I have a friend who is Southern Baptist (SB) and we have monthly discussions regarding the differences between his SB and my Catholic beliefs. Unfortunately, I seem to see a pattern emerging and I could use some help as I’ve only been Catholic since Easter.
When we recently discussed the SB doctrine of “once saved, always saved” I asked the obvious questions such as “what if one commits murder, or even blasphemy?” His response was that “…this person was never really saved to begin with; else he/she would not have committed those sins.” Honestly, I found his argument to be rather convenient, if not circular.
I have tried to quote what I consider to be relevant scripture such as James 5:19-20, but to no avail. His final retort was “…and what bible are you reading from?” (The implication here was to take a slap at my Catholic Bible and not an honest question) This seems to be the end result regarding just about any topic over which we have differing points of view.
The last thing I want to do is make anyone angry regarding their faith, but being unable to have logical discourse is frustrating to me. Just as an aside… I am located in south Alabama, and this is the prevailing attitude here in the Bible belt. I even get this from my Southern Baptist family members at times.
Thanks in advance!