Please Don't Do That!
Reasons Catholics Shouldn't Lend Their Support To
Summary: Reasons Catholics shouldn't lend their support to
non-Catholic efforts, even for great causes
Keywords: Catholic, Activism, Charitable, Charity, Charities,
Efforts, Causes, Pro-Life, Religious, Protestant, Salvation Army,
Donate, Volunteer, Assist, Heresy, False Religions, Pan-Religious,
I cringe every time I hear good
Catholics supporting pro-life efforts or other charitable efforts of
non-Catholics. I guess you could say it sickens me. I have debated this
issue with others and find that those involved generally fail to put
much thought into it. I decided to submit this article in order to help
people think more about this issue.
Most Catholics almost seem shocked at
first when I tell them they shouldn't donate to the "Salvation Army" (a
Protestant organization that even rejects baptism) or join with
Protestants in pro-life causes. They seem to think I'm missing some
brain cells. Well, perhaps I am missing some brain cells, but certainly
not over this issue. Let me explain.
Here are a few reasons Catholics
should NOT join with or support non-Catholic efforts - even for a good
(or even a great!) cause:
If you join or support
religious-backed efforts of non-Catholics...
* You give credence to their false religion, even if that was not your
intent (in terms of the consequences, your intent really doesn't matter
- your actions are what matters... If you join them, you will be counted
* You are directly (or indirectly) helping to propagate their heresies
and errors (again, your intent really doesn't matter)
* You imply that their efforts are better than Catholic efforts [if not,
why not join (or start) a Catholic effort instead?]
* You help to make their effort more successful, resulting in their
receiving more free publicity and good will from the public (the more
successful the effort is, the more publicity and good will they will
* You may contribute to the appearance that the non-Catholic party is
more active than Catholics [when in reality much of the participation
may be from (misguided) Catholics]
* Support of non-Catholic religions advances religious indifferentism.
Remember that it is a defined dogma of the faith that there is no
salvation outside the Catholic Church+
* It is scandalous when Catholics give support to non-Catholic religions
* Any time or talent or money you choose to give to a non-Catholic
effort will then be unavailable for you to give to a Catholic effort -
it may be said that you "cheated the Church out of it"
* You risk making a "god" out of the cause [Are you willing to risk
offending God to assist non-Catholic efforts? Do you even concern
yourself with whether the organizing party's beliefs offend God - or do
you just consider the desired end result? Remember that for an act to be
good, both the ends AND the means must be good. It is NOT acceptable to
give implicit agreement to evil (e.g. heresy), even for the best of
reasons (e.g. saving the unborn). Ultimately, there is NO cause on earth
related to any human suffering, injustice, etc. that is more important
than God. God must be placed first. Always first. NEVER second.]
* Recipients of charity will give credit to the non-Catholic
organization, and not to the Catholic Church - even if 99% of the work
is done by Catholics. I am personally aware of a case in which the
beneficiary of a charitable action joined the Catholic Church. They were
"pre-disposed" to it out of gratitude for the favors received. Had
Catholics involved in that effort instead contributed their funds to a
non-Catholic charity, the recipient may have been "pre-disposed" to join
the false religion associated with the charity. This is true even
despite the fact that the donors may have all been Catholic. All the
recipient knows about or cares about is the organization they receive
from - not who gives to that organization.
* At some point or another, meetings, arrangements, etc. may take place
at their "houses of worship", but remember that places of non-Catholic
"worship" may rightly be called "temples of Satan". Would you enter if
the facility was labeled with this moniker? Most likely not, but these
places really are "temples of Satan" because they propagate lies - and
Satan is the Father of Lies. Even if you never go to their facilities,
they are still the headquarters for the group that you are assisting.
* Since they adhere to a false religion, their motives and reasons for
doing things may be unacceptable or they may use unacceptable methods.
They are also certain to tolerate various sins, or even to propagate
them (e.g. contraception), because they may not see them as sins.
* If you participate in their activities, you may be prevented from
acting or be criticized for acting or be looked down upon for acting
"too Catholic" (e.g. praying your Rosary). You may be subjected to their
non-Catholic prayers - even led by their so-called "pastors" (persons
who abrogate to themselves some "rank" they have no right to - wolves,
really, who propagate errors and further the loss of souls).
