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  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 12:19:59 PM PST · 50 of 64
    dartuser to ealgeone
    lol ... We haven't interacted before I see ...

    Next time I will check who I am posting to and make sure I put the < / sarc> tag ... lol.

  • John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ

    03/03/2015 12:14:05 PM PST · 4 of 8
    dartuser to fishtank
    I greatly respect MacArthur but he is not a perfect teacher.

    And he has moved several of his positions over the years into the hyper-Calvinist camp. Perhaps Sproul and Piper are rubbing off on him too much.

  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 11:58:25 AM PST · 48 of 64
    dartuser to ealgeone
    And you know this how? He send you an email?

    That would be part of sacred tradition.

  • Two Things to Keep in Mind When Evangelicals Turn Catholic

    03/03/2015 11:35:24 AM PST · 16 of 35
    dartuser to editor-surveyor
    So, another well known heretic has departed the faith to join Rome!

    If you're going to go apostate ... order the super size and go with the original.

  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    03/03/2015 7:06:01 AM PST · 18 of 19
    dartuser to rwa265
    Your questions indicate that you don’t know enough about Tim to draw an informed conclusion on his knowledge of scripture or exegetical skills. I really don’t know that much more about him than you do.

    But your assertion about him was that he was well grounded in scripture ...

    So on the one hand he is well-grounded in scripture, and I don't know enough about him to make an assessment ... but then you don't know much about him either ... ?

    That at the very least suggests that your definition of well-grounded really means 'he is now a Catholic so he is solid.'

    I do not know if you have ever looked at Catholic writings in any depth.

    With the advent of the internet ... the online CCC is a valuable resource for RC teaching. Isn't that what we non-Catholics should be looking at for your beliefs?

    Salvation posts her 'Catholic word for the day' ... and the huge array of RCs that post here are plenty of data points for determining what the RCC teaches.

    Do you disagree here ... is there something else that I should look at ...

  • The Journey Home - 3/2/2015 - Dr. Wesley Vincent

    03/02/2015 8:53:03 PM PST · 12 of 14
    dartuser to NYer
    Furthermore, we discovered that the faith, which all Christians in every place for fifteen hundred years had understood to be true,

    Sir, you have truly been duped if you think the church fathers present a cogent theology on ... anything ... let alone share a consistency for 1500 years.

    Origen was a universalist ... Clement of Rome believed in a mythical bird as an example of the possibility of the resurrection ... the disparate beliefs go on and on.

  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    03/02/2015 8:29:14 PM PST · 15 of 19
    dartuser to rwa265
    He has a thorough knowledge of scriptures. Otherwise, he would never have been allowed to be an Assembly of God youth pastor.

    Because he was a youth pastor has nothing to do with whether he can exegete the scriptures or not. Depending on the particular flavor of AofG, if you speak in tongues and you're baptized with the Spirit that is the main requirement for ministry positions. Many of the AofG pastors have no theological training at all.

    Within 6 months, though, he convinced his brother to become a Catholic, and he is now a priest. In fact, he brought his whole family into the Church. So he evidently has some exegetical skills.

    Your logic is atrocious ... he converts his family and that implies he can interpret the scriptures correctly?

    I am not convinced that he studied the Bible and made his decision based on solid exegesis of the text. I have seen nothing yet that discusses any specific passages that 'turned the tide' for him.

    Does he consider his spirit baptism in the AofG null and void? Was he re-baptized as a Roman Catholic? Did he consider himself saved as an AofG or not until he became Catholic?

    I have seen enough of these 'welcome home' threads to know that those who go from Baptist, etc. to Roman Catholic have no Biblical foundation for their transition ...

    Most of the time ... the RC interpretation of the church fathers comes into play ... not the Bible.

  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    03/02/2015 1:57:19 PM PST · 13 of 19
    dartuser to rwa265
    From the second link you provided ...

    Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources.

    Again ... He didn't convert from study of scripture ... he converted by reading RC propaganda ... and the church fathers. Which in and of itself tells me his exegetical skills are nonexistent.

