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The Sacramental You've Never Heard Of
NCRegister.com ^ | March 11, 2010 | Tim Drake

Posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:43 PM PST by Salvation

The Sacramental You've Never Heard Of

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Thursday, March 11, 2010 5:21 PM

If you’re Catholic, you’re familiar with sacramentals such as holy water, holy cards, blessed oils, and medals. However, up until a couple of years ago, I had never before heard of Blessed Salt.
After moving to our farmhouse in the country, one of our children was repeatedly having nightmares. When I mentioned this to a friend who had a priest visiting from another state, he offered to bring the priest over to bless the house.

The priest came equipped not only with holy water, but also blessed salt, which he used liberally, moving from room to room, praying and giving the house a holy “renovation.”
Suffice it to say that the nightmares ended.

According to Wikipedia, blessed salt was used in the Sacrament of Baptism, and is found in the 1962 Roman Ritual in the rites of baptism, the reconsecration of an altar, and the blessing of holy water.
As with any sacramental, blessed salt is an instrument of grace and its power comes from Christ. St. Augustine called such sacramentals “visible forms of invisible grace.”
After going on retreat one year, all of the retreatants were presented with a gallon of holy water and a full salt container filled with blessed salt to take home. Not only can the blessed salt be used inside or outside the home to protect against evil, but it can also be used in cooking. Ever since our introduction to this sacramental, we always try to have some on hand.
T

o learn more about the history of blessed salt, read Father John Hampsch’s article.
Here’s the official prayer from the Roman Ritual that a priest can use to bless salt:

“Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt, as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt (and water) is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”



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To add to your sacramental's list along with Holy Water, New Fire, medals, blessed oil. Blessed Salt!

(I thought it was going to be about the chalk used with the Epiphany to bless rooms. LOL!)

1 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:44 PM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation

Well you can tell I didn’t view it first — or at least that closely, because I got all the html at the top. Sorry about that. I don’t think the mods can take it out.


2 posted on 03/13/2010 12:11:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Sounds more like one of the tools of a Shaman, and not a priest.


3 posted on 03/13/2010 12:13:18 PM PST by LiteKeeper ("It's the peoples' seat!")
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To: Salvation

I put some all around the grounds of our local abortuary.


4 posted on 03/13/2010 12:14:34 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: OpusatFR

Way to go!


5 posted on 03/13/2010 12:17:07 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: LiteKeeper
I know that most Protestants don't believe in sacramentals, but I do believe that some Protestant Churches use some of the following! For example, do you have candles at your church?

The Sacramental You've Never Heard Of [Blessed Salt]
Liturgical Vestments (and prayers the priest says while vesting for Mass)
Vestments… Tools of the Liturgical Trade! [Ecumenical]

The story behind the white and yellow colors of the Vatican flag
The Sacrifice of the Mass: Liturgical Vestments
Of Miters and Men (brief look at symbolism of bishop's vestments) [Ecumenical]
Purification of Sacred Vessels in U.S. (and more on the Purification of our Lord)
Why We Need Sacred Art

Being Catholic: Sacred Things, [Holy] Water
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, [New] Fire, Paschal Candle
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Holy Oils
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Crucifixes and Crosses
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Sacred Images: Statues and Other Icons

Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Incense
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Palm Branches
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Ashes
Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Relics and the Incorruptibles
Baltimore Catechism: On the Sacramentals (Catholic Caucus)

7 posted on 03/13/2010 12:25:23 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Where does scripture teach any value to "holy water" or holy salt..seems to me those were both pagan practices?

Wiccans employ the use of Holy Water, and indeed it is used to bless people and objects.
Below you'll find the "recipe" I use.
Making Wiccan Holy Water Fill a small bowl or glass with water. Hold your hands over it and say:
"I exorcise thee, oh creature of water,
of all negativity both seen and unseen,
and bless thee in the name of the spirit."

Hold your hand amount of salt and say:

"I exorcise thee oh creature of salt
Of all negativity both seen and unseen
and bless thee in the name of the spirit."

Envision the same blue-white light covering the salt. Add three pinches of salt to the water stir three times. hold the bowl/glass at eye level with both hands and say:

"I cleanse and cosesrate this water in the name of spirit,
May this liquid enhance and purify all that it touches.
So mote it be!"

