The purpose of my writing today is not to offend, but to bring unity. I am considered to be a Protestant, but I don’t want to be a “faithful Protestant.” I want to be a faithful Christian.
I want to talk to the one who truly wants to listen to and follow God’s pure, unadulterated Word. This means puting the label of Protestant asside and looking at the bigger picture. To the Catholics, I say: This is not a refutation saying that your church as a whole is bad, as the above file says. This blog’s purpose is to help my fellow Protestants see why we must unify.
To everyone: Maybe I’m writing out of my own passions, and I appologize in advance, but I do ask that you pray and do your own research (if you ascribe to the above beliefs). Let’s begin!
One of the things he talks about is how the Catholic Church has been here for centuries, so many people think the Catholic Church is the true Church. He goes on in the next paragraph to assert that “The Catholic Church is not the church of the Bible.” I want you as an assignment to read the book of Acts.
- Catholics go to Mass every day. The Apostles met together every day.
- The Catholics take Communion or “The Eucharist” every day. So did the Early Church. One could argue that they were only eatting a meal like what we’d do today. One would say, “Most scholars agree that when the King James says that they ×broke bread,∘ that meant eatting a meal.” However, if you look in The Passion Translation where it says, “They took communion,” and look at the footnotes, one would find that the greek word for what we know to be Communion is the same as the term the Catholics use today, i.e. The Eucharist.
Granted, there are doctrines that the Catholics teach that are not Scriptural, but name 1 Church movement that is wholly biblical. Just one! Every single movement rather that be the different Denominations we follow today, the Evangelical Movement, The Pentecostal Movement, etc. all have false and possibly even blasphemous doctrine. This is not grounds for us to not put asside our differences with the Catholic Church.
I have a question for you: Do the Catholics believe that Jesus died on the Cross for our sins, rose again and is now making intercession for us? Do they believe that they don’t receive their salvation by works (if your answer about words is “no,” pray and do some digging. Look at the Council of Trent. As is shown in the YouVersion plan, Christian And Catholic, they believe the same as u)disSelah!
This article, put out by none other than a Roman Catholic, describes the persecutions of the Protestant Movement, and also shows me why Pastor Kenny Deason of The Parish says that he doesn’t follow any particular movement because all are bad. I understand what he means: All movements have truth and falsehood both. All movements have some sound doctrine and some that are just oppinions of men. All movements have God-ordained Traditions and some have Church tradition not ordained by God. Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship in The Catholic Church: Truth Or Tradition (which you can find on this blon or YouTube), says that the Protestant Church has been around for over 2,000 years. However, as I noted above, even the Protestant Church is infalable. We accuse the Catholics of saying that the Pope is the vicar of Christ on earth and puting him on a pedistal that he doesn’t deserve, but are we any different? Every TV show etc. that I’ve looked at about Luther paints him in a good picture. It is a flawed, skewed point of view. A documentary in The Celebration Of Two Reformations shows us that supposedly, Luther didn’t advocate for the violence that took place but called for the people to calm down, but, paraphrasing, “You couldn’t stop them. The movement went beyond Luther’s intentions.” However, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Perhaps, Luther had a change of heart later in life, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the persecution still happened under the watch of our predecessors.
As far as I could see in the rest of his writing, he is mainly only discussing Catholic doctrine. I do encourage much prayer, no matter who you are, because like I said, all movements are bad and we cannot blindly follow just one Christian sect/movement. If you are a Catholic who truly loves the Lord, the author above may be skewed, but I encourage even much prayer concerning with matters. However, I am not going to say that Catholicism is a false religion because of these errors (it is like anything else. There are good and bad leaders alike in every movement). Back to talking to all.
I want to give you an example of this: Ravi Zacharias’ mccststry board has posted the findings of an investigation on their fθer. He also is being accused of sexual abuse. Jimmy Swaggart has had a scandal in the past. He repented and is back preaching, but I wanted to cite these two so that you can see clearly that we are obligated to follow only Christ. God bless!