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What's a way to refute a statement that "Lutherans & other Protestants are basically disgruntled Catholics"?

Given the history of Protestant denominations, especially the actions and ideals of Martin Luther, what is a good, solid argument to show that not all of the Protestant denominations are just disgruntled Catholics rebelling against their Papal leader's authority?

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  • John S
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    As a Catholic.. I think you'd have to try and point out WHERE that denomination sprang from. Who started it, and appeal to the fact that by NOW, new denominations are popping up all the time and they aren't rebelling from the Catholic faith, but from OTHER Protestant Denominations.

    For example:

    One could say that their congregation was started by Pastor James Darby in the 1880s who use to be a Pentecostal minister, but finding that those churches didn't follow the bible... broke away and formed his own congregation.

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    However, always the counter argument of the Catholics will be that if you trace the logical progression back.. for Protestants, you will always end with breaking off from the Catholic church.

    Secondly, a Catholic will argue that 90% of Protestants don't argue against each other or oppose their differences amongst themselves, but always, they compare their doctrines to the Catholic Church.

    For instance, Pastor Jame Darby's little church, that we used as an example before, doesn't wail against Evangelicals, or Lutherans, or Anglicans, etc. They argue against and oppose Catholic teachings.

    So this is seen as passive evidence that they broke away from Catholicism, and not other Christian denominations.

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  • 10 years ago

    During the dark ages the only Bibles were in the hands of the Catholic Ministry. That probably wasn't on purpose. When the printing press was invented, then the Bible got into the hands of all people. Just like any other book, different people see things differently. Although most were minor differences, some were important enough that they formed another denomination. In effect God was revealing more and more of himself. Some people accepted the new and some didn't. My feeling about any new interpretation is that one should study with an open mind to see if the new is backed by scripture.

    Source(s): Rom 3:4
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  • Misty
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    As a Protestant who converted to Catholicism, I don't agree that all Protestants are just disgruntled Catholics. The original reformers were, but centuries have passed since then.

    Most non-Catholic Christians of today, have no idea about the Catholic roots of their faith, nor do they see themselves connected to Catholicism in any way.

    Hundreds of years of Protestant teaching has resulted in Protestants who are born, live and die as such, never caring a thing about the Catholic faith.

    I would refute the statement just like that . 500 years ago, yes they were disgruntled Catholics, but the Protestants today are so removed from the Catholic Church you can no longer call them that.

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  • 10 years ago

    Well, they were basically disgruntled Catholics to start with, as they were reacting against legitimate concerns of corruption at the time:

    "Martin Luther was shocked by the corruption of the clergy on a trip to Rome in 1510. Sixtus IV (1471–1484) was the first Pope to impose a license on brothels and a special tax on priests who kept a mistress. He also established the practice of selling indulgences to be applied to the dead, thereby establishing a virtually infinite source of revenue.[5] Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503) was one of the most controversial of the Renaissance Popes. He fathered seven children, including Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia, by at least two mistresses.[6] Fourteen years after his death, the corruption of the papacy that Pope Alexander VI exemplified – particularly the sale of indulgences – prompted Luther to nail a summary of his grievances on the door of a church at Wittenberg in Germany and launch the Protestant Reformation."

    But since then 500 years have passed, so there is a lot more to the Protestant character than just what Martin Luther started back then.

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  • 10 years ago

    A simple way to refute it is by the ample evidences that most protestants have little understanding of Catholicism. How many times a day do you see charges of idolatry waged at catholics by Protestants here, yet Idolatry is clearly forbidden in the Catholic Catechism. Most Protestants that are disgruntled with Catholicism are disgruntled with a false perception of it.

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  • 10 years ago

    The best way by FAR is to simply stop being one and return to the Church Christ founded and that the Spirit of Truth never abandoned. To forgive and be forgiven, amend and extend hands of friendship, joy, and love. To be one as Christ and the Father are one. To renounce division and heal the wounded Body of Christ.

    What on earth could be better or make more sense that to return to the Catholic Church as both an informed and reformed Christian?

    Source(s): John Henry Neuman
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  • 10 years ago

    I'll think about it...

    But I guess it springs from the idea that Martin Luther himself was a disgruntled Catholic...there is no denying that.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    That's a negative example of people going backwards. A positive example would be looking ahead to more enlightenment which I believe is the case.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Refuting it is proving it !!!

    What's a way to refute a statement that Catholics are basically disgruntled Lutherans & other Protestants"? SEE ?

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  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Hello,

    Simply because that rebellion was close to 500 years ago and the vast majority of people happen to be born into their particular religions.

    Cheers,

    Michael Kelly (RC)

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