Protestant Or Catholic? What’s The Difference?
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The Protestant Reformation came about in a similar way that I realized that the well-meaning Catholic church was adding to the word of God, which overlooked what Jesus did on the cross by directly stating what Jesus did was not enough. It was during a time when I felt lost and burdened, caught in the grips of addiction. The weight of guilt and shame became unbearable, and I yearned for something more profound than rituals and traditions. In my twenties, as I sought truth that could liberate me from this cycle, I found peace within the walls of Elmbrook Church – a non-denominational Protestant community in 1989.
Reflecting on my journey now, it is with gratitude that I acknowledge all that the Catholic church had taught me about God, Jesus, and Christianity throughout my life. However, embracing my newfound Protestant faith brought forth an understanding resonating deeper within me. It acknowledged our inherent sinfulness while emphasizing the unconditional love and grace offered by God through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. This realization allowed me to make a decisive choice towards transformational healing. In the middle of this personal exploration between denominations, my mother remained steadfastly devoted to her Catholic faith for over 90 years. Her unwavering advice to me was to continue loving God unconditionally and living righteously continues to inspire me today. ~ Bill Greguska
Protestants Or Catholics? The Choice Is Yours!
Religion Versus Christianity
The chart below compares what religion stands for versus what Christianity stands for.
|RELIGIOUS CHRISTIANITY BY WORKS ONE IS SAVED||CHRISTIANITY AS A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS|
|Man’s Way||God’s Way|
|Work For Man||Work For God|
|Christ Plus||Christ Alone|
|Hope So||Know So|
|You Need Us||You Need Christ|
The Catholic Faith Tend To Focus On Works And Other Things!
The Protestant Reformation was a religious reform movement that swept through Europe in the 1500s. It resulted in the creation of a branch of Christianity called Protestantism, a name used collectively to refer to the many religious groups that separated from the Roman Catholic Church due to differences in doctrine.
I was raised in the Catholic church when I was born and baptized. I had Godparents, went to Catechism, went to Catholic grade school, and Catholic high school was an altar boy. I was thankful to have been raised Catholic faith at the time until I learned more about God, Jesus, and the Bible.
Read the Bible for yourself, and you will understand why I am saying what I am saying. I do not have anything against Catholics or anyone. Still, when I took a closer look at my Catholic faith, I discovered the Catholic church was adding to the Bible, and not accepting what Jesus Christ did on the cross was enough to save us from our sins!
The teachers and nuns cared more than public school, which I attended from kindergarten until 3rd grade. (discipline in the public school was not sufficient), yet in the Catholic school, the standards were higher, and there was a general atmosphere of godliness around, even though later on in life, I realized their doctrine was not quite right. Watch the videos and read more below to learn more about the Catholic religion.
Catholics Come to Christ After Hearing This!
Catholic Is A Works Based Man-Made Religion
I learned that being Catholic was a works-based man-made religion, compared to the Protestant faith, which is faith-based on a relationship with God and his love and grace. The Catholic church attempted to point me to God, yet there were many other things I had to do that were not mentioned in the Bible. (added to God’s word, which is all we need)
An analogy would be if someone who likes to be healthy and drink a protein drink would be something healthy, but if someone added something “bad or not good” to the protein health drink, it would no longer be useful for you. (just like with the Catholic church, some of the things they practice are not according to the Bible, which pollutes the Bible from being pure and good for you.
Protestant Or Catholic Or Any Other Processed Faith?
I Know That Many Good People Are Protestant Or Catholic!
Many wonderful Catholic people in the world do loving things for others, but they do not realize that Jesus Christ died on the cross and paid for our sin debt was sufficient. We only need to do what the Bible says in Romans 10:9. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Protestantism is more a definition of the group of churches that broke off from the Roman Catholic Church during the sixteenth century rather than a religion in and of itself. All protestant churches can trace their roots back to the protestant reformation initiated by Martin Luther when he wrote his 95 Theses and nailed it to the Wittenburg Church’s door. Following his questioning of the Holy Roman Empire, others started questioning their authority and beliefs. The more notable figures were John Calvin, Zwingli, Thomas Cranmer, and John Knox.
Protestant Or Catholic? The Bible Makes It Simple!
The term “protestant” was initially meant to denote someone who was “a witness” rather than someone “against” something. Most early protestant figures saw themselves as trying to correct problems within the Roman Catholic Church. Rather than trying to rebel against it.
Today, the term protestant describes any sect or religion that had its basis originally in the Catholic Church but broke away to form its organization. These protestant families include religious denominations such as Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anglican, Episcopal, Baptist, and Calvinists. There would be many splinter groups from these early protestant religions, such as Methodists and Evangelicals. In later centuries, there would be many splinter groups from these early protestant religions, such as Methodists, Evangelical Churches, and Pentecostals movement.
The fundamental beliefs that emerged during the protestant reformation. They eventually were summarized in what is called the Five Solas or five Latin phrases. These five phrases in English translate to, by grace alone, by faith alone, Scripture alone, Christ alone, and Glory to God alone. They were meant to show how the Catholic Scripture had distorted the message of justification and salvation in Jesus Christ.
Today there are about 590 million Protestants throughout the world. They cover all continents and nations. Nearly 27% of all Christians today are Protestants.
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Mark 16:16 ESV
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Galatians 2:16 ESV
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Peter 3:21 ESV
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
James 1:22 ESV
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:6-8 ESV
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Hebrews 6:1 ESV
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
Romans 3:28 ESV
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
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