The Roman Catholic Church teaches that “the infallibility of the Magisterium of the Pastors extends to all the elements of doctrine, including moral doctrine, without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, expounded, or observed” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, III.188.8.131.52). In short, Rome teaches the infallibility of the Magisterial Church. Charles… Continue reading The Infallibility of the Church?
On the one hand, the Roman Catholic Church seems impressive with her history, symbols, liturgies, popes, and rituals. Some people become Catholic because they appreciate these types of religious things. However, others are leaving Rome because amidst the rituals and symbols, they cannot find the gospel. In Stepping out in Faith, Mark Gilbert has collected… Continue reading Leaving Rome
A short while ago I posted some helpful and critical comments about Rome’s view of Scripture by Michael Kruger (in Canon Revisited). Here is part two of that post. The quote is a bit longer than my usual ones, but it is well worth the time. “…The most fundamental concern [is] whether the Roman Catholic… Continue reading Rome: Sola Ecclesia, not Sola Scriptura
In the Roman Catholic Catechism prayer to Mary is explained in part 4, chapter 2, article 2. The Catechism talks about the "twofold movement of prayer to Mary" which 1) consists of magnifying the Lord for what he did through her and 2) "entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of… Continue reading Prayer to Mary?
In this excellent summary of Christian theology (which I've used to train younger as well as newer Christians), J. I. Packer writes the following about legalism. "Legalism is a distortion of obedience that can never produce truly good works. Its first fault is that it skews motive and purpose, seeing good deeds as essentially ways to earn… Continue reading Legalism: Working for God’s Favor Forfeits It