Why Rayla Left Calvary Chapel and Evangelical Protestantism

by Steve Ray on July 1, 2014

Rayla sent me an email and gave me permission to share it. Calvary Chapel (my wife Janet was associated with them in her younger days) boasts that 80% of their members are “ex-Catholics.” Thanks for sharing Rayla!

I came across your blog and am very impressed. After being raised Baptist, them attending Calvary Chapels for 20 years, I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, for many of the same reasons you converted to the Roman Catholic Church. 

I got so sick of the anti-Catholic rants (which to my shame, I used to believe), the ridicule of Catholic theology, especially  pertaining to the Holy Mother of God, the constant focus on the end of the world and the ridiculous Rapture theory, and the awful rock music.

But most of all I got tired of the smugness and surety that they are God’s cutting-edge church on earth. Not to mention most of them are so ignorant of church history and actually think that the early church believed and worshipped the way Evangelical Protestants do now. 

I was bitter for a while, angry, feeling I’d been duped. But I’ve come to regard members of Calvary Chapel (especially the young ones) and those in similar denominations as being like natives in the deep jungles. They just don’t know. They know nothing about church history before Martin Luther. 

Anyway, I do not engage with them, unless challenged, and even then I am careful. 

When I realy realized the problems with Protestantism, (it is said that to study Church history is to not remain Protestant), I was amazed that I didn’t see them before. Twenty thousand + denominations and they don’t agree, something clearly the Bible is against, that and the stripping away of the sacraments and not honoring the Holy Mother…What a disaster. Now I can see it so clearly. Thank God I’m out!

May God rich bless you and your family.

See similar articles I’ve posted about mega-churches:

Mega-church Mania: One Mom’s Observations (she’s a good writer) and Observations from the Early Church 

As A Baptist I Never Asked: “What Did the First Christians Do on Sunday Morning?” 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel Rossiter July 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

God Bless and welcome home. I was just received into the Church this past Easter Vigil after having been Protestant for nearly 40 years. I remember coming to the realization after a lot of study; What do I have left to protest against? I totally know what you been about the veil being lifted from your eyes.

anil Thomas July 2, 2014 at 5:53 AM

I was born in a protestant family.i returned to the Holy Church with my family.i hope and pray that all our brethren return to the true faith.

Micha Elyi July 6, 2014 at 3:11 AM

When I hear the anti-Catholic rants from such Protestants, I sometimes recall that Jesus cautioned his disciples, “whoever is not against us is for us” (Luke 9:50, Mark 9:40) then I might make an intercessory prayer for the ranter and those who listened to the rants. Besides Rayna’s Calvary Chapel congregation, the local Seventh-Day Adventist preacher in my area loudly declares the Catholic Christians are idol worshipers, make a god of the Blessed Mother, blah blah blah. (Then they rent their hall on Sundays to a Greek Orthodox congregation. Go figure.)

Also it is useful to recall that Scripture records that the demons of hell know who Jesus is. Thus we hear of satanists performing a Black Mass but never a Black Altar Call. No one bothers to steal then attempt to desecrate grape juice and Wonder Bread.

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