[Note] I write more for Protestant Church of Christ (CofC) members who love the Bible and Christianity, so *most* of its ministers will not enjoy this perfectly indicative example of their jealousy and pride.
CofC preacher Eugene Adkins “introduced” himself to me a couple years ago when several CofC preachers found, fought, and left irrational comments on my original Comparative Religion website (which has morphed into this blog); Adkins knows how fruitful this apostolate has been. Having learned who some of those characters are, I browse their “words of wisdom” on their own blogs to keep more informed about the CofC niche and how its leaders perpetually attack the Catholic Church. (For that, I’m a “troll”.) Several of them actually think my name is “Pax” because I’ve signed off with the word “pax” (which means “peace”) within my few correspondences. It’s their sort of ignorant antagonism that provides entertainment for writers / apologists like me who help others understand the Faith—writers who use scriptural and historical reasoning, writers who prefer context over proof-text, writers who pursue truth over career, Catholics.
Adkins presents himself how most CofC preachers present themselves and illustrates how people in the religion business, as a result of their jealousy and pride, in fact showcase their own glaring contrast with the Church Christ built. As a blogger, he unfortunately fairly represents the normative CofC online presence; he attacks the Catholic Church and refuses to allow nonconforming comments (facts) to post. He is, however, absolutely willing to email insults to me full of typical name-calling, arrogance, and insults to my readers. (“immature, 10 years old, egotistic, childlike,” etc.) Even the most “teddy bear” “rainbow bridge” Catholic apologists are often called “mean-spirited” or “rude” by people employed within the religious world. It’s been happening for two thousand years. The observer who is interested in truth, however, can easily detect which party is able to make sound arguments and which party can only attack the messenger.
And so it isn’t a surprise that Adkins has recently aligned himself with the Sad’ducees and hates how the holy father’s ministry is seen in public. Adkins and co. can’t even muster the courage to write the words “Pope” and “successor” outside of quotation marks on their blogs and commentary. (The modern Protestant wish for the papacy and succession to be a Catholic fiction isn’t biblical; I’ve written a book about the CofC’s best arguments for such wishful thinking here.) He and most CofC leaders that I’ve ever known of or have talked with seem to have such an irrational and visceral hate for the Church that they can’t keep from revealing their ignorance of the Bible every time they attack her. Below is a screenshot of one of Adkins’ recent gems at Fellowshiproom.com:
If the CofC were the Church, it’s bizarre that its leaders are so obsessed with the Catholic Church. Students with actual theological curiosity and a desire for truth are turned away from such irrational behavior, and they discover that the fact the CofC needs the Catholic Church to even exist proves that the CofC cannot be the first Church! (That often requires logic and reading.) Intellectual pursuit is not important to them; self-preservation is what jealous men who hate the Pope (their competition) are interested in. Such Protestants never tire of giving their more-discerning followers reasons to consider the real Church of Christ, which is Catholic, which is historical, which actually wrote the New Testament and created the Bible. And the Scriptures that Adkins and other self-made men-o-god pretend to love reveal what they only can: a Catholic Church through and through!
And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sad’ducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison.
-Acts 5:14-18, emphasis added