I was watching the youtube interview of Micah Wilder (Protestant Christian convert from Mormonism) and he was celebrating the general unity, as he sees it, among different Christian denominations. He sees so few churches that state that salvation can only come through them, which I guess is generally true among evangelicals. He claimed that 1 Cor 12:21 was actually talking about denominationalism, not individuals in the church, as I have always been taught to believe. Do we have anything besides the tradition of the church to refute this idea? Any scriptures? He would argue that scriptures encouraging unity are fulfilled in the various churches looking to Christ and the Bible for direction, I think, and in the fact that there is so much more that unites different denominations than divides them.
It particularly means individuals and every congregation must work hard to harness everybody’s potential. But is it being done any more?
In addition on the non-Catholic side you have for example the Salvation Army who wanted to help the poor, Methodists who wanted a better method, Congregationalists and Presbyterians who wanted to enhance church structure in certain directions, Baptists who wanted to get more out of baptism.
Reputedly, on average one new Protestant denomination forms two days out of three. I don’t know whether Wilder’s LDS background affects the way he sees things.
Recently some Catholics have acknowledged that many Protestants tended to lead the way in love of the Bible at one time (I am not talking about the Reformation times though). Sadly I come across a great many self-proclaimed “Bible Christians” who are very shaky and weak in their Bible knowledge.
At a meeting near me on the teaching on Christians mixing, many Catholics related how they had been welcomed at Baptist Bible studies & prayer meetings. I think this is the way to go rather than trying to mix up the sacraments. Better still, the Catholic Church should allow its own Bible studies and prayer meetings and welcome the Baptists back!
I believe the Bible is deliberately inspired not to cater for the existence of denominations per se and that we should use common sense by accepting the excellent rules the Church nowadays has on mixing.
The problem with so many denominations is this Sacrament part. Only the Catholic, the Eastern Catholic Churches, the Eastern Orthodox, the Coptic Churches and other Apostolic Churches have the authority to posses full Sacramental power. Even though many of the Protestant denominations are great Bible people I wonder why they get off course when the Scriptures point to the Sacraments? Most of the Protestants will not recognize the full potential of graces as contained in the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even our Lord Jesus when He had visited St. Maria Faustina wanted those who were Protestant hopefully to accept those teachings which were important to the Catholic and the Eastern Churches when He had given a nine day novena prayers including the fifth day prayer which was addressed to include Protestants to accept one day these teachings which are dear to the Lord’s Sacramental Churches. The Lord however does not reject them because of these various different teachings but He wants them to see the light He has given to His Church which contains the fullness of His sacramental power.
you speak as if sacred scripture and tradition are separate? When did our Divine Lord quote the new testament? When did He command a new scripture be written?? Union is received!
Mystical Prayer in the Holy Spirit
This reading on mystical (contemplative) prayer, taken from Bonaventure’s Omnia, 5, 312
Christ is both the way and the door. Christ is the staircase and the vehicle, like the throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant, and the mystery hidden from the ages. A man should turn his full attention to this throne of mercy, and should gaze at him hanging on the cross, full of faith, hope and charity, devoted, full of wonder and joy, marked by gratitude, and open to praise and jubilation. Then such a man will make with Christ a pasch, that is, a passing over. Through the branches of the cross he will pass over the Red Sea, leaving Egypt and entering the desert. There he will taste the hidden manna, and rest with Christ in the sepulchre, as if he were dead to things outside. He will experience, as much as is possible for one who is still living, what was promised to the thief who hung beside Christ: Today you will be with me in paradise.
For this Passover to be perfect we must suspend all the operations of the mind and we must transform the peak of our affections, directing them to God alone. This is a sacred mystical experience. It cannot be comprehended by anyone unless he surrenders himself to it; nor can he surrender himself to it unless he longs for it; nor can he long for it unless the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent into the world, should come and inflame his innermost soul. Hence the Apostle says that this mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
If you ask how such things can occur, seek the answer in God’s grace, not in doctrine; in the longing of the will, not in the understanding; in the sighs of prayer, not in research; seek the bridegroom not the teacher; God and not man; darkness not daylight; and look not to the light but rather to the raging fire that carries the soul to God with intense fervor and glowing love. The fire is God, and the furnace is in Jerusalem, fired by Christ in the ardour of his loving passion. Only he understood this who said: My soul chose hanging and my bones death. Anyone who cherishes this kind of death can see God, for it is certainly true that: No man can look upon me and live.
Let us die, then, and enter into the darkness, silencing our anxieties, our passions and all the fantasies of our imagination. Let us pass over with the crucified Christ from this world to the Father, so that, when the Father has shown himself to us, we can say with Philip: It is enough. We may hear with Paul: My grace is sufficient for you; and we can rejoice with David, saying: My flesh and my heart fail me, but God is the strength of my heart and my heritage forever