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Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing hes converting to Catholicism
The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra

Posted on 03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT by NYer

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During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.

Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”

“For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process where we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians,” Ekman says on his ministry website.

“We have seen a great love for Jesus and a sound theology, founded on the Bible and classic dogma. We have experienced the richness of sacramental life. We have seen the logic in having a solid structure for priesthood, that keeps the faith of the church and passes it on from one generation to the next. We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion, and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives for millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith.”

According to the Alethia blog and think tank, Ekman’s conversion is a news story that affects a relatively large part of Swedish Christianity. Word of Life has about 3,000 members and a staff of 12 pastors. The church’s school has about 1,000 students. Ekman also launched Scandinavia’s largest Bible school, constructed Scandinavia’s largest free church building, and rolled out a media program with TV on all continents, recorded teaching that has been spread around the world, books in 60 languages, and a strong engagement for Israel.

“We have as many know, followed Ekman’s steps towards Roman Catholicism since 2007, at times under a lot of ridicule from both members and leadership of the congregation, but also from others within the Christian Community in Sweden,” writes Andreas Glandberger, who operates the think tank. “Based on Ulf Ekman’s various articles, sermons, statements, and even type of organizations he decided to support financially, a painstaking puzzle has been laid in which the last piece of the puzzle now is in place.”

Glandberger went on to say that “shock, anger, sadness, despair and confusion” among the reactions to the news. Others, he writes, were relieved that Ekman’s long love affair with the Catholic Church finally was consummated openly, which is also a help in theological discussions.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholicism; convert; ekman; megachurch; sweden
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1 posted on 03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 03/10/2014 2:16:19 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

BTTT — still working on the duplicates on my good file of converts!


3 posted on 03/10/2014 2:18:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Maybe he likes the way they protected pedophile priests.


4 posted on 03/10/2014 2:27:30 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: NYer

More evidence of the great falling away.

Next, he’ll join Frances in tacitly approving homosexual unions.


5 posted on 03/10/2014 2:28:01 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Salvation; NYer

my first reading of the title was “Stuns with stunt...” However it looks like not a stunt.


6 posted on 03/10/2014 2:30:43 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Gamecock
PING!

Related thread:
Joel Olsteen Joins With Catholics To Convert Confused Protestants

7 posted on 03/10/2014 2:33:07 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: NYer

He thinks it’s cool to be able to steal from the dead.


8 posted on 03/10/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: NYer

Welcome Home Brother


9 posted on 03/10/2014 2:35:30 PM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: All

Finally some good news.

While I shouldn’t, I have to admit how much I’m enjoying the protestant “christians” in this thread weeping and gnashing of teeth. I know I shouldn’t enjoy it, but I just can’t help myself.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 2:40:25 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: Alex Murphy

Thanks. I needed a laugh.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 2:40:42 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: escapefromboston
While I shouldn’t, I have to admit how much I’m enjoying the protestant “christians” in this thread weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Weeping and gnashing of teeth?

Which posts?

I do enjoy it when Catholics project, though.

12 posted on 03/10/2014 2:43:38 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: NYer

Checked out his website and doctrine.
He just retired from his church.
His church website has no doctrinal statement.
His ministry is named after him. So you know he’s humble.
Wiki indicates he is a Swedish version of Osteen. Money, material prosperity and health are high priorities.

Congrats, church of Rome. You caught a real trophy.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 2:46:13 PM PDT by lurk
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To: metmom

Well let’s not derail the good news of this thread but if you re-read this topic you’ll see a few cheap shots that are unrelated to the topic at hand.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 2:48:42 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: lurk

I cannot picture a money-laundering “mega-church” in Sweden, as much as I try. I always considered that cultural phenomena as purely North American.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 2:50:31 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NYer

Protestantism in the Scandinavian countries has been a very weak faith. Hardly anyone there goes to church. Maybe the fact that Catholics are in a minority makes them more faithful in their Christianity there. That may be part of the reason why he was attracted to the Catholic Church in the first place. The Swedish Lutheran Church embraces modernism above being true to the Gospel of Jesus, IMHO. Obviously he felt a need to take this step toward the Catholic Church.

In the USA, we have a rather significant Catholic population who are still faithful Christians, and ditto for the Evangelicals. Among many of the other Protestant groups, it is rather hit and miss as to how much their faith really influences their lifestyles
Christian faith is in a state of flux, and those who are true believers will eventually be winnowed from the chaff.


