I was a sponsor to a Catholic conversion this year.
I noticed something that I had known but never appreciated before, namely that for many converts, becoming Catholic meant sundering their past relationships and rejection by their family and former community. I wonder if in Protestant baptisms or joinings of the church, they talk - like the Catholic priest talked - about rejection by their family?
It brought to words the reading of the Mass only a few weeks before from Matthew 10 - which until then I had never really understood:
//32“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.Jason Stellman left his ministry at a Presbyterian church because he was convinced - and still is - that Catholicism is true, and he has lived the prophecy.
34“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn
“ ‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’c
37“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.//
James White in his inimitable fashion uses Jason's suffering to gloat.
If I were James White, I think that I would be concerned about not seeing a similar scenario when people join his tiny church; it might suggest that his his church really was not the one that Jesus was talking about.