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Former Catholic Now Biblical Evangelist Questions American Family Association's Apology to Catholics and Praise For the Church of Rome

Statement by Mike Gendron:  In the June issue of its journal, the AFA reviewed a film called “This Is My Body,” which is about a young women contemplating an abortion. A Roman Catholic priest gives her counsel and the climax of the film shows the girl dying symbolically to her old life when she falls to the church floor. She comes alive in baptism, which is the Catholic symbol of the new birth or regeneration. Later she receives new life in the Eucharist, which leads to reconciliation with her mother. The AFA did the right thing in warning viewers to be aware that the story is told in a strong Catholic context. Evidently this warning upset a few Roman Catholics. How did the AFA respond? It caved in under the pressure to please men instead of God, and issued an apology to Roman Catholics.

The apology was woefully inconsistent with its published philosophical statement. AFA believes that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind, and that all people are subject to the authority of God’s Word at all times. AFA believes that personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture. If the AFA was true to this philosophy, they would have responded to the Catholics, not with an apology, but with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They should have used this as a teaching moment. They should have warned them that the film exposed the false and fatal gospel of Catholicism, along with its false Christ in the Eucharist and a its false way of regeneration through the waters of baptism.

Evidently the pressure to please men instead of God was too much to overcome. Part of the AFA’s apology included praising the Catholic church for its strong stand on moral issues in our culture. The AFA must have forgotten, or overlooked, the scandal involving pedophile priests in which Catholic bishops tried desperately to coverup? They must have forgotten that the Bishops did not remove the priests from ministry, but shuffled them around the country to victimize more young boys.

As long as “Christian” organizations, churches, seminaries and ministries embrace Roman Catholicism as a valid expression of Christianity, the mission field it represents will be ignored. The precious souls that are being deceived by a false Christ and a perverted gospel need to hear the truth or they will perish. Mike's website is www.proclaimingthegospel.org