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500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity

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s we move beyond the five hundred year anniversary of the Protestant reformulation on October 31, 2017, I have been piecing together narratives to examine how that all worked for them. I am examining the fruit of the Tree of Protestation, so to speak. An index to the previous articles is posted below.

For this installment, I am going to opine about the Cycle of Insanity that Protestantism is stuck in. The working definition of insanity that I’m using here is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. No one knows for sure who was the first use that definition, but I find it to be an altogether true indicator of insanity, because if you do keep repeating the exact same action again and again, but expect for the results of it to change simply by virtue of you repeating the same action, then you either have a clinical brain illness, you’re suffering from madness, or you’re just simply foolish or irrational. If any of these are true, you’re someone who I don’t want to be around my daughters.

What Cycle of Insanity is Protestantism Stuck In?

For a half of a millennium now, Protestants have been engaged in a less than earnest search to discover and to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’. For Calvinists that means arriving at an àlacarte agreement with the first four Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church and Saint Augustine of Hippo; for the Apostolic Pentecostal Protestant denomination that means attempting to structure a church according to the book of Acts. Between and beyond these two examples are as many varieties in pratice as there are seeds in a boatload of pomegranates.

Have you ever noticed that when a Catholic religious order splits it’s because some of its members have discerned that they desire to live out a different expression of the same faith and a different expression of the same rule? Look no further than all of the different brands of Franciscans for evidence of that. But when a Protestant church splits, it is because members of that church have discerned that it’s time for them to start a new faith with new rules and new beliefs. Whether this is because the pastor started teaching something that they don’t agree with, or because the pastor lost his/her moral authority, the idea – the impetus behind new Protestant denominations is that a new thing must begin that is different than the old thing. In this way, every new Protestant denomination is essentially is a new Christian religion that has very little in connection with whatever came before it in regards to liturgy, doctrine, and tradition.

In fact, they are perfectly content with having no connection with what came before them, because they believe all they need to do is practice the faith according to the Bible – according to the ‘early Church’ as they would say.

Defective Resuscitation

It is utterly impossible to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’ unless there is a complete admission that the ‘early Church’ subsists today in the Catholic Church. It is utterly impossible to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’ unless there is a complete admission that the essential communion meal of the ‘early Church’ is exactly the same thing that the Catholic Church calls the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

If these admissions do not occur, then all attempts to resuscitate the faith practices of the ‘early Church’ are intrinsically defective, because they are missing essential elements. It would be like trying to resuscitate the life of a human being that didn’t have a heart. No matter how long you perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you won’t be able to bring them back.

That is the fatal plight of Protestantism. Yet, throughout the year – throughout the world – this is the great hope of every new Protestant denomination; even the denominations that call themselves non-denominational – that they can do the one thing that no other Protestant denomination has done before them; that is, to practice the faith of the early Church, according to a Bible that is missing seven books.

For some reason they keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results . . .

And here they go again . . . Evangelical Christian leaders have admitted that their religion is dead and bankrupt, and they hope to resurrect it by doing . . . guess what? Yep . . . by taking a fresh look at some of the practices of the ‘early Church’. The goal of the Praxis Conference is to reclaim the historical church’s priority on liturgy, art, and sacred space into the modern day evangelical context.

I’m glad they realize that after 500 years they need to go back to the drawing board, but unless they draw on that board the Petrine Ministry and the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, they will only continue the Protestant cycle of insanity.

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SERIES ON THE ‘500 YEARS OF PROTESTANTISM’:

  1. The 38 Most Ridiculous Things Martin Luther Ever Wrote
  2. Luther and Calvin Destroy Marriage
  3. The Cycle of Insanity
  4. The Failure of Protestant Emotionalism
  5. The Ferguson Riots

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500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity
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500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity
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Christian Protestantism is stuck in a cycle of insanity that has led them to thousands upon thousands of defective attempts to resuscitate the early Church.
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  • Stephen Dalton

    A man in your article said that Evangelicalism is in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He’ wrong. In Chapter 11 you pay back dimes on the dollar. Protestantism in any form has been in Chapter 7 bankruptcy since 1517. In a chapter 7, you lose everything to your creditors. No amount of playacting by these Praxis Conference folks is going to get them back the faith their ancestors squandered. They can only get it back by returning to the faith once delivered.

