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On Leaving the Roman Catholic Church: A Very Personal Testimony
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.
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.
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.
Can you relate to my experience?
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