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  • Another Pentecostal Snake Handler Dies After Venomous Bite

    07/30/2015 12:45:09 PM PDT · by xzins · 71 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/30/2015 | JESSILYN JUSTICE
    A Kentucky coal miner died after refusing treatment for a Sunday-morning snake bit. John David Brock, a member of the Holiness faith, was bitten by a rattlesnake and died four hours later, according to a CBS affiliate. Brock had other health problems, and the official cause of death will be determined from medical records. Snake-handling churches emerged in the early 20th century. It gained popularity in the last few years through the reality show Snake Salvation. The pastor in Snake Salvation, Jamie Coots, died of a snake bite in 2014. The CBS affiliate says Brock is the second person to...
  • Five Reasons I Reject the Doctrine of Transubstantiation

    07/09/2015 9:33:36 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 597 replies
    Reclaiming the Mind Credo House ^ | March 8, 2013 | C Michael Patton
    The doctrine of Transubstantiation is the belief that the elements of the Lord’s table (bread and wine) supernaturally transform into the body and blood of Christ during the Mass. This is uniquely held by Roman Catholics but some form of a “Real Presence” view is held by Eastern Orthodox, Lutherans, and some Anglicans. The Calvinist/Reformed tradition believes in a real spiritual presence but not one of substance. Most of the remaining Protestant traditions (myself included) don’t believe in any real presence, either spiritual or physical, but believe that the Eucharist is a memorial and a proclamation of Christ’s work on the cross...
  • What does the term “Ichabod” mean in the Bible?

    06/29/2015 10:36:41 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    Gotquestions.org ^ | none listed | none credited
    Question: "What does the term 'Ichabod' mean in the Bible?" Answer: The term Ichabod is found in two places in the Bible,1 Samuel 4:21 and 14:3. Ichabod was the son of Phinehas and the grandson of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh. The sad story of Eli and his two wayward sons, Phinehas and Hophni, is found in 1 Samuel, chapters 2 and 4. Hophni and Phinehas died in battle with the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it away from Israel. Upon hearing this terrible news, Eli fell backward off his chair and...
  • Biblical Typology: The Best Method To Read Scripture

    06/21/2015 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | June 21, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    One of the most interesting ways to read the Bible is through the lens of typology. Typology is where a person or event in the Old Testament foreshadows a greater person or event in the New Testament. The word “typology” comes to us from St. Paul himself, in Romans 5:14, where he referred to Adam as a “type” of Christ. So let’s get started on this most interesting study.Desert WanderingsRemember the story about the Israelites coming up out of the water of the Red Sea and wandering in the desert for 40 years?  They came upon bitter water in...
  • Why Context Matters V: On Stoning and Casting Stones

    06/06/2015 10:16:05 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 8 replies
    Fishing The Abyss | Jan 22, 2007 | Chris L
    It has been pointed out to me that I tend to pick on those more theologically aligned with me than with those who are rather liberal in their theology.  Upon reflection, this is a fair criticism, as I guess I would think folks who take the Bible seriously (which, my liberal mainline brothers may claim with their mouths but often not with their actions) would know better.  In looking to my own Rabbi as an example, he was much harder on the Pharisees (who were of the same theological stripe) than on the Sadducees and Herodians (Hebrews who were in...
  • How to resolve an historical paradox

    06/03/2015 8:54:19 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 103 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | FEBRUARY 25, 2014 | TIMOTHY F. KAUFFMAN
    M. C. Escher’s Drawing Hands shows two drawn hands drawing each other, each hand getting its power to draw from the other. True to Escher’s style, a paradox is presented to the eye of the beholder, and the paradox is never resolved—the eye must continually move from one object to the other. Each time the eye settles on an apparently solid 3-dimensional object that can make sense of the rest of the picture, the paradox reappears. The search for the original, “authoritative” hand never ends. We believe this is a good illustration of Roman Catholicism’s view of Tradition because Tradition...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1)

    05/01/2015 11:05:57 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1) For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of...
  • On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium

    04/28/2015 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 108 replies
    CatholicPlanet.com ^ | December 16, 2005 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.
    On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium 1. Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Magisterium are a reflection of the Most Holy Trinity. Tradition is a reflection of the Father; Scripture is a reflection of the Son; Magisterium is a reflection of the Spirit. Scripture proceeds from Tradition, just as the Son proceeds from the Father. Magisterium proceeds primarily from Tradition and Secondarily from Scripture, just as the Spirit proceeds primarily from the Father and secondarily from the Son. Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium are three distinct aspects of One Divine Gift, just as the Trinity is three distinct Persons of One...
  • Blind Followers, Inconsistencies, Double Standards and More Confusion

