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Why do some Protestants become Catholics?

March 14, 2013 | by: Sam Storms| 8 Comments

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Chris Miller

Mar 18, 2013

I feel like one thing that makes the Roman Catholic Church attractive is simply the fact you get to be an active member in your justification. So many times I have wanted to do something to make it alright when I sin. I mean, if I could light a candle and say a slew of Hail Mary's and Our Fathers to make everything ok, I think it would be nice.

It is difficult to believe that there is so much grace for a sinner who believes in Jesus and what He has done already, having made your sins ineffective in earning wrath for yourself.

Phil

Mar 17, 2013

Does the Mystical thread of recent times ease a return to Rome? Maybe the priority of individual experience provides a soft landing by the diverse unity under a pope.

Bill

Mar 14, 2013

I do not see myself converting to Catholicism, but I have to admit that there is an attraction. The silly show that is now so often found in evangelical worship is not appealing. We assert the importance of Scripture,, but our practice is to handle it like a "how to" manual. So many churches now require a 10% income tax in order to be a member in good standing. The Roman Church seems to be something more stable and enduring. If it was not for the horrible homosexual/pedophile problem in the clergy, I'm afraid that I might find the Roman Church almost irresistible.

Dave

Mar 14, 2013

You make no attempt to determine if evangelical fears regarding Roman Catholicism are justified or misguided? Why on earth not?

Ryan

Mar 14, 2013

Experiencing the installation of a pope twice in my adult life causes me to remember and respond with much gratefulness for our reformation fathers and the Grace of God that led them.
Albert Mohler has a great response to all the pope-ish activity going on this week. http://www.abpnews.com/faith/theology/item/8300-sbc-leader-denounces-papacy#.UUIjZDv3CKb.twitter

Gary McElroy

Mar 14, 2013

Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? And what mutual agreement does Geneva have with Rome? Christianity is based on becoming righteous with God by relying on his grace. Romanism is based on becoming righteous with God based on man's works. These two are completely incompatible and irreconcilable. Those who are trying to be declared righteous by works have been alienated from Christ; they have fallen away from grace!

Christian Kurt Reyes

Mar 14, 2013

The article is spot on. I see Protestantism as a necessary reaction/response to the historical deviations that developed in the Western Church. Too many Evangelical don't know why they are protesting Rome in the first place, consequently they fall back into its embrace.

Daniel Perna

Mar 14, 2013

Thanks for this post; it resonates with conversations I've had too. With the recent events in Rome and your recent posts, I suspect some evangelicals are wondering about these issues. In light of this, would you consider posting something similar about your stance on the most important fears and reasons you mentioned -- why you believe Protestantism is correct and why you'd seek to dissuade a Protestant from converting or "converting"?

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