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Before you buy anything written by MIKE GENDRON ,read what intelligent people are saying about his idiotic book entitled :” Preparing Catholics for Eternity”

March 11, 2013

Preparing Catholics for Eternity
by Mike Gendron

My Fellow Christians: Before you run out and buy anything written by Mike Gendron ,it would serve you well to review something he wrote sometime ago and read what others have to say. And then see what you think.

Keep in mind that Mike Gendron often appears on the VCY AMERICA produced CROSSTALK call- in talk show ,which is known for being a gathering place for every cheap religion and political hustler, out to make a quick buck, off some of the most dumbed down members of the BAPTIST/FUNDAMENTALIST/ EVANGELICAL community in America. And this describes the listenership of Vcy America’s crosstalk programming .
It would be hard not view Mike Gendron’s writings on anything having to do with true Christianity, without taking this sad fact into consideration.

So read what others have to say about what Mike thinks and from those with the ability to discern fact from fiction. And not the opinions of callous religion hustlers ,such as : Vic Eliason and Jim the chimp Schneider, The two co hosts of the crosstalk america radio call in talk show.

This is what Mike is saying ,this is what he hopes to accomplish.

“Written by a former Roman Catholic of 37 years, Preparing Catholics for Eternity will greatly assist you to gently bring your Catholic friends to a correct understanding of the truth of salvation????????????????????????by faith alone, not of works Mike Gendron is very clear and methodical as he exposes the fallacies of Roman Catholicism.”

Now here’s some objective analysis of Mike’s book:

“Not everything in this book is false, but on the whole it is a tissue of ignorance, fallacious reasoning, bad reading, and misrepresentation. Perhaps all you really need to know is that Mr Gendron considers the Catholic Church to be “Satan’s most cleverly disguised counterfeit” church (Chapter 9).

We have no call to accuse the author of lying, but he is very much mistaken about Catholic teaching. It was no shock to read that “It is so easy to get lost in the complexity of the Catholic religion” (Chapter 18). Unfortunately this was not a moment of self-reflection, but part of a mini-program he offers to anyone interested in leaving Rome.

Mr Gendron frequently prides himself, in his penultimate chapter, on quoting Catholic sources verbatim, as if quoting were sufficient to ensure a proper understanding. He begins Chapter 5 thus:

There exists a profound contrast between the teachings of the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church concerning the sacrifice of Jesus. Scriptures reveal, “By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin” (Hebrews 10:14,18). But according to the Catholic Catechism, “the sacrifice of Jesus and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice…the same Christ who offered Himself once in a bloody manner on the cross is contained and offered in an unbloody manner on church altars. The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross and is actually the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ” (CCC, para. 1366-67; 1374). Catholics express their faith in the real presence of Christ by worshipping [sic] and adoring the wafer as if it were God (para. 1378). The Vatican teaches that every time the Mass is celebrated the work of redemption is carried on (para. 1405). Christ, in the Eucharist, is offered repeatedly in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead (para. 1414).”

See what he did in that last sentence? You’ll search in vain for the word “repeatedly” in paragraph 1414 of the 1994 edition of the Catechism. He added it. Why? Not, I suspect, because he intentionally means to sabotage something he understands, but because he doesn’t understand how it is possible that the Cross can transcend time, and be present “in” two times at once. Of course you can’t quite fault him for failing to grasp this mystery, though if he’d paid more attention to the lines he quoted from the Catechism, he might have been struck by that astonishing predicate: “one single sacrifice.” We can fault him for presumptuously trusting in his own reading.

It should be clear by now that Mr Gendron is fundamentally confused about what it means to read. It’s almost embarrassing to say this: he doesn’t realize that all reading is interpretive. At one point he advises a fledgling missionary to Catholics to use the “Roman Road” as an evangelistic strategy: “As they read each verse ask them what God is teaching them. This method allows God to speak powerfully and directly to them without your ‘beliefs’ or interpretation, which they usually reject.”

The book is dull. His favorite mode of argument is a feckless style of proof-texting, which pays no attention to context. I have no objections when St Paul proof-texts, of course, but ‘You, sir, are no St Paul.’ “

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