See our playlist “Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary” with 116 videos & counting at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&feature=plcp. Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel CANSWERSTV at http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV?feature=mhee; websites: http://www.BIBLEQUERY.ORG, http://www.HISTORYCART.COM, & http://www.MUSLIMHOPE.COM) presents former Roman Catholic priest for 22 years Richard Bennett for this video. Larry actually attends the same church in Austin, Texas (http://www.DayspringChapel.org) with Richard Bennett (website: http://www.BEREANBEACON.ORG). This video of Richard Bennett & Pastor W. J. Mencarow is fully documented.
This fascinating review reveals many long forgotten or ignored historical facts that shed light on the Roman Catholic Church that we presently see in the world. Beginning with the “Counter Reformation” by Rome to the Protestant Reformation, the Jesuit order was established by Pope Ignatius of Loyola in 1530 for indoctrination purposes (particularly of children) & infiltration of other religious entities & cultural structures. This video goes on to cover Napoleon’s destruction of Rome’s civil power in 1798 to Rome’s efforts to reestablish civil power through “Papal Infallibility,” the “Code of Canon Law,” the Lateran Treaty” signed with Mussolini, the “Concordats” some in agreement with Hitler to other insidious efforts such as the Oxford Movement (also known as the Tractarian Movement) instituted by John Henry Newman or the current socialist economics being promoted by the Vatican.

Roman Catholicism and Christianity are not the same thing. Christianity is properly defined by certain doctrines that are revealed in the Bible. It is not defined by simply saying that as long as you believe in Jesus, you’re a Christian. Mormons believe in Jesus, but their Jesus is a brother of the devil in the pre-existence. The Jesus of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is Michael the Archangel. So, just saying you believe in Jesus doesn’t make you a Christian. This is why the Bible tells us who Jesus really is, God in flesh, creator of the universe. Likewise, there are essential doctrines, and if any of those essential doctrines are violated, then a church would only appear to be Christian but not really be Christian. What are those doctrines? The Bible tells us.

1.There is only one God and you are to serve no other gods (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8)
2.Jesus is both God and man (John 1:1,14; 8:24; Col. 2:9; 1 John 4:1-4)
3.Jesus rose from the dead physically (John 2:19-21; 1 Cor. 15:14).
4.Salvation is by grace through faith (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:1-2; 5:1-4).
5.The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Gal. 1:8-9).
6.God is a Trinity (Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14)
7.Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:25)
Roman Catholicism violates two of them. First of all, by its practice of promoting Mary (and the Saints) to the level of God-like capabilities, they break the commandment to have no other gods before the true and living God. In Roman Catholicism, they say that Mary is the mediatrix (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 969); Mary made atonement for the sins of man (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, page 213); Mary is the subject of preaching and worship ((Vatican Council II, p. 420); etc.

Also, Catholicism violates the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace through faith alone. Paul the apostle, for example, tells us in Romans 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.” But Roman Catholicism denies that and says, “…so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments,” (CCC, par 2068). Also, consider this:

“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema” (Council of Trent, Canons on Justification, Canon 9).

So, even though Roman Catholicism claims to be Christian and that it is the one true church, it violates the essentials of the Christian faith. It goes beyond what is written in God’s word (1 Cor. 4:6). It denies the sole and true sovereignty of the living God by promoting prayer to and the worship of Mary. Also, it denies justification by faith alone in Christ alone. It is not a Christian church. Romanism is more of a concoction of man-made (& self serving) religious rules & traditions created by unsaved hirelings within the Church of Rome over the centuries without strict adherence to Biblical truth.

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  1. To see all of former Roman Catholic priest for 22 years Richard Bennett's videos & articles go to his website http://www.BereanBeacon.org. Our YouTube channel CAnswersTV (which stands for Christian Answers Television – https://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV) has posted many videos by Richard Bennett. Here are some of the most
    popular of Richard's videos as found on our channel : "A Nun's Story: From Convent Bondage (Sexual Desire, Dating Priests, Rituals, No Bible) to Jesus" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph8tpLveaE4 – over 261,000 viewings,

     "FORMER ROMAN CATHOLIC "BRIDE OF CHRIST" NUN TESTIFIES OF ABNORMAL LIFE IN THE CONVENT" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDAT_BgtnBc&t=803s – over 160,000 viewings,

    ""Are Catholics Christian?" Answered by Priest for 22 Years Richard Bennett & the Catholic Catechism" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu4fjSTRgRI&t=1836s – over 59,000 viewings,
     
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    "HISTORICAL FACTS: "THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY" ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH & ITS GLOBAL JESUIT AGENDA" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8da7RFp53k&t=17s – over 9,000 viewings,

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    Titus 1:15-16,
    "To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and
    unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience
    are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny
    Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed."

  2. Does the Roman Catholic religion really have a 2000 year old history as Roman Catholics constantly argue for? Again & again Romanists argue that their Roman church organization & its hierarchy go back to "Pope" Peter in the first century. Our Director of Research Steve Morrison (webmaster for http://www.historycart.com/ – which deals with early Christian church history; http://www.biblequery.org/ – which answers over 8500 Bible questions, & http://www.muslimhope.com/ – which refutes the false religion of Islam created by Muhammad) has the following reply for Roman Catholics who make the ridiculous "2000 year" claim: "Hi, Just a little correction here. It was said, "Yet only the Catholic Church and its 2000 year history can match."
    There was no Roman Catholic church back then. The first person to be
    called a "Pope" was Heraclas of Alexandria (236-249 A.D.). The Copts
    trace their popes from him, not Roman Catholics.

    The first Roman bishop to be called a Pope was Siricius (c.384-399
    A.D.), after Nicea. So the Copts have prior claim to a pope, not Roman
    Catholics. A Roman Catholic today cannot consider the Copts as
    non-Christians, since the Roman Catholic church in more recent times has
    restored communion with the Coptic church.

    Furthermore the Greek Orthodox church, which orthodox people would argue
    goes back father than the Roman Catholic church, never needed a pope.
    The 325 A.D. Council of Nicea established four "central" metropolitan
    churches, not one. So if you accept the tradition of the church
    councils, then by church tradition Rome is NOT the center of the church.
    The orthodox church did not "break away" from the Roman Catholic
    church; both churches excommunicated each other.

    So if you are a Roman Catholic who wants to follow the truth, you must
    stop saying things like "Yet only the Catholic Church and its 2000 year
    history can match" because it is a provable, historical lie, as any
    Greek Orthodox or Copt will strenuously tell you.

    As Protestants, we want to go back to the Bible, not man-made
    organizations with their brutal massacres, papal assassinations,
    anti-popes, forced deposition of popes, a pope tried for heresy after
    his death, torture and inquisitions, burning their own "saint" at the
    stake, etc. But that is not my main point here.

    My main point is that if a Roman Catholic brings up "Yet only the
    Catholic Church and its 2000 year history can match," once they have
    been shown that it is provably false, they have to now stop saying that,
    or else they have disqualified yourselves as someone who cares about
    the truth. "

    For more on the subject of early church history as it pertains to Roman
    Catholicism see Steve Morrison's 18 part church history video series on
    YouTube – some of the titles from that series are "EARLY CHRISTIAN
    CHURCH HISTORY #3: EARLY CHRISTIANS QUOTED SCRIPTURE WITHOUT A ROMANIST
    OR KJV BIBLE" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVDOyok6nLo&index=27&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715, "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #11: BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY RELIABLE BUT NOT ROMAN CATHOLIC TRADITIONS" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvINqo-nv8&index=28&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715, "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #14: PRE-NICENE (325 A.D.) CHURCH WAS NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC SYSTEM" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y2dDQmstZg&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=83, "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #15: THERE WAS NO POPE OR CARDINALS; DID HAVE SEX & MONEY RULES" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawgv6qeQ8U&index=84&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715 & "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #16: GOVERNMENT & RULERS; ROMAN CATHOLICISM VEILS TRUE GOSPEL" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15YKczpo2Q8&index=85&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Particularly see Steve's website http://www.HistoryCart.com.
    Other videos we have on early church history and Roman Catholicism are:
    "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY PROVES ROMAN CATHOLICISM FALSE" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP9jg2h3xjQ&index=11&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715, "HISTORICAL SPLIT BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICISM & THE CHRIST OF THE SCRIPTURE: MAN'S WORD OR GOD'S WORD?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUt7rC6a_3s&index=4&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715, "THE ORIGINAL EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH WAS NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC SYSTEM OF SALVATION" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujbtVmZ5wes&index=26&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715, "Vatican System: List of Murdered Popes, 75 Popes Approved Torture, Murder, Burning at the Stake" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsfuajeJJ_M&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=134. Further references: http://www.christiantruth.com/, http://www.bereanbeacon.org/ &

    http://www.cwrc-rz.org/. See also our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 145 videos and counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715.

    2 Timothy 4: 2-5, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
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    time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
    their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching
    ears;

    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be
    turned unto fables.

    5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an
    evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."

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  4. It has been properly pointed out that many of the early church fathers fell into numerous heresies & in some cases damnable heresies because, after all, they were not writers of inspired scripture. It is also a fact that the further in time the early church got away from the original apostolic age the more the apparent declension or deterioration of scriptural truth is to be found in the writings of the early church writers (for documented evidence of this please review the writings of early church historian & scholar William Cunningham at http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=William_Cunningham). In fact, the sixteenth century Reformers looked like university presidents compared to the early church fathers who seemed to be mere school boys by contrast when it came to scriptural apostolic understanding (although Martin Luther did suffer some from his heavy Romanist indoctrination & tradition in some regards). Although the early church fathers can be useful they cannot be put on the same level as the Word of God itself (Psalm 138:2). If the early church fathers say anything that contradicts what the apostolic writers have stated in scripture then any anti scriptural teachings of the early church fathers must be rejected completely (Isaiah 8:20, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.") & the warning of Peter remembered, 2 Peter 3:15-16, "And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
    Water Baptism
    Under the heading of salvation, it is important at this point to touch on baptism. Although it may seem inconsistent to digress into what may be considered an "ordinance" or "sacrament" of the church after indulging in the metaphysical realities of being "in Christ" and being revealed as a son of God, it is necessary since so many of the early church fathers equated our regeneration with the act of immersion. The actual issue of baptismal regeneration, however, we will only touch on at the end. Instead, we will first investigate the apostolic practice, including what was considered valid and the development of baptismal theology in the early church.
    Baptism is perhaps the most universal of all Christian ordinances. It is considered the "portal" into the Christian church by many branches of Christianity. The early church fathers put a tremendous amount of emphasis on baptism, which sparked a significant amount of debate. Other than the controversies regarding the deity of Christ, the debates and controversies that raged over baptism and rebaptism stand out as the most intense theological debates of the third and fourth centuries. Some of the questions that are still asked today are
    :
    a) Did the early church baptize infants?
    b) Does baptism wash away "original sin"?
    c) Is an individual regenerated (ie. "born-again") at baptism?
    In the beginning of all of the gospels, we find how baptism was the central facet of John the Baptist’s ministry. In Judaism, ritual washing was already a practice, particularly with the Essenes and many ascetic groups, but John’s baptism is distinguished as a "baptism unto repentance" (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; Acts 19:4). In this respect John represents the personification of all of the prophets thus far. The highest moral teaching of Judaism can be seen in the prophets in their emphasis of the heart attitude that God seeks, rather than ritual observances (See Amos 5:21-23). Yet even during John’s ministry, there was already a foreshadowing that the pattern of water baptism served as a type for the spiritual baptism that would be introduced by the Messiah. John says in Matthew’s gospel that he baptized with water, but he that comes after me shall "baptize you with fire and the Holy Spirit". For this reason, we should always keep before us the truth that the water has no "magical" properties about it, nor can it be considered an end itself.
    Infant Baptism
    It is a common practice among orthodox, Roman Catholic, as well as several Protestant bodies (ie. Lutheran, Covenant, etc.) to baptize individuals when they are infants. The practice is frequently justified on the grounds that, under the Mosaic economy of salvation, God's covenant was extended to even infants through circumcision, which was to be performed on the eighth day after birth. The covenant of circumcision is said to be a type or foreshadowing of baptism, which serves a similar function under the New Covenant. This reasoning appears in the church documents Apostolic Constitutions (ca. 4th Century)
    "Do not delay to turn to the Lord, for thou knowest not what the day will bring forth." Do you also baptize your infants, and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. For He says "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not." (VII:457)
    as well as Cyprian (V:353)
    For this reason we think that no one should be hindered from obtaining the grace under the law that was already ordained, and that spiritual circumcision ought not be hindered… and nobody is hindered from baptism and grace how much more should we not hinder an infant, who being lately born, has not sinned, except in being born after the flesh in the nature of Adam.

    Furthermore, the waters of baptism were thought by many to have a "medicinal" property, and that the water itself was effectual in affecting a rebirth of the spirit of an individual, and they would be regenerated in the act of baptism itself.
    Are we then to expect that this was the apostolic practice, observed by the apostles and their successors in the apostolic churches? Although the previously mentioned texts demonstrate a belief in an objective and effectual power resident in the waters of baptism, there is even more evidence that would denote the contrary. It can be sufficiently shown that the earliest apostolic teaching on baptism did not make provisions for infants. The primary reason is because faith is an integral element of salvation. Whether one believes in baptismal regeneration or not, it is undeniable that personal faith is the active agent in applying the benefits of Calvary to our lives. Baptism is an ordinance that is entered into only when an individual has made the decision to fully believe in Jesus Christ. We see in the Bible when the apostle Philip was to baptize the Ethiopian eunuch whom he had converted, the eunuch asked
    "What is to prevent me from being baptized?" Philip answered
    "If you believe with your whole heart, it is permissible." (Acts 8:36,37)
    It is interesting that the critical part of verse 37, which clearly implies that one must fully believe in Jesus before being baptized, is missing from many contemporary translations, even though it is found in the majority of original Greek manuscripts. The best evidence for the authenticity of the verse lies in the fact that it is quoted by Scripture by Irenaeus ( Against Heresies XI, 8), and Cyprian (Treatise IX, 2, 43), many, many years before the oldest manuscripts which do not include it were ever written. This fact establishes without question the principle that, according to scripture and church tradition, personal faith is a prerequisite to baptism.
    Looking through the rest of the New Testament, there are no clear examples of infants being baptized. The inference is that they were not, since such stress in put on repentance, faith and confession of the Lordship of Christ as being intrinsic to the New Birth. Most baptismal texts found in the Patristic church likewise infer that those being baptized are at least old enough to enter into baptism of their own volition. Consider some of the texts from the early church regarding baptism.

    Didache (ca. 100 A.D.):
    But before the baptism, let the baptizer fast, and also the baptized, and what ever others can; but thou shall order the baptized to fast one or two days before.
    Justin Martyr (First Apology; ca 155 A.D.)
    As many are persuaded and believe that what we teach and say is true, and undertake to live accordingly, are instructed to entreat God with fasting…then they are brought by us where there is water, and are regenerated in the same manner in which we ourselves were…For Christ also said :"'Unless you be born-again, you cannot see the kingdom of God".
    Tertullian (On Baptism)
    They who are about to enter baptism ought to pray with repeated prayer, fasts, and bendings of the knee, and vigils all the night through, and with the confession of all bygone sins, that they may express the meaning of the baptism of John.
    Virtually every text from the first two hundred years of Christianity that deal with baptism mention the obligation on the part of those being baptized to be spiritually prepared, usually by repentance and faith, and extended periods of prayer and fasting. This would preclude any possibility of baptism being applicable to infants. Any reference to infants being baptized is conspicuously missing. The whole matter is decisively answered by one text from Tertullian.
    Tertullian:(On Baptism-III:678)
    "Unless a man be reborn of water and spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven" has tied to faith the necessity of baptism. Accordingly, all thereafter who became believers used to be baptized…and so according to the disposition, circumstances and even the age of each individual, the delay of baptism is preferable, principally, in the case of little children….For the Lord does indeed say "Forbid them not to come to me". Let them come, then, while they are growing up. Let them come while they are learning; while they learn whither to come; let them become Christians when they have become able to know Christ. Why does the innocent period in life hasten to the "remission of sins"? ..Let them know how to "ask" for salvation, that it may seem to have given "to him that asketh". .
    If this is indeed the unanimous consent of the church, how did it happen that infant baptism became the norm? Although the answer may be somewhat speculative, we need to look to one of the baptismal texts from Irenaeus. Irenaeus, who held to the orthodox position regarding when one should be baptized, wrote a text which supported the common perception that we are born-again when we are baptized. He said in Against Heresies in 180 A.D.
    We are lepers in sin, we are made clean by means of the sacred water and invocation of the Lord, from our old transgression; being spiritually regenerate as new born babes, even as the Lord has declared "except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.
    Years later, we see some Christian writings taking Irenaeus' words and interpreting "spiritually regenerate, as newborn babes" as meaning that we are baptized as new-born babes! In the proper historical and textual context however, this is inconceivable. Thus, sometime in the mid 3rd century and in contradiction to the norm, the practice of baptizing infants started, built largely on a misinterpretation of Irenaeus.
    Baptism and Original Sin
    One of the most common arguments in favor of the necessity of infant baptism involves the question of original sin. The Roman church today, for example, views baptism as the means that an individual is cleansed from guilt incurred in the original sin of Adam and Eve. It is thought that the effectiveness of the baptism is in no way dependent upon the recipient of the sacrament. Therefore, it was considered expedient to baptize someone as soon as possible, namely, right after their birth.

    This is quite different from the biblical teaching, which is that baptism is the symbolic ordinance that typifies our identification with the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a death to our old life, and the beginning of our new life in Christ. Rather than baptizing immediately after birth, it was actually more common to wait late until the twilight of one's years to be baptized. The rationale for this was that baptism was thought by many to be a one shot deal at forgiveness and pardon, so a late baptism would minimize the opportunity for an individual to accrue any damning sins. Even in the Fourth century this mindset was prevalent, witnessed by the fact that Constantine himself would not be baptized until he was on his deathbed. The earliest archeological evidence we have that a child was baptized comes from an epitaph on a young boys tomb in the Lateran. The quote is from the fourth century and it reads:
    Florentius set up this inscription for his well deserving son
    Appronianus, who lived one year, nine months and five days.
    Since he was truly beloved by his grandmother, and she saw that
    he was destined for death, she asked of the church that he might
    depart a believer.
    Many who have pointed to this as evidence for infant baptism have missed the point of the epitaph altogether. It does not support the idea that infants were baptized. On the contrary. The boy was almost two, not yet baptized, and when it was apparent that he was not going to survive to a mature age, the grandmother made a special request (presumably to baptize him) before his death. This epitaph actually supports the view that infants were not baptized as a normal procedure at that point in church history, and that putting off the practice until later in life was still the most common opinion.
    If it is true that infants were not baptized, then what about the understanding of original sin? What did happen to a child or an infant that was not baptized? Were they damned because of Adam’s guilt? Again, looking closer at the earliest documents, we find that the early church had a vastly different perception of Adam's sin and it's effects.
    Shepherd of Hermas (ca. 150 A.D)
    They are as infant children in whose hearts no evil originates; nor did they know what wickedness is, but always remain as children. Such accordingly without doubt, dwell in the kingdom of God, because they defiled in nothing the commandments of God. …all infants are honorable before God, and are first in persons with Him.
    The Shepherd of Hermas, previously noted, was considered canonical by several fathers of the church. According to him, there is no evil in the heart of an infant, and they dwell in the kingdom of God. Below we have a statement by Justin scolding the Roman dignitaries for allowing their pagan priests to sacrifice children from the womb for the purpose of divination.
    Justin Martyr, First Apology XVIII, 155 A.D)
    For you let even necromancy, and the divinations, whom you practice on immaculate children, and the invoking of departed human souls.
    Notice that he calls the children "immaculate". Tertullian apparently held the same regard for infant children.
    Tertullian, Treatise on the Soul, 204 AD
    those abodes; if you mean the good why should you judge to be unworthy of such a resting-place the souls of infants and of virgins, and those which, by reason of their condition in life were pure and innocent?
    In the previously noted text from Tertullian’s On Baptism, he likewise referred to unbaptized infants as "innocent". In addition to these, we have a frequently cited text from the Apocalypse of Peter from the 2nd century, that is quoted by Clement of Alexandria, Theodotus and others, that states emphatically that aborted children are immediately ushered by a guardian angel into paradise, and share in a "better fate". It is understood by these fathers that Adam’s guilt did not extend to one who had not sinned. If it did, then we would all need to concede that every aborted child, miscarriage, stillborn child, or otherwise unbaptized infant that died was in hell. Such an idea would be abhorrent to the early church.

    The issue is understood biblically in Romans 5:12 which states that "sin entered the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men for all have sinned". Notice that the actual agent of death to each individual is that individual’s personal sin. Likewise the next verse states that sin is not imputed where there is no law, that is, no understanding of right and wrong, which surely would be the case with an infant. It must be noted, however, that it would be equally wrong to propose that the descendants of Adam were unaffected by his actions. Man was qualitatively changed, now having the potential to know good and evil. Apparently his will was crippled and frustrated from being able to "do as he ought". (Romans 7:12-24) God, by his own sovereignty, has decreed that all man are bound over to disobedience (Romans 11:32; Galatians 3:22). The operation of sin in our lives, likened to a conception and gestational period in the book of James, "brings forth death ( James 1:14-15). To summarize the issue, then, we could fairly say that the early church taught that infants are guilt free, yet, the due to the fall we know that no natural mortal, upon being able to distinguish right from wrong, can stay guilt free, but instead is prone to sin.
    When Cyprian of Carthage started promoting infant baptism as a cure from Adam’s sin. He immediately had to defend it against the charge of novelty. As shown, it was not the church’s understanding that infants were in need of cleansing from sin. At the time, however, no major theological counter-thesis was offered. It was not until Pelegius started preaching in the early 5th century that the orthodox church was forced to define the doctrine of "Original Sin". Pelegius, who up to this point had been an orthodox bishop and writer, propounded that Adam’s sin had absolutely no effect on his offspring, and that every individual had the potential to live a perfect and holy life. Pelegius asserted that man was by nature good, and could, by his own will and accord, live pleasingly before God. This extreme position, threatened the very necessity for the sacrifice and atonement of Christ. If justification was by the law, then Christ died in vain (Galatians 2:21). St. Augustine, through a number of polemical writings and Councils, refuted and condemned the teaching of Pelegius. Unfortunately, as is with many conflicts of ideas and words throughout history, the rhetoric and polemic overstated the orthodox position. In order to counter the inherent goodness of all, as taught by Pelegius, Augustine championed the inherent depravity of all, including infants. As a result, he held to the position that all infants are in a state of damnation before God, not because of their sin, but Adam’s. According to Augustine, unbaptized infants go to suffer in hell. Some Roman Catholic theologians have attempted to soften this somewhat, hypothesizing a place called "limbo" which is more humane then hell, so as to deflect the obvious charge of injustice that would come with consigning newborn babies to eternal torment. This has never been officially defined by the Roman church, however. The Augustinian concept of Original Sin, then, must be rejected as a departure from the apostolic rule of faith.
    Another viewpoint of infant baptism is one which equates the baptismal act with the sign and seal of the New Covenant, akin to circumcision of the Old Covenant. Some of the later texts which support infant baptism suggest that the baptism should be done on the eighth day, as was the circumcision of the Old Covenant. It must be kept in mind, however, that the New Testament frequently mentions circumcision, but never as a type for baptism. Instead, it says "neither circumcision nor uncircumscision means anything, but what counts is a new creation" (Galatians 6:15) which subordinates any "sign or seal" of a covenant to the spiritual reality of being born-again by trust in Christ. Likewise, Paul also points out that even Abraham was justified by believing God, before and independently of the sign of circumcision. (Romans 4:9-11). Consequently, since the New Testament minimizes the alleged typology of circumcision, it is not likely that we would find any apostolic teaching that would equate baptism with the same function of sealing an individual into God’s New Covenant. Instead, we find that both circumcision and baptism both serve as types for the spiritual reality of putting off our flesh and being washed of the impurities of the old nature. The spiritual reality, of course, is most applicable to an adult.
    Baptismal Regeneration
    The belief in baptismal regeneration was apparently held by the majority of the early church fathers. Although one could debate writer by writer through the first few centuries as to whether this was indeed an apostolic teaching, in brief, the larger question would be as to whether an individual is saved (regenerated) by faith alone or by faith and baptism. The answer to that question is simply found by examining the scriptures to see whether salvation is imputed to those who believe and are baptized, or to those who merely believe. If the baptismal waters are indeed necessary for salvation, as even some writers proposed, then we should not find any cases in scripture where individuals are "saved" apart from baptism. There are, of course several glaring examples. The thief on the cross (Luke 23:40-43), as well as those in the household of Cornelius who believed and were filled with the Holy Spirit before they were baptized with water (Acts 10:43-48) are two clear examples. There are also numerous examples of Paul’s missionary endeavors, where he preaches and many believe, yet there is no reference to water baptism. With this being the case, we must conclude that water baptism cannot be equally an agent to salvation, since there are cases of individuals being saved by faith apart from the waters of baptism. Neither can the act of baptism carry salvific power in and of it’s self, since there are scriptural examples of individuals receiving baptism at the hand of the apostles, yet that individual still declared to be perishing because there heart was not right with God (cf. The Story of Simon Magus, Acts 8:9-24). Why then did so many early church fathers attribute regeneration at the point of water baptism? We could speculate that the hostile anti-Christian culture may have had a role to play. In the early church, baptism was the public profession before all that the individual was joining themselves to the Christian community. They were declaring that they were dead to their old life of idolatry and paganism. For many, it was the act that destined them to a martyr’s fate. Culturally, there was also the de-emphasis of such rites with many of the Gnostics. Those Gnostics that did have a baptismal ritual (Sethians and Valentians) had it so "super-spiritualized" that it would be construed by many to be a polemic against the normal, orthodox baptismal practice. We would consequently expect an increased emphasis on the act of baptism itself, certainly far more than our culture would remit. It could also be that the significance of water baptism is not derived so much from the agency of the water, but from the agency of faith and public profession of the Lordship of Christ. "If you confess me before men, I will confess you before my heavenly Father" (Matthew 10:32). In any respect, I would deduce that the emphasis on the ritual of baptism with respect to regeneration by the fathers was more a product of these cultural forces than actual apostolic teaching.

