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  • Well Done Phil! (Solo Scriptura Is Not Sola Scriptura)

    07/11/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 58 replies
    Effectual Grace ^ | 20 October 2011 | John Samson
    (Original title: "Well Done Phil" “It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others.” – C. H. Spurgeon, Commenting and Commentaries (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1876), 1. “Tradition is the fruit of the Spirit’s teaching activity from the ages as God’s people have sought understanding of Scripture. It is not infallible, but neither is it negligible, and we impoverish ourselves if we disregard it.” – J.I. Packer, “Upholding the Unity of Scripture Today,” JETS 25 (1982): 414 “Although tradition does...
  • According to Scripture (Sola Scriptura)

    01/28/2014 7:27:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 937 replies
    "If a teaching isn’t explicit in the Bible, then we don’t accept it as doctrine!" That belief, commonly known as sola scriptura, was a central component of all I believed as a Protestant. This bedrock Protestant teaching claims that Scripture alone is the sole rule of faith and morals for Christians. Diving deeper into its meaning to defend my Protestant faith against Catholicism about twenty years ago, I found that there was no uniform understanding of this teaching among Protestant pastors and no book I could read to get a better understanding of it. What role does tradition play? How...
  • Sola Scriptura – An Unbiblical Recipe for Confusion

    01/25/2014 6:51:38 AM PST · by GonzoII · 530 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | January 18, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Sola Scriptura – An Unbiblical Recipe for Confusion Sola scriptura was the central doctrine and foundation for all I believed when I was Protestant. On a popular level, it simply meant, “If a teaching isn’t explicit in the Bible, then we don’t accept it as doctrine!” And it seemed so simple. And yet, I do not recall ever hearing a detailed teaching explicating it. It was always a given. Unchallenged. Diving deeper into its meaning, especially when I was challenged to defend my Protestant faith against Catholicism, I found there to be no book specifically on the topic and...
  • Ten quick points for all Christians to note carefully.

    09/09/2013 12:30:00 PM PDT · by GADEL · 10 replies
    CATHOOLIC ^ | 9/9/2013 | Godwin Delali Adadzie
    1. Jesus is the Word of God become flesh. 2. The Bible is part of the Word of God. 3. Jesus is not the Bible and the Bible is not Jesus. 4. Jesus as the Word of God is truly God and is worthy of worship. 5. The Bible which is part of the Word of God is not God and cannot be worshipped. 6. Jesus as the Word of God existed before His incarnation. 7. The Bible as part of the Word of God was written by men from different cultures and time period under the inspiration of the...
  • According to Scripture (Where is sola scriptura itself taught in the Bible?)

    06/22/2013 1:01:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 488 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Tim Staples
    "If a teaching isn’t explicit in the Bible, then we don’t accept it as doctrine!" That belief, commonly known as sola scriptura, was a central component of all I believed as a Protestant. This bedrock Protestant teaching claims that Scripture alone is the sole rule of faith and morals for Christians. Diving deeper into its meaning to defend my Protestant faith against Catholicism about twenty years ago, I found that there was no uniform understanding of this teaching among Protestant pastors and no book I could read to get a better understanding of it.What role does tradition play? How...
  • + The Reformation’s Evangelical “Sola Scriptura” + [Today is Reformation Day] [Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 11:55:17 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | October 31st, 2012 | Robert Paul
    Below is a set of theses from the late Dr. Marquart, posted here in honor of the Reformation. Originally written for class and perhaps a conference, they speak of what exactly Sola Scriptura means and what it means for the church. Blessed Festival of the Reformation! Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The two focal points of the Reformation conflict were the Gospel’s core content (justification) and the Gospel’s authority (Scripture alone—sola scriptura).“Sola scriptura” means to assert the sole authority of Christ over His church, to the exclusion of all other powers and authorities. IESOUS KYRIOS (Jesus is Lord, I Cor....
  • Does Jesus Condemn Tradition?

