Crossed The Tiber

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.

Monday, February 04, 2013

"Abolish Human Abortion" is an Anti-Catholic Group

               ( Toby Harmon is a founder of AHA)

There's a group of Christians on facebook who call themselves Abolish Human Abortion. They sell tee-shirts and posters, buttons and bumper stickers and go to pro-life marches to verbally attack Catholic abortion protesters saying things like this:

“Abortion is legal in America because the Catholic Church and the Protestants are not standing up and fighting against it. Marching does not help end abortion… One sermon a year is not enough. Marching is not enough.” – Todd Bullis (AHA)

Their founding members are from a fringe group of Calvinism known as hyper-Calvinism and believe that only those who share their extremely narrow view of Calvin's writings will be saved. It is unclear to me if they are really pro-life or just using a pro-life front to market their anti-Catholic rhetoric. They address those who don't agree with their version of the gospel as apostate and have made negative comments against several prominent pro-life patriots. The founders of AHA call former evangelicals to Catholic converts by the loving and non-divisive appelation "apostate."

"We do not consider Catholics brothers in Christ or Christians at all. We will not seek unity with a Satanic religious system. The only unity that can come is for Catholics to repent of their false religion and idolatry and repent and put their faith in Christ alone (not rituals, not Mary, nor the Church of Rome or any mere man.)" Toby Harmon,  AHA

These folks are the Jack Chicks of the pro-life movement and have tactics very much like the Westboro Baptist cult. When Catholics are standing up for life at Marches for Life, they are cowering with bull horns in the shadows shouting things like the above and trying to make money selling merch. Supposed pro-lifers like this will only add to the chaos and confusion and will cause much harm to the real pro-life movement, which is made up largely of Catholics.
   Avoid AHA group like the plague they are and spread the word through social media that these folks are cultish charlatans trying to make a name for themselves to attack the Catholic faith, using the pro-life movement as their "Trojan Horse."  Use your twitter account, blogs and fb to get the word out about these sad folks so they don't confuse more people and detract from our efforts to protect the unborn and those at the end of their lives. God have mercy, it's hard enough to stand up for life in this secular culture but now having to be attacked by a cult that believes they are the only Christians and we are satanic.


Anonymous Katie said...

Stock full of their ludicrousness. Thanks for the post!

February 04, 2013 11:12 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

As much as I dislike divisiveness, I'm glad to see this post. Let the motives of those in this group be known.

The fallout has been interesting, to say the least. The AHA "leader" who made the comment about Catholics being Satanic is now insisting that he is not anti-Catholic. If Catholic are Satanic, he ought to be anti-Catholic, no? Apparently he wants to use one term but not the other. I suppose I shouldn't expect sound argumentation.

February 04, 2013 11:28 PM  
Blogger Angelo Cardinal Fratelli said...

I found out just how anti-Catholic they were after I went to their group and posted a quote on the evils of abortion by the pope. Instead of agreeing with him that abortion was evil, they called him slurs like "king of pedophiles" and attacked those who followed him. Like most Protestant "ministries" I think they use their good deeds as a front to attack Catholics.

February 05, 2013 3:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are pro life posers, and will cause more damage than they can imagine to the cause of the unborn.

February 05, 2013 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Roman Catholic and a former supporter of AHA. They are a bigoted, anti Catholic, narrow minded, backward group of people. They disgust me. They have no respect, regard, consideration nor patience with anyone who doesn't tow their "party line" to a tee. Kind of remind me of the KKK with their comments.

February 06, 2013 3:19 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Anon, there are many excellent pro life groups that are doing excellent work both in and outside the Catholic Chuch. Just pray for their conversion and that others won't be deceived by their Trojan Horse tactics.

February 06, 2013 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AHA is a Protestant based Pro life group that do not agree with Catholics based on religious differences. They are not a cult or any of these other things you are accusing them of. They work hard to end abortion. They use God as their foundation. Shameful that you blog about Christians and run them in the ground. How much do you think that this is helping save lives? Shame on you for being decisive and promoting hate to others that are trying to stop abortion.

February 06, 2013 3:47 PM  
Anonymous russ said...

Dear Anon: You say that AHA is a protestant group that do not agree with Catholics based on religious differences. AHA doesn't agree with most of "western protestantism" which is dead, according to their founder. To call the Catholic Church satanic and idol worshipers is a little stronger than saying there are "religious differences."

To go to pro life marches and shout at Catholics who are trying to save the unborn is divisive and frankly, satanic. Our Lord said that a house divided against itself can't stand. AHA is the most divisive group that has emerged yet in the prolife movement.
What makes them a cult is their belief that only those who understand and adhere to a very narrow interpretation of calvin's teachings will be saved. The fact that AHA members call anyone who disagrees with them "apostate" and considers most other protestants as "not saved" puts them in the cult category pretty firmly.
I am not promoting hate. I love all non-Catholics and even believe that the members of AHA are likely to be Christians, by virtue of a Trinitarian baptism and faith in Christ, however, where they will spend eternity is ultimately up to the Lord. They are heretics by definition. My prayer for them is conversion of heart and that others will avoid them and not be drawn into the fact that they are masquerading as a pro life group intent on vilifying Catholics and dividing the efforts to save the unborn. If you think shouting at Catholics during pro life marches and using facebook to call them idol worshipers is not divisive, than this dialogue is likely not going to bear fruit. God bless you.

