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  • Why Sola Scriptura Cannot Stand

    02/10/2011 7:42:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 139 replies
    Bedlam or Parnassus ^ | 2/9/11 | Magister Christianus
    I recently finished re-reading Benson Bobrick's Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution it Inspired. Although I had read it ten years ago, I wanted to read it again in this 400th anniversay of the King James Version. Bobrick does an outstanding job of weaving together philological, theological, ecclesiastical, and political threads in the story of the translation of the Bible into English. I remember well getting a black leather KJV for Christmas in high school. For much of our time off from school, I read it, devouring its words and message. I love...
  • Defend Doctrine, but Don't Attack Others, Pope Says at Audience

    02/09/2011 1:53:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/9/11 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even in the midst of the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, St. Peter Canisius knew how to defend Catholic doctrine without launching personal attacks on those who disagreed, Pope Benedict XVI said. St. Peter, a 15th-century Jesuit sent on mission to Germany, knew how to "harmoniously combine fidelity to dogmatic principles with the respect due to each person," the pope said Feb. 9 at his weekly general audience. The pope was beginning a series of audience talks about "doctors of the church," who are theologians and saints who made important contributions to Catholic understanding...
  • Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone?

    02/06/2011 9:39:22 PM PST · by Cronos · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-Feb-2011 | Russell D Moore
    Are we witnessing the death of America's Christian denominations? Studies conducted by secular and Christian organizations indicate that we are. Fewer and fewer American Christians, especially Protestants, strongly identify with a particular religious communion—Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, etc. According to the Baylor Survey on Religion, nondenominational churches now represent the second largest group of Protestant churches in America, and they are also the fastest growing...
  • First Presbyterian Church Installs Its First Woman Pastor

    02/07/2011 2:18:20 AM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Brooklyn Eagle ^ | 2-Feb-2011 | Francesca Norsen Tate
    Amid jubilant preaching and singing, the Rev. Dr. Flora Wilson Bridges was installed Sunday evening as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, affectionately called First Church. Dr. Bridges is the 15th senior minister in the congregation’s 189-year history, and the first woman to be called as senior pastor at this church after a nationwide search lasting over three years. Elder Effie Bynum, Moderator-Elect of the Presbytery of New York City, presided at Sunday’s animated service. The Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, who ordained Bridges to the ministry more than 30 years ago, preached an impassioned sermon about the...
  • Journey Home - 1/31/11 - Eben Emerson, Former Church of Christ Minister

    01/31/2011 1:06:52 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    EWTN ^ | January 31, 2011
    The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET Encore – Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET This exciting call-in program examines why so many people, including fallen away Catholics and individuals from other denominations, are being drawn home to the Catholic Church. January 31 Eben Emerson Former Church of Christ Minister
  • Apostolic Tradition [Church Fathers contra Sola Scriptura]

    01/31/2011 9:31:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 416 replies
    The Church Fathers ^ | AD120- AD680
    Papias“Papias [A.D. 120], who is now mentioned by us, affirms that he received the sayings of the apostles from those who accompanied them, and he, moreover, asserts that he heard in person Aristion and the presbyter John. Accordingly, he mentions them frequently by name, and in his writings gives their traditions [concerning Jesus]. . . . [There are] other passages of his in which he relates some miraculous deeds, stating that he acquired the knowledge of them from tradition” (fragment in Eusebius, Church History 3:39 [A.D. 312]).Eusebius of Caesarea“At that time [A.D. 150] there flourished in the Church Hegesippus, whom...
  • Homeless on the move again Presbyterian church asks campers to relocate

    01/29/2011 11:21:35 PM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Merce Morning Star ^ | Ameera Butt
    After the Black Rascal and Bear Creek homeless encampments were closed in October, some of the homeless were offered a place to live at the Sierra Presbyterian Church. But since then, neighbors living near the church on M Street have complained about the encampments being so close to their homes. Some have repeatedly asked the Merced City Council for help. Now they may get their wish. The homeless who have been living at the Presbyterian Church in North Merced have been asked to find new living arrangements. The church has given them until Sunday to leave. The eight or nine...
  • Concerning Prescience and Predestination.[Church Fathers, con'td]

