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Why do some Protestant denominations not consider Catholics to be Christians? How do you refute someone who tells you this?

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Why do some Protestant denominations not consider Catholics to be Christians? How do you refute someone who tells you this?

Answer

The confusion is cased by the fact that different groups define the term Christian differently. A Catholic would define a Christian as anyone who professes faith in Christ and who has been validly baptized (water baptism).

Many Protestants do not use the term Christian in this way. Different denominations have different criteria for determining who is a Christian—e.g., Christians are those who have “accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior” or those who profess to be saved “by faith alone.” Since Catholics don’t generally use this language, they classify Catholics as non-Christians (though many are willing to concede that some Catholics are Christians even though they don’t use this language).

For those who approach you with this issue, point out several things to them:

(1) Catholics are Christians;

(2) the Catholic Church is the Church Jesus started and which he said would never pass away (Mt 16:18);

(3) when Scripture speaks of Christians it speaks of every church member as a Christian, no matter what his “walk with God” may be like; and

(4) Christians throughout history have always recognized baptism as the method by which one becomes a Christian. It was not until after the Protestant Reformation was underway that people denied this.

 

http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/why-do-some-protestant-denominations-not-consider-catholics-to-be-christians-and-how-

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June 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm

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10 Bible Verses that Protestants Cannot Accept Without Becoming Catholic

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In the Catholic faith, the Bible comes alive. It is the only Christian faith that accepts the Bible wholly without removing books or verses. Protestants have a hard time proving some Bible verses that are authentically Catholic. Here are 10 of them:
1. Matthew 16:18-19 / Isaiah 22:22 (Authority/Papacy)
Simon Peter said in reply, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus said to him in reply, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. (Matthew 16:16-17)
I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open. (Isaiah 22:22)
2. 1 Timothy 3:15 (Authority of the Church, not Bible Alone)
But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)
3. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (Tradition)
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
4. 1 Peter 3:21 (Baptism also Saves us, not just Faith Alone)
This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (1 Peter 3:213:21)
5. John 20:23 (Confession to a Priest, not “Directly to God”)
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (John 20:23)
6. John 6:53-58, 66-67 (The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist)
Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever. (John 6:53-58)
As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, Do you also want to leave? (John 6:66-67
7. 1 Corinthians 11:27 (The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist)
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27)
8. James 5:14-15 (Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick)
Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15)
9. Colossians 1:24 (Suffering for the Body of Christ which is the Church)
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, (Col 1:24)
10. James 221726 (Necessity of Good Works ad not Faith Alone)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, You have faith and I have works. Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by the works. (James 2:14-22)

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June 29, 2016 at 10:51 pm

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Muslim talking about INC

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June 19, 2016 at 12:33 am

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Poland Rises Against Islam – Fr.Miedlar addresses the March For Independence, 11 Nov 2015 (Eng subs)

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Father Jacek Miedlar warns crowd: “Be ready to be persecuted”

WARSAW (ChurchMilitant.com) – Footage of a young Polish Catholic priest addressing a crowd of tens of thousands protesting Islam and liberalism is going viral.

The speech occurred at a march in honor of Poland’s November 11 National Independence Day, which marks the anniversary of the country’s restoration of sovereignty in 1918.

The young priest, Fr. Jacek Miedlar, spoke to a crowd of an estimated 50,000 protesters, defending Poland’s autonomy and Catholic heritage against the rising threat of Islam, in response to European Union (EU) demands for the country to “absorb” Muslim refugees currently flooding Germany.

“The leftist and Islamic aggression is turned against Christianity and our nation,” the priest said to a crowd filled with Polish flags. “We have the right to be afraid of that. We are entitled to fear for the fall of the Christian heritage of our nation.”

“Get ready to be spat at,” he warned the crowds. “Be ready to be persecuted.”

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Father Jacek Miedlar

But he affirmed that the Catholics of Poland will not “fight with the hammer of hatred, which [the liberals] try to press into our hands. We will fight with the sword of truth, the sword of love and the sword of the Gospel Who is Jesus Christ, the Living Lord and Savior.”

“We do not want any violence in Poland,” he affirmed. “We do not want the aggression in the name of Allah. No rapes! No lynches! No terror!”

This was met with repeated cries from Fr. Miedlar and the audience of “Gospel not Koran!”

