This is the type of Catholic who may be the most difficult to lead to
Christ. Nevertheless, when the person is regenerated by
the Spirit of God, he will make a believer of useful quality.
Such people are worthy of all the effort spent in their
conversion. Some receive Christ within a few days, multitudes
after several weeks while many only come after months or even
At present, this Catholic is holding firm to his faith. The
thought of leaving his church has never entered his mind. To
think that his church could be in doctrinal error would mean the
committing of a mortal sin against faith. He will not turn his
eyes from his priest and his church until he sees the truth. When
he accepts the truth, Christ will set him free. Until then, he
continues on his downward way to a lost eternity. Something
must take place for him to look up in faith to Christ and His shed
One night during the war, your author was flying a bomber
back to base with fourteen men aboard. Heavy rain enveloped
the base and it was with difficulty that we were able to line up
the aircraft with the runway. All was brilliantly lit for our
landing when suddenly lightning struck the station transformer,
plunging the whole scene into dense blackness. To have
continued our descent another thirty seconds probably would
have meant death in a flaming explosion. There was only one
alternative. Forgetting everything else, we turned our eyes toward the
luminous flight instruments and pushed the throttles full ahead.
Faith in the information given by these little faces on
the instrument panel brought us to the safety of the midnight
This story illustrates what must take place in the fervent
Catholic's heart before Christ can enter and save his lost soul.
He is travelling through a continuous spiritual storm of mortal
and venial sins. The Roman priesthood, sanctuary and sacrifice
of the mass all seem to indicate that the Roman Church is the
only path of refuge for his troubled soul, and so he continues on
his way. Suddenly, however, a disturbance bursts into his life
and he experiences mixed emotions of gripping fear and deep
perplexity. His faith in the Roman Church has received a shattering blow.
Your path of action is clear. The person needs to understand
the work accomplished by Christ at Calvary and also His present
ministry. As the opportunity comes, you will tactfully show
these truths from God's Word. Conscious of the individual
being sensitive, you may nevertheless point out the difference
between God's salvation and that of the Roman Church.
Ensure the person has or can obtain a Bible. If possible,
pray with the Catholic thanking the Saviour for His great
salvation. Request that God's blessing of understanding might
be given as the Bible is read.
After careful consideration, you may place an appropriate
piece of literature in the person's hand. One well received tract
is called "JESUS MY WONDERFUL SAVIOUR." A booklet
entitled "How Shall We Escape?" was recently prepared for the
Roman Catholic of the 1990s, regardless of his spiritual
condition or faith. "HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE?" contains 13
pages of Biblical teaching. It was written to correct basic
Catholic errors and yet remain unoffensive. The booklet does
not mention the Roman Church or its terminology. Both are
available from this book's address.
Continue to pray for the person. You should return in a few
weeks. Remind the Catholic that your work is to encourage the
reading of the Scriptures. Tell him of your love for his soul.
Unless obliged to do otherwise, continue to show Christ's
atonement for sin until the message has penetrated into his heart.
Point out that people in apostolic times were accustomed to
personally verify with the Scriptures whether they were being
taught the truth. (See Acts 17:11.) Invite the person to attend a
worship service with you as you sense interest.