I just happened to notice this quote and thought that I would add my two cents to it. I don’t live in the United States anymore and one reason is the constant attacks that I recieved from protestants. I know that the Church does not state definitively if this or that group of protestants are Christians or not except in the extreme cases of the mormons and the (incorrect spelling of God’s most Holy name) Witnesses but so very often when I would talk with protestants in the United States found that it was not very hard for me to get them to self exclude themselves out of Christianity. All I had to do was question their doctrines. They focas the attack so much on “Catholics believe this and it is wrong” that they hardly ever take the time to sit down and figure out what they themselves believe.
Conversations usually start out with them telling a lie about the Catholic Church with is easy to refute with simple evidence. So then the back track. I state what the Catholic Church actually believes and inform them that as a convert to Catholicism, this is specifically what I was taught, so then even the “but that isn’t what they really believe” arguement make no sense. They still want to be Anti-Catholic so they take the opposite possition in order to continue the arguement and prove me wrong but doing so requires them to believe something that excludes them from Christianity, like denying that Jesus is God.
On other occasions I simply have to ask them what they believe to begin with and keep the questions going until they slip up. I don’t allow them to use the “I will ask my pastor” bit because I will use their own arguements about “call no man father” and they trip up. They really are not ready to be Christians, not in the litteral sense, they just want to belong to the club that they are in.
On any given day in the United States I could get protestants to tell me that they believed any of the following:
That the Bible is God.
That God the Father is a separate God from God the Son.
That the Trinity is really an invention of the Catholic Church and that only God the Father is real.
That Jesus did not actually have a physical body.
That Jesus sinned and was forgiven by God.
That the Virgin Birth was not really a Virgin birth.
That Jesus had to die on the Cross and that if he did not actually die on the Cross but say on the way to Calvery, then his sacrifice would have been for nothing.
That the Blessed Virgin Mary was really a prostitute.
That the Simon bar Jonah was not really an Apostle of the Lord’s
That only the Bible in ENGLISH is really the Bible.
That one must read the entire bible in order to be a Christian.
Now, I probably could go on forever as the memories of so many conversations come back to me. However, I also know that if most protestants just sat down for a second and thought over the consequences of their actions and what they were saying, that they would not believe these things or say that they believe them. In my own opinion, really I do not believe that they really beleived these things but were just saying them. They didn’t really know what to believe because they were waiting for the Bible to come to life and tell them.
Sola scriptura requires one to know the Bible very well but the way that protestants learn the Bible, one verse or half verse at a time does not lead to this even if they do finish it, which 99% never will. They do not know the story, just one sentence of the story and they do not know what the next sentence is unless you tell them which Book-Chapter and verse it is. This is a very flawed way study anything, much less Sacred Scripture.
Oh, the laments in heaven over the fall of the protestants. So many good people who just let the prejudices and cultural biases get the better of them. Not willing to endage God on God’s terms they want to put God in a box and create theology that they think allows them to FORCE God into letting them into heaven. Here is what I think Protestants actually believe.
They worship the Bible. 35%
They worship their pastor 40%
They worship their conscience. 10%
They do not know that Prayer and Worship are two different things. 100%
They say that Jesus is the son of God but do not know what that means or why it is true.
They think that anyone can believe anything they want and still be a Christian, Catholics excepted of course.
They deny the existance of Hell.
They think that only Catholics are going to Hell.
Some preach that the death of a Catholic is pleasing to God and that if you want to please God… you get the idea…
They teach that you do not need water baptism
One group teaches that unless you study the bible using the specially blessed highlighter sold by them that you are not a Christian and will go to hell.
They teach that you do not have to wear special clothes to pray, but then sell “prayer clothes”.
They teach that the 66 book bible is “The one and only Word of God.”
I have yet to ever meet a protestant who actually worshipped God, or adored God or gave to God what God deserves. Most protestants teach that love is some uncontrollable action, and so only some will ever be able to love God and this love is not by choice. This is of course along with the other doctrines which I listed above, so anti-Christian that I dare say that the protestants who believe such things are NOT CHRISTIANS in the least. The Chinese language actually does not allow for the calling of protestants and Catholics as the same religion, so Catholics are called Christians and protestants are called “new age”.
Now most of you reading this will probably think that I just showed up to bash protestants. Not true. If you really want to have a discusion about Sola Scriptura then it is important for protestants to put their beliefs on the table to be examined. They shy away from this because they are afraid of being exposed. They do not want to give you what they believe until you are already in the group. All they really want is for you to leave Catholicism. They don’t care where you go, even out of Christianity, so long as you are no longer a Catholic, then they have done their job.
When I was young the only “christians” I knew of were protestants and just taking a small examination of their beliefs lead me to conclude that all of Christiantiy must be false. Every protestant group I studied was proven wrong by thier own doctrines. There were just too many logical falicies, inconsistancies and contradictions. A true religion will have no contradictions. This lead me away from Christianity into Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and what not. Yet all of these also were also easily proved wrong with just a simple bit of logic. Then I found my way to the Catholic Church, the only religion that makes any sense at all and the only one that does not contradict itself, logic or God.
So what should we do if confronted by “bible toting” protestants. Question them. If they will not answer then you win and they still will not be saved but you will have your peace of mind. (attacking peace of mind is one of their prime methods, getting you to doubt about things that are not issues at all) Kindly tell them to stop worshipping the Bible long enought to read it with you. Question them about every aspect of their beliefs and say on the offensive. When they slip up, point out in Scripture where they are wrong. Be as kind and polite as you can but remember, they hate you and want to cause you spiritual death even if they do not know it, so stay on guarde. When enough of their own false doctrines have been shot down then they will either leave never to bother you again or stay so that you can begin to spoon feed them the truth one peice at a time. You will need an intellectually honest protestant to get this far. Most will just book out. They would rather believe the lie then actually have to … sacrifice… the sins they love so much. My favorite quote from Lord Jesus “STOP SINNING.” I myself fail so often in this and yet He did say it and He does expect it of us. It is high time that Catholics obey this and teach our protestants neighbors to do the same, either by word or example.