Wrong Turn: Pope Benedict XVI Detours Salvation Through Catholic Church

By approving a document saying non-Catholic Christian communities are either defective or not true churches, and the Roman Catholic Church provides the only true path to salvation, Pope Benedict leaves someone behind – Jesus!

Pope Benedict XVI

This Week’s Top Scrooge – July 13, 2007  

By ALEXANDER
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There are some weeks when picking a number one bonehead (This Week’s Top Scrooge) is really tough.

This week isn’t one of them. Pope Benedict XVI wins the dishoner hands down, no questions asked, slam dunk, done deal, finito.

The easy pick is made possible by this: Reports came out Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI approved a document late last month saying non-Catholic Christian communities are either defective or not true churches, and the Roman Catholic Church provides the only true path to salvation.

The document stated other Christian communities such as Protestants “cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense” since they don’t have what’s known as apostolic succession – that is, the ability to trace their bishops back to the original 12 apostles of Jesus.

Before you hear more from this born-againer (me) let me continue the Pope-blunder story with more as reported in WorldNetDaily:

The document said the Orthodox church suffered from a “wound” because it did not recognize the primacy of the pope, adding the wound was “still more profound” among Protestant denominations.

It was “difficult to see how the title of ‘Church’ could possibly be attributed to them,” said the statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, purporting Roman Catholicism was “the one true Church of Christ.”

“These separated churches and communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation,” the document read. “In fact the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation, whose value derives from that fullness of grace and of truth which has been entrusted to the Catholic Church.”

The document, formulated as five questions and answers, repeated sections of a 2000 text the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, “Dominus Iesus,” which angered Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches and did not have the “means of salvation.”

I’m not a Catholic. I came from a background of Russian Orthodox church services and Sunday school, but I ran from God. I didn’t really think much about anything other than having fun in life.

Simply put, more than eight years ago, at 42 years old, I said the sinner’s prayer with someone behind a church recovery group information table and my life has never been the same since.

I know about salvation and so do many others who agree with me that it is not about church. Even with the document’s caveat that other churches “are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation,” his signature places way too much weight on not only the Catholic church, but “church” in general. (BTW, I go to church nearly every Sunday…non-denominational that is…not to seal my salvation, but to fellowship and worship in community.)

The only statement that I would be thrilled to hear coming out of the Pope’s mouth is that Jesus is the way to salvation…not Catholicism, not 40 Hail Mary’s, not participation in a soup kitchen, not a Sunday service…and while I am on a roll…not ANY “religion”.

All that said, the Pope’s statment is really old news. The Catholic faith has been misleading people for a long time. Not to say that some Catholics are not saved, but they are a “works” based religion…guiding people to jump through hoops to get to heaven.

Sorry, it’s all about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Unless a church is preaching that, it’s barking up the wrong tree.

How do I know? I have personally experienced the salvation that only Jesus can bring. It is by His grace not mine that it happened for me.

So, now do we need to be softer and kinder to the Pope? Do we not call him out on his bonehead move?

Well, too late. The press is already dogging him. The headlines this week have been incredible…some misguided, some right on.

You’ll probably hear a lot of nothing from a lot of Christians. But the way I look at it, this “event” is an opportunity to share about Jesus. The Jesus whose church is bigger and works in more ways than we can understand.

For those that have a relationship with Jesus, God’s church has no boundaries. That, my friends, is the point Benedict has sadly left out of this mess.

As for those looking for salvation, seek Him, look to Jesus as Lord. For He is the door to salvation. You may find Him by simply asking for Him from wherever you are…even sitting in front of your computer!

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20 thoughts on “Wrong Turn: Pope Benedict XVI Detours Salvation Through Catholic Church

  1. The Catholic Church believes that the Church is the Body of Christ.

    The Church also believes that the Eucharist is the Body of Christ.

    The Church believes that the Eucharist is Jesus himself.

    The Church believes that Jesus is True Man and True God.

    Therefore, the Church does not deny Christ : it merely proclaims Him To Be At The Center of Mystic Communion.

