Fourth Key to Salvation: Only God Opens Hearts. Seeking to win a Roman Catholic is much like talking to an Orthodox Jew about the merits of boneless hams. They won't even hear you because of their culture.
Roman Catholicism is a culture and identity as much as it is a religion. The key is to get to God's Word and stay there. The only hope is to be a loving friend who has found some verses in the Bible and wants to share them. You can use their Bible if they have one as easily as your own.
* Use the Bible as the guide for your discussion * Use the Bible to define truth * Start with sin * Point to Christ * Explain the free gift * Emphasize by grace alone * Stick to God's Word
greatly needed advice Dr Barnett is both helpful and informative.
As an ex Catholic I find his method very helpful as this was the way that I was brought to the Lord. Get them to read the passages and ask them 'what do you think that passage is teaching? that way they come to the knowledge of truth themsleves without feeling they have been pressurised. If they give the wrong answer gently ask them to re-read the passage asking them questions, 'is that what the passage is really saying'? Allow them to come to the knowledge of truth themsleves. Remeber the one who keeps asking the questions is the one who is in control.Its often called the Columbo method. Though ultimetly it is the work of the Holy Spirit.So lots of prayer! Get them to awaken their critical thinkging by getting them to question their own beliefs.
Great Sermon! Amen! Thank you for this wonderful message! Yes, salvation is of the Lord!
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...