Tale of Two Protestants: in their own words

This is a repost from Patrick Madrid’s self-titled blog. Take a moment to listen to two callers to Patrick’s call0in talk show and see if you can detect any sincerity and/or arrogance. Their own words reveal them.

A dark cloud with a silver lining

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Last week on my “Open Line” radio show (Thursdays from 3-5 pm ET), I took a call from Mike, an Evangelical Protestant who wanted me to know that he had successfully convinced his Catholic wife to abandon her Faith and leave the Catholic Church and become Protestant. [I was dragging my self there just a few years ago. It is a sad thing that Mike has done.] There’s more to the story, and if you click here or on the image above, you can listen to what happened next.

Then, immediately after that exchange, I took a call from another Protestant named David. He told me something I think you will find interesting . . .[A complete 180 from the previous caller.]

And that picture above? It’s an apt visual description of the first caller, who led his poor wife directly into a dangerous storm, not away from one.

For info on that Catholic/Protestant debate on sola fide and sola scriptura, please click the image below:

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Despite a sincere love for Jesus, most Protestants suffer from a degree of ignorance concerning Christ, His Church and Sacred Scripture. How could they fully understand the Word of God if they choose to read Bibles that are incomplete and refuse to accept that Jesus would truly remain with His Church – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – keeping it from error and ensuring that Saint Peter was succeeded as His vicar?

Some do this in the same many that many “cradle” Catholics practice their own faith, as I did for many years – simply because it was the cultural norm in their household. Yet some remain in ignorance out of their own conformity (great music, good friends, free childcare, etc.) – again, like many “cafeteria” Catholics who like to be associated with the One True Church only to disregard her and Our Blessed Lord through a lack of obedience, misunderstanding of doctrine and plain ol’ hypocrisy. Then there are some who are at a point in their lives where the truth is clear, yet they refuse to accept it due to status, power, money, etc. This same sentiment and attitude is what attacks the Catholic Church from within and has caused many of her scandals.

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna, writing to the Philadelphians in AD 135, “Everyone who does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is an antichrist [1 John 4:2-3, 2 John 1:7]; whoever does not confess the testimony of the cross is of the devil; and whoever perverts the sayings of the Lord for his own desires, and says that there is neither resurrection nor judgment, such a one is the firstborn of Satan.”

When we choose to turn our back on the Lord it is a sin. However, when we choose to turn our back on the Lord knowing full well that He is “the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6)” and that He built His Church, which is invincible, upon Cephas (Peter), the Rock to whom Our Blessed Lord left “the keys of the kingdom of heaven”  and the power to bind and loose upon earth doing the same in heaven (Matthew 16:18-19), we commit a grave sin – “a sin unto death (1 John 5:16-17).”

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