-Sam Pascoe, Ted, You're not alone. moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it Our church supported the ministries of many different Protestant denominations, but the one group we certainly opposed was the Catholic Church. Catholic Church because the primary difference isn’t doctrinal – I That needs to be made clear. Greco-Roman mysteries, deities of solar monism such as Mithras and Sol Invictus, pagan festivals and Mithraic sun worship and idol worship) into the church on its own … it was taught that bread and wine become Jesus’ real body and blood Then came other issues — sterilization, masturbation, abortion, fornication and cohabiting, homosexual activity and homosexual \”marriage\”. Read Scripture daily, particularly the Gospels, alone or with family. You have to care about who they are, where they’ve been, and where they want to go — while you are called to evangelize, you cannot treat them as an agenda, a project. I never really belonged to a particular denomination. The view that Protestants cannot have churches was first set out by Pope Benedict seven years ago when, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he headed the Vatican "ministry" for doctrine. The Puritans were English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to purify the Church of England of Roman Catholic practices, maintaining that the Church of England had not been fully reformed and should become more Protestant. As the 3 angels message of Revelation says, to come out of her my people less you partake of her sins and the place of every foul bird. To find out what is right and what is true, there is only one place to go and that would be to the Revelation that God has given us – His Word – the Bible. I told some Protestant friends that for the first 1500 years of Christianity It\’s time to come back to Mother Church. 2. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. can now be found in his new book: "Are Catholics Christian: A Guide to Evangelical Questions about the Catholic Church." “The decision of Vatican II to which the Pope [John Paul II] adheres is absolutely clear: Today we no longer understand ecumenism in the sense of a return, by which the others would ‘be converted’ and return to being ‘catholics.’ This was expressly abandoned by Vatican II.” – Cardinal Walter Kasper. How could there be so much difference within the Protestant churches? While certainly everyone is different, with their own freedom and right to privacy, perhaps there are some of you readers whose own children—raised in the Catholic faith you so diligently sought to instill in them — want nothing to do with it anymore. If you want to build your life and eternity on something solid, build it on the Rock of Peter. inherent right to it. How long does it take before God is ever mentioned?” Out of not wanting to create controversy, God is never mentioned. Getting to know your loved one authentically and establishing common ground will offer new avenues of appreciation. This book is a very in-depth story of one Protestant’s conversion to the Catholic Church.. In the past, Protestant churches had celebrated major Reformation anniversaries by worshiping Martin Luther as a hero — but in recent years that approach changed. That is why the second command had to be dropped and in true occult fashion the last command turned upside down and divided into two. Isn’t lovingaccepting Jesus the most The wounds of history lay bare and open and you are trying to argue over top all of that as if we have forgotten. As i see it the Adventist church is the only true protostant faith that still protest rome. Together. 2.) In the Catholic Church, the unbroken transmission of spiritual authority from Christ's Apostles through successive popes and bishops over the centuries until the present day is known as apostolic succession. Avoid shouting or screaming. Our world is a fallen world. Listen to the other person. Rediscover appeals to the mainstream, ringing distant bells they would have remembered growing up Catholic. Read More. Did you ever read what the Bible says about repeating prayers over and over again, like the pagans? Write your own spiritual autobiography in a way that you find creative and inspiring. The Catholic Church has never taught that homosexual activity is a moral good, and she never will. I have been to Baptist Churches that bash Catholics and I will never go back again because of that. As a follower of Christ I am taught to spread the good news which is Christ died for our sins so that we can get to Heaven through him. "But for young people especially, it is helpful to have the why, and some of the logic behind some of the things the Church teaches and the Theology of the Body from John Paul II was … While one receives absolution, authentic penance comes when one’s life is turned around. Bottom line: communicate the resources provided by so many apostolates—there is something for everyone. Many false religions have been around a lot longer than that. Doesn’t the Bible, the true Bible and not the NIV and other Jesuit-supported Bibles state that no-one is to change the Word of God? March 26, 2018. Whether it was avoidance from some in either attending Christmas Mass or praying before a Christmas dinner, such discomforts surely existed. Call on the Blessed Mother multiple times a day. When I meet someone who is in need of Christ I do not automatically bring them to the Church of Christ. It reminds me of a saying: “Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and yes the Catholic Church is the true faith. Dear Protestant, a church with