Throwback Thursday: 60% of Catholics: “It is not possible to have a personal relationship with God.”

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on October 12th, 2015 and has been revised.


People talk about having a “personal relationship with Jesus,” but what does that really mean? This afternoon, I was listening to a podcast of the “Calling All Catholics” radio call-in show, originally broadcast on March 13, 2015 on the Station of the Cross, WLOF 101.7FM out of Buffalo, New York. Between phone calls, Catholic priest-host, Dave Baker, and moderator, Mike Denz, were disappointedly mulling over a recent survey that showed that a whopping 60% of Catholics agreed with the survey statement, “It is not possible to have a personal relationship with God.”

Priest Dave said he introduced a course at his parish to show people how to have a personal relationship with Jesus. He even sets up special sessions of “eucharistic adoration” for those taking the course so they can “REALLY” get to know Jesus. Hmm. Does bowing down before a bread wafer constitute having a relationship with Jesus?

For centuries, Catholics were never taught by their church they needed to have a personal relationship with God. Receiving God meant being baptized, consuming the communion wafer, and saying plenty of rote prayers. For Catholics, God was somebody to be feared. Every detail of their impersonal, ritualistic belief system was meant to assuage a God who demanded and expected perfect obedience. If you wanted some motherly sympathy and mercy, you were told to pray to Mary. Most Catholics hoped that when they died and stood before God that their “good” would at least outweigh their bad. But all this evangelical talk about “having a personal relationship with God” had contemporary Catholicism in a dither.

So what constitutes having a “personal relationship” with God? Is it some type of warm, subjective, fuzzy feeling? No, it is a relationship based on the truth of God’s Word that proclaims salvation and sonship with God is possible by faith in Jesus Christ ALONE. Every person who has repented of their sin and has placed their trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior by faith alone is spiritually reborn and has a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We can confidently call the all-powerful God of the Universe our Father only because the blood of His Son washed ALL of our sins away – past, present, and future. We can stand humbly but confidently before God clothed in the imputed perfect righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!!!

I walk with the Lord daily as I journey through this life. He knows me intimately. He protects me. He sustains me. He indwells me. He gives me my next breath. He is my Rock. He is my All. I am nothing without Him. I love Him beyond words. He pulled me out of the deep, dark abyss into the bright sunshine. He grabbed me and pulled me out of the icy sea when I had no strength or breath left. He suffered and died for ALL my sins. He took them all upon himself. Oh, my Lord! Not to have a relationship with Him? There could be NOTHING worse.

Kneeling before a bread wafer is NOT a personal relationship with God. Getting more deeply involved with your religion is NOT a relationship with God. Don’t say you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ if you’re trying to merit your salvation. Does not compute. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. Seek out an evangelical church in your area where the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone is proclaimed. Devour His Word like your three daily meals. Inhale His Word like oxygen!

People sit in front of a TV screen every Sunday and passionately cheer on their favorite football team, but can’t be bothered with the eternal salvation God freely offers through Jesus Christ and the opportunity to have the Almighty God of the Universe as Redeemer, Father, Friend, and the Rock of their life??? That’s just crazy!

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” – Galatians 4: 4-7

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me!!!

Addendum: Several Roman Catholics have written to me in the past, angrily insisting that THEY DID have a “personal relationship with Jesus.” Well, my Catholic friends, you definitely CANNOT be in a relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ, when you are trying to merit your own salvation. Can’t be done. Does not compute.

37 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: 60% of Catholics: “It is not possible to have a personal relationship with God.”

    1. Thanks, sister. Yes, it’s sad. It would have been seen as VERY presumptuous for someone to have claimed to have had a “personal relationship with Jesus” back in my Catholic days. The religion was/is so ritualistic and impersonal. As an accommodation to popular evangelicalism, RC bishops and priests have adopted some of the parlance, but it’s still the same false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. I’m certain the vast majority of the 40% of Catholics who claim to have a “personal relationship with Jesus” are referring to some type of religious/experiential warm and fuzzy rather than Biblical repentance and trusting in Christ as Savior by faith alone. Given the RCC’s freefall in the last four years because of the scandal tsunami, I’m going to guess the (bogus) percentages are somewhat the same.

      Liked by 2 people

    1. Hey brother! Yeah, Francis also said no one can say they are “saved.” Catholics base their salvation on their own merit. I know I have zero ability to merit my salvation, but most Catholics will tell you they have a pretty good shot at it because they never killed anyone, or cheated on on their wife, or robbed a bank, etc.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Yes I was reading the CCC last night it says no salvation without the Catholic Church I believe that is CCC 824. Not one mention of the once for all time finished work of Jesus on the cross in the CCC it’s all law, sacraments, and Mary, the Mass, and the etc.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I have zero ability as well to merit or earn salvation it a free gift and all of GRACE! We are resting in Jesus and what He did for us.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Catholics are very upfront about their belief that they must merit their salvation through sacraments and “good” works. Shame on “evangelical” Judases who insist the RCC teaches the same gospel.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. SB, thanks for the link and quote. As a young child, I looked forward with great anticipation to my first communion only to realize it was a stale bread wafer and nothing more. I didn’t change my behavior after receiving the Jesus wafer and neither did my classmates or my five sisters or my parents. Deep down, I knew it was all a sham. A recent survey found that only 33% of Catholics believe the consecrated wafer is actually Jesus.

      Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks, Crissy, and thank you for the reblog! Yes, Catholicism is a lot of rote prayers and ritualism, no REAL connection between God and a Catholic soul that only comes through faith in Christ alone.

      Liked by 3 people

  1. Man this is so sad to read of how many Catholics don’t even think its possible to have a personal relationship with God. How precious is the Gospel then and how we must share the Gospel to Catholic

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Yes, Jimmy. This reveals the RCC system is broken in a MAJOR way when the majority of the membership don’t think it’s even possible to know God personally. And most of the 40% who do claim a relationship with Jesus are thinking of their consumption of the Jesus wafer or some such fallacy.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Then why did Jesus do what He did then? I

    I have heard this more than once and even thought it myself:
    “they have a pretty good shot at it because they never killed anyone, or cheated on on their wife, or robbed a bank, etc.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Right! Jesus wouldn’t have had to die if we could merit our own salvation. I have heard Catholic clerics explain that Jesus’ death and resurrection opened the doors of Heaven, but it’s up to us to merit our way in.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. So simple He has told us that even the simplest of minds can understand what He our Lord and Savior’s Salvation is all about.

    Matthew 18:2-3 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

    2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

    Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

    John 3:16
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    In Christ Jesus, Amen.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s