'Saints of Papal Rome'?

The truth about 'Mother Teresa' - 1

Was Mother Teresa a true Christian?


Whenever >Mother= Teresa=s work is questioned among the >Christian community= the result is inevitable: loud outcries and numerous letters objecting to an "attack on such a godly woman who loves Jesus."  This is a summary of her life and work by David Cloud who has lived in India for many years and is a born-again Christian who is a zealous orthodox (right, straight, true!) Christian Bible-believer, a careful theologian and researcher, and a devoted servant of the Lord Jesus Christ (although sections of the evidence are repeated in places we have followed the request of the author and left them as found in the original document - ref. www.wayoflife.org).

Mother Teresa
Humanitarian
August 27, 1910 - September 5, 1997


Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 27, 1910, in what is now Skopje, Macedonia.  Raised in a middle-class Roman Catholic family, she felt the call to be a nun at age 12.  Five years later, in 1928, Agnes said good-bye to her mother (it was the last time she would ever see her) and made her way to Darjeeling, India, a picturesque town nestled 7,000 feet in the Himalayas, for training. In 1931, she took the new name of Sister Teresa, after the French nun St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower). In 1939 she took final vows and was named
>mother superior= at St. Mary's School at the Loreto Sisters convent in a suburb of Calcutta.

While travelling to Darjeeling for a retreat in 1946, she felt called to work in the slums; and in 1948 she first put on the namesake white sari with a blue border, and moved into the wretched slums of Calcutta.  The Vatican approved her new order, the Missionaries of Charity, on October 7, 1950.  In 1952 she opened Nirmal Hriday, her now-famous home for dying destitutes in Kalighat, in south Calcutta.  During Mother Teresa's lifetime, an estimated 54,000 people were brought into Nirmal Hriday.

In 1963 the Missionaries of Charity was expanded to include male workers. Today roughly 4,500 nuns and 500 "religious brothers" work with the Missionaries of Charity operating 600 homes in 120 countries.

Having lived more than 87 years, almost 50 of those spent assisting the destitute, Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997.

Her Good Work

That this woman was a kind, self-giving woman, we have no doubt.  Having lived in South Asia for more than 20 years and having spent several weeks in Calcutta itself, I never doubt that Mother Teresa was an unusually self-sacrificing person. Many of Calcutta's ten million residents live in the lowest squalor, some reports estimating as many as one million people are born, grow up, live, and die on the filthy streets of that massive city. The place is awfully oppressive to one's spirit, especially for the newcomer.

Even after twenty or more visits, I never ceased to be depressed by wretched Calcutta. I'm not alone in this feeling, either. It is said that Winston Churchill, after his first visit to Calcutta, stated that he was happy he had made the trip -  happy, that is, because having been there once and having experienced it, he would not have to return!

Yes, Calcutta is an awful place in many ways, and the living condition of multitudes of people there is wretched. For a woman to give her life to care for the castoffs of society is commendable.

Acknowledging that Mother Teresa is a good woman from the human perspective, though, has not answered the original question inscribed in the title of this report:

"Was Mother Teresa a regenerate Christian in the Biblical sense, a woman with which Bible-believing Christians should associate and with whom they should work?"

Man's Estimation of Her

Mother Teresa certainly had a fair share of commendations! The secular world honoured her with the Nobel Peace Prize (1979) and with other accolades on every hand - by heads of state, by scientists, by the press and peoples of practically every nation on earth.  In 1980 she was given India's highest decoration, the Bharat Ratna.  In June 1985, she received from President Reagan the highest United States civilian honour, the Medal of Freedom award (
Christian News, July 1, 1985, p. 15). In October 1985, she received the "warmest ovation of the United Nation's 40th anniversary celebration" (Birmingham Post-Herald, October 28, 1985). In June 1997, she addressed the United States Congress and was given the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honour Congress can confer.

It goes without saying that Mother Teresa was commended by her own Roman Catholic Church.  She was awarded the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971.  When she died, she was hailed as a saint by Pope John Paul II and other high officials in Catholicism.  Cardinal John O'Connor of New York said Mother Teresa is already a saint.  In March 1999, Pope John Paul II approved a waiver to put Mother Teresa on a fast track to official sainthood.  Normally a five-year waiting period is required after the death of an individual before the process toward sainthood is even started, but in Mother Teresa's case the process began only months after her death and she has already been beatified.  The only step remaining is for her to be canonized as a "saint."  With the Pope's permission, Archbishop Henry Sebastian D'Souza of Calcutta has begun the investigation that will doubtless lead to "beatification" and eventually canonization as a "saint."

Note:  She was finally canonised on 4 September 2016.

Joining in the applause are most Protestant groups.  At Mother Teresa's death, Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader and Baptist minister Martin Luther King, said, "Our world has lost the most celebrated saint of our times." 

Almost without exception the major Protestant bodies, such as the more than 300 member bodies of the World Council of Churches, have risen up and called Mother Teresa blessed.  An example is the statement made in the official periodical of the Church of North India, a member of the World Council and representative of 700,000 Christians in over 2,000 congregations in India.  The cover of The North India Churchman for November 1979 featured a photo of a smiling Mother Teresa, and inside this issue editor V. Henry Devadas said:

"We are delighted that Mother Teresa has been awarded the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.  We offer our hearty congratulations to Mother Teresa and thank God for her ministry of charity to the poorest of the poor in our country.  May her example of dedicated service to God and man inspire each one of us." 

Mother Teresa also appeared on the cover of the January- April 1990 issue of the
Sowing Circle, a publication of the Bible Society of India.  The accompanying article describes Bible Society General Secretary B.K. Premanik's visit with Mother Teresa:

"Millions of Christians around the world went down on their knees as they learnt about Mother Teresa's ill-health. ... A simple, unassuming, white-clad woman but her life speaks volumes about the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. ... Her picture has been printed in some of the Bible Society of India scripture materials.  We appreciate her selfless service to the people, the down-trodden in particular.  We pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen her to demonstrate the love of Christ and that the Christian community will learn from her example."

It is not that surprising to see the world, Catholicism, and liberal Protestantism offer unqualified applause to Mother Teresa.  More significant and difficult to understand is the applause given to her by those that claim to be Bible-believing Christians.

