Comments for The Lonely Pilgrim http://lonelypilgrim.com A Christian's Road Home to Rome and Journey Onward Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:43:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Comment on Ministers of the New Covenant: Why Christian Ministers Are Priests by Joseph T. Richardson http://lonelypilgrim.com/2015/08/13/ministers-of-the-new-covenant-why-christian-ministers-are-priests/#comment-21387 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:43:00 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=5465#comment-21387 Admittedly, I poached the image from Google Image Search (I probably searched for “ordination catholic priests”), where it has been poached numerous times before on numerous blogs and other articles, such that the source and credit for the image are not clear.

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Comment on Ministers of the New Covenant: Why Christian Ministers Are Priests by Katie http://lonelypilgrim.com/2015/08/13/ministers-of-the-new-covenant-why-christian-ministers-are-priests/#comment-21386 Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:24:48 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=5465#comment-21386 Hi! I was just wondering if there is any credit for the first image ( artist, date, and title)? Thanks.

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Comment on Does Grace Give License to Sin? (Grappling with Protestant Theology) by Sin: The Wound and the Remedy (Grappling with Protestant Theology) | The Lonely Pilgrim http://lonelypilgrim.com/2017/06/12/does-grace-give-license-to-sin-grappling-with-protestant-theology/#comment-21350 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:33:08 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=5844#comment-21350 […] ← Previous […]

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Comment on My Story by Sin: The Wound and the Remedy (Struggling with Protestant Theology) | The Lonely Pilgrim http://lonelypilgrim.com/series/my-story/#comment-21349 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:29:58 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?page_id=3803#comment-21349 […] My Story […]

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Comment on Reading Church History as a Protestant: The Early Church, Apostolic or Apostate? by Joseph T. Richardson http://lonelypilgrim.com/2014/05/20/reading-church-history-as-a-protestant-the-early-church-apostolic-or-apostate/#comment-21333 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:09:00 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=4839#comment-21333 Hi again, John. I’m curious: did you actually read my argument (long-winded though it may be)? Have you actually read anything I’ve written? So far you’ve replied to say negative things about several of my articles, and yet you haven’t actually engaged any of them. When I’ve replied to engage you, you haven’t replied back.

I’ll kindly point you to the numerous Protestants who are converting to Catholicism as I did, in very good conscience believing that the Church does bear good fruit and does represent the Scriptures, the love of Christ, and the teaching of the Apostles. If you want to have a discussion about why, I’m glad to have a discussion with you. If you’re only here to attack my faith, you can do that elsewhere.

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Comment on Reading Church History as a Protestant: The Catholic Church, Dead in “Religion” by Joseph T. Richardson http://lonelypilgrim.com/2014/03/08/reading-church-history-as-a-protestant-the-catholic-church-dead-in-religion/#comment-21332 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:44:52 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=4559#comment-21332 Now you are just being abusive. If you’d like to have an honest conversation, I am certainly willing, but if you’re only here to attack my faith, you can keep that in your own blog.

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Comment on Reading Church History as a Protestant: The Early Church, Apostolic or Apostate? by John http://lonelypilgrim.com/2014/05/20/reading-church-history-as-a-protestant-the-early-church-apostolic-or-apostate/#comment-21331 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:57:27 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=4839#comment-21331 The pre reformers were burned alive at the command of your supposed stand in for Jesus Christ.
These long winded arguments are a clanging cymbal. The fruit of your church is all any Christian needs to see. No one in this day and age, 2000 years from the original apostles word, who is making a decision of what church best represents the scriptures that drove us through the Spirit to the love of Christ could ever in good conscience believe the RC represents Jesus and his disciples teaching.

You guys are cognitive dissonance squared and if for some reason you can’t see that…. Well, that’s what cognitive dissonance is.

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Comment on Reading Church History as a Protestant: The Catholic Church, Dead in “Religion” by harris9513 http://lonelypilgrim.com/2014/03/08/reading-church-history-as-a-protestant-the-catholic-church-dead-in-religion/#comment-21319 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:51:03 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=4559#comment-21319 Sorry to see people turn to the cult of Mary and a Catholic church steeped in money, greed, power and scandal. Jesus warns us not to worship his mother, and in another book we are warned against the “queen of heaven” cult. It’s actually pretty simple to understand – but being Catholic is so much more intellectual and you’ve got all that stuff to study.

And by the way, you can write a book – but you take too many words to convince people of false doctrine.