Following chanting from the crowd of “God! Honor! Homeland!” Fr. Miedlar instructed the youthful audience that they are “the future of the Church” and the “future of the nation” and urged them to build “Catholic Poland on the foundation of truth and love, Who is no less than Jesus Christ.”

Father Miedlar finished with a request to the audience to pray to “Our Lady, to [their] only Queen, St. Mary the Queen of Poland” who would save them “from the Islamic invasion.”

Footage of the speech, which was published on YouTube last month, has gone viral, amassing nearly 120,000 views.

The speech was part of what is being described as the “largest demonstration in Polish history,” in which citizens took to the streets in protest of the Polish government’s acceptance of 6,800 Syrian refugees per an EU refugee resettlement program.

Many protesters burned and stepped on EU flags, with some carrying a banner that read “EU Macht Frei,” a reference to the Germann phrase “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”), which appeared over the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp.

Other banners read “Stop Islamization” and “Great Catholic Poland,” with marchers chanting “Poland for the Polish!”

Another group shouted, “Yesterday it was Moscow, today it’s Brussels which takes away our freedom!” referencing the country’s history as a Soviet Union satellite state following World War II and the Belgian city often regarded as the de facto capital of the EU.

“I came here because I love Poland and want to show it,” stated one protester, who added that his grandfather had fought against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw during World War II.

The protests, which lasted for several days, came two weeks after Law and Justice, the national-conservative party in Poland, became the largest presence in the country’s parliament.

Several thousand police officers were dispatched in anticipation of riots, but the demonstration, apart from occasional firecrackers and smoke bombs, was peaceful.

The mass resettlement of Muslim Syrian refugees has been the subject of much controversy for months, with many questioning the insufficient vetting process of refugees and countries are ill equipped to handle the sudden influx.

Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab made the claim in September that ISIS operatives had infiltrated Syrian refugee camps and were using the crisis to enter Europe undetected. This claim was confirmed by a statement from an Islamic State operative who asserted that 4,000 ISIS jihadis had been successfully smuggled into Western countries.

According to Norway authorities, hundreds of asylum-seekers that recently entered the country had photos on their phones of executions, severed heads, dead children and ISIS flags. Norway police acknowledged that the sudden rush of refugees resulted in less-thorough security vetting.

Father Miedlar’s speech occurred two days before the Paris terrorist attacks, in which coordinated mass shootings and suicide bombings perpetrated by seven Muslim terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State resulted in the deaths of 130 people. One of the terrorists had entered the country under the guise of being a Syrian refugee.

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December 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

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I used to be a supporter of Duterte but I changed my mind after I discovered a lot of issues about him

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I am a native of Mindanao and I used to support Duterte but I changed my mind because I discovered a lot of issues about his principles and history.

# Duterte supported Misuari the creation of Bangsa Moro Islamic state of Mindanao and Palawan.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support on the declaration of independence by Moro leader Nur Misuari and the creation of the Bangsamoro Republik with Davao City as its capital. Misuari declared himself president of the Bangsamoro Republik, a federal state that includes the whole of Mindanao and Palawan As well as Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.

Read news report http://davaobreakingnews.com/dutertes-support-misuaris-declaration-of-independence/

# Duterte admitted he CANNOT resolve crime twice – not in weeks or 6 years

6/23/2015 – FLASHBACK – Before he decided to run for President he ADMITTED he CANNOT resolve crime even in 6 years.

http://news5.com.ph/videos/30BE871EB23C419

2/3/2016 – Flip Flop – When he decided to run for President suddenly he said he can resolve crime in only 3-6 months?

Duterte has been repeatedly saying he will END criminality, drugs, and corruption in government in 3 to 6 months.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/121227-duterte-crime-drugs-corruption-bayot-ka

4/11/2016 – Flip Flop – Then now he ADMITTED again that it would be IMPOSSIBLE to STOP crime

I can promise you, I will suppress crime – HINDE ‘STOP,’ that’s impossible – not in months, but in weeks,” he told a crowd of thousands in Taguig City on Monday.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/129287-duterte-suppress-stop-crime?utm_content=buffer7431a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

It is obvious that Duterte is just fooling the people.