Consider WORLD VISION, which claims to be an evangelical Christian mission.  A report on the Jesus
>81 rally at Anaheim Stadium appeared in the Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1981, as follows:

"In the June-July 1984 issue of World Vision, an article by Joseph Ryan, director of World Vision's Northwest Regional Office, tells of his visit to Mother Teresa in India who founded and leads the Roman Catholic Missionaries of Charity.  Noted for her efforts to help the poor, this famous woman impressed the World Vision visitors with her humble spirit and simple words in which she said her work was
>all for Jesus.'" 

When Mother Teresa died, Evangelist BILLY GRAHAM gave this statement to the press: "It was my privilege to be with her on several occasions. The first time was at the Home of Dying Destitutes in Calcutta.  I had a wonderful hour of fellowship in the Lord with her just at sunset, and I will never forget the sounds, the smells and the strange beauty of that place.  When she walked into the room to greet me, I felt that I was, indeed, meeting a saint'' ("Mother Teresa Hailed as a Saint," Associated Press, Sept. 6, 1997).

Mother Teresa was extolled in an editorial in the January 1982 issue of LIGHT OF LIFE magazine, the most popular evangelical periodical in India.

In early May 1997, the popular radio-television preacher D. JAMES KENNEDY (1930-2007) featured Mother Teresa on his broadcast.  The announcer for Kennedy stated warmly, "who better to speak on love than Mother Teresa."

The November 1989 issue of JAMES DOBSON'S Focus on the Family's Clubhouse magazine featured a smiling Mother Teresa on the cover.  The lead article was "Teresa of Calcutta: Little Woman with a Big Heart."  The readers of this magazine were made to think that Mother Teresa was a genuine New Testament Christian and that she did a great work for God through her Missionaries of Charities mission.

Speaking at a
>Promise Keepers= conference in Memphis in 1996, CHUCK COLSON said Christians need to reach across all denominational lines and that he was proud that Mother Teresa was his sister in Christ (Calvary Contender, November 15, 1996).  In his 2003 book "Being the Body" Colson said when he was asked by someone to travel to Calcutta to give the plan of salvation to Mother Teresa before she died, he replied that such a scene would give "a new dimension to the word ludicrous" (p. 64).

BILL HYBELS of Willowcreek Community Church invited Priest Med Laz of Holy Family Catholic Church to speak to his people.  When Laz boasted that Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic, Hybels indicated that Protestants are jealous of that fact (Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, 1998).

Charismatics have also honoured Mother Teresa. PAT ROBERTSON hosted a television special in 1984 entitled "Don't Ask Me, Ask God."  The program, broadcast on 150 television outlets as well as the Christian Broadcasting Network cable system, featured Mother Teresa, together with other well-known Christians (EP News Service, Aug. 25, 1984).

At a Sign and Wonders Conference in Melbourne, Australia, March 3, 1989, JOHN WIMBER praised Mother Teresa (Protestant Review, March 1989).

In 1992 JAN CROUCH, of Trinity Broadcasting Network, fulfilled a lifelong dream to meet with Mother Teresa.  She said, "It was a dream come true. I had my questions all prepared, but when this precious tiny lady came by, all I could do was fall to my knees.  What will it be like when we see Jesus Himself, face to face?  I felt I had a little foretaste that day!" (Plains Baptist Challenger, June 1992).

In May 1997 Mother Teresa was featured on D. JAMES KENNEDY's radio program. The announcer for Kennedy stated warmly, "who better to speak on love than Mother Theresa."

The October 4, 1997, issue of WORLD magazine contained an article entitled "An Ordinary Faith: Mother Teresa's life should prod us to go and do likewise."  The second paragraph began, "Last month the gates of heaven finally welcomed Mother Teresa home" (David Kuo, "An Ordinary Faith," World, Oct. 4, 1997, p. 26).  To make such a statement one would have to be utterly careless about the definition of the gospel.  Though we could wish that Mother Teresa is in heaven, by her own testimony she was trusting in Rome's sacramental gospel, particularly in Mary and the Mass.

The November-December 1997, issue of THE PLAIN TRUTH magazine, published by the Worldwide Church of God, featured Mother Teresa on its cover and praised her in a feature article entitled "In His Service."

In 2009, Al Mohler, Jr., head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, sang Mother Teresa's praises in "An Evangelical Meditation on Mother Teresa."  While acknowledging that the Roman Catholic Church teaches that works are a part of salvation, Mohler refused to state that Mother Teresa was guilty of preaching a false gospel even in the face of irrefutable evidence.  He wrote: "Did she trust in her good works for her salvation? ... Was her faith in Christ, and in Christ alone? ... The answers to these questions are, for now, known only to God"  ("Faith Without Works Is Dead: An Evangelical Meditation on Mother Teresa," July 16, 2009, AlbertMohler.com).  As we will see, the answers to these questions was provided by Mother Teresa herself.

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church wrote a glowing introduction to the 2010 book Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint (by the editors of
Time magazine).  Warren says, "A handwritten note from Mother Teresa hangs on my office wall, it says, >Be holy because the God who created you is holy and he loves you.'  Mother Teresa didn't just believe those words; she incarnated them. ... My wife, Kay, was so deeply affected by her visit to Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying in Calcutta that our foundation is named Acts of Mercy. ... By being the hands and feet of Jesus, this petite Albanian Catholic nun became one of the great evangelists of the 20th century. ... Mother Teresa is exhibit A of a true hero - a saint."

Many other examples could be given. It is obvious that Mother Teresa has been accepted as a true Christian by multitudes from practically every spectrum of Christianity.

Let me repeat, I am not doubting the goodness of Mother Teresa
=s work from a temporal, human, earthly perspective (but see later notes on the nature of the health treatment administered by her >homes for the dying=).  Yet the most important question in regard to any religious work is whether or not it is acceptable to God, whether or not it is grounded and settled in the Truth.  The Bible says, ATo the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them@ (Isaiah 8:20).

The Lord Jesus Christ warned:

ANot every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and IN THY NAME DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity@ (Matthew 7:21-23).

