There is an entry on Lito’s blog repeating a statement in a combox from Mild Colonial Boy on his blog where someone dared to challenge him to “come home” to Rome (ROTFL!). This is the comment:
Going back to Rome? Has the Church of Rome stopped opposing the Biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone? Has it stopped issuing indulgences for works? Has it stopped forbidding priests to marry (the doctrine of demons)? Has it stopped the virtual goddess worship of idolatrous Mariolatry and putting other intermediaries, other than Jesus, between God and Man? Has the Pope stopped propping up these and other Anti-Christian positions?
The answer is no.
Here is my reply:
Dear Evangelical brothers,
I am sorry to interupt your little anti-Catholic dialogue by inserting the views of a true blue dinky di ozzie cobber wombie Roman.
It is so easy to repeat old slanders and slogans — it means you never really have to grapple with the fact that your brother in Christ also has some share in the truth…
Has the Church of Rome stopped opposing the Biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone?
I just love the confidence with which it is asserted that “the” biblical doctrine of justification is justification by faith “ALONE”. I just love the way this is maintained despite the fact that the doctrine is unsupported by any biblical author, in fact, even denied by one.
Has it stopped issuing indulgences for works?
I was under the impression that indulgences were issued for the grace of Christ and the forgiveness of sins. Deary me. How could I be so mistaken?
Has it stopped forbidding priests to marry (the doctrine of demons)?
Until recently, there were many careers and offices in society that required celibacy, including nurses, teachers, university professors, and a whole range of jobs in which it was recognised that celibacy befitted the calling. Doctrine of demons?
Has it stopped the virtual goddess worship of idolatrous Mariolatry and putting other intermediaries, other than Jesus, between God and Man?
It doesn’t matter how many times we deny that we worship Mary and the saints, you are going to keep asserting that we do. Ho hum. It does get tiresome. And the assertion that we place “other” mediators between us and God aside from Jesus. Well, my dear friend, so do you. Think about it next time you ask someone to pray for you. (If you don’t mind, I will pray for you, but is that coming between you and Jesus if I do?)
Has the Pope stopped propping up these and other Anti-Christian positions?
I am sorry, but it does seem to be to be awfully uncharitable, and not to say blasphemous, to make such accusations about your fellow Christians and witnesses to Christ.
Charity first. Charity second. And Charity third. Apart from Charity you are as a clanging gong and a sounding symbol. Go read 1 Cor 13. Read, Learn and inwardly digest, as they say.