I was certainly surprised to read about your decision, and although you and I had only exchanged a few words on Twitter, you are a personal friend of friends of mine, so this hits a bit close to home. I understand you don’t want to debate, and I’m not trying to start anything (otherwise this would be longer), but after reading your post a few times, there were just a few comments I really wanted to make.
I knew my way around the arguments, and as far as most people saw it, I was more or less “Rome-proof.”
Being secure from the attractions of a false gospel has nothing to do with knowing your way around the arguments and everything to do with belonging to Jesus Christ.
In my experience, those who convert from Catholicism to Protestantism are usually either nominal Catholics, or those who have received substandard catechesis… By contrast, Protestant converts to Catholicism tend to come from the best and the brightest–pastors, professional theologians, and graduates from top Protestant seminaries such as Westminster Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Geneva College, and (in my case) Wycliffe College.
Can’t help being reminded that “not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
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You can’t be serious.
Some people might even call into question whether to consider me a Christian anymore, which is highly ironic, because at this point I have a closer relationship to Christ than I ever had before.
The gospel of Rome is not the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if this is what you are embracing, it is evident that you never knew Christ, in which case you may very well feel closer to him now than you did before.
I do not want to minimize in any way the truths that we hold in common … which in many ways far outweighs our differences … In fact, my intention from here on out is to continue to focus my efforts on combating and converting the adherents of these non-Christian ideologies and religions.
I’m sorry, Luis, we’re not on the same team anymore. I can’t join you in your desire to convert people from one false hope to another, as if it were somehow better to be lost in a catholic church than lost in a mosque. And so we must part ways here, and I bid you farewell with sadness in my heart.