Monday, February 7, 2011

“I Like Everything You Said, But….”

I had just finished open air preaching, when a sincere Christian approached me, said that she really loved what she had heard, but disagreed with one thing I had said. A young man had heckled me while I was speaking, and said that he didn’t like Christianity. This was because he had been brought up a Catholic, and said that he left after 18 years. I replied that I wouldn’t have waited for 18 years, and that I would leave any institution that was filled with pedophiles.

According to the young lady, I was turning people away from the truth by saying such a thing. I reminded her that Jesus continually railed against religious hypocrisy, and if anything was hypocritical it was professed men of God, molesting children and not being prosecuted or even reprimanded for doing so.

In recent years in the U.S. there have been more than 10,000 allegations of pedophilia among Catholic priests. Of these, 6,700 were investigated, and 1,872 priests were found guilty of molesting children. Thousands more cases were not investigated because those who were accused of pedophilia had died. Many other cases were reported in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia. So I hadn’t said anything anti-Catholic. I was simply stating a commonly known fact, and saying that I would have left earlier than my anti-Christian heckler.

When my sincere Christian critic argued that pedophiles were in the entire Church, not just in the Catholic church, I pointed out that she was saying what I was saying, but in a broader sense. Amazingly, she agreed with my point, and conceded the argument.

Most people believe that Roman Catholicism is “Christian,” and you can’t blame them. Every Christmas and Easter the secular media parade the pope as being the leader of the Christian Church. But ask a Catholic if he’s a Christian, and many will answer “No, I’m a Catholic.” They see the difference, and those who know the way of salvation and what the Catholic church teaches, also know the difference.​

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda, noted in his diary in 1939: "The Fuehrer is deeply religious, but deeply anti-Christian. He regards Christianity as a symptom of decay. Rightly so. It is a branch of the Jewish race." Hitler told General Gerhart Engel: "I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so." Those who don’t see the difference between Catholic and Christian, say that Adolf Hitler was a Christian. Those who know their Bibles, know better.