Christian Reform Church Rejects Catholic Mass as "Idolatry"greenspun.com : LUSENET : Catholic : One Thread
So what does this mean for relations between the two Churches? Could this finally be the start of Protestants getting away from anti-Catholicism?
-- Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 19, 2004
-- bumpity (email@example.com), June 19, 2004.
Most Protestants, especially in the major denominations, are already much farther away from anti-Catholicism than such sects as the Christian Reform Church and the 7'th Day Adventists, which are among the most vocal and viscious attackers of the true Church of Jesus Christ. Could this be the start of something? Well, I suppose stopping punching someone in the face after you have been doing it for 24 hours might be seen as the first step toward loving and accepting that person and respecting their dignity. But it's a very small step on a very long journey. There are still major obstacles to unity between the true Church and even such denominations as Lutherans and Anglicans, who are our closest Protestant brethren, let alone the CRC, Adventists, and other traditional persecutors of the Catholic faith.
-- Paul M. (PaulCyp@cox.net), June 20, 2004.
I met a 7th day adventist once who, once he learned I was Catholic wipped out his bible intent on winning over another ignorant idolater. Unfortunately for him, I know what I'm talking about!
I was stunned to hear that he based his belief on baptism by immersion on the biblical account of JOHN'S BAPTISM! It was a "well duh!" experience. Dude! John's baptism wasn't a sacrament! "Baptism" is a sacrament governed by the Church not the other way around.
Of course he got mad when I pointed this out.
He also was speachless when I pointed out that the early Christians worshipped "on the first day of the week" (i.e. Sunday), not the Jewish sabbath (Saturday), inasmuch as Jesus rose "on the first day of the week".
But we have to be merciful with these brethren of ours, much as Aquila and Priscilla had to be merciful with Apollos in Acts - who knew alot but only knew of John's baptism and not Jesus'.
-- Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 21, 2004.