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What are they thinking? (The Easter and Christmas only Church-goers, that is!)
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 0, 2012 | Susan Timoney

Posted on 04/10/2012 10:09:53 AM PDT by Salvation

On Easter Sunday I had the privilege of serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at the 9:00 am Mass.  By the time Mass began it was standing room only in the church. This was not a surprise. I bet it was the same at your parish. When it came time to distribute Communion, another person and I were asked to go to a station at the rear of the church. A line formed among those standing. At a certain point, I wondered why the line did not seem to get shorter and I realized that people were coming through the doors of the church and getting in line for Communion. After Mass, I learned that indeed people were standing three deep on the sidewalk during Mass. Because it was such a beautiful day, the doors were wide open and the music could surely be heard, but how much of the readings and homily and Eucharistic prayer did people hear?

I’ve been wondering what made them stay and what makes our brother and sister Catholics who don’t come to Mass often and maybe only at Christmas and Easter come on these feasts. On the one hand, if recent studies are correct and a majority of Catholics consider themselves as “active” if they go to Mass once a month on average, then making sure you plan to go on Christmas and Easter is a no-brainer. But for those who come infrequently, why stand on the sidewalk? Reverend Andrew Greeley, SJ, a sociologist talks about the “sacramental imagination” that is nurtured in the Catholic mind and that like Baptism seems to leave and indelible mark and so even for the Catholic who is not practicing the faith, his world view is a Catholic worldview.  Another priest pondered that maybe if a person calls themselves Christian, then at the very least they see a need to come to church on Easter to “represent” so to speak!

Always welcomed

Don’t get me wrong, I love that the congregation overflowed onto the sidewalk on Capitol Hill. What a witness to the truth that the Easter story has real meaning and continues to capture people’s imagination. When I ask “what are they thinking,” I really want to know, because if we who are serious about the New Evangelization can better understand what the pull is to come to church once or twice a year than we can use that as a starting point for helping them look more deeply at their own experience. We can better able in our preaching and teaching and conversation make a more convincing argument for how active participation in life of the church will make a real difference in every part of one’s life. Fr. Bill Byrne, the pastor, in his homily said that the story of the Resurrection does not just have meaning for a moment but rather calls for a commitment. If you believe the story, you need to make a commitment—to discipleship, to Mass, to service. How did people hear that? Are they still thinking about it today?

He knows as all of us know that it won’t be standing room only next week. When we better understand the impulse to come to church once, twice, a few times a year, we can better help our brother and sisters move from impulse to commitment. Any insights you can share with me?



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To: Salvation

Have HOPE, the seeds have been planted.


51 posted on 04/10/2012 11:24:42 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: cuban leaf
With all due respect, that’s Catholic stuff, not Christian stuff.

Incorrect. Catholics are the original Christians and those who've drifted away from the Bride of Christ of their own accord don't have a very thorough appreciation of the history of Christianity. You also need to pay attention. The post I responded to specifically asked a question regarding Catholic teaching, teaching which is based on Scripture.

As far as I know, the most the bible gets into it is “do not forsake the gathering together of yourselves.

Better brush up on your reading of Scripture and not the abridged and heavily edited version of it that you apparently are loosely familiar with.

52 posted on 04/10/2012 11:26:44 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Persevero

—This instruction presumes, among other things, that there is a “church” to tell it to.—

Whenever I see the word “church” in the bible, I interpret it as “the body of believers”. And in the example you gave about, I would say your “local” congregation of believers.

—choosing out elders from the assembled Christians for the purpose of ruling over them.—

I am really uncomfortable with that wording. I see them as church leaders. Those that make decisions. Not those who “rule over me”. There have been some bad church leaders in every major religion. I’m glad I never saw them as “ruling over me”.


53 posted on 04/10/2012 11:26:53 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

—Why do churches not make an effort to get people to come back regularly?—

My church does that every week.


54 posted on 04/10/2012 11:27:36 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: DallasDeb

I know from years past how fast the Church fills up on Easter and Christmas, so I make it a point to get to Mass 15 minutes early AT LEAST so I won’t have to stand and to obtain a decent parking place. If I had to stand outside for Mass, I wouldn’t stay, because I wouldn’t feel as if I heard Mass. Also, the church has a simultaneous Mass in the Parish Hall to help alleviate the crowding of the church.

I suspect the people standing outside are the twice a year crowd because they wouldn’t realize that they have to get there early, and I don’t think they really care if they are hearing the Mass or not, just the fact that they attended at all is enough for them.