  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/02/2015 8:33:52 AM PST · 252 of 1,104
    dartuser to verga
    OSAS another prot myth.

    Again ... waiting for any catholic to find the place in scripture where the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit can be reversed.

    Jesus said some demons cannot be cast out except by prayer and fasting ... yet apparently a person can cast the Holy Spirit out of themselves somehow?

  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/02/2015 6:19:42 AM PST · 178 of 1,104
    dartuser to Arthur McGowan
    Jesus said repeatedly that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have eternal life.

    John 6 can be, at best, a foreshadowing of the RC eucharist, for the events in John 6 occurred years before the death of Christ.

    Further, it is not believable that having mentioned the true nature of the eucharist, supposedly, ... that John would not mention it in the Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17). John is the only gospel that does not mention the institution of the Lords Table.

    No RC has a cogent explanation of this ...

    You are welcome to give it a try

  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/02/2015 6:05:58 AM PST · 169 of 1,104
    dartuser to metmom

    And the light exposes the darkness ...

  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    03/02/2015 5:47:01 AM PST · 11 of 19
    dartuser to rwa265
    Again ... the details are not provided.

    What exactly was he studying? You seem to allude to 'writings' other than the scriptures. And I would venture to guess that he was studying the church fathers.

    Further, the comment about being associated with Jimmy Swaggart Bible college is also telling me this individual did not have the tools to interpret the Biblical text consistent with the grammatical historical approach using sound hermeneutical principles.

    Post his story in full if you know of where it is ... where he lays out his exact arguments using scripture.

  • Pope Francis: ‘Money Is the Devil’s Dung!’

    03/01/2015 6:14:02 AM PST · 63 of 85
    dartuser to 2ndDivisionVet
    Money Is the Devil’s Dung!

    Spoken from the vicar of the one true church ... you know ... the one with billions in assets all around the world.

  • The Journey Home: Tim Staples

    02/28/2015 5:34:45 PM PST · 8 of 19
    dartuser to NYer
    Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!

    And what was he studying? It wasn't the Bible.

  • Why Jesus is not the Jewish messiah

    02/28/2015 5:30:15 PM PST · 58 of 159
    dartuser to gusopol3
    Full of joy that some first century Jews believed he is.

    Indeed ... without their testimony, eyewitness account, and courageous witness ... we would not be posting here.

  • Plausible Hypothesis on What Exactly the “Abomination of Desolation” Might Be

    02/28/2015 5:27:38 PM PST · 24 of 49
    dartuser to BlatherNaut
    Is this The Abomination of Desolation? It is the strongest candidate in all of Church history, and thus CANNOT be dismissed or ignored as such.

    Well ... actually ... it CAN be dismissed immediately.

    Dan 9:24-27 pertains to the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem ...

    It has nothing to do with the RCC ... unless you sprinkle way too much of that special RC interpretation sauce on the text.

  • Defending The Pre-trib Rapture

    02/28/2015 5:16:43 PM PST · 46 of 197
    dartuser to Sally
    There aren't a whole lot of pre-trib rapturists who see the rapture in Matt 24 ... the man has constructed the usual strawman.

    Consult www.pre-trib.org if you want scholarly articles and studies defending the doctrine.

  • President Obama "Steps Up" Attack On Estate Planning Techniques

    02/28/2015 7:28:57 AM PST · 2 of 20
    dartuser to TurboZamboni

    If you have a job in Obies economy ... you’re wealthy.

  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/27/2015 6:23:11 AM PST · 87 of 118
    dartuser to metmom
    Oh you foolish Catholics. Having begun by faith, are you being perfected by the flesh?

    lol ... And I would challenge the assertion that they even began by faith ...

  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/26/2015 4:06:57 AM PST · 171 of 439
    dartuser to pgyanke
    You're obfuscating ... It was a plain simple question.

    How is the regenerating work of the HS reversed?

