why do protestant christians say the catholics aren’t christians?

why do protestant christians say the catholics aren’t christians?
just because the catholics were the first christians or why is that? I don’t get why do protestant christians hate the catholics? I am catholic and I do accept the protestant are christians

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Answer by Mjolne
I’ve never heard anyone say that.
They are Christians, they just have different methods. Like the view of marriage etc.

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17 Responses to “why do protestant christians say the catholics aren’t christians?”

  • Hugo - Canadian Viking says:

    I wonder…

    Would Christianity exist if Catholicism never existed?

    There was no such thing as Protestant before the 1600’s.

  • The Seven Collars Of The Bow... says:

    They Abhor The Statues And The MA Rhea (Mary) Veneration…PAGANISM…

  • Marj says:

    They worship mary and pray to Mary and the saints. Many things they teach are not biblical such as Mary being a virgin all her life. That is not true. She had 7 or 8 children after Jesus was born.

  • Darn Sidewalks says:

    I dunno, probably for the same reason many Muslims are upset by the Sufi/Alevi/Alawite denominations of Islam.

    It’s an odd human trait to hate each other over minor rather than major differences. Protestants were fighting each other in Europe (a mention of attacking followers of J. Armin in a biography of Rembrandt comes to mind). Anabaptists fled to N. America from Germany, Switzerland, Holland and other countries to live in peace. We know them as Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, etc.

  • NEVER SUBMIT says:

    because they are not….. they did not even get started until almost 300 years after God commissioned The True Church……… the dogma and ‘traditions” of the papists are no part of The True Church….. The papists do not teach The Truth of The Salvation Message…. and a long list of other differences…… the papists have NO Authority from God for their claims…….

  • Sofa King Good says:

    they don’t, unless your in Northen Ireland

  • Samwise says:

    Leftover fighting words from the Reformation. A lot of people on both sides haven’t given up squabbling over it after five centuries.

    A lot of U.S. Protestants in particular have been influenced by a virulently anti-Catholic strain of Puritanism, which got so bad the Puritans eventually banned one of their own ministers, Roger Williams, from Massachusetts for pointing out they’d gone off the deep end. He proceeded to found both Rhode Island and the notion of religious liberty that wound up in our First Amendment.

    Personally, though I’d never convert to Catholicism, partly because your latest Popes, whom I personally admire, have both made it clear they want no one like me in their bailiwick, I do regard Catholics as Christians. And I like and admire many of them, especially some Catholic authors.

    But let’s not come with the “first Christians” nonsense. The Roman Catholic Church went renegade from Orthodox Christianity several centuries before Protestants split from it, because Rome insisted on modifying the Creed without respecting its earlier agreement that prohibited doing so without agreement from the whole Church. From 1054 on, the Roman Catholic Church has been a schism.

  • Vincent G says:

    It is part of the holier than thou smear campaign.

  • cristoiglesia says:

    They all belong to their create your own religion sects. They reject the only Church founded by Jesus and not only reject it but protest its very existence and veracity. This is evidence of a lack of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit because when one accepts Christ into their lives and believed in Him and grace becomes abundant. They are so full of pride at their own creation that there is no room for God’s grace. One full of grace would not lie so egregiously and certainly not about the only Church that Jesus and the disciples founded and His faithful. They literally hate what the Church teaches and St. Paul gave us insight into why that is so. He said the following:

    2 Tim 4:3(KJV): For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    Their doctrines and beliefs are of their own creation and they seek out like minded people who believe in he same heresies. The foundation for their arrogance and pride in doing so is the heretical doctrine of Sola Scriptura and the teaching that each man is his own theologian. This has caused tens of thousands of schisms in the Body of Christ. Even the father of Protestantism Martin Luther believed that he was destined for hell for opening this Pandora’s box. These are the fruits of Protestantism.

    Remember the founders of Protestantism were Secular Humanists. Calvin was a Secular Humanist lawyer. What they wanted was a God that served man instead of a God that man must serve. This was definitely heterodox teaching that opened the door for all kinds of heresy. What man could imagine he could call truth instead of the orthodox teaching of the Church based solely on God’s Word but not limited to the written Word but the living Word contained in its fullness in His Church.

    We Catholics rarely complain about the underserved vitriol about us. I have never become angry no matter how hostile or untrue these anti-Catholics depicted the Church. Most of my fellow Catholics do not as well. We know what our Lord taught us and that is that the world would hate us as it hated Him. Jesus taught us how to react when He said that to insults we are to turn the other cheek. Why would we expect those who hate His Church and what Christ has founded to follow our Lord’s teaching. They cannot even restrain themselves from bearing false witness against us. Pridefully they justify their lies as ironically doing God’s work. Sin is never God’s work and nothing justifies such hatred and disobedience. They do not do this because they feel persecuted but instead because of their arrogance. Certainly they believe that their own self created beliefs are of more veracity than anything Christ, the disciples or His Church could ever teach. It is the age old nemesis of man which is pride which leads to destruction. On the last day it is likely that they will hear from our Lord, “depart from me I never knew you” and they will receive their eternal reward that they have earned which is eternity in the lake of fire.

    God bless!

    In Christ
    Fr. Joseph

  • Daniel Moldovan says:

    Because of their pride.
    My opinion is this: Any religion who worship and accept Jesus Christ as lord and savior, who believe in his death and resurrection can be considered a christian religion, so, for whose of you who tell Catholics aren´t christians, think again, are the Catholics believing in Jesus Christ? yes they do, so, they are christians, as well as all other who believe in Jesus.
    I am not member in any church, but i do believe in God and in Jesus, as his son, and as our savior, and i have respect for any church.