Link to source

8 posted on 03/13/2010 12:31:00 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

So you don’t have candles at your church either, huh?


9 posted on 03/13/2010 12:35:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RnMomof7

Do you have a cross at your church? Then you have a sacramental.


10 posted on 03/13/2010 12:36:01 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: LiteKeeper
Such use of salt is rooted in the actions of Elisha in II Kings 2:19-22.

And although many Lutherans are sadly unaware of the fact, Luther retained the use of blessed salt in his order for Holy Baptism.

11 posted on 03/13/2010 12:58:00 PM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: RnMomof7
You should have paid better attention before you left the Church.

"Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow." Psalm 50:9

"And he said: Bring me a new vessel, and put salt into it. And when they had brought it, He went out to the spring of the waters, and cast the salt into it, and said: Thus saith the Lord: I have healed these waters, and there shall be no more in them death or barrenness. And the waters were healed unto this day, according to the word of Eliseus, which he spoke." 4 Kings 2:20-22

12 posted on 03/13/2010 1:00:00 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: RnMomof7

Gold, frankincense, myrrh

Oil used in annointing Christ’s head. “Leave her alone. She has prepared me for my burial — paraphrasing”

I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

“Go ye, therefore, unto all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

How about the Holy Fire that descended on the apostles and other disciples at Pentecost?

These are all in the Bible........I don’t understand why you don’t understand these things.


13 posted on 03/13/2010 1:06:51 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I only commented on the "holy water and holy salt"I did not comment on the use of Oil or that Our God is a consuming fire (although I do not think Peter had to bless it or exorcise it to make it holy)

There is no history of the apostles exorcizing the salt to exorcise the water of evil spirits does not exist . This practice is not in the new testament church..it is pure superstition that has roots in paganism. A baptism preformed with filthy toilet water is a "valid" as one done by exorcised water in the baptismal font and you know that:)

14 posted on 03/13/2010 1:25:55 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Salvation

I have some :)


15 posted on 03/13/2010 1:28:45 PM PST by pbear8 (Climate change is a fraud like Obama)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

That is OLD TESTAMENT and as all of us know the old testament ceremonies and sacrifices were to point us to Christ..we are under a NEW covenant (testament) now as I am sure you know..Christ fulfilled the types..they are finished..so please show me where the apostles taught the water was demon filled and needed to be exorcised


16 posted on 03/13/2010 1:35:31 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Salvation
Do you have a cross at your church? Then you have a sacramental.

No we so not have a cross or holy water or holy salt or anything like that ...

17 posted on 03/13/2010 1:57:10 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Salvation
So you don’t have candles at your church either, huh?

Nope we have electricity :)

18 posted on 03/13/2010 1:57:52 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

No we so not have a cross or holy water or holy salt or anything like that ...

think of all you’re missing!!!


19 posted on 03/13/2010 2:09:27 PM PST by terycarl (4)
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To: terycarl

Naw..we have Christ


20 posted on 03/13/2010 2:10:18 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

nope, you don’t....only in Catholocism is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus present in the eucharist...Jesus founded a church and expected His followers to embrace it....they did until the 1500’s when Martin and that group decided that they knew better how to found a church than did Christ.....when Christ founded the Catholic church, and indeed He did, He promised to be with Her until the end of time!!!!!He still is.


21 posted on 03/13/2010 2:16:22 PM PST by terycarl (4)
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To: Salvation
I recall a beautiful statue of a child/angel being donated to a section of a church cemetery where infants were buried. Since it was made in China a minister in dedicating it sprinkled salt around the base asking the HS to cast out any evil spirits that may dwell therein.
22 posted on 03/13/2010 2:22:41 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: RnMomof7

Along the way I pray that you will move from your present darkness (at least it seems that way) tot the light of the Father, Son and Holy spirit.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”


23 posted on 03/13/2010 2:22:59 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RnMomof7

So stop with the ‘pagan’ argument. If it’s OT it’s far different then pagan.


24 posted on 03/13/2010 2:29:09 PM PST by BenKenobi (And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.)
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To: BenKenobi

That is the history even if it is not the intent.. there is no biblical basis for it.. it is a man made tradition with no spiritual benefit


25 posted on 03/13/2010 2:33:45 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: terycarl
nope, you don’t....only in Catholocism is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus present in the eucharist..

