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  • Ex-Catholics Anonymous! Share your Testimony!

    Ex Catholics, Please share your testimonies of how you realized True Salvation with Jesus is not in the Church Alone of Catholicism and explain how you were rescued out of Rome by the real Jesus Christ.

    I was raised a Roman Catholic and jumped through all the hoops of ccd, confirmation, confession, communion, etc....

    One day I heard a man outside of Catholicism teaching God's simple salvation message.

    I prayed a simple salvation prayer and internal/eternal changes took place.

    I continued to attend the Catholic church for several more years but this time as an observer watching vain repetition.

    I came across Campus Crusade for Christ and began learning Christian basics and the milk of the Word.

    I proclaimed my Catholicism to them and they looked at me differently (I wish someone had the guts to take me aside and explain the cultism I was trapped in)

    It wasn't until years later I finally discovered literature comparing and contrasting Bible Christianity with the Cult of Rome.

    So now I save 'wasted time' for others who need to know truth that they can leave Rome for fellowship with our true Lord Jesus Christ.

    Please share your testimonies from the cult of Rome to Jesus' true home.

    (This thread is for saved catholics only!)



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  • #2
    I was raised by a 2nd generation Irish Catholic. I read the Bible all the time as a child, and as an adult, but I really didn't understand what I was reading. The Catholic Church doesn't explain about not living under the Law, so I wasn't sure if I still had to do all of the things in the Old Testament to be saved, therefore it was easy to buy into the Church's explanation of what I had to do to go to Heaven, (after a stop in Purgatory, where hopefully I had people trying to pray to get me out!!) Catholics really don't get an explanation of what is in the Bible. Anyway, my husband began by showing me verses in the Bible about salvation and sin. I got angry with him, since much of what he showed me contradicted the teachings of the Catholic Church. He got so frustrated, he told God that he wasn't going to try to show me anything more in the Bible, since it always ended in an argument! But the Lord sent a Bible believing co-worker, who went through and methodically and logically showed me verses from the Bible which dealt with sin, salvation, water Baptism, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. With this information, I was able to go back to my husband and ask questions, and well, here I am!
    I can tell you what ultimately convinced me was the proclamation of Saints by the Catholic Church, and praying to them. I realized that no one but God knows the condition of our soul, and whether or not we truly believed and were saved. Therefore, I could potentially be praying to someone who was in Hell! That idea scared me, and made me realize the absurdity of praying to someone who was dead!! It may not work for every Catholic, but it did for me.

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    • #3
      Well, after being raised by a very religious Catholic mother I broke off completely as a young adult. However, while growning up I had a difficult time believing certain aspects of the RCC, such a Pope. Anyway, she went ballistic, called me names and when it came time to marry in the Episcopal church, she threatened all sorts of things. A year after I married and had a new baby I began to attend Bible Study Felklowship. It was while I was doing a lesson out of Romans that God showed me that it was MY sin that put Jesus on the cross. A light bulb went off in my head and everything that I had learned in catechism classes finally came together in the person that they had never really taught me about. I haven't looked back since. I had contended for many years, and made many people upset, that catholics were not Christians. I still contend this and will not change my stance. I praise God and thank Him for having His hand on me all those years. He has given me much knowledge and discernment which has helped me to show others what apostasy is taking place in our churches today.

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      • #4
        I was born into a family of Irish catholics. We were raised very catholic including going to parochial school. I soon became a catholic in name only. I still believed the doctrine and would say very smugly “I am a catholic” if anyone ask, however, I didn’t go to mass any longer or confession, etc. Through the years though I don’t remember anyone trying to witness to me.
        Long story short.
        I lived a reprobate life until I was 40. The day I was saved I was on my way to work and I was contemplating suicide. I was crossing the Sherman Minton bridge going to Louisville and I was crying and feeling so black inside. I wanted to try to drive off of the bridge. (if you know this bridge then you know what a stupid idea that was)
        Then, I cried out to “the God up there” to please make me clean. I felt so dirty with the sinful life I had been living. Well, right then I heard a voice in my head say “open the Bible”. (I had a paperback Living Bible in the back seat that belong to someone else) As soon as I could I pulled the car over and reached back for it. I opened it to Psalm 32 and my eyes fell on the Scriptures;

        1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered.

