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 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.