55 posted on 04/10/2012 11:34:28 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

—Better brush up on your reading of Scripture and not the abridged and heavily edited version of it that you apparently are loosely familiar with.—

Actually I am familiar with the Greek and Hebrew lexicons.

What you quoted was not in the bible.

I would also appreciate it if you tried to show me the same respect I’m trying to show you.

In case there was any confusion in my original response, what I *meant* was that it was uniquely Catholic, not universally Christian, in the same way that some things are uniquely Baptist and not universally Christian.


56 posted on 04/10/2012 11:35:28 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: sportutegrl
In at least one church that I attended-the one where as an officer I had access to the full attendence data-there were indeed a large number of members that only appeared on Christmas and Easter (and Mothers Day...Mothers Day was always the third-best attended Sunday). There was also a 100% or greater increase in the number of one-time visitors at the holidays.

I hope it is different elsewhere. But I know it isn't,

57 posted on 04/10/2012 11:36:20 AM PDT by jboot
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To: jboot

Missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is still a mortal sin, but many Catholics are either unaware of it or don’t care. When we go on vacation, we always look up where the nearest Catholic Church is so we won’t miss Mass. We’ve never missed Mass yet when we were out of town, and I’m 64 years old.


58 posted on 04/10/2012 11:38:50 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: cuban leaf

Is that hypocritical?


59 posted on 04/10/2012 11:39:59 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I never understood this whining from church money collectors. Not just Catholics.

If they were serving Christ, they would be so happy to see the ones who they thought they had lost at Christmas and Easter rather than whinning.


60 posted on 04/10/2012 11:40:18 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SumProVita

Not on Christmas. At least not where I live. The vigil Masses are more crowded than the ones on Christmas Day itself.


61 posted on 04/10/2012 11:41:08 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: cuban leaf

Please tell you wife that as a baptized Catholic she is marked FOREVER as a baptized Catholic.

She is always welcome to come back to the church.....she’s just not a practicing Catholic right now.

I personally invite her to come back to the richness of faith.


62 posted on 04/10/2012 11:43:30 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ConorMacNessa

** they don’t use the new language.**

LOL! Sure sign!


63 posted on 04/10/2012 11:47:41 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Much of it is just for show. Back in the 80s when people actually dressed up for Mass, Easter Sunday was like a fashion show. People I had never seen before would show up with their little ones dressed to the hilt. One particular family who were the rich magnates in the Parish would show up late for Mass with the entire family, and the father would be dressed in a white suit and his family would be dressed in the most dressiest clothes and hats you can imagine. They would also drive themselves there in their white Rolls Royce and park illegally on the medium while the rest of the peons would have to park blocks away. He would never get a ticket because he was friends with the local sheriff, another fact he flaunted.


64 posted on 04/10/2012 11:50:22 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Biff55
Indeed, Biff - that would work for me as well! Sunday, half of the people present were saying "And also with you." I thought it was a big mistake to go to the vernacular when it happened, and I still feel that way fifty years later.



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

65 posted on 04/10/2012 11:50:46 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: moehoward

**Personally I prefer to avoid going on those days.**

Isn’t that interpreting Scripture as you would like? YOPIOS?

The ten commandments tell us to keep the Lord’s Day Holy.


66 posted on 04/10/2012 11:50:46 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: murron

That should read “median”, not “medium”.


67 posted on 04/10/2012 11:52:29 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Salvation

I went to the 12:45PM. It was busting at the seams. They had video coverage for people in the school rooms. We delayed the Spanish Mass at 2:30.


68 posted on 04/10/2012 11:54:59 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: murron; A.A. Cunningham

Thanks, FRiends, for the answer. I though that it was the case. Apparently the consequences of sin don’t motivate like they used to.


69 posted on 04/10/2012 11:56:35 AM PDT by jboot
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To: johngrace

We always have the video feed in our vestibule and sometimes set it up in classrooms. This year, it was in the youth room.


70 posted on 04/10/2012 11:57:57 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: cuban leaf

The idea that the Bible ALONE is the sole rule of faith, isn’t Christian.

The teaching can’t even be found in the Bible.

Nevertheless, non-Catholic Christians hold many truths, and the Holy Spirit undoubtedly works through these churches to varying degrees.

But only Christ’s Church possesses the fullness of truth.