        2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him
        and in whose spirit is no deceit.

        3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

        4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
        my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

        5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
        I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—
        and you forgave the guilt of my sin.


        When I read this I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off of my shoulders! All I knew for sure was that God had forgiven me. What a glorious thing! I hurried on to work and went into the locker room and told everyone that would listen that “God had forgiven my sins”! They all thought I was nuts.

        Later, I learned that I had “been saved” ( I didn’t know anything at the time except I was a forgiven sinner). From that day in 1979 forward, I have never looked back. Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Lord, my Redeemer, my All. Thank You Lord for what You have done.

        My mother, my sister and I were all saved within months of each other. As far as we can know, our mom was the first in her family to ever be saved. We have read the family history as best we can and no mention of anyone being saved or coming out .

        I have tried to keep this short. Hope it’s ok. Blessings to all



        P.S. It is always so wonderful to see someone come to the Lord and then eventually come out of the apostate church.
        Last edited by BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF; July 1st, 2008, 02:41 PM. Reason: Correction.

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        • #5
          Amazing story BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF.

          Especially that there was a bible available to you exactly when it was needed.
          Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right. - Charles H. Spurgeon

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Anddrai View Post
            Amazing story BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF.

            Especially that there was a bible available to you exactly when it was needed.
            It was put there by my mom but actually it was the Lord!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF View Post
              It was put there by my mom but actually it was the Lord!
              That is the truth.
              Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right. - Charles H. Spurgeon

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF View Post
                [SIZE="3"]I was born into a family of Irish catholics.
                Ummmmmm, WOW!!! I love stories like yours. Praising God for what He did!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by amy_elisabeth View Post
                  Ummmmmm, WOW!!! I love stories like yours. Praising God for what He did!
                  The longer I am saved the more I know it is ALL HIM! We only have what He freely gives us.

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                  • #10
                    This thread is so amazing and rewarding, it would be great to have it posted as a "sticky."

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                    • #11
                      I also was raised in an Irish Catholic family, attended all Catholic schools through graduate school, married another Roman Catholic and sent our children to Catholic schools. I thought we had the fullness of all that was available in terms of religion, morality and knowing God.

                      I never really knew a Christian to speak of. All of our family and friends were Catholic and we knew little else.

                      Several things concerned us about Catholicism, but we had no intention of leaving. We were concerned about the increased socialism and liberal political stance of the church, the anti-abortion stance but then preaching to look the other way when it came to voting, the cafeteria catholic approach to lifestyles, the wealth of the church versus the teaching of Jesus. We never really believed in the Eucharist/real presence because we thought people would be on their knees or faces if they actually came that close to God. The priests and brothers we knew drank alot and were often sexually bawdy.

                      We were a financially successful family but we were owned by our jobs and stuff. We drank heavily with our friends. Our children were more of the world than of God, and this bothered me alot. I knew we were spiritually adrift, but had no idea what we could do about it. We never had been encouraged to read the bible, nor did we know anyone who did, and we never had any inclination to do so.

                      To make a long story short, I got to a point where I really wanted to leave my high paying job, but didn't know how we could with our pressing financial debt and obligations. I realized it was my own greed, coveting, envy, ambition, and need for personal recognition that put us in that position. I couldn't see my way out of the financial and job quandry I had gotten us into. And my own increased dependence on alcohol scared me.

                      One day I called out to God to help me because I didn't want to lead the family any further in the direction I was going and we needed help.

                      After seeing the Passion of the Christ movie, I felt a strong need to see it again. I didn't want to. But after 2 weeks the prompting wouldn't go away, so I went a second time. After the movie was done, I sat in the theatre by myself with this thought running through my head - Why would anyone voluntarily put themselves through was Jesus did? I knew the story of the crucifixion of course, but I had this sense that there was something I just wasn't grasping.

