What Difference Exists Between Protestant/Reformed and Catholic/Pentecostal/Emergent?

Only one thing that really counts- the unwillingness of the Reformed/Protestant to abandon Scripture (rightly interpreted via the agency of the Holy Spirit) for the sake of mysticism (a la Catholicism) / spiritualism (a la Pentecostalism) and individualism (a la the emergent heresy).

In other words, what makes one a Reformed Christian or a Protestant Christian is one’s adherence to Sola Scriptura as the one central and abiding characteristic of Christian faith and practice.  Catholics abandon sola scriptura in favor of tradition; Pentecostals abandon sola scriptura in favor of the ‘inner light’; and emergents abandon sola scriptura in favor of their own self interests and selfish motives.

One cannot be either Reformed or Protestant (in their various manifestations: Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc) without clinging to Scripture as the ONLY source of doctrine and the only wellspring of practice and devotion.  The abandonment of Scripture is the open door to error in both faith and practice.  And this is precisely why those who are truly Reformed and truly Protestant cannot become, even in small measure, Catholic, Pentecostal, or Emergent.  Such would be a betrayal of the faith.


14 thoughts on “What Difference Exists Between Protestant/Reformed and Catholic/Pentecostal/Emergent?

  1. Craig Benno 3 May 2011 at 9:52 am

    I totally disagree Jim. If the reformants don’t follow and experience what Scripture speaks about the experience of the scripture… one cannot truly claim to be real Sola Scripuralists …all the can claim to be is sola scripture knowledgists


  2. Jason 3 May 2011 at 9:55 am

    You know you’re going to upset some people with this post, right? 😛


    • Jim 3 May 2011 at 10:18 am

      what????? how??????


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  4. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert 3 May 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Indeed Sola Scriptura is also meant to be applied in the Church Catholic, even the Reformers believed this. Note they were not in favor of the Anabaptist’s, and Anabaptist doctrine. And sadly this is were much of the principles (so-called) of the Emergents lie.


  5. Jona Lendering 3 May 2011 at 6:28 pm

    “Catholics abandon sola scriptura in favor of tradition”

    I think they did not abandon it. They never accepted it. And to be fair, while the papacy cannot have been Jesus’ idea of future leadership, I would say that he did not establish the Old and New Testament as sources of authority, but the Old Testament and the Twelve. “Sola scriptura” is not a Biblical principle, I’d say.


    • Jim 3 May 2011 at 6:29 pm

      but in your own defense you arent a biblical scholar or theologian. thats why i forgive you.


  6. Gerard 4 May 2011 at 5:00 am

    According to the Catholic Church Sacred Tradition you are not qualified to interpret Scripture and neither is Jerermy, nor anyone else on the Biblioblog Top 50. They just want you to blindly follow their interpretation, i think.


    • Jim 4 May 2011 at 6:52 am

      still another reason to disallow a particular catholic viewpoint


  7. Jona Lendering 4 May 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I am glad, dear Jim, that you can forgive me; but what’s the error in my argument? (serious)


  8. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert 4 May 2011 at 7:44 pm


    The NT, and especially the NT Epistles or Letters, were written by the Apostles, and their delegates. And the Apostles felt the direct call of Christ. So in this real sense, the whole of the NT is given by the Risen and Ascended Christ, or of Christ Jesus as St. Paul called Him. So it is here that the Reformation and the Reformed Churches believe in Sola Scriptura!


  9. Jona Lendering 5 May 2011 at 5:35 am

    Thanks, fr, Robert, for the explanation.


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