  • JTLiuzza

    protestantism, i.e. “the church of me” or “let me make Him in my own likeness and image” has always been around. It just got an official name 500 years ago.

  • AugustineThomas

    Brilliant article.
    Whenever I end up in these kind of arguments and a Protestant is telling me that “Catholics do things that aren’t in the bible”, I ask them where Christ commands us to build 40,000 warring Protestant denominations.

    • LOL And then they say that we are still one Church, because we all make up the one Body of Christ. We all agree on the essentials of the faith, and the non-essentials we are allowed to disagree on. —– As IF some Invisible Church and disagreement on ‘non-essentials are even Biblical!. smh

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      You’ve been talking to the wrong Protestants, and the denominational canard is a red herring, so give it a rest already.

      • AugustineThomas

        Devout, nearly orthodox Protestants make better Catholics than most Catholics.

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  • Teeno

    I am very glad that the Protestant Church wants to go back to the early years of the Church and practice what early christian practiced. I hope they take a solemn oath to do it and pursue the goal with open minds. When they do, they will find themselves crossing the Tiber to Rome.

  • guest

    There is too much criticism, and not enough praise, of our Protestant brothers and sisters on Catholic blogs. They are children of God, heirs to the promise of Christ, as we Catholics are. We should be willing to credit them with all the good things they do to build up the body of Christ as He gives them the light and lead to do so. After all, they too have the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they should not be regarded as heretics. Vatican 2 affirmed this.

    • There is indeed something to be said about about the fruits of the protestant reformulation. The Council of Trent, the counter-reformation, all the religious orders that sprang up in the 16th and 17th centuries in response to it, are the best of those fruits. We continue to be grateful that God is using the dim light of protestantism to draw people to Himself.

      That being said, I can’t speak about other websites, but the goal of THIS SERIES is to examine the fruit of the protest for the past 500 years.

      • Laurence Charles Ringo

        Sorry, but I think the”goal”of this series is to mock, denigrate, and insult Protestants.Well…congratulations! You have succeeded, at least as far as THIS Protestant is concerned.I truly cannot remember the last time I read such a vicious, vile, hateful screed against the so-called”separated brethren”(so much for THAT fiction! )-I always wondered what catholics REALLY thought of Protestants, and I guess I need wonder no more; thanks for clearing that up! I would indeed have to be insane to be part of an institution so viciously hateful; no wonder the Inquisition lasted so long!! I could go on, but at this point there’s nothing left for me to say except this, loud and clear: THANK GOD I’M NOT A CATHOLIC!!!!

        • I apologize that you felt mocked, denigrated, and insulted. Sometimes the truth is very abrasive, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t the truth.

          • Laurence Charles Ringo

            It may be the truth according to YOU, hater, but trust me:the manufactured, man-centered”truth” that is roman catholicism will NEVER be truth to me or any right-thinking person familiar with the vile, heinous, soul-killing history of this institution. That history speaks to the reality of the awful criminality, the vicious, child-destroying, nature of this “church”.Your bogus, twisted , cynical manipulation of Holy Writ to put a mere sinful, fallible, weak human being where only the True Rock, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ belongs has wreaked chaos and havoc for almost two millennia, resulting in loss of untold millions of unwary souls.Who do you think you’re talking to, Sir?

          • Laurence Charles Ringo

            … (To continue previous post) I’m not one of those who, per Lumen Gentium, …”checked my will and intellect”at the door of my ecclesiastical masters, blindly and dumbly bowing, scraping, genuflecting at their feet, kissing their rings and entrusting my soul and the souls of my little ones to these child-raping monsters!!! I’ll take my chances with My Saviour, thank you very much! HE is the Head of the TRUE CHURCH, and no other.Is that enough truth for you, Mr.Gray?

          • *sigh* YES Lawrence, Catholics are sinners. Yes a very small portion of our priests did commit sins against young people. But, don’t be confused – the same problem exist in Protestantism. You guys just don’t have the money to make a lawsuit appetizing for anyone.

