You may be correct in reasoning that a short response, such as the one you included below, would be appropriate in many circumstances. I failed to mention something in my earlier post, though. Late last year, I asked this pastor if he would recommend any books about Catholicism. He mentioned that, although he hadn’t done much study in this area, the infamous “Roman Catholicism” by Loraine Boettner was the ‘classic.’ He also asked me to provide him with anything I could find that was either better or more up-to-date (I’m sure neither of us expected this to be the outcome!)
Thanks for your input,
[quote=bengeorge]I have Biblical Defense by Armstrong, and I think it’s a pretty good book, though I don’t recall being blown away by any of the things he had written.
Frankly, I think it’s impossible to give a short Biblical defense of the Church, certainly not one that a Baptist pastor would buy as legitimate.
I think, were I you, that I would try to keep it short and sweet, something like:
“I realize that this decision might come across to you as being somewhat insane, or at least wrongheaded, but I assure you I have wrestled over this decision, and I have come to the conclusion that Christ was speaking literally when He spoke of his Real Presence (John ch6) I desire to have that life in me. There are many other reasons returning to Catholicism, Biblical and historical, that I could give you, if you should ever want to ask about it. But I want to let you know that none of those reasons are meant to reflect poorly on you or the people of this congregation. You’ve been there for me in some of the darkest hours of my life, and I will always remember that.”