Scot McKnight: Why I am Not a Catholic or Eastern Orthodox

Today I would like to direct your attention to this post by Scot McKnight at his Jesus Creed blog.  Scot responds to a letter from a friend who questions why he continues to remain evangelical when there is so little spiritual substance left in the world of evangelical Protestant-dom.  He gives a list of reasons which include the following:  Catholics and Eastern Orthodox are concerned with the authority of the Church while Protestants are concerned about Scripture.  Tradition within the Catholic and Orthodox churches has become so authoritative that both are practically unreformable.  The Catholic and Orthodox churches place little emphasis upon the new birth or the need for people to make a personal decision to receive Christ.

I feel the weight of a lot of what Scot’s friend is saying in his critique of evangelical Protestant-dom.  So I am glad for what Scot says to encourage me that I am right where I need to be.

Read Why I am Not a Catholic or Eastern Orthodox by Scot McKnight

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One thought on “Scot McKnight: Why I am Not a Catholic or Eastern Orthodox

  1. Greetings! Saw your post in Google Blogsearch and came to read.

    >”Catholics and Eastern Orthodox are concerned with the authority of the Church while Protestants are concerned about Scripture.”

    Um, that is more Protestant mythology than fact. Both Churches wrote the Bible, decided the canon, preserved the Bible by handcopying, and were the first to print and distribute the Bible. The recent gathering of worldwide bishops to discuss the Bible demonstrates the Churches continuing comittment to the preservation and propogation of the Gospel through scripture.

    >”The Catholic and Orthodox churches place little emphasis upon the new birth or the need for people to make a personal decision to receive Christ.”

    Again, that is more Protestant mythology than fact.

    Also, I would note that in the Bible, when asked what one must do to receive eternal life, Jesus does NOT instruct us to “make a personal decision to receive Christ” nor to have “personal relationship”. Jesus tells Nicodemus to be born again by water and by the spirit. Jesus also says to obey the commandments, both of them.

    God bless… +Timothy

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