An Honest Letter from a Catholic to a Baptist

Peace of Christ Jesus to you,

I thank you for your long conversation the other time and I am glad and happy for you that you want to serve God and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ the King. I want to tell you that salvation is in the name of Jesus Christ whose name is above all other names (c.f. Act 4:12 and Philippians 2:11).

Now, concerning the Gospel of Salvation, Jesus says:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son: that whosoever believeth in him may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world: but that the world may be saved by him. (John 3:14-17)

Also, St. Paul adds:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first and to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Amen and Amen. I believe in the Word of God, Jesus Christ, truly and really and I am humbled to be part of those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord, God, King and Saviour. I also believe that it is very important who one trust his or her soul to to shepherd and nourish them with the Word of God. For the Bible says that we should obey our leaders (bishops) who are in charge of our souls:
Obey your prelates and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls: that they may do this with joy and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you. (Hebrews 13:17)

I have read a lot and seen a lot and heard a lot and gone through a lot in this life. I am convinced beyond doubt that I can be nothing other than Catholic. I can only become more Catholic than I was yesterday by God’s grace. The Catholic Church indeed is not a museum for Saints but a Hospital for sinners like me and many others. Jesus Christ is the Divine Physician ready to heal any of us who will accept His call of mercy and love and repentance and forgiveness and faithfulness and fruitfulness. Amen.

I believe one does not need to become a Methodist, or Presbyterian or Anglican, or Assemblies of God or even a First Baptist or a Regular Baptist or a Reformed Baptist or any of the other variants of the Baptist Church all over the world to have salvation, the Bible is clear on that.

God is Love (agape or charity) and the greatest commandment is to love: To love God first and foremost and to love neighbour as oneself for the sake of God. St. Paul again says it better:
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

He again continues:
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known. And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:11-13)

So now it is established that I will not become a Baptist or a Light House Chapel or a Winners Chapel member either today or the next 10 years. God can use me where I am in the Catholic Church and I am always ever ready to serve Him there.

God bless you always dear brother.
In the Hope of Salvation
Delali (GADEL)