Can Protestantism really co-exist with conservatism and ordered liberty?

It tends to be lost on observers just how out of the contemporary Christian mainstream today’s stereotypical Evangelicals are. The secular mind today tends not to distinguish between mainline Protestantism and Evangelicalism. Most people do not realize that today, the denominations which collectively claim the affiliations of most Protestant believers, have in fact embraced and dogmatized radical welfare statism and culture-of-death liberalism. Most Protestants today belong to a denomination that teaches that extramarital sexual relations are not necessarily sinful, that abortion isn’t a sin so long as one undergoes or performs it conscientiously, and that homosexual relations are not necessarily sinful so long as they are “loving and monogamous.”

These are not fringe positions. America’s largest Lutheran denomination has just sanctioned the ordination of openly-gay pastors, the Episcopal Church (once known as “the Republican Party at prayer”) is ordaining partnered homosexuals to its episcopate, and the Church of Sweden, the largest Lutheran national church in the world, has just ordained a partnered lesbian to the See of Stockholm. All these denominations, and more, also support “women’s right to choose” and other leftist moral aberrations, and supposedly on Scriptural grounds.

None of this should come as a surprise. It is this author’s contention that, contrary to popular belief, Evangelicalism is not conservative. Protestantism is built upon radical rupture with the past, a rejection of all hierarchical authority unaccountable to the whim of the private believer, and a rejection of the authoritative nature of a doctrinal tradition. It just so happens that most Protestants of the last half-millenia have convinced themselves that certain moral imperatives are in fact perspicuously Biblical: their conservatism is coincidental, not principled. Conservative habits do not die hard, but after 500 years it seems most of Protestant Christianity no longer has qualms about taking the Reformation to its logical extreme, rejecting the entire corpus of Christian morality as itself a perversion of the Gospel by the partisans of Popery and Romanism.

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Russian newspaper “Pravda” and Lutherans step up to defend the pope!

Another sign of the end?

Who would have believed
they would ever see such a day?

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How the Reformation served to cruelly estrange many Christians from Mother Mary

While the leaders of the Reformation, by and large believed in the Catholic Church’s teachings about the Blessed Mother, it didn’t take long before the next generation of leaders became even more rabid against the Church resulting in not only the diminished role of Mary but in the desecration of the many monuments built to her in what became Protestant countries. The sad tale of Walsingham, England was epitomized in the poem The Wrecks of Walsingham by Sir Philip Howard. The devotional site was destroyed by an angry mob. Seeing images of the Mother of Jesus taken away, battered and destroyed one cannot help but think that the persecuted Catholics of that era might have uttered Jesus’ admonition against those who harm the little ones, “better that he would have had a millstone hung around their neck.”

Modern Catholic Apologetics details the prominent role the Early Christians knew Mary had by Scriptures verses such as Luke 1:26-34. In this verse Kecharitomene (hail full of grace) would have known by Greek speakers as a very rarely used phrase that describes an event of unparalleled magnitude. Jesus referring to his mother as “woman” would have been strange to say the least (John 2:1-12, John 19:25-27.) Yet, he was referring to the “woman” who is the mother of us all.  Remember it was because of the Blessed Mother that Jesus performed his first miracle. You also might recall that later, near the very end of that same gospel (John’s Gospel,) Jesus reminds John that while he is to care for his mother, in essence by calling her woman, Jesus is reminding us that she is the mother of us all. The woman of Genesis 3:15 who would bring the redeemer into the world is the same woman whose heel would stomp at Satan’s body and all of his empty promises. Yet, most Evangelical Bible scholars are taught this is some sort of modern Catholic invention, instead of the truth that this teaching came from the Early Church Fathers.

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