At a certain point in my life it became clear that I could not remain a typical American Evangelical. But where would I end up? One option I considered was becoming Eastern Orthodox.
For an Evangelical discovering more traditional forms of Christianity, accepting certain Catholic beliefs (purgatory, indulgences, papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, etc.) is very difficult.Word FightsFilioqueThe PapacyFractured Unity
October 01, 2008
I am probably a rather unusual convert to Catholicism, in that my spiritual journey to Rome involved both the other major world divisions of Christianity—Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
Not Quite “Catholic”
Does Orthodoxy Make Sense?
Proposition 1: Infallibility is to be recognized in the solemn doctrinal decisions of ecumenical councils.
An Insufficient Proposal
Proposition 2: Infallibility is to be recognized in the solemn doctrinal decisions of those councils which are not only papally confirmed as ecumenical, but which are also subsequently accepted as such by the whole Church.
A Murky Question of Membership
Proposition 3: Infallibility is to be recognized in the solemn doctrinal decisions of those councils which are not only papally confirmed as ecumenical, but which are also subsequently accepted as such by the whole community of those Christians who adhere to true doctrine.
Proposition 4: Christians can come to know with certainty what is true doctrine by recognizing the solemn doctrinal decisions of those councils which are not only papally confirmed as ecumenical, but which are also subsequently accepted as such by the whole community of those Christians who adhere to true doctrine.
A Problem at the Root
One Mediator, Two Priesthoods
So I Send You
Not Just Anyone
The Perfect Future
To put it simply: God’s power being released “from heaven” is contingent upon a future event of Peter and his successors acting on earth. That, in a nutshell, could be a dictionary definition of priest.
At first, it seems like such a revelationTake, for example, the church at SmyrnaAnd this is the way that ChristiansSo why is this important?This isn’t just about rejecting the Church’s teaching authority
The Catechism says of Mary:This Adoptionist heresy manifests itselfOther Protestants say that “Mother of God”
Who is the rebellious Korah?
Old and new priestly prerogatives
Let the light shine
We must read the New in light of the Old, and the Old in light of the New.
December 14, 2017
The Facebook Challenge
1. Pliny the Younger
3. Flavius Josephus
The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Paschal mystery, making present his unique sacrifice in the liturgy of the Church.
1. Sacramental nature of the Holy Eucharist.
1.1. What is the Eucharist?
1.2 Names given to this sacrament
1.3 The Eucharist in the sacramental order of the Church
2. The promise of the Eucharist and its institution by Christ
2.1 The promise
2.2 Institution of the sacrament and its Paschal context
2.3 Meaning and content of the Lord’s command
3. Liturgical celebration of the Eucharist
3.1 The fundamental structure of the celebration
The notion that the Church restricts access to ScriptureIt is widely believed that Luther was first to translate the Bible into GermanThe sixth century was witness to…The Real Story
Scriptural Basis for Confession – Where is Confession in the Bible?
Objection #1: Only God can forgive sin.
Objection 1A: Do I have to confess my sins to a priest? A priest is just a man – what power does he have to forgive sin?
Objection #2. The Bible says that if I believe that Jesus is Lord, I’ll be saved. Doesn’t the need for Confession mean Christ’s work was lacking in some way?
Objection #3: Why do I have to go to a priest for confession instead of going straight to God? After all, the Bible says that “there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
Objection #4: Confession is nothing more than a permission slip to keep sinning. Since people keep sinning even after going to Confession, doesn’t that mean it doesn’t work?
Sadly, this is not an uncommon tacticUnfortunately, slavery returned to European societyYet despite the many papal condemnations of slavery
So Long “Solas”The Ancient, Catholic ChurchThe Old Testament CanonThe Perpetual Virginity of MaryBaptismal Regeneration
The Annunciation and Virgin BirthJesus and MiraclesJesus as ProphetThe Divine NatureSo, we can find some common ground
Why aren’t more Christians rich?Why wasn’t Jesus rich?The poor can be rich
Where does the Bible say we are not purified of sin after death?Where does the Bible say we should make Jesus our personal Lord and Savior?Where does the Bible say all revelation ceased after the apostolic age?
