Recycled Romanism regurgitated

Cane writes:

Anyways, I’m not convinced that Roman Catholic problems aren’t Protestant problems, or Orthodox problems for that matter. And I am convinced that the more we look outside for the problems (It’s that damned liberalism from Bob that’s infecting all of us!”) that we are missing something we were warned about.

I’ll decline to comment on the Orthodox, because I haven’t observed enough there to speak yet.

What I do know for sure is that is true of the denomination I grew up in.

They stood in opposition to certain Roman Catholic doctrines, but then recreated them in new form.

I may disagree with certain of those original Roman doctrines, but I object further to the recycled, digested and regurgitated versions of them. Here’s a common one: A Protestant church will rail against the idea of the Magisterium, and state that Sola Scriptura is the guide for Christian behavior. When you then ask why their women are not covered, they tell you that the Scripture does not mean what it says, but something else entirely–in fact, the opposite of what it says! The pastor, with his exalted knowledge, knows that the Bible does not there mean what it says, so you ought to listen to him when he explains that that command is cultural.

Often, I find that indictments of Roman Catholicism are doubly indicting of Protestantism, and indictments of Protestantism are doubly indicting of Roman Catholicism. There is a greater spirit at work, and he must be opposed.

4 thoughts on “Recycled Romanism regurgitated

  1. The concern is always about the misinterpretation of Scripture. Theoretically, the role of the pastor or church leader is to guide and impart what they know based on their own study, what they learnt in seminaries and the books they read. There is a paucity of teaching offered by churches on apologetics and hermeneutics. Even if there is, the course is structured and “marketed” in such a way that they are seemingly boring.

    Like you, I hate the idea of the Word of God (and understanding it as the Holy Spirit guides) being “ringfenced” by the clergy and leadership. The fear of misinterpretation and the resultant misuse (or even abuse) is so immense that there is absolutely very little room for the Holy Spirit to guide and move. This fear is similar to the fear of submission to a husband. Thus, fear is a lack of faith.

    Funny enough, despite the great lengths they go in “ringfencing” the Word of God, the clergy (almost all that I know) do very little in laying the cards on the table about the Biblical perspective on the “cultural” norms and practice of our modern society. (Last night I had an argument with my wife who believes it is okay to practise yoga as a Christian.) While they have not taught the church members about studying the Bible on their own, they have steered very clear of topics such as practicing yoga, homosexuality, divorce and abortion from God’s perspective as laid out in the Bible. And husbands are not taught how to lead, even in studying the Word of God as part of marriage preparation.

    All of these point towards the verse in Amos 8:11 –
    “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I want ill send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”

  2. Yup, just had this sermon preached recently in my city by a Protestant pastor about head coverings. “It’s cultural but the concept of modesty is what really matters” is the precis of it.

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