Throwback Thursday: Growing up Catholic, turning to Jesus

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on June 21, 2016 and has been slightly revised.

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Growing Up Catholic: The Pursuit of Truth – From Tradition to Satisfaction
By Tim Lott
Abundant Publishing, 2007, 192 pages

4 Stars

This book is an interesting testimony from ex-Catholic, Tim Lott. Lott grew up in the Catholic religion, receiving the sacraments, and attempting to merit his way into Heaven by trying to obey the Ten Commandments, as his church taught. He married an evangelical Christian and began attending his wife’s church, although still identifying as a Roman Catholic. But when Lott began reading the Bible for the first time in his life, he discovered there were many differences between God’s Word and Catholicism. Over time, he was convicted of his sin by the Holy Spirit through Scripture and received Jesus Christ as his Savior by faith alone. Lott briefly examines some of the un-biblical beliefs of Catholicism including purgatory, confession of sins to a priest, praying to saints, worshiping (aka venerating) Mary, eucharistic transubstantiation, and the sacrifice of the mass.

I enjoyed the author’s testimony. Lott is not a trained scholar so there are other books that do a much better job of critiquing Catholic theology, but I praise the Lord that he came out of religious error and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior by faith alone. Especially interesting was his struggle regarding baptism. Most Catholics are baptized as infants. Catholicism teaches the sacramental waters actually wash away original sin and incorporate the infant candidate into the church. Lott’s evangelical church taught that baptism is not a sacrament that imparts any grace, but that it’s a public profession of faith in Christ by an adult or a child old enough to fully understand the Gospel. Lott had been baptized as an infant, like most Catholics, and wrestled quite a bit with being baptized again after accepting Christ. I personally had a hard time relating to his struggle and all of the drama. After I accepted Christ, I knew my infant Catholic baptism counted for nothing, so I got genuinely baptized as a professing believer. No drama. But each believer’s journey is different.

Used copies of “Growing Up Catholic” can be ordered from Amazon here. For those who desire to read a thorough critique of Roman Catholicism in comparison to God’s Word, order “The Gospel According to Rome” by James G. McCarthy from Amazon.com. See here. For a list of over 360 books (with hyper-links to over 120 of my reviews) which compare Catholicism to God’s Word, see my Books tab here.

18 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Growing up Catholic, turning to Jesus

  1. Wow! I checked out your Books tab, no one can say you don’t do your homework! One of my primary study books was called “Roman Catholicism” authored by Loraine Boettner, plus five or six others over the years but you and I are not even in the same ball field. Seriously indebted to you for your dedication and accumulated knowledge and understanding. Blessings Tom!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Bruce! I don’t even want to contemplate the specific amount of time it took to compile that list of books over the years, but it was a labor of love. I know you’ve done extensive listings as well and they do take a lot of time and research.

      I chuckled when I read your reference to Boettner’s book because I was thinking about that very book just last night as I was reading evangelical theologian, Gregg Allison’s new book, “40 Questions About Roman Catholicism.” I was thinking HOW MUCH BETTER Allison’s book is compared to Boettner’s, which was THE standard on RC-ism for decades. Some of Boettner’s book could easily be categorized as polemical/contentious rhetoric and some of his sources were downright sketchy, while Allison’s book is solidly researched, objective, and irenic yet uncompromising in tone. I wish I could say we’ve come a long way since Boettner as evidenced by Allison’s new book, but sadly much of evangelical apologetics now takes a accommodating and even an embracing approach when it comes to RC-ism these days.

      But there’s no use in being pessimistic. I’m VERY grateful for Allison’s book. It’s a joy to see such an outstanding book on RC-ism written by a very solid evangelical theologian make it to a Christian publisher these days.
      Thank you and I appreciate all of your hard work at getting out the Gospel and the truth of God’s Word at your blog ministry!
      Blessings to you!

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      1. An amazing coincidence is always worthy of a good chuckle. 😊

        I’m about halfway through Allison’s book and I’ve been constantly shaking my head in amazement since page 1 at how good it is.

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  2. Going to read this Throwback Post! Responding to your comment: Wow I didn’t even know there’s such a thing as Norovirus; my there’s so many virus out there. I just prayed for your recovery.
    My Thursday is going well, just finished a meeting with the associate pastor for the Chinese congregation and just finished lunch; going to celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday pretty soon this afternoon!

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    1. Thanks for your prayers and for reading! I never heard of Norovirus either until that radio report.
      Glad your day’s going well and hope your daughter’s birthday celebration is a joyous event for your daughter and the whole family! 🎈🎂

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    1. Thanks! Yup, I also appreciate testimonials. I think any books like this will be independently published in the future.

      RE: 120 reviews
      Yeah, I was counting them up this morning to get a number to stick at the bottom and it was hard to believe.

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      1. “I think any books like this will be independently published in the future.” I think that is going to more and more likely with our age’s idolatry of inclusion.
        Also that’s so cool you reviewed 120 books. Your site is severely underrated for the good stuff on Roman Catholicism

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      2. RE: inclusion
        Right, the prevailing spirit of ecumenism cannot abide a book like this.
        RE: severely underrated
        Thanks, brother! I’m hoping the Lord has used the site to help some Catholics. I get the impression over the last 6 years that many/most evangelicals are repulsed/embarrassed by the information I put out there due to the spreading spirit of inclusion.

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  3. When we started reading the Bible we too saw that there “were many differences between God’s Word and Catholicism”. What an eye opener that was! We also knew that our infant baptism was worthless and we were baptized again. That was such a joyous day. Thanks for another good post Tom!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! I praise God for Tim Lott’s salvation and for writing this good book about renouncing Roman Catholicism. I also praise God for saving you and Billy out of RC-ism and I’m grateful for your ministries!

      I must admit that I did get a bit frustrated with Tim due to his heavy drama over whether to get baptized again. I think some saved ex-Catholics might have trouble getting baptized again because they view it as “betraying” Mom and Dad. Yup, getting baptized myself and then seeing my wife get baptized several months later were such joyous events! I remember the moments vividly 37 years later.

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