One of the interesting features of this website (hat-tip to Jessica) for those who write for it is you can see what search terms people type into the search engine on their way here. The other day some numptie arrived with the term ‘is g r s sales a catholic convert?’ I don’t know what the fellow thought he’s find on the Internet, but the short answer is given on my own blog, and it is ‘no’.
The mind-set which imagines that one Christian could only not condemn Catholicism if they were a convert is risible, and if you see someone wandering about looking like a cross between Mr Slope and Mr Collins, with a touch of the Uriah Heep about him, that’ll be the fellow.
Our new, and very welcome commentator, Rob, commented on my last post thus:
It might be interesting for each of us to post our bottom line definition of who a Christian – and later how we think we can recognise one. We would then find out where we consider each other to be at in this respect.
I go along with Geoffrey’s theological definition:
“the dividing line seems to be the ancient Trinitarian Creed of Nicaea if one adheres to that
then I think that the label Christian is honestly come by”
I would add that there must be a personal commitment through repentance and faith to the God of the creed not just a cultural conformity.
I think that is an interesting idea, and perhaps folk would like to use the comments section accordingly? I like Rob’s addition to my definition; that is surely critical, and he’s right to remind us. There ha to be a personal commitment, and there has to be repentance.
He reminds me that I gave us a bit of a ‘nice and gentle nudge towards a valuable discussion’ when I wrote: “even those of us who do not believe the church has been divided.” If folk want to mention that, fine, if not, equally so.
Rob mentions an
‘interesting anomaly “The United Pentecostal Church” that believes in the deity of Christ but not the, personality of the Holy Spirit believing the Spirit to be a force exercised by God. Often referred to as ‘Jesus only’ as they teach the Father and son are one person. I’m convinced their view in incompatible with scripture but am interested in opinions of whether they are Christian or not.’
That’s an interesting one, as the claim is that the Creed does not say that the Holy Spirit is a ‘person’ so it is not necessary to believe that He is. Well, up to a point. Either the Trinity is a Trinity or it is not. Christians have believed that The Trinity is just that; for me any derogation is a derogation from the glory of God. I don’t see a binitarian God as the God of the undivided Church, and I don’t see those who believe in Him as Christians. Is that harsh of me?