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Jan 17 2010

Sunday Morning Sermon – Why Evangelicals Are Returning To Rome

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Bob DeWaay wrote an article on Why Evangelicals Are Returning To Rome.  You can read the article on the link I provided.  It is a growing problem and it is surprising.  At least I have been surprised as I cannot understand why an evangelical would turn to Rome with all her idolatry.  It seems that people are leaving because they want more than what the Word of God provides.  This problem was first tackled during the Reformation and is now rearing her ugly head again.

One of the reasons cited for evangelicals returning to Rome are holy worship.  While they do have a point in that many modern churches offer music that sounds like a modern-day rock band, turning to Catholicism is akin to cutting off the nose to spite the face.  This self-destructive and an over-reaction to the problem.  Turning to idolatry does not solve the problem and is, in fact, destructive.

If you click on the image, you will be able to listen to an interview of Bob DeWaay as he discusses the problem that is quickly creeping into the church.   The program is about 30 minutes long and is certainly well worth the listen.

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  1. Liz

    hey thanks for sharing this this is a must have. that pastor and his church are where i live and actually right down the highway. i will check out his church sometime.

    this is such a sad and important issue the church faces. why can`t we just rely on scripture alone? why must we look elsewhere?

    1. Tishrei

      Excellent question and I have no idea why. :(

  2. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    Oh, how this tears at my heart….. People are trading the true grace of God for garbage that satisfies their superstitious natures….. I have been praying for a long time for some friends who turned Catholic….. It is heartbreaking to see them teaching their children to wear medals for their patron saint….. These children actually believe that wearing the medal will keep them safe from all harm….. When I directly pointed out to the children that it is God who keeps us safe, their mother looked defiantly at me, but said nothing.

    Volumes have been written on all the ways Rome has departed from God’s word….. It’s amazing how people can actually believe that stuff….. We have quite a few Catholics in our area and they are superstitious beyond comprehension….. Hopefully, they will be brought to a true salvation.

    Margaret

    1. Tishrei

      I knew someone at work who used to go to sleep with some patron saint under her pillow so she could be safe. Sad. No matter what I said, it made no difference. Her protection was that little statute of some patron saint.

  3. Repent Harlequin

    Blog Lady T.,

    “I knew someone at work who used to go to sleep with some patron saint under her pillow so she could be safe.”

    A dog is a lot more effective for that.

    1. Tishrei

      That is funny — I almost choked (sad but funny)

      Actually, it’s sad that someone would really on some relic to keep them safe. That’s exactly what the pagans did in the OT — they bowed down to wood and hand made gods. I just don’t see how today people who read the same bible as I do find that to be a God-ordained activity.

  4. jingle

    interesting news,
    you always on the lookout for issues and bring it to light so that people realize the situation modern churches face, well…what you can do is to pray to God, let him judge and do the wonders…humans are humans, they disobey God’s words so often that innocent people get hurt or misled, but God knows everything, justice is going to be done, it is a matter of time…

    Thank you for being sharp on Religious issue such as this.
    I am No expert, but admire your beautiful mind and sharp eyes.
    take care.
    You Deserve Happiness. :)

  5. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    Most of the Catholics I know are very inhibited about reading a Bible….. They are still adhering to the old Catholic ruling that the lay people are not worthy of reading the Bible because they are not learned enough and will most likely make blasphemous interpretations of God’s holy word….. Yes, some of the more modern Catholics are reading the Bible, but I suspect that their “study” is very limited and they rely on Catholic commentaries….. The old Catholic prohibition has instilled a lot of fear — not to mention that human nature is naturally lazy about seriously studying God’s word.

    Margaret

  6. Liz

    i second what mararet says about catholics and the bible. i have a neighbor who is catholic and i thought neat i can read the bible with her and be a witness. but sad to say she does not think she needs the bible. she reads alot of catholic books about the bible but not the bible it self.

    also she is very into the saints praying to them i found an artical explaining why christaians do not pray to saints i will find it again and share it with you. i was brought up catholic.

  7. PaulFan

    I am a Methodist. One of my pastors is very interested in the Ecumenical movement whereas different Protestant denominations work together with the Catholic church to move toward common ground. I disagree with his interest.

    I look at it this way. If I wanted to become a Catholic, and to worship the Pope and to worship Mary— I would do so. If I wanted to be part of a religion which prays for the dead– I would join the Catholic church. But I have no interest in doing so because Rome is not about faith in Christ, in my opinion. It is about power and control.

    I want no part of the Catholic Church and I am skeptical of any protestant who seems interested in “merging” with the church through Ecumenical diaglogue. Maybe I am too cautious. Or maybe I am right on the money.

    1. Tishrei

      Like you, I too am skeptical of protestants who are interested in merging with the RCC. And I don’t think you are too cautious but as you said, right on the money.

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