To reject the infallibility of Christ’s Church is to reject the inerrancy of Scripture, since the Church wrote, preserved and canonized Scripture.


71 posted on 04/10/2012 12:07:52 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
A personal opinion contradicted by Scripture.

Hundreds of millions of Christians who actually read and believe the words of God disagree with your religion's decree on this issue...

72 posted on 04/10/2012 12:11:18 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Salvation

Churches are packed on Easter, Christmas and the first Sunday after 9/11.


73 posted on 04/10/2012 12:11:39 PM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
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To: murron

Why does the Catholic Church believe missing Sunday Mass is a mortal sin?

I ask this with great respect, as I can not recall where this is in the Bible?

Thanks.

KC


74 posted on 04/10/2012 12:15:06 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: Salvation; All

ACTS 2:

42 They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ Teaching and to Fellowship, to the Breaking of Bread and to Prayer.

43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

46 Every Day They Continued to Meet together in the temple courts.

They Broke Bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 Praising God and Enjoying the Favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being Saved.

42 They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ Teaching and to Fellowship, to the Breaking of Bread and to Prayer.

"They Broke Bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,"

Sounds Like Churches I have been to Indy or Catholic Churches.

The Communion is there every day with fellowship. Sounds like a Famous Church I know.

75 posted on 04/10/2012 12:25:34 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: cuban leaf

“I am really uncomfortable with that wording. I see them as church leaders. Those that make decisions. Not those who “rule over me”. There have been some bad church leaders in every major religion. I’m glad I never saw them as “ruling over me”.”

Well, it’s biblical.

“7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “ (Hebrews 13)

There are other passages as well. If we confess the Bible to be true, we must obey all of it, not just the parts we are comfortable with.


76 posted on 04/10/2012 12:29:43 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: knarf

“” Yes, but ... “

Then it’s not ‘yes’ “

Nonsense, a yes, but. . . is still a yes, just with more to it.

For instance, if you rang the bell and I answered, and you asked, “Is your father home,” and I said, “Yes, but he is asleep,” - my yes is still a yes, I am just giving you additional and pertinent information.


77 posted on 04/10/2012 12:31:48 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Salvation
Please tell you wife that as a baptized Catholic she is marked FOREVER as a baptized Catholic.

Your religion claims it...You believe it...The reality is, is that the Catholic baptism didn't leave a mark...That's why she got the real deal after accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior

Truth is, a person can quit any religious organization just as one can quit a political party...

Jesus said, Come unto me, and I will add you to my church...Jesus did not say, come unto my Catholic Church to be joined to me...

78 posted on 04/10/2012 12:39:54 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Salvation
Isn’t that interpreting Scripture as you would like? YOPIOS?

The ten commandments tell us to keep the Lord’s Day Holy.

And what is the penalty for not keeping one of the Ten Commandments???

But no...The Ten Commandments are our school teacher...They are not our law...We are not under the bondage of the law, but GRACE...

79 posted on 04/10/2012 12:59:04 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: metmom
Hi Metmom- All due respect.

" Attending church is works."

Wow!

That's totally Wrong. Amazing. Not unless we are sick.

This all stems from once saved. You believe once saved always. You better talk to the Apostle John. We have to confess our personal sins. It is a requirement.

If not we are in trouble.

Notice 1John1.

8 IF WE( Christians) claim to be Without Sin, WE DECEIVE ourselves and the TRUTH IS NOT in US. 9 IF WE CONFESS Our SINS, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have Not Sinned, we make HIM( GOD) out to be a LIAR and HIS WORD is NOT in US.”

IF = Requirement, Condition and Stipulation.

He is writing to Christians. Requirement!

He is also using the Plural "WE." He includes himself.

We do not walk in between the raindrops.

We are not yet pass the Pearly Gates were everything is totally over . The enemy is not there any more.

We are still on earth.

We still have a path to follow.

80 posted on 04/10/2012 1:02:16 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
The idea that the Bible ALONE is the sole rule of faith, isn’t Christian.

The teaching can’t even be found in the Bible.

First off, you have to read the bible to find out; not just take someone's word for it...

And secondly, it's all over the bible...You come up with a rule of faith not found in the bible, you need to get rid of it, pronto...

To reject the infallibility of Christ’s Church is to reject the inerrancy of Scripture, since the Church wrote, preserved and canonized Scripture.

In which case, your religion should dissolve itself, since the scripture it wrote condemns itself in so many places...

