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On Leaving the Roman Catholic Church: A Very Personal Testimony

Updated on July 30, 2015
A pondering girl on top of a mountain.
A pondering girl on top of a mountain. | Source

The Start

Well, I've been a Christian all my life. I was actually water baptized in a Catholic church when I was 8 months old. My parents, my family, my relatives, our clan are all part of the Catholic church ever since I was born. This is the religion I grew up with.

I go to church every Sunday, join religious processions, attend youth events sponsored by church organizations, and more. However, there was something missing. I knew that there was something missing. And, I couldn't find it in the church, in the events that I attended, and anywhere else.

The Experience

Teenagers attending a gathering.
Teenagers attending a gathering. | Source

I remember when I first attended this Youth for Christ gathering in our locality and was very excited to see other believers, but was discouraged to hear elders gossiping about someone as they were cooking our lunch.

And, when I went out and try to mingle with others, I observed that there were teenagers who joined the event just so they can see their crush or worst, flirt with others. I even saw a couple dating in a nearby beach while we were singing our praising song.

To me, at that time, it seemed like everyone's fake. They were not there for the real reason. They were untrue to their causes. I was really discouraged and slowly, I lost my trust and confidence to our youth organizations. I decided not to participate anymore.

And it was a buzz in the community because I was the president of the youth organization in our chapter. But I just couldn't take it. I didn't want to act as if nothing has happened, that nothing has discouraged me. I didn't want to be fake to them as well and you know, be like them. That will worsen the situation.

From them on, I stopped being involved in our church youth events. I opted to just go to church every Sunday and follow other traditions than to be in that kind of event again.

The Realization

Victory Church in Baguio
Victory Church in Baguio | Source

And you know, now that I am of mature age, I realized that what I did was right. Jesus will not appreciate whatever I do if it does not come from my heart. I mean, if it is not done heartily. I think that the reason why those young people acted that way as well as the gossiping elders is because they really do not know who Jesus is, especially His character traits.

For most of us at that time, what was only clear is that Jesus died on the cross, that Mary and Joseph was His parents, that December 25 is His birthday and that He has 12 disciples, just to state a few.

Many teenagers were not aware of Jesus character traits, which for me, is a big failure of the Roman Catholic church. The church lack seminars, refreshers, talks that will revitalize, improve the knowledge and wisdom of their members.

And whenever, I hear a mass, it's like everything I heard are all the same. And the priest talks so boring. He speaks of the same idea over and over again. That God is like this and that... and that's it. That is basically it is. It is just very clear to me that the Holy Spirit was not there and that what he said is not anointed by God's Holy Spirit.

In my entire lifetime, I haven't heard a priest elaborating a verse in the bible and making everything clear to the listeners. I really don't know why the church is like that. I just hope that they have talks, refreshers to their members. I mean, they just lack good spiritual education or if I may say, they have been depriving their members of it. And, I don't know why. It is even rare for a priest to encourage the members to read their bible.

All these and others considered, when I attended a Sunday Service at Victory Christian Fellowship, I was so blessed. The approach is what I've been longing for in my life. My spiritual needs were totally, completely, satisfied. My spiritual hunger was satisfied more than I expected. And there was no moment in the entire service that I felt bored. Everything went well into my mind, body and soul.

I know in my heart that this Christian church is what God desires. It is the church that God is happy for. It is the church that God is pleased with. It is the church that was founded in and for God. I know in my heart, that God is pleased with our church, with how we praise Him, with how we immerse and reflect in His word, and more. We just praise God and believe in the salvation that our Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, brings.

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    • Evane profile image
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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Amen! Thank you for such comforting and healing words Michael-Milec :) God bless you too! I'm smiling, happy while reading your comment because those are the verses that I read in the Bible this morning. I'm already in Isaiah :)

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Miss Eva Gono.

      An inspiring article.

      Congratulations on your discovering the right Way and decision to follow Jesus the Anointed One. You will never be the same as you will continue searching the Scriptures and spending quality time in fellowship with the heavenly Father. Many of us have had similar experience of disappointment attending churches' programs , only to encrease the appetite for the true 'worship place'. Then we found Jesus speaking to the Samaritan woman recorded in John 4 - Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on thismountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritansac worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23But an hour is coming, and is now here,ae when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

      Here we have it, out in the open space in the world we live in, Jesus is telling to His followers- us including " you are the light of the world...your light must shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven."