16 posted on 03/10/2014 2:53:56 PM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: lurk

Thanks a lot for posting this about his website. As I wrote in a previous posting, that may be why he was attracted to a church which had more substance than what he had previously.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 3:03:48 PM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: Gumdrop

Substance?


18 posted on 03/10/2014 3:11:40 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Gumdrop
As I wrote in a previous posting, that may be why he was attracted to a church which had more substance than what he had previously.

But wasn't his 'previous church' the church he founded? I guess he'd be in a good position to understand that they weren't teaching good doctrine ... but it seems like he was the source of the problem.

19 posted on 03/10/2014 3:12:36 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: markomalley; DocRock; del4hope; Alex Murphy; Gamecock; Dr. Eckleburg; jude24; Ottofire; fishtank; ..
YBPDLN* Ping List Ping!

The YBPDLN Ping List is generally published infrequently but based on the exploits of the megachurch pastors posts can spike for a season. If you would like on or off of this list please FReepmail me.

Because 18,000 People Can’t Be Wrong!

*YBPDLN=Your Best Purpose Driven Life Now

20 posted on 03/10/2014 3:15:16 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

That is what weak and bad theology gets you.


21 posted on 03/10/2014 3:19:37 PM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.)
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To: lurk
Checked out his website and doctrine. He just retired from his church. His church website has no doctrinal statement. His ministry is named after him. So you know he’s humble. Wiki indicates he is a Swedish version of Osteen. Money, material prosperity and health are high priorities.

Congrats, church of Rome. You caught a real trophy.

Nailed it in one!

22 posted on 03/10/2014 3:21:59 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Salvation; NYer

And another Christian comes to the Catholic church. Hopefully, he will bring more with him.


23 posted on 03/10/2014 3:25:28 PM PDT by tioga
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To: for-q-clinton

You are a bigot.

Protestant ministers have been molesting young people and children at a HIGHER rate than Catholic priests for many decades. Same with government school teachers.

And no one has instituted more strict, or effective, counter-measures that the Catholic Church in the U.S.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 3:27:55 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: escapefromboston

There’s no weeping and gnashing of teeth, the bible says this would happen. It’s just sad to see it coming to pass.


25 posted on 03/10/2014 3:30:42 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: escapefromboston

Gnashing of teeth?

LOL!!! Our loss is our gain!


26 posted on 03/10/2014 3:36:47 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: escapefromboston

‘Glandberger went on to say that “shock, anger, sadness, despair and confusion” among the reactions to the news.’
If these folks have such faith in their church why do they get upset at this man finding his own way? Sounds rather self centered. Christians need to stop fighting among themselves and follow Jesus. Love thy neighbor as thyself this is the greatest commandment.


27 posted on 03/10/2014 3:46:25 PM PDT by spudville
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To: Arthur McGowan

I suppose p
ublic humiliation coupled with multimillion dollar court judgements tends to cause the development of such policies.


28 posted on 03/10/2014 3:48:11 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Arthur McGowan

“Protestant ministers have been molesting young people and children at a HIGHER rate than Catholic priests for many decades. “

Well, the counter argument is that there is no power structure protecting pedophile Protestant ministers. Protestants are far more individualistic than others, so their identity is not tied to their church affiliation and are in no hurry to protect criminals and perverts within their “ranks.”

Based on my observation, Catholics, Islamics, Jews, and Hindus see accusation of criminal behaviors within their ranks as assault on their entire faith. They are simply much more insecure. Protestants and Buddhists don’t give a sh#t.


29 posted on 03/10/2014 3:48:36 PM PDT by sagar
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To: NYer

Sorry, a story like this proves nothing.

The main thing anyone needs to know about the church of Rome is that Paul’s LETTER to the ROMANS still applies .....

It is amazing how appropriate Romans was to the Romans, and how that letter STILL speak to Rome’s errors.

fishtank, born and raised RCC:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2327607/posts?page=13#13

“On my Catholic education:

8 years Catholic grade school

4 years Catholic high school

Weekly CCD classes by quite conservative Novus Ordo RCC priest

Parents subscribed to National Catholic Register, the Wanderer, Fidelity and The Remnant, and I read them while growing up.

I subscribed to Fidelity and Remnant in undergrad college and never stopped contending against modernism in the Catholic Church.”


30 posted on 03/10/2014 4:14:37 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Gamecock

You are correct.

When billions of dollars are NOT at stake, the American bishops are as torpid as giant turtles.

The notorious homosexual, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, refuses to obey Canon Law when it comes to the reception of Communion by pro-abortion politicians. He lies, and says that he does not wish to “apply the penalty” of Denial of Communion.

