Friday, May 4, 2007

Evangelical bigshot converts to Catholicism, ETS colleague responds:

"Why did you write 'the Bible alone' in the statement of faith?" The ETS statement of faith is very, very short. It reads:

"The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs. God is a Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each an uncreated person, one in essence, equal in power and glory."

Roger Nicole rose, slowly, and made his way to the podium. He looked out at the lady and said, "Because we didn't want any Roman Catholics in the group." He then turned around and went back to his seat.
While most sat in stunned silence, I and a friend with me broke into wild applause. The brevity of the response, and Nicole's dead-pan look, was classic. Most looked at us like we were nuts, but we appreciated what he said. Here, one of the founding members made it clear that the ETS was founded as a Protestant organization and that primary to their own self-understanding was a belief in sola scriptura."

With such a shallow philosophy, our man shouldn't be surprised when high profile Evangelicals climb into the Barque of Peter.

I think that any 'anti' movement tends to fail after a time. "Anti-communism" failed. "Anti-War" movements failed, and continue to fail. "Anti-Catholicism" is hardly going to kill Catholicism.

Of course, there's no real use arguing with this guy. If he thinks Rome has no historical basis for its claims, that it plays Jezebel's part against Elijah (apparently his group of 'open theists' are Elijah-like), well, who can sway him but God?

BTW, note Akin's comments on how the "creed" of the ETS is actually compatible with Catholicism. Muahahahahahaha! Behold our mind-bending ability to believe EXACTLY WHAT OUR EVANGELICAL FRIENDS BELIEVE ON CRUCIAL POINTS! HAHAHA! WE HAVE THE -

I apologize. That is very, very, snarky. But what the heck.