    In summary of the issue, we can see that the post-apostolic church may have had a deeper
    awareness of the mechanics of salvation, without the burdens of some of today's debates. This is not to say that everyone in the first three centuries understood the magnitude and glorious liberty of salvation in Christ. On the contrary; salvation by faith was one of, if not, the first foundational tenet to fall prey to the apostasy. Very early in the third century, because of the necessity of bearing up under persecution, we can see references to good works (ie. public profession) being necessary for salvation. By the middle of the third century, the regeneration of the believer was ascribed most commonly to happen at baptism. Ultimately, as the Roman Empire broke apart in the fifth century, and the church assumed the role of maintaining order in that civilization, eternal salvation was joined to the reception of the sacraments. Later in western history, this would give the papacy exceptional control over the princes, barons and kings throughout Europe. If a certain ruler would not side with the demands of the Pope, the Pope could vow to withhold the sacraments from that ruler and his subjects. Although that might not have struck fear into the ruler, the prospect of eternal damnation for an entire duchy or kingdom would create a panic and terror among the masses, and the ruler's hand would be forced to reconcile with the Pope.
    Today there is need to renew the original apostolic understanding of salvation. The gospel message, as typified by the Pauline revelation of grace, righteousness and adoption, is forever coupled to the truths borne by the act of baptism, that of self-abandonment and death to the old life, so as to fully serve God in the newness of life. So many have tried to reinterpret the gospels as merely a means to the end of raising one’s self-esteem, or instilling dignity and human worth. For others, it is a "feel good" message, brimming with warm snugglies of how much God loves us. All though there is truth in both views, we cheat ourselves of the fullness of our common salvation when we see it as less than a total redemption, of the total man, to be fully adopted into Gods’ family as a true child of God. Likewise, we cheat God when we respond with anything less than laying down every aspect of our old life and being, in complete service to God, for His glory alone. For more on the issue of water baptism see our videos: "IS WATER BAPTISM NECESSARY TO ESCAPE HELL & BE SAVED & ARE YOU "BORN AGAIN" (JOHN 3:3-8) BY IT?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYJtMV9qrWg & "THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN ROMANCE WITH APOSTATE ROMAN CATHOLICISM (PART 1): WATER BAPTISM SALVATION?" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XobZCIzK-Zo. See our website http://www.BibleQuery.org & the article posted there called "Water Baptism Not Essential for Salvation." See also our newsletter posted there called "Church of Christ." The following link concerning water baptism is very useful at http://www.gotquestions.org/baptism-salvation.html. 2 Timothy 2:15

  5. See our video "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY PROVES ROMAN CATHOLICISM FALSE" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP9jg2h3xjQ&index=8&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Also see the anti Vatican 2 Romanist website http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/. Has a Roman Catholic Pope made a wrong statement when speaking "ex-Cathedra and infallible" thereby destroying the Romanist claim that the pope is infallible? Today's post Vatican 2 Romanists being led by the likes of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis & others might claim that Pope Eugene IV blew it by agreeing with the Council of Florence held in 1438-1439 A.D. What did Pope Eugene say that today's ecumenical & all inclusive Romanists would not like? Here's what he declared in approval of the Council of Florence – "Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence (ex-Cathedra and infallible): “The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives; that the unity of this ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the Church’s sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church” (“Cantate Domino,” 1441, ex cathedra)." If Eugene was wrong in what he said according to today's Romanists then papal infallibility is a lie & a sham. If today's popes are wrong on this issue in regard to popes of the past then their infallibility is a lie & a sham. The Roman Catholic church did not teach universal salvation of all religious beliefs like it does now (see our videos: "Roman Catholicism Series #16: Old Romanism Contradicts Vatican 2 New Romanism – Shifting Doctrines" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h953sZHCmAk & "Roman Catholicism Series #15: Rome Says Even Atheists Will Be Saved Because of Their Sincerity!" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYa8g-FLeqQ). The Roman Catholic inquisition proved Roman Catholicism throughout the centuries did not hold to a Vatican 2 type of universal salvation as it does now (see "MARTYRS FOR CHRIST: THE MURDEROUS ROMAN CATHOLIC INQUISITION" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy95g5VhQ7w).  Pope Honorius I (died 12 October 638) reigned from 27 October 625 to his death in 638[1] proves that the infallibility of the pope is a sham because he can be totally wrong whether he speaks "from the chair" or not & only someone willingly blind cannot see it for what it is. Honorius, according to the Liber Pontificalis, came from Campania and was the son of the consul Petronius. He became pope two days after the death of his predecessor, Boniface V. The festival of the Elevation of the Cross is said to have been instituted during the pontificate of Honorius, which was marked also by considerable missionary enterprise. Much of this was centered on England, especially Wessex. He also succeeded in bringing the Irish Easter celebrations in line with the rest of the Catholic Church.Although Honorius never issued a dogmatic (ex cathedra) decree in regard to the controversy of Christ's wills,[1] he favoured Monothelitism. He supported a formula proposed by the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius with the design of bringing about a reconciliation between Monothelites and the rest of the Catholic Church. Monothelitism is the teaching that Christ has only one will, the divine will, in contrast with the teaching that He has both a divine will and a human will. To this end, Honorius "sent his deacon Gaios" to a synod in Cyprus in 634 hosted by Archbishop Arkadios II with additional representatives from Patriarch Sergius I of Constantinople. The anti-Monothelite side in Jerusalem, championed by Maximus the Confessor and Sophronius of Jerusalem, sent to this synod Anastasius (a pupil of Maximus), George of Reshaina (a pupil of Sophronius), two of George of Raishana's own pupils, and eight bishops from Palestine. When the two sides were presented to the Emperor, the Emperor persisted with Monothelitism and so did Honorius. (George of Reshaina, "An Early Life of Maximus the Confessor", 316–7)He was apparently aware of the rise of Islam.[2]AnathematizationMore than forty years after his death, Honorius was anathematized by name along with the Monothelites by the Third Council of Constantinople (First Trullan) in 680. The anathema read, after mentioning the chief Monothelites, "and with them Honorius, who was Prelate of Rome, as having followed them in all things".Furthermore, the Acts of the Thirteenth Session of the Council state, "And with these we define that there shall be expelled from the holy Church of God and anathematized Honorius who was some time Pope of Old Rome, because of what we found written by him to [Patriarch] Sergius, that in all respects he followed his view and confirmed his impious doctrines." The Sixteenth Session adds: "To Theodore of Pharan, the heretic, anathema! To Sergius, the heretic, anathema! To Cyrus, the heretic, anathema! To Honorius, the heretic, anathema! To Pyrrhus, the heretic, anathema!"This condemnation was subsequently confirmed by Leo II (a fact disputed by such persons as Cesare Baronio and Bellarmine,[3] but which has since become commonly accepted) in the form, "and also Honorius, who did not attempt to sanctify this Apostolic Church with the teaching of Apostolic tradition, but by profane treachery permitted its purity to be polluted". The New Catholic Encyclopedia notes: "It is in this sense of guilty negligence that the papacy ratified the condemnation of Honorius." That is, the papacy condemned Honorius not for teaching a heresy ex cathedra, but for negligently permitting heretical positions to stand alongside orthodox ones.This anathema against Honorius was later one of the main arguments against Papal infallibility in the discussions surrounding the First Vatican Council of 1870, where the episode was not ultimately regarded as contrary to the proposed dogma. This was because Honorius was not considered by the supporters of infallibility to be speaking ex cathedra in the letters in question (although the Roman historian Hefele and opponents of the definition believed that Honorius had spoken ex cathedra),[1] and he was alleged to have never been condemned as a Monothelite, nor, asserted the proponents of infallibility, was he condemned for teaching heresy, but rather for gross negligence and a lax leadership at a time when his letters and guidance were in a position to quash the heresy at its roots.Historian Jaroslav Pelikan notes: "It is evident, as Maximus noted in exoneration of Honorius, that his opposition to the idea of 'two wills' was based on the interpretation of 'two wills' as 'two contrary wills.' He did not mean that Christ was an incomplete human being, devoid of a human will, but that as a human being he did not have any action in his body nor any will in his soul that could be contrary to the action and will of God, that is, to the action and will of his own divine nature." References: 1. Chapman, John (1910). "Pope Honorius I". Catholic Encyclopedia 7. New York: Robert Appleton Company.  2. Muhammad Ata Ur-Rahim; Ahmad Thomson (2003). Jesus: Prophet of Islam. TTQ, INC. p. 148. ISBN 9781879402737.  3. Perlant, M. Jean-Andre (June 1994). "The Sullied Reputation of a Holy Pope". The Francinta Messenger. 4. Pelikan, Jaroslav. "The Spirit of Eastern Christendom (600-1700)". The Christian Tradition 2. University of Chicago Press. p. 151. ISBN 0-226-65373-0. The Roman Catholic Council of Vatican I in 1870 is renowned for its dogmatic teaching that the Bishops of Rome, when teaching ex cathedra, are infallible. This teaching was stated to be consistent with the belief and practice the Church from its inception and throughout its long history. In other words it taught that this doctrine was not a doctrine that developed over time. The Council declared this teaching to be a dogma necessary to be believed for salvation and it anathematizes all who dare to disagree with or who oppose these assertions. The official teaching of Vatican I is as follows:Therefore faithfully adhering to the  tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith,  for the glory of God our Saviour, the exaltation of the Christian  religion, and the salvation of Christian people, the sacred Council  approving, we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed:  that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra,  that is, when in discharge of the office of pastor and doctor  of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority,  he defines a doctrine regarding faith and morals to be held by  the universal Church, by the divine assistance promised to him  in blessed Peter, is possessed of that infallibility with which  the divine redeemer willed that his Church should be endowed  for defining doctrine regarding faith or morals; and that therefore  such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are irreformable of themselves,  and not from the consent of the Church. But if anyone—which  may God avert—presume to contradict this our definition:  let him be anathema…This is the teaching of Catholic truth,  from which no one can deviate without loss of faith and salvation…The  first condition of salvation is to keep the rule of the true  faith (Philip Schaff,   The Creeds of Christendom (New York: Harper, 1877),   Dogmatic Decrees of the Vatican Council, Chp. 4, pp. 266-71).Though Vatican I appeals to history as a valdation for its claims, it is the very facts of history which prove them to be spurious. Historically, papal infallibility was never part of the teaching or practice of the early Church, nor was it ever part of the doctrinal content of saving faith as taught by it. This is well illustrated by the actions of the 6th Ecumenical Council (III Constantinople) held in 680-681 A.D. This Council is well known in Church history for its official condemnation of a number of leading Eastern Bishops as well as a Bishop of Rome for embracing and promoting heretical teachings. The particular Pope who was posthumously excommunicated from the Church and forever branded a heretic was Pope Honorius, who reigned as bishop of Rome from 625 to 638 A.D. In a number of letters written to Sergius I, patriarch of Constantinople, and several other individuals, Honorius officially embraced the heresy of montheletism, which teaches that Christ had only one will, the divine. The orthodox position is that Christ, though one person, possesses two wills because he is divine and human. There is absolutely no doubt that he held to the teaching of one will in Christ. Jaroslav Pelikan makes these comments:In the controversy between East and  West…the case of Honorius served as proof to Photius that the  popes not only lacked authority over church councils, but were  fallible in matters of dogma; for Honorius had embraced the heresy  of the Monotheletes. The proponents of that heresy likewise cited  the case of Honorius, not in opposition to the authority of the  pope but in support of their own doctrine, urging that all teachers  of the true faith had confessed it, including Sergius, the bishop  of New Rome, and Honorius, the bishop of Old Rome (Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian  Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (Chicago:  University of Chicago, 1974), Volume Two, pp. 150-151).There are many past and present Roman apologists who downplay the importance of Pope Honorius. It is typical in Roman Catholic writings to find the issue of Honorius dealt with in a very superficial way. For example the following comments by Karl Keating are representative:Actually, Honorius elected to teach  nothing at all. Ronald Knox, in a letter to Arnold Lunn reprinted  in their book Difficulties, put the matter like this:  And Honorius, so far from pronouncing an infallible opinion in  the Monothelite controversy, was quite extraordinarily not (as  Gore used to say) pronouncing a decision at all. To the best  of his human wisdom, he thought the controversy ought to be left  unsettled, for the greater peace of the Church. In fact, he was  an opportunist. We, wise after the event, say that he was wrong.  But nobody, I think, has ever claimed that the Pope is infallible  in not defining a doctrine (Karl  Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism (San Francisco:  Ignatius, 1988), p. 229).In one paragraph Keating dismisses this whole issue as trivial and Protestant objections as nothing more than a misrepresentation of the true facts. But one thing Mr. Keating does not do is to give the judgment of the Council itself in its own words. He simply states that Honorius did not teach anything and is therefore not guilty of heresy. Is this how the Council understood the situation? Absolutely not! To allow the Council to speak for itself is enough to dispel Keating and Knox's assertions. The facts speak for themselves. Honorius was personally condemned as a heretic by the Sixth Ecumenical Council. This was ratified by two succeeding Ecumenical Councils. He was also condemned by name by Pope Leo II, and by every pope up through the eleventh century who took the oath of papal office. In his classic and authoritative series on the history of the Councils, Roman Catholic historian Charles Joseph Hefele affirms this verdict in relating the following irrefutable facts regarding Honorius and the Sixth Ecumenical Council:It is in the highest degree startling,  even scarcely credible, that an Ecumenical Council should punish  with anathema a Pope as a heretic!…That, however, the sixth  Ecumenical Synod actually condemned Honorius on account of heresy,  is clear beyond all doubt, when we consider the following collection  of the sentences of the Synod against him:   At the entrance of the thirteenth session, on March 28, 681,  the Synod says: "After reading the doctrinal letter of Sergius  of Constantinople to Cyrus of Phasis (afterwards of Alexandria)  and to Pope Honorius, and also the letter of the latter to Sergius,  we found that these documents were quite foreign…to the apostolic  doctrines, and to the declarations of the holy Councils and all  the Fathers of note, and follow the false doctrines of heretics.  Therefore we reject them completely, and abhor…them as hurtful  to the soul. But also the names of these men must be thrust out  of the Church, namely, that of Sergius, the first who wrote on  this impious doctrine. Further, that of Cyrus of Alexandria,  of Pyrrhus, Paul, and Peter of Constantinople, and of Theodore  of Pharan, all of whom also Pope Agatho rejected in his letter  to the Emperor. We punish them all with anathema. But along with  them, it is our universal decision that there shall also be shut  out from the Church and anathematized the former Pope Honorius  of Old Rome, because we found in his letter to Sergius, that  in everything he followed his view and confirmed his impious  doctrine."   Towards the end of the same session the second letter of Pope  Honorius to Sergius was presented for examination, and it was  ordered that all the documents brought by George, the keeper  of the archives in Constantinople, and among them the two letters  of Honorius, should immediately be burnt, as hurtful to the soul.   Again, the sixth Ecumenical Council referred to Honorius in the  sixteenth session, on August 9, 681, at the acclamations and  exclamations with which the transactions of this day were closed.  The bishops exclaimed: "Anathema to the heretic Sergius,  to the heretic Cyrus, to the heretic Honorius, to the heretic  Pyrrhus"   Still more important is that which took place at the eighteenth  and last session, on September 16, 681. In the decree of the  faith which was now published, and forms the principal document  of the Synod, we read: "The creeds (of the earlier Ecumenical  Synods) would have sufficed for knowledge and confirmation of  the orthodox faith. Because, however, the originator of all evil  still always finds a helping serpent, by which he may diffuse  his poison, and therewith finds fit tools for his will, we mean  Theodore of Pharan, Sergius, Pyrrhus, Paul, Peter, former bishops  of Constantinople, also Honorius, Pope of Old Rome, Cyrus of  Alexandria, etc., so he failed not, by them, to cause trouble  in the Church by the scattering of the heretical doctrine of  one will and one energy of the two natures of the one Christ.   After the papal legates, all the bishops, and the Emperor had  received and subscribed this decree of the faith, the Synod published  the usual (logos prosphoneticos), which, addressed to  the Emperor, says, among other things: "Therefore we punish  with exclusion and anathema, Theodore of Pharan, Sergius, Paul,  Pyrrhus, and Peter; also Cyrus, and with them Honorius, formerly  bishop of Rome, as he followed them."   In the same session the Synod also put forth a letter to Pope  Agatho, and says therein: '91We have destroyed the effort of  the heretics, and slain them with anathema, in accordance with  the sentence spoken before in your holy letter, namely, Theodore  of Pharan, Sergius, Honorius.   In closest connection with the Acts of the sixth Ecumenical Council  stands the imperial decree confirming their resolutions. The  Emperor writes: "With this sickness (as it came out from  Apollinaris, Eutyches, Themistius, etc.) did those unholy priests  afterwards again infect the Church, who before our times falsely  governed several churches. These are Theodore of Pharan, Sergius  the former bishop of this chief city; also Honorius, the Pope  of old Rome…the strengthener (confirmer) of the heresy who  contradicted himself…We anathematise all heresy from Simon  (Magus) to this present…besides, we anathematise and reject  the originators and patrons of the false and new doctrines, namely,  Theodore of Pharan, Sergius…also Honorius, who was Pope of  Old Rome, who in everything agreed with them, went with them,  and strengthened the heresy."   It is clear that Pope Leo II also anathematized Honorius…in  a letter to the Emperor, confirming the decrees of the sixth  Ecumenical Council…in his letter to the Spanish bishops…and  in his letter to the Spanish King Ervig. Of the fact that Pope  Honorius had been anathematized by the sixth Ecumenical Synod,  mention is made by…the Trullan Synod, which was held only twelve  years after…Like testimony is also given repeatedly by the  seventh Ecumenical Synod; especially does it declare, in its  principal document, the decree of the faith: "We declare  at once two wills and energies according to the natures in Christ,  just as the sixth Synod in Constantinople taught, condemning…Sergius,  Honorius, Cyrus, etc." The like is asserted by the Synod  or its members in several other places…To the same effect the  eighth Ecumenical Synod expresses itself. In the Liber Diurnus  the Formulary of the Roman Chancery (from the fifth to the eleventh  century), there is found the old formula for the papal oath…according  to which every new Pope, on entering upon his office, had to  swear that "he recognised the sixth Ecumenical Council,  which smote with eternal anathema the originators of the heresy  (Monotheletism), Sergius, Pyrrhus, etc., together with Honorius"   (Charles Joseph Hefele,   A History of the Councils of the Church (Edinburgh: Clark,  1896), Volume V, pp. 181-187).These facts are highly significant. Von Dollinger was the leading Roman Catholic historian of the last century who taught Church history for 47 years. He makes these comments:This one fact, that a Great Council,  universally received afterwards without hesitation throughout  the Church, and presided over by Papal legates, pronounced the  dogmatic decision of a Pope heretical, and anathematized him  by name as a heretic is a proof, clear as the sun at noonday,  that the notion of any peculiar enlightenment or in errancy of  the Popes was then utterly unknown to the whole Church (Janus (Johann Joseph Ignaz von Dollinger),   The Pope and the Council (Boston: Roberts, 1870), p.  61).Roman Catholic apologists generally attempt to salvage the dogma of papal infallibility from the case with Honorius by saying that he was not giving an ex cathedra statement but merely his opinion as a private theologian. Therefore he was not condemned in his official capacity as the pope. According to the Roman Catholic Church there are certain conditions which must be met for the teaching of the pope to fall within the overall guidelines of that which is considered to be. He must be teaching in his official capacity as the pope and he must be defining doctrine for the entire Church. The claim is made that Honorius did not meet these conditions. However, a careful reading of the official acts of the Council prove that it thought otherwise. The reader can judge for himself from the Council's own statements how the situation with Honorius was viewed and whether it would have agreed with the assertions of Keating and Knox that Honorius did not actively teach anything. The Council makes the following statements:Session XIII: The holy council said:  After we had reconsidered, according to the promise which we  had made to your highness, the doctrinal letters of Sergius,  at one time patriarch of this royal God protected city to Cyrus,  who was then bishop of Phasius and to Honorius some time Pope  of Old Rome, as well as the letter of the latter to the same  Sergius, we find that these documents are quite foreign to the  apostolic dogmas, to the declarations of the holy Councils, and  to all the accepted Fathers, and that they follow the false teachings  of the heretics; therefore we entirely reject them, and execrate  them as hurtful to the soul. But the names of those men whose  doctrines we execrate must also be thrust forth from the holy  Church of God, namely, that of Sergius some time bishop of this  God-preserved royal city who was the first to write on this impious  doctrine; also that of Cyrus of Alexandria, of Pyrrhus, Paul,  and Peter, who died bishops of this God preserved city, and were  like minded with them; and that of Theodore sometime bishop of  Pharan, all of whom the most holy and thrice blessed Agatho,  Pope of Old Rome, in his suggestion to our most pious and God  preserved lord and mighty Emperor, rejected, because they were  minded contrary to our orthodox faith, all of whom we define  are to be subject to anathema. And with these we define that  there shall be expelled from the holy Church of God and anathematized  Honorius who was some time Pope of Old Rome, because of what  we found written by him to Sergius, that in all respects he followed  his view and confirmed his impious doctrines.   Session XVI: To Theodore of Pharan, the heretic, anathema! To  Sergius, the heretic, anathema! To Cyrus, the heretic, anathema!  To Honorius, the heretic, anathema! To Pyrrhus, the heretic,  anathema! To Paul, the heretic, anathema!…   Session XVIII: But as the author of evil, who, in the beginning,  availed himself of the aid of the serpent, and by it brought  the poison of death upon the human race, has not desisted, but  in like manner now, having found suitable instruments for working  out his will we mean Theodorus, who was bishop of Pharan, Sergius,  Pyrrhus…and moreover, Honorius, who was Pope of the elder Rome…),  has actively employed them in raising up for the whole Church  the stumbling blocks of one will and one operation in the two  natures of Christ our true God, one of the Holy Trinity; thus  disseminating, in novel terms, amongst the orthodox people, an  heresy similar to the mad and wicked doctrine of the impious  Apollinaris (Philip Schaff  and Henry Wace, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers (Grand  Rapids: Eerdmans, 1956), Volume XIV, The Seven Ecumenical  Councils, pp. 342-344).The above statements prove that the condemnation of Honorius meets the basic criteria for ex cathedra statements. The following points show this to be the case:The Council condemns him specifically  as a heretic and anathematized him in his official capacity as  pope and not as a private theologian.   He is condemned for following after and confirming the heresy  of montheletism.   He is condemned for actively disseminating and propagating heretical  teachings in his official capacity as pope which affected the  whole Church.To suggest that the Sixth Ecumenical Council does not invalidate the teaching of papal infallibility because Honorius did not make an ex cathedra statement is historically absurd. This is to erect arbitrary conditions which were not existent at the time to save oneself the embarrassment of a historical fact which undermines one's position. The issue is not what do individual Roman Catholic apologists say, but what did the Sixth Ecumenical Council say. On what basis did it condemn Pope Honorius? By its own words it condemned him in his official capacity as the bishop of Rome, not as a private theologian, for advancing heretical teachings which it says were Satanically inspired and would affect the entire Church. It specifically states that Honorius advanced these teachings, approved of them, and in a positive sense was responsible for disseminating them. And it condemns him by name as a heretic, anathematizing him as such. According to both Roman Catholic and Orthodox theology an Ecumenical Council is infallible so all the arguments which attempt to dismiss the judgment of this Council saying that it was mistaken or that it rushed to judgment or whatever, are simply erroneous and empty, on the basis of their own theology. So an infallible Ecumenical Council (from a Roman Catholic perspective) has condemned as a heretic a bishop of Rome for teaching heresy. It is quite obvious that these Eastern fathers did not view the bishops of Rome as infallible.John Meyendorff states that, contrary to the assertions of many Roman Catholics that Honorius did in fact teach the doctrine of monotheletism in a positive sense and helped confirm Sergius in the heresy. Meyendorff gives this summary:This step into Monotheletism, which  he was first to make, is the famous fall of Honorius, for which  the Sixth ecumenical council condemned him (681) a condemnation  which, until the early Middle Ages, would be repeated by all  popes at their installation, since on such occasions they had  to confess the faith of the ecumenmical councils. It is understandable,  therefore, that all the critics of the doctrine of papal infallibility  in later centuries. Protestants, Orthodox and antiinfallibilists  at Vatican I in 1870 would refer to this case. Some Roman Catholic  apologists try to show that the expressions used by Honorius  could be understood in an orthodox way, and that there is no  evidence that he deliberately wished to proclaim anything else  than the traditional faith of the Church. They also point out  quite anachronistically that the letter to Sergius was not a  formal statement, issued by the pope ex cathedra, using  his charisma of infallibility, as if such a concept existed in  the seventh century. Without denying the pope's good intentions  which can be claimed in favor of any heresiarch of history, it  is quite obvious that his confession of one will, at a crucial  moment and as Sergius himself was somewhat backing out before  the objections of Sophronius, not only condoned the mistakes  of others, but actually coined a heretical formula, the beginning  of a tragedy from which the Church (including the orthodox successors  of Honorius on the papal throne) would suffer greatly (John Meyendorff, Imperial Unity  and Christian Division (Crestwood:St. Vladimir's, 1989),  p. 353).Jaroslav Pelikan affirms the same thing in these comments:In the controversy between East and  West…the case of Honorius served as proof to Photius that the  popes not only lacked authority over church councils, but were  fallible in matters of dogma; for Honorius had embraced the heresy  of the Monotheletes. The proponents of that heresy likewise cited  the case of Honorius, not in opposition to the authority of the  pope but in support of their own doctrine, urging that all teachers  of the true faith had confessed it, including Sergius, the bishop  of New Rome, and Honorius, the bishop of Old Rome (Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian  Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine (Chicago:  University of Chicago, 1974), Volume Two, pp. 150-151)Charles Hefele affirms the fact that Leo II also condemned Honorius as a heretic and confirmed the decrees of the Council:It is clear that Pope Leo II also anathematized  Honorius…in a letter to the Emperor, confirming the decrees  of the sixth Ecumenical Council…in his letter to the Spanish  bishops…and in his letter to the Spanish King Ervig (Charles Joseph Hefele, A History  of the Councils of the Church (Edinburgh: Clark, 1896), Volume  V, pp. 181-187).The condemnation by Pope Leo II is significant. He affirmed the condemnation of Honorius as a heretic, confirming by this that Honorius had actively undermined the orthodox faith. W.J. Sparrow Simpson summarizes Leo's viewpoint in these comments:Leo accepted the decisions of Constantinople.  He has carefully examined the Acts of the Council and found them  in harmony with the declarations of faith of his predecessor,  Agatho, and of the Synod of the Lateran. He anathematized all  the heretics, including his predecessor, Honorius, who so far  from aiding the Apostolic See with the doctrine of the Apostolic  Tradition, attempted to subvert the faith by a profane betrayal   (W.J. Sparrow Simpson,   Roman Catholic Opposition to Papal Infallibility (London:  John Murray, 1909), p. 35).It is significant that the letter of Honorius to Sergius was used in the East by the proponents of the Monothelite heresy as justification for their position. As Sparrow Simpson observes: "This letter of Honorius was utilised in the East to justify the Monothelite heresy the existence of one will in Christ (W.J. Sparrow Simpson, Roman Catholic Opposition to Papal Infallibility (London: John Murray, 1909), p. 33). The definition of what the Roman Catholic Church refers to as ex cathedra teaching was not enunciated and defined until 1870. One needs to keep this in mind when applying this test to the case of Honorius and the judgment of the Sixth Ecumenical Council. In the mind of this "infallible" Council the pope was a heretic. In its official condemnation of him, he is judged on the basis of the criteria for ex cathedra statements which was defined some 1200 years later. One simply cannot avoid the historical facts. An "infallible" Ecumenical Council has condemned an "infallible" pope, in his official capacity, for heresy. No redefining of terms can erase the simple facts of history or the implications of those facts for the dogma of papal infallibility. This has direct bearing upon the issue of authority and jurisdiction. If an Ecumenical Council can excommunicate a bishop of Rome then the ultimate authority in the early Church was not the bishop of Rome but the Council. The fact of this condemnation clearly demonstrates that contrary to the claims of Vatican I, the early Church never viewed the bishops of Rome to be infallible. No Church father has ever taught such a doctrine and it is contradicted by the practice of the early Church fathers and Councils, III Constantinople being but one example. See also our video "The Homosexual Pope, Priests, Universalists, Evolutionists & Disunited Roman Catholic Apologists" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThonwrX6QU&index=2&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 131 videos & counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715.

  6. Question: "Is the perpetual virginity of Mary biblical?"  Answer: It is the official position of the Roman Catholic Church that Jesus' mother Mary remained a virgin for her entire life. Is this concept biblical? Before we look at specific Scriptures, it is important to understand why the Roman Catholic Church believes in the perpetual virginity of Mary. The Roman Catholic Church views Mary as "the Mother of God" and "Queen of Heaven." Catholics believe Mary to have an exalted place in Heaven, with the closest access to Jesus and God the Father. Such a concept is nowhere taught in Scripture. Further, even if Mary did occupy such an exalted position, her having sexual intercourse would not have prevented her from gaining such a position. Sex in marriage is not sinful. Mary would have in no way defiled herself by having sexual relations with Joseph her husband. The entire concept of the perpetual virginity of Mary is based on an unbiblical teaching, Mary as Queen of Heaven, and on an unbiblical understanding of sex.

    So, what does the Bible say about the perpetual virginity of Mary? Using the New American Bible, which is a Catholic translation, we can see that the perpetual virginity of Mary is not taught in the Bible. Matthew 1:25 NAB tells us, "He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus." He, Joseph, did not have sexual relations with her, Mary, UNTIL after she bore a son, Jesus." The meaning of this Scripture is abundantly clear. Joseph and Mary did not have sexual relations until after Jesus was born. Matthew 13:55-56 NAB declares, "Is He not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not His sisters all with us?" Catholics claim, correctly, that the Greek terms for "brothers" and "sisters" in these verses could also refer to male and female relatives, not necessarily literal brothers and sisters. However, the intended meaning is clear, they thought Jesus to be Joseph's son, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, and the brother of the unnamed and unnumbered sisters. Father, mother, brother, sister. It is straining the meaning of the text to interpret “brothers” and “sisters” as "cousins" or "relatives" with the mentioning of Jesus' mother and father.

    Matthew 12:46 NAB tells us, "While He was still speaking to the crowds, His mother and His brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with Him." See also Mark 3:31-34; Luke 8:19-21; John 2:12; and Acts 1:14. All mention Jesus' mother with His brothers. If they were His cousins, or the sons of Joseph from a previous marriage, why were they mentioned with Mary so often? The idea of the perpetual virginity of Mary cannot be drawn from Scripture. It must be forced on Scripture, in contradiction to what the Scriptures clearly state.

    Question: "What is Mariology?"

    Answer: Mariology is the theological study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Within the Roman Catholic Church, Mary is venerated over all other saints. Anglicans share some of the beliefs of Roman Catholic Mariology, but not all. The Eastern Orthodox Church calls Mary the “God-bearer,” emphasizing Mary’s status as the mother of God Incarnate, gives her the title “Ever Virgin,” and emphasizes her sublime holiness, her share in redemption, and her role as a mediator of grace.

    Most Protestants endorse the Apostles’ Creed, which acknowledges the virgin birth of Christ, do they not believe in most of the other tenets of Mariology. Protestants denounce the veneration of Mary as practiced by Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.

    The four dogmas of Roman Catholic Mariology are: 1) the title “Mother of God”; 2) the Immaculate Conception; 3) the Perpetual Virginity of Mary; and 4) the Assumption of Mary.

