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May 17, 2005
Forcing the Issue
Dear Friends,

Some time back, I placed in a number of Wisconsin newspapers a short letter I wrote about the pope in which I took the position that the pope—each pope—is the antichrist. (See my letter below.) Since then, we have received many vitriolic, mocking letters and e-mails from Roman Catholics. There have also been a number of letters to the editor written in response to my remarks. I am here passing on one such letter. My purpose in doing this is to simply point out the great benefit there is in publicly stating simple truths in defense of our Lord, His Word, and His Church. One of the most insidious dangers today is the ecumenical movement. Public comments from Romanists, such as those below, show the true heart of Rome with her hatred and contempt for the Bible and Bible believers. Thus such comments serve as a wake-up call for Christians being seduced by the "separated brethren" strategy of the Vatican. We may assume that those same comments will put a strain on certain ecumenical relationships. Paul set the Pharisees and Sadducees at odds with each other by publicly raising a doctrinal issue. If by publicly and properly reproving the unfruitful works of Rome, we cause some friction between the Romanists and their evangelical friends, so much the better. We should not scruple to press this issue and press it hard. The neo-evangelical ecumenists, the non-protesting Protestants, and the coy conservatives alike ought to be met at every turn with the question, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow Him: but if pope, then follow him. Those who will not separate from and confront antichrist should not be immune to questions concerning whom they really are following.

Pastor Ralph Ovadal

Where does Ovadal get his authority?
(Published Friday, May 6, 2005 11:14:41 AM CDT)

Editor, the Gazette:

I'm addressing the April 26 letter from Pastor Ralph Ovadal and those to whom, I'm sorry to say, through their ignorance, have bought the myths and false teachings brought over the Catholic Church over the centuries.

For over 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has been Christo-centric with a rich history that puts Jesus at the head. Yes, our authority comes from Rome and the pope.

From where does your authority come? Do you rely solely on your knowledge of the Bible? The Bible, which by the way, comes from our church long before it was divided into chapter and verse.

Unless you know and studied not only the Bible but the lives and writings of the saints and the early church fathers such as Augustine of Hippo, St. Thomas Aquinas, Ignatius of Loyola, Irenaeus, Bonaventure, Louis de Montfort, John of the Cross, St. Francis of Assisi, Marsilius of Padua-the list seems endless. Oh yes, after that, pick up a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church-but then you've probably already read it.

Then, my brother, if you did take on that mighty task of studying the above, you couldn't stay Protestant.

What are your thoughts on John 6-verses 53 through 58? That is central to our faith, to be able to receive the Eucharist, which it Christ himself.

As for Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant, if she was good enough for Jesus, she's good enough for me.


As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church, I feel compelled to comment on the recent death of Pope John Paul II and the selection of his successor. Although it is not uncommon for media personalities to repeat the Romanist mantra that the Catholic pope is the head of Christ's Church, nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus Christ is the only head of His Church. The pope is the head of a church/state behemoth which has little in common with Christ's true Church. Roman Catholic dogma concerning the pope, Mary, the mass, purgatory, indulgences, apparitions, prayers to the dead, and so much more are all grossly unbiblical. The Roman Catholic gospel is a Christ-dishonoring gospel of human works, not God's grace. The pope is not anyone's "Holy Father," and he is not the "vicar of Christ." The Scriptures are clear that the first title is reserved to God alone and the second belongs to the Holy Spirit. Historically, the great Protestant preachers always considered the papacy to be the "antichrist" warned of in the Scriptures. I believe that position to be the correct one. There are many wonderful Catholic people, and I fully support their right to exercise their religious convictions. At the same time, it grieves my heart to think of the billions of people worldwide who have recently been seduced into believing that the Roman Catholic Church is the Church of Jesus Christ when it most definitely is not.

Pastor Ralph Ovadal, Pilgrims Covenant Church

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This web site contains references to Wisconsin Christians United (WCU). That ministry, which was founded by Ralph Ovadal in 1993, has been included as a ministry of Pilgrims Covenant Church since April 1, 2005. 

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