* The more time you spend with non-Catholics, the more chance you will
pick up their errors - some may even been converted away from the
Catholic Church! Do you really want to risk your own salvation over any
cause, no matter how otherwise worthy? Don't think it won't
happen...it's probably happened to many other good people.
* If the effort is successful, it will not matter if it was achieved
with 1% Protestant and 99% Catholic participation - if it was started by
a Protestant they will receive all the credit for it. As a result, they
may receive publicity, public support, public backing, new members. They
may even receive public or private funds. Your good works will be
accounted as "theirs". All this because Catholics helped! Further, their
"pastors" (again, wolves) may receive press coverage and therefore more
opportunity to spread their poison to unsuspecting - and pre-disposed -
Even if you don't directly accede to
heresy, you still are helping to support heresy by lending your efforts
to causes backed by heretics. It makes no difference if the cause is
good or not - certainly the efforts themselves may be praiseworthy -
Catholics should not assist non-Catholic religions "in any way, shape,
or form". These religions are "spiritual poison"; most likely costing
their members their souls. If they knew Catholics wouldn't help them
out, at least of few of them might consider the reason for this and be
led into the One True Church. But if you act as if all religions were
the same, you may actually be encouraging heretics to stay in their
errors - errors which cost souls. Also, you may help them spread their
false religions (even if you did not mean to).
I think you are seriously mistaken if
you expect God to reward or praise your efforts if you conduct them
through His enemy (non-Catholic religions are in opposition to the only
church established by Christ, the Catholic Church, and are therefore
enemies of Christ). Would you praise those who supported your mortal
enemies? Would you consider them friends? Then why would you expect God
to do this?
As evidenced by numerous historical
events, the saints would not have joined in with heretics even to
advance a worthy goal if it would have lent credence to false religions.
Rather, they would have been far more likely to convert the heretics
over to the Catholic effort. We also know from history that the Apostle
St. John wouldn't so much as remain in the same building as a heretic.
St. John and St. Paul tell us to reject those who bring false doctrine,
not to work with them to better the earth.
If you are still not convinced,
please ask yourself: If this effort (or cause or organization) was
clearly labeled "Satan's Warriors", complete with the image of the devil
and the flames of hell, would you still be willing to participate with
them or donate to their cause? But what if they "did really good work"?
What if the other members were "well intentioned"? What if they "didn't
mean to be" part of Satan's army? What if other Catholics joined in with
them? Of course any right-thinking Catholic would not assist if the
effort (or cause or organization) was clearly labeled "Satan's Warriors"
even if the participants did "good work" or were "well intentioned" or
"didn't mean to be" part of such a group. In fact, a good Catholic would
most likely be repelled, possibly reaching for the Holy Water. Now,
please realize that these non-Catholic religious organizations are, in
substance, "Satan's warriors" with a much better label (or like
Scripture says "masquerading as an angel of light" - see 2 Cor. 11:14).
This is true even though the individuals themselves are probably
well-intentioned and even if they do some "great work". Just like in
life, if a person kills someone accidentally, that person is still dead
- intention is not always what's most important. The person is still
dead. And remember that spiritual evils are FAR worse than bodily evils.
Those in false religions are deceived
by lies and Catholics can take no part in supporting and advancing (even
indirectly) their false religions. The true Catholic religion
established by Christ Himself cannot be put on the same level as false
religions created by man (religions which are pleasing to the devil and
an offense to God). Instead of joining their efforts, why not join
Catholic efforts? If there are no Catholic efforts, why not start them?
A fair assessment of history shows that it was Catholics who "invented
I know this may not be the most
popular position to take in our pluralistic society, but Catholicism
isn't a popularity contest. All that matters is what's right and what's
wrong. I will close with a reminder of some things Holy Scripture has to
say about heresy. Scripture is quite clear that heresy shouldn't be
Ti. 3:10-11 -- "After a first and second
warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person
is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned."
Gal 1:8-9 -- "But even if we or an angel from
heaven should preach to you a gospel other than the one that we preached
to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say
again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you
received, let that one be accursed!"
2 Jn. 1:10-11 -- "If anyone comes to you and
does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even
greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works."
Flee from heresy. Don't support it.
+ Note: For more on
religious indifferentism and the dogma of 'No Salvation Outside the
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