The disturbing migration of former “evangelicals” to Romanism in the past few years was spotlighted in 2007 when Francis Beckwith – once president of the Evangelical Theological Society stepped down from that position as he too re-embraced the Roman Catholicism of his youth. My own view is simply that when there is no real conversion to Christ and true regeneration – what is lacking in genuine spiritual reality must be replaced by something – which something many think they find in the flourishes of a ritualistic framework which mimics the true majesty of Christ with outward structure. If one does not have the real thing, the closest analog will be sought out. It is the very essence of the second thought in our text today – “to the one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.”
My dear friend, Tony Bartolucci, Pastor of Clarkson Community Church and no mean expositor of the Word, himself disturbed by this trend sought to grasp the issues behind it and interact fully with Beckwith’s own account of his return to Romanism. The result is a 12 parts series of sermons which I have found extremely helpful. They are insightful, clear, challenging and above all – call us to examine not only this trend, but all of our reasoning to the authority of the Scripture.
I highly commend this series to you – especially if you have a loved one who may themselves be wrestling in this area. You can order the entire series on CD, or listen to them free on line BY CLICKING HERE OR THE LOGO. There is a crying need for us to face this current trend head on in this Biblical fashion. Get these!