I am afraid of the Protestant Church. Not a day goes by when I discover a new heresy, or deviation from the truth. A follower of this blog said he doesn’t believe the Book of Revelation belongs in the Bible. Granted, it was one of the disputed books along with Hebrews, 2 Peter, James, Jude, 2 John and 3 John. Martin Luther only inserted Revelation into the index of his Bible for it was too Jewish.
Luther was anti-Semitic, and a nationalist. His writings, though not the catalyst, were influential in the rise of German nationalism in the 1930’s.
This is the fruit of the Protestant Reformation. Thousands of splintered, divided congregations led by pastors who teach a false gospel to members who are free to interpret, or discard scripture according to their own understanding. (See 1 Corinthians 1:10.)
R.C. Sproul said that when Martin Luther was warned that this would happen he answered, “So be it.”
If I may be so bold, it’s enough to turn a soul Catholic.
Something that has nagged me for some time is whether the Protestant Reformation was the Great Apostasy spoken of by the Apostle Paul …
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Catholics and Protestants interpret Paul in opposition to one another. Rome cited the Reformation as the rebellion against the one, true church while Luther condemned the papacy as the seat of Antichrist.
Assuming that the Pope was the man of sin, why is the papacy still intact? The day that Paul spoke of was the day of the Lord. That day would come, but not until the rebellion (or apostasy) first occurred. The Dispensational view is that the Antichrist would reign for 7 years, and then be conquered at the return of Jesus Christ.
Well, it’s been 500 years since the apostasy, and nothing is changed. Christ did not return, the Pope still sits in Rome and the Protestant Church continues to tickle people’s ears with every manner of false doctrine.
When I look to the church for sound teaching on issues such as abortion, marriage and moral absolutes there is only one voice that stands firm, united and unwavering — and that is the Catholic Church.
The Protestant Church has surrendered to sociocultural pressures, and welcomed blasphemies that are mindful of the sins of the churches in the Book of Revelation.
Have you heard about the atheist pastor at the United Church of Canada (UCC)? I’ve followed this story since it was brought to my attention by John MacArthur. UCC was founded in 1925 and is Canada’s largest Protestant denomination. It has evolved into an ecumenical blend of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches. UCC holds to a liberal theology that is inclusive and tolerant even though attendance is declining.
Gretta Vosper is pastor at the West Hill United Church in Scarborough. She has been a minister for 20 years, but over time, and in the permissive environment of the UCC, Vosper came to the self-realization that she no longer believes in essential Christian doctrines.
So the West Hill United Church has been led by a person who does not believe in God. Her sermons have been centered around love and community. The UCC ruling council found itself in a dilemma. The governing policies of the church created the problem by permitting — even encouraging — Vosper to refine and preach her core beliefs which, ironically, no longer conform with what the church believes.
A year ago, the church opened an investigative hearing as to Vosper’s pastoral qualifications. Her congregation organized a petition drive to retain her services. The advisory report concluded that Vosper was allowed to amend her beliefs; but the ruling council would have to determine whether it was compatible with mission directives to have someone who doesn’t believe in God lead a congregation.
The church council completed its investigation a month ago, and ruled that Vosper be defrocked. In a 39-page report, the church’s Toronto Conference Review Committee determined that Vosper was not suitable to continue in ordained ministry because she does not believe in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit.
We have concluded that if Gretta Vosper were before us today, seeking to be ordained, the committee would not recommend her. After prayer and much discussion the 23-person committee voted 19 to 4 in favour of a motion that found Vosper unsuitable to continue serving.
My sadness is for the many clergy and members and individuals currently studying for leadership in the UCC who are now also being told they need to keep quiet about their true beliefs or risk censure. The majority report said nothing about ethos and spoke exclusively to theological belief. A very sad day for the UCC.
Friends, I don’t understand any of this. Why are there even people in pastoral training who don’t believe in Christianity? Liberalism has once again reared its ugly head. Humanism and social activism are pushing aside the Gospel of Jesus Christ even within mainstream Protestantism.
Where does this leave the West Hill United Church? Evidently, the beliefs of Gretta Vosper are widely accepted in the UCC. Advocates are pushing for even more liberal reform. Abortion, ordination of practicing homosexuals, gay marriage — even atheists — are welcomed.
The UCC council acknowledged that it is no surprise that atheism is a fruit of their tolerance and inclusivity. The church does not become apostate overnight. It’s incremental. Satan has taken the church, placed it in a pot of boiling water and turned up the heat.
Get out of the water, people! Stop drinking the Kool-Aid!
The apostate course of the Protestant Church has led me to an intensive study of church history. Reading from the fragments of the church fathers, before there was a Bible — when the church had to rely on custom and oral tradition — there was a pre-existing catholic dogma from which the church received what we call essential Christian doctrine.
One of the central break-points between Catholics and Protestants was the doctrine of justification. Luther charged Rome with teaching salvation by works. However, what I found was that the fathers taught salvation as it was presented in James 2:24.
This is why Luther thought that James should not be included in the Bible. Luther’s sola fide has given birth to a church that is unconfessional, unrepentant, fruitless and centered on ear-tickling, private interpretation of holy writ. Christians understand faith alone to mean Christ is away, let’s play. Like when Moses, a type of Christ, was on the mountaintop, and the children of Israel partied like heathens.
These are the Christians I have known, “Christ did everything, I don’t have to do anything”. That’s not what the Catholic Church teaches (nor Jesus Christ). Now, I’m not excusing the peculiarities of the CC. I’m only pleading Jesus Christ in John 8:7 …
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
All I am saying is that some Protestants may be surprised to see Catholics in heaven.
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