Protestants Say:

Protestants say Catholicism is: A religious system of sacraments, indulgences, purgatory, and prayers for the dead

TRUE. But the words religion, religious, sacrament, and system are anathema to many Protestants. Therefore any Religious System is code for….WRONG/BAD/EVIL.

Catholicism is just too complicated for the tastes of many Protestants. They believe Christianity is simple and anything complicated or multifaceted must be wrong. Anything calling itself a religion is just too old school for them.Being Non-denominational is IN and claiming a denomination is OUT even in Protestantism. So you can imagine how OUT Catholicism is. I have even heard a pastor say anything with ‘ism‘ at the end is somehow bad or suspect. So Catholicism has another strike against it. But, what about Protestantism? Well, simple. Protestants rarely use that term and contend that they are just Christians. Christian is IN. The terms, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist are OUT; even if you are a Baptist, Presbyterian or Methodist. And since there is no such word  as Christian-ism they believe they are in the clear with regard to the ‘isms’

They tend to believe that all you have to do is say, “I accept Jesus as my Savior” and they will be saved regardless of subsequent sin. They can never sin so egregiously as to fall from or lose salvation. For them Christianity is all about their personal relationship with Jesus. They read the Bible and they are able to interpret the Bible infallibly, although they would never say this they think their interpretation is right and anyone who disagrees with them is wrong.

They ignore thousands of verses in Scripture because they don’t align with their beliefs.

5 Responses

  1. “Catholicism is just too complicated for the tastes of many Protestants.”

    Maybe yes, maybe no.

    Back when I was on the other side of the Protestant/Catholic divide, I thought “I could master this…it would just take a matter of time and effort”. It was comforting. I looked at the lives of Protestant missionaries and thought, I could have done that if I were younger and might yet when my children grow up.

    When I investigated the Catholic Church I realized that 2000 years of rich history and doctrine that doesn’t change with the times was not something I could master, I could only be mastered by it. I reminded me of my pre-Protestant days when I was a Stoic/Platonist/Confucian, where it was obvious that we needed to be subject to The Truth and The Beauty and The Good and not the other way around. That was why I became a Christian in the first place. Protestantism, though closer to the truth still placed man above The Truth. Catholicism didn’t. What’s more, when I looked at the lives of the saints, I realized that there was no way I could l have done a tenth as much, even if I was younger. It was humbling.

    So yes, Catholicism is more complicated, but it is also much simpler.

    So simple in fact that a baptized baby can understand it, and might even be able to understand it better than we adults (Psalm 131). There is no doubt that these little ones are “saved” in Catholicism, but there is doubt in Protestantism, especially if you need to make a profession of faith.

  2. I searched my whole life for the “Old Time Religion”, only to stand in awe, with my hand covering my mouth, when I found it … in the Catholic Church! The barque of Peter is big enough to hold all who honestly seek the Truth. I’m praying that many more will come aboard.

  3. I send this to you in love (and a big hug) 🙂

    My honest comments…

    Asking Christ into your life is a supernatural experience, not a religious experience. Once you have the real deal (Christ in your life, the holy spirit in you) you don’t want anything else; You don’t need anything else. You feel completely content, like a gap in you was just filled, and such love. Then you just can’t stop talking about Christ to people, to share this amazing experience. You want to run out the house and scream his name to everyone and do everything in your power to defend him and his word, even suffering persecution for doing it. It’s about a relationship with him as he’s in you.

    I have to say, religion itself is a complicated mess. Ggggrrr. Lol. Some people get very confused with all these religions around. It’s like restaurants – there’s a new one everyday just about and it leaves the lost wondering which one to pick. I think Satan accomplished a lot by distracting people with religions. Reality is, there is only one way to follow Christ and religions (Calvinism, Mormon, etc, etc) are a distraction from the simple message we were all given. The message is simple – repent and ask Christ to come into your life. (It only works when the person is submissive to God and really meaning it in their hearts), but you will have this same supernatural experience.

    I thought your “isms” comment was funny. I’ve not heard that before 🙂 It’s not so much about the isms, it’s more about whether a church is following the bible and teaching correctly. As you know, there are a lot of churches out there that claim to teach the word of God, but they don’t. Ultimately we’re responsible for checking what our pastor or priest is teaching us and whether it agrees with the bible. (1 John 4:1: “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world”) – so Christ tells us to check for ourselves and then we know which churches are teaching incorrectly and who to not trust.

    2 Peter 2:1: “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves”

    The bible has been interpreted so many different ways, but the reality is – there is only one way to interpret it. To those who don’t have the holy spirit in them (that inner light) from this supernatural experience, they just read the bible and interpret it like a regular book, which is why so many people out there give different interpretations of it and not the same interpretation. Once a person has the light in them, they understand the spiritual message in the way it was intended, because the Holy Spirit guides us and has opened our eyes to the truth. So many people use scripture and twist it out of context to defend what they might do in their church, which is when people have to be weary.

    Acts 3:19: “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (So once we repent, Christ promises to forgive us our sins) Romans 6:22: “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (So we have eternal life. We can’t lose it and once the holy spirit is in you, you are a different person, you naturally start to bear the “fruits,” they are not forced, they are a gift from God).

    God Bless you, and I hope my comments were helpful.

    Kate* – if you want to continue conversation. I’d like it 🙂

    P.S. Sorry it’s so long!!

  4. Dear Kate thank you for your comments. When I was still a Protestant the big problem was that there were people and pastors who did not seem to be reading the Bible and interpreting it as a regular book. Their lives exemplified genuine faith and love of Jesus, and they claimed to be led by the power of the Holy Spirit. BUT….they had diametrically opposed interpretations of scripture.

    You are right there is only one correct interpretation. But actually has the ability to infallibly interpret the Bible? I did not trust my infallibility and have decided to trust the Church that canonized the Bible and has been interpreting the Scriptures for 2000 years. I just could no longer trust new interpretations.

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