May 24, 2006 1 Comment
In this context, I guess I’d distinguish a catholic from a sectarian this way: a sectarian preaches the distinctives, a catholic preaches the Bible.
That probably sounds more tendentious than I mean it. Nonetheless, a Calvinist can be a sectarian or a catholic (as can a Lutheran, or a RC, Wesleyan, or whomever). I’ve visited Reformed churches where, from the public face of the church, one would think that Reformed distinctives ARE the faith.
To be sure,the Reformed distinctive relating to God’s sovereignty (or man’s autonomy) is a catholic truth. But if that truth becomes the singular matrix through which one reads the entire Scripture, or through which one interacts with God or people as a Christian, then you have become a sectarian, no matter how true the distinctive.
May 24, 2006 No Comments