Dr. R. Scott Clark, a professor at Westminster Seminary California, recently had a home visit from two Roman Catholics.
Saturday morning a Roman Catholic laywoman and a male companion (who stood behind her with his rosary saying prayers) came to my door on behalf of St Mary Church in Escondido. She asked if there were any Catholics in the house. I said, yes and no. Yes, we confess the holy catholic faith of the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Athanasian Creed but no, we are not Roman Catholics, we reject the papacy. I told her that I seek to persuade folk from following the papacy. She seemed to understand the last point but the rest didn’t fit her paradigm exactly and a discussion ensued.
It was an interesting conversation for a variety of reasons. First, it was interesting to see how a reasonably well-trained Romanist lay person would represent the teaching of her communion. She did a fair job at it but when we got to the Eucharist she didn’t seem to be aware that Rome teaches that holds that the sacrifice is both memorial and propitiatory (turns away God’s wrath). She seemed think of the supper only as a communion with God. This is an aspect of the Roman catechism but so are the others.
Read the whole thing: An Interesting Conversation at My Door
Thank you, Dr. Clark, for sharing your witnessing encounter. Your approach should help other Christians who may find themselves in a similar conversation.