            For example, consider the way Protestants have been covering up all those children being molested in your missions. They send them back home and the molesters just go find another Protestant church to go on mission with. Moreover, this particular sin occurs more in homes and schools than it does the Church. On top of that, don’t be so myopic. TODAY the Catholic Church is the safest place for children.

            But back to your original point. I agree with you. Either the Catholic Church says who she says she is or she is not. I’m a convert to the faith. It was SUBSTANTIALLY clear to me that she is who she says she is. Even you said, you are amazed that she has lasted so long. Her unbroken unity and perseverance attest to her being fully In Christ. While Protestant churches are going the way of the world and embracing all types of immorality, that the Catholic Church is counter cultural is evidence of her being fully In Christ. That she is the ONLY Church that teaches the Apostolic doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ the Holy Eucharist is evidence of her being fully in Christ. That she is the ONLY Church that can prove that she gets her members to Heaven is evidence of her being fully In Christ.

            You are free to deny all evidence and truth, but I promise you that you cannot fully have Christ without His Church. In fact, the more you rebel against her, the deeper you will fall into demonic possession. I’ve seen it far to much already. I pray for your humility.

          • WFU86

            And I pray for your humility.

          • Buster Keaton

            He is a pope unto himself and others. Poor thing …

          • Stephen Dalton

            Mr. Ringo, I’m sorry you’re so filled with hate and anger toward the Catholic Church. I used to be the same way, until I actually studied church history and realized that the Catholic Church was the Church established by Jesus Christ in 33 AD. Nothing remotely resembling Protestantism even existed back then. So whatever form of Protestantism you have chosen is a modern invention, not the original faith taught by Jesus and his 12 Apostles. BTW, I noticed in your post, you did mention the Church has been around for 2000 years. That’s one proof to me that the Catholic Church is the true Church. Only the Catholic Church can trace itself back to the 1st century. All the Protestant sects can only go back to 1517.

          • Buster Keaton

            He is one of those Westboro Baptist Church drones. Insane troll by any measure, simply delete his comments and block him off. To have a life he just spreads his venom around the net. Pray for him and block his account.

  • LOL! Behind every good Catholic man is a great Catholic wife.

    • Buster Keaton

      reminding you of chores you forgot to do! :o)

  • Judith Sears

    “It is utterly impossible to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’ unless there is a complete admission that the ‘early Church’ subsists today in the Catholic Church. It is utterly impossible to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’ unless there is a complete admission that the essential communion meal of the ‘early Church’ is exactly the same thing that the Catholic Church calls the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.”

    I agree, however, these are assertions, not arguments. If you’re speaking to a Protestant or trying to convince a Protestant, you’re going to need to make the argument as to why these statements are true. After all, wrong it may be, but it’s been around for 500 years now. They may be spinning in a dead end, but they’re still there.

    And, while I do agree, really practicing the faith of the ‘early Church’ requires understanding that it subsists in the Catholic Church – that’s just the understanding they don’t have and many, many Protestants are going to have to get there step by step. While I basically have your same assessment of the state of Protestantism and the causes of that state, I am sympathetic with the one who suggested we give Protestants more credit or, at least be a bit more diplomatic.

    If Protestants really investigate early liturgy and give up on their ersatz hymns-and-a-sermon services, it could be, in the long run, a step toward unity. We need to encourage those steps. Encourage real understanding of the development of the Church and of worship as opposed to unilaterally identifying anything they do with the “church of Acts.”

    These people have not been catechized or if they have, they were catechized into anti-Catholicism. The fog doesn’t lift quickly (for some, not at all in this life). They have to be shown, step by step, with evidence and argument, exactly how it is that the “primitive” or “early church” that they imagine can possibly be identified with the big, bureaucratic monster on the Tiber (also of their imagining.) As a convert, I can tell you, this takes time. The two seem, on the face of it, antithetical.

    • Yeah, I think you are absolutely correct Judith. They would have to be open to new evidence, either through self discovery as I was, or, as you saw, be open to be shown the evidence – step by step. I don’t think they become open though, until they admit that their way is broken and can’t be fixed by them.

