Jeremy Vuolo says ‘demonic’ Catholicism is a ‘pagan religion’ that’s ‘gripping the souls of the majority’ in Laredo

Jeremy Vuolo quote on Catholics

Jinger Duggar Vuolo’s husband Jeremy Vuolo is a pastor at Grace Community Church in Laredo, Texas. In one of his recent sermons, he made his stance on Catholics very clear, describing Catholicism as “demonic” before calling it a “pagan religion” that is “gripping the souls of the majority” in Laredo.

The sermon is titled “Philippians: Human Responsibility in Establishing God’s Church (pt.2)” and it is currently available to watch as a non-embeddable Youtube video. As the title suggests, Jeremy is preaching on Paul and Silas in Acts:16 when he takes a moment to talk about how modern-day Laredo is similar:

I just want to say this, kind of as an aside for us here in Laredo. There are spiritual strongholds in our world today, aren’t there? Just as Paul and Silas encountered the demonic in Phlippi, so we encounter that here in Laredo. In this city we have the pagan religion of Catholicism gripping the souls of the majority.

Later, Jeremy talks about salvation in the different world religions — including Catholicism — and he sums it up this way:

When the question comes, “What must I do to be saved?” Catholicism tells you to clean up your life and adequately perform the sacramental duties.

Islam tells you to follow Islam. Do enough good deeds to outweigh your bad and perhaps Allah will allow you to enter paradise, but even then you can’t be certain. In fact, the only way for you to be certain of paradise is if you die in jihad.

Hinduism, though varying and ever-changing the requirements, they teach salvation through bathing in a sacred river, or uttering mantras or prayers.

The message of salvation from those who claim to be Jews, but are not, commands you to do your best to be righteous in keeping the law found in the Torah. Just do your best. [NOTE: I’m uncertain what Jeremy means here when he says “those who claim to be Jews, but are not”?]

All of these, and the thousands of other religions and the sects that come out of and veer off the major world religions demand salvation from within yourself. But that leaves us despairing and lost — sinking in the deadly pit of our own depravity. The message of the Christian is that of grace — ill-deserved favor from the hand of God to a wretched, depraved sinner. And that is the foundation upon which the church is built.

The Duggar family’s church has been criticized for its views on Catholicism as well, and Jill and Derrick Dillard have taken quite a bit of heat for their mission trips to Central America, including their most recent stints in El Salvador. The country is currently 85% Christian, but that breaks down further to 54% Catholic and 31% Protestant. (By comparison, the Duggars’ home state of Arkansas is 56% Christian — with only 4.3% of the overall population identifying as Catholic.)

Critics accused the couple and their fellow missionaries of focusing on the conversion of Catholics over more practical goals such as better housing, water, and education. Derick responded to the accusations in a blog post titled “God Has Called Us…” back in November of 2015:

Derick Dillard converting Catholics quote

God did not call us to convert Catholics, but God has called us to follow His example. He has not called us to convert Buddhists, Muslims, Baptists, atheists, Mormons, Lutherans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Methodists, agnostics, or Hindus. God has called us to Central America to preach the good news of the kingdom of God. My desire is to preach good news to the poor and to proclaim liberty to the captives. I have the greatest treasure in Christ, and I want others to know that hope as well.

Jesus Christ’s great commission to the church to make disciples of himself, is a commission to all those who put their faith in him. This is the call God has predestined for all of his saints, whether they follow Him to a foreign land or not, whether they are students, doctors, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, pastors, accountants, teachers, missionaries, engineers, businessmen, politicians, waiters/waitresses, etc…. As was Paul’s ambition in Philippians 3:14, let us also “…press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Look to Jesus and be changed this week.

Jessa’s husband Ben Seewald also angered Catholics with this 2014 Facebook post:

I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic. I know a lot of Catholics who are great people. What I DO have a problem with is the teaching that man can merit God’s favor through his own works or the works of other fallen men. Ephesians 2:8-9 is very clear “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

I DO have a problem with the teaching that man can come to God through Mary or any other person besides Jesus. John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

I DO have a problem with the deification of Mary as a sinless being. Mary herself admitted her need for a Savior. (Luke 1:47). If she had no sin, she would need no Savior.

My conscience is captive to the word of God. Where my Catholic friends adhere to God’s Word, I adhere. Where they depart from Scripture, I will in no way support, but will call them out because I love them and desire that they be turned from their deadly errors.

Angry responses put a lot of emphasis on those last two words. Ben would later delete the post.

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  • Staxy

    This is the problem with all religions, it does nothing but divide us. It’s all crap and spreads far more hate than anyone wants to admit. Basically if you don’t believe what I do, I either have to work to convert you, or believe you are the devil and condemn you. Real nice.

    • jwoolman

      That’s the Duggars’ religion and it is twisted in so many ways, not just in the way it sees all other faiths. It really does not describe everybody’s religion at all. Plenty of people have their own religious frameworks but happily coexist with people who have other frameworks.

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  • Lacy

    Imagine if we didn’t have any religions in the world, I wonder how much more time people would have to put towards other things, and if we would be a much more advanced society.

    • FYO

      I’m not religious in any way. However, I get that some people believe they need religion to have a sense of community, to `belong` to something, and a source of guidance in life. For a lot of people, religion is what keeps them balanced & grounded, making them functioning members of society. I do not believe we would be any better off as a civilization without the existence of religion because `we` are simply not mature enough as a species to fill that void with anything productive.

      Hopefully humanity and our knowledge of life & the universe will make it to a point where religion is no longer necessary.

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  • Cait Sith

    No no no no. That very last sentence of Ben’s is very wrong. It is not his- or anyone else’s- job or place to judge or tell someone of a different faith that they are wrong when it comes to things like that. At all.

    I don’t like religion- never been a fan, and I absolutely cannot stand shit like that.

  • TA

    As a incredibly amazing book says, Religion Poisons Everything.

    • TrashTV

      People who want power poison everything by taking bits from the Bible, Koran, Thora etc out of context and translate it to a rule to follow that suits them.

  • Bruja

    I’d love to pull some biblical shit on this messed up family and stone them.


  • kate

    The Duggars want everyone to respect the weirdo ways they live and their fringe fundie religion, but they refuse to respect anyone else’s religion or the way they live their lives differently (gay, atheist, etc). Screw these people.

  • Richard Hodson

    These people think they’re right in everything They think only white people and one denomination church will go to heaven. If people like this are going to heaven then I don’t want to go there

  • Angelica

    Everyone intitled to their opinions whether it be on religious views, political views and so forth. As for this Jeremy guy he needs to watch his words. People believe what they want. God is God. This Jeremy making his own words his own religion. He is an outspoken joke. No man of God would speak bad of other beliefs. Hypocrite. My opinion though.

  • chari

    Total lack of understanding of multiple religious beliefs. That is what you get when you play soccer today and decide your a pastor tomorrow. I don’t care that you wear pants, shorts or dresses, I don’t care that you have 50 babies (if you care for them), I don’t even care that you present yourself as somehow more full of grace than I ( your not) I do care that you have the audacity to judge me and my faith as if you were my Lord ( oh my friend you are not). Please gain some humility, your parishioners would benefit immensely from a humble soul, not a bigotted jerk.