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February 2013

What is the Attraction of Religion?

The attraction and loyalty to religion is that it appeals to the flesh. Religious rituals can be performed, assessed, praised, and seen before others. Roman Catholicism offers a vast array of rituals that many are drawn to in their attempt to satisfy their flesh. One can both worship and receive...

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Why is Purgatory Problematic?

Purgatory has long been central to Roman Catholic theology. The Catechism defines purgatory as "A state of final purification after death and before entrance into heaven for those who died in God's friendship, but were only imperfectly purified; a final cleansing of human imperfection...

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Can You Be Saved and Still Be Roman Catholic?

Often many Christians are convinced they know a few Catholics who are saved. Such Catholic individuals seem like good people, they have some familiarity with scripture, and they appear fearful of God. This however is a very precarious position for one to be in because one that claims to be a...

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What is a Scapular?

A scapular (Latin for "shoulders") is a piece of cloth that monks wear over their shoulders. It is supposed to be representative of the gentle yoke of Christ. It has long been believed that the scapulars themselves provided the wearers with God's protection. In the 13th century an...

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How should we approach unbelievers' objections to the faith?

In 1 Corinthians 1:18 Paul says, "For the word of the cross is folly (foolishness) to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." In other words, those who reject the gospel are fools (also note Rom 1:21-22). After all, what wisdom is...

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The Road to Apostasy

Churches and denominations that once upheld the faith of the apostles have drifted into apostasy. Church history reveals 4 significant steps that lead to apostasy. First Step into Apostasy God's word is rejected as the supreme authority for faith and practice. Traditions and movements of...

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The Ten Commandments Reinterpreted by Rome

Idolatry is rampant throughout Roman Catholicism. Statues, relics, saints, Mary, even the eucharist are all exalted while the gospel of Jesus Christ has long been crowded out. Interestingly enough, in Rome's interpretation of the Ten Commandments, idolatry is not seen as an individual...

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A Few Questions for Roman Catholics from the Letter to the Romans

1. Why are you trusting in your works to justify you when Paul says no human will be justified by them (Rom 3:20)? Is it possible you have misunderstood the context of James 2 and instead James is talking about the "kind" of faith that justifies (that which go on to produce...

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Was Pope Benedict the Successor of Peter?

Roman Catholics believe Peter was the first pope and Pope Benedict XVI was the 266th pope to succeed him on the papal throne. Anyone who looks at the striking contrasts between these two men will know that the Roman Catholic assertions of Peter being their first pope are not true. Peter was a...

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Did Paul or even Peter Himself Believe that Peter was the Pope?

Essential to Roman Catholic claims of authority is the belief that in Matthew 16 Christ stated that He would build His church on Peter. However, Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:19-20 that the "household of God" was "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,...

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