We often hear people say that all Christians are just the same regardless of which denomination or Church they belong. As long as they believe in Jesus Christ and accepted him as his Lord and personal savior he is a Christian, no doubt. Every time I hear this line being said over and over again it reminds me of a saying “A lie which is often repeated will become truth to the ignorant”, to say that all Christians are just the same regardless of which Church they belong is a lie. What people should know is that there exists a distinction between a Christian and a Protestant. Those who seek the truth would be at risk of confusion until the distinction between a Christian and a Protestant is made clear.
Protestants are fond of claiming that they are Christians, but what exactly is a Protestant and how do we know that a person is a Protestant and not a Christian? Protestants are people who adhere to the beliefs of the Reformers (Luther, Calvin, Wesley etc.) and modern day Born Again pastors or evangelists.
At first Protestant meant “Lutheran” but with the appearance of many protesting sects, it became a general term applied to all non-Catholic Christians. A History of Western Society, p.457
Regardless of their denomination they all adhere to the battle cry of the Reformers, Sola Scriptura (Bible alone) and Sola Fide (Faith alone) doctrine. Beyond that they all disagree in some degree when it comes to other doctrines such as the necessity of baptism, dedication, end of times, predestination and many more. The reason why each and every competing denomination varied in their beliefs is that Protestantism lacks unity, they rely more on personal interpretation of Scriptures. Self righteousness is also a fundamental mark of being a Protestant, most Protestants boast that they are already saved, that if they die they directly go to heaven. But if that is so, if they are already saved then what on earth are they doing here on earth? They should already be in heaven by now. Protestants also believe that they are the only and true Christians and accuse everyone of being a pagan or unbeliever if they do not adhere and accept the beliefs of Protestantism.
Despite of innate disunity among Protestants they all agree in one thing, a universal hatred towards Mary and the Catholic Church. In order to gain hordes of converts from the Christian Church, Protestants do not hesitate to propagate lies and falsehood just to mislead the people and convert them to the Protestant faith. One of the lies that they repeatedly accuse Christians (Catholics) is that Christians worship the statues and the saints which is contrary to the Bible (Ex.20:3-5). Their only basis for saying this is their subjective interpretation of sacred Christian practices. They did not bother to check the facts first before uttering a single word against various Christian tradition. In the 2000 year history of the Christian or Catholic Church the worship of statues or saints in place of God was never encourage or even taught. Another case of their misconception of the Christian faith is that they firmly believed that Christians view Mary as equal to God or even greater of Jesus Christ. But that is not the case, Christians do not see it that way and it is totally unheard of in the Christian (Catholic) Church that Mary is equal to God. These are just few of the false accusations of Protestants against Christians, if they are reading the Bible they should know that bearing false witness against your neighbor is a sin! It is against the 10 commandments! These are the common marks that Protestants have that separates them from Christians.
However, Protestants at some degree are considered Christians not because of their beliefs that they received from the reformers but because the retained some fundamentals beliefs of Christians such as Trinitarian baptism, Holy Trinity, Resurrection, Ascension and redemption. Because of these fundamental Christian beliefs they are at some degree considered by the Church as Christians, yet, they still need to accept the fullness of the Christian faith.
What then now is a Christian? And how do we know that a person is a Christian? A Christian is a Catholic who follows Jesus Christ and becomes a member of Christ’s body (Col.1:18), the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was historically and personally founded by Jesus Christ himself, henceforth anyone baptized by a Catholic priest becomes a member of Christ’s true Church and body. There exist no distinction between the Church that Jesus Christ founded 2000 years ago and the Catholic Church today, because the Catholic Church and the Church that Jesus Christ founded are fundamentally one and the same. In the year 110 A.D St. Ignatius of Antioch, a disciple of Peter and third bishop of Antioch called the Church that Jesus Christ founded as Catholic in order not to confuse it with the Gnostic who also calls themselves as Christians.
“Follow your bishop, every one of you, as obediently as Jesus Christ followed the Father. Obey your clergy too as you would the apostles; give your deacons the same reverence that you would to a command of God. Make sure that no step affecting the Church is ever taken by anyone without the bishop’s sanction. The sole Eucharist you should consider valid is one that is celebrated by the bishop himself, or by some person authorized by him. Where the bishop is to be seen, there let all his people be; just as, wherever Jesus Christ is present, there is the Catholic Church” (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 [A.D. 110]).
For Protestants this is a hard pill to swallow, but truth is truth no matter of no one will believe it. The Catholic Church also compiled the bible in the year 397 A.D at the Synod of Carthage which is attended by bishops and approved by the Pope. Whether they like it or not Protestants owe the Catholic Church for the Canon of the New Testament. Without the Catholic Church Protestants would not have their Bible, but instead of being greatful Protestants removed 7 books from the Bible then later on accuse Catholics or Christians for adding 7 books to the Bible. Protestantism is founded on a lie while the Christian (Catholic) Church is founded on truth, for the Church is the pillar and bulwark of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). We can go on and on and filling up the list of distinction between Christians and Protestants but I believe that the information stated in this post will suffice for that purpose.