To borrow a hackneyed expression, my, how time flies! We’re quickly approaching the second anniversary of this blog, excatholic4christ. I’m not a big sentimentalist but it is interesting to stop and take a look back at a few aspects of my blogging experience the past two years.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the unusual circumstances that led to the creation of this blog. See here.
I thought it also might be interesting to briefly review the 25 most frequently viewed posts from the past two years (as of this morning). Many thanks to WordPress stats!
As Christian writers, we send our humble creations off into the blogosphere, hoping and praying they will honor the Lord and be useful to another soul. Some land with a resounding thud (in our estimation) in blog “limbo” while others seem to take on a life of their own.
- Queen of Rome, Queen of Islam, Queen of All – 102 views
Jim Tetlow wrote this fascinating book about Islam’s veneration of Mary. Could a future Marian apparition be the catalyst for a one-world religion?
- KJV 1611 Only? – 102 views
Apologist James R. White’s masterful debunking of KJV 1611-Onlyism.
- Book Review: “The Gospel According to Rome: Comparing Catholic Tradition and the Word of God” – 103 views
James McCarthy’s book is one of the best examinations of Roman Catholicism available.
Rob Zins has been reaching out to Catholics with the Gospel for decades.
- Another Evangelical pastor caves to apostasy – 103 views
Robert Jeffress is one of many conservative evangelical pastors who oftentimes put American nationalism ahead of the Gospel.
- “If I take off my scapular prior to surgery and die on the operating table, will I still go to Heaven?” – 106 views
An examination of one of Catholicism’s most popular sacramental talismans.
- Mary or Jesus? – 123 views
A look into the gradual rise of Mariolatry in Catholic theology.
- Charles Spurgeon and Roman Catholicism – 133 views
Evangelicals love to quote Spurgeon but many would not abide his stand against Catholic error.
Karol Wojtyla, pope John Paul II, was canonized as a saint but his unusual relationship with a married Polish woman was kept under wraps.
Zacharias, one of evangelicalism’s most popular apologists, is an advocate of ecumenism with Rome.
- Book Review: Mere Christianity – 160 views
Quoted by evangelical pastors ad nauseum, “Mere Christianity” is less than orthodox in several regards. Charles Colson cited the book as the inspiration behind his “Evangelical and Catholics Together” ecumenical project.
In his 2015 address to the U.S. joint congress, the “Vicar of Christ” didn’t mention Jesus Christ even once.
- Patron gods and patron “saints” – 178 views
Few evangelicals are aware of the pagan origins of Catholic saint veneration/worship.
- Nuns Gone Wild! – 186 views
Convent escape narratives, popular in 19th and 20th century Protestant literature, were routinely dismissed as “Protestant/Puritan porn” by Catholic spokespersons, but they had no comment on this 2015 convent expose by a respected historian.
Zondervan’s important series on the 5 Solas was published in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year.
- Mary: The Most Powerful Woman in the World? – 201 views
National Geographic’s cover story on Mariolatry was a revealing glimpse at the high priority Mary is given in Catholic theology.
I’m not sure how wise it is for Christian street preachers to disrupt a Catholic mass, but the Holy Spirit does not always follow our reasoning.
- Sorry, no unbaptized babies allowed! – 251 views
Catholicism’s refusal to bury unbaptized babies in “blessed” Catholic cemeteries defies comprehension and basic charity.
No doubt many people googled “cilice,” a strange contraption pious Catholics use for self-mortification, and were led to this post.
Apologist James R. White confronts Zacharias’s sellout to Rome. Sadly, White himself has recently compromised the Gospel with his controversial dialogues with a Muslim imam.
- Body of popular “saint” to tour U.S. – 430 views
Many Catholics googled “Maria Goretti,” the popular “saint” whose body toured the U.S. in 2015 and were led to this post.
- Walter Martin was no admirer of Catholicism but dropped the ball in “Kingdom of the Cults” – 527 views
Cult expert Martin’s decision to omit any critical mention of Catholicism from “The Kingdom of the Cults” was inexplicable.
- National Geographic’s “The Cult of Mary” – 744 views
This excellent cable channel program examined some of the dark underside of Mariolatry.
A very simple post but with many hits, revealing the popularity of Mary worship within Catholicism.
- “Risen,” the book – 983 views
I attribute the many hits for this post to google searches for “Clavius Aquila Valerius Niger,” the protagonist of the novel.
My thanks to all of those who have supported me and this blog ministry with friendship, prayers, and comments over the last two years. In this post-modern era, when relativism and plurality are cherished idols, I understand it’s not popular to associate with a blog titled excatholic4christ.
We are but clay pots with many flaws and weaknesses. May the Lord our God use us despite our shortcomings! May Roman Catholics and others soften their hearts to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.