    01/28/2011 1:22:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    We ought to understand that while God knows all things beforehand, yet He does not predetermine all things. For He knows beforehand those things that are in our power, but He does not predetermine them. For it is not His will that there should be wickedness nor does He choose to compel virtue. So that predetermination is the work of the divine command based on fore-knowledge. But on the other hand God predetermines those things which are not within our power in accordance with His prescience. For already God in His prescience has prejudged all things in accordance with His...
  • Netherlands: Islamic Artwork Called John 'Calvin's Mecca' ...

    01/27/2011 10:39:23 PM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    islamizationwatch ^ | 11-Jne-2009 | Islamizationwatch
    "Het Mekka van Calvijn" (Calvin's Mecca) is the name of the work created by the Moroccan artist Aziz Bekkaoui. It is a cube measuring 4 by 4 by 4 metres, consisting entirely of reflective glass. The cube apparently refers to the Kaaba, the sacred central building in the courtyard of the Great Mosque in the Islamic place of pilgrimage, Mecca in Saudi Arabia....
  • First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford to host a 'Read the Qur'an' program starting Feb. 6

    01/26/2011 2:09:52 AM PST · by Cronos · 24 replies · 1+ views
    North Jersey ^ | 25-Jan-2011 | South Bergenite
    The First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford has partnered with the Interfaith Dialog Center (IDC) of New Jersey to present a unique educational opportunity for the community to read the Qur'an in an environment designed to promote respect and mutual understanding of all faiths and cultures. Participants will read the Qur'an from cover to cover over a period of 10 weeks and are invited and encouraged to attend weekly one-hour discussions led by IDC experts on the assigned surahs (or chapters). The sessions are designed to review the week's readings, explore similarities and differences with the Bible and foster meaningful discussion....
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) seeks dismissal of sexual abuse lawsuit as it happened ‘so long ago’

    01/26/2011 2:22:44 AM PST · by Cronos · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 19-Jan-2011 | Peter Smith
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging it failed to prevent the sexual abuse of a teenager by an older teen at an African mission boarding house in 1988. The Louisville-based denomination says the suit should be barred under the statute of limitations because it happened so long ago — a stance the plaintiff's lawyer calls "hypocritical," following a church commission's recommendation that the church lobby against such statutes. Meanwhile, federal authorities in Florida have filed child-pornography charges against the alleged perpetrator in the lawsuit. Samuel Shamba Warlick, 39, of Oviedo, Fla., was charged Jan....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PRESBYTERIANS, 01-25-11

    01/25/2011 7:27:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-25-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PRESBYTERIANS Members of various Protestant bodies, following in the tradition of John Calvin (1509-64) and his Scottish disciple John Knox (1513-72). The essential structural feature of historic Presbyterianism was that the Church's government should be in the hands of presbyters. Today, however, many Presbyterians hold that the Church founded by Christ contained episcopal and congregational, as well as presbyterian, elements. A typical Presbyterian church is governed by a hierarchy of authorities, each in the nature of a court: session, presbytery, synod, and general assembly, having clearly defined functions and specific directors. The substance of Presbyterian belief...
  • Why Presbyterians have historically disbelieved in tongues (Pentecostalism and Presbyterian views)

    01/25/2011 6:54:48 AM PST · by Cronos · 463 replies
    examiner ^ | August 15th, 2009 5:41 pm CT | Daniel Townsend
    ...This brings us to the Presbyterian Church, which has historically held that the gift of tongues was limited to the generation of Christ’s apostles and has since then ceased ....The Presbyterian position on tongues, as well as the “sensational gifts” (interpretation of tongues, healing, prophecy, miracles, etc…) differs sharply from the Pentecostal view at a fundamental philosophical level...Unlike Pentecostals, Presbyterians do not look at the events of Acts as being normative for what the church should expect to experience in every generation. To the contrary, Presbyterians interpret Acts as the history of the birth of the church, not a pattern...
  • The Presbyterian Church of [in] America on Genesis 1-3

