In these articles (see menu sidebar to the left) I explain to myself and the whole world what I believe and why.
Stage Six — Just a Christian ...
I've been through six stages as a Christian ...
- I became an evangelical fundamentalist — it was all I knew of.
- I noticed the difficulties with Protestantism and drifted, unsure how to resolve these; if they could be resolved at all.
- I converted to Catholicism.
- I noticed the contradictions with Catholicism; considered the Orthodox Church; and finally converted to "Ecumenical" Christianity.
- After studying the early church in depth I re-converted to Catholicism (but I still considered myself to be an Ecumenical Christian, tired of fighting with Christians about Christianity).
- After studying Catholic documents (Canon Law, Catechisms, Papal Encyclicals, Councils, etc.) I abandoned my loyalty to false Catholic teachings and am now a born-again, on-fire-for-the-Lord, radically-saved, devout, faithful, orthodox, cafeteria Catholic (but not of the liberal variety) — a true Christian.
It's my goal to correct the numerous false and slanderous claims of many Protestants concerning the teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. In my opinion the Catholic Church has got more right than many other denominations or Christian communities.
Read how I became an "Ecumenical" Christian.
Explanations Needed ...
Here are the key factors to be considered and explained. If I can't explain these my views make no sense whatsoever (my views are in perfect harmony with this list) ...
- The early church practiced the Eucharist.
- The early church commanded Christians to unite with their bishops.
- The early church taught that sins are remitted during baptism.
- There was no New Testament in the apostolic church or the early church. Why should we now accept the Bible as the ultimate authority when it clearly was not for hundreds of years?
- The early church practiced ordination by apostolic succession.
- The early church commanded Christians to accept their bishops as the teaching authority.
It's all about truth...
Just as Martin Luther (I'm not comparing myself to that great man of God) was obsessed with his sinfulness, his unworthiness before God, and this drove and defined his life's work; so also I am driven by truth and the rejection of unholy teachers as trustworthy sources of truth.For example, when I noticed that the fundamentalist, evangelical Protestant teachers all contradicted each other, I rejected them all. When I noticed these all contradicted clear scientific facts I abandoned the young-earth movement.I tried to believe Catholic teaching but in the face of Church atrocities I could no longer maintain my loyalty.