    Mother of God: In AD 431, the Council of Ephesus countered the Nestorian heresy by declaring that Mary was truly the Mother of God: “Not that the nature of the Word or his divinity received the beginning of its existence from Mary, but the holy body, animated by a rational soul, which the Word of God united to himself, was born from Mary.” One problem with this wording is that it awakened the old Arian heresy that the Logos (Jesus) was a created being. In AD 451, at the Council of Chalcedon, Leo, Bishop of Rome, ratified the decision that Mary was theotokos (“God-bearer”) only as to the humanity of Jesus. The title had nothing to do with Jesus’ divinity as the eternal Word of God. The Chalcedonian definition added the words “as to the manhood” immediately after theotokos, which should have ended erroneous thinking. But the populace took this word theotokos as an uplifting of Mary’s status and started to venerate her. The term theotokos was not incorporated into the Nicene Creed of 321 or the Constantinopolitan Creed of 381. Neither is that expression used in the Anglican Articles or in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

    Immaculate Conception: This tenet of Mariology holds that Mary, at her conception, was sinless (immaculate), preserved from original sin. According to the Roman Catholic Encyclopedia of Theology, no statement of Mary’s being free from original sin is found in the West before AD 1000. It was not until 1854 that faith in Mary’s Immaculate Conception was taught as an official church dogma.

    Perpetual Virginity: According to Roman Catholic Mariology, Mary was always a virgin before, during, and after giving birth to Jesus. The Roman Catholic Encyclopedia of Theology admits that the formula of “virginity before, in and after giving birth” did not come into use till after the 7th century.

    Assumption: The Assumption of Mary teaches that Mary, when she died, was taken up (assumed) body and soul into heavenly glory. It was not until 1950 that Pope Pius XII defined the doctrine of “Mary’s bodily assumption into heaven.”

    Mary’s role in salvation: Another element of Roman Catholic Mariology is the belief that, at the conception of Jesus, Mary entered into a spiritual union with Him. Pope John Paul II discussed Mary’s place in the plan of salvation in the encyclical Redemptoris Mater, emphasizing “the special presence of the Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and his Church. For this is a fundamental dimension emerging from the Mariology of the Council.” Pope Benedict XVI stated that “Christology and Mariology are inseparably interwoven.”

    The Catholic Encyclopedia states, “In [Mary’s] Fiat of faith, she received salvation for all. . . . Mary’s mediatorship is to be understood on the level of the solidarity of all mankind which is in need of redemption. . . .The function of Mary in salvation determines her relation to the Church. . . . Mary is mother of the Church under this more individualistic aspect, since she is effectively concerned for the salvation of each individual” (pages 898–901).

    Within Catholicism, there is a drive to define a new Marian dogma in which Catholics, as a matter of faith, would be obliged to accept these three doctrines: 1) Mary participates in redemption with Jesus Christ; 2) grace is granted by Jesus only through the intercession of Mary; and 3) all prayers from the faithful must flow through Mary, who brings them to the attention of her Son. This movement would, in practice, redefine the Trinity as a kind of Quartet. The idea that Mary is a co-redemptrix or mediatrix contradicts 1 Timothy 2:5, which says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” Jesus is the Mediator. There is no mediator between man and Jesus. Jesus Himself dwells in believers; thus, no other mediator is required (Colossians 1:27).

    Nowhere in Scripture does Jesus or anyone else direct any praise, glory, or adoration toward Mary. Mary was present at the cross when Jesus died (John 19:25). Mary was also with the apostles on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14). However, Mary is never mentioned again after Acts 1. The apostles did not give Mary a prominent role. Mary’s death is not recorded in the Bible. Nothing is said about Mary ascending to heaven or having an exalted role there. As the earthly mother of Jesus, Mary should be respected, but she is not worthy of worship or adoration. The Bible nowhere indicates that Mary can hear our prayers or that she can mediate for us with God. Mary herself sets the example for us in directing her worship, adoration, and praise to God alone: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is His name” (Luke 1:46–49).

    For more see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 131 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Titus 1:9-16

  7. “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” —Luke 13:23-24 Do you understand the question in the above Scripture? “Lord, are there few that be saved?” Someone came to Jesus and wanted to know if “few” people were saved. It's interesting that the person didn't ask if “many” people were saved. Evidently the person had been listening to Jesus' preaching and became convinced that few people were really saved. When the Bible speaks of being “saved,” it means saved from God's wrath upon Christ-rejecting sinners in Hell (for more on hell see our playlist "Dealing with Hell, Lake of Fire, Unpopular Bible Doctrines" with 30 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE04A1D0DFE95B95E & "Eternal Punishment, Part 1" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607145320 & "Eternal Punishment, Part 2" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607143539). Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” All Christ-rejecters go to Hell if they die in their sins. If a person is “saved,” then they are going to Heaven when they die. Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We are saved from the eternal consequences of sin, which is punishment in hellfire. To be saved is synonymous with being “born again.” When a person becomes a born-again child of God, they are saved eternally. EVERY human being MUST to be saved (i.e., born again) to enter into Heaven. John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” If a person dies in their sins without believing on Jesus as the Savior, the Son of God, they will burn in Hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15).Just as the disciple who asked Jesus the question in Luke 13:23, I myself often wonder how few are truly born again believers. I dare say not many. Let's consider the question again…“Lord, are there few that be saved?” There are over one billion Catholics in the world who errantly believe that the Catholic Church is going to save them. Roman Catholics do not trust Jesus Christ alone; but rather, rely upon manmade traditions and self-righteous works to save them. According to the Word of God, genuine Catholics are hellbound in their sins because they are trusting in self-righteousness (Romans 3:20; 10:3-4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5, see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 129 videos & counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715). There are over one billion Islamic Muslims in the world who deny that Jesus Christ ever died upon a cross for our sins (see our playlist "Dealing with Islam, Muslims: Sunni, Shi'ite, Alawites, Sufis" with 67 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1C7F68B548009FDD). According to the Bible, they are antichrists and liars on their way to Hell (1st John 2:22-23). There are over 183,000 cults in Japan alone that deny Jesus Christ as the only Savior of the world. Other false religions include Scientology, Hinduism, Wicca, Buddhism, Seventh Day Adventism, Zoroastrianism, Greek Orthodox, Judaism, Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Freemasonry, and many more (see our YouTube channel CAnswersTV at https://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV with over 615 videos covering most of these anti Christian religions in detail). Why do I call them “false religions”? It's simply because they all corrupt the Biblical teaching of salvation, i.e., the gospel (see our playlist "Dealing with Anti Trinitarians (UPC) & Early Church History" with 48 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9931642C7C8FFEAB). Most false religions ADD works to faith. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses DENY the deity of Jesus Christ (i.e., that He is Almighty God) – see our playlists "Dealing with Mormonism, the Religion of Mitt Romney & Utah" with 20 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL11CD0EE613306BB5 & "Dealing with Jehovah's Witnesses, Watchtower Society" with 22 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCF0ADB29C0EB8C40. Seventh Day Adventists falsely and deceitfully redefine faith to mean works (see our playlist, "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess" with 23 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5316CC6F66F24283). There are hundreds of millions of followers of Hinduism who deny Jesus as the Savior, the Son of God (see our playlist "Dealing with Anti Christ Cults, "New Age" & World Religions" with 42 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL69A3047B3497590A). Judaism denies that Jesus is the Messiah. The same Pharisaical Jews who crucified Jesus 2,000 years ago are crucifying Him today. The Campbellite Church of Christ deceitfully speaks of faith in Christ, but also requires water baptism and living the Christian life to be saved. That is works salvation, which is a lie of the Devil (Romans 3:20; Romans 4:5-6, see our playlist "Dealing with "Saved by Works & Baptism", "Church of Christ" with 72 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBD55090718DA6D3D).  Every Catholic claims not to worship Mary, but the second commandment (Exodus 20:3-5) forbids even bowing to Mary (which every Catholic does, for more on the Roman Catholic installation of the worship of saints, images, & polytheism in church history hear "Perseverance of the Saints & the Worship of Saints (Historical Theology Vol. 1, #17)" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=14101149112 & "The Worship of Images & Civil Authorities (Historical Theology Vol. 1, #18)" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=15101057200). There are hundreds of millions of so-called Charismatic & Pentecostal "Christians" who trade the Word of God for their own wild emotional experiences & replace the Biblical gospel for a gospel of "heath & wealth" despite 1 Timothy 6:10 saying, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" – see our two video series on this: "Blasphemous Charismatic & Pentecostal Mayhem #1: Mad Delusional Experiences Replace Scripture Alone" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbv7YsyMf0I begins one series while "AGONY OF THE PHONY WORD-FAITH TV PREACHERS #1: MIND SCIENCE ORIGINS OF KENNETH HAGIN & HIS DISCIPLES" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwQ5BLrYD_U&list=PL2CDA855486B09128&index=4 begins another series. Even secular humanism, atheism & agnosticism can be considered faith based religions due to the fact that atheists & humanists have a faith that God does not exist while agnostics are willingly ignorant concerning God (see our playlist "Dealing with "God Hating" Atheists, Agnostics, Know-It-Alls" with 20 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL640E505B96CD6B39). Many animistic religions exist throughout the world as well which are described in Romans 1:18-32, see our video "FOREIGN MISSIONS FOR CHRIST: PREACHING TO CANNIBALS, WITCH DOCTORS & TRIBAL NATIVES" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACnDLyXa9H0. All of the religions I have just mentioned account for well over seven eighths of the earth's population or more. Keep in mind, besides all of this, Jesus said, "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24). Who are considered "rich people"? It's not just millionaires & world leaders but many lesser wealthy persons who exceed the vast majority of mankind in money & possessions (Luke16:19-31 is a good example of this in the parable of the rich man & Lazarus). See the video "It is Difficult for Americans to Enter Heaven – Tim Conway" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDwNGXciNCQ. Statistics provided in this video show that even the poorest Americans living in the United States have a better net income than most of the world. For instance, according to Forbes magazine, June 1, 2013, the bottom 5% of United States citizens are richer than 68% of people living throughout the rest of the world; U.S. citizens who make $50,000 a year are richer than 99.69% of the people in the rest of the world; U.S. citizens who make $20,000 a year are richer than 96% of the people in the rest of the world, U.S. citizens who make $10,000 a year are richer than 84% of the people in the rest of the world; U.S. citizens who make $100,000 a year are in a category that only 8 out of every 10,000 people achieve in the entire world. Will it be difficult for rich Americans who don't think they're rich to enter into the kingdom of heaven? Jesus already gave the answer. For more on this hear "Those Whom God Hates He Is Often Pleased To Give Plenty Of Earthly Things To, Edwards" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=427121150346 by the well known theologian Jonathan Edwards who also preached the most famous sermon on North American soil called, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=770213541. If you don't like what I am telling you then get mad at God because He wrote the Bible. If you take the Bible at FACE VALUE, you can only interpret it one way. The best way to interpret the Bible is with the Bible. God said what He meant and meant what He said. Let the Bible speak for itself. Jesus answered the question in Luke 13:24 with the following words…“…for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Most of the people in this world are going straight to Hell when they die because they have not been born again (hear "Few Saved From A Burning Hell" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3514145121). Lies and deception are everywhere! Catholics and Jehovah Witnesses claim to be born-again but they are NOT. You can't get born-again by doing good works, confessing your sins to a priest, getting water baptized,  joining a church or keeping the Sabbath Day. Salvation is NOT found in any religion; but rather, in a Person—The Lord Jesus Christ!  Most people today have churchianity without Christianity, and they are all going to Hell if they don't repent toward God of their unbelief (for more on this see our video "TRUE BELIEVERS & NON BELIEVERS ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF THE REFORMATION: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_dN0oC57Rk). The vast majority of so-called "Evangelical Christians" in the world today do not know what the Biblical gospel is or what "justification by faith alone" is (see our video "SAD STATE OF THE CHURCH: 87% OF EVANGELICAL "CHRISTIANS" DON'T KNOW WHAT GOSPEL JUSTIFICATION IS" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im4ozy_EiR4. There are only two types of religions in the world: DO and DONE. Either you believe that you have to DO something to go to Heaven; or else you believe that it is DONE, paid for by Jesus' precious blood. Jesus said in Luke 13:24 that “many” will seek to enter into Heaven but will not be able. That is quite startling. Jesus said the same thing in Matthew 7:21-23 . . . “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” The reason why these religious people were not allowed into Heaven was because they attempted to enter Heaven through their own self-righteousness. In Matthew 5:20 Jesus spake concerning the religious leaders of His time . . . “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Most of the religious churchgoers in the world today are as lost as can be, still hellbound in their wickedness. They have not done the will of God concerning salvation, which is to BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (John 6:40; Acts 16:30-31).  Jesus provides two contrasts in Luke 13:24, the contrast between seeking to enter and striving to enter and the contrast between seeking to enter through the narrow door and seeking to enter by any other means. Let’s now focus on the second contrast. Look at verses 25-27:"Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' 26 "Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets'; 27 and He will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.' (Luke 13:25 NAU) Jesus’ statement at the end of 25 and the middle of 27 is translated well in the NIV: “I don't know you or where you come from.” In effect, He is saying, “I don’t know you at all! You may think that you are mine, but I have nothing to do with you – I don’t even know your family, your village” So what does Jesus mean by the narrow door? What is His intended contrast with other methods of entering? Again, let’s begin by considering what the narrow door is not: The narrow door is NOT being in a church, reading the Bible, listening to sermons, looking to others like a Christian. This is clear from verse 26: these evildoers looked just like believers who had been with Jesus. They had listened to His preaching. But He does not know them, and they stand condemned.The narrow door is NOT being prominent in this life. Jesus says in verse 30 that some who are presently first will be last. Prominence now is no guarantee of one’s entering through the narrow door.The narrow door is NOT being a descendant of a great believer. See verse 28. Remember, Jesus is speaking to descendants of Abraham and Jacob. I sometimes like to use the expression, “God has no grandchildren.” Each of us must come to Jesus on our own, not through our parents, our grandparents, or other ancestors. Then what does Jesus mean by the narrow door? Elsewhere, Jesus says He Himself is the door: I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9) In what sense is this door narrow? In two ways. First, the door is narrow in the sense that no one comes to the Father any other way (John 14:6). No religious activities – Christian or non-Christian – bring us into the Kingdom. Sincere beliefs do not bring us in. Good works do not bring us in. Good feelings about our relationship with Christ do not bring us in. Though in our pluralistic society this message is despised, we must preach, teach, and live out this truth: There is only one door, and that narrow door is Jesus. The Lake of Fire is waiting for "many" when they die. Jesus' disciple asked Him if few people are going to Heaven. Jesus replied that many people will attempt, but fail. When the floods came in Noah's day, many people tried to get on the ark, but it was too late once the door was closed. When the bridegroom came in Matthew 25:1-13, the five foolish virgins were left behind because they were gone buying oil at the last moment. Do not likewise make the mistake of delaying salvation, for you will be sorry when it is too late. Few souls are going to Heaven. Jesus said, "Only those who find that strait gate and narrow way that leadeth unto life (Matthew 7:13-15), which is the righteousness of Jesus Christ will make it to heaven. So many churchgoers have religion, but they have never truly been born of the spirit of God, which is the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9, hear "Why Are So Few People Saved?" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=111710103558). Salvation happens when a person acknowledges their guilt of sin unto God in repentance; believing on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, to be forgiven (this is a supernatural action caused by God in the heart of a repentant sinner in 2 Timothy 2:24-26; see also "SUPERNATURAL BIBLE PROPHECY CONCERNING JESUS THE JEWISH MESSIAH (PART #1)" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVByqkjwChs). We are SINNERS and Jesus is the wonderful SAVIOR! Acts 10:43, “To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of  sins.” Salvation is given to those "few" who have been ordained to eternal life by God Himself (Acts 13:48). And who are those "few"? Jesus answers that question in John chapter 6:37,39,44,63 & 65: "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." " It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." "And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father." For more on this see our video "The Sovereignty of God Versus Man-Made Religions, Hollywood Movies & Petty Emotionalism" – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UQABR_9gGI. Keep in mind that God works with relatively few numbers throughout world history (remember how Elijah thought he was the last prophet of God left in Israel in 1 Kings 19:13-18 & the Lord had to correct Elijah about the number but still the number God told Elijah was small). The God of the Bible has always had His way of operating His plan in this world & it has always been consistently with small numbers (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence." For an excellent message concerning the small numbers God has historically employed please hear the outstanding theologian Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in his sermon "Sermon 113 – Three-score and Fifteen Souls" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=99217141430450. We also have a video along these lines called " Biblical Predestination #6: God Only Chooses a FEW for Salvation (Many Called/Few Chosen)" – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veCdGzYsc70. See also our video "Strive To Enter – But Many Will Not Be Able To – Greg Van Court – Dayspring Fellowship, Austin, TX" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr2Rn-7o4RA. 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Corinthians 13:5, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