    01/25/2011 5:42:51 AM PST · by Cronos · 49 replies · 1+ views
    sunandshield ^ | September 06, 2007 | PCA assembly
    The Presbyterian Church in America commissioned a report, which was given to their 28th General Assembly in 2000. The report considered several possible interpretations of the days in Genesis 1, including: Calendar-Day view (6 literal consecutive 24-hour days) Day-Age view (each "day" represents a long period of time) Framework (the 6 "days" are a framework for portraying God's creative work) Analogic (similar to the day-age view, but not identical to it) Each of these were considered in detail, and the report gives the strength of each view, and the objections to each. A few other views were considered briefly. The...
  • Did Martin Luther Act Infallibly in Defining What Books Belong in the Bible?

    01/23/2011 5:12:54 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 455 replies
    Self | January 2011 | Aquinasfan
    Did Martin Luther Act Infallibly in Defining What Books Belong in the Bible? If Luther did not act infallibly: - How can Protestants be certain that they have an infallible collection of Books in Holy Scripture? - How can the Bible be the sole rule of faith, if no one knows with certainty which books belong in the Bible? If Luther acted infallibly: - How do you know?
  • Report: Mainline Protestant Churches Face Rockier Future

    01/14/2011 9:20:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Christian Post.com ^ | 2008 | Audrey Barrick
    Report: Mainline Protestant Churches Face Rockier Future By Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter   Mainline Protestant churches seem to have weathered the past decade better than many people have assumed, but the future is raising serious challenges to continued stability, said a Christian pollster. George Barna analyzed data for The Barna Group's latest report examining mainline denominations. Weekend attendance at mainline churches has remained relatively stable, ranging from 89 to 100, over the past decade but the report suggests that they may be "on the precipice of a period of decline."Mainline bodies – which the research group identifies as American Baptist...
  • Three Wise Men

    01/14/2011 4:10:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | 1/14/1 | Rev. Dwight Longenecker
    On New Year's Day, three Church of England bishops were received into the Catholic Church. John Broadhurst, Keith Newton, and Andrew Burnham were joined by two retired bishops, David Silk and Edwin Barnes. All five had been ministering to those Anglican clergy and people who had stood apart from the liberal innovations in the Anglican Church. Broadhurst, Newton, and Burnham were termed "provincial episcopal visitors," or "flying bishops," because their jurisdiction was wider than a normal geographical diocese. Under a provision established in the mid-1990s, when women were first ordained to the Anglican priesthood, clergy and congregations could decline the...
  • One good reason for leaving the Anglican "Church"

    01/13/2011 7:38:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Caritas in Veritate ^ | 1/13/11 | Fr John Boyle
    The Anglican bishop of Massachusetts, the Rt Revd M Thomas Shaw SSJE, witnesses the "marriage" of the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary on New Year's Day 2011.By Father James Bradley of St John the Baptist Church, Sevenoaks, Kent who, by the way, are using the Evangelium course to learn about the Catholic Faith.
  • The Future of the Church in England

    01/13/2011 8:42:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | 1/12/11 | Joanna Bogle
    Back in the 1980s, I was involved with a group that produced a booklet looking at the future of the Church in Britain. We were assured -- and repeated, without really thinking about it very deeply -- that the downward trend of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and ordinations to the priesthood meant that there would be very little left of the Church by the early years of the 21st century. In fact, as I recall, we said that the Church would have virtually disappeared.How wrong we were. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI visited Britain, greeted by the queen and vast...
  • Mount Kisco parishioners react to abuse charges (Presbyterian pastor)

