The Re-Emergence of Protestant Capitalism and the Downfall of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church membership is declining in every nation around the world, while at the same time both Protestantism and Islamic memberships are expanding. There are some interesting reasons for this, which foreshadow an uncertain future for the Vatican and the institution of the Pope.
Surveyed Americans who were raised as Catholic is 32%. The same survey stated that only 21% remained as practicing Catholics. This is a dramatic decrease which reflects a wide assortment of changing cultural characteristics. There are further decreases taking place around the world. Some nations and regions, such as South America, are seeing steady membership, or slight declines, the existing members are aging and the median age keeps climbing with younger generations looking elsewhere.
Compare this to the growth of Protestantism in developing nations, including South America, where the Catholic population is stagnating. In 1970 the Protestant population in Africa was 15% compared to 29% today. That massive growth is reflected throughout central Africa in Rwanda and surrounding nations. The Rwandan genocide was mainly against the Protestant population and was supported by the Catholic Church throughout the region. (See the post The Protestant Genocide of Rwanda)
Almost everywhere you look the Catholic membership is either stagnate with an aging population or it’s in decline and being replaced by the expansion of Protestantism and Islam. The attempts by Pope Francis to build bridges with the worlds other religions in all probability has more to do with a survival strategy as opposed to some nefarious one world religion scheme which is destined to fail.
The Catholic Church has traditionally stood aligned against Communism and Socialism, though has at times contradicted its official standing by working with such regimes around the world. Even so, it wasn’t until Pope Francis publicly announced his support for Socialism in 2016 that the Church broke from its traditions, and in turn the majority of its members in the developed world. This official change in policy by the Church will only speed up the decline of its members and add to the growing population of what we will begin to call the New Protestantism.
Pope Francis has also embraced the ideals of the liberal left and its promotion of open borders and mass migration. These socialist policies contribute to the increase of Islamic populations in once dominant Catholic and Protestant nations. With the vacuum on leadership being left by the Church, it is inevitable that the Protestant memberships will only increase at a faster rate in order to off-set and oppose the increase in the Islamic population.
The ethics and principles of Protestantism were instrumental in the founding of the United States and the birth of Capitalism. Both cases have been competently made over the years with little argument standing against the importance of Protestantism in the pursuit of material and spiritual freedom.
Whatever your politics are, there is no denying the reality of the Trump election win in 2016. This was a dramatic shift in the direction of Western culture and will still be reverberating for decades to come. This “new modern nationalism” is spreading around the world as once quiet Protestant populations, and Catholics converting to Protestantism, are waking up to the threat of an Islamic cultural invasion and the liberal lefts embracement of the destructive and failed ideals of Socialism.
The Trump Doctrine is reversing decades of Marxist cultural engineering meant to move America from its founding principles to a Communist state. Pope Francis has positioned the Church on the wrong side of history and will be known as the last Catholic Pope. That is not to say that there won’t be other Popes, but they will no longer be Catholic in the traditional sense of the word.
A growing New Protestantism could incrementally take over the Catholic Church and all its instruments of power and wealth. The original Protestants overthrew Catholic control of almost half of Europe 500 years ago. There is a growing need within the human heart to have a direct relationship with God that supersedes the middleman orientation of the Church and Pope.
The Pope is just a man and is not the representative of Christ on Earth. That is a blasphemes position for Church and Pope to take, which is largely why Martin Luther and other early Protestants considered the Pope to be the Anti-Christ, as the institution of the Pope had established itself as God himself. There are many quotes which can be found from these early Protestants where they are expressing such opinions. The events surrounding the Anti-Christ and Beasts from the Book of Revelations have already come to past. This simple truth has been hidden right in front of us our whole lives.
The hunger in Man’s heart for material and spiritual freedom is only growing and would indicate that we are still in the first stages of the Protestant Reformation, even though it started 500 years ago. When it comes to such things time matters little. The Pope and Catholic Church will unlikely survive the changing Trump world and will transform into a new version of something aligned with the New Protestantism.
Or, perhaps, it may find itself more comfortable with the ethics and principles of the Islamic faith. To think that the Vatican could become an Islamic institution may not be as far-fetched as it would initially appear. European culture is slowly being transformed under the expanding Islamic influence, but there is “new modern nationalist” movement spreading across Europe which will eventually, if it hasn’t already, find itself aligned with the New Protestantism of Trumps America.
The failed Marxist experiment in America will cause a vacuum which will be filled with this New Protestantism as even greater percentages of the population wake up and seek solace and comfort in new ideals and principles. Protestantism is well positioned to capitalize on this vacuum.
This article will be difficult for some to grasp and may even make others angry. But there is a clear pattern emerging from within all the confusion and misleading news cycles. The sex scandal within the Church is just one of these, and though it may be instrumental in taking down the Church, there are greater forces arrayed against the Pope.
Watch for this pattern of friction between Trump and his New Protestantism and the Catholic Church and Pope. It started during the campaign in 2016 and will continue and pick up momentum later this year and into 2019. There are huge historical and cultural pieces being moved on the world’s grand chess board. These moves will shake the foundations of the Earth and forever change the direction of mankind. – JC
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