"Do I have to join your church to be saved?"
Not at all. I wouldn't waste my time trying to convert you to my church.
"Do you believe that the Roman Catholic church can save?"
"I am a Roman Catholic, and you say my church can't save?"
"And you - you attend a Protestant church. So don't you want me to become a Protestant?"
I've never asked anyone to become a Protestant to be saved.
"You haven't? I don't understand. You believe that your church can save, don't you?"
No, I don't.
My church has no more power to save than your church.
Then how can a person be saved? Which church saves?"
I repeat, neither the Roman Catholic church nor any Protestant church can in any way save your soul.
Wait a minute. No church can save, but Jesus Christ can.
Yes. You are not saved by any church but by a Person - the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son. So you see, it wouldn't do any good for you to become a Protestant right now. There are milions of Protestants who are not saved, who have professed Christianity but have never accepted the Christ of Christianity.
"Is that why I haven't found lasting peace? Is there no peace in my church?"
No, my friend, and there is no peace in any other church either. Peace is only found in Jesus. Religion cannot save, but Jesus can.
"Are you sure of this?"
Absolutely. The Bible says, 'Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.' Acts 4:12 [No other name even means 'Catholic' or 'Protestant'].
'You are to give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins' Matthew 1:21.
"Then, what should I do?"
'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,' for 'to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God' Acts 16:31; John 1:12.
"But is that enough?"
Yes. the Bible says, 'he saved us, not becuse of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy' Titus 3:5.
Yes, thank God, for He loves you and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. The Bible says that Jesus 'bore your sins in His own body' on the cross 1Peter 2:24. Then He rose from the dead to offer you salvation. Why not receive Him as your substitute and trust in His death in your place? He has promised 'Whoever comes to Me I will never drive away' John 6:37, so take him at His word and rely wholly upon Him alone.
"I will trust Him - right now! I though that I was saved because I was a good church member. but I see now that Jesus is the only way to be saved."
And do you receive Him as your Savior?
I do! Yes, I do!"
Adapted from Oswald J. Smith
American Tract Society - Box 462008 - Garland, TX 75046 - USA
Bible References from the New International Version
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Reggie White - Minister of Defense
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