Last month I had a colleague of mine, who grew up Southern Baptist, asked me about what I thought about the Roman Catholic church (he is considering converting to Roman Catholicism). I told him that he would have to do his research and then make a prayerful decision based on what he has found.
Then today I came across the following from John Piper:
Piper lists four of his own reasons:
- Many are hungry for seriousness and are tired of the slap sticks that are normative in many evangelical services.
- Many are hungry for roots, a sense of history that they don’t feel in the new church plant down the street…”
- Many are hungry for intellectual and artistic richness that are not satisfied in the jeans, movie clip and so on type services.
- Many are hungry for authority, stability, and clarity…”
But John Piper think that the Roman Catholic Church has gotten it wrong on too many essential doctrines like: justification, the Mass, dispensing of grace, role of tradition alongside of Scripture, authority of the pope, baptismal regeneration, veneration of Mary, and the prayer to the Saints, etc.
I do understand all these hungers. I’ve shared them on this blog. But I’ve satisfied them and continue to do so–without going to Rome.