Thursday, April 15, 2010
From the Truth, to a Doctrine of devils and men!
I have a very dear friend of mine who I shall call Mr. A.
At one time he was a Catholic, albeit a very nominal and half non-practicing Catholic like the majoirty of self called Catholics in this country. He left the The One True Church some time ago for the doctrine of devils known as Protestantism and recently has been embracing the Methodist faction of the larger heresy..
Last evening we engaged in a debate and of course some of the standard Protestant "arguments" were given. I place the word argument in quotations because there is no valid argument against THE Truth which is Our Lord Jesus Christ and everything He has given to us, I.E. The Church, Sacraments, etc. Mr. A even asserted that the Catholic Church really doesn't go back 2,000 years and several other silly rebuttals such as The Catholic Church is a "false religion" When I asked him who was the founder of Methodism, or what the history of that so-called "church" was he had no idea....Funny if you proclaim The Catholic Church (and by default Our Lord) is false when you yourself have no idea of the history of your own false religion...
Well, Since we (Catholics) Know the history of the ONE AND ONLY TRUE FAITH, allow me to inform Mr. A and you my dear readers about the history of the Methodist "church" in America
"The Methodist branch of protestant religion traces its roots back to 1739 where it developed in England as a result of the teachings of John Wesley. While studying at Oxford, Wesley, his brother Charles, and several other students formed a group devoted to study, prayer and helping the underprivileged. They were labeled "Methodist" by their fellow students because of the way they used "rule" and "method" to go about their religious affairs.
The beginning of Methodism as a popular movement began in 1738, when both of the Wesley brothers, influenced by contact with the Moravians, undertook evangelistic preaching with an emphasis on conversion and holiness. Though both Wesley brothers were ordained ministers of the Church of England, they were barred from speaking in most of its pulpits because of their evangelistic methods. They preached in homes, farm houses, barns, open fields, and wherever they found an audience.
Methodism spread and eventually became its own separate religion when the first conference was held in 1744.
George Whitefield (1714-1770) was a minister in the Church of England and also one of the leaders of the Methodist movement. Some believe that he more than John Wesley is the founder of Methodism. He is famous for his part in the Great Awakening movement in America. As a follower of John Calvin, Whitefield parted ways with Wesley over the doctrine of predestination.
Several divisions and schisms occurred throughout Methodism's American history. In 1939, the three branches of American Methodism (the Methodist Protestant Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South) came to an agreement to reunite under the name "The Methodist Church." This 7.7 million member church prospered on its own for the next twenty-nine years, as did the newly reunited Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968, bishops of the two churches took the necessary steps to combine their churches into what has become the second largest Protestant denomination in America, The United Methodist Church."
Does THAT sound like it was created or ordained by Our Lord?!?!?!!
People who broke off from the Heretical "church" of England started their own religion, and even then two of the main founders did not agree on justification (see Calvin on his erronious teaching of predestination)
Are you seriously telling me that, THAT is Our Lord's Church?!??!?! Something only slightly more old than 300 years and couldn't even agree on doctrine???
Hmmmmmmmm something to seriously think about if you consider yourself a Methodist huh???