    04/26/2015 1:05:20 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 178 replies
    Reformed Apologist ^ | December 17, 2012 | Reformed Apologist
    Roman Catholics often assert that Protestantism operates under the principle that Scripture is open to private interpretation because Protestants deny the need for an infallible magisterium to interpret Scripture. Is historic Protestantism really a religion of "me and my Bible?" Do the tenets of historical Protestantism really deny 2 Peter 1:20, which informs that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation? An honest and informed Roman Catholic understands that Protestants do not think that Scripture has no need for an interpreter. 1. An honest and informed Roman Catholic understands and will gladly concede that historic Protestantism affirms that Scripture is the interpreter...
  • The Department of Defense: God's Word is sexist hate speech

    04/14/2015 1:55:51 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 13 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 14, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    World Net Daily is reporting: A Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute course approved by the Department of Defense is under fire for labeling the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence sexist materials. The Daily Caller reported the class given by the DEOMI, an organization with a mission to provide a “world-class human relations education,” was actually removed from the group’s website upon questioning. But the fact they were there at all – and approved by the Defense Department for use – was alarming enough to some who saw irony in the fact U.S. military service members are...
  • We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love His Word

    04/10/2015 4:15:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 115 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love His Word from R.C. Sproul Mar 27, 2015 Category: Articles Emil Brunner, the twentieth-century Swiss theologian and one of the fathers of neoorthodox theology, wrote a little book titled Truth as Encounter. His thesis was that when we study the things of God, we are not studying truth in the abstract. We want to understand theology not merely so that we can make an A on a theology exam. We want to understand the doctrine of God so that we can understand God, so that we can meet the living God...
  • The New York Times Wants Us to Rewrite the Bible

    04/08/2015 9:51:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Brown
    How can the religious community live in peace and harmony with the LGBT community? New York Times columnist Frank Bruni has the solution. Just rewrite the Bible. In his April 3rd column, “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” Bruni, himself gay, recognizes that Christian beliefs are not necessarily grounded in hatred. The problem, he claims, is that, “Beliefs ossified over centuries aren’t easily shaken.” Bruni, for his part, wants to shake us free from our fossilized faith. According to Bruni, who evidences little or no understanding of how believers view the Scriptures (namely, as God’s inspired Word), if...
  • Four reasons why the Bread of Life Discourse cannot be a metaphor

    03/28/2015 7:24:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 106 replies
    http://newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com ^ | June 25, 2011 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, John 6:51-58 I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. […] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. […] Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Most, though not all, Protestants wiggle and fidget as they come to the Bread of Life Discourse in the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to St....
  • Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers?

    03/26/2015 5:03:18 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 296 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2003 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    ">Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers? by  Dave Miller, Ph.D. The usual word in the Greek language for “brother” is adelphos. It possesses the same latitude of application that the English word possesses. Hence, it can refer to a person who shares the same religion (a spiritual brother). It can refer to a person who shares the same citizenship—a fellow countryman. It can refer to an intimate friend or neighbor. All of these uses are self-evident, and do not encroach upon the literal use of the term. By far the most prominent use of the term is the literal sense—a blood...
  • Praying of the Rosary Is NOT Bible-Based Teaching

    03/24/2015 8:06:07 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 927 replies
    The Disciplers ^ | 2011 | Ptr. Vince
    Praying The Rosary Is Not Biblical, And Is A Form Of Idolatry Just last Sunday, a local newspaper paper released an article teaching that the praying of the Holy Rosary is Bible-based. In the first two paragraphs, the writer admittedly says that there is no passage in the Bible teaching nor mentioned about the praying of Rosary. However, in the following paragraphs, the writer justified the praying of the Rosary basing it on the repetition of historical events of some Bible characters (like Gideon as he mentioned) about Israel’s history. I don’t know if the writer of this article did...
  • By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther

