What is the Second Biggest Mistake Made by Christian Evangelists ?
One’s Sins Directly to God
Now some might point out
the spiritual mistake of not believing or living the Gospel
before trying to share it. Or they might point out the spiritual
mistake of not preparing by frequent reception of the Sacraments
and by offering prayer and sacrifice (to make holy) beforehand.
Or they might point out the sin of omission of not even
bothering to try to share the faith. However, in this article I
am limiting my discussion to just linguistic mistakes of how one
Some - “Catholics” and Protestants - will ignore a Catholic priest and claim that they
confess their sins “directly to God” or “straight to God.” This
I believe is the second biggest linguistic mistake. The only one
that I know of that is bigger is the following.
Most Catholic apologists (all that I know
of) make the HUGE mistake of assuming that
these phrases of going “directly to God” or “straight to God”
appropriately describe what the Protestant is doing.
How straight or direct can I go to God using
only my own abilities ?
What can I do perfectly ?
Should I arrogantly assume that my understanding of how I am to receive
God’s forgiveness is God’s way, or do I search out to discover His Way
and what He has Instituted and come to know what He has revealed ?
If I want to excel at anything I need all the
help of God’s grace that I can get. The more grace I get the more
“direct” and the “straighter” my path to Him can become.
The Protestant response, “that I go directly to
God” is an answer to the question of “What do I do?” A more
humble question is to ask, “What does God do?” The
second question is much more important because what God does is always more
important than what we do.
God comes to us in many ways and
through many different people. So the question is, “Do I want to receive all the grace
that He wishes to share and give to me through others?”
It would be arrogant or at least
foolish for a person to assume that his way is God’s way.
We need to search out and discover the Super Highways that
He has built to aid us in our journey to go to Him and to
grow closer to Him. The Sacraments are these highways.
The Sacrament of Confession includes an Act of Contrition
prayed to God as part of the Sacrament.
How can a person truly claim that he is going
directly to God if he is rejecting the help that God died to give to him
The more of His grace that I receive
- through the Sacrament of Confession and through the
that has been validly ordained -
the more directly I can direct my steps toward God.
The Sacrament of Confession is the
most direct way of taking our sins to God and receiving His
forgiveness and His healing power because He instituted that
Sacrament. If we ignore it we are ignoring His will
and His way. And that would be a much less direct way
of going to Him.
Often a Protestant - who while rejecting the
Sacrament of Confession, or praying to Mary - justifies himself with the
claim that he is going “directly to God” or “straight to God.” It
is a huge mistake for the Catholic evangelist to fail to explicitly
correct this mistaken claim.
Why is this error on the Catholic’s
part so huge ?
There are several reasons why this mistake is so huge.
1. It wrongly confirms, at least in the mind of the Protestant (or
non-Catholic), that the he is accurately describing his actions.
He needs to hear the Catholic emphatically declare that he, the
Protestant, is not going as direct or as straight as he thinks, and for
the sake of his salvation he needs to investigate this further.
2. The Protestant is likely to think : Since I am going “directly to God”
or “straight to God” there is no reason why I should even consider
the Catholic position which is (sic) “obviously less direct and less
3. It misses the opportunity to point out to the Protestant that
he is making an assumption about what going “directly to God” or
“straight to God” means. And consequently, he is unable to
consider the possibility that his assumption might be wrong. A
person cannot evaluate the validity of an assumption if He Does Not Even
Know That He is Making an Assumption.
Read more on the Sacrament at Catholic Answers
The Forgiveness of Sins
Also see more on Going
“directly to God” as it relates to Mary
Free Pamphlet for Catholics detailing official teaching on how Mary
leads us directly to God.
Free Pamphlet for Protestants explaining how Mary leads us directly
to God. Also see additional diagrams. This is specifically
designed for Protestants since many are not inclined to read Catholic