  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 9:05:17 PM PST · 147 of 439
    dartuser to pgyanke
    A careful reading of the Beatitudes shows it full of conditional language. "'If' you are poor in Spirit, the Kingdom of God is yours."

    This is not a conditional statement in the Greek text at all!

  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 8:49:46 PM PST · 143 of 439
    dartuser to pgyanke
    It is not once saved, always saved. It's more like... now that you're saved, stay saved.

    So the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit can be reversed? That would be a direct contradiction of John 14:16-17

  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 8:49:05 PM PST · 142 of 439
    dartuser to pgyanke
    It is not once saved, always saved. It's more like... now that you're saved, stay saved.

    So the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit can be reversed? That would be a direct contradiction of John 14:16-17

  • Faith Alone v. Forgiving Trespasses: How the Lord's Prayer Contradicts the Reformation

    02/25/2015 8:39:14 PM PST · 137 of 439
    dartuser to ealgeone
    If we take this literally, then the disciples should have been literally eating Him right there on the spot. that they didn't is telling. They understood what He was saying.

    Those that didn't believe Jesus were the ones who took his words literally. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?' ...

    Bottom line is that the Romanists align themselves with the people who rejected Christ and did not believe.

  • How We Got the Bible

    02/25/2015 9:48:02 AM PST · 108 of 277
    dartuser to NYer
    The first historical reference listing the exact 27 writings in the orthodox New Testament is in the Easter Letter of Athanasius in 367 AD.

    No doubt you ignored the main point ... your assertion that the council in 397 was the first to publish a list of the canonical books has been falsified.

  • How We Got the Bible

    02/25/2015 9:05:40 AM PST · 102 of 277
    dartuser to NYer
    The Council of Carthage (397) was the first Council to publish a list of all the inspired books of the Bible.

    http://www.churchhistory101.com/new-testament-canon.php

  • How We Got the Bible

    02/25/2015 7:04:09 AM PST · 78 of 277
    dartuser to CynicalBear
    Trying to claim that being used by Him is assurance of eternal life with Him is fallacy.

    ... golf clap ...

  • How We Got the Bible

    02/25/2015 6:59:15 AM PST · 75 of 277
    dartuser to NKP_Vet
    The Catholic Church chose which books to include in the Bible in the Synod of Hippo (393 AD) and confirmed it at Carthage (397 AD). Without the Catholic Church there would be no Bible.

    Catholic Sacred Tradition ping ...

  • How We Got the Bible

    02/25/2015 6:56:41 AM PST · 73 of 277
    dartuser to NYer
    The Council of Carthage (397) was the first Council to publish a list of all the inspired books of the Bible.

    Catholic mythology ping

  • Fr Terrence Staples: Former Assembly of God - The Journey Home Program ["Works-Righteousness"]

    02/25/2015 6:55:02 AM PST · 9 of 18
    dartuser to RnMomof7
    It is little interest to me where reprobates go to "church" or if they go at all...

    Yeah, but if you are going to go apostate ... go full apostate with the original.

  • Fish based diets cause archaeological dating problems

    02/24/2015 3:55:58 AM PST · 3 of 26
    dartuser to SunkenCiv
    Knowing what might cause an error is vital when it comes to dating...

    ... as well as knowing IF that 'what might cause' ... has actually occurred.

  • How good do I have to be to go to heaven?

    02/24/2015 3:52:20 AM PST · 66 of 66
    dartuser to Fester Chugabrew
    Yes, you're right, sorry ... that's what I get for posting before having my coffee in the morning.

    Now to find the other thread or conversation ... my apologies sir.

  • How good do I have to be to go to heaven?

    02/24/2015 3:32:31 AM PST · 64 of 66
    dartuser to Fester Chugabrew
    I tend to treat the 4 Gospels as a bunch, so no difficulty at all in attributing sacramental presence in any case. Exegesis? All I did was pull text.

    No, all you did was pull a verse out of a large discourse, negating both the historical and grammatical context ...

