The Unrecognized Turning Point in the Rebellion
The most notable critics of the Roman Catholic Church, whether Protestant or Nonconformist, have always missed the key events where the Papacy schemed to determine the outcome of rebel doctrine for all time to come. The original controversy between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism was focused on recovering a biblical soteriology. This was the basis of the Reformation and all its controversies with both the Papal hierarchy...
The Pentamerous Road to Rome
Baptism - A Four Part StudyWhat is New Covenant baptism and what does it supersede? Here are some of the common answers in the books.
1. Water replacing circumcision as the sign of Gods covenant.
2. Adult decisional baptism replacing household baptism.
3. Immersion replacing sprinkling.
All of these focus on an administration of water as the primary meaning of baptism. To date, there is no good book available on New Testament baptism providing a comprehensive view of...
Who are the Least of Christ's Brethren?Liberation Theology teachers and politicians of the religious left quote Mt. 25:31-40 more than any other passage of scripture. It is also a major favorite of works-mongering Papists and cults. A life dedicated to caring for the poor by supporting government re-distribution of wealth--this is proudly cited as a sure and certain ticket of entry to the pearly gates. Those who do not support government redistribution from the wealthy to the poor are cited as those whom Christ will most assuredly reject. Prodigious giving to the poor in general and even taking vows of povertytraditional Churchmen and statesmen have always promoted these as the greatest of human virtues. Politicians and reverends have always been united in their programs of implementing forced social redistribution. But it is not the honor of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ that motivates their contempt of personal financial liberty. Neither is it any real concern for the poor. It is the lust for personal power and control over the masses that lies behind it all. No one exemplified this power mongering more than Judas, who claimed respect for the poor as the motive in denying Mary the liberty to spend money according to her God-given wisdom. He actually wanted to siphon some of the money into his own account. Even so, the governors and spiritual sages of each generation scheme to gain money and power through guilt manipulation regarding the poor. This results in the gain of power to confiscate wealth for personal profit, while apportioning some to the poor to deceive those who cannot discern their real motives. ...
Brandan Kraft's response to Monty Colier's SlanderProv 10:18, (NASB), He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.
Prov 16:28, (NASB), A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
Martin Luther's Preface to the Epistle of JamesThough this epistle of St. James was rejected by the ancients, I praise it and consider it a good book, because it sets up no doctrines of men but vigorously promulgates the law of God. However, to state my own opinion about it, though without prejudice to anyone, I do not regard it as the writing of an apostle; and my reasons follow.
In the first place it is flatly against St. Paul and all the rest of Scripture in ascribing justification to works. It says that Abraham was justified by his works when he offered his son Isaac; though in Romans 4 St. Paul teaches to the contrary that Abraham was justified apart from works, by his faith alone, before he had offered his son, and proves it by Moses in Genesis 15. Now although this epistle might be helped and an interpretation devised for this justification by works, it cannot be defended in its application to works of Moses' statement in Genesis 15. For Moses is speaking here only of Abraham's faith, and not of his works, as St. Paul demonstrates in Romans 4. This fault, therefore, proves that this epistle is not the work of any apostle.
In the second place its purpose is to teach Christians, but in all this long teaching it does not once mention the Passion, the resurrection, or the Spirit of Christ. He names Christ several times; however he teaches nothing about him, but only speaks of general faith in God. Now it is the office of a true apostle to preach of the Passion and resurrection and office of Christ, and to lay the foundation for faith in him, as Christ himself says in John 15, "You shall bear witness to me." ...
