Turned Off By Religion

Q. I am trying to witness to my 86 year old die hard Catholic father. (he hasn’t gone to church in years but did meet the Pope during the war) He feels this church has changed since he was an alter boy and he has lost faith in the Church.

I grew up Catholic also, but found the Lord in college thru a Baptist friend and have been studying the bible & prophecy ever since. I explained I put my faith in Jesus, not a religion and at that point he won’t talk about it anymore and gets angry.

He is really hurt because his religion failed him and I don’t know how to reach him. Of course prayer is my only answer, but do you have any other suggestions. Every time I ask him if he ever believed in Jesus, he evades the question.

A. Perhaps the greatest travesty foisted upon humanity has been organized religion. Countless millions have been completely and permanently turned away from a relationship with the Lord because of what deceitful men have done while claiming to act in the name of God. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 says, “Such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”

Since your attempts at discussion aren’t working, the best (and probably only) thing you can do at this point is pray that your father’s heart will be softened toward the Gospel while he still has a chance to hear it. I’m sure that thousands of us will agree with you in prayer, since we’ve all either already lost or fear losing loved ones who’ve been misled or turned off by the “church”.

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