81 posted on 04/10/2012 1:05:28 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: KittenClaws

I am not a Bible scholar, but the Church guides its followers on what is sinful and what is not. I’m not sure mortal and venial sin is referred to anywhere in the Bible, but as Catholics, we are supposed to obey the rules of the Church, and according to the rules, missing Mass is a mortal sin. Just as the case of not eating meat on Fridays a few decades ago was a mortal sin. There are other rules of the Church that are not mentioned in the Bible. I know there is someone out there who can answer this better than can I.


82 posted on 04/10/2012 1:07:33 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Salvation

—Please tell you wife that as a baptized Catholic she is marked FOREVER as a baptized Catholic.—

HAHAHAHA! Yeah, the cult’s got ya!

She was baptized as a thinking adult who made a choice for Christ, giving her baptism actual meaning. It demonstrated her personal choice to the church.


83 posted on 04/10/2012 1:08:25 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: johngrace
This all stems from once saved. You believe once saved always. You better talk to the Apostle John. We have to confess our personal sins. It is a requirement.

We don't talk to the Apostle John, but we listen to him...We confess to Jesus, not another sinner sitting in some specific building...

We speak directly to Jesus regardless of where we are on the planet...To connect confession with your religion is outrageous...You confess to a man...Christians confess to God, regardless of where we are at...

No one needs a building or a person who looks religious for confession...That's called among other things, bondage...Bondage to your religion...We are not under bondage...

84 posted on 04/10/2012 1:21:00 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: johngrace

On the contrary, when going to church is to incur God’s favor to merit heaven, it’s works.

Have you ever read *The Normal Christian Life* by Watchman Nee?


85 posted on 04/10/2012 1:23:49 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: murron
I am not a Bible scholar, but the Church guides its followers on what is sinful and what is not. I’m not sure mortal and venial sin is referred to anywhere in the Bible, but as Catholics, we are supposed to obey the rules of the Church, and according to the rules, missing Mass is a mortal sin. Just as the case of not eating meat on Fridays a few decades ago was a mortal sin. There are other rules of the Church that are not mentioned in the Bible.

Here's a good lesson for you...

1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Doesn't it seem odd to you that the scriptures that your religion claims to have authored comes right out and condemns the practices of your religion???

The solution is to get into the scriptures and see what God says for Himself...

86 posted on 04/10/2012 1:32:02 PM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: cuban leaf; A.A. Cunningham
There is no verse in Scripture that instructs us to meet on Sundays and it's a sin not to. That's a man-made contrivance.

The only requirement for salvation is .....

Romans 10:9-13 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

87 posted on 04/10/2012 1:32:32 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

—But only Christ’s Church possesses the fullness of truth.—

I definitely agree with that, though I think you and I mean different things when we use the phrase “Christ’s Church”.


88 posted on 04/10/2012 1:39:37 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; cuban leaf
Incorrect. Catholics are the original Christians and those who've drifted away from the Bride of Christ of their own accord don't have a very thorough appreciation of the history of Christianity.

What's incorrect is the thinking that some *church* is the bride of Christ.

Believers ARE the church, now matter when or where or even if they attend some local assembly of believers labeled *church*.

89 posted on 04/10/2012 1:40:18 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

—The idea that the Bible ALONE is the sole rule of faith, isn’t Christian.—
I include the bible and prayer.

And I think it is. Anything else is Mormon. Or worse.


90 posted on 04/10/2012 1:41:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Iscool; cuban leaf
Truth is, a person can quit any religious organization just as one can quit a political party...

The body of Christ is an organism, not an organization. As such, the organization of the RCC cannot leave a mark of any kind on the soul. The soul belongs to God, not any church.

91 posted on 04/10/2012 1:48:26 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Persevero

Regarding Hebrews 13:7 According to strongs, the phrase “those who rule over you” is two phrases in the greek lexicon.
The first phrase is #2233 and means
1) to lead

—a) to go before

—b) to be a leader

——1) to rule, command

——2) to have authority over

——3) a prince, of regal power, governor, viceroy, chief, leading as respects influence, controlling in counsel, overseers or leaders of the churches

——4) used of any kind of leader, chief, commander

——5) the leader in speech, chief, spokesman

2) to consider, deem, account, think

The second is #5216 and means “of yours”.

So I consider “rule over you” to be “the one in authority.” I like the words better and they have the meaning that more fits with Christ. There is nobody between me and christ, though if we are to have an organization of Christians AS Christians, it needs a hierarchical authority. Someone needs to carry out those responsibilities, even when it includes excommunication.

