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To: Oberon
They have the authority of the priesthood of the believer.

That must be why there are something like 23000 different brands of Evangelical Protestantism.

Some brands believe they are saved regardless of their sins, others that believe they have no free will, and so on.

Here's the common denominator: they all believe like crazy, and they do it on their own authority.

7 posted on 11/17/2010 11:19:35 AM PST by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: agere_contra

“That must be why there are something like 23000 different brands of Evangelical Protestantism. “

True, but there is a wide variety in Roman Catholicism, too.

You have the gay group, whose name escapes me, and the Latin Rite, Catholics Pro-Choice, and you could cite the various Jesuits/Franciscans/etc., all the different orders. You may say they are all under one authority (the Pope or the Holy See); but Protestants would say the same, they are under the authority of Jesus and the Bible.

Of course liberal Protestants, those who deny Christ, would not claim to be under the authority of anything. Then again, neither would liberal Catholics.

I was just reading here on FR five minutes ago about ecclias in - Holland? - groups of Roman Catholics doing their own thing because of a priest shortage.


9 posted on 11/17/2010 11:39:20 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: agere_contra

I will grant you any number of arguments against Protestantism... but the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer goes back to the Nicene Creed and the first ecumenical council.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 11:39:42 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: agere_contra; Oberon
That must be why there are something like 23000 different brands of Evangelical Protestantism.

So what.

Jesus Christ will sort out who are His.

14 posted on 11/17/2010 1:01:56 PM PST by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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