Christ live in me and I in Him. I am never outside His presence and He is never outside mine..

Is the physical more real than the spiritual??

26 posted on 03/13/2010 2:36:32 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: terycarl
.Jesus founded a church and expected His followers to embrace it....they did until the 1500’s when Martin and that group decided that they knew better how to found a church than did Christ.....when Christ founded the Catholic church, and indeed He did, He promised to be with Her until the end of time!!!!!He still is.

There was no Roman Catholic church til Constantine , Christ founded the Christian church ... I would be happy to discuss this with you, but it is off topic to the thread..

27 posted on 03/13/2010 2:40:23 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

What do you mean that’s the history of it? It is scriptural, just as much as any other part of the OT.

Sacramentals have always been a part of the church.


28 posted on 03/13/2010 3:01:22 PM PST by BenKenobi (And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.)
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To: BenKenobi

“There was no Roman Catholic church til Constantine.”

Really? According to you?

That’s not what Scripture says. Scripture says that Christ gave Peter the authority to bind and to loose, and gave him the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.


29 posted on 03/13/2010 3:02:49 PM PST by BenKenobi (And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.)
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To: RnMomof7

“There was no Roman Catholic church til Constantine , Christ founded the Christian church”

We’ve heard this and it has been debunked time after time after time after time.

Following the edicts of a 500 year old heresy is not following Christ. Come back to Christ’s own church.


30 posted on 03/13/2010 3:08:17 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: RnMomof7

We have Saintly Salsa, Priestly Pepper, Nativity Nutmeg, and Congregational Cummin, but no Blessed Salt.
Shucks.


31 posted on 03/13/2010 3:29:50 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: terycarl; RnMomof7

So what you are doing is calling her a heretic and a pagan, right?


32 posted on 03/13/2010 3:31:00 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: RnMomof7; Salvation

Names of the days of the week - taken from pagans.

Names of the months of the year - taken from pagans.

Wedding rings - taken from pagans.

Wedding bouquets - taken from pagans.

Exchange of wedding vows - taken from pagans.

White wedding dress - taken from pagans.

Our type of clothing - taken from pagans (especially pants by the way).


33 posted on 03/13/2010 4:06:13 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: BenKenobi
What do you mean that’s the history of it? It is scriptural, just as much as any other part of the OT.

Christ fulfilled all the types and traditions of the OT worship.. It is indeed scripture, but it is pointing us to Christ..not to offer lambs as sacrifices or to have scape goats sent out to the field ...

That is over.. as are all the OT ceremonies .

Christ and the apostles clearly pointed out what the new church was to look like ...and there is no holy water or holy salt used in the NT church

34 posted on 03/13/2010 4:09:55 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

You wrote:

“That is the history even if it is not the intent.. there is no biblical basis for it.. it is a man made tradition with no spiritual benefit.”

I know people who have gotten spiritual benefit from it. What you’re saying is like saying, “Printing Bibles. Man made tradition. No spiritual benefit there.”

It’s not the brightest thing to say. Spiritual benefits can come to people through prayerful use of sacramentals in their lives. It helps draw people closer to God.


35 posted on 03/13/2010 4:09:58 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: irishtenor

I wonder if you add exorcized holy salt to your noodles if they become holy noodles??


36 posted on 03/13/2010 4:10:58 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: vladimir998
I know people who have gotten spiritual benefit from it. What you’re saying is like saying, “Printing Bibles. Man made tradition. No spiritual benefit there.”

I think we need to ask from where does that spiritual "benefit "come..

Remember the "angel of light" loves confusion

Mark 13: . 21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

All "miracles" are not from God

It’s not the brightest thing to say. Spiritual benefits can come to people through prayerful use of sacramentals in their lives. It helps draw people closer to God.

If the spiritual benefit is relying on an object or thing instead of Christ, it has no spiritual benefit only peril .

