=LtTony;7765476]Things that jumped out early:
“…happened to come across an article…”
“Inquisition… dating back to 1647.”
Referring to the Roman Catholic faith in a derogatory manner as “papism” ia akin to calling non-catholic communities paganism. I doubt many sincere and honest people would do that.
Further, the author never cites the “article” for readers to examine. Maybe he did; I quit reading about halfway through. He looses style points from me for lack of specifics; state your case plainly, then provide the details, is the style I prefer.
He then goes on to present anectdotal observations as evidence. What he said may be true – at least to him – but if his argument is intended to convince others, he should present something more substantive than hearsay.
My antenna goes a little higher when I see the word Inquisition or a date more than a couple hundred years when referencing some document. The author – who correctly points out there are a lot of inauthentic or downright forged documents out there – claims to have found documentation supporting the “article”, but doesn’t provide that, either.
He claims the Church “condemned and anathematized any one who dared deny that the Apostle Paul during his entire apostolic life, was totally subordinate to the ecclesiastic monarchal authority of the first Pope and king of the Church, namely the Apostle Peter.”
Those are his words, not the Church’s, which as noted, he didn’t provide. True, Peter was “the rock” on which the church was built, and I think Paul generally deferred to Peter in the early church. But in terms of scriptural validity, many (if not most) of the NT was written by Paul or his associates. So Paul’s alleged “subordination” is a narrow subjective judgement, imo.
I’ve heard a lot of anti-catholic screeds, but never this one specifically. Personally, I would ignore this guy’s take on things. The author may represent a tiny Orthodox sect for all I know; maybe there is an Orthodox poster who can help us. But this may be telling:
Ecumenism, the greatest heresy of the twentieth century, preaching the dogmatic and religious syncretism(blending) and tending towards a single type of pan - religion for the equalization of the Christian confessions and religions, becomes the most lethal danger to Orthodoxy.
St. Paul is held in the highest regard by the Church. Didn’t we just celebrate his 2,000th birthday?
Why is it so difficult to comprehend that Christ [who by the way is a perfect God], only Willed; desired; instituted; protects and remain in ONE…
Based on One new Covenant? :shrug:
John 10:16 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
Acts.20:28 “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church [SINGULAR] of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. “
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.”
Eph. 2:19-20 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [singular] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. “
**Eph. 4: 4 -8“**There is one body [Only One Church] and one Spirit, [Only One set of beliefs] just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, [Only One God] ONLY one faith, [Only One set of doctrine and dogma] one baptism, By water in the Trinity] one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. "