  8. See our video "Are Catholics Christian?" Answered by Priest for 22 Years Richard Bennett & the Catholic Catechism" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu4fjSTRgRI&list=UUQ_EDvOtDAAWfCvGUhd6y3A. See this former Dominican priest's article on the same subject at http://www.bereanbeacon.org/article/sorted/01_On_Catholicism/Are_Catholics_Christians.pdf
    See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 125 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. The following is the article by former Roman Catholic priest for 22 years Richard Bennett (his website is http://www.BereanBeacon.org) called, "Are Catholics Christians?" The Catholic Church presupposes itself to be Christian. Nothing could be farther from the truth; yet, the Catholic Church has presented and promoted herself in that guise particularly since the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. A primary, non-negotiable goal of Vatican Council II was to lay the groundwork and to establish the rules and parameters for a multifaceted, ecumenical outreach. Evangelical Christians, now called "separated brethren", rather than "heretics",1 are the primary target of Catholic ecumenism. The goal is to draw them into the Roman Catholic fold.2 Thus, in the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church, the word "Christian" occurs more than 100 times in these official teachings. Buzzwords such as "dialogue", "ecumenism", and "social justice" are being used under the guise of promoting true Christianity while advancing the Roman Catholic agenda.
    Assurances to Evangelicals Negated
    Evangelicals are assured that Catholics who believe in the incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are true Christians, even though they misunderstand some of the "technicalities" regarding salvation. Such reasoning is negated by the fact that Catholicism differs from biblical faith—not only on minor details, but more importantly on what is essential for one’s salvation.
    The most dangerous aspect of Catholic Church doctrine is that it appears to be based on the great, indispensable truths of God’s revelation.3 In reality, however, the telling fact is that Catholic doctrine denies essential, biblical doctrines by that which it adds on to biblical truths. For example, while Catholic doctrine affirms the worship of the three distinct Persons of the Trinity, it adds divine adoration for the Virgin Mary by addressing her in prayer as "the All Holy One". The exact words of the official statement are, "By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All Holy One".4 The Catholic Church also demands that worship, which according to Scripture is due exclusively to the one true God in three persons, is also to be given to the
    1 The anathemas or curses against Evangelicals as heretics still remain in Roman Catholic law because the Council of Trent (1545 – 1563) has never been revoked. Since the demise of the Holy Roman Empire, the Papacy has had no military and civil power by which to enforce these anathemas as it had during the 605 years of the Inquisition. Thus the Papacy has recently adopted "ecumenism, "dialogue," and promoting "social justice" as ways and means of drawing Evangelical Christians into its fold.
    2 Vatican Council II Documents, "Reflections and Suggestions Concerning Ecumenical Dialogue," Vol. I, Sect. II.
    This crucial Vatican document states, "…ecumenical dialogue is not limited to an academic or purely conceptual level, but striving for a more complete communion between the Christian communities…it serves to transform modes of thought and behavior and the daily life of those communities. [non-Catholic churches] In this way, it aims at preparing the way for their unity of faith in the bosom of a Church one and visible: thus ‘little by little’, as the obstacles to perfect ecclesial communion are overcome, all Christians will be gathered, in a common celebration of the Eucharist, into that unity of the one and only Church which Christ bestowed on his Church from the beginning. This unity, we believe, dwells in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose…"
    3 For example she holds to the existence of a self-existent and eternal God, the Creator of the universe, of man, and of all things. She teaches the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. She teaches Adam’s sin resulting in the shared guilt and consequences of his sin. She accepts the doctrine of man’s redemption by Jesus Christ, teaching that He became incarnate and endured the death of the cross; that He arose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and will return again.
    4 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liguori Publications, 1994 Paragraph 2677 Hereafter referred to as Catechism.
    "Sacrament" or "Eucharist", the Communion element. Thus, the Church of Rome officially declares,
    5 Vatican Council II Documents, Eucharisticum Mysterium," Vol. I, Para 3 (Emphasis not in original.)
    6 Ephesians 2:8, 9
    7 Catechism Paragraph 1129
    8 John 10:35
    9 John 17:17
    10 Proverbs 30:6
    11 II Timothy 3:16-17
    "There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind ‘that all the faithful ought to show to this most holy sacrament the worship which is due to the true God, as has always been the custom of the Catholic Church. Nor is it to be adored any the less because it was instituted by Christ to be eaten’".5
    These two official teachings of the Church of Rome show that the divine worship due to God alone is being given to Mary and to their communion element. In addition, the essential doctrine of man’s redemption by Jesus Christ is totally different in Papal Rome from that of the Bible. The Scripture declares that sinners, dead in trespasses and sins, are "by grace" "saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast".6 This Scripture shows that God directly saves sinners by His grace through faith. However, the Catholic Church insists on the necessity of her sacraments and consequently states,
    "The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. ‘Sacramental grace’ is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament".7
    The sacraments, which are declared by the Catholic Church to be indispensable, nullify the biblical doctrine of man’s redemption. With these explicit examples of the Catholic Church’s negation of essential biblical truths, the Papacy’s official doctrine and teaching on all the major topics of biblical truth need to be carefully examined.
    The Basis of Truth
    The first topic to address is, "What is the basis of truth?" In other words, what is the norm by which we can know truth? The absolute standard set by the Lord Jesus Christ rests in the fact that "the scripture cannot be broken".8 He who identified Himself to His disciples, "I am the way, the truth and the life", also declared the truth of God’s Word by praying for them, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth".9 From these Scriptures we understand that God’s Word not only contains the truth, but is truth itself. The Holy Scripture is the source of the believer’s standard of truth. Since Scripture alone is inspired, it alone is the ultimate authority, and it alone is the final judge of all human tradition and reasoning. Accordingly, the commandment of the Lord states, "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar".10 Thus, in His written Word, the absolute authority of the Lord God is totally sufficient for all the believer’s needs. The Apostle Paul confirmed this when he wrote, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works".11 The Lord Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they placed their human tradition on the same level as the written Word of God. Thus, the Pharisees corrupted the people’s understanding by confusing them in regards to God’s Word as the very
    2
    12 Mark 7:13
    13 Catechism Paragraphs 80, 81
    14 II Peter 1:20, 21
    15 John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth".
    16 John 16:15
    17 Catechism Paragraph 82
    18 Catechism Paragraph 891
    basis of truth. Jesus declared to them, "[You are] making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered".12
    In spite of this unmistakably clear standard of truth, the Catholic Church declares her own standard of truth. She begins her reasoning with the following words,
    "Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other" "And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God, which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit".13
    The fact is that no "tradition" transmits in its entirety the Word of God. This task is solely that of the Holy Spirit. First, in an exclusive sense, the Scriptures are the composition of the Holy Spirit; as stated by the Apostle Peter, "holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost".14 The Holy Spirit is fully fitted for this work because He is "the Spirit of truth".15 He has perfect knowledge of the truth because He is God, one with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit reveals the truth of the written Word to believers. For this reason the Lord Christ Jesus said, "He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you".16 Thus, the Holy Spirit perfectly transmits the Word of God in its proper fullness.
    Having equated her "Sacred Tradition" with Sacred Scripture, and having stated that her tradition transmits the Word of God in its entirety, the Catholic Church reaches its conclusion with the following words,
    "As a result the [Catholic] Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, ‘does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence".17
    This statement is a formal denial of the sufficiency of Scripture and a repudiation of its unique authority. For a church, claiming to be Christian, to attach as much importance to tradition as she does to Scripture is to totally devalue Scripture. It is like a husband who declares that he loves his wife and at the same time states that he also loves equally the woman across the street. Such love would be adulterous; so also are Papal Rome’s "equal sentiments of devotion and reverence". Such a declaration is tantamount to a rejection of Scripture and unfaithfulness to the God of Scripture.
    Catholicism, however, does have a standard for truth that is taken to be absolute. It is not the unqualified authority of God in His written Word; rather, it is the authority of a man, the Pope of Rome. For Catholics, the ultimate authority lies in the decisions and decrees of the reigning Pope. This is seen in their official teaching which states,
    "The Supreme Pontiff, in virtue of his office, possesses infallible teaching authority when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful…he proclaims with a definitive act that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held as such".18
    3
    19 For example, Pope Honorius I (625-38) was posthumously condemned as a heretic and excommunicated from the
    Church by the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681 A.D.) He was also condemned as a heretic by Pope Leo II, as
    well as by every other pope until the eleventh century. It was not until 1870 at Vatican Council I that the Catholic
    Church for the first time declared that the Pope is infallible.
    20 Ephesians 2:1, "and you… who were dead in trespasses and sins."
    21 Ephesians 2:9
    22 Catechism, Paragraph 2021
    23 Romans 11:6
    24 Catechism Paragraph 1129
    25 Vatican Council II Documents, No. 64, "Gaudium et Spes," 1965, Vol. I, Sect. 14
    Thus, in practice, the Catholic Church’s basis for doctrine is her pope and what he states to be truth. In other words, this is truth claimed by decree. The absurdity of this claim is evident when we remember that several popes were declared to be heretics and thus condemned by Church councils.19
    Salvation by Grace Alone Denied by Catholic Sacramental System
    That salvation is by God’s grace alone must be clearly understood. Unredeemed sinners, all of whom are "dead in trespasses and sins",20 can only be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone because salvation is "the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast".21 It is God who graciously saves by His unmerited free gift. In total contrast to this, salvation in the Catholic Church is said to come about by "grace" that is merely a "help" with the intention that people will respond. Thus, the Catholic Church officially states, "Grace is the help God gives us to respond to our vocation of becoming his adopted sons. It introduces us into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life".22 In this view, human beings are presumed to be good enough to respond to the help that God gives to them. According to the Catholic Church, grace is not a manifestation of God’s sovereign action in salvation but merely a "help" given to humans that they may respond, should they decide to believe. The Catholic teaching contradicts the very concept of grace. As the Scripture states, "and if by grace, then is it [salvation] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace".23 God’s sovereign action is what is at stake and not uncertain, human response.
    The Catholic concept of "grace" denies God’s sovereign grace. Therefore, the Papacy needed to construct a mechanism by which Catholics can profess that they have received grace. The primary tools of their invention are called the "Sacraments". Accordingly, the Catholic Church states,
    "The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. ‘Sacramental grace’ is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament".24
    This teaching is appalling. In the Bible, salvation is given to an individual by the absolute power of God’s grace alone – because in God alone is the power to deliver a man from being spiritually "dead in trespasses and sins" to being spiritually alive in Christ. However, the Catholic Church adamantly disagrees with the Bible on this primary issue, for it officially claims, "man has only been wounded by sin".25 Thus, her Catechism describes God’s grace as a "help" accessible through her sacraments. These sacraments are in turn totally under the control of the Catholic priesthood.
    4
    26 Ephesians 1:6
    27 Acts 16:31
    28 II Peter 1:1
    29 Romans 10:17
    30 Catechism Paragraph 168
    31 Catechism Paragraph 169
    32 Catechism Paragraph 181
    33 The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, 7th Session, March, 1547 (Rockford, IL: Tan Publishers, Inc., 1978) This curse against those who believe that Christ alone is the object of their saving faith has never been lifted. For centuries, the horrendous tortures of the Papacy’s Inquisition were used throughout Europe and Britain to wipe out all believers whose faith was in Christ alone. By the end of the eighteenth century, the Papacy no longer had the
    We absolutely praise the Lord God that from Scripture we can be sure that His grace is totally His free gift, "wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved".26 In salvation, we are accepted not in any institution, or by partaking of any sacrament, but in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
    Papal Substitute for Christ Alone as Object of Faith
    The object of faith is clearly seen in Scripture as the person of Christ Jesus Himself. Consequently, it is stated, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house".27 This faith is God-given faith, as declared by the Apostle Peter, "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ".28 This God-given faith comes by hearing the Word of God as is stated, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God".29 The topic of faith is so clear in Scripture that one would doubt that it could be twisted by any church. Nonetheless, the Catholic Church does manage to completely change the concept of faith. Regarding faith, she doesn’t deal directly with the individual, but focuses attention on herself, "the Church", as the object of faith and commitment, and as the one that first believes. Thus she teaches, "It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes and sustains my faith".30 Then, very audaciously and misleadingly, she declares, "faith comes through the Church because the Church is our Mother". As a result she officially teaches, "Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother…"31 In the Catholic Church the result is that a person believes in "Mother Church" and not on the Lord Jesus Christ. Her official words stating this are the
    "‘Believing’ is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. ‘No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother’".32
    Therefore, Roman Catholics are compelled to submit to "holy Mother Church" and accept her teaching. Without biblical warrant, the Catholic Church seeks to replace Jesus Christ as the object of saving faith with a substitute; namely, faith in "Mother Church".
    The effect of this change is the enslaving of individuals to the Roman Catholic Church rather than the freedom obtained by faith in Jesus Christ alone. To maintain the Catholic Church as the object of faith, the Papacy curses all who believe on Christ by faith alone. The official words of "Mother Church" are,
    "If anyone says that by the sacraments of the New Law grace is not conferred ex opere operato [from the work worked], but that faith alone in the divine promise is sufficient to obtain grace, let him be anathema [cursed]".33
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    military and civil power to enforce her sinister doctrine. But by the mid-twentieth century, the Papacy’s new tools had been formed against those whose faith is in Christ alone: Ecumenism, dialogue, and "social justice" were formally unveiled at Vatican Council II. The method has changed; but the goal has not.
    34 Romans 6:10
    35 I Peter 3:18
    36 Hebrews 9:28
    37 John 19:30
    38 Catechism Paragraph 1367 (Emphasis not in original)
    39 Hebrews 9:22
    40 Catechism Paragraph 1368
    41 Hebrews 1:3
    42 Romans 3:28
    43 Titus 3:5
    Christ’s Sufficient Once and For All Sacrifice
    The unique oneness of Christ’s sacrifice is the fact that it was one offering—once made. The concept "once" is deemed so important that it is asserted seven times by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. The perfection of Christ’s sacrifice is contrasted with the repeated daily sacrifices of the Old Testament. The truth of the excellence of Christ’s sacrifice is highlighted by the word "once". For example, the Apostle Paul teaches, "for in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God".34 The Apostle Peter likewise declares, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God".35 The same truth is taught five times in the book of Hebrews with the conclusion, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation".36 The majestic truth is found in the Lord’s declaration from the cross, "It is finished".37
    In total contrast, the Catholic Church declares that Christ’s sacrifice, which was offered on the cross, is contained and offered in her Mass. Her official words, which are in defiance of Scripture, are the following,
    "In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner".38 However, the Bible teaches that "without shedding of blood is no remission".39
    Quite unbelievably she reaches an even more outlandish conclusion. She declares that the sacrifice of Christ is also a sacrifice of the Church offering herself with Him. The official words are, "The Church, which is the Body of Christ, participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire".40 It is utterly blasphemous for a church to teach its members to offer themselves with Christ’s sacrifice. The doctrine of participating in Christ’s sacrifice is entirely perverse and immoral. This proposition is totally false as it denies the repeated statements of God’s truth in Scripture. The work of redemption is "by Himself",41 "without the deeds of the law",42 "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us".43 To teach people such a proposition is a dreadful abomination before the Lord God!
    The Nature of God as The Only All Holy One
    The Bible clearly teaches that God alone is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His Being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. Most important is the fact that He is the All Holy One. His holiness is the divine attribute that covers all attributes so that His
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    44 I Samuel 2:2
    45 Revelation 15:4
    46 Isaiah 6:3
    47 Catechism Paragraph 2677
    48 Catechism Paragraph 2030
    49 Isaiah 42:8
    50 Exodus 20:4-5
    51 Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16
    52 Exodus 32:4-9
    righteousness is holy, His truth is holy, and His justice is holy. He is each of His attributes, and the overall attribute of holiness is that which separates Him from all beings. His holiness is distinctive and matchless. This is the reason why we need to be saved by Him, the All Holy God. Thus, we read in Scripture, "there is none holy as the Lord".44 Again, the Word of the Lord proclaims, "who shall not fear thee O Lord and glorify Thy name for thou only art holy and all nations shall come and worship before thee".45 The Lord God is utterly holy in the words of Scripture, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory".46 In addition to declaring the holiness of God, the official teaching of the Catholic Church declares Mary to be "the All Holy One". The capital letters are there in print, and there is no disclaimer or footnote to explain differently what is said. The following is stated, "By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All Holy One".47 Furthermore, Catholic teaching also officially states, "From the Church he [the Catholic] learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary…"48 This blasphemous teaching is an attempted theft of the very essence of the divine glory reserved unto God alone. It comes as a shock to many to see that in this very doctrine the Papacy displays its total disregard for the Godhead. We know that the Sovereign Lord God alone is the All Holy One and that He is protective of His glory, opposing all that are hostile to it, "I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another".49
    Idolatry
    The Scriptures are absolutely clear in declaring that we are neither to make a graven image nor show any veneration to such images, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything…Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them".50 Then Scripture explains how this is to be understood, "and he [God] declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even Ten Commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake…Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure…".51 Hence, there is to be no similitude (or likeness) of God made by mankind. That which is forbidden in Scripture is the making of any likeness of Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church, however, rationalizes that one can indeed practice idolatry. Paragraph 2132 of the 1994 Catechism states,
    "The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, ‘the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype,’ and ‘whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.’"
    The reason given is that one venerates the person portrayed by the image and not the image itself. Yet, this is exactly what the Bible forbids and why God’s second commandment had forbidden Aaron from making the golden calf.52
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    53 Catechism Paragraph 2131
    The second reason given by Papal Rome to justify the practice of idolatry, cites the ruling of an 8th century council, which states the following,
    "Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word, the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) justified against the iconoclasts the veneration of icons – of Christ, but also of the Mother of God, the angels, and all the saints. By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new ‘economy’ of images."53
    When the Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicaea decided that the incarnation of Jesus Christ introduced a new "economy" of images, the unstated logic of their decision required them to maintain that God changed His mind regarding the Second Commandment. Such reasoning is blasphemy. God does not change His mind. Jesus Christ and the Apostles were equally forthright in condemning idolatry, just as were the commandments of the Old Testament. Nevertheless, the Catholic Church claims that a "tradition comes from the Holy Spirit" which justifies the making of graven images and these are to be publicly displayed. Thus in its Catechism, Paragraph 1161 states,
    "Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers" and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her) we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets".
    This is the "Mother Church’s full license for idolatry⎯plain, simple, and condemned by the Lord God.
    The Holy Spirit is also forthrightly blasphemed in the claim that He established tradition to justify the use of images. Rather, the Bible makes abundantly clear that God hates idolatry and forbids a representation in art of what is divine (Exodus. 20:4-6). Making images to represent God corrupts those who use them (Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16). Images teach lies about God (Habakkuk. 2:18-20). God cannot be represented in art and all who practice such idolatry are commanded to repent (Acts 17:29-30). The Holy Spirit issues His warning in the New Testament as He did in the Old, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen" (I John. 5:21). Among the evil fruits of bringing idolatry that God hates into worship are the many pagan superstitions and traditions of Roman Catholicism. But the worst fruit of the idolatry that is rife in Roman Catholic worship under the guise of being Christian is its false gospel.
    The topic of idolatry is of utmost importance as many present day Bible-believing churches attempt to justify pictures and videos of Christ. They argue that both we, and those who cannot read, can come to a fuller understanding of the person of Christ from these images. Yet, the Bible clearly states that such images lie. Jesus Christ is the only one with two distinct natures – both divine and human – in one body. Therefore, to attempt to make any kind of an image of Jesus Christ, graven or two dimensional or moving, still falls under the Second Commandment.
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    54 Hebrews 1:3
    55 Colossians 2:9
    56 Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16; Habakkuk 2:18-20; Acts 17:29-30 Thus, the Holy Spirit commands in both Old and New Testaments, "little children, keep yourselves from idols" I John 5:21.
    57 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, Para 1367
    58 Hebrews 9:25-26
    59 Hebrews 7:26
    60 Hebrews 9:22
    No image can portray Christ’s divinity, for He "is the brightness of his [God’s] glory and the express image of his person",54 "in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily".55
    If we are to be biblical, we must avoid or reject any pictorial representation or video showing the persons of Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. The punishment for idolatry is severe, as both Old and New Testament make clear.56 For any temptation to visualize Christ, the Father, or the Holy Spirit, there must be repentance; for God is Holy, and the truth of the Bible is sufficient to provide for all our knowledge of things divine.
    Idolatry of the Mass
    At the heart of Roman Catholicism is the Mass or Eucharist, described by the Second Vatican Council as "the fount and apex of the whole Christian life". Papal Rome claims that the Mass is a sacrifice and that the sacrifice of Calvary and the Mass are the same, "one single sacrifice". Thus she teaches,
    "The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: ‘The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.’ ‘In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.’"57
    The Holy Spirit’s teaching, however, is that Christ’s sacrifice was once offered, in contrast to the daily offering of sacrifices of the Old Testament, "nor yet that he should offer himself often…for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself".58 Divine perfection is seen in the fact that it was one sacrifice, once offered.
    We list several grievous departures of "the Eucharistic Sacrifice" from the divine perfection of the Atonement as revealed in Scripture: Firstly, to provide a re-enactment of the one offering, once offered, is to set out to undermine the will and purpose of God. Secondly, for anyone to deem himself fit to offer the Lord Jesus Christ in His perfect sacrifice is simply arrogance of the highest order. Christ Jesus alone was qualified to offer Himself. He alone had the unique qualifications as the Holy Spirit teaches, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens".59 Thirdly, the Catholic Church’s claim is that Christ "is offered in an unbloody manner". However Scripture equates offering and suffering. In a propitiatory sacrifice, to offer and to suffer are the same thing. This truth is so important that it is given as an absolute principle, "without shedding of blood is no remission".60 Hence, in this context, to propose a bloodless sacrifice is a contradiction in terms. A bloodless sacrifice is a senseless inconsistency that can have no purpose other than to deceive.
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    61 Exodus 20:5-6
    62 Luke 22:19
    63 This is the dogma in the Catholic Church that is called "transubstantiation." Thus, the official teaching is in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Para 1376 states, "The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."
    64 Ephesians 2:1
    65 Ephesians 2:8, 9
    Fourthly, the Lord’s Supper is not a sacrifice; it is a memorial. The bread and wine are tokens symbolizing the body and blood of the once and for all sacrifice of Calvary. We are to eat and drink them to remember Him and His atonement with thanksgiving and praise until He returns.
    Today there are in the Catholic Church convents of nuns devoted to worshipping the Eucharist on a rotational system day and night. There are devout Catholics who spend hours kneeling before the "blessed sacrament" worshipping and praying to it and obtaining solace, they say, from being in the "real presence" of Christ Jesus. The horrifying fact is that such people, professing that they are worshipping Christ in a religious and holy way, are literally practising gross idolatry. Worship of the sacrament brings about the wrath of God as promised in His Word. Idolatry is spiritual adultery. The Lord God looks upon those who practice idolatry as haters of Himself, though they pretend to love Him. The Scripture plainly states that He will visit the iniquity "of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments".61
    In the sixteenth century, during the reign of Mary I, or "bloody Mary", many of the martyrs who died in the fire in England chose to do so because of just four words of Scripture, "in remembrance of me".62 Had they been willing to set aside these words, or at least given them a "liberal interpretation", they could have saved themselves. Because they trusted Christ and upheld His Word they refused to do so. For them, the Word of God was truth and life. In affirming these words, the martyrs were denying the Roman Catholic Church doctrine that the communion elements of bread and wine contain the actual physical body and blood of Christ, together with His soul and divinity.63
    Conclusion
    As we have sought to demonstrate, the Roman Catholic Church most certainly is not Christian. Rather, it is an apostate church. The Bible, God’s written word is the inerrant and infallible authority against the apostasy of the Catholic Church and against her false gospel. The Scriptures make clear that by nature, we are all born "dead in trespasses and sins",64 and in practice, we rebel against the All Holy God. Therefore, we justly fall under the curse of the Law. Yet, the love of the heavenly Father, through the Gospel of grace, rescues His own from His fiery wrath. By means of the conviction of sin, placed on the human heart by the Holy Spirit, He by His grace alone turns us to Himself in faith alone for the salvation that He alone gives. This salvation is based on Christ’s death and resurrection for His own. As a result we believe on Jesus Christ the Lord alone, "for by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast".65 Thus by the
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    abundant grace given by Jesus Christ we are not only redeemed from the empire of death, but we can live and reign with Him as we are sanctified daily through His Word by the Holy Spirit and by constant fellowship with Him. With Him also we shall forever live and reign, world without end. Through Christ Jesus, grace reigns with sovereign freedom, power, and bounty! "Blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen."66 ♦

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  9. But "faith without works is dead … James 2:20." If you are Roman Catholic see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 123 videos & counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. If you are a Seventh-day Adventist see our playlist "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess"" with 23 videos & counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5316CC6F66F24283. If you are a Campbellite follower of the "Church of Christ" see our playlist "Dealing with "Saved by Works & Baptism", "Church of Christ"" with 72 videos & counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBD55090718DA6D3D. See our video "KEEPING THE OLD TESTAMENT LAWS & COMMANDMENTS CANNOT EARN HEAVEN OR SALVATION WITH GOD!" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIh3T31ujuU. Are We Justified by Faith (Romans) or by Works (James)? In Romans it says, "because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight . . . " (Rom. 3:20) "for we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law." (Rom. 3:28) "For what does the Scripture say? ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.'" (Rom. 4:3) "Therefore, having been justified by faith . . . " (Rom. 5:1) "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness." (Rom. 4:5). In James it says, "You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone." (James 2:24) " . . . so also faith without works is dead." (James 2:26). Which is it?   Are we justified by faith or by works? Does the Bible Contradict–Itself? It is a fundamental Christian belief that we are justified by faith.  Justification means that God declares a sinner to be righteous.  He does this by crediting–by reckoning the righteousness of Jesus to the sinner.  This is done by faith. That is, when the sinner puts his faith in the sacrifice of Jesus and trusts in Him and not himself for righteousness, then God justifies him.  "And Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." (Rom. 4:3).  But, if the Bible teaches that we are justified by faith, does it also teach we are justified by works as James "seems" to say? Do we have a contradiction?  The answer is no. Context is Everything It is erroneous to take a verse, read it without its context, and then attempt to develop a doctrine from that verse alone. Therefore, let's take a look at the context of James 2:24 which says that a man is justified by works.  James chapter 2 has 26 verses: Verses 1-7 instruct us not to show favoritism. Verses 8-13 are comments on the Law.  Verses 14-26 are about the relationship between faith and works. Notice that James begins this section by using the example of someone who says he has faith–verse 14. He then immediately gives an example of what true and false faiths are. He begins with the negative and demonstrates what an empty faith is (verses 15-17). Then he gives an example of the type of faith that isn't much different from the faith of demons (verse 19). Finally, he gives examples of living faith by showing Abraham and Rahab as the type of people who demonstrated their faith by their deeds. James is examining two kinds of faith: one that leads to godly works and one that does not.  One is true, and the other is false.  One is dead, the other alive; hence, "Faith without works is dead." (James 2:20). This is why in the middle of his section on faith and works, he says in verse 19, "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder."  James says this because the demons believe in God; that is, they have faith, but the faith they have is useless. It does not result in appropriate works. Their faith is only a mental acknowledgment of God's existence. Ascentia and Fiducia Two words are worth introducing here: ascentia and fiducia.  Ascentia is the mental assent–the mental acknowledgment of something's existence. The demons acknowledge and believe that God exists.  Fiducia is more than mental acknowledgment.  It involves a trust in something–a giving over to it, a complete believing and acceptance of something. This is the kind of faith that a Christian has in Christ.  A Christian, therefore, has fiducia; that is, he has real faith and trust in Christ and not simply an acknowledgment that He lived on earth at one time.  Another way to put this is that there are many people in the world who believed that Jesus lived: ascentia.  But they do not believe that He is their savior, the one to whom they should look and trust for the forgiveness of their sins. Ascentia does not lead to works.  Fiducia does.  Ascentia is not of the heart.  Fiducia is. What is James Saying? James is simply saying that if you ‘say' you are a Christian, then there had better be some appropriate works manifested, or your faith is false. This sentiment is echoed in 1 John 2:4 which says, "If you say you have come to know Him, yet you do not keep His commandments, then the truth is not in you and you are a liar." Apparently, there were people who were saying they were Christians but were not manifesting any of the fruit of Christianity.  Can this faith justify? Can the dead ‘faith' that someone has which produces no change in a person and no good works before men and God be a faith that justifies? Absolutely not.  It is not merely enough to say you believe in Jesus.  You must actually believe and trust in Him.  If you actually do, then you will demonstrate that faith by a changed and godly life.  If not, then your profession is of no more value than the same profession of demons: "We believe Jesus lived." Notice that James actually quotes the same verse that Paul uses to support the teaching of justification by faith in Rom. 4:3.  James 2:23 says, "and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘and Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.'"  If James was trying to teach a contradictory doctrine of faith and works than the other New Testament writers, then he would not have used Abraham as an example. Therefore, we are justified by faith. That is, we are made righteous in the eyes of God by faith as is amply demonstrated by Romans.  However, that faith, if it is true, will result in deeds appropriate to salvation.  After all, didn't God say in Eph. 2:8-10, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." What is the relationship between faith & works?  The relationship between faith and works is that works are the result of faith.  In the Bible, faith and works are very often contrasted.  They are not the same thing, and the combination of faith and works does not bring salvation.  Salvation is by faith alone. Rom. 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.” Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.” Gal. 2:16, “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus…” False religious systems always teach that faith plus a person's works result in salvation.  This is false, because our good works are filthy rags before God (Isa. 64:6).  Therefore, we can’t do anything to please God by our good works.  Gal. 2:21 says that if righteousness comes by the law (works), then Christ died needlessly. Faith without works is dead James 2:26 says that faith without works is dead, but what James is talking about is that dead faith produces no works.  The context of the chapter begins in verse 14 where James says, “What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?”  Notice that James asks, “can that faith save him?"  The faith he is talking about is false faith, which he further clarifies when he mentions how the devil also believes in God (v. 19).  The Devil has dead faith.  He only acknowledges God’s existence. So, with a real Christian, good works are the result of saving faith, not a contributing factor to salvation.  Nor do our good works keep us saved.  If that were the case, then salvation would be by works.  Are we saved by faith alone, or do we need works, too? Roman Catholics often mention that the Bible never says we are saved by faith alone and that the phrase "faith alone" occurs only once in James where it says that we are not saved by faith alone. If this is so, then why do the Protestants say we are justified by faith alone and not by works?  Because the Bible teaches that we are justified by faith alone–and not by works. The following is a list of verses about being saved by faith.  Please take note that faith and works are contrasted.  In other words, we are saved by faith "not by works" and "apart from works," etc. The point is that there are only two options.  We are saved by faith alone, or we are not.  Since we have faith and works (both conceptually and in practice), then we are either saved by faith alone or by faith and works.  There is no other option. If we see that the Scriptures exclude works in any form as a means of our salvation, then logically, we are saved by faith alone.  Let's take a look at what the Bible says about faith and works.  Then, afterwards, we will tackle James' statement about "faith alone." Rom. 3:28-30, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one." Rom. 4:5, "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness," Rom. 5:1, "therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;" Rom. 9:30, "What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;" Rom. 10:4, "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." Rom. 11:6, "But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace." Gal. 2:16, "nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified." Gal. 2:21, I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly. Gal. 3:5-6, "Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." Gal. 3:24, "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith." Eph. 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. 9Not by works, lest any man should boast." Phil. 3:9, "and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith." Again, works/Law is contrasted with faith repeatedly; and we are told that we are not justified by works in any way.  Therefore, we are made right with God by faith–not by faith and our works, hence, faith alone. James 2:24, not by faith alone The Scriptures clearly teach that we are saved (justified) by faith in Christ and what He has done on the cross.  This faith alone saves us.  However, we cannot stop here without addressing what James says in James 2:24, "You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone." There is no contradiction.  All you need to do is look at the context.  James chapter 2 has 26 verses: Verses 1-7 instruct us not to show favoritism. Verses 8-13 are comments on the Law. Verses 14-26 are about the relationship between faith and works. James begins this section by using the example of someone who says he has faith but has no works, "What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?" (James 2:14).  In other words, James is addressing the issue of a dead faith–a faith that is nothing more than a verbal pronouncement, a public confession of the mind, and is not heart-felt.  It is empty of life and action.  He begins with the negative and demonstrates what an empty faith is (verses 15-17, words without actions). Then he shows that type of faith isn't any different from the faith of demons (verse 19). Finally, he gives examples of living faith that has words followed by actions.  Works follow true faith and demonstrate that faith to our fellow man but not to God.  James writes of Abraham and Rahab as examples of people who demonstrated their faith by their deeds. In brief, James is examining two kinds of faith: one that leads to godly works and one that does not. One is true, and the other is false. One is dead, the other alive; hence, "Faith without works is dead," (James 2:20).  But, he is not contradicting the verses above that say salvation/justification is by faith alone. Also, notice that James actually quotes the same verse that Paul quotes in Rom. 4:3 amongst a host of verses dealing with justification by faith.  James 2:23 says, "and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, and Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.'" If James was trying to teach a contradictory doctrine of faith and works than the other New Testament writers, then he would not have used Abraham as an example.  Therefore, we can see that justification is by faith alone and that James was talking about false faith–not real faith–when he said that we are not justified by faith alone. What about Faith vs. Works? Question: What about Faith vs. Works? Answer: Faith vs Works–a quick and simple explanation James 2:22 is addressing a worldly way to show our faith to others who watch us operate as a church. We know this because he says "Pure religion is . . . to visit the fatherless and widowed" (James 1:27). The Apostle Paul is explaining faith as God sees it. "What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?* 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin," Rom 4:1-8. Now, let's see how James looks at a dead faith without works: "What doth it profit, my brethren [target audience=church], though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? [that faith is a false or a DEAD faith] 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my [true] faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only [a false faith]," James 2:14-24.   James is saying that a person with dead faith will walk by the hungry because he or she is not really saved. When a Christian feeds the hungry, that is how he or she shows others that he has a real faith. On the other hand, the Apostle Paul says that Abraham was not justified by his works because his works do not justify him "before God," Romans 4:2. This is a true faith that God sees apart from works. What does Romans 4:1-4 say? “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness,” Romans 4:1-4. True faith will be enough for God. However, to the church, faith is revealed in our efforts. Thus, there is no contradiction between the book of James and the book of Romans. Galatians 1:6-9, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." For more information see our website http://www.BibleQuery.org.

  10. This is in response to a "Charismatic Catholic" who attacked our video "Blasphemous Charismatic & Pentecostal Mayhem #2: A Hyped Circus, Sham Unity, Charismatic Catholics" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-BWQeCkFfM&list=UUQ_EDvOtDAAWfCvGUhd6y3A & said "I have seen miracles and healing all in Jesus name such as vision restored & legs grew and have became even with the other leg." Vision & longer leg problems are typical ploys used by so-called "healers." Why don't these charismatic "healers" raise the dead & heal everyone at the hospitals, especially in the terminally ill wards? Why don't these charismatic "healers" heal the way Jesus healed in the Bible? Charismatic "healings," especially at their money making "miracle healing crusades," have no basis in Biblical reality. Sorry but you have been deluded by either equally deluded false prophets or intentionally deceitful religious con men. To begin with Roman Catholics are not true Christians since they believe a false gospel of salvation & thus are under God's curse (Galatians 1:6-10, see an article on this by former RC priest for 22 years Richard Bennett at http://www.bereanbeacon.org/article/sorted/01_On_Catholicism/Are_Catholics_Christians.pdf). Two items that come in handy in knowing about when Romanists argue that anything said against the Roman "church" is not the truth is to tell them about the following two items: 1. The following website is by self proclaimed Roman Catholics following the so-called "true church" (in other words their Roman church is their true savior not the Biblical Jesus Christ) at http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/. These Romanists destroy the new Romanists since the invention of Vatican 2 in 1965. They present great information proving modern Romanism & their popes (they call them anti-popes) to be a false & apostate religion. It doesn't get much better than this when one group of apostate Romanists attack another brand of apostate Romanists in order to prove to the world they are false! 2. Our video "The Homosexual Pope, Priests, Universalists, Evolutionists & Disunited Roman Catholic Apologists" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThonwrX6QU&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715  proves from Roman Catholic sources themselves that one of their popes was a practicing homosexual, that almost 50% of Roman Catholic priests are homosexuals (for more on this see our video "FORMER ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST SAYS CHURCH OF ROME HAS A FALSE GOSPEL & WIDESPREAD HOMOSEXUALITY" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y4C-nBQ3mE), that the Roman church buys the theory of evolution which denies the first eleven chapters of Genesis in the Bible (see our playlist "Dealing with Darwin's Metaphysical Evolution Religion" with 21 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0703E78058346A52), that Pope John Paul II kissed the Muslim Qur'an & said Islam has the same god as Roman Catholics have (see the videos "Top Ten Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO8sZ1JyP1A, "Ten MORE Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4p7HuuhF8k, "50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet (in Under Five Minutes)" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q3f15NXrLI, "David Wood: Five Reasons the Quran Is Not the Word of God" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvlzlBov9zc, "Who Killed Muhammad?" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6st_tFj6ouM, "Why Did Muhammad Wear Women's Clothing?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-50CraaniT0; also see http://www.AnsweringMuslims.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) & how Roman Catholic apologists are at each others' throats because of the vast differences within Romanism itself. Besides all that see the following websites for detailed information on Romanism & how it is a counterfeit religion at http://www.BereanBeacon.org, http://www.CWRC-RZ.org & http://www.mtc.org/. Our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" currently has 122 videos refuting Romanism at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Remember Titus 1:9-16,
    "9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
    10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
    11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
    12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
    13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
    14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
    15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
    16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.").

    Next, what you thought were "healings" were not true Biblical healings at all ("How to Fake a Healing" by Caroline Weerstra – "Pentecostals often remain in Pentecostalism despite many misgivings for one simple reason:  the healings.  They may admit that many of the practices and teachings are unbiblical.  They may confess that there is rampant abuse and manipulation.  But they shake off the doubts because they have seen so many supernatural events–people stand up out of wheelchairs, back pain healed, etc.  And so they wonder, "If this is really so bad, why are so many people being healed?  Isn't it all worth it if sick people are being restored to health?" 
    However, Pentecostal church services are all about showmanship and appearance.  It is surprisingly easy to fake healings, even to hold entire healing services in which people appear to be 'healed' all over the church and yet no one is really cured.  How is this accomplished?  The trick is usually, as Miracle Max said in the quote above, to focus on problems which can be resolved some way other than strictly supernaturally, to learn to 'heal' those who are only partly ill or can be made to seem well when they are not. 
    Let's examine some of the most common 'healing' tricks in the Pentecostal experience: 
    (a)  Bigfoot Sightings.  Perhaps the largest category of fake healings is what I call "Bigfoot Sightings", because, like the mythical Bigfoot, all that is known about these healings is that somebody else swears that they saw them and that they are real. 
    Most often, it is the pastor or a visiting evangelist who relates stories of healings that occurred somewhere else.  When these 'healings' are described in great detail to excited crowds, people tend to forget that they never actually witnessed the event and have no reason to believe that it actually occurred.  In the retelling of the story, people often relate the healing as though they witnessed it themselves.  It is only upon careful questioning that the truth emerges:  nobody actually saw this one; it was just a story told to the group by some convincing-sounding guy with a microphone. 
    EXAMPLE:  Evangelist/ missionary David Hogan often uses this technique.  Every time he speaks to groups, he claims to have raised 400+ people from the dead and performed many amazing miracles.  Although he relates many incredible stories, he never actually performs miracles at his meetings . . . he just talks about all the miracles that he supposedly performed somewhere else.         
     
    Hogan's fans often describe him as a great man of God who heals the sick and raises the dead.  When directly asked, however, they admit that they have never actually seen Hogan do any miracles.  The only reason they have to believe that Hogan has ever performed any miracles is that Hogan himself claims that he has.
     
    (b)  "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"  Occasionally, 'healings' are fakes, plain and simple.  Many evangelists believe that seeing people apparently get healed raises the level of faith of the parishioners and so opens the door for real healings.  They use this as an excuse to orchestrate healing shows that are planned in advance simply to shock and amaze the crowd.
     
    EXAMPLE:  It is difficult to say how often this technique is used, because evangelists who employ it are usually quite careful to cover their tracks.  However, occasionally, scandals open up that allow a glimpse inside such misdealings.  One of the best known examples of the intentional and calculated use of fake healings involved cult leader Jim Jones.  Jones began his ill-fated career as a Pentecostal revivalist and healer.  One of his favorite techniques involved healing people of 'cancer' by apparently removing chunks of foul-smelling material from their bodies that he claimed were the cancerous tissues.  People's Temple insiders later confessed that the 'cancers' were actually rotten chicken livers, produced at the appropriate time during the church service with a little slight-of-hand.
     