    Then, by ignoring the context, you made the error of assuming the number (singular vs. plural) of the words used was significant.

    And by doing that ... you ignore what is clearly in the text ... and replace it with something that is not.

  • Question: "I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?"

    02/24/2015 3:21:12 AM PST · 303 of 312
    dartuser to mountainlion
    Ask the Holy Spirit.

    And you know its the Holy Spirit answering because ... ?

  • Question: "I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?"

    02/23/2015 5:17:02 PM PST · 244 of 312
    dartuser to mountainlion
    Believe with all your heart mind and soul.

    How do you know if you are short on the 'all' part of that?

  • How good do I have to be to go to heaven?

    02/23/2015 4:53:30 PM PST · 60 of 66
    dartuser to Fester Chugabrew
    You do know that your quote from John 6 was years before Jesus' death and resurrection?

    Do you also know that John is the only gospel that DOES NOT mention the institution of the eucharist during the Upper Room Discourse (John 13-17)?

    John 6 is at best ... a foreshadowing of the 'sacrament' ... but for John to omit the institution in chapters 13-17 wrecks your whole exegesis.

  • Question: "I am a Catholic. Why should I consider becoming a Christian?"

    02/23/2015 4:46:10 PM PST · 223 of 312
    dartuser to mountainlion
    I believe that if you believe Christ is the Son of God you are a Christian.

    Are you certain nothing more is required?

    I would point to ...

    Luke 4:40 While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.
    41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.

  • Salvation by Faith or Works?

    02/23/2015 4:31:18 PM PST · 39 of 105
    dartuser to CpnHook
    Your exegesis sounds good ... if you ignore what the question was in the previous verse ...

    John 6:28 - Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?"

    If you have to do the works as part of your salvation ... then there can never be pure motives in doing them ... there is always a selfish aspect to it. You do them because you have to ... without them you don't make it.

    Freedom in Christ is doing the works knowing we don't have to ... we want to ... we want to share the gospel with others, we want to study the scriptures, we want to help the poor ... not because we must ... but because we can now do it without selfish motives ... our motives at least have the potential to be selfless.

  • Salvation by Faith or Works?

    02/23/2015 4:16:01 PM PST · 37 of 105
    dartuser to Roman_War_Criminal
    They can never explain the deeds of the thief on the cross who made it to heaven with Christ that day—and he wasn’t even baptized!

    They have an explanation ...

  • Reflections: My Neighbour The Catholic

    02/20/2015 8:47:31 PM PST · 79 of 82
    dartuser to Ge0ffrey
    What if Mary had said “no”?

    What if Abraham had said "no"?

  • Rob Bell And The Progressive Emergent Church Embrace Sodomite Marriage

    02/20/2015 4:04:03 PM PST · 19 of 109
    dartuser to Elsie
    Circumcision was a SIGN given to the Chosen People.

    Further ... it was a sign of the Abrahamic Covenant, not the Mosaic Covenant.

  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/14/2015 8:01:43 PM PST · 206 of 271
    dartuser to bunkerhill7
    Don't really need to do a mental exercise ... I'm gonna go back to the hard evidence ...

    Extant Greek NT MSS ... thousands
    Extant Aramaic/Hebrew NT MSS ... none

  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/14/2015 4:55:38 AM PST · 117 of 271
    dartuser to bunkerhill7
    That is a good summary of the evidence ... I'm sure you have seen the arguments against that evidence. If not, here is one source ... but there are many others.

    http://www.bible.ca/jw-YHWH-hebrew-matthew.htm

    But the evidence I am seeking is an actual MSS ... from the time period of the first that presumably made the claim (article says Irenaeus ~180 AD).

    P46 is circa 2nd century ... its Greek.

    Anyway ... I do notice that most Catholics who take the 'Matthew was written in Hebrew/Aramaic' view eventually use it to make the lexical claim in Matt 16 that "Peter is the rock."

    However, I believe in this case ... Necessity truly is the Mother of Invention.

