How can someone who is not part of the body of Christ, and has no part in the salvation of this body be called a Christian?
Adolf Hitler was baptized, yet do we consider him a Christian?
Properly Baptized Protestants ARE CHristians because - as I already pointed out - they are related to the Body of Christ, although self-separated from it.
As for Hitler - I don't have the power to tell you if he was saved or not. ONLY God knows and ONLY God can judge the heart. If I were a betting man, I'd say that he wasn't - but it's not my call.
Although he was once a Christian - he certainly didn't live the life of a Christian - by his fruits.
If being a non-Catholic equals not being saved because of self-separation, how about Catholics who engage in non-Christian acts?
In case of Hitler, he did such acts in public view.
So we have Protestants who are not in perfect communion with the Catholic Church (the body of Christ) and are excommunicated by that same Church.
Then we have Hitler who by baptism is in communion to the Catholic Church, but who clearly was not in communion with the body of Christ.
Yet you are sure that Protestants cannot be saved, but Hitler could possibly be?
How is it that a man who's idea's slightly differentiate from the Catholic Church (Luther), is being excommunicated....
and a man who's deeds strongly differentiate from the Catholic Church (Hitler) is NOT being excommunicated?
When you say that Protestants are not perfectly connected to the body of Christ, and are therefore excluded from salvation, than Protestants are not Christians.
Ergo, there is no such thing as "non-Catholic Christians".
What you are saying is this:
Hitler: A man who was a Catholic non-Christian, could perhaps be saved.
Protestants: People who are non-Catholic Christians, are totally excluded from salvation.
In your mind salvation therefore depends on what membership certificate you can wave around.
Yet you also say: "I don't have the power to tell you if he was saved or not. ONLY God knows and ONLY God can judge the heart."
So here you say that Hitler's membership cartificate is of no or lesser importance, and God will judge him according to his heart.
Then why are Protestants not judged according to their hearts?
Surely baptism has something to do with being a Christian, but I think we can agree that there is much more to it.
Being part of the body of Christ requires far more than a piece of paper declaring in which church you "belong".
Stating that there are "anti-Catholics" on this board, by your reasoning is a self-destructive term.
If both baptized non-Catholics and baptized Catholics are Christians, then the term "anti-Catholic" is the same as saying that baptized non-Catholics are "anti-Christian".
Having opposing thoughts or deeds from the Catholic Church doesn't make one an "anti-Christian" does it?
If it was, Hitler definitely was an "anti-Catholic" and "anti-Christian", yet you profess not to know if Hitler is saved or not.
However, you now for sure that Protestant Christians are doomed.
That doesn't make sense at all.
Do you see anyone on this board accusing you from being "anti-Protestant"?
That's because nobody except you here excludes other denominations from salvation.
However, by your strict regulation of salvation and witholding this from people other than your own denomination, you are as much an "anti-Protestant" as any Protestant on this board being an "anti-Catholic".
Wisdom and peace to you