Dear Mr. Mike Gendron:
We at The Domain for Truth would like to express our sincerest gratitude to you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do an interview with us. It was not too long ago since we first fellowshipped together at the Shepherds’ Conference. One of the main topics we addressed were the Roman Catholic religion, Robert Jeffress’ comments concerning the Tim Tebow controversy, the signing of the Manhattan Declaration, and the Christian evangelization to Roman Catholics. We also understand that you were saved out of the Roman Catholic religion by the grace of God through faith. Now your ministry is one that focuses heavily on reaching out to Roman Catholics.
For those of you who are not acutely aware of Mike’s ministry, here is a brief description about him and his ministry. Please see their website for more information. If the Lord leads, I encourage you to surf their site and perhaps support their ministry financially. They are one of the very few ministries out there that are aggressively and actively trying to reach Roman Catholics with the Gospel of grace. Proclaiming the Gospel ministry has a huge heart for Roman Catholics.
Here is their website: Proclaiming the Gospel. There are books and tracts that you could purchase there.
Here is a brief description about Mike, the founder of Proclaiming the Gospel:
“For over 30 years, Evangelist Mike Gendron was a devout Roman Catholic and a strong defender of the ‘one true church.’ He was taught from a very early age, to trust and rely on the church, its priests, the sacraments and his own good works for salvation. However in 1981 while attending an evangelical seminar, he realized the Bible is the supreme authority for knowing truth. His new excitement and hunger for the inspired word of God led him to help organize the very ﬁrst Little Rock Scripture Study at a Catholic Church in Dallas. Mike soon realized that many of the teachings and traditions of the Catholic religion were not found in the Bible. After more study he discovered the Roman Catholic plan of salvation was diametrically opposed to the Gospel of grace that is revealed in the Bible. After discerning that God seeks worshippers in spirit and truth, Mike left the Catholic Church in 1985 for a church where the true Gospel is proclaimed and the Scriptures are the ﬁnal authority in all matters of faith.
In 1988 he left a successful career in corporate management to study at Dallas Theological Seminary. Four years later, during his last semester at DTS, Mike and his wife Janeʼs love for Catholics inspired them to begin a ministry that would point Catholics to the Lord Jesus Christ as their all sufﬁcient Savior. Their hearts are now burdened for those who may be where they were for most of their life – eternally condemned and not even aware of it.”
I believe they also have a new staff member named Jason Hauser—a TMS graduate who serves alongside Mike. It is great to see another person serving alongside him.
Without further ado, here are some questions we have for you, Mike.
1) Is it wrong for evangelicals to sign unity accords with Catholics? Did the signing of the Manhattan Declaration by renowned Christian leaders vastly affect your ministry?
Yes, it is wrong for evangelicals, who have been sanctified by the truth, to sign unity accords with Roman Catholics, who believe and teach a false and fatal gospel. It is wrong for several reasons. First God’s Word makes it clear: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? The Lord gives the command, “therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them.”
Second, when highly visible and influential evangelicals sign unity accords with Catholics, it brings confusion to the Body of Christ. They do not know if they should consider Catholics as brothers and sisters in Christ or as unbelievers who need to be evangelized. Evangelicals who sign unity accords with Catholics are not aware of Rome’s strategy to bring all “separated brethren” back home to Rome. Part of their strategy is to persuade evangelical leaders to profess Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of Christianity. Tragically they have been successful in their seduction.
Third, when confused evangelicals do not recognize Roman Catholicism the world’s largest and most neglected mission field, it leaves 1.2 billion Catholics on the wide road to destruction with less of an opportunity to hear the Gospel of grace.
2) Why do Catholics need to be evangelized if they already believe in Jesus?
The Jesus of Roman Catholicism returns every day when the priest calls Him down from heaven to be worshipped and represented as a sin offering on their altar. The Lord Jesus warned us, “If anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ, do not believe him’” (Matthew 24:23). Yet this is what Catholic priests proclaim each time they lift up the Eucharist. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Eucharist becomes “the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ…[such that] the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 1374). This is done so that “the same Christ who offered himself” on the cross can “be offered” on Catholic altars (CCC, 1367).
The Catholic Jesus does not offer eternal life. He offers only conditional life. After the sacrament of baptism each Catholic is placed on probation and must strive to remain in God’s favor through good works, sacraments and law keeping (CCC, 1129, 2068). Those who die in a state of mortal sin will suffer in hell’s eternal fire (CCC, 1035). As we witness to Roman Catholics we must present the Lord Jesus Christ in all of His sufficiency! He is the perfect High Priest, who offered Himself, the perfect sacrifice to a perfect God who demands perfection. Then He cried out in victory, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
3) Do you believe there are any Christians in the Catholic Church?
Yes, but they are no longer Catholic. There are born again Christians in the Catholic church because God has granted them repentance and true saving faith upon hearing His Gospel. Eventually the Spirit of God will lead them out of the false religion that once held them in bondage. God will deliver them from idolatry as they are discipled in the truth of His Word.
4) What are your thoughts on Christians (former Catholics) who are staying in the Catholic Church to reform it?
I tried doing this when God opened my eyes to the true Gospel but I was quickly marked as a heretic and trouble maker. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is diametrically opposed to the Catholic plan of salvation. When Christians begin sharing the truth of God’s Word clearly, objectively and passionately, they will be asked to leave.
5) What are the most critical differences between the Catholic faith and the Christian faith?
The most critical difference is how one is justified and the promises of the Gospel. Whenever another Jesus is embraced, it always leads to another gospel. Since Catholics do not see Jesus as the all-sufficient Savior they need another gospel to instruct them what they must do to be saved. The biblical Gospel proclaims salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, all for the glory of God alone. Rome denies the work of redemption is done and offers a list of requirements for salvation.
From the Council of Trent, Canon 24, we read: “If anyone says that the justice [or justification] received is not preserved and also not increased before God through good works but that those works are merely the fruits and signs of justification obtained, but not the cause of the increase, let him be anathema.” Canon 9 reads: “If anyone says, that by faith alone the impious is justified . . . let him be anathema.” Rome teaches that “all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments” (CCC, 2068).
Rome also denies the Gospel’s promise of eternal life by declaring that justification can be lost by mortal sin. Catholics must then be re-justified through penance. If they die in the state of mortal sin, they spend eternity in hell. This is a total rejection of God’s power and promise in Romans 8:28-30 and 1 Peter 1:1-5).
6) Here is a question from one of our subscribers of The Domain for Truth, “If the Pope is the ultimate authority of the church and he confirms something to be true but contradicts a previous pope—who should be followed?”
Rome has three authorities that they say are equal – Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magesterium of Bishops led by the “infallible” pope. In actual practice, it is the pope and bishops who twist and distort the Scriptures to harmonize their interpretations with 1600 years of Sacred Tradition. Catholics will admit that popes have disagreed with one another in the past. Their explanation is not everything they teach is infallible, only when they speak from the Chair of Peter. Catholics should test every man’s teaching with the Word of God (Acts 17:11).
Well, this is the wrap-up of this very important meeting with Mike. We thank you, Mike and Jason, for standing up for the truth in a day where compromise seems to be the norm. May we pray for more Martin Luthers to rise up and proclaim the Gospel in a dark and confusing world. Sola scriptura!
What are your thoughts, readers?
The Domain for Truth