    (c)  MOSTLY disabled or ALL disabled?  One of the most obvious and most popular techniques used by faith healers is based upon a popular misunderstanding of disabilities.  When someone is in a wheelchair, people tend to assume that the person cannot walk AT ALL.  This is rarely the case.  Most people in wheelchairs can stand and even walk a little, just not far and not well.  Likewise, when a person is said to be blind or deaf, people tend to assume that the person cannot see or hear AT ALL.  Again, this is rarely the case.  Most blind people can see a little, just not very well, and most people who are 'deaf' are really only partially deaf.
     
    This explains why many 'miracles' that occur in faith-healing services appear to be only partial healings.  A healer may tell someone in a wheelchair to stand and walk.  The person shakily stands and limps painfully across the stage.  The crowd cheers, because they think that this is amazing progress and that the person is on his or her way to a full recovery.  But, in fact, it may be no improvement at all.  Likewise, many healers will test a healing of a blind person by holding up a handkerchief and asking the person to grab it.  When the blind person is able to take hold of the handkerchief, the crowd is amazed, not realizing that there is nothing remarkable about a partly blind person being able to see a large white object held only inches from his or her face.
     
    EXAMPLE:  This is one of the most common healing techniques and is used by many, many faith healers.  One of the best known examples is Peter Popoff, who used a few trusted collegues to scout for healing candidates among the crowds that came to his healing services.  Popoff's scouts always asked people in wheelchairs if they could walk a little or not at all.  Any that could walk a little were called up to the front for 'healing' during the subsequent service.  The technique was exposed by skeptic James Randi who placed actors in the audience to claim that they had disabilities.  Randi's actors were interviewed by Popoff's scouts, and the information transmitted to Popoff via a radio transmitter.  Randi intercepted and recorded the transmissions, which fed Popoff information on various audience members, including which of them would make good 'healing' candidates. 
     
    (d)  The Placebo Effect.  Many so-called 'healings' are extremely subjective.  People are most often 'healed' of rather vague conditions that are not visible, such as chronic back pain.  A person who suffers from this condition may get caught up in the excitement of the healing service and may even experience a lesser degree of pain for a while, due to his or her earnest desire to be healed which can, for a while, lead them to believe that a healing has taken place.  However, often the pain returns shortly after the healing service ends.
     
    EXAMPLE:  The HBO documentary "Question of a Miracle" follows several people who were supposedly healed by Benny Hinn.  (As it turned out, none of them actually were healed).  One of these cases involved a man who suffered from severe pain in his hip joints and needed surgical intervention.  The man claimed that during the healing service he was totally healed and freed from pain.  He even demonstrated this by doing exercises on-stage at Hinn's direction–squatting, bending, etc, all while claiming to feel no pain at all.  However, the pain returned shortly after the healing service ended, and the man still suffers the exact same condition and still needs surgery.
     
    (e)  The Rain Dance.  A surprising number of 'healings' are actually simply a matter of people taking credit for natural events, as though they were supernatural phenomena.  I cannot even count the number of times I have heard people claim to be healed of the common cold.  And yet, recovering from a cold is something that everyone does dozens of times in their lifetime–there is nothing supernatural about a recovery (even a speedy recovery) from such a condition.  Similarly, many cancer 'healings' are actually the result of extensive medical treatment that has resulted in remission.
     
    Sometimes health situations are somewhat more complex and yet just as likely to result in spontaneous improvement or medically-assisted recovery.  Some heart conditions that occur in childhood usually do spontaneously improve, some neurological or muscular conditions can make sudden and remarkable improvement, especially with medical treatment and/or physical therapy.  But this is often overlooked by Pentecostal crowds eager for a good healing story.
     
    In all my years as a Pentecostal, as many healing stories as I heard, I never heard of one case of someone being healed of Down Syndrome.  In fact, in my experience, Pentecostals never even pray for healing for someone with Down Syndrome, and so, by avoiding these cases, they tacitly acknowledge that they did not really think it likely that someone with a truly PERMANENT condition would be "healed".
     
    EXAMPLE:  I used this technique many times myself.  Specifically, I recall giving testimony (at various times in my Pentecostal life) that I had been healed of a sprained wrist, a headache, a backache, and several other mundane conditions.  In retrospect, I have to admit that these were faked.  Although I did not intend to fake, I wanted to see healings to badly that I started claiming that every recovery was a 'healing'.  For example, when I suffered a very slight wrist sprain while roller skating, I prayed that God would heal my wrist.  When, the next morning, the wrist stopped hurting, I claimed that it had been healed.
     
    We do well to look at ALL Pentecostal and Charismatic healing claims through highly skeptical eyes.  Pentecostal and Charismatic leaders have a compelling reason to lie and exaggerate their 'healing' claims:  miracle stories gather followers and increase financial support.  Pentecostal and Charismatic churches are full of desperate people who want to see miracles and who are eager to believe every wild tale and to interpret every event supernaturally.
     
    Ask difficult questions.  Demand difficult healings.  If Benny Hinn, David Hogan, or any other 'faith healer' can really call down the power of God to heal a backache . . . well, they should be able to heal Down Syndrome, regrow amputated limbs, etc.  And let's not take their word for it . . . let's have it on videotape so that everyone can see and marvel.  If the faith healers can't do this . . . well, it's time we ask ourselves why." See also "Lying Charismatics and Healing Fraud" By David J. Stewart –
           I've been reading a helpful book by Pastor Hugh F. Pyle exposing the fake Charismatic healing frauds; such as Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn and thousands of others. The title of the book is: The TRUTH about TONGUES and the CHARISMATIC movement. The book is available from the Sword of the Lord.
    The following excerpt is taken from Chapter 15, titled, “Charismatics and Healing” . . .
    How genuine is the healing of the healers?
    I am now looking at a letter written by Oral Roberts who says:
    As I write these words, wave after wave of God's healing power is flooding through me. My hands feel as if there is a supernatural heat in them; my right hand is especially hot right now.
    Oral goes on to describe his conversation with God—actually quoting the words God says to him out loud. He declares that God told him to send each prayer partner a swatch of new cloth with the imprint of Oral's hot hand upon it, and they could place their hand on the imprint of Robert's hand and actually feel his healing touch.
    He then goes on to say that God told him to ask his prayer partners for more money to finish his “City of Faith.” Then he goes on to feel great sorrow for the finances of his “hurting” prayer partners who need a new miracle; so it seems God told him to have his prayer partners each send him $38 for one square foot of the project as a blessing pact covenant with God. Oral assures his partners that he is “so anointed by God, I can hardly write. Your swatch of new cloth is now ready.”
    I'm sure great numbers of people got together the $38 to send in to get the imprint of the hot hand of Oral Roberts.
    Another time Roberts got his followers to donate more than $5 million for cancer research since the evangelist told them he “had God's promise to cure the disease.” This was well over five years ago. Oral got his $5 million, but we have not seen any more evidence of his promised cure for cancer. Yet he told his gullible audience, “This is not Oral Roberts talking, but the Spirit of God through him.”
    One year earlier, Oral Roberts went to the Alhambra Community Hospital in California for eye surgery. After building his multi-million dollar hospital in Tulsa, one wonders why he went to California for his surgery. Also why did a healer like Roberts, who trains and associates with other healers, need surgery anyway?
    The Bible says there were (and are) just “twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:14). Yet Richard Roberts refers to his dad as an apostle, as do others of his followers.
    This can give rise to the divine “prophecies” he makes like the one stating that God would “call him home” if he did not raise $8 million from his subjects in 1987.
    Mike Randall, writing in the Baptist Bible Tribune, stated that, if he did not get the $8 million, it would be the first time ever recorded that God killed one of His servants for not raising enough money!
    Truly the “signs of an apostle” were done by the apostles (2nd Cor. 12:12), not by the cheap imitations of the twentieth century.
    Some years back “healing evangelist” A.A. Allen told his radio audience, “If you are sick, if you have a cancer, it's because there is a sin in your life. Get rid of your sin and you get rid of your cancer.” That same man died in San Francisco, having gone there to be treated for an arthritic knee. Yet the coroner reported that Allen died of acute alcoholism!
    …The ecumenical Pentecostal David duPlessis, who was called “Mr. Pentecost,” died of cancer of February of 1987. If the Charismatic healers have the “hot hand” power they claim to have, why would they let “Mr. Pentecost” die of cancer?
    …Healers like Kuhlman, Coe, Allen, and duPlessis sicken and die. Bakker and Roberts have to wear glasses. Tammy has her warts and hernia. Oral goes to California for surgery. It would certainly appear that the best thing to do is to obey the laws of good health, eat properly, have a check-up yearly and trust the Lord.
    Meanwhile, a return to Bible evangelism is in order. One day our “vile body” will experience perfect healing when it is “fashioned like unto his glorious body” for all those who are truly saved by His grace.
    SOURCE: The TRUTH about TONGUES and the CHARISMATIC movement, by High F. Pyle, pg. 127-130; Sword of the Lord Publishers; PO Box 1099, Murfreesboro, TN, 37133; copyright 1989; ISBN: 0-87398-846-9
    I also highly recommend Dr. John R. Rice's great book, THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT. The Charismatic Movement can easily be proven fraudulent. I'm so sick of hearing Charismatic cocky ministers (many who deny being Charismatic, go figure), claim to have witnessed miraculous healings in some remote location on earth, with no video cameras recording the event, and you are expected to simply take them at their word. Well, I don't. They are liars inspired by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).
    ALL faith healers get sick eventually and die (Romans 6:23). They need surgery like everybody else who needs surgery. They wear glasses and have hearing-aids like everybody else who needs them. Who's kidding who?
    The Bible DOES teach divine healing; but it is the exception and not the norm. Also, healing is never at the whim of some greedy televangelist who sports healing as a cheap form of entertainment. God works in a still and quiet manner, not in the spotlights by charlatans who exploit gullible people out of their money.
    In Pastor Max D. Younce's excellent book, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!, he states:
    God has allowed mankind to learn much about science and medicine. He has given doctors for our benefit. God expects us to use the blessings of medical knowledge He has given us. In James 5:14-16 we find the elders anointed with oil (medicine) and prayed. That is what God wants us to do today. Use the medicine and knowledge available, and bathe it with prayer.
    God can and does step in, at His will; but it is not through the phony “faith-healer” procedures that are so prevalent today. When God heals, He heals completely and without charge! It is always right to appeal to the “Great Physician.” He is always in!
    “And the prayer of faith shall heal the sick, and THE LORD (if it is His will) shall raise him up…”

    SOURCE: Dr. Max D. Younce, I'M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!, Volume 2, pg. 225; ISBN-13-978-0-9815225-8-6; Morris Publishing.
    Sickness and physical suffering are a part of the sin-cursed world in which we live. Our flesh is frail, weak and prone to all sorts of diseases and problems as we age. Taking care of one's health is no guarantee of a long and happy life. Health-crazed people drop dead all the time at the same age as others who abuse their health with alcohol, lack of exercise and cigarettes. Everything born is born dying.
     
    Isaiah 53:5 Doesn't Guarantee Healing
    Some false prophets pervert the Biblical meaning of Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Some dreamers claim that the phrase “with His stripes we are healed” is a promise of physical healing in this earthly life. However, that is NOT what this Scripture means at all. The Lord's work of redemption made reconciliation with God possible by His blood (Ephesians 2:13).
    We are made right with God by faith in the literal blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are healed from the curse of sin and the Law. There is NO Biblical promise of divine physical healing while we are still in our present fleshly bodies. Death and sickness are a part of life, and there's nothing we can do about it except pray to God for healing and go to the doctor. God gave us doctors, just as He gave us dentists and firemen and automobile mechanics.
     
    The Apostle Paul Left Trophimus Sick
    Paul left his friend, Trophimus at Miletum… SICK!!! 2nd Timothy 4:20, “Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum SICK.” The mighty missionary, preacher, evangelist, and Christian man of God, the Apostle Paul, left Trophimus SICK!!! There was no divine healing! It wasn't God's will to heal Trophimus. Don't forget that. There has never been one Charismatic preacher, who are nearly all arrogant and highminded, that has emptied out a hospital of sick and ailing patients.
    The following Scriptures teach us that only Jesus can do certain miracles. John 15:24,25, “If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” Jesus proved His deity by performing miracles, like healing amputees, that no other man could do. If anyone could heal amputees today, the world would follow that person as if God Himself.
    Only Jesus, Who was God in the flesh upon the earth (1st Timothy 3:16; John 1:1-3, 10-14), had the power to do such miracles; and for a short time His apostles to validate the Gospel message to the world of Jesus Christ crucified and RISEN (John 16:33). By the completion of the Word of God with the book of Revelation, all Apostolic powers had stopped. Again, Paul couldn't even heal Trophimus, nor remove his own thorn in the flesh (2nd Corinthians 12:8). In 2nd Timothy 4:11, Paul said that Luke, a medical physician, was profitable for his ministry. Thank God for honest and legitimate doctors.
    The one big common denominator in the modern Charismatic Movement, including TBN and The 700 Club is greed for more money. Legitimate Biblical healing NEVER, and I mean never, pressures anyone for money, nor even asks. God's power is not for sale as Simon the former Sorcerer learned the hard way. Acts 8:20, “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” That's exactly the wickedness that Pat Robertson, his son, Gordon and Terry Meeuwsen are committing when they ask for donations in return for promises of financial prosperity and improved health.
    They are selling the power of God, so-to-speak. The truth is that they have no power of God. What they are doing is of the Devil, as greedy dogs, exploiting people who are wearied, sick and emotionally hurting. 2nd Peter 2:3, “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” Their day is coming, just as everyone's day of reckoning is coming, when they shall stand before God as their Judge (Romans 12:19; Romans 14:12; 1st Thessalonians 4:6; 1st Corinthians 3:11-15; 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).
    Demonic entertainers today, like Criss Angel, have openly admitted that they perform certain magicians tricks in a sinful attempt to disprove and discredit the deity of Jesus Christ. Criss Angel has walked on water using gimmicks, which many unbelievers have used to claim that Jesus was a fraud. They had better hope they're correct, because life is short and Judgment Day is coming if they're wrong.
    Isaiah 56:11, “Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” See our playlist "Dealing with Phony TV Preachers (TBN) & King James Onlyites" at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2CDA855486B09128. Titus 1:9-16

  11. It's always exciting to see the Sovereignty of God in action during true evangelism activities. You don't need fake "sales techniques" to get "converts." Recently SermonAudio put a testimony of a French lady who came to the Lord out of Roman Catholicism through our videos on YouTube in their "Staff Picks" section. You can hear "Testimony: Camille Jolly" at  http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonID=6414192554 (or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oXfZEP6hL4). Glory to God alone for this.
    Larry Wessels, Director, Christian Answers of Austin, Texas / Christian Debater
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV
    Home Church: Dayspring Fellowship, Austin, Texas http://www.dsf.org/, Reformed Baptist
    Pastor: Greg Van Court at http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Greg_Van_Court 
    2 Timothy 4:2-5

  12. See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 119 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. "Are Catholics Christians?" By Richard Bennett (former RC priest for 22 years, http://www.BereanBeacon.org) The Catholic Church presupposes itself to be Christian. Nothing could be farther from the truth; yet, the Catholic Church has presented and promoted herself in that guise particularly since the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. A primary, non-negotiable goal of Vatican Council II was to lay the groundwork and to establish the rules and parameters for a multifaceted, ecumenical outreach. Evangelical Christians, now called "separated brethren", rather than "heretics",1 are the primary target of Catholic ecumenism. The goal is to draw them into the Roman Catholic fold.2 Thus, in the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church, the word "Christian" occurs more than 100 times in these official teachings. Buzzwords such as "dialogue", "ecumenism", and "social justice" are being used under the guise of promoting true Christianity while advancing the Roman Catholic agenda.
    Assurances to Evangelicals Negated
    Evangelicals are assured that Catholics who believe in the incarnation, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are true Christians, even though they misunderstand some of the "technicalities" regarding salvation. Such reasoning is negated by the fact that Catholicism differs from biblical faith—not only on minor details, but more importantly on what is essential for one’s salvation.
    The most dangerous aspect of Catholic Church doctrine is that it appears to be based on the great, indispensable truths of God’s revelation.3 In reality, however, the telling fact is that Catholic doctrine denies essential, biblical doctrines by that which it adds on to biblical truths. For example, while Catholic doctrine affirms the worship of the three distinct Persons of the Trinity, it adds divine adoration for the Virgin Mary by addressing her in prayer as "the All Holy One". The exact words of the official statement are, "By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All Holy One".4 The Catholic Church also demands that worship, which according to Scripture is due exclusively to the one true God in three persons, is also to be given to the
    1 The anathemas or curses against Evangelicals as heretics still remain in Roman Catholic law because the Council of Trent (1545 – 1563) has never been revoked. Since the demise of the Holy Roman Empire, the Papacy has had no military and civil power by which to enforce these anathemas as it had during the 605 years of the Inquisition. Thus the Papacy has recently adopted "ecumenism, "dialogue," and promoting "social justice" as ways and means of drawing Evangelical Christians into its fold.
    2 Vatican Council II Documents, "Reflections and Suggestions Concerning Ecumenical Dialogue," Vol. I, Sect. II.
    This crucial Vatican document states, "…ecumenical dialogue is not limited to an academic or purely conceptual level, but striving for a more complete communion between the Christian communities…it serves to transform modes of thought and behavior and the daily life of those communities. [non-Catholic churches] In this way, it aims at preparing the way for their unity of faith in the bosom of a Church one and visible: thus ‘little by little’, as the obstacles to perfect ecclesial communion are overcome, all Christians will be gathered, in a common celebration of the Eucharist, into that unity of the one and only Church which Christ bestowed on his Church from the beginning. This unity, we believe, dwells in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose…"
    3 For example she holds to the existence of a self-existent and eternal God, the Creator of the universe, of man, and of all things. She teaches the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. She teaches Adam’s sin resulting in the shared guilt and consequences of his sin. She accepts the doctrine of man’s redemption by Jesus Christ, teaching that He became incarnate and endured the death of the cross; that He arose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and will return again.
    4 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Liguori Publications, 1994 Paragraph 2677 Hereafter referred to as Catechism.
    "Sacrament" or "Eucharist", the Communion element. Thus, the Church of Rome officially declares,
    5 Vatican Council II Documents, Eucharisticum Mysterium," Vol. I, Para 3 (Emphasis not in original.)
    6 Ephesians 2:8, 9
    7 Catechism Paragraph 1129
    8 John 10:35
    9 John 17:17
    10 Proverbs 30:6
    11 II Timothy 3:16-17
    "There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind ‘that all the faithful ought to show to this most holy sacrament the worship which is due to the true God, as has always been the custom of the Catholic Church. Nor is it to be adored any the less because it was instituted by Christ to be eaten’".5
    These two official teachings of the Church of Rome show that the divine worship due to God alone is being given to Mary and to their communion element. In addition, the essential doctrine of man’s redemption by Jesus Christ is totally different in Papal Rome from that of the Bible. The Scripture declares that sinners, dead in trespasses and sins, are "by grace" "saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast".6 This Scripture shows that God directly saves sinners by His grace through faith. However, the Catholic Church insists on the necessity of her sacraments and consequently states,
    "The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. ‘Sacramental grace’ is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament".7
    The sacraments, which are declared by the Catholic Church to be indispensable, nullify the biblical doctrine of man’s redemption. With these explicit examples of the Catholic Church’s negation of essential biblical truths, the Papacy’s official doctrine and teaching on all the major topics of biblical truth need to be carefully examined.
    The Basis of Truth
    The first topic to address is, "What is the basis of truth?" In other words, what is the norm by which we can know truth? The absolute standard set by the Lord Jesus Christ rests in the fact that "the scripture cannot be broken".8 He who identified Himself to His disciples, "I am the way, the truth and the life", also declared the truth of God’s Word by praying for them, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth".9 From these Scriptures we understand that God’s Word not only contains the truth, but is truth itself. The Holy Scripture is the source of the believer’s standard of truth. Since Scripture alone is inspired, it alone is the ultimate authority, and it alone is the final judge of all human tradition and reasoning. Accordingly, the commandment of the Lord states, "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar".10 Thus, in His written Word, the absolute authority of the Lord God is totally sufficient for all the believer’s needs. The Apostle Paul confirmed this when he wrote, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works".11 The Lord Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they placed their human tradition on the same level as the written Word of God. Thus, the Pharisees corrupted the people’s understanding by confusing them in regards to God’s Word as the very
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    12 Mark 7:13
    13 Catechism Paragraphs 80, 81
    14 II Peter 1:20, 21
    15 John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth".
    16 John 16:15
    17 Catechism Paragraph 82
    18 Catechism Paragraph 891
    basis of truth. Jesus declared to them, "[You are] making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered".12
    In spite of this unmistakably clear standard of truth, the Catholic Church declares her own standard of truth. She begins her reasoning with the following words,
    "Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other" "And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God, which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit".13
    The fact is that no "tradition" transmits in its entirety the Word of God. This task is solely that of the Holy Spirit. First, in an exclusive sense, the Scriptures are the composition of the Holy Spirit; as stated by the Apostle Peter, "holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost".14 The Holy Spirit is fully fitted for this work because He is "the Spirit of truth".15 He has perfect knowledge of the truth because He is God, one with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit reveals the truth of the written Word to believers. For this reason the Lord Christ Jesus said, "He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you".16 Thus, the Holy Spirit perfectly transmits the Word of God in its proper fullness.
    Having equated her "Sacred Tradition" with Sacred Scripture, and having stated that her tradition transmits the Word of God in its entirety, the Catholic Church reaches its conclusion with the following words,
    "As a result the [Catholic] Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, ‘does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence".17
    This statement is a formal denial of the sufficiency of Scripture and a repudiation of its unique authority. For a church, claiming to be Christian, to attach as much importance to tradition as she does to Scripture is to totally devalue Scripture. It is like a husband who declares that he loves his wife and at the same time states that he also loves equally the woman across the street. Such love would be adulterous; so also are Papal Rome’s "equal sentiments of devotion and reverence". Such a declaration is tantamount to a rejection of Scripture and unfaithfulness to the God of Scripture.
    Catholicism, however, does have a standard for truth that is taken to be absolute. It is not the unqualified authority of God in His written Word; rather, it is the authority of a man, the Pope of Rome. For Catholics, the ultimate authority lies in the decisions and decrees of the reigning Pope. This is seen in their official teaching which states,
    "The Supreme Pontiff, in virtue of his office, possesses infallible teaching authority when, as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful…he proclaims with a definitive act that a doctrine of faith or morals is to be held as such".18
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    19 For example, Pope Honorius I (625-38) was posthumously condemned as a heretic and excommunicated from the
    Church by the Sixth Ecumenical Council (680-681 A.D.) He was also condemned as a heretic by Pope Leo II, as
    well as by every other pope until the eleventh century. It was not until 1870 at Vatican Council I that the Catholic
    Church for the first time declared that the Pope is infallible.
    20 Ephesians 2:1, "and you… who were dead in trespasses and sins."
    21 Ephesians 2:9
    22 Catechism, Paragraph 2021
    23 Romans 11:6
    24 Catechism Paragraph 1129
    25 Vatican Council II Documents, No. 64, "Gaudium et Spes," 1965, Vol. I, Sect. 14
    Thus, in practice, the Catholic Church’s basis for doctrine is her pope and what he states to be truth. In other words, this is truth claimed by decree. The absurdity of this claim is evident when we remember that several popes were declared to be heretics and thus condemned by Church councils.19
    Salvation by Grace Alone Denied by Catholic Sacramental System
    That salvation is by God’s grace alone must be clearly understood. Unredeemed sinners, all of whom are "dead in trespasses and sins",20 can only be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone because salvation is "the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast".21 It is God who graciously saves by His unmerited free gift. In total contrast to this, salvation in the Catholic Church is said to come about by "grace" that is merely a "help" with the intention that people will respond. Thus, the Catholic Church officially states, "Grace is the help God gives us to respond to our vocation of becoming his adopted sons. It introduces us into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life".22 In this view, human beings are presumed to be good enough to respond to the help that God gives to them. According to the Catholic Church, grace is not a manifestation of God’s sovereign action in salvation but merely a "help" given to humans that they may respond, should they decide to believe. The Catholic teaching contradicts the very concept of grace. As the Scripture states, "and if by grace, then is it [salvation] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace".23 God’s sovereign action is what is at stake and not uncertain, human response.
    The Catholic concept of "grace" denies God’s sovereign grace. Therefore, the Papacy needed to construct a mechanism by which Catholics can profess that they have received grace. The primary tools of their invention are called the "Sacraments". Accordingly, the Catholic Church states,
    "The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. ‘Sacramental grace’ is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament".24
    This teaching is appalling. In the Bible, salvation is given to an individual by the absolute power of God’s grace alone – because in God alone is the power to deliver a man from being spiritually "dead in trespasses and sins" to being spiritually alive in Christ. However, the Catholic Church adamantly disagrees with the Bible on this primary issue, for it officially claims, "man has only been wounded by sin".25 Thus, her Catechism describes God’s grace as a "help" accessible through her sacraments. These sacraments are in turn totally under the control of the Catholic priesthood.
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    26 Ephesians 1:6
    27 Acts 16:31
    28 II Peter 1:1
    29 Romans 10:17
    30 Catechism Paragraph 168
    31 Catechism Paragraph 169
    32 Catechism Paragraph 181
    33 The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, 7th Session, March, 1547 (Rockford, IL: Tan Publishers, Inc., 1978) This curse against those who believe that Christ alone is the object of their saving faith has never been lifted. For centuries, the horrendous tortures of the Papacy’s Inquisition were used throughout Europe and Britain to wipe out all believers whose faith was in Christ alone. By the end of the eighteenth century, the Papacy no longer had the
    We absolutely praise the Lord God that from Scripture we can be sure that His grace is totally His free gift, "wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved".26 In salvation, we are accepted not in any institution, or by partaking of any sacrament, but in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
    Papal Substitute for Christ Alone as Object of Faith
    The object of faith is clearly seen in Scripture as the person of Christ Jesus Himself. Consequently, it is stated, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house".27 This faith is God-given faith, as declared by the Apostle Peter, "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ".28 This God-given faith comes by hearing the Word of God as is stated, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God".29 The topic of faith is so clear in Scripture that one would doubt that it could be twisted by any church. Nonetheless, the Catholic Church does manage to completely change the concept of faith. Regarding faith, she doesn’t deal directly with the individual, but focuses attention on herself, "the Church", as the object of faith and commitment, and as the one that first believes. Thus she teaches, "It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes and sustains my faith".30 Then, very audaciously and misleadingly, she declares, "faith comes through the Church because the Church is our Mother". As a result she officially teaches, "Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother…"31 In the Catholic Church the result is that a person believes in "Mother Church" and not on the Lord Jesus Christ. Her official words stating this are the
    "‘Believing’ is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. ‘No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother’".32
    Therefore, Roman Catholics are compelled to submit to "holy Mother Church" and accept her teaching. Without biblical warrant, the Catholic Church seeks to replace Jesus Christ as the object of saving faith with a substitute; namely, faith in "Mother Church".
    The effect of this change is the enslaving of individuals to the Roman Catholic Church rather than the freedom obtained by faith in Jesus Christ alone. To maintain the Catholic Church as the object of faith, the Papacy curses all who believe on Christ by faith alone. The official words of "Mother Church" are,
    "If anyone says that by the sacraments of the New Law grace is not conferred ex opere operato [from the work worked], but that faith alone in the divine promise is sufficient to obtain grace, let him be anathema [cursed]".33
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    military and civil power to enforce her sinister doctrine. But by the mid-twentieth century, the Papacy’s new tools had been formed against those whose faith is in Christ alone: Ecumenism, dialogue, and "social justice" were formally unveiled at Vatican Council II. The method has changed; but the goal has not.
    34 Romans 6:10
    35 I Peter 3:18
    36 Hebrews 9:28
    37 John 19:30
    38 Catechism Paragraph 1367 (Emphasis not in original)
    39 Hebrews 9:22
    40 Catechism Paragraph 1368
    41 Hebrews 1:3
    42 Romans 3:28
    43 Titus 3:5
    Christ’s Sufficient Once and For All Sacrifice
    The unique oneness of Christ’s sacrifice is the fact that it was one offering—once made. The concept "once" is deemed so important that it is asserted seven times by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. The perfection of Christ’s sacrifice is contrasted with the repeated daily sacrifices of the Old Testament. The truth of the excellence of Christ’s sacrifice is highlighted by the word "once". For example, the Apostle Paul teaches, "for in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God".34 The Apostle Peter likewise declares, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God".35 The same truth is taught five times in the book of Hebrews with the conclusion, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation".36 The majestic truth is found in the Lord’s declaration from the cross, "It is finished".37
    In total contrast, the Catholic Church declares that Christ’s sacrifice, which was offered on the cross, is contained and offered in her Mass. Her official words, which are in defiance of Scripture, are the following,
    "In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner".38 However, the Bible teaches that "without shedding of blood is no remission".39
    Quite unbelievably she reaches an even more outlandish conclusion. She declares that the sacrifice of Christ is also a sacrifice of the Church offering herself with Him. The official words are, "The Church, which is the Body of Christ, participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire".40 It is utterly blasphemous for a church to teach its members to offer themselves with Christ’s sacrifice. The doctrine of participating in Christ’s sacrifice is entirely perverse and immoral. This proposition is totally false as it denies the repeated statements of God’s truth in Scripture. The work of redemption is "by Himself",41 "without the deeds of the law",42 "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us".43 To teach people such a proposition is a dreadful abomination before the Lord God!
    The Nature of God as The Only All Holy One
    The Bible clearly teaches that God alone is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His Being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. Most important is the fact that He is the All Holy One. His holiness is the divine attribute that covers all attributes so that His
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    44 I Samuel 2:2
    45 Revelation 15:4
    46 Isaiah 6:3
    47 Catechism Paragraph 2677
    48 Catechism Paragraph 2030
    49 Isaiah 42:8
    50 Exodus 20:4-5
    51 Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16
    52 Exodus 32:4-9
    righteousness is holy, His truth is holy, and His justice is holy. He is each of His attributes, and the overall attribute of holiness is that which separates Him from all beings. His holiness is distinctive and matchless. This is the reason why we need to be saved by Him, the All Holy God. Thus, we read in Scripture, "there is none holy as the Lord".44 Again, the Word of the Lord proclaims, "who shall not fear thee O Lord and glorify Thy name for thou only art holy and all nations shall come and worship before thee".45 The Lord God is utterly holy in the words of Scripture, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory".46 In addition to declaring the holiness of God, the official teaching of the Catholic Church declares Mary to be "the All Holy One". The capital letters are there in print, and there is no disclaimer or footnote to explain differently what is said. The following is stated, "By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All Holy One".47 Furthermore, Catholic teaching also officially states, "From the Church he [the Catholic] learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model and source in the all-holy Virgin Mary…"48 This blasphemous teaching is an attempted theft of the very essence of the divine glory reserved unto God alone. It comes as a shock to many to see that in this very doctrine the Papacy displays its total disregard for the Godhead. We know that the Sovereign Lord God alone is the All Holy One and that He is protective of His glory, opposing all that are hostile to it, "I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another".49
    Idolatry
    The Scriptures are absolutely clear in declaring that we are neither to make a graven image nor show any veneration to such images, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything…Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them".50 Then Scripture explains how this is to be understood, "and he [God] declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even Ten Commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake…Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure…".51 Hence, there is to be no similitude (or likeness) of God made by mankind. That which is forbidden in Scripture is the making of any likeness of Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church, however, rationalizes that one can indeed practice idolatry. Paragraph 2132 of the 1994 Catechism states,
    "The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, ‘the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype,’ and ‘whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it.’"
    The reason given is that one venerates the person portrayed by the image and not the image itself. Yet, this is exactly what the Bible forbids and why God’s second commandment had forbidden Aaron from making the golden calf.52
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    53 Catechism Paragraph 2131
    The second reason given by Papal Rome to justify the practice of idolatry, cites the ruling of an 8th century council, which states the following,
    "Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word, the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) justified against the iconoclasts the veneration of icons – of Christ, but also of the Mother of God, the angels, and all the saints. By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new ‘economy’ of images."53
    When the Seventh Ecumenical Council at Nicaea decided that the incarnation of Jesus Christ introduced a new "economy" of images, the unstated logic of their decision required them to maintain that God changed His mind regarding the Second Commandment. Such reasoning is blasphemy. God does not change His mind. Jesus Christ and the Apostles were equally forthright in condemning idolatry, just as were the commandments of the Old Testament. Nevertheless, the Catholic Church claims that a "tradition comes from the Holy Spirit" which justifies the making of graven images and these are to be publicly displayed. Thus in its Catechism, Paragraph 1161 states,
    "Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers" and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her) we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets".
    This is the "Mother Church’s full license for idolatry⎯plain, simple, and condemned by the Lord God.
    The Holy Spirit is also forthrightly blasphemed in the claim that He established tradition to justify the use of images. Rather, the Bible makes abundantly clear that God hates idolatry and forbids a representation in art of what is divine (Exodus. 20:4-6). Making images to represent God corrupts those who use them (Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16). Images teach lies about God (Habakkuk. 2:18-20). God cannot be represented in art and all who practice such idolatry are commanded to repent (Acts 17:29-30). The Holy Spirit issues His warning in the New Testament as He did in the Old, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen" (I John. 5:21). Among the evil fruits of bringing idolatry that God hates into worship are the many pagan superstitions and traditions of Roman Catholicism. But the worst fruit of the idolatry that is rife in Roman Catholic worship under the guise of being Christian is its false gospel.
    The topic of idolatry is of utmost importance as many present day Bible-believing churches attempt to justify pictures and videos of Christ. They argue that both we, and those who cannot read, can come to a fuller understanding of the person of Christ from these images. Yet, the Bible clearly states that such images lie. Jesus Christ is the only one with two distinct natures – both divine and human – in one body. Therefore, to attempt to make any kind of an image of Jesus Christ, graven or two dimensional or moving, still falls under the Second Commandment.
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    54 Hebrews 1:3
    55 Colossians 2:9
    56 Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 4:13, 15-16; Habakkuk 2:18-20; Acts 17:29-30 Thus, the Holy Spirit commands in both Old and New Testaments, "little children, keep yourselves from idols" I John 5:21.
    57 Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, Para 1367
    58 Hebrews 9:25-26
    59 Hebrews 7:26
    60 Hebrews 9:22
    No image can portray Christ’s divinity, for He "is the brightness of his [God’s] glory and the express image of his person",54 "in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily".55
    If we are to be biblical, we must avoid or reject any pictorial representation or video showing the persons of Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. The punishment for idolatry is severe, as both Old and New Testament make clear.56 For any temptation to visualize Christ, the Father, or the Holy Spirit, there must be repentance; for God is Holy, and the truth of the Bible is sufficient to provide for all our knowledge of things divine.
    Idolatry of the Mass
    At the heart of Roman Catholicism is the Mass or Eucharist, described by the Second Vatican Council as "the fount and apex of the whole Christian life". Papal Rome claims that the Mass is a sacrifice and that the sacrifice of Calvary and the Mass are the same, "one single sacrifice". Thus she teaches,
    "The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: ‘The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.’ ‘In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.’"57
    The Holy Spirit’s teaching, however, is that Christ’s sacrifice was once offered, in contrast to the daily offering of sacrifices of the Old Testament, "nor yet that he should offer himself often…for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself".58 Divine perfection is seen in the fact that it was one sacrifice, once offered.
    We list several grievous departures of "the Eucharistic Sacrifice" from the divine perfection of the Atonement as revealed in Scripture: Firstly, to provide a re-enactment of the one offering, once offered, is to set out to undermine the will and purpose of God. Secondly, for anyone to deem himself fit to offer the Lord Jesus Christ in His perfect sacrifice is simply arrogance of the highest order. Christ Jesus alone was qualified to offer Himself. He alone had the unique qualifications as the Holy Spirit teaches, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens".59 Thirdly, the Catholic Church’s claim is that Christ "is offered in an unbloody manner". However Scripture equates offering and suffering. In a propitiatory sacrifice, to offer and to suffer are the same thing. This truth is so important that it is given as an absolute principle, "without shedding of blood is no remission".60 Hence, in this context, to propose a bloodless sacrifice is a contradiction in terms. A bloodless sacrifice is a senseless inconsistency that can have no purpose other than to deceive.
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    61 Exodus 20:5-6
    62 Luke 22:19
    63 This is the dogma in the Catholic Church that is called "transubstantiation." Thus, the official teaching is in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Para 1376 states, "The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."
    64 Ephesians 2:1
    65 Ephesians 2:8, 9
    Fourthly, the Lord’s Supper is not a sacrifice; it is a memorial. The bread and wine are tokens symbolizing the body and blood of the once and for all sacrifice of Calvary. We are to eat and drink them to remember Him and His atonement with thanksgiving and praise until He returns.
    Today there are in the Catholic Church convents of nuns devoted to worshipping the Eucharist on a rotational system day and night. There are devout Catholics who spend hours kneeling before the "blessed sacrament" worshipping and praying to it and obtaining solace, they say, from being in the "real presence" of Christ Jesus. The horrifying fact is that such people, professing that they are worshipping Christ in a religious and holy way, are literally practising gross idolatry. Worship of the sacrament brings about the wrath of God as promised in His Word. Idolatry is spiritual adultery. The Lord God looks upon those who practice idolatry as haters of Himself, though they pretend to love Him. The Scripture plainly states that He will visit the iniquity "of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments".61
    In the sixteenth century, during the reign of Mary I, or "bloody Mary", many of the martyrs who died in the fire in England chose to do so because of just four words of Scripture, "in remembrance of me".62 Had they been willing to set aside these words, or at least given them a "liberal interpretation", they could have saved themselves. Because they trusted Christ and upheld His Word they refused to do so. For them, the Word of God was truth and life. In affirming these words, the martyrs were denying the Roman Catholic Church doctrine that the communion elements of bread and wine contain the actual physical body and blood of Christ, together with His soul and divinity.63
    Conclusion
    As we have sought to demonstrate, the Roman Catholic Church most certainly is not Christian. Rather, it is an apostate church. The Bible, God’s written word is the inerrant and infallible authority against the apostasy of the Catholic Church and against her false gospel. The Scriptures make clear that by nature, we are all born "dead in trespasses and sins",64 and in practice, we rebel against the All Holy God. Therefore, we justly fall under the curse of the Law. Yet, the love of the heavenly Father, through the Gospel of grace, rescues His own from His fiery wrath. By means of the conviction of sin, placed on the human heart by the Holy Spirit, He by His grace alone turns us to Himself in faith alone for the salvation that He alone gives. This salvation is based on Christ’s death and resurrection for His own. As a result we believe on Jesus Christ the Lord alone, "for by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast".65 Thus by the
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    abundant grace given by Jesus Christ we are not only redeemed from the empire of death, but we can live and reign with Him as we are sanctified daily through His Word by the Holy Spirit and by constant fellowship with Him. With Him also we shall forever live and reign, world without end. Through Christ Jesus, grace reigns with sovereign freedom, power, and bounty! "Blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen."66 ♦