Thus we see that the Lord Jesus Christ solemnly warned that MANY who will do wonderful things IN HIS NAME will turn out to be unsaved people who did not know Him in truth.

It is not enough that someone loves
AJesus@ or serves Athe Lord@ or preaches Athe gospel.@ The apostle Paul warned of false christs, false spirits, and false gospels (2 Corinthians 11:3-4). The devil can and does counterfeit everything God is doing in this age. He has his own gospel, his own christ, his own doctrine of conversion, even his own brand of holiness.

The only way we can know for sure what is genuine and what is counterfeit is to test it by the infallible Word of God. The people at Berea were commended for doing this:
AThese were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so@ (Acts 17:11).

Those who carefully test everything by the Word of God today are commonly counted as hateful troublemakers, but the Bible warns that those who are not careful are foolish.
AThe simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going@ (Proverbs 14:15). The wise man knows there are many spiritual dangers. He is aware that he has a formidable spiritual enemy who transforms himself into an angel of light and whose ministers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness. The wise man takes heed to the Bible=s warnings: ABe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour@ (1 Peter 5:8). A... Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works@ (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Because of these spiritual realities, the wise Christian is extremely cautious. He does not gullibly accept someone as a genuine Christian because of a mere profession or because of Agood works.@ He investigates what gospel the person holds, what Christ he is trusting, what spirit he is following.

Was Mother Teresa a regenerate Christian? To what eternal destiny did she lead those to whom she ministered? This is the important question, no matter how unpopular it might be even to consider making such a
Aharsh@ and Aunloving@ judgment.

An Evangelical Catholic?

There are not a few who would say Mother Teresa was a
Aliberated@ evangelical Catholic of the post-Vatican II period and that she was not only ministering food, medicine, and human kindness, but the true gospel of eternal salvation as well.  Is this so?  We have not far to go to find the answer.  Mother Teresa openly and gladly admitted that she was a thorough-going Roman Catholic, a faithful follower of her church, an obedient sister of Romanism (except that she believed that women should be ordained to the priesthood!).

While the declarations of the Vatican II Council of the 1960s did bring changes to the Catholic Church, it did not change the foundational dogmas of that organization.  Vatican II not only upheld the false teachings of Catholicism, it actually strengthened them.

The hundreds of bishops attending Vatican II reaffirmed such Roman heresies as papal supremacy; the Roman priesthood; the mass as a re-sacrifice of Christ; a sacramental faith plus works gospel; Catholic tradition on equal par with Scripture; Mary the Queen of Heaven and co-redemptress with Christ; auricular confession; pilgrimages to
Aholy shrines@; purgatory; prayers to and for the dead; etc.

All of the these Roman Catholic doctrines are reaffirmed in the book
>Vatican Council II - The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents=. This book is published by the Roman Catholic Church and contains the Imprimatur: Walter P. Kellenberg, D,D., Bishop of Rockville Centre, August 12, 1975.  AImprimatur@ is the official stamp of approval for Catholic publications and means Alet it be printed.@

Consider some quotes from the Vatican II documents:

Catholic traditions on equal par with Scripture -

ASacred Tradition and sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. ... Thus it comes about that the Church does not draw her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Hence, both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal feelings of devotion and reverence@ (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Chap. 2, 9, p. 682).

Salvation through sacraments and the church -

A[Christ] also willed that the work of salvation which they preached should be set in train through the sacrifice and sacraments, around which the entire liturgical [ritualistic] life revolves. Thus by Baptism men are grafted into the paschal mystery of Christ. ... They receive the spirit of adoption as sons@ (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Chap. 1, I, 5,6, pp. 23-24).

Salvation through baptism -

ABy the sacrament of Baptism, whenever it is properly conferred in the way the Lord determined and received with the proper dispositions of soul, man becomes truly incorporated into the crucified and glorified Christ and is reborn to a sharing of the divine life@ (Decree on Ecumenism, chap. 3, II, 22, p. 427).

Popes distribute salvation -

AGod=s only-begotten Son ... has won a treasure for the militant Church ... he has entrusted it to blessed Peter, the key-bearer of heaven, and to his successors who are Christ=s vicars on earth, so that they may distribute it to the faithful for their salvation ... The merits of the Blessed Mother of God and of all the elect ... are known to add further to this treasury@ (the ellipses are in the original) (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences, Chap. 4, 7, p. 80).

Mary, the sinless mother of God, perpetual virgin, bodily assumed into Heaven as queen over all -

AJoined to Christ the head and in communion with all his saints, the faithful must in the first place reverence the memory of the glorious ever Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ ... Because of the gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. ... The Immaculate Virgin preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things@ (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, chap. 8, I, 52,53; II, 59, pp. 378,381- 382).

Mary, co-redemptress with Christ -

AAs St. Irenaeus says, she being obedient, became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race. Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert with him in their preaching ... >death through Eve, life through Mary= ... This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ=s virginal conception up to his death@ (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, chap. 8, II, 56, pp. 380-381).

Mary, Heavenly intercessor -

ATaken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their blessed home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix [Mediator]@ (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, chap. 8, II, 62, pp. 382-383).

Further quotes from Vatican II and from the New Catholic Catechism can be found in
>Is the Roman Catholic Church Changing=, available as a free eBook (PDF, Mobi, and ePub) from Way of Life Literature  -  www.wayoflife.org.

It is plain that the Catholic Church continues to uphold doctrines which are contrary to the Word of God and even blasphemous. One can stubbornly say,
AI don=t care what the Catholic Church teaches or what Mother Teresa believed; I still believe she was a good Christian.@  But having faced the facts, one cannot deny that the Catholic Church preaches a false gospel and is committed to a vast range of heresies.

It is possible for a Roman Catholic to be saved IN SPITE OF Rome
=s false gospel, but it is not possible for someone to be saved BY Rome=s gospel.

Further, the Bible says that those who are saved will abide in sound doctrine.
AThey went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us@ (1 John 2:19).  A truly saved person who has the indwelling Holy Spirit of Truth will reject error.

What Mother Teresa Believed

Mother Teresa was a thorough-going Catholic, a faithful daughter of Vatican II. She was a great worshipper of Mary; she believed the wafer of the mass is literally and actually Jesus Christ.

