Much could be said of this.
In short, Protestants are eisegesists
; and recoil from anything telling them otherwise. They respect those who practice the same (regardless of whether they agree with their interpretations); and reject anything and anyone that involves the notion of ‘obedience’.
Make no mistake about it: They flee from obedience
They do not follow Holy Scripture (or even the KJV Book); and:
• delete whole books that present obstacles,
• add words to the text that do not exist, and/or
• pay no attention to text that contradicts or is problematic to their previously-conceived positions.
Simply stated: “They ignore the truth when presented to them.”
To wit (from a recent encounter with a Protestant objecting to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin):
Holy Scripture tells us that it is the will of Almighty God that all people seek to obtain the Truth. Make no mistake about it, God does not care about what makes man feel good (cf. Mt 22:16); but directs man to seek the Truth.
"This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth." (1 Tm 2:3-4)
And then, later in the same letter to Timothy, St. Paul tells us where to find the truth:
“…if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.” (1Tm 3:15)
To reiterate: God wants all men to seek and come to the knowledge of truth, and the truth is found in the Church of the Living God. (NB: He did not say that the Holy Bible was the pillar and bulwark of truth, but the Church who wrote and defined the Holy Bible in the Decree of Pope St. Damassus I. Refer to 2nd link provided below.)
We see also that it is Jesus who is guiding His Church on earth from Heaven: "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." (Lk 10:16).
Then in St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus made it very clear how the teachings of His Church will be treated by God:
"He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church [NB: one singular church], and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’" (Mt 16:15-19)Ex cathedra
teachings, and much more are discussed in: Upon this Rock www.call2holiness.org/UponThisRock/Ron/UponThisRock.htm
Thereafter, Jesus told us to obey His Church:
"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 18:15-18)
Now, in the previous citation, which Church is Jesus referring to? Whatever Church it is, clearly it would have to be one of unified doctrine, purpose, teaching and guidance. Further, it would have to date back to the days of Jesus.
There is only one Church that can satisfy those requirements, and that is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
It certainly does not refer to any Protestant ecclesial community. Protestantism did not arise for another 1,500 years. If one asserts that this citation referred to one of the Protestant ecclesial communities, who could believe that Almighty God expected man to comply with Mt 18:15-18 for 1,500 years without such Protestant ecclesial community being in existence to serve as judge?
If for the simple sake of argument, we assume that Mat 18:15-18 refers to one of the Protestant ecclesial communities, which of the 40,000 – 45,000 would it be? No two of them can agree? And then how many are there within each Protestant ecclesial community who in their Sunday school, bicker on their respective personal interpretations of this verse of Scripture or that verse of Scripture? And then there are the thousands of Protestants each of whom believe they are a ‘religion of one’. Which of them would be the judge contemplated in Mt 18:15-18? Do they judge and obey themselves?
There is only one Church, and that is the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ, true God and true man; founded by Jesus upon the Apostles; guided by the Holy Spirit and thus forming the ‘pillar and bulwark of truth’.
Holy Scripture is clear; all are called to obey the Church or be treated as Gentiles AND tax collectors. (NB: He said AND…i.e. a double curse.)
St. Paul added: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!” (Gal 1:8-9) Scripture Alone? Is Half the Story Sufficient? www.call2holiness.org/ScriptureAlone/ScriptureAlone.htm How We Know That Holy Scripture is Truly the Word of God https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/era-of-peace/conversations/topics/433
The foregoing was rejected completely by the Protestant in question, simply because it interfered with his religion of eisegesis.
My experience has been that this is the typical reaction.
My point is that they do not practice belief in Scripture, as they profess. As St. Augustine stated (paraphrased from memory): “If you find anything within Holy Scripture that you do not believe; it is not Holy Scripture that you believe, but yourself.”