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Are Catholics Christians?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/09


No.

Okay, we’re done here. Time for you to surf elsewhere.

Okay, maybe we’re not done. There’s another question to be asked.

Are Protestants Christians?

No.

Now we’re done. Move on and surf elsewhere.

Or maybe I just confused you. Let me use a word-picture. Are Chevrolets Corvettes? No. Are Chevrolets built after 1968 Corvettes? No. But are Corvettes Chevrolets? Yes. And that makes all the difference. Can Catholics be Christian and be Catholic at the same time? Absolutely. Can Protestants be Christian and be Protestant at the same time? Absolutely.

But it is my contention that the vast majority of Catholics and Protestants are not actually Christians. You can stand in the garage and go “Vroom Vrooooooom” all you want. Won’t make you a car. Won’t even make you a motorcycle or moped. Likewise, you can attend a Christian church all you want. Won’t make you a Christian. You can lay claim to your Catholicness or your Lutheranness or your Baptistness or or or… won’t make you Christian. But you can be Catholic or Lutheran or Baptist or Wesleyan or Calvinist or Amish or or or … and still be Christian. Because there is an overriding theology involved. Salvation through Grace and Grace alone by way of the Ultimate Sacrifice of Providence’s one and only Son at Calvary. That is the line of demarcation. Accept that gift under those parameters and you’re a Christian. Reject that Gift or change those parameters and you are not a Christian. This means, by definition, Jehova’s Witnesses is not a Christian denomination, nor is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (“LDS” or “Mormon”).

Jehovah’s Witnesses has its own Bible that does not at all comport to the original language. John 1 is proof of that. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was a God.” That’s it. You lose. Because: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Absolute huge difference. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in multiple gods, Jesus being merely one of them. Christians believe in a singular God, Jesus being God.

Mormons have their own book, which is absolutely chock full of falsehoods, including massive amounts of material completely destroyed by histo-facts. That, in itself, proves mormonism is not Christian. But Mormons go further. They claim Jesus and Satan are brothers. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son …” That’s it. Done. Any who claim Jesus and Satan are brothers are in direct contradiction to Providence’s Holy Word, thus, not Christians.

So, can people be Christians while remaining true to Catholic Doctrine? Yes.
Can people be Christians while remaining true to various Protestant Doctrines? Yes (depending on the doctrine).
Can people be Christians while remaining true to Jehovah’s Witness Doctrine? No.
Can people be Christians while remaining true to Mormon Doctrine? No.

There will be a large number of supposedly christian pastors in Hell because they rejected the Holy Word of Providence. And nearly their entire flock will be in Hell with them. There will also be a large number of Catholics and Protestants in Hell, as well. Because they refused the Gift and denied Jesus. Are there people the world calls Christians who are actually not Christians? Absolutely. And likely the vast majority of the people the world holds up as representative of Christians are not actually Christians at all.

(What caused me to write this article? A contributor to this site who is Catholic and, I sincerely believe, Christian, made a defense of Catholicism in allusion to my own allusion to a peripheral Catholic Doctrine.)

6 Responses to “Are Catholics Christians?”

  1. Dahotruth said

    Denominations are “man-made” walls of division in the body of Christ.

    Truth

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  2. I agree with your statement to a point. On its face, it is true, but I’ve often heard that statement with an underlying hidden message of “denominations are evil.” Denominations, all of them, including Catholicism, are man-made. But many of them, including Catholicism, are Providence-inspired in their inception.

    Your parents, brothers, sisters are your family. Your aunts, uncles, cousins are your family as well. The rules under your roof are different than the rules under the roofs of your aunts and uncles, with different restrictions and different allowances. You love your aunts, uncles, cousins; they’re family. But you prefer your roof to theirs. It’s the same thing with denominations. Their various peripheral doctrines are not the same as your peripheral doctrines. You prefer your peripheral doctrines to theirs. Doesn’t change the fact they’re still family.

    Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. At one point in time, the Roman Catholic Church had absolute power. And the Roman Catholic Church leadership was being absolutely corrupted. Out of that, we had people protesting against the corrupted nature of the Church. Some peeled off straight away while others wanted to repair the RCC from within but got the boot for their efforts. But as a result of the various Protestant denominations being created, the RCC lost its absolute power and much of the corrupting influence of absolute power. Thus, for that reason alone, the various denominations are a good.

    Is there a denomination that has every single doctrine correct? No. Every denomination has something definitely wrong in its peripheral doctrine. Yours, mine, every one. Yes, my own denomination is wrong in at least one peripheral doctrine. But I cannot name it. If I could, I’d be looking for a new church that had that doctrine right. But if I go down the list of doctrines, I check off every single one of them as correct doctrine. Every single one of them.

    No Church is perfect. If you find a perfect Church, do not enter it, because as soon as you do, that Church will no longer be perfect. Simply because you are not perfect and your imperfection will infect the previously perfect Church.

    What to look for in a church:
    Jesus is God, the Son of God.
    Jesus was virgin-born, led a sin-free life, died on the Cross, rose from the dead.
    Jesus’ Sacrifice covers your sin and nothing you do can cover a single sin.
    The Bible, the Whole Bible, nothing but the Bible.
    God said it, that settles it; therefore, I believe it.
    No man has ultimate authority over any other. That’s the province of God and God alone.

    If the church you’re looking at has that, then it’s good. If it rejects any point of that, stay away. Peripheral doctrine is important, but not key.

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  3. Foxfier said

    I believe this is called “Argument by special definition.”

    Quite true, within the definitions offered, though. ;^p

    (wish I had more time to comment– have to get the house ready for company!)

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  4. Yorkshire said

    Then there is the Westboro Church. To me, it’s just a building because what comes out is NOT brotherly or Christian love, just. So to me Westboro is just a place, a building. Nothing good comes from it.

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  5. I cannot disagree with you, Yorkie. The Westboro cult are chaff that will be separated from the wheat and burned in the fire.

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  6. Foxfier said

    They’re pretty open about being a “church” only for the protection it offers– kind of like the science teacher I had who became a certified pastor at some point because it helped him on his taxes.

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