# – It is NOT correct that Davao city is one of the Safest City.

1. 2010 – 2015 Davao City has to the highest recorded murder incidents, a whopping 1,032. Quezon City followed at 961

2. Davao City ranked second on the list of chartered cities nationwide rape cases with 843 recorded incidents. Quezon City still took the top spot at 1,122.

http://www.wheninmanila.com/pnps-report-shows-davao-city-has-highest-number-of-recorded-murder-incidents/

# Duterte admitted he is a Communist, a Socialist and a Leftist and he will not kill any NPA criminals who killed innocent christians. This is crazy because he is committed to kill criminals but not NPA terrorist who are criminals! Thousands of innocent civilians were killed since the 70s and continuing up to now.

Duterte in Bohol: I’m leftist, I wouldn’t kill NPA members

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/128251-duterte-bohol-not-kill-npa?utm_content=buffer59843&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Duterte admitted he is a communist – said he possessed “the same view of the government and politics” with the COMMUNISTS but “without the armed struggle” involved. Read news report http://kickerdaily.com/duterte-my-dream-of-being-president-died-with-ka-parago/

Read news reporth http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/704460/duterte-defends-allowing-heros-burial-for-slain-npa-leader

Duterte admitted he is a Socialist – Socialism and communism are alike in that both are systems of production for use based on public ownership of the means of production and centralized planning. Communism is a further development or “higher stage” of socialism.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/779984/duterte-im-a-socialist-not-a-communist-last-card

# – Duterte on Friday admitted that he coddles communist rebels NPA terroristshttp://newsinfo.inquirer.net/727436/duterte-admits-coddling-reds-calls-palparan-a-bigot

Human Rights Watch: The rebel New People’s Army (NPA) in the Philippines should immediately end unlawful killings and detention of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has admitted to gunning down civilians and detaining others in recent months.

For four decades the New People’s Army has offered excuses for cold-blooded killings of civilians,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Recent attacks show that there has been no real departure from this illegal practice.

# Duterte said he would even personally invite CPP founding chair Jose Maria Sison and other communist leaders to join his cabinet.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-says-npas-welcome-in-malacanang-if-he-becomes-president/#0kqZFYr8SGd4gZGc.99

# Duterte wanted his best friend NPA leader Parago to be his vice President not Cayetano – In his weekly Gikan sa Masa program, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City revealed he had wanted the legendary New People’s Army (NPA) commander to be his vice president if ever he decided to run for the country’s top post in 2016. Duterte earlier allowed Parago’s funeral procession to be conducted by his supporters in the city. Read news report http://kickerdaily.com/duterte-my-dream-of-being-president-died-with-ka-parago/

# Duterte ‘s Doctrine – Killing suspected criminals without Due Process in Davao, many children got murdered.

In the April 2009 UN General Assembly of the Human Rights Council, the UN report (Eleventh Session Agenda item 3, par 21) said, ‘The Mayor of Davao City has done nothing to prevent these killings, and his public comments suggest that he is, in fact, supportive.’

Human Rights Watch reported that in 2001-2002, Duterte appeared on local television and radio and announced the names of ‘criminals’, some of whom were later executed. In July 2005 at a crime summit in the Manila Hotel, the politician said, ‘Summary execution of

criminals remains the most effective way to crush kidnapping and illegal drugs’.

In 2009 Duterte said: ‘If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys

on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination

# – Duterte Supports BBL and Federalism

Duterte said BBL a foundation for federalism – Duterte pointed out that the BBL could be a precursor for federalism and assured Iqbal he would be willing to talk about federalism in the Bangsamoro.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-backs-bangsamoro/#vhGxMceLvXfHXqbD.99
Read http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-backs-bangsamoro/

BBL and Federalism will be the key for Mindanao to secede into a Bangsa Moro Islamic Country. In Federalism there is always a danger of the federating units breaking away from the federation.

Just recently, Texas wanted to secede from the Federal govt. A year ago this week, more than 125,000 people signed a secession petition asking the Obama administration to “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

This is what happened in the USA in 1860’s when the southern states started civil war to break away from the federation. Similarly in the very recent past East Pakistan broke away from federation and became Bangladesh. Kosovo and Russian federating units’ case are other examples.

Federal system: (If you want more taxes, choose federalism. Why? Look at federal states. The United States has federal income tax and state income tax. In Malaysia as well. All of the federal systems around the the world have taxes at the national and local levels. In the Philippines, we have a unitary system, it’s just one tax and these taxes are remitted to local governments.)