    03/22/2015 7:35:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 146 replies
    Christian Communicators Worldwide ^ | 2013 | Susan Verstraete
    By Faith Alone: The Conversion of Martin Luther by Susan Verstraete     It was the moment he had been waiting for. His father was in the audience watching, as were his fellow monks. It was time for Martin to offer his first mass, and he was overwhelmed with the solemnity of the event. He led the congregation, saying, “We offer unto Thee, the living, the true, the eternal God.” Suddenly Martin froze. He couldn’t go on. He later wrote:“At these words I was utterly stupefied and terror-stricken. I thought to myself, ‘With what tongue shall I address such...
  • Rome, authority and Argumentum Ad Infinitum

    03/20/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 34 replies
    Daniel's Place - (Reformata et semper reformanda) ^ | December 26, 2014 | PuritanReformed
    An objection, however, is often made to the doctrine of infallibility, in limine, which is too important not to be taken into consideration. It is urged that, as all religious knowledge rests on moral evidence, not on demonstration, our belief in the Church's infallibility must be of this character; but what can be more absurd than a probable infallibility, or a certainty resting on doubt?— I believe, because I am sure, and I am sure, because I supposed. Granting then that the gift of infallibility be adapted, when believed to unite all intellects in one common confession, the fact...
  • Calvin contra Rome on Scripture (Introduction)

    03/16/2015 9:20:18 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    reformation21 ^ | March 9, 2015 | Aaron Denlinger
    I intend to offer, over the next several weeks, a four part series on Calvin's response to Rome's doctrine of Scripture as discovered in the fourth session of the Council of Trent. It's my impression that very few Protestants today -- even the confessing kind -- have informed views on what Rome actually says about the most important theological issues of every age (namely, how we know anything about God and his ways, and how we sinners can be reconciled to the God whom we have offended by our sins). The first and foremost purpose of this brief series, then,...
  • Why These 66 Books?

    02/28/2015 5:16:22 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 125 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | June 20,2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    Why These 66 Books? Have you ever looked at your Bible and wondered, “Why do we regard these 66 books, and no others, as comprising the inspired Word of God?”That is a critically important question, since there are many today who would deny that these 66 books truly make up the complete canon of Scripture.The Roman Catholic Church, for example, claims that the Apocryphal books which were written during the inter-testamental period (between the Old and New Testaments) ought to be included in the Bible. Cult groups like the Mormons want to add their own books to the Bible—things like the Book of Mormon, The Doctrines and Covenants,...
  • Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

    02/27/2015 2:09:27 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 27, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial victory in this summer’s Supreme Court ruling over contraception, some people worry the new museum will come across as evangelical propaganda. But organizers behind Green’s latest venture say it won’t be a memorial to evangelism.The Museum of the Bible will house the more than 40,000 artifacts...
  • God’s Own Defense of Scripture, Part 1

    02/23/2015 1:54:30 PM PST · by boatbums · 38 replies
    Grace to You ^ | August 26, 2007 | John MacArthur
    The Bible, the Word of the one true and living God, is the truth and the only source of truth that convicts of sin, warns of judgment, saves the sinner, purifies, cleanses, matures the believer and gives the hope of eternal glory. And because it is the revelation of God by which God does His work to His own ever-lasting glory, it is the priority for the church and for every believer. It is also always under attack, always under assault by Satan and his demons and the people in the kingdom of darkness. Attacks on the Bible have never...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/22/2015 12:15:07 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 102 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feb.22,2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • 3 ways to Make the Reformers Proud

    02/17/2015 8:19:50 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 19 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | October 31, 2011 | Clint Archer
    On October 31st 1517 Anno Domini a comically tonsured German monk, with an attitude and a mallet posted the Medieval equivalent of a snarky  blog post on the castle door at Wittenberg. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses voiced irrefragable concerns about doctrine, ecclesiastical abuses, and unbiblical doctrines. The paper was merely intended to spark debate and reform within the Roman Catholic Church.However, the spark blew a little further than the intramural playground of the Vatican. The white squall of God’s Spirit (with a little help from Guttenberg’s press and a Latin-German dictionary) ignited the hearts of the masses, as the...
  • The Doctrine of Sola Scriptura:Is It Really Biblical?