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  13. "Evangelical" Christianity (see our video "ECUMENICAL CHAOS: Going to Bed With Roman Catholic False Prophets & Idolaters" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76Nvi6p0lw) is awash in bad theology (via Wesley & Finney), bad leadership (like Billy Graham & TBN), & Biblical ignorance (87% don't know the Gospel or what justificaton is) thus it seems to accept anyone who claims to be a Christian (like Romanists, Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists or whoever). For proof of this see the following: "Methodist Founder & Self Proclaimed Heathen John Wesley Said He Never Believed In or Loved God" (short version) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_bz2RyShFI & "JOHN WESLEY, FOUNDER OF METHODISM & AN ARMINIAN, SAID HE DID NOT LOVE GOD & WAS "AN HONEST HEATHEN" (long version) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vo3ljr7ccs; BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS: CHARLES GRANDISON FINNEY – PHONY REVIVALIST & ARCH-HERETIC at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rUbi8AJRw4, "Exclusive Interview with Dave Hunt about the Gospel-less Mother Teresa & Compromiser Billy Graham" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YtX1DirDI4&list=UUQ_EDvOtDAAWfCvGUhd6y3A, Our playlist "Dealing with Phony TV Preachers (TBN) & King James Onlyites" at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2CDA855486B09128 & "SAD STATE OF THE CHURCH: 87% OF EVANGELICAL "CHRISTIANS" DON'T KNOW WHAT GOSPEL JUSTIFICATION IS" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im4ozy_EiR4. See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 119 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715, our playlist "Dealing with Mormonism, the Religion of Mitt Romney & Utah" with 20 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL11CD0EE613306BB5 & our playlist "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess" at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5316CC6F66F24283. Billy Graham's false views on universal salvation & hell distort the Gospel message & is another reason he is so popular with the world (Galatians 1:6-10, see our playlist "Dealing with Hell, Lake of Fire, Unpopular Bible Doctrines" with 30 videos at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE04A1D0DFE95B95E). Please reference the websites: http://www.BereanBeacon & http://www.CWRC-RZ.org. The simple Biblical fact is that few are going to be saved from the wrath of God & hell (Luke 13:23-30, Matthew 7:13-29, etc.); see our video on this: "Unpopular Bible Doctrines #2: Many "Christians" Are Not Real; God Loves Judgment; No Forgiveness" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJIlReP9SFw. All the ecumenical "love" & "harmony" in the world is not going to change the fact that God still hates false religions (Deuteronomy 28:64, 32:17, 21, Leviticus 17:7, Psalm 106:37, Jeremiah 44:3, 1 Corinthians 10:20, see also http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/32-17.htm) & false doctrine (Revelation 2:6,14-15, 2 Peter 2:15, etc.). Thus following the Bible alone is the only safe path to travel (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 4:2-5, 1 Timothy 1:3-11, 6:3-5, etc.; see our video "WITHOUT "SOLA SCRIPTURA" (THE BIBLE ALONE), WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcMnF6tgya0). 2 Timothy 2:15  

  14. The Only True Church – Hear the following: "Is the Pope in the True Church?" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=820752920, "The One True Church" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=81212170178, "Papacy's Claim to have the Authority of the Apostle Peter, Roman Catholicism, Pope" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=121312161512, "Institutes of the Christian Religion #42 The Ancient Form of Goverment Utterly Corrupted by the Tyranny of the Papacy/Antichrist" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=21308121690 & see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715.
    Just about everyone who has started a movement has declared themselves the only true church on earth. In this they claim one must join their exclusive group or organization to be saved and to be a Christian. Many believe there has been a complete apostasy already, so there is need of a full restoration. While God does have a true Church on earth, he has already stated how one enters to be part of this Church. First lets go through the many familiar and some not so familiar groups that claim to be the ONE TRUE CHURCH. Then we will look at how one enters the true church.
    Mormonism LDS- 13th LDS President Ezra Taft Benson, “This is not just another Church. This is not just one of a family of Christian churches. This is the Church and kingdom of God, the only true Church upon the face of the earth…” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.164-165). This church is the only true and living church on the face of the whole earth (D and C 1:30) “There is no salvation outside the church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints (Mormon Doctrine, p.670)
    “Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the Church of the Lamb of God and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore who so belongeth not to the church of the lamb of God belongeth to that great church; which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.” (The Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 14:10)
    on April 8, 1973, LDS Apostle Mark E. Petersen proclaimed that salvation “comes only through the Church itself as the Lord established it… Therefore it was made clearly manifest that salvation is in the Church, and of the Church, and is obtained only through the Church.”
    “The Roman Catholic, Greek, and Protestant church, is the great corrupt, ecclesiastical power, represented by great Babylon….” (Orson Pratt,  Writings of an Apostle, “Divine Authenticity,” no.6, p.84).
    the LDS church is, “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased …” Brigham Young (Mormonism's Second President)
    “Our message is so imperative, when you stop to think that the salvation, the eternal salvation of the world, rests upon the shoulders of this Church. When all is said and done, if the world is going to be saved, we have to do it “ (“Church Is Really Doing Well,” Church News (a bi-weekly publication by the Mormon church),  July 3 1999, 3)
    Jehovah’s Witnesses- The Gospel of the Kingdom ceased to be proclaimed shortly after the death of the apostles. It was not preached again until after 1918.(WT, 12/1/1928, pp. 363-64)
    We acknowledge as the visible organization of Jehovah on earth the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, and recognize the Society as the Channel or instrument through which Jehovah and Christ Jesus give instruction and meat in due season to the household of faith. (Watchtower, April 15, 1939 p. 125)
    “ The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society the one and only channel which the Lord has used in dispensing his truth continually since the beginning of the harvest period?” (WT 4/1/1919, p. 6414)
    “The world is full of Bibles…why then do the people not know which was to go? Because, they do not also have the teaching or law of the mother, which is light.”(WT 5/1/1957, p.274)
    “Outside the true Christian congregation what alternative organization is there? Only Satan’s organization…”(Watchtower 3/1/1979 p.24)
    “Consider too, the fact that Jehovah's organization alone in all the earth is directed by God's holy spirit or active force.” (Watchtower, July 1, 1973, page 402)
    Iglesia ni Cristo- “the complete disappearance of the first-century Church of Christ and the emergence of the Catholic Church” (Pasugo, July-Aug. 1979, p. 8).
    Thus, outside the Church of Christ no one can be considered a true believer.'' (PASUGO, September/October 1981, p.9)
    “Each member … should submit himself to the Administration of the Church in order to be saved.”(PASUGO, January 1976, p. 9)
    ''People who embraced the true church will be saved not because of the good deeds they have done, but through God's merciful act of commissioning messengers entrusted with words of reconciliation.'' (PASUGO September/October 1986, p. 20)
    International Church of Christ – “There is one church! There is one God. There is one kingdom of God and this is it! (The Great Commission, audio tape, Weger/Rock, Hodge/Hamann/Fulcher/Fields)
    “you are in the only family that exists on the face of the earth.”( Phil Lamb, We Are Family, audio tape 1990 West Coast Conf.)
    “We're the last hope the world has. Nobody else is going to do what we're doing. Nobody else has the right message. Nobody else has the right commitment.”( Gordon Ferguson, Radical Men, Radical Times Hosea Radical Love of God, Manila World Leadership Conf., Aug. 1994 )
    “your salvation is hanging in the balance. …. When you walk away from the movement of God, there is no where to walk. Walking out of the light into the darkness. There is nobody else There is nobody else in this country that That has the true gospel — that is, trying to make disciples of Jesus. There is nobody else in this entire world. This is the movement of God! There is no place to go.” (Nick Young. Tulsa Reconstruction meeting, August, 1992, audio one, side two)
    “When you preached who is really saved: that you gotta have faith, you gotta repent, you gotta become a true disciple of Jesus, and then you gotta be water immersed for the forgiveness of sins received through the Holy Spirit, that excludes all other denominations…everybody else out there.”( Kip McKean. “Preach the Word.” Johannesburg World Missions Leadership Conference. Aug. 1995, audiotape #10091, side 2)  
    True Jesus Church- On 5. on the web they emphatically state “The True Jesus Church is the true church restored by God through the Holy Spirit of the latter rain. She is the revival of the apostolic church in the end times.” on the web “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Therefore, one can receive eternal life only through the true church.”
    The Philadelphia church- Mr. Flurry “The “household” is God's Family or true church. It's the family that God rules. This is God's inner circle–His very elect. One servant, one leader or one man is made ruler over God's church. Only this church (The PCG) gives meat in due season. Only this church is doing God's work!” (The Philadelphia Trumpet, p.1 May 1995)
    “Some in the world try to label the PCG a cult. Actually, we are God's only true representative on this earth!…”( The Philadelphia Trumpet, p. 19 March, 1994)
    “…that truth is in only one church today, God's church. Only God's Philadelphia Church has retained God's Law in this end time” (The Philadelphia Trumpet , p.5 March 1994).
    Roman Catholic Church-”But by divine institution it is the exclusive task of these pastors alone, the successors of Peter and the other Apostles, to teach the faithful authentically, that is with the authority of Christ ….” (Vatican Council II Vol. 2, p. 430, 1984)
    “If anyone says that in the Roman Church, which is the mother and mistress of all churches, there is not the true doctrine concerning the sacrament of baptism, let him be anathema.” (The Canons And Decrees Of The Council Of Trent, p. 53 — Seventh Session, Sacrament Of Baptism, Canon 3)
    “This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given, in a special way, to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, even when he does not speak ex cathedra in such wise, indeed, that his supreme teaching authority be acknowledged with respect, and that one sincerely adhere to decisions made by him, conformably with his manifest mind and intention ….” (Vatican Council II ,Vol. 1, p. 379)
    The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism explains: “For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church ALONE, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained.”
    Pope Boniface VIII declared: “There is one holy Catholic and apostolic church, outside of which there Is NO SALVATION … it is altogether NECESSARY FOR SALVATION for every creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.' (“infallible papal bull, Unam Sanctam)  Vatican II declared:  … this holy Council teaches … that the church .. Is NECESSARY FOR SALVATION.” (VATICAN COUNCIL II, Costello Publishing, Austin Flannery, O.P., General Editor, Vol 1, pp. 364-365) 
    All Christians will be gathered in a common celebration of the Eucharist, into the unity of the one and only Church, … The unity, we believe subsists in the Catholic Church as something she can never lose. (Vatican II, Decree on Ecumenism, chap. 1, 4, p. 416).
    The local Church (Witness Lee)- When we were in the denominations, we were blind. I do not believe that any dear Christians who have really received sight from the Lord could still remain in the denominations. Everyone who sees must leave the fold and enter the pasture, under the sunshine, in the fresh air, in liberty. Where are you now? Are you in the fold, or are you now in the pasture? Allow me to say this: if anyone is still in the fold, he is blind. Of course, a blind person requires the fold to keep him. But when he receives his sight, he will swiftly leave the fold for the pasture, for the sunshine, for the fresh air.” (Witness Lee, Christ Versus Religion LSM, 197,1 p.109-110)
    The only way to follow the Lord absolutely is to go the way of the local church. (Witness Lee, The Practical Expression…p.94)
    If you leave the church (the Local Church), you miss the mark of the Lord's testimony. You must be in the testimony of Jesus. Only the golden lampstands, the local churches, are the testimony of Jesus….if you are not in the local churches you are not the testimony of Jesus.”( Witness Lee, The Stream magazine Nov. 1976, p.7)
    House of Yahweh-”With all the Churches and Religious Organizations in these Last Days preaching what they call Salvation, why would Yahweh need to establish another organization in order to get his way–the True Way of Salvation–taught?
    “The One Body of Messiah IS The House of Yahweh! “…IF we 'separate' from the One Body of Messiah: The House of Yahweh, then we succumb to Satan, then at that very moment we become worshipers of Satan…of if one LEAVES The Body – The only Prophesied, Established Work that Yahweh Himself has chosen, then that one does NOT partake, or is NO LONGER a partaker, with the rest of The body of Messiah – The House of Yahweh” (What Yahweh's Feasts Mean to You, pp. 78, 87).
    “ The churches in the world today do not even pretend to keep Yahweh’s Laws. How could they pretend such a thing anyway, they all blatantly rebel against every one of them…. It should be very obvious why Yahweh had to establish His House in these Last Days–the Christian Churches are not The House of Yahweh. They do not stand in Yahweh’s counsel. They are not the Pillar and Ground of the Truth. They do not teach Yahweh’s Laws, therefore, they do not turn the people away from sin–breaking Yahweh’s Laws.”
    “I urge you to obtain the books … and start learning the true way to Salvation. This way is not taught in the world by any organization, other than the one established by Yahweh–The House of Yahweh.”
    Hawaii fellowship of the Universal World Church “a voice thundered and uttered these words “This is my daughter in whom I am well pleased. As Jesus, my son, paid the price through his faithfulness upon the cross.. my anointed daughter, Miss Velma, has paid the price through her faithfulness at the golden altar. Therefore, all who will believe in her, will receive my gift of eternal youth which is new revelation Mamre.” (The mighty Miracle of the new Revelation of Mamre p.49-50) The new Revelation of Mamre is the greatest gift ever given to a people by almighty God. “(The mighty Miracle of the new Revelation of Mamre p.7)
    “Miss Velma has paid the price! She has become the sacrificial offering required by God that all of mankind may reap one of god's greatest rewards, new revelation Mamre”( ibid.p.51)
    7th day Adventists-”I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, MINISTERS AND PEOPLE WILL BE CALLED OUT FROM THESE CHURCHES and will gladly receive the truth….But the light will shine, and ALL WHO ARE HONEST WILL LEAVE THE FALLEN CHURCHES, and take their stand with the remnant” (Early Writings, p. 261 )
    We can see the common thread of these churches. They are separatists and deny anyone else can have the right message.  That one must come to their CHURCH to be saved.   That is the common deviation from Scripture and what makes them a cult. 1 Jn.2:19 “they went out from us but they were not of us, if they had been of us , they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made known that none of them were of us.” This was already occurring in the early church.
    Now that we have read through just a few churches that claim exclusivity to being the only representatives of Christ and God on earth. We need to go to the Bible to see what it states on this matter. It is possible that one of these groups that claim this can be right. But it is impossible for all of them to be right since they all claim exclusivity.  Who would know? Jesus who is the head of the Church would know, and the Apostles he appointed to write down his teachings are the ones we need to go to, to find the truth.
    What is the Church?
    The first time we find the word Church is in Mt.16:18 where Jesus said he will build his church upon the revelation the Father gave Peter when he openly confessed that Christ is “ the Son of the living God.”  “Upon this rock I will build my church.”  So this must be the Churches confession of faith, if not, then it is not the Church. What this meant in the Judaic culture is that Christ is equal to God, having the same nature as his Father.
    The Scripture is clear only God is to be worshipped Ex.34:14: “For thou shall worship no other God for the Lord (Yahweh), whose name is jealous, is a jealous God.” The Church worships God and also worships Christ. The Father in Heb.1:6 tells all the angels to worship the Son. Both the Father and the Son are worshipped in heaven (Rev.4-5) and on earth. The Bible teaches that Jesus is not only worshipped, but also called God by Thomas in Jn.20:28 “My Lord, my God.” (Greek- The Lord of me, the God of me).  We find the wise men worshipped Jesus as a child. Mt.2:11.The leper worshipped Jesus Mt.8. The ruler bowed and worshipped Mt.9:18 .The believer who was blind worshipped him Jn.9:38. The women worshipped him Mt. 15:25, Mary Magdalene worshipped him Mt.28:9, the disciples worshipped him Mt.28:17.Jesus was worshipped just as the Father was worshipped.
    It is called the Church of God which he had purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:28). After Christ raised from the dead and ascended he sent the Holy Spirit to birth a new entity, the church. The Greek word is ekklesia (which is used 114 times in the New Testament) which means a called out assembly (Ek = out of, Kaleo= to call). It is never used of a building or of the kingdom of God. The Church is not the kingdom, but included in it. The Church is a invisible living spiritual organism, composed of all the believers world wide, from the time of its inception on Pentecost, until the taking away of the Church at the rapture. Its origin is found in God as the Holy Spirit gave it its birth in Acts 2:1-4 with the disciples and the Jews at Pentecost in v.33.  And we become part of this same Church today the same way they did, by spirit baptism,  being born again of the Spirit.  No one joins the Church unless they are first joined to Christ. This is why Jesus said you must be born again, (by the Spirit Jn.3:5) not join the Church! The Church began in Jerusalem, not Rome. Any Church that does not trace its start to Jerusalem on Pentecost is not His church. Those who claim the Church needed to be restored from an apostasy are not part of the original Church.  Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church, she would never be overcome, no matter how many were killed, it would never result in a complete apostasy.  So any church claiming theirs as a restoration can't be traced back to the original.
    Jesus told Peter: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18). Meaning it would not remove it nor hinder it's growth, work or people. If his Church had apostatized then the gates of hell would have prevailed against it, which makes Christ a liar, that is uncomfortable even for the cult's to say. Christ will not abandon his bride, he said he would always be with.  How could Christ be with his Church always if his Church ceased to exist for over 1800 years? The Church is already made and continues to grow through history.  No devil or man can stop or hinder it because Jesus is the architect, not man. While it is valid to claim that there needs to be repentance or reformation throughout the church's history, to get back to the bible when we drift. To restore a church from apostasy has quite a different meaning.  
    The true Church is built upon what Peter said Christ is- The Son of the living God- the eternal one. We can only have this by revelation the same way Peter did, from heaven. It is not man revealing this truth but God himself.
    Christ teaches In Matthew 28:20 he said, “I am with you always even until the end of the world.” And in John 14:16, 18 he said, “And I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever. . . . I will not leave you desolate.” Christ promised that nothing would prevail against his Church, that he would be with it always, that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the third person of the Holy Trinity would be with her always.  Christ will not abandon his bride.  How could Christ be with his Church always if his Church ceased to exist for 1800 years?
    We are the Church
    We (the people) are the Church, which is likened to the temple 1 Pet. 2:5 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” We are bricks cemented together our spiritual sacrifice is ourselves, our lives. As Rom.12:2 tells to present ourselves as living sacrifices. We no longer sacrifice animals for a sin offering but present ourselves, our lives to God continually each day to be used by Him.
    1 Cor.3:16 teaches that each of us as individuals are the temple of God because “the Spirit of God dwells in you.” You are not Christ's possession or part of his Church unless you have the proof by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (by the way this does not mean one must speak in tongues or have another spiritual manifestation).
    We are called Col. 1:24: “His body, which is the church” 2 Cor. 6:16 that “we are the temple of the living God.” As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
    2 Cor.3:7 The church will be God's dwelling place. together we are the temple (the church) the dwelling of God. Christ “In You” is the hope of glory.
    Eph. 2:20-22: “Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”  Jesus is the cornerstone and the apostles the foundation stones. Paul explains further in Eph. 4:15-16: “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head– Christ– from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” The Church is a living temple made up of bricks whom are the people. We are all interdependent on one another.  Just as a house is not made with one brick but all are cemented together.
    Each brick has a different gifting and talents and all are to be used so that the body can be healthy. Just as Paul's example of the outside of the body we are all different and the least is to be honored as much as the greatest. Certainly the pancreas adrenal glands on the inside of the body if they were not functioning would affect the rest of its health.
    Heb 3:1-6: “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.”
    How Does one Join the Church?
    1 Cor. 12:27: “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” Notice collectively and individually.  This means one does not have to belong to a certain denomination or group but to Christ.
    No one is told to join the Church by the apostles because it is an automatic placing of one in the body of which Christ is the head. 2 Cor.5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  We are put in Christ to become a new creature, not in a Church.   Becoming part of a Church is the natural outcome of the new birth.
    Jn.1:12-13 “ But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” To be born of God is to have the Holy Spirit regenerate the dead spirit in man back to a relationship with God.   This comes through Christ alone, no Church or minister can give you this.
    1 Cor.12:12-13 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body– whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free– and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” This is how one enters the Church by the Spirit who comes inside us and unites us with the rest of the body which is invisible and visible. Paul writes in Rom.3:24: “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”  This is one of Paul's favorite technical terms. Paul points to our spiritual life coming from being connected to the Son. It is Christ that uses examples to show us that He is the gate, the door, the way.  We enter the Church (become part of the church) by a person and his work for us. As we come to Christ He puts each one in his spiritual body the Church. You don’t join a church but are born into a family that is the Church. And it is not limited to a local body but a worldwide family of faith.
    When Paul was persecuting the church, Jesus said he was persecuting him, because he was the owner of it, we are his body and his Spirit indwells those who he killed.  By killing Christians he was fighting against Christ himself. The Church is Christ's invisible body on earth.  The Church is called “the Church of God”  Eph.5:23-24: “also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.” 24… “the Church is subject to Christ.” The Church is ruled by God, just as our body takes instructions from its head. Col.1:18:  “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”  If we want to obey the truth we receive our sustenance and instructions from Christ alone, collectively and individually!
    Jesus referred to those who were part of his body/ Church as “my sheep”. In John 10:16, Jesus spoke of other sheep which were not of this fold, them also I must bring and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. What he meant is that the Gentiles outside the nation of Israel were to be grafted into the covenant and have him as their shepherd. You are the branches “I am the vine.” All these relate to our connection to the Son who brings us to the Father, and is the source of our eternal life. We cannot produce fruit apart from him Jn.17. Mark 6:34  “So He began to teach them many things.” Listening to Christ is the first step to having him be your shepherd, you then become a disciple by following his teachings.  The leaders or shepherds are to train the sheep to hear the chief shepherds voice.
    The word “Church of Christ” is not singular but plural in the Scriptures, which is a problem for those that call themselves the exclusive Church of Christ.1 Cor.1:2, 1 Cor.10:32, also Rom.16:16 calls them the Churches of Christ. Rev.1:20 says Christ holds the seven golden lamp stand's, the seven stars and the messengers (angels) of the seven churches in his hand showing his control. This becomes a problem for numerous groups that claim the name “Church of Christ”, since it is plural not single.   Likewise for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, since they are Jehovah’s “organization” and not a Church nor Christ’s.  Not because of name only, but because they do not look to Christ as the head. Actually if one asks the question to these groups who is the head of your Church?  You can various answers from a prophet, apostle, a revelator, to a Pope.  Even those who claim Christ can have a different Jesus from the Scriptures. (2 Cor.11:4) So we must examine who Jesus is to them and their relationship to him.
    Rev 2:23 “and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” Only God is able to search the heart and give rewards.
    The Church's Purpose
    The true Church teaches the bible alone, and promotes evangelism to fulfill the commission Christ gave in Mt.28:18-19. Our purpose Eph. 3:9-10:  “… to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things; that through the Church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” This is done by teaching the Scriptures equipping the body for our growth first then for the work of ministry Eph.4. So the message can go out to there communities. We are to gather to be taught, equipped for ministry so we can evangelize to bring others to the Lord. The church is a spiritual hospital for sinners so they can be healed from sin. The church is not a building to meet in to come to the Church, instead we should be going out being the church.  We have a mission.  To make disciples and grow in their relationship with God. We have them join in the body, whether its our particular local body or another that is part of the church universal. Everyone needs to be involved in a local body of believers, an assembly to help bring health to themselves and the body.
    Different churches have different focuses and different ways of doing ministry. Within the main framework of evangelism there is other ministries, this does not mean any one way is the only way as a long as it is all biblical. Each church may have a specific way to minister to its own communities needs and essentially have different focuses.  It is from this variety God is able to meet the needs of individuals and their personalities.
    The One TRUE Church
    The true Church holds to the core beliefs of Christianity without subtracting or adding to them. Christ is the eternal God come in the flesh, there is one God and 3 distinct identities (persons) who exist simultaneously as the One God. The virgin conception, the sinfulness of man and the need of a savior, the new birth, the Gospel which is the death burial and physical resurrection, the 2nd coming, baptism, eternal mediator and priesthood of Christ, the priesthood of all believers, the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture, judgment and rewards to the believers.  These are the essentials that are clarified in the Scriptures.
    If the Church one attends does not hold to these essential beliefs, they are not Christ's Church no matter what name they have on their outside or on paper. This is not my opinion, but the Bibles explanation what the apostles taught through the Gospels, the book of Acts, and in the Epistles.
    In conclusion there is one true Church, but it is not found in a certain denomination or group by itself.  Those who claim you must join their group or Church to be right with God, only prove they do not understand what the word Church or body of Christ means.  It is not exclusive but inclusive, as it is found in the heart of all those who have accepted the true Jesus, and have come to God the way He has provided (through His son on the cross), and hold to the essentials of the faith. Whether one is Lutheran, Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Charismatic, or Pentecostal, etc. The Church transcends denominational barriers, it exists within denominations, as well as outside of them.  This is the Universal Church that has continued from the beginning of Pentecost.  While denominations may have differences on peripheral issues, they do hold to the core beliefs that make them all part of the body of Christ, the Church.
    Two items that come in handy in knowing about when Romanists argue that anything said against the Roman "church" is not the truth is to tell them about the following two items: 1. The following website is by self proclaimed Roman Catholics following the so-called "true church" (in other words their Roman church is their true savior not the Biblical Jesus Christ) at http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/. These Romanists destroy the new Romanists since the invention of Vatican 2 in 1965. They present great information proving modern Romanism & their popes (they call them anti-popes) to be a false & apostate religion. It doesn't get much better than this when one group of apostate Romanists attack another brand of apostate Romanists in order to prove to the world they are false! 2. Our video "The Homosexual Pope, Priests, Universalists, Evolutionists & Disunited Roman Catholic Apologists" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThonwrX6QU&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715  proves from Roman Catholic sources themselves that one of their popes was a practicing homosexual, that almost 50% of Roman Catholic priests are homosexuals (for more on this see our video "FORMER ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST SAYS CHURCH OF ROME HAS A FALSE GOSPEL & WIDESPREAD HOMOSEXUALITY" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y4C-nBQ3mE), that the Roman church buys the theory of evolution which denies the first eleven chapters of Genesis in the Bible, that Pope John Paul II kissed the Muslim Qur'an & said Islam has the same god as Roman Catholics have (see the videos "Top Ten Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO8sZ1JyP1A, "Ten MORE Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4p7HuuhF8k, "50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet (in Under Five Minutes)" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q3f15NXrLI, "David Wood: Five Reasons the Quran Is Not the Word of God" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvlzlBov9zc, "Who Killed Muhammad?" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6st_tFj6ouM, "Why Did Muhammad Wear Women's Clothing?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-50CraaniT0; also see http://www.AnsweringMuslims.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) & how Roman Catholic apologists are at each others' throats because of the vast differences within Romanism itself. Besides all that see the following websites for detailed information on Romanism & how it is a counterfeit religion at http://www.BereanBeacon.org, http://www.CWRC-RZ.org & http://www.mtc.org/.
    Remember Titus 1:9-16,
    "9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
    10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
    11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
    12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
    13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
    14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
    15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
    16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."
    http://www.BibleQuery.org http://www.historycart.com/ http://www.muslimhope.com/
    John 14:6

