Extreme deception is taking place in our world today through areas such as news, entertainment and even religion. The apostle Paul warned Timothy about this (2 Timothy 3:13) where he talks about evil men and seducers who go about deceiving and being deceived. John also gave a warning in his second epistle, warning that many deceivers have entered into the world who don’t confess that Jesus has come in the flesh.
Addressing the form of deception that this Crosstalk dealt with may seem unloving to some but it was put forth with genuine, sincere love and concern. The main deception dealt with on this broadcast is the claim that the Roman Catholic Church is the one true church founded by Christ 2,000 years ago.
Returning to Crosstalk to deal with this issue was Mike Gendron. Mike is the founder and director of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry. Mike was a devout Roman Catholic for over 3 decades and was taught to rely upon the authority of the church above all else. Mike searched the Scriptures and was amazed to find that what he read in Scripture contradicted the teaching and tradition of the church he had been a part of for so long. He trusted Jesus as his Savior and now the Bible has become his sole authority in all matters of faith. Mike is the author of the books, Preparing for Eternity and Contending for the Gospel and has produced numerous videos with warnings concerning false teachings vs. the truth of the Scriptures.
The true church is not a denomination or a building. Mike communicated that it’s an assembly of born-again Christians who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and God has called these people out of the world as His own possession. We see this in Titus 2:11-14.
This one true church includes all who have repented and believed the glorious gospel of grace. Such individuals have been purified by the blood of Jesus, sealed by the Holy Spirit, sanctified by the truth of the Word and they are now new creatures in Christ. They are born-again, baptized by one Spirit into one body. The Bible calls them saints and as such, they are enrolled in heaven.
At this point Mike went on to explain an important distinction. It’s the professing church and the possessing church.
The professing church includes all those who claim the name of Christ. They say they’re Christians but unfortunately they are really false converts. These individuals have been evangelized via unbiblical methods or they believe a compromised gospel or in another christ. Many are religious but they have no relationship with Christ. Their names may also be on church membership roles but their names are not in the Lamb’s book of life. They are referred to by Jesus as “tares”. These are people sown among the “wheat” by the Devil. Sadly, these “tares” may one day hear the most terrifying words anyone can hear as Jesus tells them, “I never knew you: depart from me.”
Only those who are born-again possess Christ. Christ is in them and they’ve been sealed by the Holy Spirit which guarantees their eternal inheritance. This is what Mike Gendron wants for Roman Catholics because as his biographical information shows, he was one of them.
Mike had much more to share so become informed and pray about how you can lovingly communicate the information on this broadcast with any Roman Catholics that the Lord has placed in your life.
DVD: False Converts in the Church. This includes a bonus message, Witnessing for the Glory of God and a complimentary tract, True Faith or False Hope? It’s available by calling 817-379-5300 or from proclaimingthegospel.org (Click on “store” and then “Video Messages on DVD”)