a different faith, isn’t it?
I mean, yes, we all accept the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and the Bible. We all accept faith and most of us baptism.
But some Protestants teach there are sacraments. Some teach there are none. Who is right? Some teach you need to have charismatic gifts to be saved. Some once you are saved you are always saved. Some you can lose your salvation once you’ve gotten it. Who is right?
That is one of the major differences between us when we say one church and one baptism in the Holy Spirit, it is why we are able to share an open communion and freely cross over and visit others. It is more of a Jewish like perspective of doing right rather then saying church leader X is right.
The problem with this outlook is that it sets aside one of the major tenets of Biblical Christianity - which is unity of such a profound nature that it makes us one body.
Jesus prayed that we might be one as he and the Father are one…such unity does not allow for differing views on matters pertaining to salvation.
In Mt 18, Jesus tells us to take difficult matters to the Church and then to Listen to the Church (as demonstrated in Acts). Yet Protestant groups have not universal council or structure to resolve differences in teaching on matters pertaining to salvation.
The Letters of the NT contain repeated calls to profound unity…such as:
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 1:10
I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
2 Cor 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
1 Pet 3:8
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Please know that I do not doubt your sincerity and love of the Lord, but I suggest that the protestant paradigm is simply not as biblical as protestants would like to think.