    08/30/2012 2:39:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 30, 2012 | MARCELLINO D'AMBROSIO, PH.D.
    One of the great battle cries of the Protestant Reformation was “sola scriptura!” Many thought that the Catholic Church had cluttered up the simple Christian faith by adding all sorts of practices, customs and doctrines over the centuries. They thought the Church in their day was guilty of exactly the same Pharisaical obsession with traditions condemned by Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel (Mark 7:1-23). The solution, it seemed, was simple. Let’s purify the Church by ditching all these traditions and keeping the Bible alone. But if we read this portion of the Bible closely, the Lord is not telling us...
  • 21 Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura

    12/26/2011 6:08:22 PM PST · by rzman21 · 532 replies
    What is Sola Scriptura? "We believe in the Bible alone and the Bible in its entirety as the sole rule of faith for the Christian!" You may have heard these words or something very similar to them from a Fundamentalist or Evangelical Protestant. They are, in essence, the meaning of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, or "Scripture alone," which alleges that the Bible – as interpreted by the individual believer – is the only source of religious authority and is the Christian’s sole rule of faith or criterion regarding what is to be believed. By this doctrine, which is one...
  • Harold Camping Spent Around $100 Million on Rapture Ads

    05/24/2011 11:13:58 AM PDT · by Cronos · 43 replies
    The Atlantic wire ^ | 24 May 2011 | Caitlin Dickson
    This shockingly large number comes from Matt Tuter, international projects manager at Family Radio--the California-based Christian organization that falsely predicted the world's end this past weekend--in an interview with the Christian Post. The bulk of the $100 million, Tuter insists, came from selling off property (their KFTL television station and a FM station), fu although there appear plenty of people who donated their life savings to the cause. Tuter, whose family first got involved with the Family Radio organization when he was a baby, was also sure to clarify that "I remember when the organization was normal!" Apparently, this was...
  • Harold Camping: Rapture Rescheduled for October 21, Twitter Laughs On

    05/24/2011 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    webpronews ^ | 24 May 2011 | Josh Walford
    The “flabbergasted” biblical numerologist Harold Camping has emerged from seclusion and addressed the world about the still impending rapture...last night, the 89-year-old fake prophet announced that the rapture was far from cancelled – but simply postponed. More specifically, he was not off on the dates. May 21st marked a more “spiritual” beginning of the end, and in five months the real end will come....Camping, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Were not changing a date at all; we’re just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this. But on Oct. 21, the world will be...
  • Which Came First: New Testament or the Church?

    05/09/2011 10:59:18 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 192 replies
    Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | May 8, 2011 | Fr. James Bernstein
    .....The guidelines I used in interpreting Scripture seemed simple enough: When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense. I believed that those who were truly faithful and honest in following this principle would achieve Christian unity. To my surprise, this “common sense” approach led not to increased Christian clarity and unity, but rather to a spiritual free-for-all! Those who most strongly adhered to believing “only the Bible” tended to become the, most factious, divisive, and combative of Christians-perhaps unintentionally. In fact, it seemed to me that the more one held to the Bible as the...
  • How to Read the Bible (Sola Scriptura Caucus)

    02/25/2011 9:01:56 AM PST · by blue-duncan · 5 replies
    Metropolitan Tabernacle, ^ | C. H. SPURGEON,
    "Have ye not read?...Have ye not read?...If ye had known what this meaneth."—Matthew 12:3-7. HE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES were great readers of the law. They studied the sacred books continually, poring over each word and letter. They made notes of very little importance, but still very curious notes—as to which was the middle verse of the entire old Testament, which verse was halfway to the middle, and how many times such a word occurred, and even how many times a letter occurred, and the size of the letter, and its peculiar position. They have left us a mass of wonderful...
  • Is the Bible the Only Revelation from God? (Sola Scriptura Caucus)

    02/22/2011 7:59:40 PM PST · by blue-duncan · 70 replies
    Bible Org ^ | 2005 | Greg Herrick
    Introduction Has God made himself known only in the Bible and/or Jesus? Are there any other ways in which He has revealed himself to us? If so, how? What is the nature, extent, and value of that revelation and how does it compare with the knowledge we have of God through Christ and Scripture? Does everyone inherently know God? If so, in what way(s)? These are just some of the questions we will treat in this brief paper. Our use of the term “revelation” comes from the Greek term ajpokavluyi" (apokalupsis) and means “to uncover, reveal, disclose,” or “make known”...
  • Is Sola Scriptura a Protestant Concoction?

