Tradition should clarify our vision of Christ, not detract from it

Posted: April 9, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Apologetics and Evangelism, Christianity, Discipleship

a re-blog titled

7 Principles for Gospel-Centered Conversation Among Catholic  Friends

Here’s the first one

1. Define yourself by Jesus and not your Protestant church tradition

Tradition is great. But when it begins to eclipse the Lord Jesus himself, we’ve missed the point. Tradition should clarify our vision of Christ, not detract from it. Further, we Protestants can’t compete with Catholics in the area of church tradition.

With a 1,500 year head start, they’ve got us beat. Thankfully, however, that’s not our objective. Nor is it a concern of former Catholics. Most of them convert not because they are drawn to a certain Protestant denomination, but because they find Jesus in our churches. Of all things, we are called to embody and proclaim the message of God’s redemptive grace in Jesus.

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