The 400 Year Reign of the Baptist PopesThe Protestant movement arose in the early 16th century as an attempt to overthrow centuries of corruption and false doctrine in the Roman Catholic church. The heart and soul of the Protestant Reformation focused on a revival of Pauline soteriology, in opposition to the Papal doctrine of justification before God achieved by means of inner transformation--communicated in the clergy-administered church sacraments. The leaders of Protestantism have never acknowledged that the entire system of Roman soteriology was invented and expounded by Augustine of Hippo. There is instead an insistence that Augustinian theology is the very basis of the Reformation. Gus is alleged by Reformed teachers to espouse justification exclusively by the free grace of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
"His doctrine of the Church he had received whole from his predecessors, and he gave it merely the precision and vitality which insured its persistence . . . The problem which Augustine bequeathed to the Church for solution, the Church required a thousand years to solve. But even so, it is Augustine who gave us the Reformation. For the Reformation, inwardly considered, was just the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace over Augustine's doctrine of the church." Benjamin Warfield, Studies in Tertullian and Augustine (Baker, Grand Rapids, MI, 1991 reprint, p. 130)....
Gottschalk of Orbais : 9th Century Predestinarian?I found some interesting quotes about Godescalc, a Saxon theologian of the 9th century (808-867?)
From The Gottchalk Homepage
Gottschalk of Orbais (also spelled Godescalc) was a medieval monk who taught that Gods predestination is twofold. Gottschalk believed that before ages the Creator predestined some men to salvation and others to hell. Reaction of his former abbot Rabanus Maurus and his metropolitan Hincmar of Reims started the 9th century predestination controversy, which was made even more acute by the intervention of John Scot Erigena. Though many defended Gottschalks thoroughly Augustinian theology (among others Lupus of Ferrières, Ratramnus of Corbie, Prudentius of Troyes and Florus of Lyons) Gottschalk was imprisoned at the monastery of Hautvilliers where he later died having several times refused to renounce his views....
The Rock of The Scriptures : Jesus Christ or Peter?All to often in Christian circles, the issue of Authority is raised as to WHO is the head of the Body of Christ. Is it Peter the Apostle along with the line of successive popes, as Rome contends from Augustines writings ? Or is it Jesus Christ, the God-Man and Savior, as the scriptures and Apostles of Christ attest to all true Christians who are able to believe ?
To answer this, we must appeal to the final authority, which is the Word of God , the Holy Scriptures. 2 Ti.3:16-17 states....."All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
Jesus Christ our Lord stated in the Gospel of John 5:39.."Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." And after our Lords resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, speaking to Cleopas, Lukes Gospel states in 24:27, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." ...
The Augustinian Captivity of the Reformed ChurchIt is always interesting when I converse with reformed protestants that live in my community. Although they would say they disagree with most teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, they hold up and lend credence to Augustine of Hippo as if he was some great Protestant reformer. How naive they have become! Have they even considered what Augustine believed to be true? Have they ever done any research? When I state to them that Augustine never believed or taught the Pauline doctrine of Justification by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in the Imputed merits of Christ Alone, they recoil and tell me, My reverend pastor never said what you are saying They also tell me that R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, and many other reformed scholars speak very highly of Augustine
These types of statements from the Laos are proof that they have been misled and deceived from those (Clergy) they have been conditioned (from baby sprinkling or Baptism and indoctrination in their church) to trust and follow. This new wave of Protestant cult obedience to their Clergy makes Roman prelates proud of them, for they are no different than their whore mother church. ...
Exposition of James 2:14-26In James 2:14-26 the author talks about faith and works. There are several possible interpretations that should be considered.
1. James is talking about demonstrating faith by works before God. (The Catholic interpretation, here is an example http://www.catholicintl.com/epologet...er-answers.htm )
2. James is talking about demonstrating faith by works before Man. (The Protestant interpretation, heres an example http://www.opc.org/new_horizons/NH05/02a.html )
3. James is talking about demonstrating faith by works before both man and God. (I havent met any that hold to this yet)
Catholic apologists exegesis of James 2 is why they hold to faith plus works for justification before God. However, I completely disagree with Catholicism and many of their doctrines; they are clearly against the Gospel of grace.
Protestants in order to hold on to the pure Gospel have to hold that James is talking about faith before men. The text just doesnt support this view. So the only option for those of us who love the Gospel of grace is to perform and utilize poor interpretation methods or reject James as scripture. Id rather stay consistence in my interpretation and reject James than have to make Paul and James seem to agree. ...
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