    02/12/2011 9:07:17 AM PST · by bkaycee · 266 replies · 1+ views
    ChristianTruth.com ^ | Dr. Greg Bahnsen
    I. And the first step, which I hope is an obvious one but becomes crucial as we move ahead, the first step is for us to recognize that the Bible teaches that our convictions are not to be based upon human wisdom! Human wisdom isn’t always wrong; sometimes people used their intellect and their independent ability to research, and find facts and come to truths which are very valuable. The problem is not that human wisdom is always wrong. The problem is that human wisdom is (1) fallible, and (2) not a sufficient foundation for believing anything about God. Because...
  • A Review and Rebuttal of "Why the Bereans Rejected Sola Scriptura."

    02/10/2011 3:24:58 PM PST · by bkaycee · 61 replies
    aomin.org ^ | March 1997 | James White
    This is an excerpt of the rebutal of Steve Rays article on "why the Bereans Rejected Sola Scriptura", by James White Sola Scriptura: Misrepresented AGAINThe main criticism that can be lodged against Mr. Ray's work is quite simple: he does not accurately portray (or possibly even understand) the Protestant position that he has abandoned, and is now intent upon attacking. This is a common problem in Roman Catholic apologetics: and the fact that many Protestants don't know their faith very well, and hence allow such misrepresentations to pass without comment or correction, only exacerbates the situation. We begin with the...
  • Tradition Still Requires Interpretation

    02/09/2011 12:55:10 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 86 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 02/09/2011 | Kevin DeYoung
    One of the common Catholic objections to the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura is that without the Church to offer authoritative interpretations we are all just left with our own personal readings of Scripture. So, the argument goes, evangelicals may talk a big game about the Bible being our ultimate authority, but actually the final authority rests with each individual interpretation of Scripture. In light of this chaotic free-for-all, consider how much better is the Catholic understanding of authoritative Tradition with a capital T. There are a number of ways an evangelical could respond to this argument. 1. Illumination. We...
  • What did the Early Church believe about the authority of Scripture? (sola Scriptura)

    02/08/2011 11:08:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 209 replies
    Christian Answers ^ | William Webster
    The sixteenth century Reformation was responsible for restoring to the Church the principle of sola Scriptura, a principle that had been operative within the Church from the very beginning of the post apostolic age.Initially the apostles taught orally, but with the close of the apostolic age, all special revelation that God wanted preserved for man was codified in the written Scriptures. Sola Scriptura is the teaching, founded on the Scriptures themselves, that there is only one special revelation from God that man possesses today, the written Scriptures or the Bible. Consequently the Scriptures are materially sufficient and are by their...
  • Sola Scriptura and the Early Church

    12/31/2010 7:33:30 AM PST · by bkaycee · 189 replies
    The Reformation was responsible for restoring to the Church the principle of sola Scriptura, a principle which had been operative within the Church from the very beginning of the post apostolic age. Initially the apostles taught orally but with the close of the apostolic age all special revelation that God wanted preserved for man was codified in the written Scriptures. Sola Scriptura is the teaching and belief that there is only one special revelation from God that man possesses today, the written Scriptures or the Bible, and that consequently the Scriptures are materially sufficient and are by their very nature...
  • 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...
  • Existential Neo-Orthodoxy Denies Sola Scriptura

    02/25/2010 1:19:16 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 350+ views
    Apprising Ministries ^ | John Macarthur
    Neo-orthodoxy is the term used to identify an existentialist variety of Christianity. Because it denies the essential objective basis of truth—the absolute truth and authority of Scripture—neo-orthodoxy must be understood as pseudo-Christianity. Its heyday came in the middle of the twentieth century with the writings of Karl Barth, Emil Brunner, Paul Tillich, and Reinhold Niebaur. Those men echoed the language and the thinking of [Soren] Kierkegaard, speaking of the primacy of “personal authenticity,” while downplaying or denying the significance of objective truth. Barth, the father of neo-orthodoxy, explicitly acknowledged his debt to Kierkegaard. Neo-orthodoxy’s attitude toward Scripture is a microcosm...
  • The Bible's Internal Consistency

