I wrote these series of articles (see menu sidebar to the left) as a Catholic for Catholics, but I no longer accept Catholic teaching as the authoritative source of truth.I have not attempted to align these articles with my current views.
In order to justify the validity of the Protestant Reformation, Protestants typically hold these views:
Protestants must accept the notion that the church "went bad" and that God used the Protestant Reformers to "fix" it. Some even go so far as to claim that their denomination has historical continuity with the church of the New Testament via such groups as the Albigensians and Waldenses!!
I agree the Church "went bad" by emphasizing political rulership to the detriment of the faith life of Christians, but the Protestant Reformation certainly did not fix it. It is also true that the Catholic Church of today has continuity from the New Testament church, from the church Jesus founded through the apostles.
Is Catholicism Pagan?|
Added Unbiblical Doctrines
Political Power and Corruption|
Is Protestantism the New Testament Church?
Various ways in which the church supposedly "went bad" and failed:
There is ample evidence that the church didn't fail or go bad after all:
Throughout the entire period in which the Catholic Church was supposedly falling into apostasy she was defending herself from various heresies that were developing. But how could a failing church be so discerning of truth?
A common objection to the Catholic Church is that it had so much political power during Christendom. Bishops and Popes spent time and energy dealing with the same kinds of issues that rulers had to address. But we should remember that in the times of Christendom the church leaders were themselves also secular leaders to varying degrees.
Every denomination has to deal with political issues to some extent. Politics is merely (1) the management of the interests of organizations or persons, and (2) the process of resolving various conflicts. Protestant denominations have to deal with laws and have to manage their congregations. The Catholic Church is such a large organization that the various Catholic leaders need to spend a great deal of time and energy in managing the organization. The goal should be that these management concerns do not supercede the mission of the church to provide teaching and moral guidance. Certainly there were times in history when this was unbalanced.
Many Protestants believe that their denomination reflects the teaching and practice of the New Testament church. But there are several problems with this view: