Are all branches of Christianity acceptable?

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  1. Anglican04

    Anglican04 Active Member Anglican

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    I was watching an Anglican priest on YouTube talk a little about the basics of Anglicanism. He said that he "didn't care" what branch of Christianity you were and that as long as you are praying to Christ, that is all that matters. I disagree with this concept because in the apostles creed we state that there is one holy Catholic and apostolic church, not 5 true churches. What are your thoughts?
     
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    Well, it depends on how you look at it. I would say no, but that the truest ones are the most unlikely candidates. For example, there is the highly schismatic Russian Orthodox church who succeeded from the Eastern communion when it was divinely revealed that Vladmir Putin was the true head of the church and successor of not only Peter but the bishop of Constantinople. Then, we have the Church of the Immaculate Union, headed by two sedevecantist lesbian nuns whose love was said to be so pure, so powerful, and so strong that it sanctified the sin of homosexuality and that they were the true successors of Peter after Vatican II. They have the same authority of the popes of that time, and having the keys to bind and loosen, they were able to open a doorway for homosexual unions that were previously restricted. That is rather convenient, considering the times we live in, and perfectly logical as it was when Vatican II began to lean in a universalist direction. This proves they are consistent in claiming their succession from the papal office.

    Now, while both are certainly controversial and may even reject the other, their claim to apostolic succession is so strong and historically grounded, that I am apt to simply say that they are both valid branches, but giving unique forms of revelation to suit people's personal needs. This also coincides with the emergence of the new age, 'inner Jesus' concept that is so prevalent in contemporary spirituality, that I may even say that what you see being done through Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey is no less a work of the holy spirit than the theology of the sects that I have just related to you.
     
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    I agree, there can only be one true church. I don't claim to speak for Christ, but, for example, homosexuality is either permissible or impermissible. The papacy is either legitimate or not. Baptism is either necessary or unnecessary. Jesus doesn't really give us the option of doing anything but what He desires in order to be His disciples, and He is either pleased or not with the teachings of any particular church.
     
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    The classic Anglican answer actually incorporates the notion of branches in its very essence. Would we say that the Anglican Church is the ONLY church out there, no divine has ever said that.. Yet we most certainly don't accept just anyone who calls themselves a church or an ordained minister.. How do we arrive at the right answer then? The Church must have validly ordained ministers (i.e. tracing back to the Apostles, and not someone who ordained themselves), it must accept the Three Ecumenical Councils, etc... Under these criteria qualify pockets of Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and some Eastern Churches

    Anglicanism is the highest/best expression among these, and together these all combine the One Holy Catholic Church, and they are the branches thereof. All other Christians are not even on the branches of the Church, they are individual Christians but without a proper Church to unify them

    This far gets them through the door of being considered a Church, but as we know a Church is not infallible and can fall, so some of these can have reprobate and false doctrines and should be avoided... But if they get reformed, then they can become accepted again

    I hope this helps!
     
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    It did, thanks :)
     
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    Are all branches of Christianity acceptable?

    All branches of the Christian tree have some bad/spoilt fruit on it. That part alone is not acceptable. The rest of that branch has good fruit.
    What spoils a piece of fruit is compromising its truth to appease self-will in one way or another.

    What is a piece of good fruit is that its Truth is being understood and upheld.
    However, not all fruit of a branch has been clearly understood. Fear of its truth has compromised the fruit (piece of truth) and spoilt it.

    The only focus for any branch of Christianity is Truth.
    But since no branch is acceptable, then it is up to each individual to recognize what is the way, truth and life (good fruit) and what contains fear in it (spoilt fruit).

    Fear spoils any fruit. To see the truth of a piece of fruit is to remove the fear attached to it. Then it becomes clear.
    However, I do not foresee any church without some sort of compromise - hence, non of the seven churches appeared to be perfect in Christ.

    So it really depends on the individual to stand firm with what is True as confirmed by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, within them.
    In this regard, any person, in any branch of Christianity, if seen as being non-conforming may indeed be more truth-filled, than the rest.
    What I am saying is, to feel fully conformed to a branch of Christianity is to be eating (believing) in some spoilt fruit within it.
     
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