    02/25/2010 8:24:18 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies · 610+ views
    AlwaysBeReady.com ^ | Charlie Campbell
    What do I mean, when I speak of the Bible’s internal consistency? I am talking about the Bible’s internal harmony. From the first book of the Bible, Genesis, to the last book, Revelation, the Bible is absolutely consistent. The skeptic says: “Why is that an evidence of divine origin? There are plenty of books that are internally consistent.” I agree, but let me share with you seven factors that make the consistency of the Bible an amazing evidence of its divine origin. A. The Bible addresses life’s most controversial questions. How did the universe come into existence? Does God exist?...
  • Is Sola Scriptura a Protestant Concoction? A Biblical Defense of Sola Scriptura

    02/23/2010 12:36:12 AM PST · by Gamecock · 53 replies · 802+ views
    The issue of Scripture and Scripture Alone (or what Protestants have come to call the principle of sola Scriptura) is a matter that divides professing Christians as to the foundation of their faith and what defines their faith. Back in the days of the Reformation when there were men who felt that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ had been not only corrupted by the Roman Catholic Church, but had virtually disappeared under the mask of human traditions and rituals and things that kept people from actually hearing the good news of Jesus Christ, in order to reform the...
  • Scripture Alone Disproves "Scripture Alone" (Sola Scriptura)

    02/22/2010 8:00:31 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 256 replies · 1,855+ views
    Scripture Catholic ^ | n/a | John Salza
    Gen. to Rev. - Scripture never says that Scripture is the sole infallible authority for God's Word. Scripture also mandates the use of tradition. This fact alone disproves sola Scriptura.... Matt. 28:20 - "observe ALL I have commanded," but, as we see in John 20:30; 21:25, not ALL Jesus taught is in Scripture. So there must be things outside of Scripture that we must observe. This disproves "Bible alone" theology.... Luke 1:1-4 - Luke acknowledges that the faithful have already received the teachings of Christ, and is writing his Gospel only so that they "realize the certainty of the teachings...
  • Sola Scriptura - In the Vanity of their Minds

    02/22/2010 10:34:43 AM PST · by MarMema · 153 replies · 1,149+ views
    Orthodox Christian Information Center ^ | unknown | Fr John Whiteford
    PROBLEMS WITH THE DOCTRINE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA A. IT IS A DOCTRINE BASED UPON A NUMBER OF FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS An assumption is something that we take for granted from the outset, usually quite unconsciously. As long as an assumption is a valid one, all is fine and well; but a false assumption inevitably leads to false conclusions. One would hope that even when one has made an unconscious assumption that when his conclusions are proven faulty he would then ask himself where his underlying error lay. Protestants who are willing to honestly assess the current state of the Protestant world,...
  • The Supremacy of Scripture

    12/10/2009 2:08:47 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 126 replies · 1,385+ views
    Following Judah's Lion ^ | 3/14/09 | Rick Frueh
    When a teacher or preacher speaks of the Supremacy of Scripture he is almost always referring to a doctrine that understands Scripture as the supreme source for truth, and in fact the exclusive source for spiritual truth. In the language of the Reformation it is known as Sola Scriptura, which means that the basis for our beliefs is not tradition or experience or ecclesiastical dictate, it is the written Scriptures alone. And it is true that this doctrine has been eroding and that many religious organizations either completely deny it or dilute its essence. Luther desired nothing but proof from...
  • Nuts and Bolts (Tim Staples )- Sola Scriptura analyzed

