Turned to Stone. Now I stretch daily.
At what point is catholicism and protestantism together syncretism and at what point are they in the same religion? In your view. You don't have to defend your view and would actually disrupt the process. What is the overlap? Would being both be impossible?
On a personal note: If I, a protestant and the son of many generations of protestants, goes into a catholic diocese and joins their church does it mean that I have left one church for another? If a baptist is also catholic is either church insulted? Is Christ harmed by this or the church harmed? Are unbelievers harmed or the world or the gospel?
Is it down to a particular denomination such as only anglicans or only anglicans, methodists and lutherans?
What if a Greek Orthodox joins a Roman Catholic church or vice versa?
What about the newer denominations and ones that people often consider to be cults?
What about quakers? Can quakers be in any denomination/catholic/orthodox/protestant?
What about universalists?
What about marriages between different kinds of Christians or people in denominations with catholics?
There is a story in 2 Kings 5 in which Elisha grants that Naaman be forgiven for bowing to the god of his master. Is this how each church is to regard the worship of churches with which we disagree, or is it too judgy? Not enough of a distinction? Is this for example how the baptist ought to view the catholic's worship that involves rosary beads, sprinkling, gorgeous robes, transubstantiation etc. or should a baptist/etc view them in some other way?
As for me and my opinion: I think that the current boundaries of denominations are too heavy and too respected and ought to be ignored. I won't defend my opinion in this non debate thread, but that is what I lean towards. This is not news to anybody. I just don't view any churches as perfect enough for it to matter.