a changing morality is a church built on shifting sand. There is a reason the Church opens a new year honoring the Mother of God: obedience to accepting one’s mission in life is the most daunting — and exciting — prospect we face on this earth. There are concrete rules as to what we should follow like Marriage is to be between a man and woman, the only way to Heaven is through Christ, and many more that are listed in the New Testament of the Bible. If so, become a Protestant and stop following our enemies in the Vatican. True ecumenism does not mean simply returning to a position where the pope is considered the leader of the entire church, While it is undoubtedly true that there is much which is good and much to be admired in the Roman Catholic Church, especially the fact that in spite of some of its positions, which are inimical to … She met her current husband, Tom, about 10 years ago and they were married in a Protestant church. which Protestants now reject, wrong from the beginning?” Their A majority vote by church leaders could launch an unsuspecting Protestant from the Spirit of the Gospel right into the spirit of the age — the Planned Parenthood age. Human sexuality is transcendent, life-giving and sacred, and the Catholic Church will teach that Truth till the last day. I ask them questions as to what they want in a Church family. In my own experience, generally speaking, I have found degrees of toleration from lapsed or non-Catholics regarding matters of the faith — they know the Catholic Church continues to play an enormous part in global affairs while recalling their own experiences either through schooling or parish life. response blew my mind. While attracting parishioners to weekly services is vital to the maintenance of the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations alike, so too is maintaining a large base of Americans identifying with each faith group. There was then a crisis within the church as the… Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Strange that you quote the fourth commandment as honouring your father and mother while the true fourth commandment is to Remember the Sabbath day. The Bible was left wide open for a reason. Ask saints for intercession. Believe me, it\’s a really nice place to be in a storm. If you consider yourself a Catholic first and desire others to feel that same zeal, your example is the best model. My quest Along with the timelessness of the Scriptures themselves, this trilogy is written for people of our time to rediscover Christ. Offer help in introducing your loved one to parish resources in their diocese, again contingent on their own discernment of spirits, perhaps even establishing a regular meeting with a spiritual director. Your church has killed millions of people that had the word of God. Protestants used the term to describe the perceived fallen state of traditional Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, because they claim it changed the doctrines of the early church and allowed traditional Greco-Roman culture (i.e. during consecration of the mass. The question is why have the church changed the scriptures? Yes, corruption and scandal and atrocities have weakened the moral authority of the Church. The Protestant Reformation, or more simply, The Reformation, was a mass conversion of people from the Catholic Church to the Protestant Church. It’s a challenging invitation. Instead, Hostility to religion has accelerated. He is the Vicar of Christ, Ante = anti = in the place of, Christos = Christ… You teach a everlasting hell that is not even biblical. You place so much importance on Mary, and love to say the Rosary. Like I said earlier: We are in this together. Dear Protestant, a church with a changing morality is a church built on shifting sand. The effects of sin seem to be suffocating us. expected to find denouncements of Marian theology, the Eucharist, and “What do Protestants want the Catholic church to do, such that if it is Someone said they must go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process, which doesn't make sense to me. So often the thought is that a few “Hail Marys” and “Our Fathers” is all the Church demands for conciliation. A … Many Protestant communities do not accept all the aforementioned evils as good, of course, and some are making a valiant attempt to fight one or more of them. Many of those actively engaged in the mission of salvation, the mission of the Church, were once lapsed themselves. Marty @ ThinkonHisTruth, Your email address will not be published. But you’ve at least put it out there. How Can Beauty & Culture Save the World? “My Immaculate Heart will triumph,” promises the Lady of Fatima. Leila Miller is a wife and mother of eight children who has a penchant for writing and a passion for teaching the Catholic Faith in simple ways. commands to eat his flesh and drink his blood then say it didn’t Are you an American? After all, that is our sole duty—to grow into our authentic selves, made in the image of God, and safeguard our immortal souls and those of others towards eternal life. It involved Luther’s rejection of the sacraments of the time that included indulgences; for him, gospel was a matter not to be commercialized. But know the teachings rather than relying on your own emotions in the heat of the moment. Huss. Do you think Jesus wanted his followers to be led by a man who calls himself infallible and lives in a palace while millions of fellow Catholics live in miserable poverty? The faith is not part of the pie of life. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A. The vast majority from both groups are even less informed about what the Bible has to say and this is the true tragedy because this is where ultimate Truth is found. All rights reserved. I expected them to open the bible and make The Catholic Church has never taught that fornication is a moral good, and she never will. Good Protestants, however, will return to the Catholic Church only when Catholics learn what caused Luther to leave in the first place, he asserts in Chapter 27. Crossing the Tiber. (See Joseph Ratzinger, “Why I Am Still in the Church.”). It is the pie. Actually, one must authentically set out determined to begin anew, a new person, transformed. It is some of the most staggering spiritual reading you will encounter. Unfortunately, many lapsed Catholics have a distorted or misinformed view of the faith, just as many in the Protestant and evangelical world have a Reformation-era concept of the papacy. It really is time. At the same time, do not let the graces of Confession become distorted. The reform consisted of a movement against the pope and his power over Catholic Church. Roman Catholicism - Roman Catholicism - The Roman Catholic Reformation: The most important single event in the Catholic Reformation was almost certainly the Council of Trent, which met intermittently in 25 sessions between 1545 and 1563. Coupled with a distrustdislike of authority in asking his wife to do something, her refusing but telling him she When he is, or when the Church is mentioned, Catholics are immediately put on the defensive. After much thought I’ve reached the conclusion there is nothing apart from Pride continues to dominate; repentance for anything is deemed archaic, of little use to today’s enlightened thinking. I\’ve spent a lot of time in dialogue with activist atheists recently, and the direction we are going is not pretty. Just like Mary. As one example: http://www.romereports.com/pg155863-pope-francis-expresses-support-for-cardinal-kasper-s-serene-theology-on-the-family–en Perhaps before calling Protestants to return, we should call upon the current heretic/apostate “pope”, “cardinals”, and “bishops” to return to the Catholic Church! The Catholic Church has never taught that sterilization is a moral good, and she never will. Everyone is subject to moral relativism. Keep Christ at the Center of Your Christmas. And then pray the Mass. So, come on. He is the author of Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (November 2016, Sophia Institute Press). Oh wait, the pope claims he have that right as a mere human. Jerome and many more reformers stopping the abuses of rome. The truth and meaning of human sexuality is our era\’s cultural fault line, and unfortunately, Protestant denominations have been tumbling into its widening crevace at an alarming pace. general, you have the modern American protestant idea that they As a 7th day Adventist i know that your church changed Gods Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Also I am so tired of reading articles about different denominations saying that we need to conform to their way or else all will be lost. Protestants are attached to the Catholic Church by the Sacrament of Trinitarian Baptism, like a rope, which is what the Catholic Church herself recognizes as initiation into the Catholic Church. The moral teachings of the Church have never changed, and they never will. It clearly says in the Bible that Jesus had brothers, yet you still maintain the lie that Mary had no children other than Jesus. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. James Day's work has appeared in Crisis, Catholic World Report, and Catholic Exchange. However, all of the contents of Shane's original book (and more!) I am a Christian who has a problem with this article. Strategies for Returning to the Church James Day. I could go on and on, but to sum up: read the New Testament and compare the words of Jesus with your so-called Catholic Church. I agree that it’s time for Protestants to come back to Holy Mother Church. I, on the other hand, like to think of myself as a “recovered Catholic” because returning to and being embraced by the Catholic Church was hands down one of the most life-giving things that’s ever happened to me. Connect them with possibly like minded individuals who might continue the conversation, depending on their interests: educators, bioethicists, Father Spitzer’s Magis Institute on science, faith, and reason. Returning Catholics The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States, accounting for about 25 percent of the country’s population. We have a guidebook in how to do it through Mary’s fiat. Protestant-Catholic relations have been volatile, to say the least, throughout American history. © 2013. However, how can you say these things while being in communion with the heretic Bergoglio, and with the Vatican II counterchurch, who do not share these views ?? I will never condemn the Catholic Church or any Christian Church because that is not my place. Perhaps over holiday festivities and the euphoria — and stress — of families coming together, some readers might have encountered resistance from relatives regarding the graces offered in entering the mystery of faith during this holy season. We are Catholic. The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. Just because something has been around 1500 years does not mean that it is not wrong. Protestants have lost there name and become daughters of rome by following the day of the sun started by Constantine. These religious movements are speeding the fulfillment of the prophecies of the