Have you read this article on our own web site by our resident author, David Wooten (a.k.a. DavidBryan)?
The Unbiblical Doctrine of Sola scriptura
"Resident author," huh? You're very kind.
I think that, in the words of the "Our Life in Christ" guys, the problem isn't that RCs and Orthodox have "too low a view" of Scripture (as Evangelicals will often accuse) but rather that Evangelicals have too low a view of the Church. I think that sums up my opinion in a nutshell.
I think Evangelicalism is a halfway house on the way to Catholicism or Orthodoxy.
I just love so many of them. They have their hearts in the right place. They understand the need for radical, personal conversion. And once you are converted to Christ, and the door of your heart and soul is thrown wide open for the Holy Ghost, where do you go from there? His Church.
I went through an Evangelical period myself. I wouldn't be in the Church now if not for that experience.
See, but here's my thing -- and I was just talking about this this afternoon at coffee hour...hang on just a second...
It is a VERY dangerous thing to depend on Evangelicalism to provide us with our means of "getting a vision" for Jesus Christ...for "radical, personal conversion," for "throwing your heart wide open for the Holy Ghost" and all that...we are the Church
; this experience should not only be a part of our life in Christ, but it should be the hallmark
of it, as well.
The key to all of this is transparency, imo. As Fr. Tom Hopko is fond of saying, the vestments aren't about the vestments; they're about God. The icons aren't about the icons; they're about God. The chant, the history, the canons, the rubrics, the incense and liturgical trappings -- NONE of this is an end to itself; NONE of it is about any past era, any time when men trusted in chariots or horses or emperors or czars, any particular language or lifestyle, or any conservative stance on any social or political issue. It's not even about having all of your theological ducks in a row so you can write lengthy articles for the OC.net article section.
Until we get to the place where we are adamant about instilling a vision--in and among ourselves!--that is centered on nothing more and nothing less than the following, we will not be what we're called to be:
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures...and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep...And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man...For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“ O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
Until we come to see the above as the point of why we come together every Sunday morning/Wed. night/Sat. night -- and are active in our living this out outside of those times (not to mention bringing people in to begin to experience it) -- we'll continue to see those who denigrate the Church still surpass us in zeal and desire for God -- a zeal not according to knowledge, but when one considers that the alternative often even lacks that zeal, well...</soapbox>