Dear Brother Micheal Diamond,
Let me first identify myself as a Southern Baptist pastor. My wife and I were traveling back home as we returned from our vacation. We were scanning the radio dial and my wife found the "Dr. Laura Show" and she listened until the show ended and the "Coast to Coast" show was introduced. The topic of discussion was presented and we decided to listen. I want to commend your ability to articulate your view and even though you maybe got a little agitated with the person called "JC" you were very forthright and sought to give biblical answers and not quoting other men as the source of your authority. (Just a note it is better as the Proverbs states not to answer a fool - this JC person's ranting and raving were not worthy of a comment.) From your answers and from your web site it is clear that your movement is a reformation attempt within the Roman Catholic Church. Even though we will disagree with the interpretation of scripture on many points I do wholeheartedly agree that it is clear from scripture that the divisions within the Body of Christ do not reflect the clear theme of unity that Jesus' teaching and prayer in John 14-17 point.
As you would imagine I do agree with some of your "heresy" evaluations and feel that it is not only the contemporary expressions of the Roman Catholic Church that is missing the mark but much, much earlier that the wisdom of man began to supersede that wisdom of God in the Catholic Church. (Just to be completely honest here I feel that this is also true in every Christian denomination at some point, Southern Baptists are not an exception on this either. I do personally believe as one woman stated on the air that heaven will not be made up of Catholic or Baptist or ... but of all of the redeemed throughout the ages. Again, we will disagree what it takes to be considered "redeemed" but your very bold proclamation of the narrow road was absolutely correct.) I know based upon your conversations last night that you could not call me a brother in the Lord. But I wanted to thank you for your pointing the listening audience to make sure that what they believe is not a man made religion with a man made God, but to go the Bible and submit to its authority for the only infallible source of spiritual truth.
M. Keith Williams
Santa Maria, CA
Mr. Williams, we don't have the time to answer you at length now; however, we will say that the Bible itself doesn't even teach that it is the only infallible source of truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 "Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle."As we can see, the Bible itself teaches that there is an oral tradition which must be heeded as well as the written word (Scripture). This refutes the Protestant heresy of "sola scriptura" (Scripture Alone). As the only true Christian Church, the Catholic Church has always taught that there are two sources of Christ's revelation, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition - in contradistinction to the man-made Protestant religions which teach, in direct contradiction of Scripture, that only Scripture must be heeded and not Tradition or the Church (Matthew 18:17, etc.). The fact of the matter is that the whole controversy is really very simple. Any honest person who claims to believe in Jesus Christ should come to the immediate conclusion: since Christ founded a Church upon St. Peter (Mt. 16:18-20), and since only the Catholic Church (with a line of popes all the way from St. Peter) has been visible since Christ's time, that means that only the Catholic Church could be the true Church of Christ to which I must belong in order to be a true Christian. All of the others are way too late to even be considered; they are all man-made break-offs of the original Christian Church (i.e., the Catholic Church). This simple point should hit the hearts of all, and if it doesn't then there is a problem with that person. The problem is bad will. The simple fact that the Catholic Church is the original Church should cause all to see the truth of the Catholic Church without even examining all of the other Biblical evidence which proves that the Catholic Church is the true Christian Church.