In June 1986, Mother Teresa spoke at the second annual Rosary for Peace gathering. She said,
AGenerously give your child to be consecrated to God. The greatest gift God can give to a family is to have a son to be a priest at the altar, at whose absolution a sinner full of sin becomes a sinner without sin.  Pray that one or two of your children be consecrated that you may grow in holiness.  Make your family one heart full of love, the heart of Jesus through Mary@ (The Tidings, Los Angeles, California, June 20, 1986).

Thus Mother Teresa believed that the Catholic priest has the power to absolve sinners of sin and that we come to Jesus through Mary.

At the same meeting Mother Teresa called on the audience to pray the rosary,
Awhich we pray everyday, in the streets, around the world, wherever we are,@ and to adore the Eucharist in their parishes. She asked that the rosary be said for peace...@ (The Tidings, Los Angeles, Calif., June 20, 1986).

The rosary is largely a prayer to Mary.  To
Aadore the Eucharist@ is to worship the wafer of the mass as Jesus Christ.

All Men Are Children of God

In her speech before the United Nations in October 1985, she said,
AWe gather to thank God for the 40 years of the beautiful work of the United Nations for the good of people. No color, no religion, no nationality should come between us - we are all children of God. ... When we destroy an unborn child, we destroy God@ ( Christian News, Nov. 11, 1985, p. 17).

Mother Teresa called AIDS sufferers
Achildren of God@ and said, AEach one of them is Jesus in a distressing disguise@ (Time, Jan. 13, 1986).

The April 7-13, 1990, issue of
Radio Times told the story of Mother Teresa sheltering an old Hindu priest. AShe nursed him with her own hands and helped him to die reconciled with his own gods.@ This is exactly what the Missionaries of Charity do in Kathmandu, Nepal, as we shall see later in this report from the interview with Sister Ann.

In the biography Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, she is quoted by Desmond Doig as follows:
AIf in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we ... become *4a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are ... What God is in your mind you must accept.@

Mother Teresa participated in the
ASummit for Peace@ in Assisi, Italy, in November 1986. This blasphemous prayer meeting was arranged by the pope and was attended by leaders of many different religions, including Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Shinto, Sikh, and North American Indians - all of whom united in prayers for world peace (Time, Nov. 10, 1986, pp. 78-79).

When Mother Teresa died, her longtime friend and biographer Naveen Chawla said that he once asked her bluntly,
ADo you convert?@ She replied, AOf course I convert.  I convert you to be *4a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you=ve found God, it=s up to you to decide how to worship him@ (AMother Teresa Touched other Faiths,@ Associated Press, Sept. 7, 1997).

Speaks to Priests

As further evidence of just how radically un-Biblical Mother Teresa
=s views were, consider some quotes from her speech at the Worldwide Retreat for Priests, October 1984, in Paul VI Audience Hall, Vatican City:

AAt the word of a priest, that little piece of bread becomes the body of Christ, the Bread of Life. Then you give this living Bread to us, so that we too might live and become holy. ... We and our people are hungry for God, hungry for holiness. I have seen this same hunger even among Hindus and Muslims@ (Mother Teresa, cited in Be Holy: God=s First Call to Priests Today, edited by Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R., foreword by Msgr. John Magee, South Bend, Indiana: Greenlawn Press, 1987, p. 108).

AI remember the time a few years back, when the president of Yemen asked us to send some of our sisters to his country. I told him that this was difficult because for so many years no chapel was allowed in Yemen for saying a public mass, and no one was allowed to function there publicly as a priest. I explained that I wanted to give them sisters, but the trouble was that, without a priest, without Jesus going with them, our sisters couldn=t go anywhere. It seems that the president of Yemen had some kind of a consultation, and the answer that came back to us was, >Yes, you can send a priest with the sisters!= I was so struck with the thought that ONLY WHEN THE PRIEST IS THERE CAN WE HAVE OUR ALTAR AND OUR TABERNACLE AND OUR JESUS. ONLY THE PRIEST CAN PUT JESUS THERE FOR US. ... Jesus wants to go there, but we cannot bring him unless you first give him to us@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, pp. 109, 111).

ASo let us ask the help of our Lady!  She is a Mother full of grace, full of God, full of Jesus.  Let us ask her to be our Mother, guiding us and protecting us. ... It is true that we are already being helped by our tremendous devotion to Mary. She is our patroness and our Mother, and she is always leading us to Jesus@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 75).

AOne day she [a girl working in Calcutta] came, putting her arms around me, and saying, >I have found Jesus.= ... > And just what were you doing when you found him?= I asked.  She answered that after 15 years she had finally gone to confession, and received Holy Communion from the hands of a priest. Her face was changed, and she was smiling. She was a different person because THAT PRIEST HAD GIVEN HER JESUS@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 74).

AWe must bring Jesus back into these homes by consecrating them to his Sacred Heart, by bringing prayer into the people=s lives, and teaching them to say the Rosary. Priests always used to do this before, and they have to start doing these things again, so that these families can have peace and joy and holiness through their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. ... THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS YOU ARE CALLED >ANOTHER CHRIST=@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 112).

It should be clear that Mother Teresa was anything but an evangelical Christian. She was a self-sacrificing woman who followed a false religion.

The Saint of Darkness

By her own admission, Mother Teresa found only spiritual darkness. This is documented in the shocking book
Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, the Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta (2007), which contains statements made by the nun to her Catholic confessors and superiors over a period of more than 65 years.

In March 1953 she wrote to her confessor:
A... THERE IS SUCH TERRIBLE DARKNESS WITHIN ME, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started >the work.=@

Over the years she had many confessors, and she continually referred to her spiritual condition as
Amy darkness@ and to Jesus as Athe *1Absent One.@

In 1962 she wrote:
AIF I EVER BECOME A SAINT - I WILL SURELY BE ONE OF >DARKNESS,=@ and again, AHow cold  -  how empty  -  how painful is my heart.  -  Holy communion  -  Holy Mass  -  all the holy things of spiritual life  -  of the life of Christ in me  -  are all so empty  -  so cold  -  so un-wanted@ (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, p. 232).