resurrected Roman Empire” (Oct. 27, 1963). It should be noted that Antipope Francis has greatly supported Kasper. an enterprise.” America may not survive many more generations at the rate we are going, but the Church and her teachings will stand regardless, speaking the same Truths, undisturbed, till the end of time. © Copyright 2020 Catholic Exchange. The book of Daniel and revelation warns us about the papist church hunting down Sabbath keepers. You are always an unofficial spiritual director to someone! "The Catholic church usually continued to offer exorcism at the local level (Briggs 80)." The entirety of Protestantism, although horrified at first, soon followed suit. We know it can be intimidating to walk through those doors, but we've been expecting you. After 1,900+ years of unbroken Christian teaching on the immorality of contraception (including 400+ years of unbroken Protestant teaching), a moral evil was suddenly declared good. But there is a difference between human failings and the Church as founded by Christ handed to Saint Peter (Matthew 16:18). Five hundred years have passed, and a majority of Protestants side with the Catholic Church rather than with Luther on his most important criticisms. The effects of sin seem to be suffocating us. If you want to build your life and eternity on something solid, build it on the Rock of Peter. This, Copyright © A.D. 2018 Catholic Stand | Powered by Astra. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). Pope Francis has been an inspiration for those of any background, through his environment work, Laudato Si, or his call for activism towards migrants, refugees, the disenfranchised. The Curse of the Protestant-to-Catholic Convert By Casey Chalk. However, there is no guarantee that those denominations won\’t eventually accept other sexual sins in the same way they accepted contraception, sterilization and masturbation. Indeed, there are signs that a growing stream of reverts (ex-ex-Catholics) and converts is flowing back into the Church. Since the Protestant Reformers split from the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century, the Christian world has been divided into a large number of divergent church bodies and traditions. We have rid ourselves of many of the things that had differentiated Catholics from Protestants. What were the integral moments for you in your faith formation? I asked them, “Was this doctrine If you want to win the Protestants back to the mother Church you need to start with canon criticism and addressing the Masoretic textual tradition vs the Septuagint textual tradition. This relationship between Protestants and Catholics is one we have been following closely over the years. Much time may be spent on clearing the cobwebs on the reality of the Catholic Church today. I have a catholic deacon grandfather in stevenson wa that was so evil to me and a dad that is a carmalite fryer from san jose ca that was worse. We need more documents like the joint document on Justification. “Know thyself” is not just an ancient Greek saying. A few years ago Tom saw a sign outside of a church for Catholics Returning Home, a parish-based program. He adds, Were seeing the first signs of an avalanche of conversions and reconversions. While acknowledging that "the churches [meaning the Eastern Orthodox] and ecclesial Communities [Protestants] not yet fully in communion with the Catholic Church" have "elements of sanctification and truth that are present in them," the CDF reaffirms that "the word 'subsists' can only be attributed to the Catholic Church alone precisely because it refers to the mark of unity that we profess … matter because they loved him anyway? Why not create your own date? Extremely peaceful. I have two friends who left the Catholic Church years ago, one because he became disillusioned with a priest, and the other just stopped attending Mass. There is no need to bash other denominations. Come back home to the Catholic Church. Luther wanted to reform the Church, not start a new one, he says, and Luther's reformation was really God's reformation. Remembering we can only extend an invitation, a proposal, respecting the freedom of others, here are some strategies: Live the Gospel, avoiding hypocrisy, condemnation of others, descent into pettiness. In reading Paul Kengor’s new book, A Pope and a President, on President Reagan and Pope St. John Paul II’s battles against communism, the consistency in the Church’s long running condemnation of communism as far back as Pius IX is impressive. The Catholic Church has never taught that contraception is a moral good, and she never will. Back in 1963, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote, “Protestant churches everywhere are gravitating toward union with the Roman Catholic Church. Your own edification will inevitably seep into your own worldview. You\’ll like it here, living in peace and joy and certainty. Leila Miller. People of faith widely recognize Godless secularism as a common enemy. We need to be convinced that the inclusion of the Apocryphal texts is more than just the desire for the Catholic church to keep indulgences and power structures in place. William tyndall. Welcome Home. Americans want choice and believe they have an The only way they can be truly independent and free of Rome is to cut the “rope” of Trinitarian baptism that ties them to the “dock” of the Catholic Church. In the meantime, I pray that you will see the light and get out of the Vatican II counterfeit church (which is NOT the Catholic Church established by Jesus Christ) while you still can ! Unfortunately, you