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Guest Article: “Last Days Apostasy is Leading Protestants Back Home to Rome”
We have been receiving an increasing number of reports about Protestants converting to Roman Catholicism. In fact, there is now a series of three books which herald the testimonies of former Protestant pastors who have found the broad way to Rome more enticing and fulfilling.
What is causing this growing apostasy? Who is behind this reversal of the Reformation? Why are so many Protestants being seduced by the piety of this false religion? Many evangelicals are puzzled and are searching for answers. Although it is disheartening and discouraging, we should not be surprised because: “the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1).
One of the major influences that is paving the road back to Roman Catholicism is The Emerging Church movement. Proponents say that Christianity must be reinvented for a new generation. It must become more relevant to a postmodern generation. They say the best way to reinvent Christianity is to reintroduce ideas and experiences from the past. Emergent leaders say God’s Word no longer holds the answers to life’s questions. Experience must become the key factor to encounter spiritual reality.
Many of the experiential attractions which are being promoted by the Emerging Church come from Catholicism including: statues, prayer stations, incense, liturgy, candles, icons, the sacraments and calling communion the Eucharist. It is easy to see how this movement complements and encourages the Vatican’s “new evangelization program” to win the “separated brethren” back to the “true church.”
The most influential leader in the emergent church movement is Brian McLaren, a pastor and author from Maryland who wrote the controversial book, A New Kind of Christian. Time Magazine named McLaren one of the 25 most influential evangelical leaders in the world (2/7/05).
In another one of his books, A Generous Orthodoxy, McLaren describes himself as the new kind of Christian, with labels such as: catholic, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican and methodist. How can he hold to all these labels at the same time? It is because he rejects the Word of God as the objective authority for truth. McLaren writes: “How do you know something is true? First you engage in spiritual practices like prayer, Bible reading, forgiveness and service. Then you see what happens; you remain open to experience. Finally, you report your experience to others in the field of spirituality for their discernment to see if they confirm your findings or not.”
Many Protestants have been drawn to the Catholic Church by the allure of the Eucharist. After experimenting with the Eucharist they convert to Catholicism because of their “joyful experience.” It comes as no surprise that these apostates, who have converted to a false religion, have been influenced by subjective experiences.
Probably the best known Protestant convert to Catholicism is Scott Hahn. His subjective experience was participating in the ungodly pagan practice of praying the rosary (Mat. 6:7). Hahn was convinced “Mary” performed a miracle after he prayed the rosary. What an amazing contrast with those who have been gloriously converted to the Lord Jesus Christ by believing the objective truth of His Word (Eph. 1:1314; Rom. 10:17). Now sealed with the Holy Spirit, they can never again be ensnared by the deceitful schemes of the devil’s religion (2 Tim. 2:23-25).
What can concerned Christians do to stop the movement into Catholicism?
Let our voices be heard! Lovingly confront those who are promoting the Emergent Church and embracing Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of Christianity. Expose the evil deeds of darkness with the glorious light of God’s Word. Expose Roman Catholicism for what it is — a false religious system that is holding over one billion victims in bondage to deception.
There is no time for beating around the bush. God doesn’t promise anyone tomorrow. Jude wrote: “save others [with the Gospel], snatching them out of the fire” (Jude 23). We need to be prepared to offend them with the truth, knowing that the Gospel will offend those who are offensive to God.
Finally, don’t be deceived. Hold onto our supreme and objective authority for truth — the Word of God! It, along with the Holy Spirit, is the only security we have in these days of great deception and compromise.