Al Mohler writes in response to Pope Benedict XVI's recent (but not the first) declaration that the Church of Rome trumps all other claims to true-Churchdom ...Aren't you offended? That is the question many Evangelicals are being asked in the wake of a recent document released by the Vatican. The document declares that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church -- or, in words the Vatican would prefer to use, the only institutional form in which the Church of Christ subsists.He answers for himself and others of us ...No, I am not offended.He continues to offer rational reasons why non-Catholic Christians (especially Protestants) should not be offended.
There is more here.
- This is not an issue for emotion; taking offense in this sense is an emotion.
- This should not come as a surprise to the well-informed believer.
- This presents us with an ecclesiological opportunity.
HT: David Virtue's Virtue Online