No Christianity without Catholicism - 03/02/2003
I was perusing your site and found it to be of interest, but have the following criticism to make: I think it is rather unnecessary of you to be including the Catholic Church amongst the cults you draw attention to on your site. After all, if it were not for the Catholic Church, there would be no Christianity as we all know it today. Furthermore, the Protestant Reformation (not a reformation at all, but an apostasy) occurred during the 1500's, therefore all your ancestors prior to that date were members of Christ's Holy Roman Catholic Church. The Church is venerable and possesses an antiquity which all the Protestant sects put together cannot hope to rival. Having said that, I did like your comments re the Jehovah's Witnesses, but then again, they are merely a modern rehash of the Arian heresy.
May God Bless you always.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Greetings Joseph, and thank you for contacting us at Contender Ministries. I too would classify the reformation as something else. Not an apostasy, but rather a restoration of the true doctrine taught by Jesus Christ and the first century apostles. Those doctrines changed in the third and fourth centuries, with the dawn of Roman Catholic theology, which incorporated many of the pagan practices and heretical teachings that were so popular among the Roman idolaters of that day. The Roman Catholic Church has made many good contributions during its history, I do admit. Jerome's translation of scripture is among them. It's interesting though, that Jerome originally declined to incorporate what we now call the apocryphal books into the Bible until he was pressured to do so by the council at Nicea. He recognized that their flaws cast divine inspiration of those books into doubt. Of course, the Roman Catholic heierarchy then deemed the average person incapable of possessing scripture in their language. This move created a dependance on Rome and a blind trust in the papacy. Jesus spoke out against similar things on the part of the pharisees. If you think Catholicism is Christianity in its pure, original form, then I encourage you to read the gospels thoroughly. Also, read the book of Hebrews, and tell me how you can reconcile the Catholic priesthood with this scripture. May God bless you as you study His word and search for the truth therein.
Ben and Jennifer Rast