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87. Why are so many Evangelicals returning to Rome!

The moderator Ingrid Slater asked Bob DeWay; “Let’s talk about the problem; what do you think is the seed bed (this is sort of a rhetorical question; everybody knows what a mess Evangelicalism is as a whole today doctrinally speaking). What is setting people up for this disenchantment and the willingness to look to Roman Catholicism?”


THIS VIDEO IS FROM AN EVANGELICAL PERSPECTIVE. “Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome; the Abandonment of Sola Scriptura as a Formal Principle. Evangelicals are finding this to be very problematic.  Of course the abandonment of Sola Scriptura is not problematic for Catholics because it is not in the bible.  

I found this broad cast to be fascinating and might I add, honest on their part. Although towards the end of the video they are making some statements that are historically inaccurate; never-the-less, I found their questioning to be very honest. http://newcovenantjournal.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-evangelicals-are-returning-to-rome.html 

Furthermore, this was coming from a Protestant network that is decidedly anti-Catholic. They are willing to discuss openly what has been happening for years now (the exodus of Evangelical ordained ministers to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches). They also mention briefly EWTN, the program Journey Home and the moderator Marcus Grodi, a convert from Evangelical Christianity. 

The moderator Ingrid Slater asked Bob DeWay; “Let’s talk about the problem; what do you think is the seed bed (this is sort of a rhetorical question; everybody knows what a mess Evangelicalism is as a whole today doctrinally speaking).  What is setting people up for this disenchantment and the willingness to look to Roman Catholicism?” 

Here are some of the Problems that Bob Deway lists.

  1. The Seeker Movement took the Bible out of Churches.
  2. People are not steeped in solid Bible teaching.
  3. Big churches that don’t preach the Bible.
  4. The influx of mystical practices, contemplative prayer, the labyrinths.
  5. Seminaries that are training therapeutic practitioners rather than theologians.
  6. The idea that we have to have to justify our practices and beliefs from a Scripture that was what Luther and the other reformers said has gone away. 

The moderator then mentioned a book “Coming Home, by Fr Peter [Eastern Rite] (I am not even going to use the term father). . . He used to head up Campus Crusade here in the Midwest.”   Evidently he is now heading up an organization helping Evangelical ministers come into the Eastern rite Churches. If you want to know why he made his move from Evangelical Protestantism you can listen to the video. 

For years I would listen to Evangelicals boast of the fact that their churches were filled with ex-Catholics. Now the tide may be changing. Some Evangelicals seem to be oblivious to the fact of this large exodus of Evangelical ministers to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and they are taking many lay people with them.  It is interesting to note that some of these converts were sent to save other Evangelicals from the clutches of the Catholic Church.  They could no longer get their information from anti-Catholic literature.  They were now for the first time reading entire books on the Catholic Church, by Catholic authors, in order to find the antidote so they could refute the Church. Through the reading of these books hey found themselves understanding the Church for the first time.   In the end some of these same people who were sent to save their friends fell in love with the Catholic Church they were taught to hate.   

I also found the name of the Evangelical video to be very honest; “Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome."   The implication is simple; if Evangelicals are returning, this means at some point in time they did leave Rome.  Either, they left Rome or their ancestors left Rome. All of the Protestant reformers were Catholic, and Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and many others were Catholic priests.   This is why when someone becomes Catholic, we say, "Welcome Home."

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Conversion: Francis J. Beckwith, the ex-president of the Evangelical Theological Society,an association of nearly 5,000 Protestant theologians, resigned in 2007 to rejoin the Roman Catholic Church.

http://newcovenantjournal.blogspot.com/2011/03/francis-j-beckwiths-testimony.html