Friday, August 30, 2019



I just want to share a brief story / testimony with you today.  I am sharing a link to Tim Challies’ website, in which he tells his personal short story titled Why I am not Roman Catholic.

In this story, he briefly tells of how he grew up and the things he believed about the Catholic Church in his early years.  He, like me, had some misunderstandings at first about what exactly the Catholic Church teaches.
I want to point out that I don’t agree with everything Tim believes, since he is a Calvinist and I am not.  But he tells his story with grace and respect.  He gives a respectful, yet honest, assessment of the Catholic Church’s teachings.  He briefly summarizes his thoughts and gives three main (and compelling) reasons why he is not a Catholic and why Catholics should seriously and prayerfully consider these reasons.

And he also shares his belief that in spite of Catholic teaching, there are still some individuals in the Church who are saved.  But their being saved is, again, in spite of what the Catholic Church teaches, and not because of it.

Hope you enjoy the article.  Here is the link:


  1. Catholics cannot/will not “rightly divide the word of God” because their devotion is split between Catholic tradition and Scripture, with the prevailing emphasis on tradition. The Jews of Jesus’ day did the exact same thing (Mark 7:8).

    Catholics cannot reconcile the difference between salvation by grace and the judgement regarding rewards/punishment in the afterlife, based on works (good or bad). They often reference James 2 to support their argument. However, James is talking about evidence of salvation, not cause of salvation.

    I have witnessed to many Catholics in my 40 years since being saved. The degree of stubbornness and loyalty to the erroneous and perversity of Roman tradition is nothing short of stunning. When it comes to these so-called Catholic apologists, the obstacle seems to be pride in winning the argument with no regard to the awesome love of God in sending our Savior. Catholics can’t seem to grasp the overwhelming love of God and the absolute sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice as full payment for sin. They can’t seem to separate salvation and sanctification.

  2. Hey Russell,

    Are you thinking about doing any apologetics specifically on penal substitution?

  3. Hi Jesse,

    My plate is pretty full right now, but that is a topic that I would like to address sometime. Maybe in the near future.

  4. Oh, I was not trying to rush you into doing any projects or anything in those lines. But I would love to see what you have to say on penal substitution. After all, folks like Catholic Nick have been really attacking that concept for awhile now.