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.
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