Unless you know me in person, then you probably have certain pictures in your head of who you think I am, and you are probably wrong about some things. I think this is why some of the anti-Candy websites are out there, and I think that is why some of the comments I get are (to me) outrageous. I think when I don't fit the personality that people have assumed I possess, then they get angry, or feel let down. Thus, this article is to tell you a bit more about me, so that some people's miss-conceptions about me have more of a chance of melting away without someone being hurt or angry.
I don't feel that this "anti-Candy website" came about because of a misconception about Candy's personality. It has to do with her misconceptions of what Catholicism is about.
These particular points caught my eye:
6. I am not a legalist Christian. I know we have liberty in Christ, therefore, if I see the need to slip on a pair of blue jeans, I have no problem doing so (except that I don't currently own any).
7. I don't believe that you have to be "dresses only" to be saved.
Candy wrote just last week about modest dressing, and a sort of picture of the Christian mother. These are two topics that I consider myself impartial on, because it really doesn't bother me that Candy is dresses only, or that she homeschools. Yet, after reading the two articles, I came away with a definite impression that she was saying that if you are a Christian, you MUST wear only dresses (if you are a woman), homeschool your child, not let your child attend Sunday school, etc.
So yes, this is informative, and changes my impression of her a bit. Candy does, clearly, have a strong personality. Perhaps she is so forceful when she gives her opinion on matters, that she can give the impression that she feels everyone should follow that opinion. It would be helpful to have a way to understand when she is giving her opinion, and when she is giving a declaration of fact (for lack of a better term).
What I am leading to here, is the next point on her list:
10. I believe what the Bible says about how to go to heaven, and that is this:
|That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. -Romans 10:9-11|
What I am more confused about Candy than anything else, is why she feels that Catholics are not Christians. This is a very simple criteria for being saved.
1. Catholics confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus.
2. Catholic believe in their heart that God has raised him from the dead.
3. Therefore, Catholics should be saved.
Yet, Candy wrote to Angie:
Angie, it's nice that you believe in Jesus Christ - whatever that means. I believe in Abraham Lincoln, but that's not getting me into heaven. Also, I already told you that I'm not condemning you, GOD has ALREADY done that, and I gave you scripture which proved it.
Clearly, we are working with a different definition of "to believe" here. I suspect (and again, I'm admitting this is total speculation) that Candy would argue that true belief is followed by actions. What she has mentioned before is that you would have a total change of life, and start reading and studying the Bible. If you study the Bible, you would see the errors of the Catholic Church and leave it.
Therefore, to be saved, a Catholic must leave the Catholic Church in order to have a true faith. If Angie, or whoever, remains in the Church, then whatever they are professing, it isn't a true faith in Jesus.
My concern with this is that it sounds like "works salvation" to me. In order to be saved, you must perform the action of leaving the Catholic Church.
Now, one of the criticisms that we receive is that we take apart posts which don't have anything to do with Catholicism. What this post is about, is just sharing some of my thoughts as I read through what Candy has written. Sometimes, there are so many questions that I wish I could ask her, so I could understand her thought process, and so maybe understand her view of Catholicism a little better.
Plus, this blog is really boring when we don't post for days on end, so we might as well have something to discuss! If we have any readers who have similar theological views of salvation to Candy, please feel free to post your understanding of the topic. I know that you don't represent Candy, but it can still be helpful.