In 1979 she wrote:
ATHE SILENCE AND THE EMPTINESS IS SO GREAT  -  that I look and do not see  -  Listen and do not hear.@

Her private statements about the spiritual darkness she encountered in contemplative prayer continued in this vein until her death, and they are the loudest possible warning about the danger of the Catholic contemplative mysticism which is sweeping through evangelicalism.

Contemplative practices are vehicles to bring practitioners into contact with demons.

Interview with Sister Ann

Further evidence of the spiritual bankruptcy of Mother Teresa
=s work is seen in the following interview with one of her co-workers, Sister Ann. The previous references to Vatican II and Catholic doctrine form an important background to understand the full weight of some of the statements made in this interview.

From the interview, you will readily see that this work, no matter how plausible from man
=s earthly vantage point, is conducted by unregenerate religious people, promotes a false gospel that is cursed of God (Galatians 1:6-9), and even encourages the unsaved heathen to have hope in their false gods even as they lay upon their death beds. In God=s eyes, therefore, the entire endeavor is a cursed one, and no Christian should support, assist, or praise a work cursed by God!

Admittedly, these are hard words, but the Bible contains many hard words and it is one
=s attitude toward the hard sayings of the Scriptures that distinguishes the obedient from the disobedient.  Jesus said, AHe that is of God heareth God=s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God@ (John 8:47).

The following is transcribed from a taped interview that my wife and I had with a Catholic nun, Sister Ann, who worked in Kathmandu, Nepal, with Mother Teresa
=s organization, >Missionaries of Charity=.  The interview was conducted November 23, 1984, at the Pashupati Temple.  Ann was overseeing the feeding and medical attention of the elderly and terminally ill people that live there, waiting to die by Nepal=s holiest river, the Bagmati.  Their hope as Hindus is that to die in this Aholy@ place, especially if their feet are placed in the water before they are cremated, helps them to be freed from the cycle of reincarnation as taught in the Hindu religion.

The area in which these people live is located next to the river, very near the area where the crematory pyres are lit. One can smell the acrid odor of burning flesh as the bodies are consumed in the
Asacred@ flames of this awful heathen ritual. We conducted the interview within 100 feet of the river in a tiny room of a Hindu temple which has been converted into use as a home for the aged.

The Bagmati River flows from the Himalayan Mountains through Nepal into the vast Indian plains, where it joins the Hindu
=s Aholy of holy@ river, the Ganges. According to Hindu belief, the Ganges Aremains eternally pure and inexhaustible.@ AThe ashes of 35,000 cremated human corpses are swept into the Ganges every year in the belief that the river purifies the soul and relieves it of its endless cycle of death and reincarnation@ (Pulse, Nov. 21, 1984).

This place where the Sisters of Charity work is considered the holiest place in Nepal. It is a large temple area, at the center of which is a temple containing a massive golden bull. This temple is so
Aholy@ that non-Hindus are forbidden to enter it. The temple complex is covered with unspeakably vile idols of Shiva and other Hindu gods and the people who are attended by the >Missionaries of Charity= are praying to these gods.

INTERVIEWER: Who are the people who live here and that you help care for?

ANN: They come who have no one to look after them. They have sons and daughters, but they don
=t look after them, so those are the people that come here and stay. This government of Nepal has provided this house for them.

INTERVIEWER: So you are working with Mother Teresa?

ANN: Yes, we are the same. We are her daughters!

INTERVIEWER: Same order?

ANN: Yes, same order, same branch.

INTERVIEWER: So how long have you been working here [in Kathmandu]?

ANN: Not yet one year; just eleven months.

INTERVIEWER: You are not the leader?

ANN: No, no. Here before me there is one more sister, but I am her assistant.

INTERVIEWER: But how many sisters are here in Kathmandu?

ANN: Seven, with our superior.

INTERVIEWER: So your work is mainly right in this place [Pashupati temple area]?

ANN: No, we have two schools for the poor children, and two of us go morning and evening there. And we have children in our own house, altogether of them. Then we have medical clinic in the villages. I go in the morning there, and in the evening I come here.

INTERVIEWER: Did you ever work in Calcutta?

ANN: Yes, yes. We have to work in Calcutta for three years. That is six months aspirancy; one year [tape not clear here - but probably
>postulancy= - one who makes a request or demand; a candidate.], and two years novitiate. So three and a half years we have to work there.

INTERVIEWER: How did you become a Catholic? Were you born Hindu or something else?

ANN: No, no, my great grandfathers were Brahman, but after that they took conversion. They were converted by the Jesuit fathers.

INTERVIEWER: And then how did you become a Christian?
ANN: My parents were Christian when I was born. So my great grandfathers took conversion, then after that my grandfathers took conversion, then after that we continued as Christians.

INTERVIEWER: Here, along with your work, do you go to the mass?

ANN: Yes, daily we have mass at our house, at the convent.

INTERVIEWER: And who leads?

ANN: A father comes from Jhawalakhel [where the main Catholic school is located and operated by Jesuit priests]. Every week one of the different fathers comes. All are American Jesuits. Every day we have mass. Morning we have one hour of prayer - half hour meditation and half hour of mass - one hour altogether. Then again in the evening we have one hour of adoration of the blessed sacrament [the consecrated wafer of the mass]. Then again afternoon before our lunch we have twenty minutes break and the station of the cross; then we have our lunch; then again we have another half hour for spiritual reading. We read some spiritual books to strengthen us. And then we start our work again.

INTERVIEWER: These people living here are dying and their bodies are being burned over at the river. What do you tell them to prepare them for death?

ANN:  We are not allowed to teach anything about our religion, because we are strictly forbidden to talk religion [she is speaking of government restrictions that existed at that time in Nepal]. So we don
=t talk directly, but indirectly, according to their way. So they speak Bhagwan, no? [This is the Hindu concept of the gods behind the idols.] So we tell them they are going to face the Bhagwan; prepare yourself. If you have hurt him in different ways or if you have offended him by your sin, try to make up with him. Say sorry to him. So they say, AYes, we are sorry for what we have done.@ And they have their own confession in their own ways, you know.

INTERVIEWER: Their own gods and things?

ANN: Yes, so we also take the name of Bhagwan and tell them in that way.

