Before I became Catholic, when I was still Protestant in many doctrines, I wrote this article.
Parts of It I disagree with extensively, none the less, it proves from within the system Chick claims to serve, that Chick cannot be justified in attacking Catholicism.
Do not accept this article as one written by a Catholic, I was still in need to fuller communion when I wrote this.
To let Peter know that the Gentiles were clean, God said, “do not call what God has made clean, unclean.” And Paul, the Apostle, and writer of much of the Bible’s Letters, said, do not say” I follow Paul or I follow Silas”, for he had planted and Silas had watered, but God had given the increase. In the same, when some believed that it was wrong to eat meat, Paul again told his readers that it is between you and God what you think, it was God who made us stand, and God would make those who thought eating meat to be wrong, stand. He said that he who doubted and ate was condemned; for all that comes not from Faith is sin. In light of this, some churches of our lord have some beliefs, such as a need to ask Jesus to save them before they are saved, or as others believe, one should confess their sins, and God will forgive (“if we confess our sins… we have an Advocate with the Father”) Others believe that Faith in its self is enough. Whatever their beliefs, the Bible says “ whoever confesses (this apparently- I speak no Greek- comes from a Greek word or perhaps the Hebrew translation meaning to acknowledge the truth) with their mouth, Jesus Is Lord, and believes in their Heart that God rose Him from the dead, will be saved.” It also says that whoever Loves Is Born of God, as God is Love, and that he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God, Is born of God. I say this, as some misguided people have infiltrated the church, seeking to divide the flock of God, and creating divisions between brothers for their own purposes. Before I get to the point, I must remind you that we are told not to ask who is going down or who is going up, I say this as I desire not to insinuate that these people are going anywhere. Only God knows the heart, and even in the surest of circumstance, man can only estimate where another lies, or where He himself is, and where man is going, no one on their own can tell. Paul himself once thoroughly apposed the church, and Saint Peter denied Christ three Times, yet they are those who turned back to God, and were placed in charge of the church.
I came into contact with these deceptive heresies when a friend handed me a book recommended by a creationist named Kent Hovend, in a catalogue of books which one may order from America. This book, deviously pretending to focus on Islam, in fact says that the Catholic church (and at the beginning, a character in this comic lets the reader understand that Orthodox, and Catholic and many other religions are “basically all just roman catholic”) is a plan of “Satan” to “stop the gospel”, it also calls the Catholic Church, the creature who is responsible for leading the world away from the Lord (as I interpret it), the Mystery Prostitute of Babylon. In its front page, it openly states that its author was “converted” from being a Catholic priest to what it deems a “Christian”. Unfortunately, according to those who have researched the matter for me, the Church apparently denies his ever being a priest, as well writing a letter against this “heresy”.
The authors recommendations include those who claim to attempt to convert people from Catholics, who by the Nicene Creed
( Nicene Creed-
We believe (I believe) in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man; was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end. And (I believe) in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess (I confess) one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for (I look for) the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen." )
Clearly state a belief in Jesus and his resurrection, exactly as scripture, and many protestant churches portray it, and as we stated earlier, the bible says that this belief and confession is all that is required for salvation.
The book also claims to its reader that the Catholics are directly responsible for Islam, and apparently created it. But on the note that it says that Satan devised and created the Church, If indeed Christ is worshiped by the Church and is its founder, as I and many Catholics believe, then the writers of this comic, which the creationist, Kent Hovend recommends, along with a book named something like –“answers for my Catholic friend”, are in fact doing as the Pharisees did in Jesus’ time, and giving the attributes of God to Satan, and saying that what God has made, is In fact the work of Satan, and could in fact insinuate that Catholics (and those like them such and Anglicans and Orthodox, as I see this comic to insinuate) are worshiping the devil, and are going to hell. This of course is highly unscriptural and if it were true, then why would Satan cast out Satan, for Jesus said that if a kingdom is divided, it will fall, and that it just wasn’t something to suggest. He also said that If he were called (The Lord of The Flies) the king of Demons, then so would his household. He also gave the biggest warning ever, which I fear to utter in word written or spoken. Paul warned us to warn a divisive man, (those who argued about genealogies and such things that cannot be proven) and then to have nothing to do with him. In one of his letters he also said, that if your eating causes your brother to fall, you are not acting in love, yet Creationists insist that Christians must accept a direct and literal version of creation, with no room for interpretation, and with no room for the possibility that God was explaining things as man can comprehend. Whether Creationist are right or not, Kent Hovend gives many arguments that are impossible to prove, and if anything discredit the case of Creation, and if a man were to follow any such developments, surely it should not be via one who clearly appose most of Christianity and more that clearly recommends books that like those books of Dan Brown, create only further doubt in people, or divisions between groups that at this time, as any should unite in the true and only cause of love and faith, and in this perhaps help others. Paul said that if one part of Christianity hurt, then all in Gods body hurt, and if one part rejoiced, it was the same. Should we take idly these slanderous accusations against the majority of Christianity, ignoring that we are one in Christ, or should we defend the truth against such heresies?