Lately I have been listening to Christian pod-casts. They are usually from previous radio broadcasts of popular preachers and teachers. I have found some teachings to be rather severe and bordering on mean.
“Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your friend’s eye, but you don’t see the big piece of wood that is in your own eye?” Luk 6:41
The so called evangelical church gets a black eye in the world’s eye sometimes because of our stringent, rigorous belief in the inherent truth in God’s Word. There is nothing in itself wrong with that. My daddy can beat up your daddy, because He’s bigger and stronger. Besides, He loves me!
These preachers and teachers are some of the most well known and respected Bible scholars in the United States. They have spent their live’s in study and prayer.
But why do we bash the Catholic faith so much? Yes, some of their doctrine is downright goofy and untrue. How could anyone believe that the office of the Pope represents Christ on earth? Ludicrous!
Looking beyond that, what kind of people will you find in that church? I have heard it said; “If you want spirituality, go to a Protestant church. If you want some tangible help, go to a Catholic church.” Our churches are normally locked up expect on Wednesdays and Sundays. People are going in and out of Catholic churchs all the time. Why do we paint Catholics with a broad brush, and group all together? The Last I heard, God looks at (and weighs) individuals hearts.
“In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven”. Mat 5:16
“The Son of Man will come again with his Father’s glory and with his angels. And he will reward everyone for what they have done”. Mat 16:27
“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do. Eph 2:10
They put on homeless feeds, give away clothing, and offer shelter. Usually staffed by Catholic adherent volunteers. Padres are available to unload burdens and find faith again. These are all commendable, but only marginal in the big picture according to evangelicals.
I think the real danger of our respected teachers condemning and branding the Catholic church as heretics and eternally damned, is they are stepping outside the realm of their authority.
They are taking the WORD and slamming it upside the head of our brethren. The problem is the elementary premise of the Bible is; that it is the revealed personality and character of our Creator and God. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”. Joh 1:14
Beyond the levels of knowledge, instruction and wisdom lies the deepest well of all; God himself. To find true meaning of Scripture and the resultant doctrine of the church is to start with the idea we are looking at God first. What do we see? is it reflected from the essence of God that determines our perception of truth?
It is like the Sun and the moon. The Sun is the essence of God. The moon is like the reflection of the Sun’s essential truth. Kingdom principles are then revealed more clearly.