    02/12/2015 5:41:35 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 188 replies
    The Doctrine of Sola Scriptura: Is It Really Biblical? by Tony Warren hat does sola scriptura mean, and is the doctrine Biblical? Actually, the phrase is Latin, and it was coined by the Reformation church during the 1500's. It means "Scripture solely" or "Scripture alone." By these words the faithful Christian church of this era took a stand for the Biblical principle that the Bible was God's wholey inspired and infallible Word, and as such was the sole ultimate rule of faith and practice for the church. It illustrated that by definition, the Word of God must be the...
  • Ten Things Every Catholic Should Know About Sola Scriptura

    02/12/2015 2:17:57 PM PST · by NYer · 483 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 11, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >Do you know how to answer a non Catholic Christian who challenges you about the Bible?Knowing how everybody loves lists, here are ten things every Catholic should know about Sola Scriptura:1. Sola Scriptura means “only Scripture”. It is the Protestant belief that the Bible is the only source for teaching on doctrine and morality.2. Sola Scriptura was one of three “solos” the other two being Sola Fide (Faith Alone) and Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)3. Sola Scriptura which means “Scripture Alone” cannot be found in the Bible. The closest proof text is 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training...
  • Sola Scriptura

    02/11/2015 12:02:36 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 781 replies
    The John Ankerberg Show ^ | Feb.11,2015 | James McCarthy;
    Sola Scriptura Today, even as in the time of the Reformation, thousands of Catholics worldwide are leaving Roman Catholicism for biblical Christianity. And once again, the rallying cry of the sixteenth century, Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone, is being heard. Roman Catholic defenders have responded to this challenge by going on the offen­sive. A typical argument sounds something like this: The Bible cannot be the sole rule of faith, because the first Christians didn’t have the New Testament. Initially, Tradition, the oral teachings of the apostles, was the Church’s rule of faith. The New Testament came later when a portion of...
  • Ooh, he said ‘chair’” – “Florilegia” vs. the Reformation discipline of Textual Criticism</a>

    02/08/2015 11:42:11 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 15 replies
    Beggars All ^ | March 08, 2011 | - James Swan
    Ooh,ooh, he said ‘chair’” – “Florilegia” (“assertions of authority”) vs. the Reformation discipline of Textual Criticism When you’ve been involved with the sort of Protestant-vs-Roman-Catholic argumentation that we deal with on a daily basis, it’s easy to discern some patterns. As Turretin noted in the 17th century, the Roman Catholic method of defending itself is to make a claim of over-arching authority; this claim is asserted and re-asserted, as if the re-assertion carries more weight than the original assertion. This method of argument-by-authority was very common in the early medieval years. In fact, the long lists of patristic citations that...
  • 5 questions and the 5 solas

    02/07/2015 9:54:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 282 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jesse Johnson
    The Protestant Reformation threw the Christian world into chaos. At the beginning of the 1400’s the Pope’s authority was absolute and the only means of salvation were the sacraments given under his auspices. There was a secular/sacred distinction that was ironclad, meaning that the priests and laity lived in practically two separate worlds. There was no concept of church membership, corporate worship, preaching, or Bible reading in the churches. And as far as doctrine was concerned, there was no debate—the creeds and declarations from Rome (and soon to be Avignon) were the law.Things had been this way for six hundred...
  • What Caused the Reformation?

    02/05/2015 9:29:51 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 187 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | Oct 28,2014 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Master’s Seminary
    What caused the Reformation?Many people might answer that question by pointing to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses.But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would not point to himself or his own writings. Instead, he would give all the credit to God and His Word.Near the end of his life, Luther declared: “All I have done is put forth, preach and write the Word of God, and apart from this I have done nothing. . . . It is the Word that has done great things. . . . I have done nothing; the Word has done and...
  • Is Confession in Scripture?

    02/01/2015 10:02:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    catholic.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25: I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Psalm 103:2-3 adds: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases… Many will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, “the… high priest of our confession” and that there are...
  • The Gospel According to the Church Fathers

    01/24/2015 8:33:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 381 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 22, 2011 | Nathan Busenitz
    After the apostles died, was the gospel hopelessly lost until the Reformation?That certainly seems to be a common assumption in some Protestant circles today. Thankfully, it is a false assumption.I’m not entirely sure where that misconception started. But one thing I do know: it did not come from the Protestant Reformers.The Reformers themselves (including Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and others) were convinced that their position was not only biblical, but also historical. In other words, they contended that both the apostles and the church fathers would have agreed with them on the heart of the gospel.For example, the second-generation Lutheran reformer, Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), wrote a...
  • ANALYSIS: Does Scripture address abortion?

