How we can refute the Protestant Minimalism for unity of the Church? Protestant say that is enough to Believe in Jesus, or some say in Divinity Of Jesus, and other faith or specific faith doesn’t matter? How we can refute this minimalism understanding of Faith and Church.
Our Faith calls for action. St. James says faith without works is dead. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his Cost of Discipleship warns against cheapening the grace of the Cross. We are called to respond to the grace received, not simply with words but by how we live our lives.
What lover is satisfied with the minimum? If I had access to the whole bible, would I confine myself to just one book of it, figuring the other wonderful things God has done are unimportant?
If your belief in Jesus doesn’t lead you to living a certain way and acting a certain way, then I don’t think you really believe in Him.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you–except the stuff they don’t agree with and you judge to not be necessary.”
Here’s a little encapsulation of the Catholic take on unity in the whole truth:
“The unity willed by God can be attained only by the adherence of all to the content of revealed faith in its entirety. In matters of faith, compromise is in contradiction with God who is Truth. In the Body of Christ, “the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6), who could consider legitimate a reconciliation brought about at the expense of the truth?..A “being together” which betrayed the truth would thus be opposed both to the nature of God who offers his communion and to the need for truth found in the depths of every human heart.” --St. John Paul II, Ut Unum Sint
Jesus Himself said it, in the parable of the sheep and the goats, that we also have to put our faith into action.
“It is not the one who cries ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of heaven but the one who does the will of the Father.”
St. James wrote “Show me your faith without works, and I will show you the faith that underlies my works.”
When St. Paul writes about faith, he gives examples.
Micah tells us exactly what God requires: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.[Micah 6:8].
If scripture also says that the righteous man sins seven times a day, how then does a person do right, how does he do the will of the Father?
Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches. Apart from me, you can do nothing, but with God all things are possible.”
Through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, we have received the Holy Spirit, our guide and counselor. It is by God’s grace that we respond in faith and obedience to the gift we have been given.
We open our heart and mind to God.
If we truly believe, our convictions will guide the decisions that we make throughout life regardless of earthly consequences.
Our life, not simply our words, becomes a witness to the power of risen Lord only because we have been crucified with Him through Baptism. When we fall, when we sin, we know that we can restore the grace lost through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Of course, nobody goes through life without needing nourishment. We are nourished by the Eucharist, by the Bread of Life,
My question is not about sola fide, or something like that. My question is about Protestant relativism of faith, branch theory, about who say "I Believe in Divinity of Jesus and I work to my salvation, I don’t need something else like dogma, or mystery, thet doesn’t matter,
Except that it does all matter. We are all saved by grace. We cannot achieve salvation by our own accord.
That was the temptation that Satan set before Adam and Eve, that they could be gods in their right, that they did not need God.
In my first post, I mentioned Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran who died under Hitler. Too many people cheapen the gift of salvation. Salvation is a process, not a one time occurrence. During a prayer meeting, a speaker quoted a cowboy saying, “If you don’t change the water in the water barrel, then you get chiggers.”
I just finished reading CS Lewis’s Mere Christianity. This is another excellent book that follows along the same line, answering the question of what all Christians, regardless of denomination hold in common. We belong to a Faith community. Our baptism brings us into that community. The Israelites passed through the Water in order to be formed into God’s people. We are baptized into the Body of Christ. “I will be your God and you will be my people.”
Unlike other religions, the Christian Faith is about relationship, our relationship with God. We love because He first loved us.
In the beginning was the Word and Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What cane ti be was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
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