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  3. Leaving behind Jesus? Friend, you must actually read this statement, and in light of Catholic doctrine and not your doctrine. As always, the release of documents such as this are calculated.

  4. There is a lot of misrepresentation here. Before you claim that this statement shows that the Catholic Church teaches something other than that Jesus is the way of salvation, please, please just take a look at the Catechism. This statement was addressing a specific issue, not the central issues of the Gospel addressed in your post here.

    Just a short summary:

    IN BRIEF

    619 “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures” (I Cor 15:3).

    620 Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love for us, because “he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” (I Jn 4:10). “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself” (2 Cor 5:19).

    621 Jesus freely offered himself for our salvation. Beforehand, during the Last Supper, he both symbolized this offering and made it really present: “This is my body which is given for you” (Lk 22:19).

    622 The redemption won by Christ consists in this, that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28), that is, he “loved [his own] to the end” (Jn 13:1), so that they might be “ransomed from the futile ways inherited from [their] fathers” (I Pt 1:18).

    623 By his loving obedience to the Father, “unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8), Jesus fulfils the atoning mission (cf. Is 53:10) of the suffering Servant, who will “make many righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities” (Is 53:11; cf. Rom 5:19).

  5. I am not saying the Pope denies Jesus. I am saying the Pope is placing too high of priority on church being a means of salvation. It is not. However, someone may go to a church and receive a message of salvation…but it would certainly seem hard to receive that message if what you are being told is that you must be Catholic or being told you must be a member of any church before salvation can happen…wrong!

  6. The Roman Catholic Catechism says one thing – the Pope and every priest I have spoken to over the years says another. The Roman Church’s pronouncements are held above Scripture.

    Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 14:6 & 6:37)

    The Pope says no one can be saved apart from the Roman Catholic Church – in direct contradiction to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Years ago a devout catholic woman attending a bible study asked me – “How can I be sure I am going to heaven?” I pointed out Romans 10:9,10 “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. She embraced the good news with her whole heart. I was happy to tell her that she had everlasting life and would go straigt to heaven when she died.

    A short time later, this Christian lady died of a brain tumor. At her funeral held in the catholic church she aattended, her priest related that as she lay dying, she spoke to him about being born again. In his own words spoken at the funeral, he said, you don’t have to be concerned about being born again, you are a good catholic.

    How tragic – his words were in direct contradiction to the words of Jesus.

    The priest, at the family’s request allowed me to say a few words. I related the converation about how she wanted to be sure she would go to heaven. I was able to quote Romans 10:9, 10 and how she embraced the Gospel.

    After the service a number of the catholic people attending approached me to repeat what I had said. They had never heard a simple presentation of the Gospel. How tragic! Lifelong Catholic senior citizens, faithful to their church, had never been presented a clear teaching of personal salvation.

    I pray that all catholics will come to understand that Jesus is the way.

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  8. John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

    Certain churches and men often exalt themselves or their churches rather then the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Sorry, the Roman Catholic Church, Marry, the Saints of old, and the Pope: they are not the Lord. I was saved when I made a conscience choice to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior. I was saved long before I was lead to a Baptist church, baptized, became a member, heard my call to preach, and began attending college. I made a choice to accept Jesus Christ as my savior and the Catholic church played no part in it. The Pope’s “divine” authority played no role in my salvation. I’m saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

  9. Wow! Is the Pope God? I thought only God could and would judge who can be saved. I really belive that the Pope should read his Bible more. God’s Word says that He loved the World so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, that whosoever believed in Jesus would be saved and inherit eternal life…not whoseover believed in the Pope and the Catholic Church could and would be saved. mmmmmm! It’s only the blood of Jesus that saves us…His blood on the cross, shed for our salvation. Jesus is the door to eternal life…it isn’t the door of the Catholic Church that saves us.

