My friend, Heather, posted a video on her Facebook page a few weeks back. The video wasn’t professionally produced. It had no artistic shots, no music, no script. It was just a guy sitting at his kitchen table sharing what was on his heart. He didn’t even save a copy of it.
But what he said made both Heather and I say, WOW.
He shared that a Protestant had challenged him with questions like “are you saved?'” and “where is that in the bible?” That was the catalyst for him to move from being Catechized to Evangelized.
I wanted to share the video but when I went to find the link it was nowhere to be found. Heather contacted the admin of the page it was posted on but the admin said it was a mystery as to why it vanished but that the guy who made the video was going to try to reshoot it.
When the video was finally re-made, Heather and I got to experience firsthand what a small world it is after all. It turns out the guy lives in our town. And we learned his name. Its Beto Armendariz. Shout out to you, Beto! Keep the videos coming!
The link to watch is below. HINT: Don’t miss the part about Bethlehem and the Manger. You’re welcome! And don’t miss the questions below the video.
The video is here.
This is take two on being evangelized .. shout out to Heather Butler!!
Posted by Catholic on Saturday, December 16, 2017
Beto posed a great question at the end: What is the Evidence that Your Beliefs Were Practiced by the First Century Church?
Your response may be: Why does it matter if you worship like the early church if you love your church and you love Jesus ?
It matters because following Jesus means submitting to what he taught, not making up our own beliefs.
I will add a second question if you are a Protestant. What evidence do you have that your beliefs and practice regarding communion are not one of the 16th century inventions of men who broke away from the authority of the church?
The sacrament of the Eucharist was unanimously accepted throughout all church history until the reformation. Calvin came along and judged it to be “diabolical”, “an abomination”, and “a horrid profanation of the Lord’s Supper”.
If Calvin was right, that means that for 1500 years, they way all Christians everywhere received communion and worshipped together was evil.
If Calvin was wrong, then his teaching served to cut off generations of Christians from participating in what Jesus explicitly says we must do.
If you are interested in reading some of the scriptural and historic sources that document what early church believed and practiced and that that is what Jesus himself taught, I’ll offer these few suggestions at where to start.
The Didache is the earliest Christian document and it describes the mass in the same in structure as it is practiced today and has been practiced for 2,000 years. Next, read how the church fathers described Sunday worship.
For the scriptural evidence, this is a good place to start.
If you traveled back in time to the first church, it wouldn’t look like a Protestant worship service, it would look like the mass. The tragic result of the reformation was that it cut Protestants off from receiving Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. The reformers couldn’t keep people from Christ but they have managed to keep them from obeying his command to eat his flesh and drink his blood for the last 500 years.
Meanwhile, the Catholic church has continued fulfilling the prophecy of Malachi of a pure sacrifice that would be offered all over the world every day and feeding His sheep their daily bread, the supernatural bread from heaven, Christ himself. The bread of life, Christ our passover. Let us keep the feast!
Did you catch what Beto said about Bethlehem and the manger? Bethlehem means house of bread. And a manger is a feeding though for sheep. Our Lord came to us in the flesh to offer us his flesh as spiritual food. That’s why he told Peter, the first pope, “feed my sheep”.
What’s keeping you from receiving Christ in the Eucharist?