Hey my sister. Nice to see you countering these orphans with the hope they'll see the Light of the world!
I don't expect any intelligent responses so I'm not going to spend much more time throwing pearls, if you know what I mean?
I do feel badly for the orphaned Roman Catholics who are left to subjective theology and pauper princes who pose themselves as Christ's Vicar on Earth!
A true child of the Living God knows their position before Him and can speak out, 'I have eternal life, and I'm going to heaven when I die'.
A lost person finds our testimony foolish and worthy of spite.
Catholic people are sincere in their desire to be right but the kidnapped and restrained words of the Holy Bible has left them dependent on teachers, who in turn have exploited them at every turn.
Please enjoy the following response of John Calvin to the Bishop of Carpentras France 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, when he asked him and the citizens of Geneva to return to the Catholic faith. Calvin replied, with only the dawn of the reformation gleaming in his eye, defending the Protestant forms:
Quote John Calvin:
“A prophet, holding the place of teacher, should be judged by the congregation (1Cor.14:29).
Whoever exempts himself from this must first expunge his name from the list of prophets.
And here, a very wide field for exposing your ignorance opens upon me, since, in matters of religious controversy all that you leave to the faithful is to shut their own eyes and submit implicitly to their teachers.
But since it is certain that every soul that does not depend on God alone is enslaved to Satan, how miserable must they be who are imbued with such rudiments of faith?
Hence I observe that you have too indolent a theology, as is almost always the case with those who have never had experience with serious struggles of conscience.
For otherwise, you would never place a Christian man on ground so slippery, nay, precipitous, that he can scarcely stand a moment if even the slightest push is given him.
Give me, I say, not some unlearned man from among the people, but the rudest clown, and if he is to belong to the flock of God, he must be prepared for that warfare which He has ordained for all the Godly.
An armed enemy is at hand, on the alert to engage; an enemy most skillful and unassailable by mortal strength; to resist him, with what guards must not that poor man be defended, with what weapons armed, if he is not to be instantly annihilated?
Paul informs us (Eph. 6:17), that the only sword with which he can fight is the Word of the Lord. A soul, therefore, when deprived of the Word of God, is given up unarmed to the devil for destruction.
Now, then, will not the first machination of the enemy be to rest the sword from the soldier of Christ?
And what better method of resting it, but to set him to doubting whether it may be the Word of the Lord he is leaning upon, or the word of men?
What will you do for this unhappy being? Will you bid him look round for learned men on whom reclining he may take his rest?
But the enemy will not leave him so much as a breathing time in this deception. For when once he has driven him to lean upon men, he will keep urging and repeating his blows until he throws him over the precipice.
Thus, he must either be easily overthrown, or he must forsake man and look directly to God.
So true is it that Christian faith must not be founded on human testimony, not propped up on doubtful opinion , not reclined on human authority, but engraven on our hearts by the finger of the living God, so as not to be obliterated by any coloring of error.
There is nothing of Christ then, in Him who does not hold the elementary principle, that it is God alone who enlightens our minds to perceive His truth, who by His Spirit seals it in our hearts, and by His sure attestation to it, confirms our conscience.”
From: A Reformation Debate, edited by John C. Olin, Baker books
Now days, I'm sure you don't waste your time defining yourself as a Protest-ant to this monolith of evil, because we know Who we belong to and no longer have to escape the clutches of her vice. I admire Calvin for being a pioneer in the restoration of God's Gospel of salvation from the Latin tongue to the savage tongue, and I pity the future of the Vatican.