“Catholics Come Home” to Chains

The Catholic church blows the trumpet and loudly bangs the drum on EWTN’s “Catholics Come Home” and “The Journey Home” shows for “Separated Brethren” who converted to Catholicism Vatican Pope New Year_Schu(2)but what’s the reality?

A recent study from Pew Research (see link below) finds that 2 percent of people coming from an Evangelical background wind up as Catholics while 10 percent of people raised Catholic end up identifying as Evangelicals.

But Catholics in the Northeast, once a Catholic stronghold, already have a strong sense of the reality of the situation as they look around and see their sparsely attended churches either merging or closing while non-denominational Evangelical churches are sprouting up all over. Every Catholic family has a member who became one of those “born-again people” and left the church. What’s going on?

I’ll be the first to agree that church attendance does not redeem anyone (in contrast to Catholic teaching). Sitting in a pew every Sunday does not equal salvation. Genuine Christianity is a personal relationship with Christ. It’s repenting of sin and accepting Jesus as Savior. It’s then following Him as Lord. Catholicism talks about Jesus and God’s grace but every Catholic is taught they must ultimately merit their way into Heaven by participating in the sacraments and obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules.

Sitting in a pew at an Evangelical church won’t make you a Christian. But there’s more than a good chance you will hear the Gospel while sitting in an Evangelical service and be invited to accept Christ. There’s absolutely zero chance of ever hearing the genuine Gospel in a Roman Catholic service. For Catholics it’s all about worshipping a wafer and trying your hardest to be “good” enough to merit Heaven.

The Holy Spirit continues to reach out to the Catholic lost in amazing ways.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/evangelical-protestants-are-the-biggest-winners-when-people-change-faiths/

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4 thoughts on ““Catholics Come Home” to Chains

  1. http://onevoice4jesusministries.com/2015/08/30/the-catholic-liturgy-through-the-eyes-of-a-convert/
    Just a friendly offering of what an actual Convert to Catholicism gets from attending Mass. Contrary to your belief, we hear the Gospel, EVERY MASS, and even sing Praises to God for the Gift of the Gospel before its proclaimed. And also contrary to your misinterpretation above. I do not believe, and neither should any other Catholic, that we can merit our way to Heaven. It is a free gift given us by God, through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. You might also read my post regarding Paul and the Eucharist. In the meantime, Gods many blessing to you!

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    1. Latrell, Your view does not represent the teaching of the Catholic church. Have you read your church’s catechism?

      “Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God’s wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.” – Catholic Catechism, paragraph 2010.

      According to your church no one can merit initial grace but then it’s all about MERIT.

      You MUST attend mass every Sunday and Holy Day. You also MUST confess your “mortal” sins to a priest at least once a year. When you die you MUST be in a “state of grace” in order to enter Heaven meaning not even one “mortal” sin can be staining your soul. In Matthew 5 Jesus makes it quite clear that we all depraved sinners without one plea because sins are not only disobedient acts but also disobedient thoughts! So it’s impossible for anyone to be in a “state of grace” when they die.

      Jesus came to save sinners, not the religious self-righteous who wear themselves out trying to reach God’s perfection.

      Sure, Catholics talk about “grace.” But what they mean is God gives them grace through the sacraments so that they’re able to avoid “mortal” sin in order to be in a “state of grace.” All Catholics are given “grace” through the sacraments. Some “cooperate” with grace and thus merit their salvation. Others don’t cooperate with grace and go to Hell. Sophistry aside, it’s ultimately about merit.

      If you believe Heaven “is a free gift given us by God, through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ” you are in conflict with the official doctrines of your church and you are a heretic.

      If you truly believe salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone you should leave Roman Catholicism which teaches grace+merit=heaven.

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