  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/13/2015 5:11:42 PM PST · 100 of 271
    dartuser to piusv
    It is the same sacrifice. Christ is not re-sacrificed.

    Jesus was born ...
    Jesus was sacrificed ...
    Jesus rose from the dead ...
    Jesus ascended into heaven ...

    So lets go back to step 2 and celebrate that one perpetually?

  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/13/2015 4:49:42 PM PST · 96 of 271
    dartuser to bunkerhill7
    Some originals were written in Aramaic, not greek

    Post a link to a facsimile one of these Aramaic texts that pre-dates, say, P46.

  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/13/2015 4:03:39 PM PST · 86 of 271
    dartuser to Campion
    All those Catholic lurkers you mention need to do is to study up on the careers of men like Scott Hahn and Marcus Grodi.

    And we who reject Romanism would urge all those Catholic lurkers to not bother studying the lives of some men, which has absolutely zero chance of producing regeneration ... but, rather, study the scriptures ... which are entirely, effectively and infallibly ... the Word of God.

  • Bowing the Knee to Rome

    02/13/2015 2:01:59 PM PST · 55 of 271
    dartuser to WXRGina
    The truth is that if we honestly love Catholics and want them to receive the forgiveness of their sins and the gift of eternal life that Jesus has paid for and that He offers through a simple act of faith on their part, then any form of encouraging the false gospel of Rome (no matter how well-intentioned) by those who profess to know Christ is a betrayal of the truth and insures for Catholics eternal separation from God.

    That is why the majority of us active posters are here. We are not expecting that the Catholic apologists up here will embrace the true gospel; we pray for that; but only God can open their eyes to Biblical truth.

    We are here for the thousands of Roman Catholics who never respond, who never post, but who always read ... in the hope that some may be seeking the God of the Bible, and turn away from their sins, their idols, their false doctrines, and the god of Rome.

  • Length of creation days debated

    02/13/2015 1:49:22 PM PST · 96 of 96
    dartuser to ifinnegan
    I think the Ten Commandments are poetic and of course are to be taken literally.

    We are in agreement ... so lets look at what the text of Exodus 20 actually says ... (NASB text)

    1 Then God spoke all these words, saying,
    2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
    3 "You shall have no other gods before Me.
    4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
    5 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
    6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
    7 "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
    8 "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    9 "Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
    10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.
    11 "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
    12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
    13 "You shall not murder.
    14 "You shall not commit adultery.
    15 "You shall not steal.
    16 "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

    See the issue? Clearly the Ten Commandments, from a purely textual standpoint, offers the reader no choice but to take them literally ... and since that little statement about in "six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth" is in the middle of these commandments ... if you are going to be hermeneutically consistent (and that's a choice) then you have to take the six days literally as well.

    The issue also comes into focus later in Exodus 31 ...

    15 'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.
    16 'So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.'
    17 "It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed."

    Now you have the Sabbath clearly explained in the context of a normal work week ... and that in the context of the six days of creation.

    I am not sure why you need to put that as an either/or.

    Hopefully you see now why it IS an either/or.

    I also don’t know why you think this addresses the question of the extra-Biblical Young Earth doctrine.

    It is the NON young earth doctrine that is extra-Biblical ... for there is no underlying textual issue that forces us to conclude Genesis 1 is not to be taken literally, as I have argued from the above Exodus passages.

    It is the desire to harmonize with science that prompts people to reject the literal view.

  • Length of creation days debated

    02/13/2015 10:41:52 AM PST · 93 of 96
    dartuser to Star Traveler
    Well said ...

    Whenever someone invents a new view, I always ask what theological problem or textual issue are they trying to solve with the new view.

    If Gen. 1 is only poetry, so are the Ten Commandments.

  • Length of creation days debated

    02/13/2015 10:38:38 AM PST · 92 of 96
    dartuser to ifinnegan
    I see this insistence on young Earth a form of idolatry.

    Are the ten commandments poetry ... or should we take them literally?