Friday, February 4, 2011

Was the Reformation Just So Henry The VIII Could Divorce?

Question asked to me and answered "Is their is really a difference between Catholics and Protestants?

Is their a difference between Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism? This is the question that is at the heart of your inquiry. Has the desire to get along together shielded people from being able to objectively discussing our differences?
The very fact why Protestants are called Protestants answers this. Protestants "protested" the actions of the Church of Rome or what we call today the Roman Catholic Church. My public school education taught me that the Reformation came about just so Henry VIII could divorce his wife in 1533 A.D. In 1517 Martin Luther started the Reformation as he nailed his "95 Theses" on the Whittenberg door. Luther wanted to purify or reform the church of Rome. The Reformation had many forks that changed Christian direction in many parts of Europe. The ultimate result is that protestants practiced and taught different fundamentals of the faith than Catholics.

Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
16 "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;"

Solus Christus - Christ Alone
Acts 4:12 (NASB)
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

Sola Gratia - Grace Alone
Ephesians 2:7-9 (New American Standard Bible)
7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Sola Fide - Faith Alone
Galatians 2:16 (NASB)
16 "nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law;"

Soli Deo Gloria - The Glory of God Alone
Luke 2:14 (NASB)
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Protestant Christians believe in the authority of scripture alone over church teaching or tradition. Protestants do not accept the authority the Pope or any one else as the sole human head of the church. We differ on Sacraments/ordinances. The protestant Christians do not recognize the role of the priest in being a mediator in the forgiveness of sins. That job has been claimed.
1 Timothy 2:5 (NASB)
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,"

Have Roman Catholics done great things for humanity as your question stated? YES.
In history, have Catholics and Protestants treated each other horribly betraying their stated faith in Christ? Yes
Being a Christian does not happen by joining a church.
We do not believe that salvation is issued by the church. salvation comes from Jesus Christ as we receive the "New Birth" described in John 3.
Do not be vague in your understanding. Their are major differences in Catholicism and Protestantism .
We believe that faith is stated in scripture -is by Christ alone, by grace alone, by faith alone, for the glory of God Alone - no matter what church or denominational
affiliation you have.


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    Kimberly Westmoreland Tallent ‎"church teaching" & tradition (s) of man- is religion, not relationship with Yahshua, that has led many astray. Thanks Fletcher for this bold blog. Blessings!

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    [John Nicholson] There is a good movie called "Luther" that tells this story. Worth watching!
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