“Top 5 Catholics loved by evangelicals today”

In a recent article, the managing editor of Christian Week, an interdenominationalDY internet news source, named the “Top 5 Catholics loved by evangelicals today.”

On the list are:

Henri Nouwen
Pope Francis
Saint Augustine
G. K. Chesterton
Stephen Colbert

Unfortunately, there are more than a few Evangelicals who are infatuated with Catholicism. Don’t they realize the Catholic church teaches that salvation is by sacramental grace and by perfectly obeying the Ten Commandments?

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:21

We attended an Evangelical church for a little over a year where the young pastor spoke words of admiration about Catholics such as Thomas Aquinas, Blaise Pascal, Chesterton, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Peter Kreeft. What are they teaching in Evangelical seminaries these days? How to earn your salvation?

Some other Catholics I’ve seen or heard praised by Evangelicals include Mother Teresa, St. Francis, Pope John Paul II, and Thomas Merton. I’m sure I’m missing quite a few more. Popular books by Richard Foster and others praise the contemplative “disciplines” of Catholic mystics.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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2 thoughts on ““Top 5 Catholics loved by evangelicals today”

  1. I think there is a tendency of evangelicals to not take Catholicism seriously enough, Lord knows I didn’t. I became Catholic to marry a Catholic… biggest mix up ever!

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    1. Thanks. Sorry for your predicament. The sentiment among many Evangelicals is, “Oh, relax about Catholics. They love Jesus, too. They just worship Him a little differently than we do. No big deal.”

      Catholics argue that they also believe in salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus. But what they actually believe is that they obtain grace through their sacraments which helps them to better obey the Ten Commandments and church rules. They believe with the help of God’s sacramental grace they are hopefully able to merit their salvation through obedience.

      Decades ago, Evangelical leadership – Graham, Falwell, Bright, Dobson, Colson, etc. – did Evangelicalism AND Roman Catholics a TRAGIC disservice by glossing over the justification issue, not to mention all of the other important doctrinal differences.

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