Sunday, May 6, 2007

The Protestant Creeds on Roman Catholicism

I recently submitted a comment on Dr. Francis Beckwith's blog in response to other comments made there. Dr. Beckwith recently converted to Roman Catholicism, and apparently, some Protestants are giving much approval and condemning all who would do otherwise. This is what I posted along with the quote from one of those "Protestants":

the cachinnator said, "I'm a Baptist seminarian here in Waco with you who finds himself more and more in sympathy with Catholicism. I am horrified by the condemnations and judgments pronounced by those who would call me brother. Shame on all who did so. What a blight on the name of Christ."

Me:
Then you stand against all historical Protestant traditions which denounce Rome as a false church and anathematize their teaching on justification on the basis of Galatians 1:6-9.

I quote the following, not to make people mad or to offend anyone, but the gravity of Dr. Beckwith's decision cannot be overemphasized!

"And, therefore, such as profess the true reformed religion should not marry with infidels, Papists, or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies."
-The Westminster Confession of Faith of 1647, ch.25 sec.5

"The Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, order, or government of the Church is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner; neither can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof, but is no other than Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God: whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming."
-The London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689, ch.26, sec.4

4 comments:

PhilVaz said...

Hey I appreciate your fighting debating spirit at Frank Beckwith's blog, but why not take it to the Catholic Answers forums where we specialize in this kind of thing? Maybe you're already there, I don't know.

Phil P

mayhem13 said...

My favorite part is how you criticize Beckwith for being against "all historical Protestant traditions".

So you're an adherent to Scripture and 'all historical Protestant traditions'.

Idolatry!

... I'm not a partisan on either side of this fence, recognizing God's work in each part of the body (i say I'm an evangelical pentecostal catholic :)

But, here's a challenge for you: please write "Sola Fide" on a notecard, and then set it next to your bible and read Matthew 25.

...Then tell me whether your theology of salvation derives from Luther or from Jesus. I think I'd 'err' towards the latter.

dianiline said...

If you'd stop reading Protestant creeds and read the Bible, it would lead you straight into the arms of the Church which wrote it.

This is actually not rocket science. I don't think God meant it to be difficult! But when you follow men instead of Christ, who gave us the Church to guide us, it is easy to get confused.

Theo said...

"(The Pope) is no other than Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God: whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming."
-The London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689, ch.26, sec.4

Is the anti-Christ (singular) all of the Popes (plural), some of the Popes (still plural) or only the Pope who reigned in 1689? If the drafters of the London Baptist Confession employed exegesis in the process of their drafting, and this statement is an example of it, then I feel pity for anyone who puts stock in it.

How disappointing, my brother, that as one railing against what you deem is the bogus authority of the Church, you cite the "authority" of an obviously shoddy polemic to support your position.


I ask God in His mercy to bless us all with His grace while I (unworthy man that I am) nevertheless remain your brother and servant in Christ,
--Theo