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Protestants

by Lahry Sibley

From “Wikipedia” we find this explanation: “The term Protestant is derived (via French or
German Protestant[1]) from the Latin protestari[2][3] meaning publicly declare/protest which
refers to the letter of protestation by Lutheran princes against the decision of the Diet of Speyer
in 1529, which reaffirmed the edict of the Diet of Worms in 1521, banning Martin Luther's 95
theses of protest against some beliefs and practices of the early sixteenth century Catholic
Church.

The term Protestant was not initially applied to the reformers, but later was used to describe all
groups protesting Roman Catholic orthodoxy.”

Since that time, the term Protestant has been used in many different senses, often as a general
term merely to signify Christians who belong to neither the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy,
or Oriental Orthodoxy

The original “protestant” it seems was Mr. Luther. I think it worthy of note that he did not
protest against the “church” but against its teachings (doctrines) and practices, corrupt to the
core. But Mr. Luther did not say, as best I can tell, that the catholic church was not “the church”.

In other words, Mr. Luther objected, but did not disassociate himself, from this group of heretics.
He merely protested against what he saw as beliefs and practices that could not be supported in
scripture.

So it would seem fair to me, that if one still declares themselves to be “Protestants” they would
also admit allegiance to the Catholic Church, but not some of its teachings. In other words, they
say they have broken off from the Catholic Church when in fact, they have not. Why? Well the
“practices” for one betray them. They observe holidays and such created by the Catholics. Worst
yet, most of these holidays, and the liturgical cycle of the Catholic Church are pagan by design,
and yet still adhered too by “Protestants”.

To conclude, in order to be a protestant, one would have to still be in a particular group, i.e.,
catholic. In order to be a Christian, one must repent (Acts 2:38, Romans 12:1, 2, and Gal 2:20)
and be immersed into Christ, having the power of God transform his/her life into a life of
obedience and holiness rather than living in a religious shell.

So for the record, I am NOT a protestant. I am a Christian. I am a member of the Body of Christ
and thereby belong to the family of God. That does not attach me to any man made group,
organization, religion, cult, or creed. I am a child of the Living God. Thanks be to God. I have
been purchased from the slave master of sin and placed into the service of the ever living God.

I could never stoop so low as to be a catholic, a protestant, or any such thing. I so glad I’m a part
of the family of God. Christ is the head of His Church where I am a member. His Word settles all
conflict, the whole counsel of Scripture. The Holy Spirit is my teacher, and He has patiently
worked miracles in my heart. For that, I am eternally grateful. Thanks be to God. - Lahry