Are there any excuses for not being Catholic? In clear, direct, unambiguous words, St. John says “Be Catholic!”
1 John, 2: 18-21 cannot be denied: “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.”
The most important question for tens of millions of people: Are the inventors of schisms that are in opposition to The Church Jesus Founded those whom St. John describes as the “many antichrists”?
St. John continues:
“Thus we know this is the last hour. They (early Protestants) went out from us, but they were not really of our number; if they had been, they would have remained with us.” They would have stayed in obedience to The Only Church Jesus Founded.
Some are so in love with their own opinions that they do not see how clearly St. John says “Be Catholic!”
Anyone who separates themselves from The Only Church Jesus Founded must be among: “They went out from us, but they were not really of our number: if they had been, they would have remained with us.”
The Most Beloved Apostle continues to drive home his descriptions of Protestantism: “Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.” “desertion” applies to those who followed the inventors of schisms rather than His Church. The faithful do not desert The Church.
Those who began schisms are seen by St. John as “antichrists”. What of those who do not leave Jesus’ Church for the schisms? Of us, he says:
“But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.”
Clearly, St. John says “Be Catholic!”
Protestants don’t care what the man Jesus loved most says! “I know more than St. John.” their love of self drives them to proclaim.