What is a Protestant?

A Protestant is a person who belongs to a church that originated as protesting the Catholic Church.  A person who belongs to any church that is separated from the Catholic, Anglican or Eastern Church.  You might say, “Well, I don’t protest anything.” or “My church doesn’t protest anything.”  You have to go back in history to find out.  If you go back to the Reformation time period, around 1517 AD, this is when the Reformers began their protest against the Catholic Church and the Pope.  It started as an effort to reform the Catholic Church but then this dissent began to grow into protest against the authority of the Catholic Church.  (Yes, both sides had issues and faults.) You might not even be aware of the history of your church.  I encourage you to look into it.  Where did your church start and by whom?  Why?  If it started after the year 1500, then it more than likely is a Protestant Church.  It may have come from another church, which came from another church but this splintering off is not what Jesus wanted.  He wanted unity.  One faith, which means we all agree on the doctrines.

The problem is we don’t all agree.  WE HAVE A UNITY PROBLEM!  You might say, “Well, we agree on the important things, right?”  No, not necessarily.  Look at Baptism, we can’t even agree on the formula of this important sacrament.  Do we dunk, sprinkle, squirt?  What age can be baptized, infant, adult, teenager?  What formula do you use, “In the name of the Father?”  “Or the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit?”  Can we be baptized more than once?  Who determines the correct and truthful answers to these questions, the Pastor of any church, ourselves, the Bible?  What if the answers differ?  Who’s right???? It’s all so murky like a thick fog.

How do we find the truth of what Jesus really taught?

We need an authority who knows the truth to clarify it for us.  We wouldn’t go to our Algebra teacher in high school and say, “Well, I’m going to interpret the chapter in the book on my own and try to solve this equation 2x +6 = 18.”  If we didn’t know what the principles were for solving the equation, we would come up with the wrong answer.  We need a teacher who understands it and can demonstrate it correctly in order to understand the process.  This brings us to the right answer regardless of what numbers you plug into the equation.

The Catholic Church is the teacher and authority of the truth of what Jesus taught.  He was the one who gave the Church the authority until He returns.

Do you need the authority of the Catholic Church?  The simple answer is “Yes”.  Why?  Because if you don’t have it, then you are wandering around in the desert trying to find it.

If you are searching for the pure church, Jesus’ church, then this is the question to ask:

“Who’s your authority?”  Ask your church this.  Ask any church this.

If they say, “the Bible”…wrong answer, because the Bible is not self-attesting.

If they say, “the pastor”…wrong answer, he is a fallible man.

If they say, “the Synod”…wrong answer, this was not instituted by Jesus, but by man.

This only right answer is, “the Catholic Church instituted for us by Jesus Christ as our authority”.

The word {Protest+ant} broken down means: One who protests.  If you belong to a church that has a history of protesting the Catholic Church but you say, “Well, they don’t protest anything now.”  I ask you, by their very existence and separation from the Catholic Church now, aren’t they protesting?  Any separation is a protest.  Any separation is disunity.  Do you want to belong to and profess that?  You are still a sister or brother in Christ but separated from Jesus’ Church, His authority.

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Why is Jesus Absent from Protestant Communion?

There are many churches that claim to have the True Presence of Jesus in their Communion but do they really?  What ingredients does it take to have the True Presence of Jesus and what did Jesus teach us?

Required components:

  • The valid Sacrament of Holy Orders from unbroken Apostolic Succession directly from Christ found only in the Church that Jesus founded (Catholic Church)

Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.  He also ordained His Apostles that night as the first priests to be able to change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus (see Luke 22:19).  This authority was only meant for the Apostles and their successors through the laying on of hands from the Pope to the Bishops. This is called the valid Sacrament of Holy Orders.  Anyone breaking that line of succession loses their authority.  The Sacrament of Holy Orders from unbroken Apostolic Succession is the sole reason why it is the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  This is only found in the Catholic Church and this is why the Eucharist is kept reverently in a Tabernacle.  If you want the real thing, you have to belong to the Catholic Church.

Protestant churches have broken that Apostolic Succession and their pastors are not validly ordained, invalidating their authority from Christ to change the bread into the Eucharist.  All churches other than the Catholic Church have broken that Apostolic line and splintered off.  No matter how much training or college the pastors receive, they are still not validly ordained with the Authority of Jesus in Apostolic Succession.  Martin Luther was a priest and received Apostolic Succession in the Catholic Church but split off and rejected the Church.  However Martin Luther was not a bishop so he wouldn’t have been able to pass that authority on even if he had stayed in the Church.  Because the Protestant churches do not have Apostolic Succession, they do not have the Real True Presence of Jesus in their Communion.  Their bread is blessed or a symbol, like when we ask for a blessing at meals but it is not the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood.  This is why they can do whatever they want with the leftovers, because the communion wafers are not consecrated; they are not Jesus.

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Little Book but Big Answers

I would recommend a little yellow book for anyone who wants answers to many questions about the Church.  It’s an easy read.  You can read a question or two per day.  It only costs $3.00 American dollars.  This website also has many other resources for those searching for answers.

The Catholic Church Has the Answer can be found at Tan Books.

Another little book that is great is Confession of a Roman Catholic.  It is similar to the yellow book but from a person who went through a conversion and why he found the Catholic Church to be true.

I love this book also, The Protestant’s Dilemma.  It addresses many issues that people struggle with and helps them figure out the truth.  It’s a longer read than the little books but is divided up so that it is easier to understand in segments.  It is presented in each chapter with a question from a protestant view and belief, then the Catholic view and the truth of scripture interpretation is offered.  It is a great way to reason your way to the true Church of Jesus.

Dynamic Catholic website has a great offer for anyone to receive free resources if you promise to pass it on.  This is a wonderful website and has some great books for your faith journey with Jesus.

I have found these little books very helpful in my faith path.  I hope they are also as helpful for you.

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