What does it mean to be a Believer and Follower of Jesus Christ?

Another: I AM A Catholic Lesson

By Patrick Miron

God: does it really matter to Him, how we worship, praise and Glorify Him, so long as we do, worship, praise and Glorify Him? Can and does God accept whatever manner that we personally choose in order to remain within our own “comfort zone” over what He has directly commanded and ordained?

What does it mean from our God’s perspective to actually BE a follower of Jesus Christ? Is humility a necessary virtue to attain heaven? Yes it is.

“Lord teach u to pray”

Matthew 6:9-13New International Version

 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

Take special notice of the 3td petition in the Lord’s Prayer: “Lord teach us how to pray” [Luke 11:1-4] your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

The message here is clear and unambiguous: cf. YOUR Will my God, must be done here on earth exactly as it is accomplished in heaven, if we are to comply with what we are saying and praying. So now we ask just how is God’s will accomplished in Heaven?

There can be only one correct answer: fully, completely, humbly and obediently. Nothing less fulfills God’s Divine and Perfect will.

Matthew 19:17 … “If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

My dear friends in Christ; God is perfect [Mt. 5: 48You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect]. God desires no less than perfect love be returned to him; which He alone can make possible. In order for man to return: perfect love” to God it must be 1. Freely given & 2. Align fully with His Divine will.

So here’s the critical question:

Can human-invented & engineered faith beliefs and practices, now with thousands of variations to choose from as the search for a church that makes US feel comfortable; a church that teaches only what they want to hear; that preaches easy and fast way’s to be saved; and some even teach that once “Saved” your salvation can’t be lost. Which is sweet music to the ears of the; shall I say; “hard of hearing.”

Matt.13 Verses 15 to 16 “For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.” … [16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear”

Verse 16 here is addressed by Christ to His New Chosen People; His Catholic Church. The passage leading up to this fact applies to all other Christian Faiths.

Permit me friends to ask a few really tough; really relevant; and really critical questions:

[1] Can One True God hold to more than just one set of Faith beliefs? Eph. 4:1-7 – NO; impossible!

[2] Is it possible that our One True God could have, or would have waited more than 1,000 years after His death and Resurrection and had established His One God’ with one faith; through His new Chosen people/Church? – No Impossible. God simply could not have waited more than 1,000 years for apostate catholic priest in schism to make their newly invented versions of His faith beliefs known. [Read Heb. 6:4-8] Yet thousands of man-engineered churches and faith’s exist today, long after Jesus had established His one true religion; and all of them ignoring the impossibility of their own chosen church being “God Approved.” Not only not approved or acceptable to God; but also being anti-biblical.   Not one time in the history of the bible has God approved of, accepted or even tolerated competing gods and faiths.  Not one time!

The priest in schism: Wycliffe and Luther; the apostate Calvin, and Mr. Smith who all decided that they did know more; did know better than God and the one Catholic Church He founded [Mt. 15:15-19] guides [Mt. 28:20] and protects. [Jn. 17:17-19] And the many off-shoots churches in even more recent years who choose to establish new churches, new faith which initially were aimed at usurping powers and authority granted exclusively to the Catholic Church; but now are in competition with each other as well. The Catholic Church alone is able to teach the fullness of Christ truth:

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Know my friend that the concealed wolfs need not know that they are misleading you and actually in competition with what Jesus actually teaches and commands, Truth has to be singular; and it is impossible that God could, would or did wait for whoever established your church to compete with God’s. But true understanding  can only come from the Holy Spirit, who will continue to withhold his grace until and unless one actually makes the attempt to discover His necessarily singular; which have existed at least for 1,000 before whoever choose to design a more comfortable faith and church; but certainly not God’s.

Acts 25: 27-32 “And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.  And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”

Rom.2 Verses 4 to 8 “Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.”

Romans 16:20 “Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” Beware my friends of wolf’s in sheep’s clothing:

John.14: 6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.”

John.8: 12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” [This “light” means God’s necessary Grace].

John.12: 26 “If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.”

John.15: 1-4-5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing”

John.10: 1-14 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way that man is a thief and a robber; but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. … The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. …, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door [singular] of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not “

John 21: 15-17 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. “

Protestantism exist and has been successful in my own personal opinion for the following reasons:

1.      The Catholic Church with its many Doctrines, Dogma’s and Sacred Traditions requires sacrifice and humility.  The road to heaven is rocky and up-hill; and the other road is easy. Mt. 7: 13 “[enter by the narrow gate; [singular] for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.”

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3.      Luther was the first to successfully capitalize on this reality. He and all other non-Catholic Christians hold these things in common. Each and every one of them is easier, more appealing, and offers [non existing] short cuts to salvation, and aim to please their members before aiming [if they even do] to please Christ. That this reality is not easily evident results from God withholding His Grace needed for right understanding.

Catholics understand the absolute need for personal sacrifice; without which attaining heaven is nearly; if not totally, impossible.

John.20 Verses 20 to 23” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained”

Take Up your Cross and Follow Me

Phil.2: 8 “And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross Luke. 9:23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Mark.8: 34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Luke.9: 23 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke.14: 7 whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”

Fact: Jesus suffered not to make it unnecessary for us; BUT to be an example for us to follow. Because Jesus suffered and Died so that humanity would be Redeemed, and also to make forgiveness of our sins possible His way [John 20:19-23]; we are expected to also have to suffer in this life. Not understanding this teaching is part of the making all competing faiths easier, as I earlier alluded to.

Acts 20: 28-30 Take heed to yourselves, and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the church of God, [singular] which he hath purchased with his own blood. I know that, after my departure, ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Douay Rheims Bible

John 10:16 “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”

Eph. 2: 20-23 “Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: In whom all the building, [singular] being framed together, groweth up into a holy temple in the Lord. [Singular] In whom you also are built together into a habitation of God in the Spirit.”

Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”

Here   from Jesus Himself; directly and exclusively to the Apostles and their successors is the command that non-Catholics miss, ignore or don’t have the grace necessary to understand it and accept it as God’s will.

Mt. 28: 16-20 “Now the eleven [remaining] disciples [apostles] went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [YOU!] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded [“commanded here means both taught you and commanded of YOU];  and lo, I am with YOU always, to the close of the age.”

So dear friends, can your ears actually hear what God is saying?

God Bless you; pray much!

Patrick

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