    01/12/2011 4:52:19 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Reformation.com ^ | 5/Dec/2002 | Sean Gorman
    Parishioners at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco yesterday were coming to grips with revelations that their former pastor was charged by the presbytery with sexually abusing eight boys Richard Farrell, 69, a church member, couldn't miss the headlines in newspapers or the stories on television over allegations against Jack Miller that the Hudson River Presbytery announced Tuesday. "I can't comment on them because they're allegations," said Farrell, a former chairman of the church's board of trustees. "I do not condone the alleged actions, but I'm not about to turn my back on an individual, no matter who he or...
  • Book Review: Getting the Reformation Wrong

    01/11/2011 12:47:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Subtitle: Correcting Some Misunderstandings, by James R. Payton, Jr. (purchased by the reviewer)I am not among the targeted, intended audience for this book, for Professor Payton is writing to clear up misunderstandings among Protestants of their own history. Anglo-Catholics are also exempted, because he does not discuss the English Reformation except for a brief mention of Bucer in England during Edward VI's reign. Surprisingly, he does not include the Reformation in Scotland either, with John Knox and the Presbyterian Kirk. Contents Acknowledgments Preface Introduction 1. The Medieval Call for Reform 2. The Renaissance: Friend or Foe? 3. Carried Along by...
  • Two Judgments?

    01/10/2011 8:11:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    DavidMacD.com ^ | not given | David MacDonald
    Two Judgments? For those Evangelicals who understand their teachings about the "Great White Seat of Christ", the "Judgment Seat of Christ" and God's judgment of sin at the Cross, this could be helpful. Some Evangelicals are nervous about asking Christians in heaven to pray for us because they think the final judgment hasn't occurred yet. The Evangelist, Calvin held that the final destiny is not decided until the last day of history. (Inst. III, 25) This is the view of most Evangelicals.Catholics believe that there will be a final "general" judgment at the end of history but that there is...
  • Journey Home - January 10, 2011 - Denise Bossert, Former Presbyterian (conversion story)

    01/10/2011 10:41:33 AM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    wf-f ^ | December 10, 2010
    The Christian tradition that emerged from John Wesley’s eighteenth-century Methodist movement has developed several branches. One of them is called the Wesleyan Church, and I was born into a family in that denomination. My parents met at a Bible college in Oskaloosa, Iowa. My father was studying to be a minister, and my mother was there to pick a husband out of the pool of future preachers.Dad’s family was predominately Wesleyan. As Wesleyans, we believed in being born again. We boiled it down to the ABCs. A: Accept Jesus as Savior. B: Believe He died for you, personally, on...
  • Athanasius Contra Ecclesiam Anglicana

    01/08/2011 4:40:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Energetic Procession ^ | 1/8/11 | Gary Jenkins
    When still an earnest Calvinist I saw the Anglican church as the proper heir of Swiss Reformed thought, or even Calvinism, for that matter. It was largely the accident of Knox having published in Geneva his First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women without Calvin’s consent or knowledge – - or so Calvin claimed in a letter to Elizabeth’s secretary, William Cecil – -that had put Geneva on the outs with Elizabeth. Consequently, not Geneva, but Zurich became the primary court of appeal for the English Protestants in the first decades of Elizabeth’s reign, and the...
  • Unconditional election (a Tiptoe through TULIP)

    01/07/2011 2:48:56 AM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    CIN.org ^ | 12/07/2010 | James Akin
    Unconditional election The doctrine of unconditional election means God does not base his choice (election) of certain individuals on anything other than his own good will [13]. God chooses whomever he pleases and passes over the rest. The ones God chooses will desire to come to him, will accept his offer of salvation, and will do so precisely because he has chosen them. To show that God positively chooses, rather than merely foresees, those who will come to him, Calvinists cite passages such as Romans 9:15-18, which says, "[The Lord] says to Moses, 'I will have mercy on whom I...
  • Pat Robertson shares his predictions for 2011

