[quote=Reid] I was even convinced that the Church was a cult
Congratulations and welcome home. One thing I’ve found true in protestors arguments is the use of deception, not outright lies, but deception. To give an example the word you just used “cult”. Protestors have called the Catholic Church a “cult”, they are in a sense correct in that a “cult” can be “A system or community of religious worship and ritual.” We certainly are a community of religious worship and ritual, so we really can’t say we’re not, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the protestors use this word to describe the extreme, false church, which is false. I hope we can all stop calling each other names and using deceptive language to convey our feelings. We must ask ourselves which Spirit would use deception to teach their message? The Spirit of God? Or the spirit of Satan? A similar deception is the protestors use of the word “Apocrypha”, there is indeed an apocrypha, it is a collection of non Scriptural writings, however the protestors use this word to describe the parts of Scripture they removed in an attempt to confuse and deceive.
Here’s the definition of cult:
[quote=dictionary] 5 entries found for cult.
cult ( P ) Pronunciation Key (klt)
A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
The followers of such a religion or sect.
A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual. A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
The object of such devotion.
An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.
[quote=Reid] I am trying to get “thick skin” I have been so used to telling people that I am right and you are wrong.
Treat them as brothers, mistaken brothers who need our help, treat them with love and compassion.
[quote=Reid] To me a cult is now where any Church follows one man’s doctrine, i.e …Lutherans follow Martin Luther, Calvinest follow the teaching of Calvin and so on…
Yes, they are also cults, as is the Catholic Church, it isn’t a bad name. it’s like calling someone a “Christian” and meaning it as an insult.