                      So I decided to see if I could find a book and run through the Christian basics, thinking I just needed a quick review. So for the first time in my life, I went into a Christian bookstore, went to the bible section and picked up a small book called The New Believers Bible - First Steps for New Christians. I bought it because it had a little summary in the front that I thought I could read through in a minute or two.

                      When I began reading it at home, I realized it was no review, I had never actually heard the true gospel. I had never actually heard or understood my role in Christ's death, nor had I understood the sufficiency of His sacrifice as the basis for my salvation. As I read, my true spritual condition and sinfullness just overwhelmed me, it was almost like I had a life review. Seeing all my thoughts and words and deeds as God saw them, was so convicting to me, and I just cried, and cried and cried. But there was this wonderful cleansing and love that came over me.

                      I knew something had happened, but I had no idea what - since I didn't really know about being born again. I really had trouble articulating it to anyone else, including my family, so I just was quiet about it. This happy sense just covered me for about 2 weeks. I then had this overwhelming sensitivity to sin, both mine and others. Almost like I was wearing a shock collar. I could not watch tv, it was so offensive to me, I had to leave the room.

                      I had no one to ask what happened, since I didn't know any Christians, so I went on-line and had my questions answered there. Including this board.

                      It took about 3 months more, and then I had an overwhelming hunger to read the bible for the first time. So I bought one and read the New Testament in one weekend. I haven't put the bible down since.

                      The Holy Spirit taught me 4 things right away - 1) Read the bible and understand it as literal spiritual Truth 2) there is a rapture (I had never heard of it before) 3) I needed to be in a bible based church and 4) the Mary of the Catholic church is not the Mary of the bible.

                      I told my husband I was not going back to the Catholic Church at that point, and that was the first time he knew there was even anything going on with me spiritually, so he was quite taken aback. So that I don't drag on to long, I will stop my story there.

                      However, just to let you all know, I am 4 years into my journey with Jesus, and my husband and two boys are now also saved and following Jesus. And I also have not had a drink of alcohol ( a snare for me) in 3.5 years and I left my job 3 years ago and we have not had a financial difficulty due to the provision of our wonderful God. Praise Him!

                      And I just want to say, this was solely an act of God. I was not searching, I was not being witnessed to, I was not being evangelized, I was not reading the scriptures. God brought me to the point of seeing my sin, admitting it to Him, calling for help and telling Him I wanted to follow His ways instead of my ways, since mine led us into a pit I couldn't get out of. Then He led me to the true gospel, and He gave me the faith to believe it.

                      For any Catholic reading these testimonies, please know that infant baptism, did not make me born-again. The Eucharist did not fill me with the grace to lead the life of Christ. Confirmation did not make me a child of God. And Catholic marriage did not bring Jesus into our union.

                      However all of these things occurred for me with the POWER of Jesus when I acknowledged He paid my sin debt, repented and asked Jesus to save me by His shed blood. And I trusted that it was all that was required.

                      I thank Him every day, for this generous, wonderful gift!!
                      Last edited by pegmo; August 26th, 2008, 02:03 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by His Bride View Post
                        Well, after being raised by a very religious Catholic mother I broke off completely as a young adult. However, while growning up I had a difficult time believing certain aspects of the RCC, such a Pope. Anyway, she went ballistic, called me names and when it came time to marry in the Episcopal church, she threatened all sorts of things. A year after I married and had a new baby I began to attend Bible Study Felklowship.
                        His Bride just wrote my story too

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pegmo View Post
                          I also was raised in an Irish Catholic family, attended all Catholic schools through graduate school, married another Roman Catholic and sent our children to Catholic schools. I thought we had the fullness of all that was available in terms of religion, morality and knowing God...
                          Very powerful testimony, Pegmo.
                          Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right. - Charles H. Spurgeon

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                          • #14
                            Pegmo, this is a wonderful testimony. I especially love the part where you say it was solely of God! HE DOES THE SAVING. We do become a 'new creation' when we are born again. Even the faith to believe comes from Him. He just wants our total surrender to Him! Period.

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                            • #15
                              Are there no more ex-catholics on the board that will share their testimony? I would love to hear them. Plus it would be a good witness to catholics that might wander in.

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