Below is a continuing dialogue with a Protestant Co worker. I appreciate any insight you may have in this discussion. He started in black and I replied in Red then he retorts in blue.
**2) You often refer to Luther’s desire to weed out James. That is true but the fact that it was not taken out only illustrates that God not Luther or any other man is in control of His word I point this out to show that once the discipline of following the leader (the Church) is cast aside and one is given the “freedom” to interpret God’s meaning in Scripture apart from the unified Church then there are really no restraints. He tossed out 7 books and many groups insist that scripture, all scripture, speaks literally and should be taken that way then others feel something else. **
** Again; break away from the Church and chaos ensues which is not what Jesus wanted for his Church. Scripture is clear about the Christian Church being one Jn 10:16, Eph 4:3-6, Rom 12:5 and 16:17, 1 Cor 1:10 and Col 3:15 to name a few. Do you really believe that because that because a Methodist and a Baptist have differences on secondary items like the mode of baptism or how the government of the church should be practiced that we are not one. That is where you talk out of ignorance. My Methodist brethren and I are one because we accept Jesus gift of salvation on his terms and not ours. You mentioned Sunday that about what is the big picture and the big picture is how one gathers a right relationship with God. Protestant believes clearly it is by Grace through faith. The Universal Catholic (and all that means is universal) Church is one. When the rapture happens every believer that has placed his trust only in the death of the Lord Jesus to cleanse him from his sin will be part of this event**