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THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Solo Christo Copyright Infringement

Taking another look at the points of contention during the Protestant Reformation. One of the points of the reformation was Solus Christus or Solo Christo ("Christ alone" or "through Christ alone").

Solus Christus is the teaching that Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other.

This position was taken to contrast what reformers were seeing in the Catholic church of the time. They were rejecting the idea that they had to go through the Pope or a Priest to be at peace with God.

So what to Catholics believe today?
"480 Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the unity of his divine person; for this reason he is the one and only mediator between God and men."
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P1J.HTM
Or read this article: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10118a.htm

So do protestants still need to protest this one?

Yes, they still have priests and the pope, but most Protestant churches also have Pastors and denominational presidents and boards which may play similar roles. There is a tendency to view the Pastor as the authority, leader or head of a local church. Denomination government structures may also step in to give additional authority and control. Is this really that different today than what we see in the Catholic Church?

So today there is another movement that I think has a similar call to that of the reformers.

Copyright infringement?

Is it OK for this new movement to insist that Christ alone is the head of the church?

Can we join with the reformers and say "Solo Christo!"?


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