    I was raised Catholic and am still a recovering catholic as the church has left many scars on my life that I would not
    intend to write about or speak out against now. It is part of my past and I have forgiven all and even myself. Yet I have my memories at times. All this talk about you can’t be saved unless your Catholic and believe in the teachings of the Roman Catholic church is absured. Only Jesus can save….and its the teachings of Jesus that I will choose to follow…not the teachings of men, doctrines and dogmas of any church. The Church is the Body of Christ, yes, yet
    the only body that can save us is the body of Jesus that hung on the cross, bled and died for our sins…that is what
    can save us. Those who are baptized and believe on the Name of the Lord can be saved…not the Catholic Church.

    Don’t let all this crap upset you…forgive the Pope for his arrogance and stupidity and how he really blew it with
    the people of the world of all denominations and faith. How
    can we ever respect him again…I don’t think I can. God have mercy on us and the Pope for ever thinking that there is another way to Heaven except Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

    Let us pray for this Pope that this nonsense will stop here
    and that true faith will be found in the heart of the believer…that God’s Kingdom lies in each heart that trusts in Him (in Jesus) for salvation. There is no other
    name under heaven that could save us…certainly not the
    Catholic Church. Cheer up folks…and believe in the true
    Word of God…John 3;16. God loves us! Amen and Amen.
    Joy in abiding in His heart and He in ours…that is true
    salvation. Amen and Amen!!!!! Char Hulsey, Dallas, Texas.

  10. Do your homework! Do people just post things b/f they do an ounce of research. I don’t think you realize that this is not a novel belief for Catholics. Catholics have been saying just this since the 5th century. If you sit at mass this Sunday in a Catholic Church, during the Nicean Creed you will hear at a certain point “We believe in One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.” Many protestant churches have a similiar prayer during the creed. We don’t believe Christ calls his Church to be divided on faith and morals. If you read scripture, you know St. Paul prays for unity among churches.

    Catholics believe in One Church: Matthew 16 the call of Peter.

    The purpose of the Church is to bring people to Christ and to follow in His ways. You are right in pointing to the fact that acceptance of Christ has to do with you and not anyone else but the Pope is not disputing that. What happens if one church is saying homsexuality and abortion are okay and another church is saying these are serious sins that can bring you to hell. Obviously someone is right and someone is wrong here. Who is to help guide the faithful. Is everyone just told to decide for themselves. Who can help the faithful not to falter from the narrow path on serious issues? Jesus gave us the Church. Jesus is not indifferent on these issues. Catholics do not believe in relative truth. We believe the Church is guided on matters of faith and morals by the Holy Spirit. Before I go on, I feel cliche rebuttals coming on….please do your homework and find out what the Catholic Church means by faith and morals. We have not changed them for 2000 years.

    Look at every insitutional Church in the United States and you will see them back peddling on matters of faith and morals. Going with whatever the status quo is. expcept the Catholic Church.

  11. ^ correct! Catholic church has being saying it for a long time. Too bad! Pointing to church instead of Jesus is sad. Also, I would not start talking about the Catholic Church and morals…not a good track record.

    Never-the-less, we are all sinners and our forgiveness can be found in Jesus, not in a church or Church…Catholic or otherwise.

  12. Why is it that Freedom of Religion doesn’t mean that a religion is allowed it’s beliefs and allowed to teach them?
    How dare you insult the leader of the ONLY church actually founded by Jesus Christ without at least investigating the reasoning. Believe it or not, God did give Man reason.

  13. @theresa…no talk here of dis-allowing or “allowing.” I’m merely pointing out that, in my opinion and plenty of others, the Pope is doing a dis-service by putting so much emphasis on the Catholic church. God’s church is bigger than man can understand and certainly bigger than the Catholic church.

  14. The thing i would like to say is that a building are a group can’t save you. Any one church can get you no place only by the blood of Juses are we save an get to be with God. (john14:6) Juses says “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father execpt through Me”. That is a powerful statement I notice that Jesus didn’t say that ANY chuch is the way the truth and the life, He said that He was the way. There are things in the catholic church that go against the Bible, so to say that they are the one true church why dont they go by the Bible. I believe that God never changes I see in Isaiah 42:8 the God says “I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.” What a statement, God is telling us not to give glory or praise to another, some catholic’s think that Mary can help you or give you things, that is totally against what God is telling us. The bottom line is that no church can get you to Heaven only Juses!