NO where do the apostles or Christ tell us to rely on "holy exorcized " water or salt for any benefit..no where do they tell us that demons can even inhabit them . If it was intended for the spiritual benefit of men, they would have revealed it to us

37 posted on 03/13/2010 4:19:21 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: vladimir998
Names of the days of the week - taken from pagans. Names of the months of the year - taken from pagans. Wedding rings - taken from pagans. Wedding bouquets - taken from pagans. Exchange of wedding vows - taken from pagans. White wedding dress - taken from pagans. Our type of clothing - taken from pagans (especially pants by the way)

So then you admit the Roman Catholic church shares pagan worship methods? And that is fine with you??

38 posted on 03/13/2010 4:22:46 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

Christ did not say this. He said that he came to fulfill the Law, not do away with the Law. You are right that we no longer offer sacrifices, but what has that got to do with the sacramentals?

As for the OT ceremonies, do we not have baptism? Do we not celebrate the Lord’s supper? Everyone has traditions and ceremonies. The only thing is that they differ from one church to another.


39 posted on 03/13/2010 4:24:27 PM PST by BenKenobi (And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.)
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To: BenKenobi

“So then you admit the Roman Catholic church shares pagan worship methods? And that is fine with you??”

He is saying that if you wish cleanse ‘Pagan’ influences, you would have to rename Saturday, and the days of the week. It’s an argument ad absurdo. Obviously, you aren’t calling to remove all pagan influences from the church, just the ones you don’t like.


40 posted on 03/13/2010 4:26:44 PM PST by BenKenobi (And into this Ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.)
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To: OpusatFR

The original church did not have a pope, or priests or a mass or prayer to saints or “veneration” of Mary, it did not have a confessional or sacraments (other than the lords supper and baptism, it did not have candles or statues or indulgences exist in the new church ...until the 300’s or we can say the rule of Constantine


41 posted on 03/13/2010 4:30:02 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: vladimir998

It’s a wonder the pagans have anything left!


42 posted on 03/13/2010 4:33:05 PM PST by Palladin (New toy for Congress: Tickle-Me Massa.)
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To: BenKenobi
Ben,

Christ FULFILLED the law perfectly , your own catechism says that. We are no longer under that law, the law remains as a way for us to see how sinful we are and how much we need a Savior..without the law we would never know that

However we are here talking about religious practices in israel .

The OT ceremonies , the temple, the ritual the priests, etc were TYPES of Christ, he fulfill every one of those types so the NO LONGER HAVE ANY PURPOSE . . they were no longer needed once they were fulfilled in Christ

Yes we do all have family and church traditions, but I hope we do not look to those traditions for spiritual blessings or salvation.. There is only salvation in Christ

43 posted on 03/13/2010 4:38:16 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

You wrote:

“I think we need to ask from where does that spiritual “benefit “come..”

I already know the answer - God.

“Remember the “angel of light” loves confusion”

I have no confusion over this. You do. Who is Satan influencing here then?

“All “miracles” are not from God”

These aren’t miracles. These are sacramentals. All grace is from God.

“If the spiritual benefit is relying on an object or thing instead of Christ, it has no spiritual benefit only peril.”

There is no reliance on an object. The reliance is on grace.

“NO where do the apostles or Christ tell us to rely on “holy exorcized “ water or salt for any benefit..”

Not all truths are in scripture. Even sola scriptura (a clear falsehood) is not in scripture and yet Protestants have been suckered by Satan into believing it so that they could be mislead away from orthodoxy toward a hermeneutic of self-satisfaction.

“no where do they tell us that demons can even inhabit them.”

Where exactly are you getting this from? I think you misunderstand what the exorcism of salt and water is - which wouldn’t surprise me since you seem to know little to nothing about historic Christianity in general. Here is how the old Catholic Encyclopedia puts it:

“The chief things formally exorcised in blessing are water, salt, oil, and these in turn are used in personal exorcisms, and in blessing or consecrating places (e.g. churches) and objects (e.g. altars, sacred vessels, church bells) connected with public worship, or intended for private devotion. Holy water, the sacramental with which the ordinary faithful are most familiar, is a mixture of exorcised water and exorcised salt; and in the prayer of blessing, God is besought to endow these material elements with a supernatural power of protecting those who use them with faith against all the attacks of the devil. This kind of indirect exorcism by means of exorcised objects is an extension of the original idea; but it introduces no new principle, and it has been used in the Church from the earliest ages.”

Since you’ve been told the truth it would really be nice if you would actually be an honest person in the reast of the thread and not make the same false assertion (i.e. “that demons can even inhabit them”) again.

