Catholic Jesus And The Jesus Of The Bible
By David Cloud
We often hear from ecumenical circles that everyone who "loves Jesus" needs to get together. One problem with this is the Bible's warnings that there are false Christs.
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive ANOTHER SPIRIT, which ye have not received, or ANOTHER GOSPEL, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him" (2 Corinthians 11:3,4).
Paul was concerned for the church at Corinth because it was carnal and the believers were weak. They were careless about false doctrine. They gave audience to false teachers instead of rejecting them.
This, at best, is the condition of the ecumenical crowd today. The Roman Catholic Church worships Jesus, but it is not the Jesus of the Bible. The Catholic Jesus is the wafer Jesus which is sacrificed repeatedly on Roman altars.
In an edition of charismatic Catholic magazine New Evangelization 2000, a clear testimony of Roman heresy was given. Consider the following carefully:
"Last year I spent a week at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Birmingham, Alabama, home of Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network. Early one morning, a voice over the loudspeaker announced: `Mother asks everyone to leave the chapel immediately.' Outside, Mother Angelica explained that a possible gas leak had been discovered in the building. As Mother talked she kept looking toward the chapel, finally inquiring, `Where is Jesus? Where is Jesus?'
"Soon two sisters emerged from the chapel smiling, one carrying the Blessed Sacrament. `We've got him, Mother!' she cried. `Don't worry!" (Keith Fournier, New Evangelization 2000, Issue 8, page 7; Fournier is Dean of Evangelization at the Catholic Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio)
In addition, one of the photos accompanying the article quoted here shows a priest placing a wafer on the lips of a woman and has the caption:
"Jesus is in my heart, on my mind and on my lips."
Note that the "Jesus" spoken of in this article is a wafer used in the Catholic mass. This is the "Jesus" of Mother Angelica. This is the "Jesus" of the Franciscan University of Steubenville. This is the "Jesus" of the Catholic Church. It is a false Jesus, to say the least. Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, is not a piece of bread! He is not created by the prayers of a Roman priest. He is not so weak that He must be rescued from a burning building. His sacrifice was made once for all and cannot be repeated.
Beware of Catholicism with its false Christ, its false gospel, and its false spirit. And don't be fooled by the biblical terms and evangelization programs being promoted by some Catholic groups. Catholicism knows nothing about the true Gospel and Bible evangelism.
[From "Digging in the Walls," O Timothy magazine, Volume 12, Issue 11, 1995. Editor, David W. Cloud. O Timothy is a monthly magazine which is available by subscription from Way of Life Literature, 1219 N. Harns Road, Oak Harbor, Washington 98277. Subscription price is $20.]
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