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- Author: Rice, John R.
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Rice, John R.
Open Letter to Roman Catholics
By John R. Rice
In this 8 section work (really it is like a tract), Rice (Baptist) examines the problems of Catholicism. First of all, they bring upon themselves the curse of Revelation by changing, adding, and removing parts from the Word of God. Then he examines that the idea of a single unique and only earthly organization is foreign to the Bible’s concept of the church, next he examines the error of presuming a pope, followed by their usurping authority. Next he examines the false claim of unity under the Roman Catholic umbrella, and exposes that even within Catholicism, there is no such unity. He then examines why Catholics have no assurance of their salvation, and finally how the Catholic Church is cultic in manipulating and controling their members.
The letter which follows was written by Dr. John Rice to precious Catholic people. It would have been difficult for me to originate such lengthy correspondence. I pray you will take the time to read this letter in whole or in parts because my desire is only that you be saved and absolutely certain you are going to heaven when you die. I mean no offense, but we all know that the truth can sometimes offend. Test everything written here against the Word of God, the Holy Bible.
Dear Catholic Friend:
The truth of God is so holy that I must deal very reverently with it. And the truth has been so perverted by Roman dogma and tradition, that the truth will not be palatable to you, I fear. Whether you will listen to it, whether your heart is open at all to the facts, I do not know. But in the blessed Word of God, I John 4:6 says: “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” If in the heart you know Christ as Saviour, and if God’s Spirit dwells in you, then God’s Spirit will bear witness to you of the truth. And if there is no such witness, then I will conclude, of course, that you are in spiritual darkness. For we are told: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14).
Note I do not say that if you do not agree with me in every detail, you are not saved, you are not a child of God. But I speak of the truth as it is in the Word of God, simple and plain, on major matters. If your heart is not open to principal truth from the Word of God, then the Spirit of God is not abiding in you and you will go on in your blindness. I will grieve about that if you do. But I hope that there is in you a love for Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit of God so that your heart will answer honestly to the Scriptures. If it does not, then at least I have done my duty.
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