# – Corruption – Duterte also linked to P2.9 billion missing assets in ‘COA report’ –

The alleged Commission on Audit (COA) report questioning the hiring by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of 11,000 contract workers pales in comparison to another ‘COA report’ alleging a billion-pesos anomaly hurled at the city mayor in the run-up to the 2010 election.

The missing assets charge  gained circulation in the 2010 mayoral race between then Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, the mayor’s daughter, and then House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

In its audit report, COA questioned the necessity and regularity of 4,754 job orders, which were all for the mayor’s office.

State auditors discovered that of the 14,499 person on the city government’s payroll, only 3,253 hold regular positions. Their salaries were charged to the city’s personal services budget.

The salaries of the 6,081 contractual employees and 5,165 job orders, meanwhile, came from the fund for maintenance and other operating expenses.

Read politics.com.ph/coa-says-80-percent-of-dutertes-staff%E2%80%8E-could-be-ghost-employees/

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December 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Posted in Politics

Are statues in Catholic churches “graven images?”

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Tim Staples answers a caller who objects to Catholicism in part because she believes statues in churches are graven images.

Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.

During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!

He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since.

If you are interested in booking Tim Staples for an upcoming event, please contact Catholic Answers at (619) 387-7200.

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June 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

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Why do Catholics believe in purgatory?

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“Love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul

and with all your MIND”–Matt 22:37


Question:  
Why do Catholics believe in purgatory?  Where is it in the Bible?  Doesn’t purgatory deny the finished work of Christ?

It is indeed true that the word “purgatory” is not found in the Bible.

(Here we can revisit a previous apologetics discussion in which we addressed the issue of Mary’s Assumption, which is also not explicitly in the Bible.  That is, the question is often asked of Catholics: “where is _______ in the Bible?” (fill in the blank with “assumption” “purgatory” “the pope” etc.) This question can always be answered with, “Where does it say in the Bible that all we believe about God is contained in the Bible?” (Answer: nowhere.) In fact, the Bible explicitly says 2 things in regard to this:

-it states that it does NOT contain all that Jesus said and did:  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of (his) disciples that are not written in this book. (John 20:30)
and
-that it is NOT the norm nor foundation by which Christians know the teachings of Christ; the Scriptures say the sure norm is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. 1Tim: 3:15

Thus, we must look to the teachings handed on from the Apostles, either by Tradition or by Scripture, in order to know the entire deposit of faith that has been left to us by God.)

So as for purgatory, here are some things it is not:

-It is not another chance to be saved.  Once you die you are either destined for heaven or hell.  (it’s your choice, reminiscent of a previous apologetic discussion.  God doesn’t send you to hell; it is we who reject Him and His Eternal Embrace.)  If you die choosing God but with the need for purification, then you go to Purgatory.  That is, everyone who is in Purgatory is assured that their final destination is heaven.

-It is not a place where we “earn” back God’s love and forgiveness. That is, Purgatory does not deny that Christ paid the debt for our sin, as some fundamentalist Christians often claim.  Stated in the affirmative, Catholics proclaim that Christ accomplished all of our salvation for us on Calvary. “Purgatory is the final stage of sanctification that some of us need to undergo before we enter heaven. Purgatory is the final phase of Christ’s applying to us the purifying redemption that he accomplished for us by his death on the cross.” source
And I think that all non-Catholic Christians would agree that anyone who dies and will be experiencing the Beatific Vision–seeing God face to face–must have a soul that’s cleansed of every imperfection and attachment to sin.  Revelation says, “Nothing unclean shall enter heaven”. -Rev 21:27  Non-Catholics just don’t have a name for this state of purification that occurs after death but before the Beatific Vision.  Catholics do–Purgatory. But, I think all Christians understand that we must get “cleaned up” before we can share in the Divine Life of heaven.
Pope JPII had this to say about Purgatory: Before we enter into full communion with God, every trace of sin within us must be eliminated and every imperfection in our soul must be corrected.
Purgatory is a process of purgation (i.e. purification) before entering into perfect and complete communion with God. Makes sense to me to have, as Toni Welker analogizes,  “a mud room before we enter the palace”.

http://threeminuteapologetics.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-do-catholics-believe-in-purgatory.html

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May 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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