Jason Stellman, Reformed Pastor of the PCA Converts
I posted about Jason Stellman before when he first announced his intention to become Catholic this past summer. He explained his reasons for desiring to convert on the Called to Communion blog but quickly removed them for personal reasons. I had asked for prayer for him and his family. This weekend he was received into the Church in Kirkland, Washington. Incidentally, Scott Hahn posted on his fb page that he was set to attend but missed a connecting flight. Dr. Hahn had been a reformed pastor in the PCA and was the forerunner of many conversions so his attendance at his confirmation would have been very apropos.
Here on Called to Communion, Jason again posts his story. Continue to pray for him as he now needs to find a source of income for his family. These people like Jason who forfeit their careers, income, and respect in their religious community are heroes in my estimation. "So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:33)
"If justification by faith alone was indeed “the article on which the church stands or falls,” as Reformed theology claimed, then wouldn’t we expect it to have been taught by Jesus himself, somewhere? Moreover, wouldn’t John have taught it, too? And Peter, and James? Shoot, wouldn’t Paul himself have taught the imputation of alien righteousness somewhere outside of just two of his thirteen epistles?"
"And make no mistake, the Catholic Church is disruptive. It is audacious and confrontational, sucker-punching and line-in-the-sand drawing. Like the Lion Aslan from C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, it is not a tame Church, and will make no promise not to devour and discomfit its subjects as they partake of its life-giving water, causing them to constantly bend the knee and cede their worldly wisdom to the foolishness of the cross. In the words of Aslan to Jill, who expressed fear about letting down her guard to drink from the water by which he stood, “There are no other streams.” Or the words of Peter to Jesus when asked if the Twelve would forsake Him because of His difficult and demanding message, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”