Which is better, a Roman Catholic (who is only extrinsically motivated) or a similar Roman Catholic who has left the Roman Catholic Church and found a good Protestant Church or group to worship with where they are intrinsically motivated?
Could it be that being intrinsically motivated causes the ex-Catholic to bear good fruit?
Does the extrinsically motivated Roman Catholic begrudgingly bear good fruit?
Or do both fall under Matthew 7:19-24?
Why ask? Example dilemma:
If your College-Age child is a Roman Catholic (perhaps extrinsically motivated) and really wants to get involved with a Bible-Based (sola scriptura) Protestant College Group, then I would say they may be making an adult decision. Perhaps parents should honor their decision. Let’s face it, a lot of freshmen students (when I was in school) took their new freedom and went drinking, experimented with smoking pot, and tried a few one-nighters with the opposite sex. In comparison, if your child really wants to be in a certain Christian student group it may be a good move for you (as parents) to go along with it.
Or would it be better for parents to fight the decision? You don’t want to crush your child’s spirit or expression of personality when they aren’t really going too far off. Or do you?