In Reality, There is No Such Thing as a Non-Catholic Christian
Summary: Some people unfortunately use the term 'non-Catholic
Christian', but this is not really accurate
Keywords: Catholics, Non-Catholics, Protestants, Non-Catholic
'Christians', Denominations, True Church, False churches, Heresy,
Just like there is no such thing as a pregnant
man, there is no such thing as a 'non-Catholic Christian'. A man may
look pregnant, act pregnant, and even have some symptoms typically
associated with pregnancy, but everyone knows he is not pregnant. It is
a disservice to call a man pregnant, even if he wanted you to. Why?
Because he is NOT pregnant! It simply is not true and to say otherwise
is to make you look like a fool. Besides being foolish, calling a man
pregnant is an implicit rejection of our Creator's plan. God Himself
made pregnancy the exclusive domain of females. Furthermore, speaking
such fiction as if it were fact may cause confusion in the minds of some
ignorant persons. To utter a falsehood is to abet that falsehood. It is
frankly uncharitable - and wrong - to speak falsely.
Likewise, those who are not members of Christ's Church can emulate
certain features of Christianity, but they are NOT truly Christian and
should never be called by the name of Christian. To speak otherwise is
to promote falsehood. To truly be Christian, you must be part of
Christ's one and only true Church. You must follow the true Christ and
not some imaginary, man-made (and therefore false) 'Christ'. Despite
some apparent similarities between those who are Catholic and those
outside the True Church of Christ who like to be called 'Christian',
there is in fact a world of difference between those in false religions
and those who belong to the true Church of Christ. There's a world of
difference between the validly baptized members of Christ's Church and
those who may not have valid baptisms, between those who follow the
mistaken theology of Luther vs. those who follow the divine teachings of
Christ, between those who follow some man devoid of any authority and those
who follow the lawful successor to St. Peter who holds the keys to the
Kingdom of Heaven, between those who adhere to true doctrine and those
who hold onto that which is foreign to truth (a.k.a. the devil's
doctrine). And there's likewise an INFINITE difference between those who
consume a wafer of bread & wine vs. those who partake of the true Flesh
& Blood of Christ. Don't pretend both groups of persons are the same.
There are NO pregnant men and there are NO non-Catholic Christians. It's
a simple fact of life.
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St. Cyprian of Carthage, Epistle 51: "Whoever he may be, and whatever he
may be, he who is not in the Church of Christ is not a Christian."
St. Athanasius, First Letter to Serapion: "It will not be out of place
to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic
Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and
guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if
anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either
in fact or in name."
St. Athanasius, Discourse 1 Against the Arians: "...that those who call
these men Christians are in great and grievous error, as neither having
studied Scripture, nor understanding Christianity at all, and the faith
which it contains."
St. Athanasius, Ad Episcopus Aegypti et Libyae: "... he who holds these
opinions can no longer be even called a Christian, for they are all
contrary to the Scriptures."
Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corporis Christi: "Actually only those are to be
included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the
true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate
themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate
authority for grave faults committed. 'For in one spirit' says the
Apostle, 'were we all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Gentiles,
whether bond or free.' As therefore in the true Christian community
there is only one Body, one Spirit, one Lord, and one Baptism, so there
can be only one faith. And therefore, if a man refuse to hear the
Church, let him be considered - so the Lord commands - as a heathen and
a publican. It follows that those who are divided in faith or government
cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the
life of its one Divine Spirit."
Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum: "The Church, founded on these principles
and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and
endeavor than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the faith.
Hence she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children
all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own.
The Arians, the Montanists, the Novatians, the Quartodecimans, the
Eutychians, did not certainly reject all Catholic doctrine: they
abandoned only a certain portion of it. Still who does not know that
they were declared heretics and banished from the bosom of the Church?
In like manner were condemned all authors of heretical tenets who
followed them in subsequent ages. 'There can be nothing more dangerous
than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and
yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple
faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition' (Auctor
Tract. de Fide Orthodoxa contra Arianos). The practice of the Church has
always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the
Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien
to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point
of doctrine proposed by her authoritative Magisterium."
St. Cyprian of Carthage, Treatise 1: "They cannot dwell with God who
would not be of one mind in God's Church. Although they burn, given up
to flames and fires, or lay down their lives, thrown to the wild beasts,
that will not be the crown of faith, but the punishment of perfidy; nor
will it be the glorious ending of religious valour, but the destruction
of despair. Such a one may be slain; crowned he cannot be. He professes
himself to be a Christian in such a way as the devil often feigns
himself to be Christ, as the Lord Himself forewarns us, and says, 'Many
shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.'
(Mark 13:6) As he is not Christ, although he deceives in respect of the
name; so neither can he appear as a Christian who does not abide in the
truth of His Gospel and of faith."
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