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  • Chapter 4: The Albigensian Attack [The Great Heresies]

    03/29/2011 10:46:27 AM PDT · by WPaCon · 67 replies
    EWTN ^ | 1938 | Hilaire Belloc
    In the heart of the Middle Ages, just when they were working up to their most splendid phase, the great thirteenth century, there arose — and was for the moment completely defeated — a singular and powerful attack upon the Catholic Church and all the culture for which it stood. This was an attack, not only on the religion that made our civilization, but on that civilization, itself; and its general name in history is "The Albigensian Heresy." In the case of this great struggle we must proceed as in the case of all our other examples by first examining...
  • Chapter 3: The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed [The Great Heresies]

    03/28/2011 11:10:29 AM PDT · by WPaCon · 7 replies
    EWTN ^ | 1938 | Hilaire Belloc
    It might have appeared to any man watching affairs in the earlier years of the seventh century — say from 600 to 630 — that only one great main assault having been made against the Church, Arianism and its derivatives, that assault having been repelled and the Faith having won its victory, it was now secure for an indefinite time. Christendom would have to fight for its life, of course, against outward unchristian things, that is, against Paganism. The nature worshippers of the high Persian civilization to the east would attack us in arms and try to overwhelm us. The...
  • Chapter 2: The Arian Heresy [The Great Heresies]

    03/27/2011 11:27:11 AM PDT · by WPaCon · 14 replies
    EWTN ^ | 1938 | Hilaire Belloc
    Arianism was the first of the great heresies. There had been from the foundation of the Church at Pentecost A.D. 291 to 33 a mass of heretical movements filling the first three centuries. They had turned, nearly all of them, upon the nature of Christ. The effect of our Lord's predication, and Personality, and miracles, but most of all His resurrection, had been to move every one who had any faith at all in the wonder presented, to a conception of divine power running through the whole affair. Now the central tradition of the Church here, as in every other...
  • Chapter 1: Scheme Of This Book [The Great Heresies]

    03/26/2011 11:25:08 AM PDT · by WPaCon · 5 replies
    EWTN ^ | 1938 | Hilaire Belloc
    I propose in what follows to deal with the main attacks upon the Catholic Church which have marked her long history. In the case of all but the Moslem and the modern confused but ubiquitous attack, which is still in progress, I deal with their failure and the causes of their failure. I shall conclude by discussing the chances of the present struggle for the survival; of the Church in that very civilization which she created and which is now generally abandoning her. There is, as everybody knows, an institution proclaiming itself today the sole authoritative and divinely appointed teacher...
  • Introduction: Heresy [The Great Heresies]

    03/25/2011 11:20:21 AM PDT · by WPaCon · 29 replies
    EWTN ^ | 1938 | Hilaire Belloc
    What is a heresy, and what is the historical importance of such a thing? Like most modern words, "Heresy" is used both vaguely and diversely. It is used vaguely because the modern mind is as averse to precision in ideas as it is enamored of precision in measurement. It is used diversely because, according to the man who uses it, it may represent any one of fifty things. Today, with most people (of those who use the English language), the word "Heresy" connotes bygone and forgotten quarrels, an old prejudice against rational examination. Heresy is therefore thought to be of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GALLICANISM, 03-14-11

    03/14/2011 8:50:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-14-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GALLICANISM A cluster of doctrines, favored by the French Church, that tended to limit the authority of the Pope in relation to the bishops, and to subordinate the rights of the Church to the power of the State. The first exponents of Gallicanism were the Franciscans William of Ockham, John of Jandun, and Marsilius of Padua in the fourteenth century, who denied the divine origin of the papal primacy and would subject its exercise to the will of civil authority. Gallicanism became Conciliarism after the Great Western Schism, claiming the superiority of council over the Pope,...
  • Idolatry in the ELCA: Christ Sophia Mass

    02/03/2011 8:08:29 AM PST · by rhema · 19 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 02/01/2011
    The ELCA has placed their opinion over God’s Word. The denomination's actions and teachings show us that they place their own authority over God’s authority. They have made themselves god and that is idolatry. Not surprisingly this isn’t the only form of idolatry happening in the ELCA. ELCA church Ebenezer Lutheran, otherwise knows as herchurch, in San Francisco posted highlights from their Christ Sophia Mass in 2009 on youtube. Pastor Stacy Boorn opens the service this way, “Welcome to the Christ Sophia mass, the incarnation of she who is all wisdom. . .” At the 2:33 minute mark of the...
  • Nature of God/Trinity/Nicene creed

    Nature of God/Trinity/Nicene creed     Criticism Critics claim members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not Christian because they do not accept the Nicene Creed's statement about the Trinity. See also: Source(s) of the criticismResponse Since the Nicene Creed was first adopted in A.D. 325, it seems clear that there were many Christians in the first centuries following the resurrection of Christ who did not use it. Those who oppose calling the Latter-day Saints "Christians" need to explain whether Peter and Paul are "Christians," since they lived and practiced Christianity at a time when there was no...
  • Joseph Smith: An Apostle of Jesus Christ

