[quote=Pjs2ejs]You have to remember, it was pretty much three things that started the protestant movement. 1. Indulgence abuse, 2. Real Presence and 3. Faith Alone.
On the indulgences, we all know there were abuses, get over it.
On the real presence, protestants have no argument against it, they just try to ignore it.
On faith alone, it is the last real item that separates the protestants from the Catholics. If they admit error on this, they will have to come back to the church.
Any differences besides these are a result of different interpretations after “man” decided to determine what was the truth.
As far as good works, it seems sometimes like some of the Sole Fide protestants almost reject good works. It’s kind of like their complete rejection and disrespect of Mary as important in our lives.
I do believe that faith alone saves. Faith in Jesus is what saved you. But there is evidence or fruit of your faith. And all things stem from faith in God. I think even discernment of the body and blood at the table stems from faith.
If there is no fruit than you are not showing the signs that jesus said one who is saved would show.
I am starting to look at the sacraments differently though. I am not sure that, other than baptism and communion, that they can be administered externally by a man. For me, I was confirmed in highschool in the church. But I wasn’t truly confirmed and brought home but by the holy spirit some twelve years later while sitting on a couch watching a movie.
I believe in the sacraments but i think they are administered reeally by God and are extremely personal. I think God has his own time.
But i guess eveyones faith journey and experience is different.