The Truth About Romanism
By M. R. De Haan
Radio Bible Class, 1964, 31 pages
After my wife and I accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior back in the early 1980s, we began attending a Bible-preaching church in our area. The church’s information table in the lobby was regularly stocked with materials including the latest issue of the “Sword of the Lord” newspaper (see here), infamous Chick tracts (see here), and copies of the “Our Daily Bread” daily devotional.
“Our Daily Bread” is published by Our Daily Bread (ODB) ministries, once known as Radio Bible Class (RBC), which was founded in 1938 by M. R. De Hann (1891-1965) in Detroit as a radio program. The “Our Daily Bread” devotional booklet, first published in 1956, is delivered to homes and in-bulk to churches all over the world. It’s reported that ten-million copies of the booklets are published per issue in fifty-five languages. People can also access the daily devotional message via Christian radio, podcast, or email.
For whatever reason, I rarely used the “Our Daily Bread” devotional although I know that many believers find the short messages inspiring and are quite fond of it. For some, “Our Daily Bread” is their only exposure to Scripture throughout the week. While that’s better than nothing, we believers need to get deep into God’s Word and desire it more than our physical food.
Because “Our Daily Bread” crosses so many denominational lines, it generally stays away from meaty or controversial topics, like the dangers of ecumenism. In fact, some discernment ministries are reporting that ODB has been dabbling in disturbing ecumenical trends like advocating for “spiritual direction” and “contemplative prayer.” See here.
However, in the course of compiling my long list of books that examine Roman Catholicism (see here), I came across “The Truth About Romanism,” a booklet written by RBC founder, M. R. De Haan, and published by RBC in 1964.
This is an excellent, little resource that briefly examines the main differences between Roman Catholicism and Biblical Christianity. Chapters are as follows:
- What is Romanism?
- The Church’s Beginning
- The Nature and Origin of Romanism
- Unscriptural Doctrines
- The Worship of Mary
- Papal Infallibility
- Extreme Unction
- Oath Taken by Converts to Romanism
- Marriage Contract for the Non-Catholic
- Romanism Today
- Worship of Relics
All of the information is still pertinent, except in regards to the marriage contract non-Catholics were once required to sign in mixed marriages. In deference to the spirit of ecumenism, Rome no longer requires the non-Catholic party to sign a contract, although the Catholic party is still required to sign a contract promising any children will be raised as Catholic.
Brother De Haan’s blunt honesty in this booklet regarding the deadly dangers of Catholicism would offend many of today’s accommodating and compromising “evangelical” Christians.
In contrast to its founder’s resolute defense of the Gospel of grace, Our Daily Bread Ministries appears to be drifting toward ecumenism with Rome. But the same could be said of several other evangelical para-church organizations.