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  16. If the people of the Catholic church did not write the Bible then who did?Yes, you would say the early Christians right? Oh, but they weren’t called Christians until later at Antioch. So the Apostles weren’t Christians until then right? What were they then pagans, heathen or what?Do you get my drift?The Apostles wheren’t called Catholic until later either,but this does not mean they weren’t universal Apostles that preached to the Romans,the Gentiles and anybody else that would listen,since this is what Jesus told them to do.Preach to all creatures.

    So you cannot tell me who wrote the Bible through history can you?Other than to say it was the early Christians.Therefore maybe you can tell me why the Catholic Church would assemble and decide which books went into the Bible if their own Church did not write the Bible.Why would they do this for somebody else’s church?Doesn’t make sense does it.Through history it can be proven that the Catholic Church did provide the Bible and the books that originally went into it.Since then people have change it to their own ends in their own translations such as the king james version that left out some of the books etc.
    Apocalypse 22:18 For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book.

    Apocalypse 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book.

    Benny here: I will say it(You have to be Catholic to make it to Heaven) Here is the reason why:Our Lord Jesus said it himself;John 14:6 Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.
    So you have to go through Jesus in order to see God.The head and body of Jesus can not be separated.Jesus is the head of the church and the body of the church.Ephesians 5:23 Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.
    Ephesians 1:22 And he hath subjected all things under his feet and hath made him head over all the church,
    Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body,the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may hold the primacy:

    Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body,which is the church:
    Since his body is the church and Jesus and his body can not be separated then you have to go through the church in order to come unto the Father(God).
    The Holy Trinity;God the Father,God the Son,God the Holy Ghost: All three are one and the same and also separate identities.So God the Son(Jesus and his body the church) are one and the same as God the Holy Ghost.Man is fallible,but God is infallible which means that God is the church because the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee; That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. God is the church in the form of the Holy Ghost and the one unforgivable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Ghost (walking away from the church which is his body ). This is an unforgivable sin because by not being in the church(Jesus body) and confessing your sins you therefore do not have forgiveness for your sins because a priest has not forgiven them here on earth,therefore they are not forgiven in Heaven.

    The Apostles did ordain priests in their time as it is in the Bible. Acts 14:21 Confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith: and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.
    Acts 14:22 And when they had ordained to them priests in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed.
    Titus 1:5 For this cause I left thee in Crete: that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee:
    James 5:14 Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
    Apocalypse 5:9 And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book and to open the seals thereof: because thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation:
    Apocalypse 5:10 And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.
    Acts 20:28 Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops, to rule the Church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.
    Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ: to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
    Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, nor given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre:
    Therefore these verses clearly show that there were priests and bishops,and as the Church was before the Bible the ordinary daily routine of the Church is not written in the Bible.Do you get a detailed explaintion of what to do and how to drive when you buy a car?No,because it is common place you already know the basics……Same with the Catholic Church and their routines.These traditions were kept through all these years.
    2 Thessalonians 2:14 Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned, whether by word or by our epistle

    Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins:

    Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that err: because he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

    Hebrews 5:3 And therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

    Hebrews 5:4 Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was.

    These scripures here plainly state that a person cannot confess their sins straight to God,but that a priest taken from among men and ordained must offer up the sacrifices and gifts for our sins. This priest should be in a state of grace before he preforms these actions,which is one reason why all priests must also confess theirs sins to one another,and also in order for their sins to be forgiven.

    Also in the Bible:
    John 9:31 now we know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God and doth his, will, him he heareth.

    If we are all sinners then by these words in the Bible God would hear none of us,right?

    The way God hears us: Is after confession unto a Catholic Priest when you have been forgiven of your sins here on earth then they are forgiven in Heaven.

