Monday, April 29, 2013

The Filioque

Many Eastern Orthodox will try to tell us that we are heretics due to "The Filioque" in the Nicene Creed, which "filioque" means "and the Son" in speaking of the procession of the Holy Ghost.  The original wording of the creed only says of the Holy Ghost that He "proceeds from the Father."  To "proceed" is to "come from" or from the perspective of the credo, it is from whom someone is "sent."  

Catholics have always believed this proceeding comes from both the Father and the Son.  The Filioque was added to the creed to clarify the teaching on the Trinity - AND it is quite scriptural too!  See:
John 16:7 - But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
The Orthodox cannot declare us heretics for following not only the TRUTH, but that Truth as it is explicitly expressed in Scripture!  Clearly here Scripture attests to the fact that the Holy Ghost would be "sent" by the Son too.

Let us continue to pray that one day Orthodoxy and Catholicism will be one again, just as Jesus desires for us.  After nearly 1000 years of separation, it's time to let the politics of the 11th century go and become One Fold again.

Can I get an "Amen?"


  1. This is precisely where I, as a Reformed Protestant, would start to defend the doctrine. And I love the graphic (of course, it's in Latin, which makes it way cooler).

  2. Hi Barry. Thanks. On this point we are in agreement. This is part of Catholicism which Protestantism (for the most part) did not attempt to "reform." ;-)



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