I’m so excited about this news!
I followed Jason’s blog Creed, Code, Cult for many years. And for the longest time had no clue that he was even thinking about leaving Protestantism. I just enjoyed reading his thoughtful posts, even if I didn’t agree with all he said, and the interesting discussions that followed.
Many of the Reformed apologists and blogosphere luminaries, such as they are, have sought to psycho-analyze him, but his article firmly rebuts those errant claims. The simple fact is he was a Protestant pastor who really did understand and believe in Protestant claims (e.g. sola Scriptura and sola fide).
One could even say he was a Protestant of Protestants, an African missionary, a graduate of Westminster Seminary, zealous for the Bible alone and justification by faith alone, much as his Protestant ancestors were. So all this psycho-babble from the Reformed crowd is nonsense.
But they must resort to impugning his motives (“he’s gonna get rich with book deals and TV shows as a Catholic!”) and analyzing him (“his Two Kingdoms adherence certainly began clouding his judgment!”) since they cannot even conceive the simple possibility that Catholicism may just be true.
Jason, to his credit, did entertain that possibility. He did remain open to the chance that, while much of his beliefs were true, he was not in the fullness of the truth, not in full communion with the Church Christ built. If I could do a slow clap for him, I would.
I’m not triumphalistic. It’s not as if I were instrumental in his conversion. Nor was it “us brilliant Catholics” who lured him to the Church. It’s God work, and whatever part we humans played in it, we are grateful and humbled.
So I say, welcome to full communion with Christ’s Church, Jason! I hope to visit the Pacific Northwest one day to hang out and have a beer.