  15. Water Baptism is not a savior (Christ alone is) or is it the true gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). Water Baptism — Is it Necessary for Salvation? Definitely NOT! See our video "IS WATER BAPTISM NECESSARY TO ESCAPE HELL & BE SAVED & ARE YOU "BORN AGAIN" (JOHN 3:3-8) BY IT?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYJtMV9qrWg&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=70. Let’s show how Scripture differentiates between the baptism of John and the baptism of Jesus. We’ll look at Acts 19:3-5. Here are these verses:
    And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    Acts 19:3-5 (NKJ)
    If John’s baptism was the same as Jesus’ baptism, then why did these people need to be re-baptized? The answer is obvious. John’s baptism was not the same as Jesus’ baptism.
    Now, let’s talk about some Scriptures that people might use to defend their position that water baptism is indeed necessary for salvation and respond to those verses. Let’s look at Mark 1:4. It says:
    John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
    Mark 1:4 (NKJ)
    This verse seems to say that the baptism of repentance was for the remission of sins. Who am I to argue with Scripture? But as we’ve discussed already, John’s baptism IS NOT THE SAME as the baptism of Jesus. So we can discount the baptism of John for our purposes, because we are baptized in the name of Jesus, not in the name of John. It is Jesus’ baptism that is for us today, not John’s. If we’re supposed to be baptized into John’s baptism, then why were the people in Acts 19:3-5 re-baptized? The answer is plain. Because once Jesus had come on the scene, it was HIS baptism that is relevant. So for us to decide what we need to do, in this present age, we need to focus on the baptism of Jesus.
    Here’s a set of verses that people use to defend the idea that water baptism is necessary for salvation. They are John 3:1-8. Let’s look at these verses.
    1)There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2)This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3)Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4)Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5)Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6)That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7)Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.’ 8)The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
    John 3:1-8 (NKJ)
    People taking the stance that baptism is necessary for salvation will say, “See, look here! This verse says that ‘unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'” And I must agree that is does say that. But what does “born of water” mean? It this phrase referring to water baptism? Upon first glance, it may seem so, but let’s take a closer look at the surrounding context. Read the entire passage again, starting from verse 1. Nicodemus is asking Jesus how he can possibly enter his mother’s womb again and be re-born. So he’s talking about physical birth. He can’t understand the concept of physically being re-born. Obviously that’s an impossibility. But Jesus isn’t talking about physical rebirth, He’s talking about spiritual rebirth. Look at what He says in verses 5 and 6. I’ll repeat it.
    “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
    John 3:5,6 (NKJ)
    You see? So “born of water” in this context looks to mean “physically born” not “baptized.” Let me re-phrase it. “I’m telling you that unless you’re physically born and then spiritually reborn, you can’t enter into heaven. If you’re physically born, you’re just a lost human. If you’re spiritually reborn, you’ve entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ.”  (Eric’s version)
    Let’s look at yet another common verse used to defend the idea that the salvation of our souls requires water baptism. Here it is:
    Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    Acts 2:38 (NKJ)
    Obviously, the controversial phrase here is after the word “repent.” We all agree that repentance is necessary for salvation. Let’s look at the Greek word εις translated “for.” In the original Greek, in the New Testament, this word has several different meanings. One is “aim or purpose.” An example of εις being used in this manner is I Corinthians 2:7, which says
    No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for (the aim or purpose of) our glory before time began.
    I Corinthians 2:7 (NKJ)
    In another usage, the Greek word εις means “at,” or “because of” as in Matthew 12:41. Let’s look at it:
    The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
    Matthew 12:41 (NKJ)
    Both of these uses are good Greek, and so the next logical question would be “what drives your choice of translation?” For me, it is the larger context of Scripture. For instance, in Acts 10, we see that people had already been saved before being baptized. Let’s look:
    46)For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47)”Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48)And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.
    Acts 10:46-48 (NKJ)
    These people were speaking in tongues and had received the Holy Spirit yet they had not been baptized. Another example is the thief on the cross who went to Paradise without baptism. Let’s read about that.
    39)Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40)But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41)And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42)Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43)And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
    Luke 23:39-42 (NKJ)
    Clearly this man was never baptized. Yet he was saved because he believed. What did Paul tell the Philippian jailor? Let’s find out.
    25)But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26)Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27)And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28)But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29)Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30)And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31)So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
    Acts 16:25-31 (NKJ)
    Although the jailor’s family was baptized, they were saved when they believed. Paul plainly set forth only belief as a prerequisite for salvation.Further, in establishing the greater context of Scripture, we can look at numerous other passages where belief is the only requirement for salvation.

    Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
    Luke 8:12 (NKJ)
    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
    John 1:12 (NKJ)
    15). . .that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16)For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17)For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18)”He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    John 3:15-18 (NKJ)
    He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
    John 3:36 (NKJ)
    “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
    John 5:24 (NKJ)
    And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
    John 6:35 (NKJ)
    . . . “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
    John 6:40 (NKJ)
    ”Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
    John 6:47 (NKJ)
    ”Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
    John 8:24 (NKJ)
    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
    John 11:25,26 (NKJ)
    Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
    John 11:40 (NKJ)
    . . . but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.
    John 20:31 (NKJ)
    ”To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
    Acts 10:43 (NKJ)
    This is Peter speaking. After he spoke these words, many people believed and they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. After that, they were then baptized. This shows that the belief saved the people (would unsaved people have the Holy Spirit and be speaking in tongues?) and then afterward, they were baptized.
    . . .and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
    Acts 13:39 (NKJ)
    Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
    Acts 13:48 (NKJ)
    ”But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”
    Acts 15:11 (NKJ)
    So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
    Acts 16:31 (NKJ)
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
    Romans 1:16 (NKJ)
    9) . . .that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10)For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11)For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12)For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13)For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
    Romans 10:9-13 (NKJ)
    For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
    I Corinthians 1:21 (NKJ)
    . . . knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
    Galatians 2:16 (NKJ)
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
    Ephesians 2:8 (NKJ)
    For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
    I Thessalonians 4:14 (NKJ)
    . . . that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    II Thessalonians 2:12 (NKJ)
    However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
    I Timothy 1:16 (NKJ)
    For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest,”‘ although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
    Hebrews 4:3 (NKJ)
    But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
    Hebrews 10:39 (NKJ)
    Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
    I Peter 2:6 (NKJ)
    Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
    I John 5:1 (NKJ)
    These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
    I John 5:13 (NKJ)
    These verses would be grossly misleading if baptism were a prerequisite for salvation! I’ve just listed a plethora of verses that tell us that we are saved if we believe, and are condemned if we don’t. This should help the questioner get a better idea of the context of Scripture regarding baptism, and, for that matter, what one needs to do for salvation (hint: believe). For more on this subject, check out I Corinithians 15:1-11, and read the whole book of John.
    So, if you remember, we were discussing Acts 2:38, and I think the better translation of the Greek word εις is “because of” in this verse due to the greater context of Scripture. Scripture teaches baptism on the basis of repentance, and belief as the requirement for salvation.In addition, this verse presents us with a logic problem. Let me explain. If I were to say, “Eat and put gold under your bed, and you can live,” that would be a true statement. But the part that really allows you to live is the “eat” part. Putting gold under your bed may help you in your finances, but it doesn’t actually cause you to continue living. Eating does! The same logical argument can be used for this verse. Peter says, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Now, we know that if we repent and are baptized, we will be saved, according to this verse. But it doesn’t logically follow that both repentance and baptism are requirements for salvation, following the logic outlined above. And in the larger context of Scripture, we see that baptism is NOT a prerequisite for eternal life.
    Another verse used to defend the position that water baptism is necessary for salvation is I Peter 3:21. Here is the verse (in its context).
     18)For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19)by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20)who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21)There is also an antitype which now saves us–baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22)who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
    I Peter 3:18-22 (NKJ)
    Granted, this is a very difficult passage, and I make no claim to thoroughly understand it. However, I want to focus in on verses 20 and 21. We see here that Peter is comparing baptism to the time when Noah and his family were saved on the ark. And then Peter tells us that baptism saves us. But he’s quick to point out, in the very next phrase, that this baptism saves us symbolically, not actually. He’s saying that baptism doesn’t cleanse us physically in a literal sense, or if you want to take it metaphorically, it doesn’t cleanse our souls in a literal sense. But what saves us is the “answer (or inquiry) of a good conscience toward God.” This is the baptism which saves us. Peter tells us that baptism saves us, and then he goes on to define baptism as an inquiry of a good conscience toward God, or in other words, an open, honest inquiry and trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s not the act of immersion which saves our souls, it’s our trust in Jesus.
    Yet another verse that often seems to promote baptism as a requirement for salvation is Mark 16:16. Here it is:
    He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
    Mark 16:16 (NKJ)
    This verse also presents a logical question. It’s the same logic problem discussed above for Acts 2:38. Simply put, this verse in no way says that both belief and baptism are requirements for salvation. In addition, the second portion of this verse makes this quite clear without any external argument. It says, “he who does not believe will be condemned.” It does NOT say, “he who does not believe and is not baptized will be condemned.” It plainly sets forth the “believing” aspect of the statement as the requirement for avoiding condemnation.
    In summation, I’d like to make some additional points. First, baptism is never given in Scripture as a COMMAND to Christians except in Acts 2:38 when Peter tells the Jews to “repent and be baptized.” This is the ONLY place where we are commanded to be baptized. So since we are told to, we should be. Yet this should never be construed as a command to all new Christians as a requirement for salvation. The New Testament makes this blatantly clear. What would happen if I were on the battlefield and I accepted Jesus and then was shot through the heart before I was baptized? As Scripture so plainly states, I would be saved, just as the people were in Acts 10 who received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues before they were baptized, and just as the thief on the cross was before he died (he was never baptized).
    In addition, why did Paul tell his readers in such certain terms that he wasn’t called to baptize, but to preach? Look at this verse:
    I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes I also baptized the household of Stephanus. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom and words, lest the cross of Christ be made of no effect.
    I Corinthians 1:13-17
    Paul tells us that Jesus didn’t call him to baptize (is Paul negating the Great Commission here? I think not!) but to preach. And Paul says he only baptized a few people. And thank goodness for that, he says, because otherwise people might be saying they were baptized in the name of Paul. The Great Commission is in Matthew 28:19,20 records Jesus’ words to his disciples to “go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . .” This certainly doesn’t say we need to be baptized to be saved. And why did Paul say he wasn’t called to baptize? It must be because the church as a whole is called to baptize, not us as individuals. How could a wheelchair-bound person baptize someone? Yet we have many Christians who are in wheelchairs. And we have many Christians who are invalids as well. Are they disobeying Jesus’ command to baptize? I don’t think so. Jesus Himself baptized none. And then the kicker . . . why would Paul leave 99% of his converts half-saved, or, according to some, not saved at all? If baptism were a requirement for salvation, then the majority of people Paul preached to never entered the kingdom of heaven, because, as Paul says himself, he only baptized Crispus, Gaius, and the household of Stephanus. Paul, in his zealousnous for preaching the gospel, and in his obsession for detail, would not leave so many people unsaved.
    My hope is that this study has given you a glimpse of the truth of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives today. Believe in Him, and in His words, and you will receive eternal life. That’s a promise we can all bank on. John 14:6 (it's Jesus, not water baptism)!

  16. Two items that come in handy in knowing about when Romanists argue that anything said against the Roman "church" is not the truth is to tell them about the following two items: 1. The following website is by self proclaimed Roman Catholics following the so-called "true church" (in other words their Roman church is their true savior not the Biblical Jesus Christ) at http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/. These Romanists destroy the new Romanists since the invention of Vatican 2 in 1965. They present great information proving modern Romanism & their popes (they call them anti-popes) to be a false & apostate religion. It doesn't get much better than this when one group of apostate Romanists attack another brand of apostate Romanists in order to prove to the world they are false! 2. Our video "The Homosexual Pope, Priests, Universalists, Evolutionists & Disunited Roman Catholic Apologists" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThonwrX6QU&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715  proves from Roman Catholic sources themselves that one of their popes was a practicing homosexual, that almost 50% of Roman Catholic priests are homosexuals (for more on this see our video "FORMER ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST SAYS CHURCH OF ROME HAS A FALSE GOSPEL & WIDESPREAD HOMOSEXUALITY" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y4C-nBQ3mE), that the Roman church buys the theory of evolution which denies the first eleven chapters of Genesis in the Bible, that Pope John Paul II kissed the Muslim Qur'an & said Islam has the same god as Roman Catholics have (see the videos "Top Ten Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO8sZ1JyP1A, "Ten MORE Reasons Muhammad Is Not a Prophet" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4p7HuuhF8k, "50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet (in Under Five Minutes)" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q3f15NXrLI, "David Wood: Five Reasons the Quran Is Not the Word of God" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvlzlBov9zc, "Who Killed Muhammad?" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6st_tFj6ouM, "Why Did Muhammad Wear Women's Clothing?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-50CraaniT0; also see http://www.AnsweringMuslims.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) & how Roman Catholic apologists are at each others' throats because of the vast differences within Romanism itself. Besides all that see the following websites for detailed information on Romanism & how it is a counterfeit religion at http://www.BereanBeacon.org, http://www.CWRC-RZ.org & http://www.mtc.org/. Our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" currently has 117 videos refuting Romanism at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Remember Titus 1:9-16,
    "9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
    10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
    11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
    12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
    13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
    14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
    15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
    16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."

  17. Then we should just let the Word of God speak for itself: Thou shalt (not make unto thee any graven image), or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt (not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them): for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the [iniquity] of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; – Exodus 20:4-5

    He heweth him down (cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak), which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, (he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto). – Isaiah 44:14-15

    Only acknowledge thine [iniquity], that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers (under every green tree), and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. – Jeremiah 3:13

    Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but (he that doeth the will of my Father) which is in heaven. (Many) will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work [iniquity]. – Matthew 7:21-23

  18. The Bible & church history refute Roman Catholicism (see our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 116 videos & counting at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715). Today's Romanism exists in two parts, namely new Romanism which began when Vatican II was completed in 1965 & the old Romanism before Vatican II. For a good description of the two Romanist religions see the Roman Catholic website of "The Most Holy Family Monastery" at http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/. Our video "The Homosexual Pope, Priests, Universalists, Evolutionists & Disunited Roman Catholic Apologists" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hThonwrX6QU&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715 describes these two opposing Romanist religions as well. When it comes to early Christian church history we find that church history itself testifies against this apostate counterfeit Christianity known as Roman Catholicism. For proof of this see our early Christian church history website http://www.HistoryCart.com. For commentary about early Christian church history relating to our website see our 18 part series on early Christian church history on our playlist "Dealing with Anti Trinitarians (UPC) & Early Church History" with 43 videos but just look for the ones on early church history at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9931642C7C8FFEAB. Particularly notice the following videos: "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY PROVES ROMAN CATHOLICISM FALSE" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP9jg2h3xjQ&index=5&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715; "THE ORIGINAL EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH WAS NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC SYSTEM OF SALVATION" at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujbtVmZ5wes&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=22; "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #3: EARLY CHRISTIANS QUOTED SCRIPTURE WITHOUT A ROMANIST OR KJV BIBLE" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVDOyok6nLo&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=23;  EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #11: BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY RELIABLE BUT NOT ROMAN CATHOLIC TRADITIONS" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvINqo-nv8&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=24; "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #14: PRE-NICENE (325 A.D.) CHURCH WAS NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC SYSTEM" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y2dDQmstZg&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=79; "EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #15: THERE WAS NO POPE OR CARDINALS; DID HAVE SEX & MONEY RULES" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pawgv6qeQ8U&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=80; " EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #16: GOVERNMENT & RULERS; ROMAN CATHOLICISM VEILS TRUE GOSPEL" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15YKczpo2Q8&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715&index=81 & "HISTORICAL SPLIT BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICISM & THE CHRIST OF THE SCRIPTURE: MAN'S WORD OR GOD'S WORD?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUt7rC6a_3s&index=3&list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Titus 1:9-16.

  19. Hear "Why You Can Believe The Bible" by Voddie Baucham at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91314616480 & Dr. James White concerning "Can I Trust My Bible?" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?seriesOnly=true&currSection=sermonstopic&sourceid=immanuelbc&keyword=Can+I+Trust+My+Bible%3F&keyworddesc=Can+I+Trust+My+Bible%3F which includes "Textual Criticism: Reliability, Answering Critics, Bible Versions & Sufficiency of Scripture."
    How Do We Know the Bible is True? Is it Really the Word of God? Many critics of Christianity attack the Bible’s truthfulness.  Many don’t believe it because they say it was written by man.  Is the Bible really God speaking to man?  Is the Bible of human origin or a direct revelation from God? The Bible The word Bible is from the root word “biblios” which is Greek for “little books.“  The Bible contains 66 books and was written by 40 authors.  The books you see in most Bibles have been tried and tested and were generally accepted by the early church.  For centuries the Bible was not available to the general public due to their being only hand-copied ones available.  The Bible has been banned from many nations, it has been burned by others, it has been declared out of date by moderns, but it has brought salvation to untold millions.  It is the unbridled truth and the unchangeable Word of God that changes those who read it.  When people read it, it reads them too!  It comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.  What follows is conclusive evidence that we can believe that the Bible is God speaking to us and not just the words of men. Thus Says the Lord or Thus Says Man?
    If the Bible were indeed a work of man, then we would expect some of the words to say, “thus says the prophet Jeremiah” or “thus says Peter an Apostle of God” but it doesn’t.  From what I could count, “Thus says the Lord” is recorded 418 times.  If it were of human origin, then we would read somewhere that the Bible or the message came from a certain author but we never see that anywhere.  On the contrary, we read over 1,000 times where “Jesus said” and “Thus says the Lord” were written down.  In fact, even the Book of Revelation is not called John’s Book of Revelation at all.  In Revelation 1:1-2 we see where the words of this book came from: “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.  He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.” So John was just the recipient of the book as he just wrote down what he was told.  Paul said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).   Paul clearly said that all Scripture is God-breathed…not just the New Testament or the Old Testament, but all Scripture.  Peter reiterates it by writing, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:21).  Peter would tell you that “you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation” (2 Pet 1:20).
    God gives a very serious warning to anyone who takes away or adds to any of the words in the Bible, indicating that only He gives the words of this book and no human had better tamper with it.  In Revelation 22:19 God warns that if anyone adds to or takes away any of the words of the Bible, He “…shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city (heaven or the new Jerusalem)”. This same warning is given in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 4:2.

    Alleged Errors in Transcribing
    When the Word of God was reproduced to make another copy, well before the printing press was invented, there were 70 scribes that worked on it with expert precision second to none.  Imagine that each of the scribes had the other sixty-nine scribes check their writings for error. Each of these seventy scribes reviewed each other’s work and every written copy, letter by letter, line by line, book by book were examined meticulously.  If any errors were found, the started all over again on that particular book or page.  Imagine you’re one of the scribes and you have just finished a section.   Now the other sixty-nine scribes check your work and compare it to the original.  The amazing fact is that their methods resulted in such an accurate reproduction of scripture that only one error for every fifteen hundred words occurred and these errors were so slight that they never affected the content. This copying left absolutely no room for any private interpretation or mistranslation at all.  By modern standards, the accuracy rate is superior to that of Microsoft’s Spelling and Grammar Check, which by the way is not perfect.  When you consider the stringent guidelines and conditions, no one can dispute that the translation differences had any negative effect on the message of the Bible or its general context.
    Manuscript Evidence
    New Testament manuscripts have been preserved by the thousands and the fact is that no other ancient works in human history have such enormous documented and recorded histories as does the Bible.  There are about 6,000 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin manuscripts and over 9,000 manuscripts in various other ancient languages.  The dates of these manuscripts range from the 2nd century up to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Nearly ever year there are more New Testament manuscripts discovered that were handwritten in the original Greek format which continues to add to the enormous collection already on hand.  In 2008, 47 new Greek manuscripts were discovered in Albania.  Of these, 17 of them were unknown to Western scholars.
    The fact is that the amount of manuscript evidence is astounding.  There are over 25,000 New Testament manuscripts of which 5,000 of these date from the first century. What that translates into for Historians is what is called a primary source.  A primary source is a source that comes from eye witnesses.  The nearly 6,000 Dead Sea Scrolls are so close in agreement, contextually, that there is only 0.01% in differences and the main differences are only in the differentiation of vowels.  In no way do these miniscule differences affect the text or the context.
    One of the greatest supportive facts is that the evidence verifies the dating of Matthew’s Gospel as far back as A.D. 60.  Scholars argue that Mark wrote the first Gospel.  This places the composition of Mark to within 20 years of the events that took place and were recorded in his Gospel. With the evidence that the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and Luke’s second volume, Acts, were written so close to the time of the crucifixion, the record of the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection makes these facts indisputable.  Luke and Acts was originally one book but was later separated into two books for the reader’s convenience but the content never changed.  The fact that they were written within the lifetimes of those who were eyewitnesses is evidence strong enough to hold up in a court of law.  Since the Old and New Testament manuscripts have been preserved by the thousands and there are no other ancient works in human history to compare to it, what we have today in the Bible is as a reliable source as any current historical account or newspaper printed today.  The Bible is the Word of God, as men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write it.  It is God speaking to us and it is without error and full of truth.

