Tuesday, July 10, 2007no matter how many people say it...
The Earth is flat.
Man and apes have a common ancestor.
Baby formula is healthier for infants than breast milk.
Negroes are an inferior form of humanity.
At one time or another, all the above statements were widely accepted by a large portion of our world's population. Actually, many still profess to believe at least two of the above statements at the present time, but as the title of this post declares: saying it doesn't make it so.
That's the phrase that came into my mind as I read this article outlining more folly coming out of Vatican City. Consider, some of the points in this "Responses to some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church":
"'This one Church of Christ, which we confess in the Creed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic. ... This Church, constituted and organized in this world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the Bishops in communion with him'."
"...the word 'subsists' can only be attributed to the Catholic Church alone precisely because it refers to the mark of unity that we profess in the symbols of the faith (I believe... in the 'one' Church); and this 'one' Church subsists in the Catholic Church."
"'It follows that these separated churches and Communities, though we believe they suffer from defects, are deprived neither of significance nor importance in the mystery of salvation. In fact the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as instruments of salvation, whose value derives from that fullness of grace and of truth which has been entrusted to the Catholic Church.'"
Now in case you are not following what the significance of this wordy nonsense is, let me explain. In the above statements, Rome affirms that it is the only legitimate "Church" in the world and every other denomination are defective. They can still be used of the Lord, but still if and when that happens, it is still all thanks to Romanism... somehow. The document doesn't end it there, it continues to speak on the subject of these defects:
"According to Catholic doctrine, these Communities do not enjoy apostolic succession in the sacrament of Orders, and are, therefore, deprived of a constitutive element of the Church. These ecclesial Communities which, specifically because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called 'Churches' in the proper sense."
Again, in plain english: if you are not a Romanist, your place of worship isn't a church. It's an "ecclesial community"... at best.
Now, before you misunderstand the sentiment behind this post, let me clarify: I am in no way appalled or distressed by this article. If anything, I am happier with the new Romanist antichrist (pope) than I ever was with JPII. Unlike JPII, whose ecumenism often downplayed Romanist doctrine, this pope actually sticks to his guns when it comes to Romanist dogma. It makes it far easier for a child of God to see the wickedness and the false teachings of Romanism.
The true sentiment behind this post is one of sadness and exasperation. The fact of the matter is, for many millions of Romanists, this re-affirmation of their ecclesiology will further harden them against the Word of God, and God's true Church. I truly hope you have noticed that in the document in question, not one Scriptural reference can be found. Not one. If you are wondering why, the answer is simple: neither the Romanist leadership, or its followers care in the least about what the Scriptures teach.
It's a sad mess, but other than calling it a mess, declaring the Gospel of Truth and praying for God's mercy and grace, there really isn't much a child of God can do. Let the evolutionist believe in his "tree of life". Let the racist believe his prejudice against those who do not look like him. Let the Romanist believe that his wicked religion is the sole "Church". God will judge. Make sure of that, God will judge.
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27)