The testimonies of fifty priests who sought peace with God only to find it non-existent in the teachings and rituals they performed in the Roman Catholic Church are found in this 346 page book full of the truths of God’s Word and the salvation offered to man in Christ alone, plus or minus nothing. In Far From Rome, NEAR TO GOD, edited by Richard Bennett and Martin Buckingham, the priests reveal their years of study of unbiblical dogma, their unbelief while priests in the ability to forgive sin in the confessional booth and on the battlefield, the fallacy of their ability to turn the wafer and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ, the self-flagellation that took place in the monasteries to atone for sin, and much more. Each priest testifies to their lives being transformed by the Word of God once they actually read it and found written such passages as “There is one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” in I Timothy; “By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves” in the Book of Ephesians; and the forbidden Book of Hebrews they were discouraged to read which speaks of Jesus as the High Priest having sacrificed Himself once for all and is now set down at the right hand of the Father making intercession for man, not Mary or “the saints” being intercessors.
Some of the priests entered the priesthood as young as eleven and twelve years of age. Others entered with the intention of finding God and serving Him. After years of studying for the priesthood and years of serving in parishes, colleges, and on mission fields their lives were as empty, hopeless and far from God as when they began. Searching for God on their own outside of the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church, God led each of them to Himself through His Word and changed them into new creations in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17). When their old lives passed away and all things became new they each determined they could no longer remain in the Catholic Church teaching and preaching its heresies and false doctrine. Not only did God give them new lives in Christ but new direction in serving Him, proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel message in pulpits, on mission fields and in Gospel ministries with the desire of revealing to other Catholics the error of their way by believing in a Pharisaical, man-made system that is contrary to the Word of God.