Tag Archive: Catholic Church

A doctrine according to the flesh

The complex and biblically selective Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation often results in Catholic apologists giving with one hand what they take back with the other. ‘You can’t win heaven, it’s a free… Continue reading

The Sola Fide Highway

Heaven can wait, as the saying goes…don’t rush me. I’ve got a lot of living to do on earth yet. Still, unless we believe this life is all there is, we hope and… Continue reading

These eye-opening verses cannot be ignored

Okay, Catholic friend, I have another question for you. If, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches, the Reformers’ cry of sola fide is dead wrong, how do you understand all the verses in… Continue reading

How firm a foundation

They have a saying in the excavation business, “What goes up must first go down.” I have a corollary saying: “And if what goes down is shoddy and weak, what goes up will… Continue reading

Phantom Petrine pillars

What if, Catholic friend, the impermeable structure the Church declares is founded on the apostle Peter as its Roman pontifical rock, in truth has merely a phantom foundation? As I indicated last time,… Continue reading

Begging the question

Christianity is ancient history. Well…its beginnings are anyway. Way back in the day before television and the internet a movement that would change the world was born. But that was 2,000 years ago….how… Continue reading

In the name of love

Someone recently accused me of “hating on Catholics.” Ouch. Is that how I come across? I guess I need to reestablish my motivations and again draw clear distinctions between the teachings of the… Continue reading

A Catholic answer to an important question, part 2

    Catholic defenses of their doctrine of salvation typically take one of two tracks: 1) it is not works righteousness at all, or 2) “faith alone” is unscriptural and works are necessary. … Continue reading

A Catholic answer to an important question

Well, I got no takers again. No defense of Catholic doctrine in light of the inconceivably unjust scenario I presented in my previous post. That may say more about the paucity of my… Continue reading

Surely this can’t be right

It’s a Friday in Lent and Pete (not his real name, because he’s not a real person) is out to dinner with his wife at the local pub which caters to the Catholic… Continue reading

Oh, how we need a Savior

I watched “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” the other day, the fictional story of a young son of a Nazi commandant befriending a Jewish boy through the barbed wire of a death… Continue reading

Catholic questions

Question: If we must “cooperate” with God’s grace, how is that not salvation by works? I subscribe to a podcast of a radio program called Catholic Answers Live where frequently the host takes… Continue reading

Purgatory as a perennial time-out

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you… Continue reading

Dirty birds and a divine bath. Or, the presumptuousness of Purgatory

Anyone who knows me well knows I am not a bird lover. I am not even a bird liker. Birds are rude and crude…making nests in my house, using my lawn and outdoor… Continue reading

Diving for sins

I’m talking about Purgatory again…just to give you a heads-up right at the top in case the torturous flames aren’t of concern or interest to you. Some may wonder why I am spending… Continue reading