1 Corinthians 3:15 -but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire

De Maria's picture

For Catholics the answer is Purgatory.

What is the answer for Protestants?

1 Corinthians 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

De Maria's picture

None of those verses say to follow Jesus apart from the Church.

Bill,

All those verses say to follow Jesus. We do. We follow Jesus in His Church. When we accept Jesus, we become members of His Church. Therefore it is impossible to follow Jesus apart from His Church.

If we are not members of His Church, then we are not followers of Jesus.

With all due respect for you, the call is to follow Jesus,

Yes it is.

the church is a gathering place of those who follow Jesus.

Very good. Therefore it is impossible to follow Jesus apart from His Church.

In addition, the Church is far more than a mere place to gather. It is called the Body of Christ in Scripture. And Jesus takes that literally. When Saul persecuted the Church Jesus did not say, "why do you persecute the Church?" He said, "Why do you persecute ME?"

I do not follow any other person, or organization, or gathering, or of other followers of Jesus. I worship with, fellowship, pray with, and love my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am a member of a local church body of believers in Jesus Christ. However, I follow Jesus. If those institutions help me to learn more about Jesus and how to follow him better, I am delighted, but when they begin to add to what Jesus and the apostles of the New Testament, then I with grace disassociate with them to follow Jesus the Christ.

Wonderful and commendable attitude. We feel the same way.

We believe the Reformers added and took away from the Word of God when they rejected Jesus' Traditions and impose their own, Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide, amongst others.

That is why, we remain Catholic. Because Scripture says there is an infallible Church. And the Catholic Church is the only one that still believes the Scriptures enough to accept that responsibility.

May God bless you as you follow Jesus.

And you as well.

Sincerely,

De Maria




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