Hello…this is “the wife.” The 2 people actually came back this evening (we were shocked) and began discussing with us, not Eph 2:8-9 and James 2:24, but that the commandments under Moses were “abolished” in the New Testament and therfore, null and void. The scripture that they showed to us as “proof” only showed to me that the New Testament explained in further detail the Ten Commandments, not nullifying them. Was I right in this?
You might want to remind your wife that pre-Reformation churches don’t claim to be bound by sola scriptura, so we don’t have to reconcile anything. The tradition of the Church suffices.
…bpbasilphx, I did some research on these folks…they called themselves about 9 different names but finally settled on the Church of Christ (post-reformation, I think). And they were VERY bound by sola scriptura (we had a good discussion on Bible only versus Bible AND Tradition as laid out scripturally for us in the bible). I don’t shy away from speaking the truths about my Faith to anyone who asks…the tradition of the Church may be sufficient, but as a Christian in the Church Christ founded, it’s my responsiblity to share the truth with them. Evangelize, evangelize, evangelize (Pope John Paul II called us to evangelization)! It’s the only way to show folks (when they ask or see how I live) how beautiful, Bible-based, and Christ-founded our Catholic Church is!
Anyway, these people were here for 2 hours…I think they were literally shocked they encountered Catholics who were knowledgible in their Faith and in the Bible. We had no problems keeping up with them. They seemed mildly annoyed when we politely declined to use one of their bibles (which had New Testament only). It was a good, friendly debate, but they definitely didn’t change our minds. If anything, they only accomplished making us love our Catholic Faith all the more!!
Right before they left, I reminded the gentleman that he had challenged me to “harmonize” Eph 2:8-9 and James 2:24. I quietly handed him a Pillar of Truth Pillar of Fire pamphlet, and paper with all I had found in an apologetics book on the subject of works vs. faith for him. The woman with him was extremely suprised and even said she looked forward to reading it. I really don’t think they will, but if by some fluke (or the moving of the Holy Spirit!) they do read it, maybe it will open their hearts and make them think…