    If God has revealed Himself in propositional form, that revelation would have certain properties due to His infinite knowledge and moral perfection:
    It would be entirely true – His infinite knowledge would prevent errors and His truthfulness would keep Him from deception.
    It would be a coherent unity, therefore not self- contradictory.
    It would contain God's will for man, and provide the motivation to live according to that will (1).
    God has revealed Himself in the Bible without error. The Bible itself claims this inerrancy (2 Timothy 3:16-17 (2); Matthew 5:18 (3); etc.). Let's look at some of the proofs for the Bible's claim to be the infallible word of God.
    Archaeological evidence
    The first proof we have testifying to the reliability of the Bible is the archaeological evidence. Nelson Glueck, a respected Jewish archaeologist claims: "It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a biblical reference." (4) The liberals made wild claims against the Bible a hundred years ago but now they are silent. This is not true of other religions. The Mormon claim for inspiration of the Book of Mormon has been categorically condemned by the Smithsonian Institute because of the fallacies shown by archaeology; this is not so with the Bible. A.N. Sherwin-White, a respected classical historian at Oxford says, "For Acts the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming…", although, not being a Christian, he still regarded it as being "propaganda."(5)
    Historicity of Jesus
    A case in point is the historicity of Jesus. Although many atheists state that Jesus never lived, He is mentioned by many contemporary, non-Christian historians. Let us look at the evidence.
    Flavius Josephus, a first century Jewish historian wrote of Jesus and the Christians:
    "so he [Ananus, son of Ananus the high priest] assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before him the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others (or some of his companions) and when he had formed an accusation against them, he delivered them to be stoned." (6)
    Other Jewish rabbinical writings, including Rabbi Eliezer and writers of the Talmud, talk about Jesus and his miracles. Surprisingly to many atheists, they never denied that miracles took place, but attempted to explain them as a result of evil (7). More information about Jesus in the Talmud can be found at Jesus Christ In The Talmud.
    Cornelius Tacitus wrote about Jesus and the first century Christians in his Annals (a history of the Roman empire):
    "Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus." (8)
    Thallus, a Samaritan historian, wrote ca. 52 A.D. attempting to give a natural explanation for the earthquake and darkness which occurred at the crucifixion of Jesus. Mara Bar-Seraphon wrote a letter to his son in 73 A.D. which tells of the deaths of Socrates, Pythagoras, and of Jesus, "What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king?…Nor did the wise king die for good; he lived on in the teaching which he had given." Jesus is also mentioned by Phlegon, a first-century historian, Lucian of Samosata (in The Passing Peregrinus), and Plinius Secundus, (Pliny the Younger).
    Scholars have made statements such as, "no serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non-historicity of Jesus ." (9) The latest version of Encyclopedia Britannica says in its discussion of the multiple extra-biblical witnesses:
    "These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds by several authors at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries." (10)
    Even the atheist H. G. Wells spoke of Jesus, "…one is obliged to say, "Here was a man. This part of the tale could not have been invented." (11)
    Scientific evidence
    Recent scientific evidence is adding to the evidence supporting the reliability of biblical chronology from the scriptures. This study demonstrated the reliability of the Biblical record regarding the Egyptian plagues and demise of Jericho.
    Drs. Hendrik J. Bruins and Johannes van der Plicht reported in the prestigious British journal, Nature (12), that the destruction of Jericho was dated to 1580 (+/- 13 years) B.C. (using 14C dating). This date is significant, since several archeologists have insisted that Jericho was destroyed by the Egyptians between 1550 and 1300 B.C. The recent study discredits the Egyptian theory, since the date is much too old.
    What is even more exciting is that scientists, using 14C dating and tree rings, have found evidence of a volcanic eruption from the Aegean island of Thera, which recently has been dated to 1628 B.C. (13). This would place the eruption at 45 years prior to the destruction of Jericho, at a time which coincidentally corresponds to the time of the plagues the Lord unleashed upon Egypt. Check out Exodus 10:
    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. (Exodus 10:21-22)
    Even the researchers commented that the 45 years difference in events was "rather striking."
    The Bible's Uniqueness and Unity
    The next proof is the Bible's uniqueness and unity. The Bible was written by over 40 authors who came from just about every walk of life conceivable, including fisherman, kings, a butler, priests, and a tax collector. The 66 books of the Bible were written over a 1,500 year span in three languages on three continents with one theme and no contradictions. C.J. Sharp captures this miracle well:
    "If a fragment of stone were found in Italy, another in Asia Minor, another in Greece, another in Egypt, and on and on until sixty-six fragments had been found, and if when put together they fitted perfectly together, making a perfect statue of Venus de Milo, there is not an artist or scientist but would arrive immediately at the conclusion that there was originally a sculptor who conceived and carved the statue. The very lines and perfections would probably determine which of the great ancient artists carved the statue. Not only the unity of the Scriptures, but their lines of perfection, suggest One far above any human as the real author. That could be no one but God (14)."
    Prophetic evidence
    Yet another reason Christians believe God is the ultimate author of the Bible is the predictive prophecies in the Bible. This aspect is unique to the world's religions because if one predicts something will happen and it does not, they are proven to be phony. The Bible is literally filled with detailed prophecies that have been fulfilled with 100% accuracy. Here is a list of 85 Messianic prophecies along with their fulfillment through the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus:
    Prophecies of Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah
    #Prophetic ScriptureSubjectFulfilled
    1
    Genesis 3:15
    seed of a woman
    Galatians 4:4
    2
    Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:18
    descendant of Abraham
    Matthew 1:1, Acts 3:25
    3
    Genesis 17:19, Genesis 21:12
    descendant of Isaac
    Luke 3:34, Luke 3:23-24
    4
    Genesis 28:14, Numbers 24:17
    descendant of Jacob
    Matthew 1:2, Luke 3:23-24
    5
    Genesis 49:10
    from the tribe of Judah
    Luke 3:23-24, Luke 3:33
    6
    Isaiah 9:6, 11:1-5, Jeremiah 23:5-6
    descendant of David
    Matthew 1:1, Luke 3:23-24
    7
    Isaiah 11:1
    descendant of Jesse
    Luke 3:23-24
    8
    Ezekiel 37:24
    will shepherd His people
    Matthew 2:6
    9
    Isaiah 9:7
    heir to the throne of David
    Luke 1:32-33
    10
    Micah 5:2
    His pre-existence
    Colossians 1:17
    11
    Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:1
    eternal existence
    John 8:58, 11, 14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Colossians 1:15-19
    12
    Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 102:25-27
    anointed and eternal
    Hebrews 1:8-12
    13
    Psalm 110:1
    called Lord
    Matthew 22:43-45
    14
    Isaiah 33:22
    judge
    John 5:30
    15
    Psalm 2:6
    king
    Matthew 27:37
    16
    Micah 5:2
    born in Bethlehem
    Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-5, 7
    17
    Daniel 9:25
    time for His birth
    Matthew 2:1, 16, 19, Luke 2:1-2
    18
    Isaiah 7:14
    to be born of a virgin
    Matthew 1:18, 24, 25, Luke 1:26-27, 30-31
    19
    Psalm 72:9
    worshipped by shepherds
    Luke 2:8-15
    20
    Psalm 72:10
    honored by great kings
    Matthew 2:1-11
    21
    Jeremiah 31:15
    slaughter of children
    Matthew 2:16-18
    22
    Hosea 11:1
    flight to Egypt
    Matthew 2:14-15
    23
    Isaiah 40:3-5
    the way prepared
    Matthew 3:1,2, Luke 3:3-6
    24
    Malachi 3:1
    preceded by a forerunner
    Luke 7:24, 27
    25
    Malachi 4:5-6
    preceded by Elijah
    Matthew 11:13-14
    26
    Psalm 2:7, Proverbs 30:4
    declared the Son of God
    Matthew 3:17, Luke 1:32
    27
    Isaiah 9:5-6, Jeremiah 23:5-6
    God's name applied to Him
    Romans 10:9, Philippians 2:9-11
    28
    Isaiah 11:2, 61:1, Psalm 45:8
    anointment of Holy Spirit
    Matthew 3:16, 17, John 3:34, Acts 10:38
    29
    Isaiah 9:1-2
    Galilean ministry
    Matthew 4:13-16
    30
    Psalm 78:2-4
    speaks in parables
    Matthew 13:34-35
    31
    Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11
    temple becomes a house of merchandise instead of prayer
    Matthew 21:13
    32
    Psalm 69:9
    zeal of Jews for the temple instead of God
    John 2:17
    33
    Deuteronomy 18:15, 18
    a prophet
    Matthew 21:11, Acts 3:20, 22
    34
    Isaiah 29:18, Isaiah 35:5-6
    blind, deaf, and lame are healed by the Messiah
    Luke 7:22, Matthew 9:35, 11:3-5
    35
    Isaiah 40:11, 42:2-3, Isaiah 53:7
    Messiah will be meek and mild
    Matthew 12:18-20, Matthew 11:29, Hebrews 4:15
    36
    Isaiah 53:9
    Be sinless and without guile
    1 Peter 2:22
    37
    Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 49:1
    will minister to Gentiles
    Matthew 12:18-21Luke 2:32
    38
    Isaiah 61:1-2
    to bind up the brokenhearted
    Luke 4:18-19
    39
    Isaiah 53:12, Isaiah 59:16
    to intercede for the people
    Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25
    40
    Isaiah 53:3, 8:14, 28:16, 63:3, Psalms 69:6, 118:22
    rejected by His own people, the Jews
    John 1:11, 7:5,48, Luke 23:18, Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:6-8
    41
    Psalm 118:22
    Be rejected by the Jewish leadership
    Matthew 21:42, John 7:48
    42
    Psalm 2:1-2
    plotted against by Jews and Gentiles alike
    Acts 4:27
    43
    Psalm 110:4
    priest after the order of Melchizedek
    Hebrews 5:5-6
    44
    Zechariah 9:9
    enter Jerusalem on donkey
    Mark 11:7, 9, 11, Luke 19:35-37
    45
    Haggai 2:7-9, Malachi 3:1
    entered the temple with authority
    Matthew 21:12, Luke 2:27-38
    46
    Psalm 8:2
    adored by infants
    Matthew 21:15-16
    47
    Isaiah 53:1
    not believed
    John 12:37-38
    48
    Zechariah 13:7
    sheep of the Shepherd scattered
    Matthew 26:31, Mark 14:50
    49
    Psalm 41:9, 55:13-15
    betrayed by a close friend
    Matthew 10:4, Luke 22:47-48
    50
    Zechariah 11:12
    betrayed for thirty pieces of silver
    Matthew 26:14-15
    51
    Zechariah 11:13
    betrayal money used to buy Potter's field
    Matthew 27:6-7
    52
    Psalm 35:11
    accused by false witnesses
    Mark 14:57-58
    53
    Isaiah 53:7
    silent to accusations
    Matthew 27:12, Mark 15:4-5
    54
    Isaiah 50:6
    spat on
    Matthew 26:67, 27:30
    55
    Isaiah 50:6
    beaten
    Matthew 26:67, 27:26, 30
    56
    Micah 4:14
    struck on cheek
    Matthew 27:30
    57
    Isaiah 49:7, Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4
    hated without reason
    John 7:48, 15:24-25
    58
    Isaiah 53:5
    wounded and bruised
    Matthew 27:26
    59
    Isaiah 53:5
    vicarious sacrifice
    John 1:29, , 3:16, Romans 5:6, 8
    60
    Daniel 9:24-26
    cut off, but not for Himself
    Matthew 2:1, Luke 3:1, 23
    61
    Isaiah 53:12
    crucified with malefactors
    Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28
    62
    Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16
    pierced through hands and feet
    Luke 23:33, John 20:25-27
    63
    Psalm 22:7-8
    sneered and mocked
    Matthew 27:31, Luke 23:35
    64
    Psalm 109:24, 25
    fell under the cross
    Luke 23:26
    65
    Psalm 69:9
    was reproached
    Romans 15:3
    66
    Psalm 38:11
    friends stood afar off
    Luke 23:49
    67
    Psalm 109:25
    people shook their heads
    Matthew 27:39
    68
    Psalm 22:17
    stared upon
    Luke 23:35
    69
    Psalm 22:16, 69:21
    given vinegar for His thirst
    Matthew 27:34, John 19:28-29
    70
    Psalm 109:4, Isaiah 53:12
    prayer for His enemies
    Luke 23:34
    71
    Psalm 22:17-18
    soldiers gambled for His clothing
    Matthew 27:35-36, John 19:23, 24
    72
    Psalm 22:1
    forsaken by God
    Matthew 27:46
    73
    Psalm 31:5
    committed Himself to God
    Luke 23:46
    74
    Exodus 12:46, Psalm 34:20
    no bones broken
    John 19:32, 33, 36
    75
    Psalm 22:14
    heart broken
    John 19:34
    76
    Zechariah 12:10
    His side pierced
    John 19:34
    77
    Amos 8:9
    darkness over the land
    Matthew 27:45
    78
    Isaiah 53:9
    buried with the rich
    Matthew 27:57-60
    79
    Psalm 3:5, 16:10, 49:15
    to be resurrected
    Mark 16:6-7, Acts 2:31
    80
    Isaiah 44:3, Joel 2:28
    sent the Holy Spirit
    John 20:22, Acts 2:16-17
    81
    Isaiah 55:3-4, Jeremiah 31:31
    establishes a new covenant
    Matthew 26:28, Luke 22:20, Hebrews 8:6-10
    82
    Psalm 68:18, Psalm 110:1
    His ascension to God's right hand
    Mark 16:19, Acts 1:9, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Ephesians 4:8, Hebrews 1:3
    83
    Psalm 29:11, Micah 4:3
    peace proclaimed by disciples
    Luke 2:14, John 14:27, Acts 10:36
    84
    Isaiah 60:3
    "Light" to Gentiles
    Acts 13:47,48
    85
    Isaiah 11:10, 42:1, 49:1-12
    the Gentiles will seek the Messiah
    Romans 11:25, 15:10
    Although some of these prophecies are vague and could have been deliberately fulfilled, many are very specific: 16. Place of birth (Micah 5:2). 17. Date of birth (Daniel 9:25). 18. Manner of birth (Isaiah 7:14). 62. Manner of death (Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16 prophesied before the invention of crucifixion). 76. Piercing in side (Zechariah 12:10). 78. Burial (Isaiah 53:9).
    The Bible made several prophecies of the complete destruction of cities. Many of the cities it said would be rebuilt and several it claimed would never be rebuilt – The Bible is 100% accurate in both categories as archeology shows. One amazing example is the city of Tyre. Ezekiel 26:3-5,7,12,14 and (15) predict:
    Nebuchadnezzar will take the city.
    Other nations will participate in the fulfillment.
    The city is to be made flat like the top of a rock.
    It is to become a place for spreading nets.
    Its stones and timber are to be laid in the sea.
    The old city of Tyre will never be rebuilt.
    History records that Nebuchadnezzar took the adjacent mainland settlement of Ushu ("Old Tyre"), but the people escaped out to the island city. Later, Alexander the Great took the island off the coast by taking the old city's rubble and throwing it into the sea making a land-bridge (this caused the old city to look flat like a rock due to the scraping of the material). The old city is now a place for fisherman but no city has been planted there even though there is an excellent water supply to support a major city.
    Shelly, Rubel. 1990. Prepare To Answer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, p 92.
    All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)
    "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished." (Matthew 5:18)
    Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert, Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, New York, 1959, p. 31.
    "For Acts the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming. Yet Acts is, in simple terms and judged externally, no less a propaganda document than the Gospels, liable to similar distortion. But any attempt to reject its basic historicity even in matters of detail must now appear absurd." A. N. Sherwin-White. 1978. Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament. Baker, Grand Rapids, p. 189.
    Flavius Josephus The Antiquities of the Jews 20.9.1
    Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15, Flavius Josephus The Antiquities of the Jews 18:63, Talmud P. Ta'an. 65b, and the Sanhedrin 3a
    Cornelius Tacitus Annals 15.44 from The Tech Classics Archive translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
    Otto Betz. 1968. What do We Know about Jesus?, SCM Press, page 9.
    Encyclopedia Britannica (Article on "Jesus")
    H. G. Wells, Outline Of History.
    Bruins, H.J. and J. van der Plicht. 1996. The Exodus enigma. Nature 382: 213-214.
    Friedrich, W.L., P. Wagner, and H. Tauber. 1990. Thera and the Aegean World III Thera Foundation, London, UK.
    Kuniholm, P.I., B. Kromer, S.W. Manning, M. Newton, C.E. Latini, and M.J. Bruce. 1996. Anatolian tree rings and the absolute chronology of the eastern Mediterranean, 2220-718 BC. Nature 381: 780-783.
    Renfrew, C. 1996. Kings, tree rings and the old world. Nature 381: 733-734.
    Shelly, Rubel. 1990. Prepare To Answer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, p 114.
    therefore, thus says the Lord God,` Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. And they will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock. She will be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,' declares the Lord God, `and she will become spoil for the nations.'… For thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry, and a great army…. Also they will make a spoil of your riches and a prey of your merchandise, break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses, and throw your stones and your timbers and your debris into the water…. And I will make you a bare rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the Lord have spoken," declares the Lord God…. "Then all the princes of the sea will go down from their thrones, remove their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble every moment, and be appalled at you." (Ezekiel 26:3-5,7,12,14,16)
    Is the Bible inspired?
    The doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible means that the Bible in the original documents is God-breathed, and that it is a divine product; and because it is divine, the original documents are inerrant.  The copies of those documents are not inspired.  We have copies of inspired documents.
    2 Tim. 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." Paul who wrote this epistle was obviously referring to the entirety of the Old Testament as being inspired.  The word "inspired" is literally "God-breathed."  This is an interesting phrase since it implies that the Scriptures are from the mouth of God.  Likewise, Peter says in 2 Pet. 1:21, "for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God." Notice that Peter is stating that prophecy is not the product of human will.  Instead, prophecy occurs by those moved by the Holy Spirit.
    Furthermore, we can easily see that the Old Testament Scriptures are full of statements and phrases claiming to be the Word of God.
    "Thus says the Lord" occurs 418 times in the NASB, 413 in the KJV
    Exodus 4:22, "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord, 'Israel is My son, My first-born.'"
    1 Kings 11:31, "And he said to Jeroboam, 'Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes.'"
    Isaiah 7:7, "thus says the Lord God, 'It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.'"
    "God said" occurs 46 times in both the NASB and the KJV
    Genesis 1:3, "Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light."
    Exodus 3:14, "And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you."
    Exodus 6:2-3, "God spoke further to Moses and said to him, 'I am the Lord; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself known to them.'"
    God spoke through prophets
    1 Kings 14:18, "And all Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through His servant Ahijah the prophet."
    2 Sam. 24:11-12, "When David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, 12 'Go and speak to David, Thus the Lord says, "I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I may do to you."'"
    Zech. 7:7, "Are not these the words which the Lord proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous with its cities around it, and the Negev and the foothills were inhabited?"
    The Spirit of the Lord spoke through people
    2 Sam. 23:2, "The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue."
    1 Kings 22:24, "Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, 'How did the Spirit of the Lord pass from me to speak to you?'"
    2 Chron. 20:14-15, "Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; 15 and he said, 'Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's.'"
    As you can see, the Old Testament Scriptures are clearly full of statements showing the inspiration of God through the writers.  The Old Testament assumes and speaks from the perspective of divine inspiration. Should we do any less?
    What about the New Testament?
    We see that the Old Testament is repeatedly spoken of as being inspired via the numerous references cited above but what about the New Testament?  Are the New Testament books inspired as well?
    The Christian church has always considered the New Testament documents to be inspired.  Though in the early church there were some debates on which New Testament books to include in the Bible, God worked through the Christian church to recognize those inspired works.  Therefore we now have 27 inspired books for the New Testament.
    In 1 Cor. 14:37 Paul said, "If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment."  In 2 Pet. 3:16 Peter said, "as also in all [Paul's] letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction." Also, Jesus said in John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." This means that the Lord has commissioned the apostles to accurately record what Jesus had said because the Holy Spirit would be working in them.
    So, we can see that Jesus promised direction from the Holy Spirit, that Paul considered what he wrote to be the commands of God, and that Peter recognized Paul's writings as Scripture.  In addition, since the Christian Church recognizes the 27 books of the New Testament are inspired and since we see internal claims of inspiration in the New Testament, we conclude that inspiration applies to the New Testament documents as well.
    Objections
    Inspiration violates free will.
    A. Inspiration does not violate free will.  What if the person through whom God is working has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and desires to have the Lord speak through him?  Would this negate the ability of God to inerrantly speak through such a person?  Would it also mean that the person has no free will if he has voluntarily subjected his will to the will of God?
    B. Certainly, God has the ability to work through individuals to bring them to a place where they can record inerrant statements.  Cannot God manifest himself to someone, deliver to him a verbal message, and have that person record it?  Would that statement not be inspired of God?
    C. Proverbs. 21:1,"The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever He wishes."  This verse clearly states that God is able to work through an individual's "free will" to bring about what God desires. 

    2. What about the numerous contradictions in the Bible?
    A. It is true that there are difficulties with in the Word of God.  But these are due to copying errors through the centuries.  As more and more historical, archaeological, and manuscript evidence is uncovered, the fewer Bible difficulties there are.  Nevertheless, for an examination of answers to the alleged Bible contradictions, please see http://www.BibleQuery.org

    3. The manuscript evidence doesn't support inerrancy of the originals.
    A. This is a subjective conclusion.  The more I have studied about the ancient manuscripts, the more I have concluded that the original documents were indeed inspired and inerrant.
    B. The logical implication of the statements within the Bible is that they are inerrant since they claim to be offered from God.  They either are or are not inspired of God.  If they are not, then their claims of speaking for God are lies.

    4. Inspiration applies to scripture–not people.
    A. God works sovereignly through people to inspire his documents.  It is the people whom God indwells with his spirit and the people who are inspired by God to write his word.  If inspiration only refers to Scripture, and somehow means that people are not themselves inspired, the Scriptures are still God-breathed and necessarily inerrant.
    For more see our website http://www.BibleQuery.org.

  20. Not many of the noble are called!  Evidently, a lot of the "academics" are not born again anyway.  They only care for their intellect.  Men love vain deceit.  They love willful ignorance as Richard said.  Since it continues to be a "policy" not to challenge papal Rome, you can believe that it was put there by the Vatican, academic infiltrators.  It's academic conspiracy!  Satan's war still marches on and mankind is constantly being devoured. As far as blowing the whistle within Satans' spiritual lair, you will be impotent because you haven't obeyed GOD in coming out of the whore yourslef.  All within the organization will just roll their eyes at you and smile.  For by staying in it, you show to them that you are not looking for truth because you walk in all the other lies just like the rest of them.  August Bernhard Hasler remained a catholic.  Who knows, being an "arch" bishop, he probably was controlled opposition.  Besides, we have true exposes from men we know who feared GOD and obeyed the Lord Jesus Christ and despised the lies of Roman catholicism.  For, these men left and then exposed Romanism and never looked back.  They were excommunicated for their stand.

  21. Sending your children off to Catholic schools is equal to putting them under the authority of Satan!  You are rejecting the Holy Scriptures which admonish us not to fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them.  Ephesians …5:5-17… Your children become the "property" of the Vatican and the Jesuits become their masters.  They are lords over your children that GOD has blessed you with.  The very GOD that you say you believe in and obey.  Catholicism is a house of sorcery, mediums, channeling, witchcraft, necromancy, and to put it bluntly, demon possession.  The Lord Jesus himself drove out many demons within people who were in the synagogues and all throughout the villages in which he went.  One is not always foaming at the mouth who has a demon. 
     
    From the mouths and writings of these people themselves they do, and instruct people to do, the very opposite of what GOD commands them to do.  This is blatant rebellion and stubborness!  An according to scripture, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubborness is as idolatry and iniquity!1 Samuel 15:23     The laity are so blind that they think they are in a competition to win out over other men and don't even realize they are fighting against GOD himself and Jesus Christ!  And also regarding the laity, they delight wallowing in their sin.  They love the world, the flesh and the devil.  Many of the higher-ups know that they serve Satan directly and that they are practicing sorcery upon the people.  The system of Catholicism is about the worship of man and his intellect and the things of this world.  Therefore, they are rejecting Jesus Christ and GOD the Father and worshiping Satan.

  22. Those interested in the current events going on within the Roman Catholic Church can see our video at The Homosexual Pope, Priests, Universalists, Evolutionists & Disunited Roman Catholic Apologists. To hear a former Roman Catholic priest for 22 years discuss the Roman view of the Bible & what it teaches see Ex-Roman Catholic Priest for 22 Years Says Roman Catholicism Opposes Absolute Biblical Truth. To hear former nuns give their testimony see A Nun's Story: From Convent Bondage (Sexual Desire, Dating Priests, Rituals, No Bible) to Jesus & FORMER ROMAN CATHOLIC "BRIDE OF CHRIST" NUN TESTIFIES OF ABNORMAL LIFE IN THE CONVENT. For those interested in early church history see our videos at EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY PROVES ROMAN CATHOLICISM FALSE, EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH HISTORY #14: PRE-NICENE (325 A.D.) CHURCH WAS NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC SYSTEM & HISTORICAL SPLIT BETWEEN ROMAN CATHOLICISM & THE CHRIST OF THE SCRIPTURE: MAN'S WORD OR GOD'S WORD?. To see all our videos on the Roman Catholic religion click on our playlist called, "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFFA8D69D1B914715. Websites of interest are: http://www.BereanBeacon.org & http://www.CWCR-RZ.ORG. When it comes to Roman Catholic traditions remember Jeremiah 7:31 where God said, "which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart" & the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:1-14, "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
    2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
    3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
    4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
    5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
    6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
    7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
    8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
    9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
    10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
    11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
    12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
    13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
    14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

  23. Euzübillahimineşşeytanirracim Bismillahirrahmanirrahim

    Quran »3 / Al Imran – 19 Verily in Allah's religion index, is Islam (submission is a religion). Are given the Book, after knowledge had come to them because of their envy fell into conflict. If you cover the revelations of Allah, and who (if any deny faith), that if, surely, Allah is swift in account.
    ALLAHU EKBERRRRR!  LA İLAHE İLLALLAH MUHAMMEDEN RESULULLAH!

  24. You're wrong! Sabbatarians argue that the Sabbath Day of Col 2:16 is the years Sabbaths. But yearly Sabbaths were already referred to in Col 2:16 as "festivals". The "Year, Month, Week" pattern is so well established in the Old Testament, that Col 2:16 must refer to the weekly Sabbath. Notice, even Gal 4:10, following this pattern, states the weekly Sabbath is abolished! There are at least 5 other places where the plural is used of the weekly Sabbath: Matt 28:1, Luke 4:16, Acts 16:13, Ex 20:8..

  25. Sabbath Keeping Unnecessary: Rom 14:5, "One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind." Col 2:16,"Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day." But with Jesus’ atonement, and justification by faith (Rom. 5:1), we no longer are required to keep the Law and hence the Sabbath which was only a shadow of things to come (Col. 2:17). SDA is false.

  26. Seventh Day Adventists are people led astray by a false prophetess named Ellen G. White. To document this please go to our main YouTube channel CANSWERSTV & look for our playlist called, "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess" with 14 videos. You should find it down at the bottom of our channel page under the heading, "Our Multiple Playlists" – just scoll through that until you find the right playlist. We also have a newsletter about them on our website BIBLEQUERY ORG.

  27. The Jesuits reinterpreted the traditional Protestant understanding of the papacy being the antiChrist mentioned in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2. Many eschatological systems such as premillennial dispensationalism tie into this futurism by eliminating the pope as antiChrist & suggesting it could be someone else beside the pope. Regardless, the antiChrist (pope or political leaders) opposes Christ & His gospel. Hear Michael De Semlyen's talk in our video "THE ROOTS OF EVANGELICAL APOSTASY."

  28. You said:
    "The antichrist is the one who opposes Christ and thus God. The antichrist is an eschatological (end times) person who will appear and deceive countless people near the time of Christ's return."

    But isn't that futurism? For me it seems pretty clear there is going to be an Antichrist who will appear prior to the end, but I heard that the Jesuits created this interpretation. Maybe I misunderstood.

  29. The term antichrist is only found in the epistles of John (1 John 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7). The antichrist is the one who opposes Christ and thus God. The antichrist is an eschatological (end times) person who will appear and deceive countless people near the time of Christ's return. The term "antichrist" is also used to describe a spiritual condition. In other words, it is descriptive of those people who oppose the true God, " the one who denies the Father and the Son," (1 John 2:18,22).

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