Recent religious statistics reveal American Catholics are leaving their church in droves. One of three people who were raised in the church no longer identifies as Catholic. Over 1000 Catholic parishes have closed since 1995. Statistics show that about almost half of the people who have left the church have become religiously unaffiliated while an almost equal number have joined a Protestant church. We can praise the Lord for the many ex-Catholics who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and are currently being discipled in God’s Word at an evangelical fellowship!
In the recent article below, Catholic blogger, Albert Little, decries the current condition of the church. He seconds Catholic theologian Peter Kreeft’s challenge to the church to become “more Protestant.” He writes that evangelicals have some great “relationship-building, discipleship, and evangelization” programs and Catholics need to copy them or their membership is going to continue to decline.
Yes, evangelical churches have some outstanding discipleship and outreach efforts but the BEST thing about evangelical churches is they offer the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. In contrast, the Catholic church teaches a “gospel” of sacramental grace and merit. A “gospel” that proclaims that one must merit their way into Heaven by obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules is actually VERY bad news for anyone who tries to follow it.
Catholics aren’t dumb. They’ve heard their current pope state that even atheists will go to Heaven if they “follow their conscience” and are “good” so they wonder why they have to sit through even one more boring liturgical ceremony.
“So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” – Luke 18:19
Little and Kreeft say Catholicism is the only church blessed with the “real presence” of Christ so the only thing it needs is to become more welcoming like the Protestants. It’s certainly true that Catholic churches are not welcoming. A large number of the Catholics who still bother to attend weekly mass anymore (only 24%) go because of mandated obligation and can barely wait for the final blessing before they’re scooting towards the exit. Why would they want to happily welcome anyone else to the salt mines? But even if the Catholic church were to institute a lot of “friendship and fellowship” programs, they still wouldn’t have the Gospel of grace. And it’s Jesus Christ the Savior and the “Good News” that lost souls are ultimately drawn to. The old saying goes, “You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.”
Jesus, the REAL Jesus, ain’t boring at all folks! He’s my life! He’s my strong tower! He’s my bedrock foundation. He’s my hope. He’s my stream of cool water in the scorching desert! His strong arm pulled me from the deep waters when I didn’t have another breath left. Church on Sunday is just a few hours in an entire week’s worth of worshipping and praising my Savior! Faith isn’t statistics, my friend. Saving faith in Jesus Christ is personal. It’s One-on-one. Jesus is knocking on your door. Will you accept Him? Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today and ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches the Gospel without compromise.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” – Revelation 3:20
The Catholic Church Must Become More Protestant