Words and Works
Fide, not Sola Fide
Luke’s accountPhenomena-what?Before and afterWe can admit that there is a mystery…
The Church’s understanding of the papal ministry…A second kind of evidence…A final line of evidence…Jesus prays in John 17:21…
Value, Dignity, and the Christian Worldview
Naturalism, Value, and Dignity
The Problem of “Equal” Value
Reception and the Sense of the Faithful
Clarifying the “Sense of the Faithful”
The ITC on Reception
Conditions for the Sense of the Faithful
Opinion Polls and the Sense of the Faithful
August 22, 2011 by Fr. Bartunek
Understanding “Grave Matter”
Sins vs Mistakes
Why Communion and Mortal Sin Don’t Go Together
THE GRAVITY OF SIN: MORTAL AND VENIAL SIN
Where does this verse appear in Scripture?
WHO’S WHO IN THIS PASSAGE?
Who is the serpent?
Who is the serpent’s seed?
PROPHESY #1: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
PROPHESY #2: THE VIRGIN BIRTHPROPHESY #3: DEFEAT OF SATAN BY THE MESSIAHPROPHESY AS PROOF
“Give us this day our supernatural bread.”Working in the Fourth Century A.D., St. Jerome translated the Bible from Greek into Latin, creating the Vulgate Bible. St. Jerome translated epiousios as “supersubstantial.” What’s also interesting is where St. Jerome was working: Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ. Do you know what “Bethlehem” means in Hebrew? “House of bread“.
Forgiveness in the age to comePaying your duesA temporary prisonA Maccabean milieuConclusion
Patti Armstrong Jul. 6, 2016
No Exceptions Allowed
“The fact that these transformations have occurred in a Christian context cannot be avoided,” he said. “And neither can the fact that they confirm the original and enduring doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”
Exodus 20:4 is part of the first commandment that begins in verse 3 and stretches through part of verse five:By lifting out part of the first commandment appearing to prohibit the making of “any likeness of anything,” not only do you have God contradicting himself in later commanding the making of statues, but you also end up making the first two commandments repetitive.Though the commandments are said to be “ten” in Exodus 34:28, they are not numbered by the inspired authors of Sacred Scripture. If you count the “you shall nots” along with the two positive commandments of keeping holy the Sabbath and honoring father and mother, you end up with 13 commandments.
Flowery, poetic language that is not intrinsically literal in nature or intent.
Interpreting the words in context (especially a Christological context).
To speak of a human being as participating in “saving” others is perfectly biblical:
1 Corinthians 9:22
1 Timothy 4:16
2 Corinthians 4:15
Here are 12 quotes from the Early Church that leave Protestants grasping at straws to explain them away. Read all 12. These are not obscure men or obscure writings. They are saints who are firmly within the mainstream of Christian history. Another 12 quotes could have been selected just as well. If a Protestant disagrees, he must ask himself, how were these guys all so clueless and why did later generations of Christians revere them so much? There must be Christian writers from the same period who were “in the right” about these topics, so can you find them?
The Promises of the Contraception AdvocatesThe concerns and predictions of Pope Paul VIThe divorce rate did not decline; it skyrocketedAbortion rates did not decline; they skyrocketed as wellWomen’s dignityAs for preventing/reducing STDs and AIDSAdd to this list of effectsDeclining birth ratesConclusion: Time will prove where wisdom lies. What have we learned over these decades of contraception? First, we have learned that it is a huge failure in meeting its promises; it has backfired, making things worse rather than better. Marriage, families, and children have all taken a huge hit. Bad behavior has been encouraged and all the bad consequences that flow from it are flourishing. Most people seem largely uninterested in this data. Hearts have become numb and minds have gone to sleep. I hope that you will consider this information thoughtfully and share it with others. Time has proven where wisdom lies. It is time to admit the obvious.