Skip to comments.In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope
Posted on 02/22/2013 5:43:18 PM PST by NYer
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The priests in the Vatican do not even follow the pope. So many of them are off in their cross-dressing gay bars. The POPE does not even follow the pope! He quit. I’ll follow Jesus, thank you very much.
great post!!! I played devil's advocate all the time, in my Catholic High school and with our "group" at each other's homes...great fun!...the Nuns running things thought that I was GREAT and I did my job well. There never was a time when protestants and others could not be heard. If our arguements were not satisfactory....they win! HOWEVER..our arguements are always right. Christ created ONE true church and it happens to be the Catholic church. There is absolutely no doubt about that!
there was NEVER an arguement that other denominations weren't Christian....just that Catholicism was the ONLY complete Christian religion.
I graduated high school in 1957 (Catholic Memorial High in Waukesha, Wis) and there were indeed non-Catholics at our prom....noone asked the religion of our dates!
Disappointed nobody did so you decided to do it yourself.
Wow, what a telling headline.
The reason for the Reformation summed up in a sentence!
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And peace be with you also...but doesn't this spread our worship elsewhere, dilute our worship of the Lord.
If our minds and heart are not directed at Him and Him alone...aren't we diluting our worship.
He wants a direct and personal relationship with you...not via intermediaries standing between the Two of you.
Isn't this what you want? Don't you hear His voice.
Of course, his mother is the holiest woman who ever lived...of course the Pope is trying hard to lead the Church forward to Him.
But in the end...isn't it just between you and Him?
For something so important as to who would lead the church after Jesus’ ascension, why does it only appear in one gospel? I think Paul would beg to differ as well.
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I have not found anything in the Bible or teachings of Jesus that there is “one true Church”, if so they would have named it. There is also nothing in the Bible that gives one or some human beings more religious authority than others.
Human beings are sinners. The goal is to try to be better. If we are pretending that leaders of a church are more moral than we are, we are off course. If we teach that prophets or “saints” are holier than we are, we have gone off the reservation of what Jesus was teaching us.
Church leaders, whatever the title, are teachers and messengers. It is not about them, they are frail, sin-laden humans just as we are. The focus is the message: “Jesus Saves”. Anything else is a distraction.
The pomp and circumstances aren’t needed. The golden domes, the palaces, the wealth are distractions. Who are they trying to impress? Christians should not be any more impressed than they would be a Televangelist and his private jet.
“Saints” have no power to listen or answer prayers or intercede or bring a message to Jesus, they are certainly not necessary Biblically. Jesus-God can hear our prayers, we don’t need 10,000 Saints dressed as USPS employees to deliver them. The idea that an earthly ‘authority’ (not existent Biblically) can dictate to God who is a “Saint” is ridiculous.
A personal walk with Jesus is just that, no intermediaries are needed ever.
Having said all that, I am usually the among first ones to stick up for the Catholics when the liberals and media attack them. I am always calling for these liberal faux “Catholic” organizations and groups to be ex-communicated and told to stop using that word.
I understand that on the vast majority of issues we are allies and I also do consider them Christian.
It is amazing that your response to child sexual abuse being widespread and knowingly covered up by bishops and priests - and that there is rampant homosexuality - is to point elsewhere, as if that makes it neutral. No, it is always sinful.
If it is sinful, clean your house, instead of trying to demean Christians that follow Christ, instead of Rome.
However, having done the keyword search in the NT of the KJV, I find multiple times when the Apostles tell believers to follow them, or even to follow the Church:
1 Corinthians 11:1
Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Acts 13:43 Converts follow Paul & Barnabas
1 Corinthians 4:16 Paul saying "follow me" again
1 Thessalonians 1:6 "Be followers of US, and of the Lord
1 Thessalonians 2:14 They became "followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus"
I could go on and on -- many more citations -- but I won't weary you. Or weary myself: besides, I've got to go to bed.
This doesn't focus on the Papacy by name, but it does directly speak about the necessity of Apostolic leadership in the Church. Bottom line: follow the guy that's following the Lord.
” Not all christians are christians... “ - PopePipus I...
You are mistaken. Do you understand how the Church pulled those Diana/Athena/Semiramis worshipers into the fold? That was a long time ago...and God forgive them for their error...but...
I love Mary...but I also understand how She has been used to perpetuate the worship of the Queen of Heaven. Mary is not the Queen of Heaven.
Read some ancient history and get a grip on who is being worshiped.
Syncretism is where this whole Mary worship thing came from...not from God.
You are worshiping not Mary, but Semiramis.
She's a demon...good luck with that.
Was it Biblical when ruthless Roman emperors crowned themselves as Pope? Was it Biblical when the Holy Roman Empire had large armies?
Where in the Bible does Jesus announce that a living human called a “Pope” would run his terrestrial church?
There. So that there is no confusion. It was a comparison which was consistent with the idiom of the language at that time. But you knew that already.
God forgive you for that.
there is a major difference between a Baptist and a Baptizer....a baptizer is one who baptizes...as far as a denomination is concerned, a Baptist follows Mr. Smythe who in 1609 formed the Baptist denomination.