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The Mystique of the Catholic Priesthood

One might wonder what remains of the glory of the Catholic priesthood in face of the worldwide scandals, and in particular those that have occurred recently in the U.S.A.  For example, on July 7th 2003 under the heading “Clergy Sex Abuse: Justice Must Come for the Bishops,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported,  “That there are Read More

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Holy Communion: Spiritual Fellowship With the Lord

Once a person stands before the All Holy God accepted in Christ the Beloved,[1] clothed with the righteousness of Christ, that person has the basis of fellowship with God.  In sanctification as He writes His law on the hearts of the believers, they strive to be holy as He is.  He is then their God and they are Read More

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God’s Institution of Marriage not Papal Rome’s

The old adage that states, “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” could more aptly be declared as “the hand that controls marriage rules the world.”  Before we can critique the Catholic Church’s legal control of marriage, we must first examine the biblical source of marriage and establish that it is of divine origin.  As Read More

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The Vatican’s Meddling in Marriages

Marriage is a creation ordinance, belonging to all mankind. As sovereign Lord over His creation, God instituted that male and female should at a proper time leave mother and father and be married, “therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”1 From Read More

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True and False Worship: the Cross and the Mass

  I.  Introduction Worshipping God is that communion that exists in true harmony between the Creator and the creature man.  A. Before the Fall 1.  There were no restraints on relationship between God and Adam.  God spoke to Adam, laying out for him his duties, instructing him concerning his environment (Genesis 1:28-30), created a helpmeet Read More

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Salvation and the Sacraments

Quite a number of people have become Roman Catholics because of the appeal of the Catholic Sacraments. It is necessary therefore to see just what is attractive in these seven signs of Catholicism and to analyze the same in the light of Biblical truth. The most important difference between Biblical faith and Roman Catholicism is Read More

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The Normal Christian Life and Catholicism

We must deal with the apparent normality of Catholicism.  The Catholic Church is based on some of the great essential truths of God’s revelation.  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 that in the Godhead there are three Read More

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Where do Evangelical ECT signatories now stand?

The fanfare of Jubilee Year 2000 continued when on May 13th Pope John Paul II gave his homily at the occasion of the beatification ceremony for Francisco and Jacinta Marto at Fatima, Portugal. (For those unfamiliar with Fatima, in 1917, a vision claiming to be Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal.) What Read More

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The Bible is the Absolute Basis of Truth

Scripture Alone is Inspired and Inherently Authoritative. The Biblical message breathed out by God is revelation in written form. (2 Timothy 3:15-16).  The Biblical claim is that what God has inspired was His written word (2 Peter 1:20-21).  When the Lord Jesus Christ said, “the Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), He was speaking of God’s written word.  The Read More

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Biblical Unity in the Lord and Papal Conformity

The unity for which Christ Jesus prayed in John Chapter 17 is a unity that already exists.  His intercession is not an appeal to produce unity among His own.  It is a prayer to the Father in Heaven to preserve the unity that already exists.  Therefore, He prayed, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast Read More