An Evangelical Catholic may sound like an oxymoron to some. But today, thousands of Catholics consider themselves to be Evangelical. Like Protestant Evangelicals, they highly regard the Bible; emphasize Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the means of redemption for all humanity; think faith should be expressed in missionary and social reform efforts; and perhaps most importantly, hold that each person must experience a conversion of the heart to have an authentic relationship with God.
I’ve known many people who have grown up Catholic, but then had a born-again experience and became Protestant. But, until about five years ago, I had never met a Catholic who had a born-again experience in the Catholic Church and remained Catholic. Curious, I decided to interview some of these so-called “Evangelical Catholics.” Their stories moved me and I was surprised to learn how widespread the Evangelical Catholic movement is. I’d love to hear your thoughts after listening to my radio piece:
Please also join me Saturday at 8 a.m. CST on Up for Debate when I’ll discuss whether Catholics can be evangelical with Evangelical Catholic, Devin Rose, and Moody Professor Dr. Gregg Quiggle.
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