1: foolish behavior
2: a foolish act or idea
a : rascality b : a roguish or mischievous act
2obsolete : roguish mischief
Anyway, this along with many other defections to Catholicism (Jason hasnt said where he will land yet) in recent years of pastors and seminarians led Michael Horton to write an article wondering why they are defecting.
First thing I found funny... he mentions a Called to Communion article, but not by naming the site or the article and without linking to it. To me that signals that he percieves himself on the defensive. Why is he so afraid to reference what he is talking about if he is interested in the truth?
As for my commentary on Horton's post, let me just say it is a joke. He starts out by saying he wonders why they are defecting, but nowhere actually gives the reasons the people themselves give for their defections!!! This Twilight Zone-like weirdness is compounded by the fact that he then... makes up his own reasons... for why they convert! He gives a mini-conversion story of his own journey from Evangellyfishicalism to Reformed faith, sounding reasonable and measured throughout, then when he makes it to the point where the Catholic convert might depart ways with his story and breach the event horizon, he throws up his hands and pretends it is just a utter mystery why they went to Rome, and then hazzards a guess that they were just looking for Utopia in the Reformed world and didnt find it, so on with the quest. How patronizing! It is as if upon conversion they become charged particles shot into another dimension, where their motives and reasoning become matters for wild eyed physicists, but really can just never be known by the likes of you, me, and Horton. Here's a tip Mr. Horton: instead of attributing the motives of foolishness and knavery to converts, perhaps take them at their word that they actually have come to see sola s. and/or sola f. as unworkable/unbiblical, and at least quote their supposed reasoning. Until you decide to treat people with that respect, I have to conclude your post as mere damage-control/propaganda to prevent more defections at any cost. Even at the cost of the truth.
And listen to this from "TurretinFan" down in the comments of the post. (btw, according to TFan, I am not "satisfied with Christ", that is why I decided to leave Christ for "Rome's gospel"). Listen to how one Reformed guy will peck the speck of blood on the other guys head like chickens when even the slightest deviation from the "Rome is Satan" mantra is percieved:
Dr. Horton,Like Mike says, to them we are knaves or fools. Knaves or fools. No middle ground for discussion. For TFan and his buds, if you do not believe in imputation exacly like he does, you are pure evil.
Some of us are a little disappointed that you did not cast the matter primarily in terms of gospel and Scripture, but in terms of ecclesiology.
I assume you still agree that Rome’s gospel is a false gospel.
If so, then surely on a Scriptural basis the fundamental reason why men – even men educated in your seminary – leave the gospel for a false gospel is a lack of love for the truth, because of an absence of the work of the Holy Spirit in their heart.
Maybe this is so obvious you didn’t think it needs to be stated, but there are many out there who don’t seem to grasp the seriousness of leaving the visible church for Rome.