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500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity

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s we move beyond the five hundred year anniversary of the Protestant reformulation on October 31, 2017, I have been piecing together narratives to examine how that all worked for them. I am examining the fruit of the Tree of Protestation, so to speak. An index to the previous articles is posted below.

For this installment, I am going to opine about the Cycle of Insanity that Protestantism is stuck in. The working definition of insanity that I’m using here is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. No one knows for sure who was the first use that definition, but I find it to be an altogether true indicator of insanity, because if you do keep repeating the exact same action again and again, but expect for the results of it to change simply by virtue of you repeating the same action, then you either have a clinical brain illness, you’re suffering from madness, or you’re just simply foolish or irrational. If any of these are true, you’re someone who I don’t want to be around my daughters.

What Cycle of Insanity is Protestantism Stuck In?

For a half of a millennium now, Protestants have been engaged in a less than earnest search to discover and to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’. For Calvinists that means arriving at an àlacarte agreement with the first four Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church and Saint Augustine of Hippo; for the Apostolic Pentecostal Protestant denomination that means attempting to structure a church according to the book of Acts. Between and beyond these two examples are as many varieties in pratice as there are seeds in a boatload of pomegranates.

Have you ever noticed that when a Catholic religious order splits it’s because some of its members have discerned that they desire to live out a different expression of the same faith and a different expression of the same rule? Look no further than all of the different brands of Franciscans for evidence of that. But when a Protestant church splits, it is because members of that church have discerned that it’s time for them to start a new faith with new rules and new beliefs. Whether this is because the pastor started teaching something that they don’t agree with, or because the pastor lost his/her moral authority, the idea – the impetus behind new Protestant denominations is that a new thing must begin that is different than the old thing. In this way, every new Protestant denomination is essentially is a new Christian religion that has very little in connection with whatever came before it in regards to liturgy, doctrine, and tradition.

In fact, they are perfectly content with having no connection with what came before them, because they believe all they need to do is practice the faith according to the Bible – according to the ‘early Church’ as they would say.

Defective Resuscitation

It is utterly impossible to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’ unless there is a complete admission that the ‘early Church’ subsists today in the Catholic Church. It is utterly impossible to practice the faith of the ‘early Church’ unless there is a complete admission that the essential communion meal of the ‘early Church’ is exactly the same thing that the Catholic Church calls the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

If these admissions do not occur, then all attempts to resuscitate the faith practices of the ‘early Church’ are intrinsically defective, because they are missing essential elements. It would be like trying to resuscitate the life of a human being that didn’t have a heart. No matter how long you perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you won’t be able to bring them back.

That is the fatal plight of Protestantism. Yet, throughout the year – throughout the world – this is the great hope of every new Protestant denomination; even the denominations that call themselves non-denominational – that they can do the one thing that no other Protestant denomination has done before them; that is, to practice the faith of the early Church, according to a Bible that is missing seven books.

For some reason they keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results . . .

And here they go again . . . Evangelical Christian leaders have admitted that their religion is dead and bankrupt, and they hope to resurrect it by doing . . . guess what? Yep . . . by taking a fresh look at some of the practices of the ‘early Church’. The goal of the Praxis Conference is to reclaim the historical church’s priority on liturgy, art, and sacred space into the modern day evangelical context.

I’m glad they realize that after 500 years they need to go back to the drawing board, but unless they draw on that board the Petrine Ministry and the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, they will only continue the Protestant cycle of insanity.

=================================================
SERIES ON THE ‘500 YEARS OF PROTESTANTISM’:

  1. The 38 Most Ridiculous Things Martin Luther Ever Wrote
  2. Luther and Calvin Destroy Marriage
  3. The Cycle of Insanity
  4. The Failure of Protestant Emotionalism
  5. The Ferguson Riots

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Summary
500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity
Article Name
500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity
Description
Christian Protestantism is stuck in a cycle of insanity that has led them to thousands upon thousands of defective attempts to resuscitate the early Church.
Author
Publisher Name
Saint Dominic's Media, Inc.
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