Communion of Saints DebatePatrick Madrid vs. James White
Patrick Madrid vs. James White This debate, held in New York before a live audience of nearly 1,000 people, was a great opportunity to contrast the Catholic and Reformed Protestant views on the nature and meaning of the communion of saints. The exchange concentrated primarily on the biblical evidence surrounding this issue. Patrick Madrid endeavored to demonstrate the biblical evidence for the Catholic teaching, which rests on the facts that 1) the Church is the Body of Christ, 2) that there is only one Body (not one in heaven and one on earth), 3) that death does not separate the members of the Body, and 4) that all members of the Body of Christ are commanded to pray for and spiritually assist one another, and this includes the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints in heaven.
The debate also focused heavily on the testimony of the early Church on the subject of venerating Mary and the saints. Patrick showed — especially through the testimony of great Catholic bishops such as St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, and St. John Chrysostom, as well as other important early Catholic Scripture scholars and bishops — that the early Christians universally venerated the saints and invoked their intercession. this is a debate you will really enjoy and benefit from seeing. The spectacle of two veteran apologist — Catholic vs. Protestant — go at it in a clash that kept the audience members on the edge of their seats for three hours!
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