    01/05/2011 7:07:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/4/2011 | Will Rahn
    Continuing his decades-long tradition of New Year’s predictions, Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson appeared on Monday’s broadcast of the “700 Club” to share what he says God told him about 2011.“Sometimes I’ve have had things that have been so spot on that it’s almost frightening,” Robertson said to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Terry Meeuwsen. “Other times, I put these tentatively, and see if this is what the Lord has.”The former Republican presidential candidate says that God told him America “is in grave peril.”“The leaders have hearkened to the demands of interest groups and have led your nation into bankruptcy,”...
  • From Pastor to Parishioner: My Love for Christ Led Me Home

    01/04/2011 4:22:02 AM PST · by NYer · 171 replies
    catholic.com ^ | Drake McCalister
    If you grew up Catholic, it may be difficult for you to relate to those who profess faith in Jesus but whose stomachs turn at the thought of being Catholic. It might seem odd that the Catholic theology you’ve grown up with is seen by others as an offense to God. I was one of the stomach turners. There are days that I wake up and I still can’t believe I’m Catholic. I grew up in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, usually referred to as Foursquare. Foursquare is a Pentecostal denomination that began in the 1920s and is...
  • Christian group has ultimate prediction (Harold Camping at it yet again)

    01/03/2011 6:30:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    WTNH ^ | 1/2/2010 | Tom Breen
    If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran has less than six months left, which she'll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here. Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin on May 21, 2011. To get the word out, they're using billboards and bus stop benches, traveling caravans of RVs and volunteers passing out pamphlets on street corners. Cities...
  • Historic Lesbian Marriage in Boston Cathedral Unites Top Clergy of Episcopal Church

    01/02/2011 7:58:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    PR Web ^ | 1/2/11
    The historic marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, took place today at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.The Episcopalian bishop of Massachusetts began 2011 by solemnizing the first lesbian marriage - of two senior Episcopalian clergy - at Boston's St Paul's Cathedral Saturday (January 1). The marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, was the first lesbian marriage solemnized by the Right Reverend M Thomas Shaw SSJE, Bishop Diocesan...
  • Restoration Movement - History, Beliefs, and Practices

    01/01/2011 12:02:26 PM PST · by don-o · 17 replies
    The “Restorationist Movement” as an American religious movement began in the late 18th and early 19th centuries with the activities of individual preachers who became disenchanted with the denominational groups to which they belonged and their religious formalism.5 They regarded denominations as man-made and called for the replication or recovery of the church of the New Testament. In the 1790s James O’Kelly, an Irish immigrant, broke from the Methodist Episcopal Church, preferring the simple name “Christians.” Abner Jones and Elias Smith separated from their Baptist associations and joined with the O’Kelly group in 1811. Among the more well-known “restorationists” were...
  • Catholic and Protestant Bibles

    12/31/2010 3:16:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Evangelization Station ^ | Victor R. Claveau, MJ
    Catholic and Protestant Bibles The Protestant Old Testament omits seven entire books and parts of two other books. To explain how this came about, it is necessary that we go back to the ancient Jewish Scriptures. The Hebrew Bible contained only the Old Testament and from its Old Testament it excluded seven entire books—namely, Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Baruch, I and II Maccabees—and parts of Esther(1) and Daniel(2). These books, which are missing in the Jewish Bible, came into the Catholic Church with the Septuagint, a pre-Christian Greek translation of the Old Testament. In the Septuagint they are intermingled...
  • A Quick Ten-Step Refutation of Sola Scriptura

