Throwback Thursday: “But I don’t like being called a ‘Protestant’”

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on September 2, 2016 and has been revised.

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I came out of Roman Catholicism and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior way back in the early 1980s. I can still vividly remember the intense joy of knowing all of my sins had been forgiven by my wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. I was finally able to step off of that religious treadmill and find spiritual peace and acceptance with God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.

One thing bothered me, though. In leaving Catholicism and accepting Christ, many would say I had become a “Protestant.” Protestant? I didn’t like that at all. It seemed as if, in using that term, Protestants were identifying themselves in respect to their opposition to Roman Catholicism. I saw myself much more as a proclaimer of the genuine Good News! of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone rather than a protester of Catholicism’s works gospel. I wanted to be known as being “for” Christ rather than being “against” Catholicism. How did this “Protestant” label get started, anyway?

In 1526, the Diet of Speyer (a meeting of the “parliament” of the Holy Roman Empire in Speyer, Germany) issued the Edict of August 27th, which granted each principality the freedom to choose Catholicism or Gospel Christianity as the official religion. This was the first political step towards freedom of religion. Unfortunately, the pro-Catholic Diet of 1529 rescinded the previous edict. Gospel Christians immediately lodged a protest with the Diet (see painting above) and non-Catholics have been labeled as “Protestants” ever since.

These days, I’m not nearly as sensitive about being labeled a Protestant. The Lord used the Reformers and early Protestants in a great way and it’s a heritage all genuine Christians should be familiar with. However, as we’re all aware, many of the mainline Protestant denominations (Episcopalian, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian USA, American Baptist) drifted into liberal apostasy long ago. I’m certainly blessed to be called a Christian, a follower of Christ, although the term has become a catch-all, which includes a whole lot of people who teach an unbiblical gospel of works or who have never accepted Christ. Because of that, I also like the term evangelical, one who proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ, because it’s a little more distinguishing. It was generally understood that evangelical Christians proclaimed the genuine Gospel, but now we’re even seeing that term losing its distinctiveness (e.g., Joel Osteen, TBN).

“He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” – Luke 13:18-19

There’s probably a number of people who dislike the title of this blog, excatholic4christ. I even thought about changing it a few times to something more “positive.” But I AM an ex-Catholic and I AM for Christ. Both Catholics and Christians need to know the Catholic church does not teach the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Everyone who reads the New Testament knows that the Lord Jesus and the apostles weren’t patronizing and accommodating in regards to wrong doctrine. They confronted false religion and heresy. In this era of advancing ecumenism with its idols of accommodation and compromise – led by the church of Rome – I will continue to protest error and compromise and uphold the Gospel of grace.

“…And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” Acts 11:26

For more on the “Protestation at Speyer,” see here.

Historical trivia: The Diets of 1526 and 1529 were held at the Reichskammergericht (Imperial Chamber Court) nearby to the Dom (Catholic cathedral) in Speyer. The building was destroyed in 1689 in a city-wide conflagration started by the invading French. The Hotel Domhof now sits on the site.

Above: Hotel Domhof, Speyer, Germany

13 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: “But I don’t like being called a ‘Protestant’”

  1. Great post, Tom. I’m with you, but with me, the term I don’t like is “Baptist.” Yes, I go to an independent Baptist church, but I not a Baptist! I happen to very much like the church I attend as it holds firmly to the Word of God and upholds it with great honor.

    But I am not a Baptist. A Christian, yes. An Evangelical, yes. A lover and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, yes.

    Much thanks!

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    1. Thanks, David! I started off at an independent Baptist church as a new Christian and my beliefs align with old school Baptist theology more than any other denomination (although Baptists refuse the label of denomination). I get what you’re saying about denominational affiliation being the focus rather than Christ and the Gospel. It’s difficult for a believer to identify as a Baptist up here in NY because the vast majority of Baptist churches belong to the apostate American Baptist Churches USA.

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    1. RE: I am a Christian that protests against the RCC
      Amen! I praise God that He delivered us from the RCC. The reality is that it’s Satan’s “masterpiece” counterfeit and it will play a major role in the end-times.

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