INTERVIEWER: Do you believe if they die believing in Shiva or in Ram [Hindu gods] they will go to heaven?

ANN: Yes, that is their faith. My own faith will lead me to my God, no? So if they have believed in their god very strongly, if they have faith, surely they will be saved.

INTERVIEWER: Do you believe there are different heavens? Like one for them and one for us?

ANN: No, there is only one heaven...

INTERVIEWER: Why do you do this work?

ANN: Because we serve God in them. We find God in the midst of the suffering. The human society has thrown them out, so they are like in a despair, so we serve God in them.

INTERVIEWER: Today we hear there are many changes in the Catholic Church. Do you believe there are changes?

ANN: What changes?

INTERVIEWER: Do you believe that Mary is the mother of God?

ANN: Yes.

INTERVIEWER: And about the pope, what do you believe about him?

ANN: He is the head of the church, the vicar of Christ.

INTERVIEWER: And about the mass, what is your belief about the mass?

ANN: The sacrifice which was once offered at Calvary is renewed in the every day mass at the altar. It is an unbloody sacrifice. That [the cross] was offered in a bloody manner; this [the mass] is an unbloody manner.

INTERVIEWER: So there is a sacrifice in the mass every day, like offering Christ again?

ANN: Yes, again.

INTERVIEWER: But only the priest can do this?

ANN: Only priest.
INTERVIEWER: But today it does not seem that the Catholic Church is trying to convert anymore. I know that John Paul II is saying now that those of other religions are saved.

ANN: We are not trying to do it forcefully; we have never done it forcefully. We don
=t give things to make them come, like out of greed. Because they are poor, and they need help. So when we give them help, then out of gratitude and out of their show of love, they try to change. BUT WE SAY YOUR RELIGION IS YOUR RELIGION FOREVER. So if you are changing to please us, don=t do that. But if you think God is calling you, then that is O.K. But when they have asked us and questioned and questioned, they try to change. Our Mother Superior is very keen about not converting forcefully.

INTERVIEWER: But you do not believe they are lost anyway, right?

ANN:  No, THEY ARE NOT LOST. THEY ARE SAVED ACCORDING TO THEIR FAITH, you know. If they believe whatever they believe that is their salvation.

INTERVIEWER: Are any people lost? Are all people saved in the whole world?

ANN:  Lost; we cannot judge, you know. What is going on in their soul we cannot know. Maybe a certain man lived a very scandalous life outwardly, but what is happening in his soul we don
=t know.

INTERVIEWER: Do you think there is a real hell?

ANN: Hell is there, yes.

INTERVIEWER: Do you believe in purgatory?

ANN:  There is a purgatory; also hell is there.

INTERVIEWER:  When you die - you yourself - what do you believe will happen to you?

ANN:  I will not go to hell. Maybe for a few days I may be in purgatory, for we also have our imperfection. Though we are sisters; we are religious; we don
=t have any outward, big sin, but some sin is there.

INTERVIEWER: And that is the purpose of purgatory?

ANN: That is the purpose of purgatory.

INTERVIEWER: Who do you pray to? Do you ever pray to Mary?

ANN: Yes, she is our mother.

INTERVIEWER:  Do you ever pray to other saints?

ANN:  We have some saints in whom we have confidence. We can pray to them also. Like my own patron saint is Saint Ann, the mother of our lady, Mary. So I pray to her to guide me on the right path when I do my work.

Conclusion

Mother Teresa and her co-workers claim to love the Lord Jesus Christ and to have faith in Him, but in reality it is a mixed faith. It is the cursed Catholic gospel of faith plus works, grace plus sacraments, Christ plus the church. If Mother Teresa and her workers had true Biblical faith in the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ, they would not attend the Catholic mass, which they freely testify to be the
Are-sacrificing of Christ.@  When Sister Ann called the mass an unbloody sacrifice, she was only repeating the official teaching of her church and of Vatican II.

If we really love Roman Catholics such as Mother Teresa and her co-workers, we will preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ, the only gospel whereby they can be saved from eternal destruction.

After our interview, my wife and I preached that blessed gospel to Sister Ann that day by the banks of Nepal
=s most holy river.  I opened the Bible to Hebrews and explained about the once-for-all Sacrifice that has been accomplished by the Lamb of God.

This is the urgent need of Catholics. Those who ignore their doctrinal errors and affiliate with them as if they were regenerate, Bible-believing Christians are doing them a terrible and eternal disservice.

Amen and Amen! I trust you know this Risen Lord as your eternal and sure Salvation. Those who do must be careful to obey His Word about marking and avoiding those who teach false doctrines. We should preach the gospel to Mother Teresa
=s co-workers, but God does not allow us to join hands with them in their work or to praise them as if they were preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

ANow I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them@ (Romans 16:17).

AHaving a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away@ (2 Timothy 3:5).

Mother Teresa=s False Hope

The August 23, 2007 issue of
Time magazine featured a lengthy review of a new book documenting Mother Teresa=s long night of the soul. The book, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, the Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, contains heretofore unpublished statements made by the nun to her Catholic confessors and superiors over a period of more 66 years, but the focus is from 1948, when she founded the Missionaries of Charity organization, until 1997, when she died. It is edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Postulator for Mother Teresa=s canonization.

In March 1953 she wrote to her confessor:
A... there is such terrible darkness within me, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started >the work.=@

Over the years she had many confessors, and she continually referred to her spiritual condition as
Amy darkness@ and to Jesus as Athe *1Absent One.@

At the suggestion of one confessor she wrote the following to Jesus:
AI call, I cling, I want  -  and there is no One to answer  -  no One on Whom I can cling  -  no, No One.  -  Alone ... Where is my Faith  -  even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness. ... When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven  -  there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives & hurt my very soul.  -  I am told God loves me  -  and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul.@

In 1962 she wrote:
AIf I ever become a Saint  -  I will surely be one of >darkness,=@ and again, AHow cold-how empty - how painful is my heart.  -  Holy communion  -  Holy Mass  -  all the holy things of spiritual life  -  of the life of Christ in me  -  are all so empty  -  so cold  -  so un-wanted. The physical situation of my poor, left in the streets unwanted, unloved, un-claimed  -  are the true picture of my own spiritual life, of my love for Jesus@ (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, p. 232).