    12/30/2010 12:11:03 PM PST · by GonzoII · 567 replies · 170+ views
    Catholic Fidelity.Com ^ | Dave Armstrong
    A Quick Ten-Step Refutation of Sola Scriptura By Dave Armstrong 1. Sola Scriptura Is Not Taught in the Bible Catholics agree with Protestants that Scripture is a "standard of truth"—even the preeminent one—but not in a sense that rules out the binding authority of authentic apostolic Tradition and the Church. The Bible doesn’t teach that. Catholics agree that Scripture is materially sufficient. In other words, on this view, every true doctrine can be found in the Bible, if only implicitly and indirectly by deduction. But no biblical passage teaches that Scripture is the formal authority or rule of faith in...
  • Lutheran Leaders Invite Pope to Play a Part in Their 500th Anniversary

    12/30/2010 10:43:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 20+ views
    The Lutheran World Federation invited recently Pope Benedict XVI to be involved in preparations for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. LWF president Bishop Munib Younan, along with a seven-member delegation, invited Benedict during their papal audience in the Vatican. Younan said he hoped that by 2017, the LWF anniversary year, they can issue a joint statement on the doctrine of Holy Communion, The Christian Century reported. According to The Christian Century, prior to the meeting Younan said, “Our intention is to arrive at 2017 with a common Roman Catholic-Lutheran declaration on Eucharistic hospitality.” Younan said under such an...
  • [ECUMENICAL] For My Non-Catholic Readers

    12/29/2010 11:41:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 232 replies · 36+ views
    Crossed The Tiber ^ | 12/29/2010 | Russ Rentler
    This is a re-post of a previous blog but it warrants repeating. From time to time I get non-Catholics who read the blog and invite me to read their blogs in the hopes I will decide to convert. They believe they are being obedient  to "preach the gospel in season and out."  The presupposition with some of  these individuals is that Catholicism is a false religion or a "false gospel" .  The fact that a person would believe Catholicism is false clearly indicates that they have never studied what Catholicism is all about from a Catholic perspective. It is easy...
  • The Gospel Crisis in the OPC and PCA

    12/23/2010 7:29:11 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Reformed Online ^ | 12-12-2010 | Brian Schwertley
    In the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) the controversy has been especially painful because the Federal Vision teachings have been adopted by a number of pastors and elders, who by their teaching and example, have turned whole congregations away from the doctrines of Scripture and the Westminster Standards on crucial gospel issues The committee points out that in regard to the doctrine of justification more narrowly considered, FV problems include a failure to affirm the imputation of Christ’s active obedience along with a redefinition of faith that merges Christ’s trust in the Father with...
  • WHY THE PCA IS NOT A DULY CONSTITUTED CHURCH Why Faithful Christians Should Separate From This

    12/23/2010 7:44:00 AM PST · by Cronos · 29 replies
    swrb.com ^ | 1996 | Larry Birger, Jr
    Response to the Elders' Letter of January 20, 1996 PCA are the true separatists and schismatics.. Historical Introduction I and my family were formerly members of a small, conservative congregation in the denomination known as the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The following letters, sent in February and September of 1996, were part of my explanation and justification of our separation from them and from the PCA. The earlier letter (about two-thirds of which is reproduced here) marked the climax of my attempts to convince the session [1] of that church of their departure, both congregationally and denominationally, from the...
  • Female Deacons in the PCA?

    12/23/2010 7:53:13 AM PST · by Cronos · 28 replies
    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this year’s GA will entertain an overture requesting the BCO be adapted to allow ordination of female deacons. Actually, I just didn’t want to believe my ears. This overture should really come as no surprise. My pastor along with other friends in the PCA have been predicting it for years based on previous compromises within our denomination on issues like the Lord’s Day, Subscription, etc. Now it’s here. Let’s examine it. I have copied the supporting argument directly from the body of Overture 9, which is in bold below, and have added...
  • When Christmas was illegal: the Holy War against Christmas in North America (Calvinism)