But Denial of Communion is NOT a penalty. It is not, that is, something that a bishop has discretion about. Rather, it is MANDATED by the moral law and Canon Law.

Wuerl is NOT exercising legitimate discretion. Rather, he is SINNING. He is allowing scandal to continue. He is DISOBEYING Canon 915. He is NOT acting within his rights or authority as a bishop.

Wuerl is afraid, of course, that if he instructed his priest not to give Communion to pro-abortion politicians, Nancy Pelosi would give the signal to the press to destroy him. His notorious sexual activities would be splashed all over the front pages.


31 posted on 03/10/2014 4:19:26 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: mgist; NYer; Chode

This will make one interesting episode of “Journey Home”


32 posted on 03/10/2014 4:39:43 PM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: NYer

Welcome home, Ulf.

Thanks for posting.


33 posted on 03/10/2014 4:45:28 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: lurk
You caught a real trophy.

Well, now he's not a trophy anymore, just a layman.

34 posted on 03/10/2014 4:46:44 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Arthur McGowan

-— You are a bigot. -—

Sandals,dust, etc.


35 posted on 03/10/2014 4:48:11 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: fishtank
fishtank, born and raised RCC

Which, if you were part of the generation raised in the immediate aftermath of Vatican II, proves only that you are *absolutely and utterly* ignorant of real Catholicism. You got ZERO authentic Catholic catechesis by being "born and raised" anything, or going to "Catholic school" anything. I know; I lived it; I had to educate myself about my faith by *reading actual books on my own* as an adult.

36 posted on 03/10/2014 4:51:07 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Morgana
is that a tv show?
37 posted on 03/10/2014 5:03:00 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

Yes on EWTN. Is about people who came home to the Catholic Church from other denominations or religions.

http://www.ewtn.com/tv/live/journeyhome.asp


38 posted on 03/10/2014 5:08:04 PM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Morgana
i haven't had tv since 1999 so i don't know a lot of what's out there
39 posted on 03/10/2014 5:10:53 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

I watch past episodes on youtube. EWTN has their own channel there and you may watch that, Mother Angelica and more on it!


40 posted on 03/10/2014 5:12:08 PM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Arthur McGowan; metmom; Alex Murphy; daniel1212
Same with government school teachers.

The Roman Catholic Church.
Our Men Of God Are No Worse Than
Government Employees!

41 posted on 03/10/2014 5:12:56 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

The report of the John Jay Commission was that the sexual abuse rate among priests was 1-2%, ministers 2-3%, and teachers 10%.

I don’t rely on the NYT for information regarding such things.


42 posted on 03/10/2014 5:22:53 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Just quoting on of your team.


43 posted on 03/10/2014 5:24:34 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: escapefromboston
While I shouldn’t, I have to admit how much I’m enjoying the protestant “christians” in this thread weeping and gnashing of teeth. I know I shouldn’t enjoy it, but I just can’t help myself.

They mock what they fear.

44 posted on 03/10/2014 5:29:56 PM PDT by verga (Poor spiritual health is often manifested with poor physical health.)
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To: NYer

He is becoming a “charismatic Catholic.”

Dime to a dollar that his conversion is temporary.


45 posted on 03/10/2014 5:32:00 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: NYer

A megachurch....in Sweden


46 posted on 03/10/2014 5:32:32 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Gumdrop
In the USA, we have a rather significant Catholic population who are still faithful Christians, and ditto for the Evangelicals. Among many of the other Protestant groups, it is rather hit and miss as to how much their faith really influences their lifestyles Christian faith is in a state of flux, and those who are true believers will eventually be winnowed from the chaff.

It depends on the part of the country. Here in the south Catholics make up a very small percentage. We have a very dedicated active parish.

47 posted on 03/10/2014 5:33:26 PM PDT by verga (Poor spiritual health is often manifested with poor physical health.)
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To: lurk

If he sells all his belongings, gives the proceeds to the poor and then follows Jesus, it will greatly improve his credibility.


48 posted on 03/10/2014 5:34:09 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: fishtank

There goes the neighborhood!!!

If you can’t beat them, join them.... satan!


49 posted on 03/10/2014 5:37:12 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Campion
I know; I lived it; I had to educate myself about my faith by *reading actual books on my own* as an adult.

Same here. That is why I can say with absolute assurance that there are two reasons Catholics become protestants: 1) un-confessed sin

2) Poor catechesis.

Anything else is just rationalization.

50 posted on 03/10/2014 5:38:42 PM PDT by verga (Poor spiritual health is often manifested with poor physical health.)
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