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In Search of Scholarly Anti-Catholic Literature in Your Local Christian Bookstore

I remembered the time I got saved and I really just got dabbled into one anti-Catholic site or literature after the other.  I had the failure of not only investigating the source but also the method.  Some of these sites mix truth with error or have their own personal agendas of bitterness and revenge rather than evangelism.  Other books and literature tend to rely on the sensationalist or conspiracy theorist approach.  Worse, it has become a problem that many Christians are so accustomed to the conspiracy theorist approach where they end up spending time trying to uncover the Vatican's activities rather than attack the doctrine of Roman Catholics.  Instead of talking more about correcting heresies by the grace of God; it is very easy to get lost and focus more on the lies and activities of the Devil.

In trying to discuss with Roman Catholics, it is very important to realize that your mission is to spread the Gospel and not to discuss about controversial stuff like Jesuit infiltration, Illuminati activities, the New World Order, etc. because not all the allegations can be proven as true plus that is not the Gospel message.  It is a problem that if we are seeing people who water down the Gospel message then we see people who are cheesy and offensive as possible.  Some Christian ministries may deliver the right message of salvation but do a lot of questionable methods like do they even have to post some unsightly images like an aborted fetus or tortured people?  The focus is all about correcting wrong doctrine and the problem of the conspiracy theory approach is that there is the tendency to make the fallacy of division or generalization.  Many of them tend to indirectly pose all Roman Catholics as criminals instead of victims of false teachings.  I do agree there are many criminals who are Roman Catholics like there are many criminals who are Muslims.  It is still important to remember that the focus is the Gospel and not about, "Did you know the Vatican was responsible for two major world wars?" or use a copy of "The Two Babylons" where some Christian scholars may agree that Alexander Hislop is not a reliable historian or has been arguing based on logical fallacies.

In trying to contrast Roman Catholic doctrine vs. "Protestant" or born again Christian doctrine, it is important to focus on discussing about the differences.  One good book I can recommend would be that of Anthony Pezotta titled "Truth Encounter" which compares the beliefs of Roman Catholicism with sacred Scriptures and some historical details.  It discusses issues on salvation, doctrine and practice on contrast to the Bible.  "Messages from Heaven" examines the Mary of the Bible vs. the Roman Catholic's doctrine of Mary in a scholarly manner.  It addresses how the Roman Catholic view of Mary has ended up in an end-time deception and also shows how even some Roman Catholic scholars had managed to show a certain degree of discernment.  "Answers to My Catholic Friends" by Thomas Heinze shows some answers to when Roman Catholics ask for the differences between their faith and born again Christianity.  In looking for a good book make sure the book discusses more on doctrinal differences and correcting them in a scholarly and non-conspiracy theorist approach.

For a soulwinning video, I could recommend "Catholicism: Crisis of Faith" which includes the testimony of two former Jesuit priests namely Victor Affonso and Bob Bush.  The video contains several testimonies to why they left the Roman Catholic system.  Along the way, these former priests and nuns show from sacred Scripture what is wrong with the Roman Catholic doctrine.  It shows several areas to how Roman Catholicism fails, to why some Roman Catholics left the system and what is really wrong with the religion as a whole.  The video's detailed discussions together with considering the side from a Roman Catholic point of view shows the important differences.  It also shows how Roman Catholicism is not biblical Christianity by discussing doctrine one by one.

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