I am a PRJ (Protestant Radio Junkie).
The Berean Call is a Protestant
ministry business with a radio show that I’ve listened to for years. I heard a show some time back that stuck in my mind, and I just found it on YouTube (video below).
The hosts were discussing the “problem” of Evangelicals converting to the Catholic Church. Is it even possible? Can a true Bible-believing, born again, Evangelical Christian really be a Catholic? Why is it happening?
The hosts have realized that history (reality) is an incredibly large stumbling block for true Christians to get over. Reading the writings of the Early Church Fathers (ECFs) is, as the host said, “not recommended” because they tend to show that the nascent Church was [Gasp!] Catholic. So what if the ECFs added flesh to the vocabulary of the Bible! So what if such men still heard the echo of the apostles! So what if they were successors of the men Jesus appointed to preach the Gospel! And so what if they are the body that actually created the Bible!
As expected, the hosts’ presentation of some Catholic beliefs are just as cray cray as their fear of history, as well as their excruciating critique of the ECF’s “non-Catholic” beliefs; but the irony of the show, of course, is that a huge reason why Evangelicals are converting is precisely for the reasons that the hosts are unknowingly exhibiting, which is that Protestantism thrives on ignorance.
Just an additional ironical side note about the Protestant genetical disorder: The name “Berean’s Call” is a reference to Acts 17:11 where Jews in the Greek speaking world referred to “the scriptures” to see if “what they were being taught was true”. Protestants often refer to the passage as a “proof” of “the supremacy of scripture” in the early Church, even though the verses are a supporting narrative of how Sacred Scripture actually validates Sacred Tradition (Even modern Catholics are able to verify that Jesus is the Christ using the “scriptures” that the Bereans used–which is what was “being taught.”). The cray cray irony of the popular “proof” is that the Bereans most likely used the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures, which is called the Septuagint. Jesus and the apostles also read and quoted from the Septuagint. But since our hosts are so fearful of history, ECFs, and reason, they are unaware that the Septuagint included the evil books that the evil Catholic Church added to the Bible!