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Confessions of a TransProtestant


John Martignoni - published on 06/18/15

And, in the last few months, not only has the desire to believe in once saved always saved been growing stronger, but I’ve developed a real obsession with the end times. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want to suffer through the Tribulation. In other words, I’ve developed a real desire to be raptured before the return of the AntiChrist. And there’s more. At Mass, I’ve started to say, “Amen!” when the priest says something particularly moving or thought provoking in his homily. My children are too embarrassed to sit next to me now. They just don’t understand. I can’t really blame them, though.

All of this, the desire to be able to sin freely and not have it affect my salvation; wanting to be raptured, the “Amens,” and, I haven’t mentioned this yet, but what has cinched the deal for me — what has made me realize that I am indeed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a transProtestant — is an overwhelming desire…to start my own church.  

So, I’m out.  I am…a transProtestant.  And I’m hoping that by sharing my story, others might find the courage to join me.  I had even thought that perhaps this church I hope to start could cater to transProtestants. After all, I know there are a number of them out there. I mean, just look at all of the “Catholics” who reject the authority of the Pope and the Church, or who don’t believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, or who never go to Confession, or who believe women should be priests, and on and on.  Maybe, just maybe, my example will help them come to grips with the fact that they are really Protestants trapped within Catholic bodies.  At least, one can hope… 

John Martignoni
is a nationally-known Catholic apologist and Bible scholar. He is the Founder and President of the Bible Christian Society, where you can find lots of free apologetics materials — CD’s, mp3 downloads, e-newsletters, and more, and host of EWTN’s “Open Line” airing on Mondays at 3 p.m. EST. 

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