One theme has run throughout each chapter of this book. It is the major difference between Catholicism and true Christianity:
You may have noticed that every doctrine of Catholicism brings members into bondage to the Catholic church. You need the church to be saved. You need the church to receive forgiveness for your sins. You need the church for everything!
By design, you are in bondage to the Catholic church from shortly after birth at baptism until the moment of your death when you receive the Last Rites.
But the Bible declares that Jesus died to set you free from that bondage:
Christ sets people free. Religion brings them into bondage:
Don't be deceived! Religion promises liberty, but always delivers bondage:
God's Word urges true Christians to stand fast in the liberty that only Christ can provide:
The Apostle Paul knew about this liberty, and warned fellow Christians not to misuse it:
God doesn't want you toiling in bondage to a religion. He wants you to enjoy real liberty:
Set the Captives Free
As a former Roman Catholic, I know what this bondage is all about. Throughout my youth, I was taught Catholic rules and regulations, and I lived in fear of what would happen if I didn' t obey them.
One of the greatest joys I experienced when I asked Jesus into my heart was the liberty I found in Christ. The chains of bondage were broken off. Its power over me was lifted and I was set free.
Which will it be for you?
You can be delivered from the bondage of the Catholic church, and experience this same liberty. Jesus already did the work to set you free:
Paul discusses the same subject again:
Love or Hate?
Paul follows these remarks with this statement:
In closing, I ask you the same question. Am I your enemy because I have told you the truth? Some will certainly suggest that I am against Catholics. I am not!
On the contrary, I have presented here the one and only message that can spare Catholics (and all people) from an eternity in the lake of fire. That's not hate, that's love.
I want all Catholics to receive the gift of eternal life. I want you to be set free from a religion that enslaves you. That's not hate, that's love.
I want you to experience the joy and peace that only Jesus Christ can give. That's not being an enemy... that's being a friend.
Your Real Enemy
You do have an enemy, though. His name is Satan. He hates you and wants you to burn in hell forever:
The devil knows that to devour you he must keep you from obeying God's Word.
Here's his plan:
First, he creates a religion, complete with all the religious trappings to make it appear authentic.
Next, he formulates unbiblical doctrines that members must perform. People become so busy obeying these rules they never find Christ.
Another earmark of Satan's religions is the denigrating of Jesus Christ. The devil hates Jesus and knows that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). Therefore, Satan will do everything He can to keep people's eyes off Christ.
Unfortunately, this plan has been working for centuries. Don't underestimate Satan. He is a master deceiver. (See Revelation 12:9.)
Please don't let the devil deceive you any longer. He is your real enemy and he is using a religion to keep you away from Jesus Christ. Please don't let him keep you away any longer.
Turn to Jesus today. He is waiting to set you free. God bless you as you experience true salvation in Jesus Christ: