity, which is the Gospel? They go silent, they resist, they behave like a criminal trying to hide a crime.
This blindness does not discriminate in the RCC. I can ask a Catholic 8-9 decades in the RCC, never missed a Mass, yet they would have a very similar dialogue with me as shown above in regards to the Gospel.
For the record? I too was this blind Catholic for 4 decades. I could not have shared the Gospel with you if my life depended on it. It was NOT until I was born again, and repented of Catholicism, that God enabled and enlightened me to His Good News.
The Good News in a nutshell?
We are born fallen sinners, enemies of God in every way. Our sins have separated us from God for an eternity. In His infinite love, grace, and mercy, God sent His Perfect Son, Jesus Christ, who left His throne to be born from a virgin, and then to march to a lonely Cross where He was beaten, tortured, suffered, and then died on our behalf. By His death, this completed perfect work, He atoned for every single sin of those who have placed their faith alone in Him. He bridged the eternal gap between man and God by this redemption. He rose three days later from death, and by this those who have been redeemed shall TOO rise again to eternal life! Jesus conquered sin and death! The Good News is, that Jesus Christ unconditionally REDEEMED every sinner who has simply place their whole faith and trust alone in Him. His perfect righteousness has become your righteousness by grace through faith! The Good News is that those IN Christ shall never die, they shall live eternally with Him! And more Good News? God never breaks a promise! Take it to the bank, if you have been saved, there is 110 percent complete assurance in the person and work of Jesus Christ! Good News!
What is preventing you from believing this Good News? What is preventing you from sharing this Good News? Rid yourself of it, repent of the thing preventing you, remove the roadblock once and for all! Catholics, who have been stirred, it is time to LEAVE THE RCC!