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MSN Article

July 14, 2007

I am not trying to beat a dead horse, so please don’t take this post the wrong way. I was reading an article on MSN about the Pope titled “Pope: Other Denominations not true churches.” You can read the article here. Here is a brief section:

“It restates key sections of a 2000 document the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, “Dominus Iesus,” which set off a firestorm of criticism among Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the “means of salvation.”

This is troubling on at least three points (1) that only the catholic church has the “means of salvation and (2) you and i do attend a true church (3) therefore, our salvation is in question.

Of course I don’t believe any of those three points. Salvation comes through Christ(Jn 14:6-7), by grace alone, through faith alone (Ehp 2:8), on the basis of Christ’s righteousness alone(Romans 5). Christ is building his church and you and I are part of it. We are sealed by the spirit of promise (Ehp 1:14) and we will not be cast out or lost (Jn 6:37-40).

As always, comments are welcome.

Jeffrey

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Devin Henson permalink*
    July 16, 2007 9:45 pm

    Yeah, this is interesting… I’m gonna withhold comment until I can read it in full and think about it for a while. You can read the actual document from the Vatican’s website here:

    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000806_dominus-iesus_en.html

    or the cliffnotes version of all that stuff here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominus_Iesus

    Let me know what you guys think after reading it…

    Devin

  2. Devin Henson permalink*
    July 16, 2007 9:57 pm

    To make your research a little easier (its kinda long), the meat is in Section IV: UNICITY AND UNITY OF THE CHURCH.

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