I attended a Baptist service one Sunday and in the sermon the preacher quoted something ( I can’t remember the quote), but he cited “Early Church Father Augustine”. I left this service very curious about the preacher quoting an early church father since I had been told by protestant friends that the Bible says call no one father.(By the way thanks to my *Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth * book, I can refute that argument by pointing out 1 Cor.4:15!!!)
I had never studied any of the early church fathers, but that Sunday I got on the internet onwww.newadvent.com and started reading about the early church fathers. St. Augustine, St.Ignatius. St.Poylcarp. etc. The writings of these Saints are amazing!!!
I didn’t go back and ask the preacher if he had ever studied the writings of St. Augustine, but it made me want to know where in history do protestant ministers begin their studies??? Do they start at the Reformation or do they go all the way back to the Apostles and the Early Church Fathers (many of the early church fathers were direct students/followers of the Apostles)??
I also am curious to now how many people in that Baptist Church that Sunday realized that their pastor quoted from someone who was totally, unequivocally, 100% Catholic!!!
God Bless All