    01/17/2015 8:30:09 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 1-16-15 | David Roach
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 18) commemorates 42 years of legal abortion in the United States. NASHVILLE (BP) -- The claim of some pro-choice groups that Scripture does not address abortion would have surprised both Jews and Christians living in the first century. That's because they were virtually unanimous that the Bible implicitly -- though clearly -- prohibited the killing of unborn children. Abortion advocates today tend either to deny this fact or remain gladly ignorant of it. For example, Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, issued a "pastoral letter to patients" last spring stating, "Many people...
  • For Advent: Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned?

    12/17/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 143 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | n/a | Catholic.com
    Where in the New Testament are "priests" mentioned? Full QuestionThe New Testament mentions three categories of Church leaders: bishops, presbyters, and deacons. So how can the Catholic Church justify its office of "priest"? The New Testament writers seem to understand "bishop" and "presbyter" to be synonymous terms for the same office (Acts 20:17-38). AnswerThe English word "priest" is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, which is commonly rendered into Bible English as "elder" or "presbyter." The ministry of Catholic priests is that of the presbyters mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 15:6, 23). The Bible says little about the duties...
  • How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

    12/08/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | John Lomperis
    Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances or internal practices have been for the worse. But one key way in which American evangelicals have not been closely hewing to the faithful biblical example of our spiritual forefathers and foremothers is in the basic attitude and response we often have towards what to do about blatant unfaithfulness within the church itself. People often romantically long for the purity of "the New Testament church."...
  • For Advent: Two Canons: Scripture & Tradition

    12/05/2014 7:18:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 312 replies
    JimmyAkin.com ^ | 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    Two Canons: Scripture & Tradition by Jimmy AkinMany Protestants would say, “Apostolic traditions would be binding on us if we could identify which traditions are apostolic and which are not. Obiously we want to obey and accept anything the apostles commanded and taught in the name of God.”That is good. Protestants who say this recognize the authority of the apostles’ teaching; they simply need to see the mechanism by which we can recognize the apostles’ teachings.1. THE CANON PRINCIPLEHow do we do that? The answer is that we recognize apostolic tradition the same way we recognized apostolic scripture. Today...
  • Join the Catholic Church and Go to Hell

    11/29/2014 2:59:15 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 246 replies
    YouTube ^ | 131020 | Fr. John Hollowell
    I recently had a few young men looking to join the Catholic Church. Their math teacher told them that if they join the Catholic Church, they'll go to Hell.
  • Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?

    11/11/2014 7:09:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are times in the Church when we want to define something rather easily and simply so as to make it memorable and easy to grasp. But in so doing, we run the risk of doing harm to its deeper, richer, and more accurate meaning.I wonder if we have not done this with the word “gospel.” Most of us have been trained to define the word “gospel” as “good news.” Clearly there is good news in the Gospels and, by extension, the whole of...
  • All Souls, Purgatory and the Bible

    11/02/2014 3:14:08 PM PST · by NYer · 348 replies
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | November 2 2014
    On All Souls Day, the Catholic Church offers prayers and liturgies for the repose of the dead. As Catholics, we are called by the Church to focus our spiritual energies to assist these poor souls, who, though saved, are still in need of purification. Our prayers and sacrifices assist them in this process of purification as a means used by God to communicate purifying grace to them. After all, He is the vine, we are the branches so that He produces his fruits of grace through us. The practice of praying for the dead actually predates Christianity. In 2 Maccabees...
  • Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception

    10/26/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 184 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Monday, February 09, 2004 | Dave Armstrong
    Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception Genesis 38:9-10: “But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. 10 And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.” It is an historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930. Protestant historian Roland Bainton states casually that the Church “very early forbade contraception”...
  • HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE - WILLIAM TYNDALE

    10/13/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 63 replies
    Way of Life ^ | 2007 | David Cloud
    The Tyndale New Testament of 1525 was the first English translation based on the Greek and the first English Bible to be printed. (The Wycliffe Bible was based on Latin and published only in hand-written manuscripts.) The King James Bible is an edition of Tyndale’s masterly translation. William Tyndale is therefore the most important one name in the history of the English Bible and one of most important names in history of the English people. TYNDALE’S TIMES Tyndale was born to a time of great change and turmoil. It was a time of international travel and discovery. When he was...
  • Some Things to Know About Old Testament Harvests & Feasts