    11/10/2009 11:07:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 195 replies · 2,148+ views
    Envoy ^ | Tim Staples
    Scenario: You’ve been talking with Bob, a fellow worker at the office, for weeks about the faith. You can see you’ve made headway in presenting him your biblical case for Catholicism. So you decide to invite him to an apologetics Bible study you have at your parish. He agrees to come on one condition: You must first come to a Bible study at his “non-denominational” assembly for four weeks. Then he will come to your meeting for four weeks. Immediately, you jump at the chance. You’re fired up! The Lord has given you an open door for evangelism. Upon arrival...
  • The Sufficiency of the Written Word

    11/04/2009 3:49:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 219 replies · 1,552+ views
    Sola Scriptura ^ | Dr. John F. MacArthur, Jr
    The Sufficiency of the Written Word Answering the Modern Roman Catholic Apologists by Dr. John F. MacArthur, JrThe tendency to venerate tradition is very strong in religion. The world is filled with religions that have been following set traditions for hundreds -- even thousands -- of years. Cultures come and go, but religious tradition shows an amazing continuity.In fact, many ancient religions -- including Druidism, Native American religions, and several of the oriental cults -- eschewed written records of their faith, preferring to pass down their legends and rituals and dogmas via word of mouth. Such religions usually treat their...
  • Traditions and Traditions

    08/31/2009 10:08:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 522+ views
    One of the great battle cries of the Protestant Reformation was “sola scriptura!” Many thought that the Catholic Church had cluttered up the simple Christian faith by adding all sorts of practices, customs and doctrines over the centuries. They thought the Church in their day was guilty of exactly the same Pharisaical obsession with traditions condemned by Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel (Mark 7:1-23). The solution, it seemed, was simple. Let’s purify the Church by ditching all these traditions and keeping the Bible alone.But if we read this portion of the Bible closely, the Lord is not telling us that...
  • New Truth Avoidance Part 1

    01/23/2009 7:00:05 PM PST · by Chris DeWeese · 13 replies · 165+ views
    firstcenturychristianity.net ^ | 1/23/09 | Chris DeWeese
    Since I wrote a little about avoiding "new truth", I figured I could chime in on ideas on how to avoid "new truth". Step one is a big one. You have to read the Bible. All of it. From Genesis to Revelation. Even though Genesis to Revelation may seem like beginning to end, it's not - well sort of. Genesis is “the beginning” and Revelation is “the end”, but Job is the oldest book of the Bible and neither the Old or New Testaments are in chronological order. In my opinion, reading the scriptures all the way through in the...
  • Fear of the Incarnation and its Discontents [Ecumenical]

    12/24/2008 6:55:20 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 367+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 24, 2008 | Mark Shea
    Evangelicals, like all orthodox Christians, vigorously affirm the Doctrine of the Incarnation—the faith of all Christians that God the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary and became Man. Evangelicals, like Catholics, believe this doctrine with every fiber of their being. But there’s more to it than this. In Evangelical culture “incarnation” has tended to get prefaced with the definite article—”The Incarnation.” It’s been primarily thought and spoken of as a single, albeit glorious, historical event that took place in the past, and its application in...
  • Christ did not found a Book. He founded a Teaching Church [Ecumenical]

    09/30/2008 3:09:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 74 replies · 1,844+ views
    Nowhere in Scripture does it say that Jesus Christ wrote a book or commanded anyone else to write a Gospel. In fact the only place where it is recorded that He wrote anything at all, is in John 8:6-8. He wrote on the ground with His finger, and to this day, we do not even know what He wrote. However, He did found a beautiful Church. He made her His Bride, and He made her a teaching Church.His teaching Church had been in existence for over a decade before the first book of the New Testament was even written.By the...
  • Theological Word Of The Day: Sola Scriptura

    07/07/2008 3:11:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 219 replies · 101+ views
    TWOTD ^ | July 7, 2008
    Sola Scriptura (Latin, “the Scripture alone”) Belief of Protestants that Christian Scripture is the final and only infallible authority for the Christian in matters of faith and practice. Sola Scriptura was coined during the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, but according to Protestants, is found throughout Christian history. The belief in Sola Scriptura contrasts both the Catholic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, and Eastern Orthodox belief that along with Scripture there necessarily exists an infallible authority which either interprets the Scripture with ultimate authority or adds new revelations to supplement the Scripture. Hence, in these traditions, the Scripture is not the...
  • Protestants and Sola Scriptura

