This is my first post but I’ve been reading CAF since I began studying the one true faith last year. I’m excited about starting RCIA in September.
My questions involve some concerns I have about my mother. (I’m in my late 20s but recently moved back home for a year while attending law school). My mom is an evangelical and has been attending the mega church in my hometown for about seven years. Recently, she has left the mega church and is helping to start a new church she says is based on “grace” or is a “grace church.” As I understand it, the group forming her new church was basically kicked out of the mega church for their beliefs. She says the pastors thought their ideas were a license to sin.
To me, it all appears to be some kind of an even more radical OSAS belief system. My mom is now giving everyone she knows a copy of a book, “Pure Grace: The Life Changing Power of Uncontaminated Grace,” by Clark Whitten. While I have not read the book, I am under the impression that it is connected to her new beliefs.
My mom has been a faithful Christian for many years. In her mega church, she would fast for forty days once a year from coffee. Now, she tells me things such as fasting are not necessary because “It is finished!” She tells me this constantly. She tells me my Catholic beliefs are just like she was when she first “got saved.”
For the most part our faith discussions are charitable. I’m now well versed in the Catholic faith after a long period of discerning whether I was going to join the Church. I smile a lot, ask her why she believes something, then explain why I disagree. Obviously, long term, I’d love for her to come to the Catholic faith. But, at the moment, I am most concerned with her seemingly radical shift in theology.
Is anyone familiar with this “grace church” movement in evangelicalism or, more importantly, this book? Am I correct that it is some form of radical OSAS? Any converts from this background have any advice on what brought you to the Catholic faith?
I’ve given her my copy of “What Must I do to be Saved?” by Marcus Grodi. I told her that I wanted her to read it so she’d better understand my beliefs. Obviously, I am hoping it will help her out.
Thanks for the advice.