You are free to follow your pastors or a flawed interpretation of scripture, but you should really come to Christ, be saved in Christ’s Church and follow Christ and accept Christ in christ’ Church as your God, not your pastor or your own interpretation.
No church can save anyone, only by accepting the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary, repenting of your sins, and be baptized can one be saved. However, do not mistake being baptized as necessary for salvation. It is an outward expression of an inward work. Do you not follow the pope, bishops and priests interpretation of the Bible? Yet, you want to say that Protestants follow their pastor’s teachings.
Let me repeat - no institution, or rituals can save anyone. One doesn’t have to be inside a building to be saved, nor affiliated with any group. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, drawing mankind to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
posted on 03/11/2010 10:31:51 AM PST
Nope we follow The Church as a whole's tradition and interpretation of the Bible -- the stock of wisdom of 2000 years of billions of Christians reading the bible.
We do not follow some individual's interpretation of The Bible
Being baptised is one of the sacraments -- just like Mark's opening scene of Christ being baptised is a pivotal point in Christ's life -- you cannot call it anything BUT important unless you deny Christ's words and deeds
No institution saves you, but institutions outside The CHurch with their heretical teachings can lead you on the road to damnation -- like Mormons, etc.
The Church of Christ maintains the teachings of Christ and His Apostles for 2000 years. Think of it -- we've had persecutions, heresies, sinful popes, evil priests, etc and still have remained true for 2000 years. It's not due to any man that we have remained but it is due to God's grace alone and to Christ's words that HE would protect His CHurch
In opposition, every heresy has seemed so powerful -- the Marcionites seemed incredibly powerful as did the Gnostics while the Manicheans were spreading like wildfire as were the Montanists. But they died.
The Arians had political power as they had converted the Germanics to their view before the Germanics came to orthodox lands in the Roman Empire. But Arianism died.
Ditto for every heresy -- and as the article in the Wall Street Journal The Beginning of the Reformation's End?
"If we look at histories, heresies run themselves out after about 500 years. I believe we are seeing the last gasp of the Reformation in the mainline Protestant groups."
Ditto for all of the other groups that came after that first gen.
posted on 03/11/2010 7:59:47 PM PST
(Philipp2:12, 2Cor5:10, Rom2:6, Matt7:21, Matt22:14, Lu12:42-46,John15:1-10,Rev2:4-5,Rev22:19)
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