“Fathers, don’t upset your children. If you are too hard to please, they might want to stop trying” (Colossians 3:21)
Lately, I have been listening to Christian podcasts. They are usually from previous radio broadcasts of popular preachers and teachers. I have noticed that some of the 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?” (Luke 6:41)
The so-called evangelical church gets a black eye in the world’s view sometimes because of our stringent, rigorous belief in the inherent truth in God’s Word. There is nothing in itself wrong with that. But when we take the attitude that my daddy can beat up your daddy because He’s bigger and stronger. Besides, He loves me more than you!
These preachers and teachers are some of the most well known and respected Bible scholars in the United States. It ha been their life’s work to expound and teach on the Bible.
But why do we bash the Catholic faith so much? Yes, some of their doctrines are 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 Protestant churches are normally locked up except on Wednesdays and Sundays. People are going in and out of Catholic churches all the time. Why do we paint Catholics with a broad brush, and group them all together? The Bible says that 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” (Matthew 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” (Matthew 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” (Ephesians 2:10)
Catholics traditionally put on homeless feeds, give away clothing, and offer shelter. Which usually are staffed by Catholic church volunteers. Priests are available for people to unload burdens and find faith again. These are all commendable, but only marginal in the big picture according to many Protestants.
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 of the Bible and condemning these our Christian brethren. The problem is Jesus never checked the ID of people for religious affiliation before He healed them
Beyond the levels of all knowledge, instruction, and teaching lies the deepest well of all; God himself. To find the 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?
“But now put these things out of your life: anger, losing your temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and saying shameful things. Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him” (Colossians 3:8-10)