    John 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

    John 20:23 Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

    At this time you are in a state of grace and are clean of your sins and then can partake of Our Lords Body without judgement.
    1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. (The Holy Mass)

    1 Corinthians 11:27 Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.

    1 Corinthians 11:28 But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice.

    1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

    When in this state of grace,without sin,then God will hear you(i-e,LISTEN TO YOU).For God hears and knows everything at all times but, why would he listen to the creature he made if that creature is not doing and following his words.(Through his son Jesus).Therefore when in the state of sin God does not listen.

    Save your soul from the fires of HELL by seeking his kingdom logically and through history by the records that have been kept in order that you have know reason to be deceived.

    LOGICALLY: Church that wrote and assembled the Original Bible: Is Church that Jesus established:Church was before Bible:Jesus said he would build a Church not write a Bible.

    History: Which Church would that be? Why not the Church that can be traced back in history to Our Lord Jesus.

    It cannot be all denomination churches because they DO NOT TEACH THE SAME THINGS…

    Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.

    Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.

    Therefore if you are not following the Church that wrote the Bible,then you are against Him(Jesus).For it is the only Church that the gates of hell will not overcome.

    Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    The fires of Hell are FOREVER :Is pride,money, lust or anything else worth burning in Hell forever if you are wrong?

    PUT YOUR HAND IN A FIRE FOR THREE (3) SECONDS AND THEN ASK YOURSELF THAT QUESTION?

  17. This is why I am happy to be a PROUD Catholic…..outside the Catholic Church there are too many OPINIONS….NO TRUTHS!
    Jesus Christ left a visible Church the Catholic Church with His Teachings to guide and lead His flock till he comes again to judge the lving and the dead. There never was and never will be another TRUE CHURCH, there can only be ONE, UNO, NUMBER ONE!It makes no sense that Jesus Christ would suffered so much and died for us for His Teachings the very ones that will assure us heaven, get so distorted..He would want to safe guard them from error, because he want us in heaven with Him. So tell me why would He do that to us…He is a loving God and He made it soooo simple, by leaving ONE TRUE CHURCH to teach all that He taught to the apostles, not one iota being changed…on His Dogmas, Doctrines, decrees, statues, etc…
    The Pope doesn’t make up things or make you follow them, He just hands them down as is. to guide the flock on faith andn morals, which will lead us to heaven…He can’t help it if we don’t want to follow them because they are too hard to follow or understand, etc. remember, Jesus Christ, even let many of His Disciples leave when he was explaining the Eucharist, that it was truly His Body and Blood, He never called them back to explain that he really didn’t mean that it was His real Body and Blood… becAUSE IT WAS..AND as a Rabbi (teacher) He would have made for a bad one if He didn’t correct them, if indeed He wasn’t sayong that it was His REAL BODY and BLOOD. Anyway, I’m getting off the beaten path. The Catholic Church, is indeed the ONLY REAL CHURCH, others have seperated themselves from the TRUTHS and are ALL started by humans. They are all false teachers and preach false doctrines…one reason is they never wrote them down like the Catholic’s …who gave us the Bible..You should read Church history…The Church started long before the Protestant Reformation and for Catholic’s who don’t know there faith, long before Vatican ll…check it out for when you really do, you will find that deep in History is the Catholic Church, the one Our Lord Jesus Christ founded so it would be possible for us to attain heaven.

  18. This article is mindless dribble. The decree does NOT say that those outside the Catholic Church cannot be saved. Please actually read the document before flaming it and penning an idiotic article.

    Also, your ideas about salvation and what makes one a Christian are also childish. Go and read some Church Fathers or Augustine or Aquinas.

    Lastly, Alexander, you sound like you are your own pope: “How do I know? I have personally experienced the salvation that only Jesus can bring. It is by His grace not mine that it happened for me.” It’s all about the church of Alexander, isn’t it? That has to be the most unconvincing argument you could have made: “because I said so.” God didn’t intend to have 6 billion different popes on planet earth at once. The Church has 1 pope at one time, for the purpose of guiding and heading us all. Faith is really about a conversion of the will-a submission to the Truth. If I’m my own pope and you are yours, there is no church and no community and no unity.

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