The Three Branches of Christianity
Catholicism - 1,115,000,000
Orthodoxy - 350,000,000
Protestantism - 528,000,000
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: If the crisis in the Anglican Communion has taught us anything, it is that Protestantism is incredibly vulnerable to a homosexual takeover. This is not to say that Catholicism doesn't have vulnerabilities as well. It does. But Catholic vulnerabilities (as manifested in the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox churches) are not doctrinal in nature. The Catholic and Orthodox issues with homosexuality arise when homosexuals lie about their orientation and infiltrate the seminaries in a dishonest way. In this case, the problem is localized to the deceptive individual and those whom he has direct contact with. This problem was most clearly demonstrated in the sex-abuse cover-up scandal suffered by the Catholic Church in predominately English-speaking nations. The overwhelming majority of abuse victims were teenage boys in this case, which indicates a predominately homosexual problem, not a pedophile problem as was commonly misrepresented by the mainstream news media. That being said, stricter reforms have since been put into place to enforce existing Church law, which has always taught that homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals cannot be priests.
So the biggest problem the Catholics and Orthodox have had with homosexuality has simply been enforcing their own rules about it. Protestants, on the other hand, are a completely different story. Why? When we look at how many mainstream Protestant denominations have already fallen to the homosexual agenda, accepting homosexuality and gay-marriage, it would appear the religious system itself suffers from a serious flaw that threatens to unravel the whole Protestant world, and effectively nullify the entire Protestant Reformation.
If homosexual activists were to step back and seriously evaluate their progress in Christianity over the last 30 years, they would have to come to the following conclusions...
- Gay pride has gotten nowhere in the Roman Catholic Church. The harder gays push, the harder Rome pushes back, and it's an obstacle that cannot be overcome.
- Gay pride has made virtually no progress in the Eastern Orthodox churches for similar reasons.
- Gay pride has had it's most success in the mainline Protestant churches.
- Gay pride is starting to make inroads into the more conservative Evangelical churches.
- Gay pride activists should give up on Catholicism and Orthodoxy completely, and redirect all of their efforts toward Protestantism - both to mainline denominations and Evangelical affiliations.
So the question begs to be asked - why is Protestantism the easiest to change? The answer is an old one that goes all the way back to the Reformation itself. It can be described in two words - Sola Scriptura. Protestants of virtually all denominations, affiliations and sects depend on the "Bible Alone" doctrine of Sola Scriptura. Essentially it means there is no real definitive authority on any Christian teaching outside of the Bible. The only problem with this tidy little doctrine is that if there really is no authority on Christian teaching outside the Bible, then there is no definitive way to determine the truth between two opposing interpretations of Scripture. This is the reason why there are so many Protestant denominations, affiliations and sects. Without a definitive authority to resolve opposing interpretations of Scripture, opposing groups have no choice but to go their separate ways. What makes the current crisis in the Anglican Communion so news worthy is that it's the largest Protestant denomination in the world, and it's the only one that has (so far) been able to preserve it's unity in spite of opposing interpretations of Scripture. All that is about to change now, and Anglicanism will soon go the same way as the rest of Protestantism - fracture, division and schism.
For the conservative Protestant this is a harsh reality and a terrible nightmare. Because it means that in the end, what he considers to be "legitimate" reformed theology will only become smaller, as the "orthodox" factions continue to splinter and peal away from their parent churches. Eventually, the "legitimate" theology of the "orthodox" Protestants will become so small that it will be irrelevant in the Protestant world.
For the homosexual gay-pride activist, this is the best possible scenario. Sola Scriptura is the Achilles' Heel of the entire Protestant world. By using it effectively, homosexual activists can effectively take over one denomination after another, until they all fall like dominoes. Conservative Protestants will be unable to resist without appealing to another authority outside of Scripture that is equal in authority to the Scriptures. But to do that would be very uncharacteristic of a Protestant. To do that, Protestants would have to admit that the Roman Catholics were right all along, and some might even be forced by conscience to convert to Catholicism. (Hence the recent news about mass Anglican conversions to the Roman Catholic Church.) The only alternative for conservative Protestants outside of that would be to continue to splinter off into oblivion, which some will inevitably do, while others will simply give in to the homosexual gay-pride agenda.
In the long run, it may very well be the case that homosexuality will be the undoing of the Protestant Reformation. But in undoing Protestantism, homosexuals will not totally destroy the institutions set up by these denominations, affiliations and sects. Rather, they will transform them. In their place they will create a whole new kind of "Christianity" that appeals to the more carnal tendencies of human nature. They will effectively create an "anti-church" that will oppose Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy head on, giving these other two branches a challenge they have not faced since the days when they were one Church in direct competition with the disciples of Arianism.