Ok, so I was at a charismatic Catholic event today at a local Catholic Church. Now, I was only there for a few minutes. I walked in an hour late, and, after hearing the speaker for about 30 seconds, I made the decision to leave.
The speaker had a Bible in his hand and asked the crowd of 40-50 people:
"Who you should trust when there is a contradiction between Catholicism and the Word of God?"
The crowd, enthusiastically replied, “The Word of God!”
I shouldn’t have to explain to many people on this forum what was wrong with the question in the first place.
It’s bad enough when Catholics have to deal with Protestants telling them that their church is unbiblical. Now there’s a group of people at that Catholic church who’s had a “Catholic” speaker affirm that lie in their heads.
So I decided to leave.
My question is how should I respond to this? I have an opportunity to go back to the conference tomorrow and talk to the speaker in person. Should I ask him to clarify what he meant?
My biggest fears are:
- I minterpreted what he meant and will feel dumb for having walked out.
- He’ll say, “Nope, you heard me just right! The church contradicts the bible in many places!” and I’ll be tempted to be… umm… quite unchartible to him.
For those of you who are completely bored, I posted a little short video about my experience and some criticism for my fellow charismatics on my blog. (Be warned: The language is a little blunt.)
Any advice would be appreciated.