    05/03/2008 4:38:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 2,190 replies · 724+ views
    Catholic Net ^ | George Sim Johnston
    Scripture, our Evangelical friends tell us, is the inerrant Word of God. Quite right, the Catholic replies; but how do you know this to be true? It's not an easy question for Protestants, because, having jettisoned Tradition and the Church, they have no objective authority for the claims they make for Scripture. There is no list of canonical books anywhere in the Bible, nor does any book (with the exception of St. John's Apocalypse) claim to be inspired. So, how does a "Bible Christian" know the Bible is the Word of God? If he wants to avoid a train of...
  • "It is Written: Sola Scriptura" (Proddie Caucus)

    04/18/2008 2:40:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies · 36+ views
    The Highway ^ | Richard Bennett
    SCRIPTURE ALONE IS INSPIRED AND INHERENTLY AUTHORITATIVE.The Biblical message breathed out by God is revelation in written form. (2 Timothy 3:15-16). The Biblical claim is that what God has inspired was His written word (2 Peter 1:20-21). When the Lord Jesus Christ said, "the Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35), He was speaking of God’s written word. The events, actions, commandments, and truths from God are given to us in propositional, i.e. logical, written sentences. God’s declaration in Scripture is that it and it alone, is this final authority in all matters of faith and morals. Thus there is only...
  • Twenty One Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura

    04/04/2008 11:29:53 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 135 replies · 1,027+ views
    What is Sola Scriptura? "We believe in the Bible alone and the Bible in its entirety as the sole rule of faith for the Christian!" You may have heard these words or something very similar to them from a Fundamentalist or Evangelical Protestant. They are, in essence, the meaning of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, or "Scripture alone," which alleges that the Bible – as interpreted by the individual believer – is the only source of religious authority and is the Christian’s sole rule of faith or criterion regarding what is to be believed. By this doctrine, which is one...
  • Our Need of Scripture (Protestant Caucus)

    04/05/2008 6:26:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies · 24+ views
    MountainZion ^ | J. I. Packer
    “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psa 119:105). See the psalmist’s picture. He has to travel. (Scripture regularly pictures life as a journey.) He was in the dark, unable to see the way to go and bound to get lost and hurt if he advanced blindly. (This pictures our natural ignorance of God’s will for our lives, our inability to guess it and the certainty in practice of our missing it.) But a lamp (think of a flashlight) has been handed to him. Now he can pick out the path before him,...
  • as abominations go, it's trčs chic

    11/25/2007 4:16:36 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 46+ views
    Off The Record ^ | November 25, 2007 | Diogenes
    A lesbian Lutheran pastor in the Bronx is working to move her congregation beyond sola Scriptura: And a few members of Pastor [Katrina] Foster's church say they still are struggling with the passage in the Bible that many consider a prohibition on homosexuality: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Pastor Foster has not preached directly about that passage. Charlotte Sapp, a church member who runs a local H.I.V. prevention and support group, said she was hoping for more guidance on the issue. "If it's wrong concerning the Bible, show us this, why it's...
  • Unlocking the Convert's Heart

    11/09/2007 1:55:47 PM PST · by NYer · 140 replies · 933+ views
    Catholic Education ^ | November 2007 | Marcus Grodi
    I was recently asked to give a talk on the biblical defense of Catholicism. Initially this seemed like an easy task, for the primary reason my Presbyterian heart was turned toward home was because the truthfulness of the Catholic Church was proved to me through the study of Scripture. Books upon books upon tapes upon CD s reiterate the sound biblical footing of our Catholic faith. Regardless, I encountered difficulties as I thought of my perceived audience. Vincible Foes First, I remembered that from which I came and the hoards of anti-Catholics who believe there is no biblical defense of...
  • The Clintons’ God