February 06, 2013 7:42 PM  
Blogger NancyL said...

As a former Protestant (but now united with the Church) I recall our group being very unkind to the Catholics who were praying the Rosary outside of an abortion mill - laughing at them and making fun of them. I'm ashamed of myself when I think about it now. Please pray for the conversion of their souls. They are badly deceived.

February 07, 2013 11:12 AM  
Blogger AlaskanBelle said...

This blog post is a bunch of lies. Site your proof and references if you can, but I know you cannot. Over and over the group has stated the church as a whole has not stepped up to stop abortion, which they are correct. They NEVER have said any of the inflammatory things you stated (that Catholicism is satanic ritual and Catholics are not brothers and sisters in Christ). You are being divisive by posting such lies.

March 01, 2013 1:26 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Dear Alaskan Belle; I hope you are aware of the seriousness of your accusations towards me. I follow the Ten Commandments and as a Jesus loving bible believing Christian , I do my best to live a life of Truth. That often means exposing deception and attacks on the faith, even when it is not popular. The comments that are quoted in my blog post are copied directly from a member of AHA group's Facebook page. If you don't believe it I will publish the screen shot of his vile anti Catholic screed.
I await your apology and offense against the Ten Commandments for bearing false witness against me. But then again, if you are a Calvinist like many of the founders of AHA, you don't believe your are bound to follow the Ten Commandments and can sin as much as you want with no danger to your salvation . It is a false theology such as that that inspires baseless attacks against Christianity, such as made by the founders and members of AHA, one of the most divisive groups to ever feign to be pro life in order to deceive others regarding the Catholic faith.

March 01, 2013 3:14 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Dear Alaskan: I have updated the blog post above to give you proof of the anti-Catholic screed spewed by AHA member Toby Harmon. If you need more proof than this, I can't help you.

March 01, 2013 8:16 PM  
Blogger Karen Hedrick said...

I just wanted to say that I am a Protestant and a supporter of AHA. (oh gosh don't burn me at a stake) I support this organization because I believe the greater issue at hand is abortion. They're not "feigning" to be pro-life in order to deceive people about Catholicism -- being "anti-Catholic" isn't in their statement of who they are or what they stand for or anywhere else on their site. It was on a post on a facebook page, which hardly demonizes the entire group. Since no one is being brutally murdered over this issue with AHA, I think that the overall goal (the abolition of abortion) should be given more importance right now. Just my own opinion. The main point is that I've read the comments there, and I've read the ones here, and the ones y'all are writing aren't any better than the ones they're writing. You lose credibility by slurring them right back. If you want to fight them about this (which you're doing) then do it to their face and with love as we're told to in 1 Peter 3:15. If you're truly in the right here, then show the world that you are above reproach with your actions -- don't demonize an entire group (one that does good work) in your anger.

April 17, 2013 12:23 AM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

thanks for coming to Crossed the Tiber. I am not slurring the folks at AHA. I think they are the most divisive movement to ever come against the Pro life cause in America. The quotes I have posted and the multitude of responses I have seen on their facebook page stand in stark contrast to your misconception that they are not an anti-Catholic group.
If standing at a pro life March and shouting and criticizing the Catholic marchers is not divisive, then I guess I don't know what that means.
If calling Catholicism a satanic religious system of idol worshipers is not divisive, than I guess I need to learn what divisive really means.
I have addressed them on their facebook page and the results were less than charitable.
As a non-Catholic supporter of AHA, I find it interesting that your very first comments to me was an inference to "burning at the stake." Just to clear up more anti Catholic mythology, Catholics were not the only religion to burn heretics at the stake. I am not justifying this behavior, but the founders of your religion, Calvin and Luther both condemned people to die for their beliefs that differed from theirs. Do yourself a favor and read up on Michael Servetus and how Calvin had him burned at the stake and how Martin Luther gave an order to have anabaptists drowned.
Again, your support of AHA and attempt to defend them unwittingly brings out your anti Catholicism as well.
If you truly want to help the unborn, join the Catholics in the pro life cause, who have done more for the cause of life than any fringe group sect like the AHA, who will go down in history as a sidebar to the pro life movement and will be known as the Westboro baptists of the pro life movement.

April 17, 2013 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catholicism does not save you. Only belief and acceptance of Jesus Christ saves you, and only he can forgive your sins... not a priest. .. all other beliefs are false teachings.

August 09, 2014 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Servantes said...

Catholicism doesn't save you, but by following Christ's teachings and obeying Jesus as taught by the Church can save you.

Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is good and all Catholics do that. However, whether that person gets to heaven is based on how they lived. (Matthew 25.)

The Holy Scripture teaches us that Baptism does save you. 1 Peter.

The Holy scriptures teach that Jesus gave the power to forgive sins to his apostles and successors. Literally the very first thing Jesus did upon appearing to the disciples after he resurrected was to breathe on them giving them the Holy Spirit and the authority to forgive sins in his name. "“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Catholics truly follow Holy Scripture, others pick and choose what verses they want to believe and what verses they ignore.

August 09, 2014 4:58 PM  

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