In 1979 she wrote:
AThe silence and the emptiness is so great  -  that I look and do not see  -  Listen and do not hear.@

Her private statements about her faith and relationship with Christ continued in this vein until her death.

Hope in a False Gospel Is No Hope At All

Mother Teresa
=s error was putting her faith in Rome=s false gospel. We have documented this in articles since the 1980s. O Timothy magazine for January 1985 (Volume 2, Issue 1) featured the article AIs Mother Teresa an Evangelical Christian.@  We demonstrated that Mother Teresa was a faithful daughter of Rome.

Mother Teresa=s Jesus was the Wafer of the Mass

In her speech (quoted earlier) at the
Worldwide Retreat for Priests=, October 1984, in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City, Mother Teresa made the following statements:

AAt the word of a priest, THAT LITTLE PIECE OF BREAD BECOMES THE BODY OF CHRIST, the Bread of Life. Then you give this living Bread to us, so that we too might live and become holy@ (Mother Teresa, cited in Be Holy: God=s First Call to Priests Today, edited by Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R., foreword by Msgr. John Magee, South Bend, Indiana: Greenlawn Press, 1987, p. 108). AI was so struck with the thought that ONLY WHEN THE PRIEST IS THERE CAN WE HAVE OUR ALTAR AND OUR TABERNACLE AND OUR JESUS. ONLY THE PRIEST CAN PUT JESUS *2THERE FOR US@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, pp. 111).

ATHIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS YOU [PRIESTS] ARE CALLED >ANOTHER CHRIST=@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 112).

Scripture warns us clearly of those who accept
>another Jesus= (2 Corinthians 11v4) and >another gospel= (Galatians 1v6-9) and >Mother= Teresa had certainly accepted the false versions of Papal Rome!

Mother Teresa=s Protector Was Mary

In her speech (quoted earlier) at the Vatican City in 1984 Mother Teresa said:

ASo let us ask the help of our Lady! She is a Mother full of grace, full of God, full of Jesus. Let us ask her to be our Mother, guiding us and protecting us. ... It is true that we are already being helped by our tremendous devotion to Mary. She is our patroness and our Mother, and she is always leading us to Jesus@ (Mother Teresa, Be Holy, p. 75).

One of the
Avoices@ that spoke to Mother Teresa and urged her to found the Missionaries of Charity was AMary.@ The following is a vision that she described in a letter to her archbishop in December 1947:

AAgain that great crowd  -  I could see great sorrow and suffering in their faces  -  I was kneeling near Our Lady, who was facing them.  -  Y I heard her say, >Take care of them  -  they are mine  -  bring them to Jesus  -  Carry Jesus to them  -  Fear not. Teach them to say the Rosary  -  the family Rosary and all will be well.  -  Fear not  -  Jesus and I will be with you and your children=@ (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, p. 99).

Note that this
AMary@ told Mother Teresa to teach idolatrous sinners to pray the Rosary and that all would be well. She taught salvation through works, which is a false gospel. AAnd if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work@ (Romans 11:6). ABut though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed@ (Galatians 1:8).

Mother Teresa=s Gospel Was Universalism

Mother Teresa believed that every person is a child of God and that people can find God through any religion.

In her speech before the United Nations in October 1985, she said,
ANo color, no religion, no nationality should come between us - we are all children of God. ... When we destroy an unborn child, we destroy God@ (Christian News, Nov. 11, 1985, p. 17).

Mother Teresa called AIDS sufferers
Achildren of God@ and said, AEach one of them is Jesus in a distressing disguise@ (Time, Jan. 13, 1986).

In the biography
Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, she is quoted by Desmond Doig as follows: AIf in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we ... become *4a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are ... What God is in your mind you must accept.@

The April 7-13, 1990, issue of
Radio Times (quoted earlier) told the story of Mother Teresa sheltering an old Hindu priest. AShe nursed him with her own hands and helped him to die reconciled with his own gods.@

When Mother Teresa died, her longtime friend and biographer Naveen Chawla said that he once asked her bluntly,
ADo you convert?@ She replied, AOf course I convert. I convert you to be *4a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you=ve found God, it=s up to you to decide how to worship him@ (AMother Teresa Touched other Faiths,@ Associated Press, Sept. 7, 1997).

In 1984 we discovered that Mother Teresa
=s Missionaries of Charity nuns in Nepal teach Hindus to trust in their own gods. In November of that year my wife and I conducted a taped interview with Sister Ann of the Missionaries of Charity in Kathmandu. She was working with aged Hindus who lived in a temple area in the city and were waiting to die by Nepal=s Aholiest@ river, believing that they would gain spiritual benefits for doing so.

I asked,
ADo you believe if the Hindus die believing in Shiva or Ram they will go to heaven.@

Ann replied:
AYes, that is their faith. My own faith will lead me to my God, no?  So if they have believed in their god very strongly, if they have faith, surely they will be saved.@

I asked,
AYou do not believe they are lost, right?@

Ann replied:
ANo, they are not lost. They are saved according to their faith. If they believe whatever they believe that is their salvation.@

No Security in Rome=s Gospel

The fact is that those who trust Rome
=s gospel can never have a true and honest sense of security and confidence in Christ because according to Rome, salvation depends partially upon a man=s works.

Rome
=s gospel redefines grace to include works. It views justification NOT AS A ONCE-FOR-ALL LEGAL DECLARATION whereby the sinner is irreversibly declared righteous before God and is granted eternal life as the unmerited gift of God because of Christ=s perfect and completed atonement, BUT AS A PROCESS whereby the sinner is gradually saved through participation in the sacraments.

According to Roman Catholic theology, Christ purchased salvation and gave it to the Catholic Church to be distributed to men through its sacraments, and men are saved through faithful participation in the sacraments. This is not only a false gospel; it is a blasphemous usurpation of Christ
=s position as only Lord and Savior and Mediator.

