I'm going to try to be concise, but I can't promise anything.
First, I will give you a little background. I have been a born again Christian for as long as I can remember (I'm 47). I wasn't raised in the church and only sporadically attended church off and on. I unfortunately got caught up in Word of Faith, but was set free of that nonsense.
I have been with my husband, Joe for 7 years and almost married for two. He is 70 years old and has been a practicing Catholic his whole life. He has been going to Mass almost every Saturday since we have been together. During this time period, I have been careful of what I say, because as you know direct confrontation is not always the best way to change someone's mind about their years of stinkin' thinkin'. I do want to add that we have incredible communication and Joe gives me the freedom to say what I want. I just need to do it with respect. He also admits that he doesn't know enough of what he believes to be able to defend it. This of course drives me a bit crazy.
Anyway, for the last couple of years we have been watching Charles Stanley and Joe really likes and responds to him. A few months ago I gave Joe my KJV Bible and he reads it every morning and loves it. Joe has had a growing dissatisfaction with his church for sometime now. Mostly because he just isn't getting that personal relationship with Jesus that he has always longed to have. Music to this girls ears!!
So, for my own reason and the encouragement of my husband, I decide it's time for me to find a church. Joe says he will even go with me and would consider leaving his church if he found something he could feel good about. After doing some online research about churches in the area. We mostly have Methodist and Baptist with one Catholic Church (that Joe goes to) and one giant Seeker church. After much prayer, I pick the Baptist church that right down the road from my house. It's not to big or small.
We have gone for the last four weeks and this last Wednesday the pastor came to our home to talk. Joe and I really like him and the church. I'm ready to join! But Joe is still going to Mass on most Saturdays. The pastor was careful with his choice of words when talking with Joe and of course I respect him for that. My husband is a very intelligent man with a strong will and if he is to walk away from his Catholic faith the choice has to be his.
However, the problem is me. After years of not really paying that much attention about what Catholics believe, other than the obvious stuff, I have become obsessed with learning about them. And the more I learn the more outraged I become. How can my wonderful, gifted husband buy into so much mindless drivel?
And how can I argue (I mean lovingly debate) with Joe when Catholics don't believe the Bible is the ultimate authority and they have this thing called Tradition! What is that anyway!? Their websites are so full of mumbo jumbo with no clear scripture to back it up that my head explodes trying to make since of it all. Not to mention that I'm really tired of trying to make sense if it. I just want my Joe to depart from this heresy so I can get on with better research like the end times. Ya know?
I do apologize for writing such a long post and thank you to those who read it. I could use some advise on how to proceed. I've been praying if I should back off but I don't think that is what God is wanting from me. I would really appreciate your thoughts, guidance, and of course prayers. This is a battle that the Enemy is NOT going to win.