Throwback Thursday: “The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Catholic”

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a short post that was originally published back on March 22, 2016 and has been revised.


The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Catholic
By Ron Rhodes
Harvest House Publishers, 2002, 128 pp.

In this short book, evangelical apologist, Ron Rhodes, examines Roman Catholicism in comparison to God’s Word and suggests ten topics of conversation when witnessing to Catholics:

  1. The apocryphal books are helpful historically, but they do not belong in the Bible.
  2. The Bible alone is authoritative, not tradition.
  3. Peter was one of the leading apostles, but he was not the first pope.
  4. The pope, the bishops, and the magisterium are fallible.
  5. Mary was the mother of Jesus, nothing more.
  6. Justification is instantaneous, once-for-all, and entirely by grace.
  7. The sacrament of the mass does not appease God.
  8. The sacrament of penance does not absolve sins.
  9. There is no purgatory, nor is it needed.
  10. Jesus has changed my life forever.

The genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone is radically different from the false gospel Catholics have been taught. They have been told by their church that salvation comes through participating in its sacraments and then by obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules.

This little book is a valuable resource for evangelicals wishing to learn about what Roman Catholicism teaches without having to read a long tome and for Catholics who wish to learn more about the Gospel of grace. It can be ordered from for only $9.79 here.

Ron Rhodes’ website can be found here.

Additional books about Roman Catholicism from Harvest House Publishers can be found here.

18 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: “The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Catholic”

  1. Will read this after teaching homeschooling! Responding to your comment on my blog: the book went over the high casualties of the Rangers climbing that ridge. That’s an incredible generation. I’m going to email you the link

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      1. I was so sleepy last night prepping on purgatory that I didn’t had anything left in my tank to post something and was fortunate I had a review written already which I posted today

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      2. You need to have 15 drafts in the queue like me! 😊 Just kidding. I know you have a heavy schedule. I’m reading a boring book right now…the first 100 pages were painful to read. The review will be very brief.

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  2. Every time I look at your review of books I look at the date . Doesn’t seem there’s many today. Wonder what the future holds. That chapter on purgatory peaked my interests seeing the table of content for obvious reasons

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    1. There’s definitely been a steep drop off in books from “evangelical” publishers that examine Catholicism. They’re too busy publishing Catholic authors these days. Rhodes is the only Geisler disciple I know of who’s not an ecumenical compromiser.

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