This is especially true within the context of Hebrews 13.


92 posted on 04/10/2012 1:49:47 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: metmom

—The soul belongs to God, not any church.—

I went to my first church for 18 years. When I left it it felt almost like I had left God. Almost. :-)

Since then I’ve belonged to 6 other churches and tried, for several weeks, three others. One thing I’ve learned is that most churches have something to offer and I have something to offer them. But some are a better “fit”. And we’ve been members of AG, Christian, “Community” and now, finally, Baptist. I was nervous about it at first, but the baptists in this church, at least, are not at all like all the bad stuff I heard about Baptists. ;-)

In fact, we love the place. They have an engaging bible study and allow all sorts of reasonable questions without calling you a heretic. And they do truly care about each other. That is a biggie for me.

If we were to move, we’d go to a different church. Heck, it could turn out to be foursquare for all I know...


93 posted on 04/10/2012 1:58:13 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Iscool; Salvation
But no...The Ten Commandments are our school teacher...They are not our law...We are not under the bondage of the law, but GRACE...

Galatians 2:15-16 15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Galatians 2:19-21 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Galatians 3:10-14 10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:19-29 19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. 24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.

26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

If the Law showed us our need for Christ so that we would turn to Him, it fulfilled its purpose. The Law was not given so that by living it we could earn salvation. If that were the case, the Pharisees would have been saved.

God instituted the Law knowing that we could not keep it and that's its purpose, to show us our sin.

We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we're sinners and all the Law does is show us God's standard and how far short of it we fall.

94 posted on 04/10/2012 1:59:54 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: murron
I am not a Bible scholar, but the Church guides its followers on what is sinful and what is not. I’m not sure mortal and venial sin is referred to anywhere in the Bible, but as Catholics, we are supposed to obey the rules of the Church, and according to the rules, missing Mass is a mortal sin. Just as the case of not eating meat on Fridays a few decades ago was a mortal sin. There are other rules of the Church that are not mentioned in the Bible. I know there is someone out there who can answer this better than can I.
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Thank you for your reply. Within your answer lies the reason I inquired about the Scripture base Catholic teachings.

For instance and still with respect, though it may sound impertinent,I just don't know how else to say this.

If I am correct in believing that a mortal sin condemns the sinner to damnation, then what happened to those who ate meat on Friday before the Catholic Church determined it was not a mortal sin? Are they still condemned - or redeemed?

Scriptural basis in their teachings is a must for any Church/Religion. To have otherwise may destroy the faith of the people and/or the credibility of the Church.

95 posted on 04/10/2012 2:05:20 PM PDT by KittenClaws (A closed mouth gathers no foot.)
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To: DallasDeb
"The one-r/two-ers may have gotten there early enough to take a seat."Every Catholic knows that if you get to Mass late all of the good seats in the back will already be taken. ;o)
96 posted on 04/10/2012 2:17:39 PM PDT by Natural Law (If you love the Catholic Church raise your hands, if not raise your standards.)
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To: cuban leaf

I won’t argue with you grammar-to-grammar, I am not a student of the original languages.

However, the church is indeed ruled by elders, sometimes translated bishops, and what that rule entails may be subject to some dispute, but they do rule.

Examples:

1st Timothy 3 - “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop,[a] he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,[b] but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);”

1st Timothy 5: “ Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.”

Hebrews 13: “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

Not a comfortable notion for our rugged individualist American souls. There is something to be said for rugged individualism. But it is not the biblical pattern for the Christian life.

We are to be part of the church, or congregation, or assembly, or whatever you may want to term it. That includes being subject, to some degree, to spiritual authorities. The way the authorities get their authority is lined out in Scripture, and their authority is not absolute. Nevertheless it exists.

Jesus set up His church for our blessing, not our curse. Church is not always easy, and God says there are false leaders and so on. But He did set it up and we are to be part of it.


97 posted on 04/10/2012 2:18:29 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: cuban leaf

Can you be more specific? I would like to know what other churches are doing.


98 posted on 04/10/2012 2:38:53 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Iscool

I am not talking catholic. I already comment on another thread with you. So Do you confess to Christ for individual sins. Yes or no.


99 posted on 04/10/2012 2:41:54 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: metmom

A long time ago. I read that book.


100 posted on 04/10/2012 2:44:02 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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