    10/12/2014 10:12:10 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 16 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 12 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    There are several things to realize about the Old Testament harvests and feasts. The three harvests (Exodus 23:14-17) parallel the Crucifixion/Resurrection, Pentecost/The Church, and Christ's Return (1 Corinthians 15:23-24). The seven feasts of these harvests (Leviticus 23) correspond to the Church's liturgical seasons: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary, Lent, Triduum, Easter, Ordinary. The harvest seasons can be classified as such: the first (Spring/Summer) gave grain, the second (Summer) gave grapes, and the third (Summer/Fall) gave olives, figs, and more. The first, of grains, was smaller in weight -- because the other harvests were water-dense -- but the biggest source of food, as...
  • Pray for Obama

    09/29/2014 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Kerry: Scripture commands USA to protect Muslim countries against global warming

    09/03/2014 1:07:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | September 3, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Remember a few years back when some company was found to have put Biblical quotes on gunstocks it sold to the U.S. military — even just a few months ago the Islamic supremacist apologist Mubin Shaikh used that in a debate with me on Michael Medved’s radio show to claim that the misadventure in Iraq was a “Crusade.” Will Leftists and Islamic supremacists start charging that Kerry’s campaign against “global warming” is likewise a Crusade?
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 [Limited Atonement]

    08/03/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 24, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 3 In my last two blog posts, we examined the first two of the “five points” of Calvinism popularly known by the acronym, TULIP, which represents 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistible Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this post, we will tackle the third point:Limited AtonementNo Christian that I know of would deny that some doctrines are more or less clear than others in Scripture. When it comes to the atonement of Christ, the Scriptures are most clear: Jesus Christ died on the...
  • The Bible isn't the word of God. It contains the word of God

    07/21/2014 10:28:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    CARM ^ | 07/21/2014 | Matt Slick
    by Matt SlickOne of the objections raised by critics of biblical inspiration is that the Bible is not the word of God, but that it contains the word of God.  Is this accurate?  No.  First of all, this doesn't fit what the Bible says about itself.  The collection of 66 books that the Christian Church recognized as being inspired speaks as the very words of God in many places. "Thus says the Lord" occurs over 400 times in the Old Testament. "God said" occurs 42 times in the Old Testament and four times in the New Testament. "God spoke"...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • First Scientific Proof Of God Found

    07/03/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT · by free_life · 51 replies
    http://witscience.org ^ | June 22, 2014 | Dr. Richter DasMeerungeheuer
    W.I.T. scientists, in conjunction with the Human Genome Project and Bob Jones University, have made what may be the most astounding discovery of this, or any generation. While working to understand and map the function of sequences of DNA in the human genome known as “Junk DNA” (for their lack of known function), scientists at W.I.T. noted that while the DNA sequences they were seeing bore little resemblance to the coding for biological function, they bore a striking similarity to the patterns of human language. Gene Bmp3 has a Retrotransposon sequence which translates to the well-known 1 Cor 6:19 “Do...
  • Is it okay for a Christian to get a tattoo?

    06/18/2014 8:51:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Tattoos are making a comeback in present day culture. From teenagers to housewives, they are appearing everywhere, even among Christians. So then, is it okay for Christians to get tattoos? To answer this, we need to see what the Bible says about it, if anything.First of all, making marks on the skin is mentioned in several verses. The first is in Leviticus and the rest are in the book of Revelation which deal with the Mark of the Beast. Lev. 19:28, "‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on...
  • Recent Gallup Poll On American's View of Bible Reveals Utter Chaos On Authority of Scripture

    06/09/2014 2:49:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/09/2014 | John MaCArthur
    The Christian Post recently published the findings of a Gallup poll designed to gauge Americans' opinion on the Bible. The findings reveal the utter chaos in our culture regarding the nature and authority of Scripture. Gallup's poll found that only 28 percent of Americans believe that the Bible is the Word of God and should be taken literally. And yet nearly 50 percent believe that the Bible is the "inspired Word of God" while insisting that not all of its content be taken literally, but rather as "metaphors and allegories that allow for interpretation." "Allowing for interpretation" seems to be...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 1 [Total Depravity]

    05/03/2014 7:07:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 160 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 1, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 1 Over my next five blog posts, I am going to critique the famous “five points” of Calvinist theology: 1. Total Depravity 2. Unconditional Election 3. Limited Atonement 4. Irresistibility of Grace 5. Perseverance of the Saints (“Once Saved, Always Saved”).Pt. 1 – Total DepravityIn John Calvin’s magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin presents a view of man that is very much like Luther’s, but contrary to what we find in the pages of Sacred Scripture. Calvin used texts like Gen.6:5,The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great...