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Comment on “Nuda Scriptura” and the Authority of Tradition by Joseph T. Richardson http://lonelypilgrim.com/2013/11/07/nuda-scriptura-and-the-authority-of-tradition/#comment-21310 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 20:30:48 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=4390#comment-21310 Hi. Thanks for the comments, but I disagree. No, “all Protestants” don’t adhere to the same basic doctrines about salvation. If they did, they would have basic unity and would be able to worship together. Various Protestant sects may appeal to the same fundamental principles, “buzzwords” of the Reformation, but they have radically different interpretations about the meaning of these principles and about the mechanics of salvation itself. For example, what “sola fide” means to a Calvinist — generally a total “monergism,” God working alone without any requirement of human effort at all — is completely antithetical to what a Lutheran or Arminian or Wesleyan believes about “sola fide.” These sects’ beliefs aren’t compatible, unless you are willing to gloss over their differences as “minor doctrines.” What you term “minor doctrines” are nonetheless significant enough to rend the Body of Christ. These divisions are fundamental to Protestantism, dating back to the first and second generations of the Reformation. Zwingli disagreed fundamentally with Luther, and Calvin disagreed fundamentally with both, to the extent that each denounced and denied communion with the other. This fragmentation and division has only continued and intensified. The various Protestant traditions have fundamentally divergent interpretations of Scripture in key passages and doctrines.

Moreover, you ignore the most basic fact of Protestant disagreement with the broader Christian tradition. Why should it be any comfort at all, any assurance of correct doctrine, if some Protestants may agree with one another, if they disagree with every other Christian, with the earliest testimonies of the faith, with the Church Fathers, with the consensus of historic churches in both the East and West, in essential matters? The most troubling thing about Protestant division is not that they are divided from other another, but that the Protestant Reformers assumed the authority to themselves to separate from the established Church and found their own churches.

Regarding the hermeneutic principles you reference: Subjectivism is inherent in the fundamental premise of “sola scriptura,” in holding that an individual has the authority to “interpret Scripture for himself.” Individuals, as subjects, inevitably have a subjective interpretation. Yes, of course there are some elements of the text, as the article presents, that are cut and dried, where a particular interpretation is objectively right or wrong: parts of speech and functions of grammar sometimes fall into this category. But ancient Hebrew and Greek are rather esoteric as tongues go; only a relative few know anything about them, and only studied biblical scholars can even claim the expertise to interpret even these “cut and dried” aspects of the texts with any authority at all. Other aspects of the text — understanding historical context, the intention of the author, or the meanings, usage, and connotations of words — are inherently, unavoidably subjective. If even renowned biblical scholars, exegetes, and theologians have endless debates and fundamental disagreements about the meaning of a text, what hope is there at all for anyone by himself to “interpret Scripture rightly,” to have a truly objective reading? Without a solid ground of authority, every claim at a “right reading of Scripture” — especially a claim that depends on the individual’s powers of interpretation — is subjective.

If you haven’t read my series on “Struggling with Sola Scriptura,” by the way — in which I engage the concept of certain biblical scholars, and especially the Church Fathers, having “actual authority” at interpreting Scripture — I would like it if you would.

One more thing I’d like to add: You present that the “disparity of [Protestant] denominations” nonetheless upholds a fundamental unity of belief and interpretation in fundamental Protestant doctrines. As a former Protestant who still holds that my Protestant brethren are true believers in Christ, I believe that these “fundamental Protestant doctrines” are not so unique to Protestantism nor so opposed to Catholicism as many a Protestant polemicist would present. Catholics affirm, just as wholeheartedly as Protestants, that salvation is by grace alone and by Christ alone. Even a concept of justification by faith alone is consistent with Catholic belief with certain stipulations (for example, that this doesn’t exclude the role of the Sacraments). So, if you can gloss over the wide differences among Protestants in understanding these “solas,” could you extend your umbrella a little further to admit the validity of Catholic belief? We all, after all, affirm the same Lord, the same grace, the same salvation.

The peace of the Lord be with you!

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Comment on “Nuda Scriptura” and the Authority of Tradition by Joseph T. Richardson http://lonelypilgrim.com/2013/11/07/nuda-scriptura-and-the-authority-of-tradition/#comment-21307 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:12:52 +0000 http://lonelypilgrim.com/?p=4390#comment-21307 Hi, Hugh. I’m really not sure what you’re talking about. What “thousands of disparate Catholic sects”?

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