    Judge not that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1)

  • Patrick says:

    Although I’m Catholic now, I grew up Protestant. I’ve been on both sides of the proverbial fence. Not all Protestants are the same. Attitudes among individuals can vary quite a bit. However, the basic Protestant claim is that the Catholic Church did not exist until the 4th century A.D. They claim that, under the rule of emperor Constantine, most Christians apostasized from “true Christianity” and began a new religion which, they claim, was really just Roman paganism with Christian-sounding themes. They essentially claim that “real Christianity” continued to exist virtually hidden until the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther in the 16th century.

    Protestants typically claim that Catholics worship a pantheon of deities with the Saints essentially being “Christianized” replicas of the Roman pantheon of deities. They claim that Catholics worship the Pope just as Romans worshipped the emperor as a god. They claim that all the statues in Catholic churches are idols. They essentially claim that virtually every Catholic doctrine and practice is somehow derived from Roman paganism or perhaps even pagan religion from other cultures as Catholicism spread and supposedly absorbed the paganism of various cultures.

    The lies which Protestants are taught are imbedded deeply into their minds and are taught early on in childhood. In my own church, I was taught why everyone else was wrong at a very young age. In fact, very little effort was spent in teaching what I *was* supposed to believe. Essentially the tactic seemed to be to simply “prove” everyone else wrong so that, by default, we must be right. I still have some of the books we studied when I was Protestant. One of them is titled “Traditions of Men Versus the Word of God” by Alvin Jennings. The book is little more than a long list of accusations against various churches – beginning with Catholicism. The accusations are tissue-paper thin and fall under the weight of any actual study. It’s full of misrepresentations, quotes taken out of context, and contains several outright lies. This is typical of all the books we used when I was Protestant. But because we were only given this very narrow, one-sided view, it was all we knew. I personally spent two years of intensive study as a Protestant investigating the claims of Catholicism before I converted to Catholicism. Protestants are often so inculcated with the notion that Catholicism is pure satanic, pagan idolatry that they are discouraged from ever even investigating it. If they ever do wish to investigate it, they are directed to books such as Lorraine Boettner’s “Roman Catholicism” or O.C. Lambert’s “Catholicism Against Itself.” Essentially every lie incessantly repeated by Protestants against the Catholic Church comes from these two books.

    Not all Protestants hate Catholics (meaning individuals), but some do. However, the vast majority hate Catholicism (meaning the Catholic religion). The ones that don’t hate Catholicism essentially fall into four categories: 1) Protestants who aren’t taught well in the doctrine and tradition of their particular denomination, 2) lukewarm/indifferent Protestants, 3) Protestants who essentially believe that doctrine doesn’t really matter and believe that all denominations are equally valid expressions of Christianity (essentially a different form of indifferentism)., 4) Protestants who believe the Catholic Church is wrong doctrinally but at least have some level of respect or tolerance for Catholic beliefs and/or practices and maybe even acknowledge that the origins aren’t pagan.

  • Michael says:

    Catholics were not the first Christians!

    That is a lie too often told by the Catholic church.

    The Catholic church did not begin until the Roman Emperor Constantine established himself as the head of the church around 313 A.D., which made this new “Christianity” the official religion of the Roman Empire. The first actual Pope in Rome was probably Leo I (440-461 A.D.), although some claim that Gregory I was the first (590-604 A.D.).

    I’m a Protestant Christian and we don’t hate you. We believe you have some false teachings such as worshipping and praying to Mary and Purgatory but we do love you and consider you Christians.

  • ben_48_58 (the shadow) says:

    A Protestant is a Protestant and a Catholic is a Catholic. The two aren’t truly Christians, cause a Christian is a follower of Christ, not a follower of a ‘religion’. A religion is based on rites, dogmas and so on, while in the Gospel there’s no evidence of all that. Christianity is based only to the Christ purpose to live our life in a new way. That one is a real Christian.

  • Anna says:

    Christians should not hate Catholics; that is not right, but the reason some of us say that the RC church is not Christian is because of the unbiblical teachings of the RC church.

    For instance the Bible teaches the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning death ONCE – in Hebrews 9:26 it says: For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now ONCE in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. – but the RC church teaches that Christ must be sacrificed in the mass every time.

    Scripture teaches we are saved by grace alone through faith alone, ( For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 ) But Catholics believe we are saved by grace + works.

    The Bible says there is one mediator between God and man, that is Jesus Christ, ( For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5) but Catholics believe they must pray to Mary and the saints. And on and on it goes. Search the Scripture and you will see these differences for yourself.

  • Believer says:

    Because they follow their own traditions instead of the Bible.

  • Martin Neville says:

    Most do not say that and the rest are into ignorance. There are saved believers in all churches. Catholicism was not the first church. The Orthodox Church was the first church, the Catholics split away in 1053 because they created their own doctrines.

    There have been Protestants since the start. The Waldosarians of Italy kept the Christian faith since 104 AD and their were groups of non Catholic Christians in Sweden, England, and France as far back as 500 AD.

  • SisyphusIShappy says:

    Not many protestants are like that these days. At least not the mainstream ones, like Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, etc.

    Only the fringe groups hate Catholics, like Jehovah Witness, Assembly of God, some evangelicas, etc.

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