    10/12/2007 8:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 216+ views
    NCR ^ | October 14, 2007 | PAUL KENGOR
    As Pope John Paul II wrote in Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, and through the magisterium, serves as the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), particularly through its teaching of truth regarding moral action. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the tragedy of abortion, especially in contrast to where some (but certainly not all) Protestants stand on the issue, including two extremely influential Protestants: Bill and Hillary Clinton. No president did as much to advance legalized abortion as Bill Clinton, who is now poised to be exceeded in...
  • Will the Pope's Pronouncement Set Ecumenism Back a Hundred Years? (Challenge to Apostolicity)

    07/22/2007 7:40:38 PM PDT · by xzins · 13,165 replies · 42,670+ views
    Will the Pope's Pronouncement Set Ecumenism Back a Hundred Years? Wednesday, 11 July 2007 Yesterday's Reuters headline: "The Vatican on Tuesday said Christian denominations outside the Roman Catholic Church were not full churches of Jesus Christ." The actual proclamation, posted on the official Vatican Web site, says that Protestant Churches are really "ecclesial communities" rather than Churches, because they lack apostolic succession, and therefore they "have not preserved the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery." Furthermore, not even the Eastern Orthodox Churches are real Churches, even though they were explicitly referred to as such in the Vatican document...
  • LOGIC AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF PROTESTANTISM (Sola Scriptura)

    09/15/2007 3:27:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 270 replies · 1,362+ views
    CH Network ^ | Brian W. Harrison
    As an active Protestant in my mid-twenties I began to feel that I might have a vocation to become a minister. The trouble was that while I had quite definite convictions about the things that most Christians have traditionally held in common—the sort of thing C.S. Lewis termed "mere Christianity."I had had some firsthand experience with several denominations (Presbyterian, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist) and was far from certain as to which of them (if any) had an overall advantage over the others. So I began to think, study, search, and pray. Was there a true Church? If so, how was one...
  • Series: Scriptural Basis for Catholic Doctrine (Scripture-only Caucus)

    08/20/2007 2:38:07 PM PDT · by pjr12345 · 110 replies · 1,419+ views
    Original | 8/20/7 | pjr12345
    Papal Authority / Apostolic Succession / Peter as First PopeThe basis for papal authority lies in the Roman Catholic Church's interpretation of Matthew 16:18-19 -- 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[d] in heaven. Catholics believe that Jesus was addressing Peter only in His...
  • The Journey Home and Biblical Anarchy

    08/09/2007 7:19:40 AM PDT · by Ottofire · 16 replies · 291+ views
    Alpha and Omega Ministries ^ | 08/09/2007 | James Swan
    The Journey Home and Biblical Anarchy Catholic apologist Gary Michuta was on The Journey Home (8/6/07). Marianne from Pennsylvania called in and described her method of Bible study: she opens the Bible to any page, and then gets layers of meaning from the text. She wanted to know if this was a normal method of Biblical reading and interpretation. Here is the clip: (Unable to retrieve clip at site, please hit link to listen, thnx. Otto) Gary responds that it is okay to engage the Scriptures in such fashion, and yes, there are layers of meaning one can glean from...
  • A Review and Rebuttal of Steve Ray’s Article, Why the Bereans Rejected Sola Scriptura.

    08/06/2007 7:56:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 144 replies · 1,138+ views
    A&O ^ | James White
    "This Bereans passage has been commandeered by Fundamentalists for too long, and it is time Catholics reclaim it." —Former Baptist Steve Ray, This Rock, March, 1997, p. 24. Steve Ray is a nice guy. At least, we’ve had some civil discourse in the past via the Internet. He seems like an honest man who is convinced that the position he now embraces—Roman Catholicism—is the true and proper position to take. I start by acknowledging this, for I don’t want anyone to think that I bear him any malice. I say this because beyond my recognizing his personal civility, I find...
  • How I Solved the Catholic Problem (in 3 parts)

