Megachurch defection to Catholicism makes waves in Sweden

Christianity Today reported a couple of days ago that a founder of a Protestant megachurch in Sweden, Ulf Ekman has left his congregation to become a Roman Catholic: “The founder of a 3,300-member megachurch in one of Sweden’s largest cities announced yesterday [Sunday, March 9] his decision to leave his charismatic congregation and join the Roman Catholic Church. Ekman, who introduced Sweden to the prosperity-emphasizing Word of Faith movement when he founded Word of Life Ministries and Word of Life Church, had stepped down from the pastorate at the Uppsala church last spring.”

The Christianity Today article reports that in an op-ed piece for the Swedish newspaper Daegens Nyheter, Ekman stated, “I have come to realize that the movement I for the last 30 years have represented, despite successes and much good that has occurred on various mission fields, is part of the ongoing Protestant fragmentation of Christendom.”

They stated that, “In joining the Catholic church, Ekman, founder of Scandinavia’s largest Bible school, said he plans to pursue unity among Christian movements and denominations.”

Well, Mr. Ekman appears to not have the influence that Charles Chiniquy had when a significant part of his congregation followed him out of the Roman Catholic Church. I feel this is a sad thing  and I would be interested in the basic reasons Mr. Ekman  for his conversion. The discussion on the Christianity Today website pertaining to the article mentioned Scott Hahn, a well known Protestant convert to Catholicism. I remember reading a book he wrote about why he converted, and I kept waiting for the ‘slam dunk’ moment where he would say that the Bible clearly taught that Catholicism was correct and evangelical Protestant belief was wrong. Hahn said no such thing, just that he felt good with Catholicism, I recall. The Bible, however states in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,” so feelings don’t count for much.

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