| April 2013
Soli Deo Gloria
Glory to God alone.
Glory to God alone.
With the Catholic church electing a new pope, I thought it would be a good time to make Christians aware of what the Catholic church teaches about the papacy. I’m hopeful that you can use this information to open up a conversation that allows Christians to share the gospel with their Catholic friends.
The Catholic church said salvation was by Christ plus works, sacraments, etc. The Reformers said it was Christ alone.
Romans 5 begins with “Therefore, having been justified by faith.” Justified how? By works? No, by faith alone.
The Reformers rejected the notion that man has the ability in himself to reject or accept God’s salvation in Christ. We are saved by God's grace alone.
God’s Word is the ultimate authority, and is the infallible rule of faith for the church.
Over the next few articles we'll explore the five beliefs that emerged as most prominent in the Reformers’ teaching, in direct contradiction to the main teaching of the Catholic Church.
Do near death experiences (NDEs) give proof of God, and more specifically, are they really an encounter with God? The best way to do that is to compare NDEs with God’s Word.
When a person believes in a superstition, he attributes some power to something or someone he doesn’t even know exists. For example, if walking under a ladder brings bad “luck”, what or whom causes this bad luck to occur? If you don’t know, then why believe you’ll have bad luck? That’s completely irrational.
I’ve found helpful the guide that most Scripture should be taken literally. But one passage that bugged me was when Jesus talked about plucking out your eye and cutting off your hand if either of them caused you to sin. What? Really? Well, before you pluck out your eye or cut off your hand, let’s consider what Jesus is really saying.
Some Christians continue to believe evolution because they simply have been told all their life that this is the way it is. They are told that this is proven scientific fact beyond the shadow of a doubt and are never told about the inconsistencies in evolutionary theory. Therefore, they believe it’s true. Christians who believe evolution and study God’s word soon realize they have a problem.
I get the Voice of the Martyrs magazine every month, and it’s always humbling to read what my brothers and sisters in Christ go through, the ones who live in lands that are outwardly hostile to Christianity. What’s even more humbling is that the fools for Christ featured this month are believers who have limited knowledge of Scripture, yet they simply can’t stop telling others about Jesus.