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Question: I became a Catholic for my husband. Unbelievable opportunities have been opened up to me to witness to Catholics. I am now involved in both Evangelical and Catholic churches. Lately, even with all the opportunities we have had to witness to Catholics, I am not at ease there. I KNOW that the doctrines are wrong. Do you have any advice for me? (Written by a professing Evangelical Christian).

Answer: God's people are always tempted to compromise. This is seen again and again in the history of the Old Testament when God's people worshipped both the LORD and other pagan gods at the same time. I understand your concern for your husband and appreciate your love for Roman Catholics and your desire to witness to them. However, you should be guided by the Holy Scriptures, not by your feelings or the apparent results of your actions. The Bible is crystal clear on your obligation:

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people. Therefore Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

"But I did this for my husband," you might say.

Would you ignore God's Word for your husband's sake? Would he stand between you and God in the Day of Judgement? Did not the Lord Jesus say that He didn't come to bring peace but a sword? Whom would you choose to please, your husband or your Lord? Certainly, you should be concerned about his salvation. But his salvation would not come about by compromising your stand for the Gospel. Salvation is of the Lord. You would better follow His instructions and not try to be wiser than God.

Or perhaps you retort: "What about the wonderful opportunity to witness to Catholics?"

Your testimony is not very clear. For you may say with your mouth that Jesus is the only Way, but by your presence in the Catholic church you are declaring loud and clear that the Roman Catholic system (with its other mediators - saints, Mary, the priest and the church) is a valid form of the Christian faith.

Or perhaps you may protest: "Roman Catholics are not 'unbelievers.' They believe in Jesus; they believe that He is the Son of God. They believe that He died and rose from the grave."

Yes, they believe the historical facts about Jesus. But they do not really believe in Him as God demands? Let me show you why...

  • Jesus is the only mediator;
    Catholics have Mary as their mediatrix also.

  • Jesus is the only Name given by which we must be saved;
    Catholics call upon the name of Mary also.

  • Jesus offered one sacrifice once for all;
    Catholics claim to perpetuate His sacrifice in the mass every day.

  • Jesus redeemed His people by His blood;
    Catholics believe they must atone for their sins by penance, fasting and prayer.

  • Jesus washed His people in his own blood;
    Catholics believe they would be purged from sin in purgatory.

  • Jesus is the perfect and only Priest of God's people;
    Catholics depend on the work human "priests".

These fatal errors reduce the Catholic's belief to something other than biblical faith.

This is God's Word to you: "Therefore Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you." You must make a decision. You cannot stand in the middle. If Catholicism is true, be a Catholic. If Catholicism is false, leave that system and be not ashamed to follow the Lord and unite with His people.

Dr Joseph Mizzi