[quote=Della]What you are actually discussing here is formal and material heresy.
Those persons who left the Catholic Church to embrace their own theologies are formal heretics because they left knowing the teaching of the Church and yet rejected parts of it with full knowledge and will. They were/are fully culpable for their heresy.
Those persons who were born into Protestant denominations are material heretics who do not know the Catholic Church is the one, true Church, visible and invisible, or that they are connected to it, although imperfectly, due to their trinitarian baptism. They are not culpable for their heresy.
It is baptism that connects all Christians to Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, not belief alone, although belief probably indicates a desire for baptism if the baptism they received was not valid.
So now its done, now what? I have enough of a time trying to talk to people that there is even God, let alone Jesus and the Holy Spirit really wigs them out.
Now I have to say there is only one church cause all the rest are wrong? Doenst anyone know how much christians NOT AGREEING affects the un saved. Not the ones who may be baptist the ones who dont know God at all. I find it the #1excuse is that Gee the churches cant even agree on who or what is right, so what am I to believe??
I hate the fact that church choice is a stumbling block. And this as you described yea though it may be what happened, Still does not erase the fact its another set of confusion for one to find God. In a ever increasing confused world.
The church is supposed to be ALL of us and probably some suprises we dont expect. The church is bigger than catholics, baptists, lutherans, pentacostals, charasmatics etc. God sees our hearts, and knows whether we see Him.
Walk in love yes I agree, love one another as He has loved us.