Another Fine Day To Be Out And About, But The Town Was Quiet!
Looking down Market Place
Looking up Market Place.
We were unable to be at our regular spot, so set up in the middle of Market Place.
Nick setting out the table.
Good News indeed.
Few people could be persuaded to stop and talk today, our hour had almost finished before Rosalind and Ralph gave me about 30 minutes of their time.
An articulate Roman Catholic, Rosalind spoke gently and passionately of her religious convictions.
She was persuaded that the Church of Rome is the only true, visible, worldwide church of Christ.
She defended confessing sin to a man, spoke of the vital place of Mary as the mother of Christ.
Challenged my views as biased and based on anti Roman literature.
For her the Reformation was the Deformation, a tragedy which has resulted in people like me excluding myself from the true Church of Christ.
At times the debate was dramatic, but always friendly.
I was able to point out that forgiveness for sin against God cannot be given by a man.
That all must speak directly with God concerning the matter, as He alone can forgive sin.
That Jesus Christ is to be approached directly and not through His mother or other imaginary representative.
Scripture like Matthew chapter 10, makes this clear:
28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Or this, from Acts chapter 13:
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Mary is without doubt given a unique and highly honoured position as the human mother of the Holy Child, but is given no further special role beyond this in Scripture. At one point the Saviour Himself even turns her away: [note the ‘brothers’, she isn’t a ‘perpetual virgin’!]
Matthew Chapter 12 records these words:
47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
50 “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
The Church of Rome has imposed the teaching of men on the people of God and must be rejected as corrupt.
Millions blindly follow its dogma and ultimately perish because they have been duped into thinking a man can pronounce their sin forgiven!
Here are a few BIBLE verses which clarify matters –
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Matthew 7:13 Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
The last Word Belongs to Jesus:
John 10: 9 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.