    12/22/2010 9:01:56 PM PST · by narses · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 8th, 2010 5:17 pm ET | Charlie Rosenberg
    Few people engaged in the "War on Christmas" are aware that at one time it was a crime in Massachusetts to celebrate Christmas. Oh sure, some will say, count on liberal Massachusetts to pass a law against Christmas. But it was Calvinist Massachusetts, in the days of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, the Pilgrims and Puritans, that established penalties for the observance of Christmas Day "by abstinence from labor, feasting, or any other way." The noisiest opposition to public celebration of Christmas today comes from professed agnostics and atheists, particularly those seeking "freedom from religion." But there are still...
  • Because of the Protestant Reformers Beliefs On Mary

    12/17/2010 7:31:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1,557 replies · 5+ views
    Why I Am a Catholic ^ | 12/16/10 | Frank Weathers
    Back when I first joined YIMCatholic, I was going to write posts about my conversion. I hammered out seven posts in pretty rapid succession and then, I stopped writing them until recently. Many of my posts now are simply my observations of the world which are colored through the lens of a convert to Catholicism. It would be difficult for them not to be. Other posts I've written are of the "look what I just found!" variety, and the "I want to share this with you" type. Call them the discovery posts if you will. Recently I gave a talk...
  • Men Are Possessed of Free Will, and Endowed With The Faculty of Making a Choice. It is not true....

    12/16/2010 12:39:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Men are possessed of free will, and endowed with the faculty of making a choice. It is not true, therefore, that some are by nature good, and others bad.1. This expression [of our Lord], "How often would I have gathered your children together, and you would not," Matthew 23:37 set forth the ancient law of human liberty, because God made man a free [agent] from the beginning, possessing his own power, even as he does his own soul, to obey the behests (ad utendum sententia) of God voluntarily, and not by compulsion of God. For there is no coercion with...
  • Calvins Reign of Terror

    12/15/2010 7:22:45 PM PST · by narses · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Geneva was a church-city-state of 15,000 people, and the church constitution now recognized "pastors, doctors, elders and deacons," but the supreme power was given to the magistrate, John Calvin. In November 1552, the Council declared Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion to be a "holy doctrine which no man might speak against." Thus the State issued dogmatic decrees, the force of which had been anticipated earlier, as when Jacques Gruet, a known opponent of Calvin, was arrested, tortured for a month and beheaded on July 26, 1547, for placing a letter in Calvin's pulpit calling him a hypocrite. Gruet's book...
  • Who Wrote The Gospels? How Do We Know?

    12/15/2010 12:02:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/14/10 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    We know more about the authors of the four gospels and when they wrote from tradition than from any other source, but on the whole the best efforts of Scripture scholars over the past two hundred years have done very little to challenge, and much to support, the reliability of the Church’s traditional assertions. Various academic fads have come and gone, not infrequently fueled by an anti-Christian or anti-Church bias which demands a very late dating of the gospels. But each time a scholar has gone off in some new direction, fresh discoveries and arguments have moved the preponderance of...
  • The Ban on Christmas [Oliver Cromwell]

    12/14/2010 2:39:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Tea at Trianon ^ | 12/14/10
    Above is a missive in the hand of Oliver Cromwell complaining how his ban on Christmas was being defied by the citizens of London. But what really disturbed him were the pictures of Charles I. To quote: The Councell haveing received severall Informations that there was avery wilfull & strict observation of the day com[m]only called Christmasse day throughout the Cittyes of London & Westm[inster] by agenerall keeping of their shops shut up and that there were Contemptuous speeches used by some in favour thereof, which the Councell conceiveing to be upon the old grounds of superstition and malignancy and...
  • The Testimony of Holy Scripture (Excerpted)(The Real Presence) [ECUMENICAL]

    12/05/2010 5:18:48 PM PST · by narses · 37 replies
    The clear claim of Christ in Holy Scripture is that His true body and blood are truly present and distributed to those who eat. [5] All four Scriptural accounts (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26) assert: "This is my body." "This is my blood of the covenant" (Matthew and Mark). "This cup is the new covenant in my blood" (Luke and Paul). [6] Scriptural passages other than the words of institution forthrightly teach the Real Presence. St. Paul writes in I Cor. 10:16: "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the...
  • SHOULD A BAPTIST CHURCH EMBRACE PENTECOSTALISM?

