Catholic teaching getting mischaracterized at Awana?
To the people who hang around the “Apologetics” area here (because I think it is important how the apologists see this).
Seems to me Catholic teaching is getting mischaracterized at Awana.
This suggests to me to be an example of how the Catholic message of being “born again” or “baptized” and our justification gets reduced down to mere “church rituals” and “good works”.
Then this gets passed off in this distorted fashion to our own children or their friends (or our grandchildren or their friends) who in some cases are directly involved in this group or indirectly (as with the friends of our children) involved and contributes to misunderstandings about the Catholic faith.
Awana (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) is a para-church Protestant children’s ministry whose goal is, “evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community”.
Here is a so-called “quiz question” (you can see it for yourself here if it is still posted there).
The people in Rome tended to mix two things with the message of justification. What were they?
A. Circumcision and church rituals
B. Church rituals and good works
C. Circumcision and good works
The answer is “B.”
Any thoughts? Do you think I am reading into this group by seeing a misrepresentation of Catholicism, or do you think this is not aimed at Catholicism? Or do you think it is aimed at St. Paul’s letter to the Romans (and Judaizers)? Both? Something else?