were questioning uninformed Protestants – which I might add is the majority nowadays. You have abandoned Jesus and followed a man, and not the word of God. But gradually, it has become clear that something like a “Protestant reformation” has taken place within the Church, and our ecumenical attempts to get Protestants back into the unity of the Church seem in a way to be rather superfluous. Bring an extra copy of Magnificat or a book with daily readings and give your loved one a copy. I have found that while the pervading motif of the millennial generation is a general shunning towards organized religion and regular church attendance, there yet remains a desire for an experience of the transcendent. It happened a long time ago, but the date when Good Friday and Easter Sunday fall each year has historically been set by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Reformation And The Jewish Torah 1229 Words | 5 Pages. Are they artists, musicians, poets, writers? Don\’t be carried about by every wind of social change; come back to the Catholic Church … Jesus condemns your Rosary. The diabolical is running rampant, unleashed, playing with immortal souls as if puppets on a string. focus on in this essay is the Catholic Reformation. The first cracks denying the sacred nature of human sexuality began mere decades ago with the first tentative acceptance of contraception by a Christian church (the Anglicans). Tom had left the Catholic Church when he was a young man. Click the link for more information. There are many launching points one can meet due to the richness of the Catholic faith. Throw your fears and pains onto the altar. The Church may have apologized for grievous actions throughout its long history, but it has never apologized for being magnificent. \”Woe to those who call evil good\” — Isaiah 5:20. The Easter vigil approaches, and with it, the completion of the Rite of Initiation for Christian Adults, or RCIA, the Catholic Church’s program for formally confirming adult converts into the faith. the Church and her teachings will stand regardless, http://www.romereports.com/pg155863-pope-francis-expresses-support-for-cardinal-kasper-s-serene-theology-on-the-family–en, The Ongoing Incarnation: A Christmas Meditation, Answering a World of Lies with the Fifth Advent Candle, Eugenics in America: The Legacy of Sanger and Gates, A Countercultural View About Women in the Church, Religious Life – A Gift to the Church and Society. Satan seeks the ruin of souls through the destruction of marriage and family, and the quickest route to his goal is the profanation of sex. Just like I believe that most Catholics are uninformed about most of what the Church teaches. Now they both want to return but don't know how. Welcome home. Catholic Exchange is a project of Sophia Institute Press. all the daughters protestant religions signed under the pope on October 31st was the 500th anniversary of martin Luther reformation where he nailed his protest on the catholic church door in 1517 October 31st to protest the pope who said by works and indulgences you can only be saved by the pope .. but the protestants protested but as of this past oct 31st they have all signed agreements being back under … The moral teachings of the Church have never changed, and they never will. Marveling that St. Francis de Sales converted 40,000 is usually met with a shrug: “Well, that’s why he’s a saint.” But that’s the precisely the mentality that needs to change. Human sexuality is transcendent, life-giving and sacred, and the Catholic Church will teach that Truth till the last day. Faith should touch every corner of our lives. And that desire is the silver lining. should be able to worship God the way they want, usually with rock So, how to engage your lapsed love one on returning to the Church? Discover the history, beauty, spirituality and accomplishments of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago. Quit hurling basic moral arguments that you have to defend yourself. We want you, we need you, we love you. Instead, they said in different important thing?” To me this seemed the equivalent of a husband Instead, the Protestant looks for seeds of Protestant belief: if the Church Fathers were not full-blown Protestants, then they must have at least been proto-Protestants, holding nascent doctrines that would someday flower into the Reformation — in a way suspiciously similar to the Catholic conception of the development of doctrine which the Protestant would otherwise reject. Once you abandon the Bible as your authority, you will fall for anything. The Protestants [now] coming into the Church are the most devoted Protestants, people deeply committed to Scripture and prayer. Where did God reveal Himself? Michael Voris interviews author Shane Schaetzel "Catholicism for Protestants" is out of print. The Catholic Church has never taught that masturbation is a moral good, and she never will. vaguely question confession to priests and papal authority. loves him anyway. You gave no philosophical or theological arguments supporting Catholicism over Protestantism. Respectfully engage in conversation in whatever topic arises. "I thought I was never going to live up to the life the church wanted me to," he says. Vinny Flynn’s 7 Secrets of Confession is a powerful little book for guidance. 1.) In a quiet moment, offer to pray with them, calling specifically on the Holy Family for guidance. Do not let a discussion become an argument or a fight. So, prophesy is being fulfilled right in front of our very eyes. 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