The Vatican Council II in the 1960s stated:
AGod=s only-begotten Son ... has won a treasure for the militant Church ... he has entrusted it to blessed Peter, the key-bearer of heaven, and to his successors who are Christ=s vicars on earth, so that they may distribute it to the faithful for their salvation@ (the ellipses are in the original) (Vatican II, AConstitution on the Sacred Liturgy,@ Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences, Chap. 4, 7, p. 80).

Our Sunday Visitor=s Catholic Encyclopedia, published in 1991, defines justification as ATHE PROCESS by which a sinner is made righteous, pure and holy before God.@ It says: AJustification in the Catholic Tradition comes about by means of faith in Christ, AND in a life of good works lived in response to God=s invitation to believe. ... That WORKS ARE CLEARLY REQUIRED in the New Testament for union with Christ is seen in the many parables such as the Good Samaritan, Lazarus and Dives, and others@ (emphasis added).

Therefore, according to Rome, salvation is by faith in Christ plus good works and participation in the Catholic sacraments, and it is impossible to know for sure that you have ever done enough or done it properly.

Further, Rome has intruded itself between the sinner and Christ. Jesus said,
ACome unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest@ (Matthew 11:28).  But the Catholic Church says, ACome unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will load you down with religious burdens so that you will never find rest and I will put priests and sacraments between you and Christ so that you will never reach him.@

This is the hopeless maze through which Mother Teresa roamed for her entire life. She had the
*3Bible, but she did not accept its teaching, and she was doubtlessly confronted with the gospel of the grace of Christ through other means. She put her faith, rather, in Rome, and hoped vaguely in Mary and the Mass.

Successor Worships Hindu Idols

Six months before Mother Teresa died in September 1997, Sister Nirmala, was elected as her successor.  Nirmala is described in news reports as
Aa Hindu convert to Catholicism.@

In reality, she has never rejected idolatry and she continues to pray to false Hindu gods. The following is from
>The Deccan Herald=, an Indian newspaper:

ASister Nirmala was today elected to succeed Mother Teresa. Y A former Hindu, Sister Nirmala (63) was baptised in 1958. ... A calm and composed Sister Nirmala said >it is a big responsibility. Looking at myself I feel afraid whether I will be able to bear the responsibility but looking at god I think I can.= Y Sister Nirmala=s other brother, Surendra, is a college teacher and lives in Kathmandu [Nepal]. Y Sister Nirmala=s parents, highcaste Hindu Brahmins, did not oppose her joining the Missionaries of Charity. The relatives said that during trips to Kathmandu Sister Nirmala often visited Lord Pashupatinath temple, a sacred Hindu shrine which non-Hindus are not allowed to enter. She would offer prayers from the gate of the temple. >She told us that all gods were equal and worshipped them equally,= said Ms Nina Joshi, Sister Nirmala=s niece@ (The Deccan Herald, March 14, 1997, cited from News from the Front Newsletter, Take Heed Ministries, Belfast, N. Ireland, October 1997).

Nun Nirmala
=s syncretism is not surprising. Mother Teresa was a universalist who believed that all men are children of God, and she did not try to convert Hindus.

In her speech before the United Nations in October 1985, Mother Teresa said,
AWe gather to thank God for the 40 years of the beautiful work of the United Nations for the good of people. No color, no religion, no nationality should come between us - we are all children of God. ... When we destroy an unborn child, we destroy God@ (Christian News, Nov. 11, 1985, p. 17).

In the biography
Mother Teresa: Her People and Her Work, she is quoted by Desmond Doig as follows:  AIf in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become *4a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are. ... What approach would I use? For me, naturally, it would be a Catholic one, for you it may be Hindu, for someone else, Buddhist, according to one=s conscience. What God is in your mind you must accept@ (Doig, Mother Teresa, Harper & Row, 1976, p. 156).

When Mother Teresa died, her longtime friend and biographer Naveen Chawla said that he once asked her bluntly,
ADo you convert?@ She replied, AOf course I convert. I convert you to be *4a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you=ve found God, it=s up to you to decide how to worship him@ (AMother Teresa Touched Other Faiths,@ Associated Press, Sept. 7, 1997).

The April 7-13, 1990, issue of
Radio Times tells the story of Mother Teresa sheltering an old Hindu priest. AShe nursed him with her own hands and helped him to die reconciled with his own gods.@

This is exactly what the Missionaries of Charity do in Kathmandu, Nepal. My wife and I conducted a taped interview with Sister Ann, a nun who worked with the Missionaries of Charity in Kathmandu. The interview was conducted November 23, 1984, at the Pashupati temple area (the same place mentioned in the Indian newspaper article above). Ann was overseeing the feeding and medical attention of the destitute and elderly who live there, waiting to die by Nepal
=s holiest river, the Bagmati. As Hindus, they believe that if they die in this Aholy@ place, especially if they die with their feet in the water, they might be freed from the cycle of reincarnation as taught in the Hindu religion.

Pashupati is considered the holiest place in Nepal. It is a large area, at the center of which is a temple containing a massive golden bull. This temple is considered so
Aholy@ that non-Hindus are forbidden to enter it. The temple complex is covered with unspeakably vile idols of Shiva and other Hindu gods, and the people who are attended by the >Missionaries of Charity= pray to these gods.

The complete interview with Sister Ann is reprinted in my book
>Evangelicals and Rome=, which is available from Way of Life Literature. Following is a brief excerpt:

BRO. CLOUD: Do you believe if they [the Hindus at Pashupati] die believing in Shiva or in Ram [Hindu gods] they will go to heaven?

ANN: Yes, that is their faith. My own faith will lead me to my God, no? So if they have believed in their god very strongly, if they have faith, surely they will be saved.
BRO. CLOUD: Do you believe there are different heavens? Like one for them and one for us?

ANN: No, there is only one heaven.

BRO. CLOUD: Why do you do this work?

ANN: Because we serve God in them. We find God in the midst of the suffering. The human society has thrown them out, so they are like in a despair, so we serve God in them.

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In March 1953 she wrote to her confessor:  "... THERE IS SUCH TERRIBLE DARKNESS WITHIN ME, as if everything was dead. It has been like this more or less from the time I started 'the work'."

Over the years she had many confessors, and she continually referred to her spiritual condition as  'my darkness' and to Jesus as 'the Absent One.'

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