Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Contraception and Protestantism

In the video below, Michael Voris takes issue with Dr Albert Moehler's recent conclusion that it is permissible to use contraception as long as one doesn't buy into the "contraceptive mentality." (The bodily pleasure of intercourse separated from the possibility of creating new life) Though this video focuses on contraception it really is illustrative of the fatal flaw of Protestantism: Each person decides for themselves what is correct regarding faith and morals based on their own or their pastor's interpretation of scripture. Questions for my non-Catholic readers:

 1) If contraception has been banned since the beginning of Christendom and soundly condemned by the reformers Calvin and Luther, why has it become permissible after 1930 when the Anglican's voted to allow it in "special circumstances only?" Can a majority vote make something not a sin?
 2) Using the bible alone, can you come up with a reason why you can contracept when 1900 years of Christianity forbade its use?
3) If Dr. Moehler, head of the Southern Baptists says that the contraceptive mentality is evil, why does your church/denomination encourage contraception? My issue here is not to harp on contraception but to point out the danger that is inherent in a theology based on the personal interpretation of the bible. As an aside- Do some Catholics contracept? Yes, many do, but that doesn't and won't ever change the teaching of the Church regarding contraception. In Protestantism, every denomination changed their view of contraception to accommodate the changing mores of society. Despite bad bishops, liberal priests, errant theologians, the teachings of the Church cannot and will not ever change.


Blogger kkollwitz said...

"In Protestantism, every denomination changed their view of contraception to accommodate the changing mores of society."

I think they'll go out of business before they manage to get that genie back in the bottle.

July 01, 2012 8:17 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Some Protestants have rethought this and actually agree with the Church but as a whole I think you are right. I can't see official Protestant teaching, if such a unified thing exists, ever returning to Calvin and Luther's teachings that contraception is wrong.
My question is why do they believe Luther's comments about sola scriptura and sola fide but ignore his moral teachings on contraception? How do they decide which teaching of which reformer is correct and the one from God that they should follow?

July 01, 2012 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stole this and put it on my "Church of Christ / Catholic" blog. Hat tip to you, bro!
Pat V

July 02, 2012 3:46 AM  

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