      Praise God, we are on the mission for the kingdom of God here and now, through our reflecting the Light of Jesus bringing sinners back to the fellowship with the Father... Jesus is present within us everywhere by the Holy Spirit residing within us, even when we are outside of the any religious establishment...

      May the Lord bless and protect you .Peace with us.

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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Amen Perspycacious! Praise God!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      There are many religious groups bringing the gospel to those who are seeking it. No one church can do it alone. Even with over 50,000 missionaries from my faith dedicating their lives to reach out to others, what is that number in terms of those who live, will live, and will die without ever hearing the gospel taught and explained? Christians everywhere have been commanded to reach out and express God's love for His children. If you have found an active group that is working to do that, you have found a calling you can serve, one that God will bless you for with wonderful opportunities in your walk with Him and His Son.

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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Heidi! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my hub :) Yeah I am all aware of that. Nothing that is established by man including religious congregations is perfect, but it's in my new church that I've grown so much spiritually. So I like the end sentence you've added: "If, however, you feel that you have a closer relationship with God in your new Church that you have moved to, then that is what is important."

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Hi Evane. As the Catholic Contributor - http://www.thecatholiccontributor.com - I am sorry to hear about your 'lost' experience while you were a member of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, experience has shown that many Catholics leave the Catholic Church because they don't 'feel' a certain way and before they have a chance to delve deeper into the many special things available there. For example, have you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Have you done any extensive reading on the lives of the saints? As you mature in your Christian faith you will realize the following things: 1. That no matter what church you go to, you will eventually reach a point where you experience spiritual dryness. 2. The disturbing behaviour of the 'fake' Catholics that you experienced will also be present, to a greater or lesser extent, in your new Church, since people are people. If, however, you feel that you have a closer relationship with God in your new Church that you have moved to, then that is what is important.

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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you so much for responding quildon :) Yes, I will check your blog :)

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      Angela Joseph 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Evane, You're right, our spiritual walk is never easy, but every time I've been tested, God has shown me that He is there for me, and that helps increase my faith. You should check out my blog. The link is on my profile page. God bless.

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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Julie K Henderson! Yeah, praise God for giving me the knowledge and the wisdom to share my own testimony :) I feel very blessed indeed to have found a church that can help me grow more and more deeply in love with our Lord and our God.

    • Evane profile image
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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi quildon! It is great to know that you have become an active member of the Baptist church! :) 22 years is such an achievement! It's truly a blessing. It is God's will. You must be very prayerful. I believe you always read your bible, pray, and join church events. Am I right? You know, our spiritual walk is not easy, like life, there's many ups and downs, how do you effectively handle them in relation to your faith?

    • Evane profile image
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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi peachpurple! :) Why did you stop going to church after getting married? Is it something related to my experience?

    • Evane profile image
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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Diane Cass! Yes, it is indeed a blessing. It's God's will for me and to everyone that we find a church where we can strengthen our faith in Him. God bless you too my sister in Christ! :) Thank you :)

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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi MsDora! Yeah, praise God! All for our God!

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      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing about your experience. I'm glad you were able to find a church where you can connect with God.

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      Angela Joseph 2 years ago from Florida

      Yes, I can relate. I was brought up in the Anglican church which is the English version of the Catholic church. I got saved while still in the Anglican church, but then I felt restless, unsatisfied. God led me to a Baptist church and after 22 years I am still there.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I am a catholic but I had to stop going to church after married

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      Diane Cass 2 years ago from New York

      Blessing Sister in Christ. I am so glad you found a home where you can grow in the faith. It truly makes all the difference in the world. God bless.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for relating your experience. You are helping others. So glad you held onto God when you let go of the church.

    • Evane profile image
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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      Yeah :) All by God's grace :) Praise God!

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      Serenity Miller 2 years ago from Brookings, SD

      I can definitely relate to your experience! I was so disenchanted with the churches of my youth, I left church (and God) behind altogether, spending 15 years searching for that "something missing." In my case, it was the Wesleyan church that eventually brought my faith back to life. Thank you for sharing your experience - I'm glad you're in a place where His Spirit is speaking to you loud and clear. :)

    • Evane profile image
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      Ave 2 years ago from Philippines

      All I can say is our church helped me strengthen my faith in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, you have a very good hub with a lot of information. I also am Catholic, and did leave the church for a number of years. I tried other churches and after a period of 5 years I went back to the church. John: 6 kept coming back to me. I continued to read verse 54-56. Verse 55 shows no symbolism.Verse 51 is his flesh. The Eucharist is what divides the Catholic Church from other denominations. Good hub. Stella

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