I was walking down Victoria Street in London on Saturday, when I was approached by a young lady of oriental extraction and bearing a sheaf of evangelical literature who wanted to know if I was ‘saved’. I said that I hoped to be in due course, but that I could not possibly know now – a remark which seemed to bewilder her, so I explained that I was a Catholic.
This prompted a polite, but very definite, explanation of why the Catholic Church had nothing to do with Christ and His teaching, and an exhortation to rely on what the Bible taught – indeed, on the very words of Scripture – rather than being mislead by twisted interpretations of it.
I suggested that I was in fact relying on the Bible, and indeed on the actual words of Our Lord, in adhering to the Church which He founded; and quoted Jesus’ words to Peter – ‘Thou art Peter, and upon this rock shall I build My Church, and I shall give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven’.
I explained that I could not see how you could have a plainer statement than that, which was why I was a Catholic, because on Jesus’ own authority, Peter was the foundation of the Church of Christ, and had the keys of the kingdom of heaven : to which her reply was that I didn’t understand, and that that wasn’t what my quotation meant at all.
When I pointed out that that was the plain meaning of the words, and that it was she who appeared to be trying to twist the meaning, rather than relying on the very words of Christ, she got all offended and went off in a huff.
Perhaps I’m not cut out for pavement evangelism . . .