Christian culture is not having it. They think it’s nice that Catholics believe in God, but that praying to Mary is a big problem. On top of that you have the pope, confessionals, transubstantiation, and the special Catholic bible with the extra books in it. Plus, Catholics are a little too comfortable with alcohol for American evangelicals’ liking. All of these factors combine to put Catholics in unsaved territory as far as Christian culture is concerned.
Christian culture maintains that Catholics use rituals to earn God’s favor rather than accept grace through faith. At the same time, Christian culture has its own rituals (written and unwritten) that can replace faith and keep them in the cycle of Doing Things and Avoiding Relationship. As we’ve discussed in a previous post, doing things and avoiding true relationship is a hallmark of Christian culture.