What is Truth?

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.

Vosper said,

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.

Copyright © 2016 Messiah Gate


5 thoughts on “What is Truth?

  1. One of our responsibilities as Christians is to be good stewards of “orthodoxy”, for want of a better word. When we leave that responsibility up to our denomination, leaders or popular opinion we leave ourselves open to heresy and ultimately apostosy. That means every Christian must know Scripture intimately.

    But in addition, just “being right” about what the Bible teaches isn’t enough. We must be doers of the word, not just hearers of the word. Today, not only is much of the church ignorant of orthodox Biblical doctrines and/or sitting under false teaching, but many who know the word and know what they should be doing simply are leaving it up to “someone else”.

    One area of low participation is that of prayer. Like most, if not all aspects of the Christian walk, prayer has a dual expression. We are called individually to pray in our prayer closets, and we are called to come together to pray corporately. The book of Acts has some powerful examples of what can happen when believers come together to pray. And yet in our current state, church prayer gatherings are dwindling and the act of prayer seems to be increasingly left up to each individual to do on his own.

    Perhaps these are signs of the times. Children are taught to have “self-esteem” based on nothing more than who they are as an individual. Our idea of community has changed from the traditional concept of all who live and work in a particular area to those with whom we identify in terms of shared traits, interests or values. We used to say, “The family who prays together, stays together.” I would say that is true of the Church too.

    Just as 2 Timothy 2:2 speaks of sound doctrine being passed from generation to generation by trustworthy saints, multiple verses instruct us to love one another, bear with one another and serve one another in love. 2 Corinthians 1:11 confirms the importance of all our prayers for ministries in the Church: “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

    The “great multitude” beyond number, described in Revelation 7:9 will include sons and daughters from every nation, every tribe, every people and every language. It’s possible that means all denominations, too (just sayin’). Our Savior can reach down and rescue anyone who calls out to him from any pit of destruction that can possibly exist, including the pit of false doctrines.

    Christians, pray for the rescue of those who have fallen into the pit! If possible, snatch them from the fire. But ultimately, they must hear that “this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19). Salvation is meaningless outside the context of judgement. Because God is good, he draws a line separating sin from righteousness forever. On one side of that line is life. On the other, death.

    Pray for those in darkness to choose life.

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  2. David, please know that I’m praying that you don’t be overcome by discouragement at what we see around us. The multitude of voices inside of the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant and Evangelical churches could drive us mad unless we return always to the Word of God.

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  3. David,

    Catholics must believe and confess that the Mass is a true propitiation for sins, that the Lord Jesus Christ is offered as a true sacrifice in it, body, blood, soul, and Divinity. Again and again… That His mother mediates with Him for us, and much more that is false and under the judgment of God.

    Also, you have misrepresented Protestants by saying that we are non-confessional. In former days, we have formulated many confessions – all in agreement on essentials – Belgic, Westminster, London Baptist, etc. Many Protestants still hold to them.

    Romanism preaches another gospel of merit received through her sacraments and increased by meritorious works.

    The apostasy is here – this is what we are seeing. While Protestantism and Evangelicalism are now falling away, we cannot escape by returning to the Mother of Harlots.

    I implore you not to do this or preach this!

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    1. Maria, I expected that the apologetic tone of this article would cause concern among some of my readers. I’m like the Bereans. There’s much to be cautious about within the institutional church whether Catholic or Protestant; and so I cast an equally suspicious eye on Rome as I do the Reformers. My thought is that there has always been but a remnant of the truly faithful both in ancient days and the church age in which we live.

      Rest assured, I understand what Protestants say about the Catholic Church, and so I’ve been examining church history with regards to the sacraments and Marian worship. What I have learned from the Catholic Church about these rites is not what Protestants say about them so I appreciate and value your perspective as an ex-Catholic.

      In my studies I have come across several blogs written by Protestants whose Christian walk has led them to the Catholic Church. Some of these brothers were seminary trained, life-long Protestants who felt called by the Holy Spirit to change course. Ex-Protestants becoming Catholic, ex-Catholics becoming Protestant — may the Lord grant us the wisdom of discernment!

      There is a heretical movement in Protestantism today that says people do not have to confess their sins. That’s what I meant about the unconfessional church, and not a charge against Westminster.  However we judge the Catholic Church it seems to me that most of the doctrinal error, post-Reformation, is coming out of the Protestant Church.

      So that is where I stand — casting a discerning eye at the institutional church while seeking fellowship with the true remnant who are called out according to His grace. I hope this eases your mind.

      (Actually, I wanted to contact you before I posted this article so that there would be no misunderstanding. There are some other things I wanted to run past you, but I’ll send them through your contact page.)

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