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An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Is Rome Calling?



Christ intended the church to be visible, "set on a hill" and undivided . Sadly, throughout history it is seen that the church has been divided, some still saying "they are of Paul, others Apollo."
This has led to extreme "separatist ecclesiologies" based on private interpretation of the Word of God. To defend the idea that we "are all still one body of Christ undivided" some invoke a notion of "an invisible church, that transcends time and space." However, it was never Christ's intention that we be "united in spirit" only and have 33,000 ecclesial communities believing entirely different things about Christ and His salvation. I believe, based on the writings below, that there exists a desire for Christians to embrace historic Christianity and eschew the "rugged individualism" that characterizes the modern evangelical church in America. Consider the following excerpt from a "Call" put out to the evangelical community from an evangelical pastor and theologian, Robert Webber.

"We call Evangelicals to take seriously the visible character of the Church. We call for a commitment to its mission in the world in fidelity to God's mission (Missio Dei), and for an exploration of the ecumenical implications this has for the unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity of the Church.* Thus, we call Evangelicals to turn away from an individualism that makes the Church a mere addendum to God's redemptive plan. Individualistic Evangelicalism has contributed to the current problems of churchless Christianity, redefinitions of the Church according to business models, separatist ecclesiologies and judgmental attitudes toward the Church. Therefore, we call Evangelicals to recover their place in the community of the Church catholic. "

Robert Webber from "The Call"

* From the Nicene Creed "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church"

2 Comments:

Blogger Howard Fisher said...

"Thus, we call Evangelicals to turn away from an individualism that makes the Church a mere addendum to God's redemptive plan. Individualistic Evangelicalism has contributed to the current problems of churchless Christianity, redefinitions of the Church according to business models, separatist ecclesiologies and judgmental attitudes toward the Church."

I take it you read my Blog? ;-)

Perhaps when Evanjellycal churches get back to Sola Scriptura and actually take it seriously, Perhaps if preachers would actually get back to exegetically based expository preaching, we might see what you are calling them to do.

October 01, 2006 10:45 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

To clarify, the Call was written by an evangelical pastor and theologian and one of the founders of the ancient/future church movement, an offshoot of the emerging church movement in America. It is not my call. I am fascinated by this "call" because of its desire to look at ancient Christianity and not use "separatist ecclesiologies and judgemental attitudes."
In the spirit of charity, I would kindly ask you, Howard, to not refer to the evangelicals on my blog in a derisive manner "evanjellycal" since I believe they are still my brothers in Christ despite our many differences in theology. My brother is an evangelical pastor and gave up a 28 year career as a senior chemical engineer with a 6 figure income to follow the call of Christ in his life. I don't make light of his committment to forsake all to follow Christ despite our differing views.

October 01, 2006 11:51 PM  

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