“If it was intended for the spiritual benefit of men, they would have revealed it to us.”

They didn’t have to put everything in writing. They didn’t believe in sola scriptura. They were orthodox Christians don’t forget. They weren’t Protestants.


44 posted on 03/13/2010 4:42:36 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: vladimir998
They didn’t have to put everything in writing. They didn’t believe in sola scriptura. They were orthodox Christians don’t forget. They weren’t Protestants.

The were "Calvinists" and protestors against the religious man made rules & laws of Judaism :)

The fact is one can not make firm doctrine out of silence . Jesus used the OT as verification of His doctrine as did the apostles.. they did not make it up as they went along

45 posted on 03/13/2010 4:47:47 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7

You wrote:

“The original church did not have a pope,”

Matthes 16.

” or priests or a mass”

Last Supper. 1 Cor. 10-11.

“or prayer to saints”

The saints were just being made by God so no one should expect that yet.

“or “veneration” of Mary,”

Again, Mary was still alive for years yet.

“it did not have a confessional”

It had confession. John 20:19-23. 2 Cor. 2:10.

“or sacraments”

Actually there are numerous verses for these.

“(other than the lords supper and baptism, it did not have candles”

Actually tallow candles date back to the first century A.D. if I am not mistaken.

“or statues”

I think Christians had neither the time nor money to make much detailed art in the first century. We know they made paintings in the third century, however. Statues - which take much more skill and a certain level of professionalism to accomplish - followed in the fourth of fifth century at least.

“or indulgences exist in the new church”

11th century. Then again not a single Protestant walked the earth intil more than 400 years later - and they weren’t orthodox.

“...until the 300’s or we can say the rule of Constantine”

You’re wrong on much of what you’ve said. It’s never stopped you before of course.


46 posted on 03/13/2010 4:53:22 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: RnMomof7

You wrote:

“The were “Calvinists” and protestors against the religious man made rules & laws of Judaism”

No. Since Calvin would not walk the face of the earth until nearly 1500 years later they could not be Calvinsts nor could Calvin be an orthodox Christian. It works both ways.

“The fact is one can not make firm doctrine out of silence .”

The fact is one can not make orthodox doctrine out of Protestantism.

“Jesus used the OT as verification of His doctrine as did the apostles.. they did not make it up as they went along”

Right. Which proves that Protestantism is wrong - since it was made up as it went along 1500 years later.


47 posted on 03/13/2010 4:56:22 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: RnMomof7

You wrote:

“So then you admit the Roman Catholic church shares pagan worship methods?”

1) I’m not “Roman Catholic” and my Church is not the “Roman Catholic church”.

2) Nothing I’ve mentioned is a worship method.

3) I expect human beings of all religions to share some similarities since it is inevitable that all things shared in by human beings must. You wear pants - I assume. Does that make you a pagan? At one point in time it would. Does it make you one now? You call the fifth day of the week Thursday. Does that make you a Thor worshipper? If you wear a wedding ring, does it make you a pagan?

Anti-Catholics seem to be universally poorly educated and possessed of little rationality and common sense. I think this sort of tact of yours is an example of it. You’ll call tomorrow “Sunday” and it won’t make you a pagan in the least.

“And that is fine with you??”

It is absolutely fine to me that some things formerly entirely controlled by pagans are given a godly use by Christians: Greek, Latin, English, codexes as opposed to scrolls (think about that the next time you want to carry a pocket Bible with you and thank God St. Paul wasn’t didn’t have your view).


48 posted on 03/13/2010 5:05:28 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: Salvation

Blessed Salt is actually standard in exorcists kits.


49 posted on 03/13/2010 5:08:29 PM PST by Desdemona
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To: vladimir998
Calvin's doctrine is taught by Jesus, Peter and Paul ..thus for short hand I called them "Calvinists"..

Once again one can not make firm doctrine out of silence.Jesus did not nor did the apostles they all used the scriptures

I am not "anti catholic" I am pro the word or God and what it teaches and I am anti doctrines formulated that are outside of scripture wherever they stands ... Protestant , Catholic, Mormon or where ever.. The word of God is truth.

50 posted on 03/13/2010 5:14:25 PM PST by RnMomof7
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