To understand ‘American Catholicism’, we must first understand ‘Roman Catholicism’. The Greek term ‘Katholica’ referred to the universal Christian Church founded by the Apostles in Acts chapter 2.
The official religion imposed by the government of Rome toward the end of the 4th century was that of the Christian faith, aka ‘Katholica’ or better known today as ‘Catholicism’. During that time, the majority of the Roman population had followed pagan religions all stemmed from Babylonian rites for many centuries.
The acceptance of the Roman citizens of Christianity, aka Catholicism, was out of necessity. However, the people continued in their heathen practices.
In order to gain a semblance of compliance with the official religion of Rome AND appease the people, pagan elements were absorbed into the Christian faith. Many nations trace their common worship from Babylonia rites, including what we now know as the ‘Roman Catholics’.
Fast forward approximately 1400 years to todays modern church. In it, the practices and rites of humanistic psychology have been completely absorbed in most churches today. In order to appease the people, the church has fully embraced the nefarious philosophies of humanistic psychology to break the power of sin in a person’s life. The Word of God is no longer the plumb line for daily living for God but feelings are the authority by which morality is measured.
However, just as the Lord raised up a monk by the name of Martin Luther who redirected the world’s attention to the Word of God, identified the heresies which had corrupted the universal Christian Church, aka ‘Catholicism’ (not ‘Roman’ Catholicism) and repudiated such doctrines as having no part in the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ in his 95 Thesis, so too is the Lord raising up a remnant today.
The Lord is raising up a people who are directing His People back to the Cross of Christ for all that they need for life and living. They are identifying the heresies of humanistic psychology which have corrupted the church and repudiating them as having absolutely nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. These are a peculiar people; unashamed of the Cross of Christ. They will not bow down nor serve any other gospel nor any other Jesus to appease the people. They are determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
‘American Catholicism’ has laid many strong man waste. It is on every street corner seducing the unlearned and young in Christ.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the House of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17
Come out from among them and be ye separate.
-Donna Clark Warren