What do Protestants experience when they describe a “personal relationship with God”?
Some Protestants describe feelings that seem similar to those evoked by certain Ignatian retreats where the focus is laid on the union with Jesus Christ, or perhaps the feelings advocated by St. Simon de Montfort in his Marian devotions.  Most Protestants I have heard use the expression, 
"accepting Jesus" as one's "Personal lord and savior."  In Catholic spirituality the emotional response is closely linked with an engagement either in charitable works or a structured devotional regimen, for instance praying the rosary or attending novenas.  Even highly subjective spiritual practices such as the "charismatic" movement frequently involve accompanying 40 hours devotions, for example.   The interrelationship between the emotional and the sacramental life is not as strong in Protestantism.  Of course many, perhaps even most, Protestants who have the experience are spurred to do good works, but the connection doesn't seem as vital as it is to Catholics. Instead, the realization frequently prompts them to evangelize, which many Protestants appear to perceive as the functional equivalent as fulfilling the beatitudes, joining the corporate prayer of the Church, or partaking of the sacraments.
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RE: What do Protestants experience when they describe a “personal relationship with God”? - by Warrenton - 08-20-2019, 05:56 PM

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