    11/23/2010 12:14:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 355 replies · 1+ views
    PB Ministries ^ | 20-Oct-2010 | Laurence A Justice
    Right now there are churches in almost every country which call themselves Baptists on the sign out front who, nevertheless, arc not Baptists, but in reality are Pentecostal churches. ....Pentecostalism is the belief that the miraculous gifts or signs which the Lord gave to the Apostles and others in the early churches have not ceased, but are still available and are still being exercised by today’s Christians. Pentecostalism claims that God still gives these miraculous gifts to men today. Lists of these gifts can be found in Mark 16:17-18 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-11. ..God’s extraordinary gifts are called this in...
  • Free [Presbyterian] Church to Allow Music and Hymns

    11/20/2010 8:57:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 77 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/19/10
    The Free Church of Scotland has voted to relax its rules to allow hymn singing and the use of instruments in its churches. A plenary assembly gathered in Edinburgh to rule on the change. Unaccompanied psalm singing is currently the only music permitted in public worship by the Free Church. The vote ended with the commissioners of the church, splitting 98 to 84, with a majority of just 14 in favour of allowing hymns and instruments. Conservatives called for a vote on whether they should consult the wider church membership through the presbyteries before the rules were changed. The church...
  • [Cardinal-elect] Koch Says Protestants Have Rejected Real Purpose of Ecumenism

    11/19/2010 9:54:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 11/20/10 | Robert Mickens and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Cardinal-elect Kurt Koch, the new president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), has accused Protestants of renouncing the original goal of ecumenism. They have succumbed to a relativistic view of ecclesiology based on shared communion between separate Churches, he said this week, and in doing so have abandoned the proper ecumenical aim of genuine unity. “It is decisively in this postmodern mentality characterised by pluralistic and relativistic tendencies that is found the great challenge to the search for visible unity of the Church of Jesus Christ,” the Swiss archbishop said on Monday at the opening of the...
  • Feds Probe Salaries at Bankrupt Megachurch

    11/18/2010 7:02:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/18/10
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — A federal bankruptcy official has questioned the salaries of three employees of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral megachurch. The Orange County Register reported Wednesday that the U.S. trustee filed objections in bankruptcy court questioning the need for a $132,019 housing allowance for CFO Fred Southard. "There is no justification whatsoever for a housing allowance of this amount," the U.S. trustee stated. "Mr. Southard has failed to explain why such a housing allowance is necessary or appropriate, given this Debtor is in Chapter 11 and suffering financial difficulties." Southard has been employed in the role since 1978, the...
  • Without Priests, Catholic Military Personnel Seeking Out Protestant Pastors

    11/16/2010 7:03:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 16, 2010 / 12:54 am (CNA).- Military Archbishop Timothy Broglio told bishops at their annual gathering in Baltimore that the U.S. military is facing an alarming shortage of priests that is increasingly leading Catholic servicemen to seek help from Protestant pastors. Calling it a “pastoral problem” that “affects all of us,” Archbishop Broglio appealed to bishops across the U.S. during the annual Nov. 15-18 meeting in Baltimore to consider sending more priests to help serve in the military. “As you know, the Archdiocese for the Military Services assures the pastoral care for people from your respective particular...
  • Evangelical: We Don't Need Rite of Exorcism, Just Jesus

    11/16/2010 7:17:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/16/10 | Audrey Barrick
    With renewed attention on the rite of exorcism, one theologian has chosen to articulate the evangelical stance on the ritual that few practice today. The existence of the devil and demons are real but a rite of exorcism is unnecessary, said Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his popular blog Monday. The only weapon Christians need is the name of Jesus, he stressed. "Evangelicals do not need a rite of exorcism, because to adopt such an invention would be to surrender the high ground of the Gospel," Mohler wrote. This past weekend, a group of...