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Monday, July 30, 2012

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chuck aka xtnyoda

Just a fun little thought, without "Protestantism" there would be no America as we have known it.
:-)

Iris Celeste

Chuck,

And now you know why God allowed the breaking of his mystical body. Freedom of religion is very important, but it is something we humans have never truly understood. God does not force himself on us and He doesn't want us to force Him on others (even with the best of intentions because we know the truth.) Just like Jesus said to His apostles when He sent them out, and I paraphrase, if the people don't receive you and your message, shake the dust from your sandals and continue on. Likewise when the apostle complained to Jesus about others preaching in his name who were not part of His disciples (think Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and their direct line to the apostles) He told them to let them be; those individuals were not against Him (think the countless Protestant denominations) and though they may not have had the fullness of the Gospel they had enough. Basically, God can complete in the human heart anything that is lacking in anyone's religious instruction (even Muslims or Hindus or Wiccans) if that individual truly and sincerely gives his heart to God and turns his will over to God.

BroKen

I would just point out that reformers like Luther had no intention of producing schism. He wanted to reform the existing church, not start a new one. Luther did not excommunicate himself! Protestantism may be born of schism and beget schisms... but we didn't invent schism or even really (most of us) seek it out.

Personally, I think institutional unity is far less important than the spiritual unity which all believers share whether Protestant or not. I think C.S. Lewis somewhere describes the sorrow we all feel about the cracks in the Body of Christ, yet he then speaks of his experience when he was an atheist. The unity he observed in the followers of Christ (all of them together) was a "fearful" thing to him. I would say that the cracks we grieve over are not nearly as deep as they appear to us.

Rick

The original post by Tyler McNabb has been taken down... in fact, the entire blog has been deleted.

I'm checking with Devon Rose for reasons.

Stand by.

chuck aka xtnyoda

perhaps the water in the Tiber caused his feet to grow a little too cold?
:-)

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