Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Magisterium is a real teaching authority

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June 17, 2009   

(1Ti 6:3-5) If any man teach otherwise and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to that doctrine which is according to godliness, He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; from which arise envies, contentions, blasphemies, evil suspicions, Conflicts of men corrupted in mind and who are destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness.

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Magisterium is a real teaching authority

The role of the Magisterium is to authoritatively teach on all matters concerning the doctrines and truths of the Christian Faith. These teachings fall into two categories, non-infallible and infallible. The infallible authority of the Magisterium, especially of the Pope, is a major source of disagreement between Protestants and the Catholic Church.

The Magisterium teachings are considered infallible only in areas of faith and morals. In all matters that fall into this category, the Holy Spirit protects and guides the Magisterium in their decision because of the promise that Christ made that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church, . Therefore, these decision cannot not be changed by man.

Without the authoritative teachings of the Magisterium, the Church would be torn apart by schism and doubt. Everyone would do or follow what was "right in their own eyes."

In highly charged and often debated issues, the Church stands clear and firm in her teachings. Those who follow these teachings find great comfort and security. The teaching authority of the Magisterium is there to protect and guide the faithful. It is meant to protect us from sin and guide us into virtuous living.


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