By watching this video I was moved to write what follows below.
Opening a can of worms…
By Robert Robinson
Do Catholics not subscribe to the tenants of keeping the gospel and its teachings? Do Catholics not believe in the authority of the teachings of scripture or that salvation is achieved by a personal conversion to faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ? How about the importance of a personal experience of guilt for sin, and of reconciliation to God through Christ? According to the National Association of Evangelicals, Evangelicals take the Bible seriously and believe Jesus Christ is both Savior and Lord but if you are Catholic is that potential lost? Below I give the dictionaries description of an Evangelical and further, the National Association of Evangelical’s own description of what an Evangelical is.
How can we achieve any unity of faith when distinctions are drawn as to why one way of believing is superior to another when in the end all Churches have their work to do to ascribe to all teachings of our Lord?
Religion is just that-religion. Faith in Christ, however, is another matter; I think Scripture bears out that God looks to the heart of persons not which assembly they choose to worship. Furthermore, we all remember the momentary craze of people wearing bracelets signifying “What would Jesus do”, Well I wonder how Jesus would adjudicate denominations as to who loves God more. Formally I am Catholic, in practice I am a devout follower of the One who is center piece of all forms of the Christian faith and I doubt seriously that upon meeting the judgment seat of the Almighty that His first question of me will be “what church did you attend”? Maybe questions such as: Why did you not feed the hungry man you passed over that day? How about the hurt you caused others by your greed and selfishness? These will be the easy questions put forth to each of us. If you are Catholic and love the Lord, wonderful. If you are an Evangelical and you love the, wonderful. I do believe that our infinite God and Lord Jesus Christ is not going to be too concerned about semantics.
To which I say: Nomenclature is good if your replacing an electric motor, but to the above I say Poppycock! Further, it reminds me a bit of Solomon, except in this case he must contemplate how to dissect the Body of Christ.
The Dictionary says:
/ˌivænˈdʒɛlɪkəl, ˌɛvən-/ Show Spelled [ee-van-jel-i-kuhl, ev-uhn-] Show IPA
Also, e·van·gel·ic. pertaining to or in keeping with the gospel and its teachings.
belonging to or designating the Christian churches that emphasize the teachings and authority of the Scriptures, especially of the new testament, in opposition to the institutional authority of the church itself, and that stress as paramount the tenet that salvation is achieved by personal conversion to faith in the atonement of Christ.
designating Christians, especially of the late 1970s, eschewing the designation of fundamentalist but holding to a conservative interpretation of the Bible.
pertaining to certain movements in the Protestant churches in the 18th and 19th centuries that stressed the importance of personal experience of guilt for sin, and of reconciliation to God through Christ.
marked by ardent or zealous enthusiasm for a cause.
The National Association of Evangelical’s says:
What is an Evangelical?
|evangelicals take the Bible seriously and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The term “evangelical” comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning “the good news” or the “gospel.” Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ. We are a vibrant and diverse group, including believers found in many churches, denominations and nations. Our community brings together Reformed, Holiness, Anabaptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic and other traditions. Our core theological convictions provide unity in the midst of our diversity. The NAE Statement of Faith offers a standard for these evangelical convictions. Historian David Bebbington also provides a helpful summary of evangelical distinctives, identifying four primary characteristics of evangelicalism:
These distinctives and theological convictions define us, not political, social, or cultural trends. In fact, many evangelicals rarely use the term “evangelical” to describe themselves, focusing simply on the core convictions of the triune God, the Bible, faith, Jesus, salvation, evangelism, and discipleship. Wikipedia says:
The term Evangelical has its etymological roots in the Greek word for “gospel” or “good news“: ευανγελιον (evangelion), from eu- “good” and angelion “message”. In that sense, to be an Evangelical would mean to be a believer of the Gospel, that is the message of Jesus Christ.
By the English Middle Ages the term had been expanded to include not only the message, but also the New Testament which contained the message, as well as more specifically the Gospels in which the life, death and resurrection of Jesus are portrayed. The first published use of the term “evangelical” in English was in 1531 by William Tyndale, who wrote “He exhorteth them to proceed constantly in the evangelical truth.” One year later, the earliest recorded use in reference to a theological distinction was by Sir Thomas More, who spoke of “Tyndale [and] his evangelical brother Barns”.
By the time of the Reformation, Protestant theologians began to embrace the term evangelical as referring to “gospel truth”. Martin Luther referred to the evangelische Kirche or evangelical Church to distinguish Protestants from Catholics in the Roman Catholic Church. In Germany, Switzerland and Denmark, and especially among Lutherans, the term has continued to be used in a broad sense. This can be seen in the names of certain Lutheran denominations such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Church in Germany.