I'll answer your other post to me as well.WHO is asking you to leave the Catholic Church? Not me Clay,no matter what I say or do about the Catholic Church that has nothing to do with you.Stay,grow where you are planted,enjoy your church,and most of all be used of God.It is the LORD you will see face to face someday.<quoted text>
All do respect Pad, you didn't answer any of my questions...at all.
How can I leave the Catholic Church when no one can provide one shred of evidence that the Church is not who they say they are?
If you say some of our beliefs are not 'explicitly found in scripture'. Then you MUST provide scripture, that says scripture is the only thing Christ established. You can't just give me a nice testimonial about how you view the Bible!
There is no doubt in my mind Clay that the Lord Jesus Christ in His Infinite,love,mercy and wisdom has each and every believer accounted for,and is using them for His glory.On a daily basis Clay I see people at work,and some are Catholics,there are two in particular I talk to almost every day.
Jim is very involved in his parish and we are basically friends,he is conservative,but yet is not too fond of the Catholics in his church who are ardant and strongly dedicated to the Lord,on the other hand Ginny is and when I talk to her I feel very connected with her spirit as she believes strongly in being born of the Spirit.Ginny loves her church but you can see such a love for Jesus and she is open to every believer.
Nevertheless Clay,I could care less what building of Christian endeavor they attend,for they both share with me what they believe and love about God and faith,and so on. I have my concerns about Catholicism,but basically it is too big for me to topple with some personal gripes.I have long ago learnded to love the brethren,and that is all inclusive to every affiliation.
Authority is Christ's alone,He is the ONE who has the authority in His People world-wide. That is a general statement,but think of this Clay.Since Jesus is ALL in all,and His Spirit is no respecter of persons,He gives liberally,and blesses with wonderful blessings and graces to all who come to Him by faith."COME unto me who labor and are heavy laden ,and I will give you rest........" Jesus calls us to Himself,there is enough of Him to go around,because of the Holy Spirit,that is why the Holy Spirit was sent to give Jesus to everyone who believes and repents.
The 40,000 expressions of church government and whatever you see it as,may seem at odds with each other over minor issues,but the truth is Christ is still worshiped and glorified,and He through the Holy Spirit directs and guides.When you take the time to realize that each and every sect,and affiliation in Christ all rely on the Spirit for direction and truth,it becomes apparent to you that Christ is ALL in all. Those 40,000 different sects of which I do not believe there is even close to that many,all believe in faith,preach the gospel,teach new believers,have part in taking care of the POOR and needy,and all rely on the Bible for confirmation in the BIG things:Prayer and supplication,Obedience to Him,rejecting sin,living Moral lives in righteousness.