    01/02/2011 5:46:30 PM PST · by Paragon Defender · 2,374 replies ^ | Dennis B. Neuenschwander
    Joseph Smith: An Apostle of Jesus Christ By Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander Of the Seventy   Dennis B. Neuenschwander, “Joseph Smith: An Apostle of Jesus Christ,” Ensign, Jan 2009, 16–22Adapted from a presentation to the Seventy.   In the Doctrine and Covenants we read that Joseph Smith was “called of God, and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ” (D&C 20:2). The call of an Apostle is first to witness or testify of Jesus Christ. Old Testament prophets testified of His coming. The New Testament Apostles bore personal witness of Christ’s being and of the absolute reality of His Resurrection. This apostolic witness was...
  • 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • Newnan(GA) woman challenges Catholic church (fake Catholic alert)

    11/14/2010 1:20:11 PM PST · by Dacula · 29 replies · 1+ views
    ajc ^ | 11:21 a.m. Sunday, November 14, 2010 | Mark Davis
    Diane Dougherty lives in a neat, white house that she shares with her cats, Pete and Gypsy Rose. She teaches second grade in Fayetteville. She smiles a lot, her eyes flashing with intellect. She hardly looks like someone flouting centuries of tradition, challenging the Roman Catholic Church. Dougherty, 65, wants to be a deacon. But in the Catholic Church, the position of deacon — like that of priest and bishop — is held by men only. The Newnan resident is in the forefront of a movement that seeks to change all that. In ordination ceremonies in the United States and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURALISM, 11-06-10

    11/06/2010 8:54:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 11-05-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NATURALISM The view that the only reality that exists is nature, so that divine grace is either denied or ignored. Philosophical naturalism claims that human beings were never elevated to a supernatural destiny; they will reach their final destiny by the sole use of their natural, individual, and social powers. Practical naturalism is human conduct that, by excluding prayer and the use of supernatural channels of grace, in effect says that the purpose of human existence is purely natural. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • Catholic Clergy Still Embrace Heretical "Replacement Theology"

    10/24/2010 3:55:27 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 37 replies · 1+ views
    So evidenced by un-Biblical and "Christian anti-semitic" statements made during a  synod gathering of 185 Catholic clergy in St.Peters Basilica.Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon decribed this Vatican synod as a forum for Arab propaganda. I agree 100%. The church is not the "new" Israel. This heretical false doctrine, whether it is refered to as "relacement theology", "successionism", or "supercessionism", weaseled it's way into the church sometime after non-Jewish gentiles became the majority of believers and followers of the Jewish messiah Yeshua [Jesus]. A brief note on the english word "church":The word rendered as church in modern english Bibles dates back to the Middle Ages. That is, the modern recognized...
  • Archbishop Burke's Epic Speech

    10/19/2010 4:45:12 PM PDT · by schmootman · 6 replies ^ | 10/19/10 | Michael Voris
    The recent speech given by Archbishop Raymond Burke continues to send shockwaves through the Catholic world. More than a few bishops must be feeling very uncomfortable.
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward

    10/05/2010 12:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 5 October AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Tells ELCA Leaders it's Time to Move Forward 10-261-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In a report to leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, said it is time for the church to move forward and get over being "timid" about mission and ministry. "In the name of Jesus Christ our days of timidity are over," Hanson told the ELCA Conference of Bishops, ELCA synod vice presidents and ELCA seminary presidents Oct. 2. "I just think we have to say it. And we have to say it with the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MONARCHIANISM, 10-05-10

    10/05/2010 8:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 10-05-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MONARCHIANISM A heretical doctrine begun in the second century, that so stressed God's unity of nature as to deny the Trinity of Persons. Three forms are distinguishable: crude monarchianism denied any distinction of persons in the Godhead and claimed that the Father became incarnate. The modalist type admitted only a distinction of functions in God, who as Father created the world, as Son redeemed, and as the Holy Spirit sanctified the world. The subordinationist variety recognized a real distinction of persons but subordinated one to the other. (Etym. Greek monarch_s, sole ruler, a sovereign.) All items...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DONATISM. 09-23-10

    09/23/2010 6:51:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 09-23-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): DONATISM Originally a schism and then a heresy of the fourth and fifth centuries, claiming that the validity of the sacraments depends on the moral character of the minister; also that sinners cannot be members of the Church, nor can they be tolerated by the true Church if their sins are publicly known. The Donatists came into existence in Africa during the disorders following the persecution under Diocletian (245-313). A man named Caecilian was consecrated Bishop of Carthage in A.D. 311, but a group of rigorists claimed that he was not a valid bishop because...
  • Does the Pope Believe in the Resurrection?

    09/23/2010 6:13:45 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 177 replies · 1+ views
    Matthew Vogan The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | September, 2010 | Matthew Vogan
     The current Pope (Joseph Ratzinger) entered office with a formidable reputation as the Vatican’s arch-conservative 'enforcer' of doctrine. In Protestant circles, it was conservative Evangelicals rather than mainline liberals that welcomed his appointment.1 Among those who praised his writings was Michael Horton (of Westminster Theological Seminary, California). While recognising that areas of disagreement exist, he considered that 'Evangelicals will have reason to be encouraged by many of the new Pope’s teachings'.2 He was one of the Evangelical scholars who endorsed Scott Hahn’s recent book, Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI.3 This comes in the context...