    06/29/2007 5:51:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 1,590+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | Kristine L. Franklin
    PART 1 Guatemala is at a turning point. Historically it's been a 100% Catholic country - but that's changing - rapidly. Demographers predict that early in the next century Guatemala will become the first mostly-Protestant Latin American country.The jet made a careful descent between the three volcanoes that ring the sprawl of Guatemala City. It was April 19th, 1992. My husband, Marty, and I had reached the end of eight years of preparation to be Evangelical Protestant missionaries. We were finally here, excited and eager to settle in Guatemala. We knew our faith would be challenged and stretched, but we...
  • SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION

    06/11/2007 3:29:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 100 replies · 1,140+ views
    SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION BY R. THOMAS ZELL © 1992 Conciliar Press Ben Lomond, California Second edition printed in Canada, 1995 Third edition printed in Canada, 2002 The Bible says once someone accepts Christ, he can never lose his salvation. All true Christians have eternal security.The Bible says it is possible to fall away from grace. Even believers can turn away from God and be forever lost in their sins.The Bible says homosexuality is a perversion of God's moral law and a deviation from natural human behavior.The Bible says homosexuality is morally ac­ceptable; it is a lifestyle as viable as any...
  • Bible Study Made Easy

    04/15/2007 1:42:11 PM PDT · by WileyPink · 25 replies · 666+ views
    One News Now ^ | 04/12/2007 | Randall Murphree
    A few years back, one-third of freshmen entering Wheaton College (Illinois) didn't know that Paul's travels are recorded in Acts or that the Christmas story is found in Matthew. Gary Burge, Ph.D., Wheaton professor of New Testament, reported these findings from a Bible literacy test administered to incoming freshmen. Burge also said he asked 45 seniors to paraphrase, from memory, the Ten Commandments. Only one student could do so. Though these students are mostly from strongly evangelical churches, their ignorance of Bible basics is disturbing. The professor maintained that biblical illiteracy is "a universal and growing problem" among students and...
  • "It is Written: Sola Scriptura"

    03/30/2007 11:03:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 260 replies · 1,543+ views
    The Highway ^ | Richard Bennett
    "It is Written: Sola Scriptura"  "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" John 10:27. By Richard Bennett     SCRIPTURE ALONE IS INSPIRED AND INHERENTLY AUTHORITATIVE.The Biblical message breathed out by God is revelation in written form. (2 Timothy 3:15-16). The Biblical claim is that what God has inspired was His written word (2 Peter 1:20-21). When the Lord Jesus Christ said, "the Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35), He was speaking of God’s written word. The events, actions, commandments, and truths from God are given to us in propositional, i.e. logical, written sentences. God’s...
  • DO JEWS HAVE A DIVINE RIGHT TO THE PROMISED LAND?

    03/06/2007 11:42:17 AM PST · by Dr. Eckleburg · 118 replies · 1,056+ views
    Desiring God Ministry ^ | April 17, 2002 | John Piper
    How should Bible-believing Christians align themselves in the Jewish-Palestinian conflict? There are Biblical reasons for treating both sides with compassionate public justice in the same way that disputes should be settled between nations generally. In other words, the Bible does not teach us to be partial to Israel or to the Palestinians because either has a special divine status. I do not deny that Israel was chosen by God from all the peoples of the world to be the focus of special blessing in the history of redemption which climaxed in Jesus Christ, the Messiah. "The LORD your God has...
  • The First Dance (A Clue On How The NYT Sees Evangelicals)

    01/28/2007 8:06:06 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 13 replies · 907+ views
    New York Times ^ | 28 January 2007 | MARK OPPENHEIMER
    ....Siloam Springs, Ark., is a town with about 60 churches for fewer than 14,000 people. It is not officially Christian, of course, but the sign at the city limits on Route 412 says, “welcome to siloam springs, where jesus is lord.” It’s a town with Free Baptists, Free Evangelicals, Southern Baptists, Disciples of Christ, Assemblies of God, Reformed Christians, Nazarene Christians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Holiness Methodists and a couple dozen independent Bible churches so committed to Scripture alone that choosing a denomination is close to idolatry. Over the Oklahoma border, there’s an Indian casino filled with one-armed bandits, and 30 miles...