Back when Bible Christians began making erroneous assumptions about Catholicism – Part 2

Born-Again Catholics and the Mass
By William C. Standridge
Independent Faith Mission, 1980, 32 pp.

5 Stars

Yesterday, we reviewed the 1975 booklet, “What’s Happening in the Roman Church,” by William Standridge, in which the missionary-to-Italy commented on the growing misbelief within evangelicalism that the Catholic church was moving closer to Biblical Christianity (see here). Today, we’ll take a look at Standridge’s 1980 follow-up booklet, “Born-Again Catholics and the Mass.”

This publication provides some of the puzzle pieces that were missing in the previous booklet. The author begins by once again noting the confusion among some evangelicals caused by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) movement. Adherents were allegedly manifesting the Pentecostal “gifts of the spirit,” including speaking in tongues (aka glossolalia), healings, prophecy, and being “slain in the spirit.” CCR Catholics were also adopting the moniker of “born-again Catholics” although they still followed their church’s salvation system of sacramental grace and merit. For Catholics who were involved in the Renewal, being “born-again” meant experiencing the emotional euphoria involved with the Pentecostal practices rather than trusting in Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone and being reborn spiritually in Christ.

In the chapters that follow, Standridge compares the doctrines of the Roman Catholic church, reaffirmed by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), especially as they pertain to the Catholic mass, with Holy Scripture. The Bible clearly teaches there is no longer any need for a sacredotal priesthood or perpetual sacrifice for sin. The Roman church’s teaching that its sacraments infuse grace to the recipients, so that they are able to obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!), in order to possibly merit Heaven at the moment of their death is contrary to the Scriptures, which state that a person is only saved by repenting of (turning from) their sin and accepting (trusting in) Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone. A Catholic who is genuinely born-again in Jesus Christ will increasingly understand from Scripture and the illumination of the Holy Spirit that the mass, with its mediatorial priests, perpetual sacrifice, faux Jesus wafer, and merit-based false gospel, is antithetical to the Gospel of grace and he/she will leave the Roman church.

Standridge also credits Vatican II’s conciliatory gestures toward Protestants as the cornerstone of the subsequent ecumenical and interfaith movements that were evident in 1980 and would grow exponentially afterwards, all under the auspices of the RCC. Because of Vatican II’s winsome approach to Protestants and the subsequent Catholic Charismatic Renewal, evangelicals were increasingly deceived into believing that the Roman church was moving closer to Biblical Christianity.

It’s my subjective observation that charismatic Catholics are now much-less apt to refer to themselves as “born-again Catholics” as they did when this booklet was written in 1980. They’ve generally fallen in line with their church’s official terminology, that a person (infant, child, or adult) is “born-again” when they are baptized.

I appreciated this second booklet by William Standridge, which filled in some of the gaps missing in his previous effort.

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43 thoughts on “Back when Bible Christians began making erroneous assumptions about Catholicism – Part 2

      1. Yup, I think many are saved while still in the RCC and stay hoping to help change things. But when the priest is telling everyone they must merit their salvation, and all of the other beliefs and practices echo that, a regenerated person will eventually understand the whole system is corrupt to the core. And when you hear genuine Gospel preaching for the first time after trusting in Christ and coming out of the RCC, well, it’s so incredibly joyful! Catholics feign religious happiness while they carry a 50 lb. sack of sin as they run on the perpetual treadmill of works-righteousness

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      2. RE: weeping “Mary” statue at a Chicago church

        Nope, didn’t hear about it. Just checked the internet news and the story is not available yet. Thanks for the heads up. These weeping statue stories are so idolatrous. They’re good examples of how Catholicism is focused on religious superstition rather than on Jesus Christ!

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      3. RE: “Catholics feign religious happiness while they carry a 50 lb. sack of sin as they run on the perpetual treadmill of works-righteousness”

        Thankful to God that He doesn’t let me forget that empty-heavy feeling!!!

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    1. The Lord draws souls out of Catholicism in many different ways. The Holy Spirit convicted me to get out of Catholicism before I was even saved because I couldn’t reconcile the mass with the New Testament.

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  1. I believe I mentioned the Roman Street “Evangelists”? I think most of them are CCR.

    Ecumenical evangelicals should really read this
    here

    “For the sixth straight year, we had a booth at the Melvindale Street Fair. Bill, Jovita, Margaret and I evangelized and gave away about 150 rosaries. We had many fruitful discussions, and evangelized many Muslims as well as Protestants and fallen-away Catholics.”

    As you can see, the CCR folks think evangelicals need to be evangelized!

    And as you can see
    here.

    “He also said he really enjoyed reading so I gave him one of my Rome Sweet Home copies and left a note with my number in it. It was a slow day, but a really good day!”

    It’s not evangelization for Christ, but to Hahnism!

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    1. Thanks for the good information. There was definitely a misconception out there among some evangelicals that the CCR folks were Gospel Christians and were reforming the RCC from within. The reality was that those folks were generally the most enthusiastic fans of the mass as long as it had some trendy CCM songs.

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, I’m grateful for all those who swim against the ecumenical tide. Books and booklets and like this one, warning of ecumenism with Rome, were available from many outlets when I was saved in 1983. But that’s not the case today.

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      1. When Southern Baptist Convention decided to consider ungodly things for the churches. My Uncle was director of SBC years ago and would have never intertained such UnGodly notions.:)

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  2. Seems this book was written when Charismatic Catholics was a new shiny objection in Romanism. It seems Rome has a long history of movements that are mystical and mystical, yet Protestants who don’t have a good grasp of bIblical doctrines and and also ignorant of historical theology/ church history will be less discerning. Good review!

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    1. Thanks for the good feedback! It’s actually quite interesting how these quasi “born-again” charismatic Catholics got their start, were legitimized by Rome, and became the RCC’s “boots on the ground” in Catholic-“evangelical” ecumenism. Yeah, undiscerning evangelicalism readily bought into the “born-again Catholic” facade.

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