There Is Power in Christ’s Atoning Blood – Simon Kottoor

The love of Christ compels me to give testimony to my conversion from the Roman Catholic priesthood to the born-again life in Jesus Christ. For twenty-five years I was a Roman Catholic priest, strictly following the rituals of a system that enveloped me as a huge and indomitable fortress of darkness and ignorance of the written Word of God.

The Papal Claim to Have the Keys of the Apostle Peter

For most Catholics, the authority of the Pope, as derived from Peter, is the main cornerstone of their faith.  For the others, it is the lifesaver to fall back on when all else fails. The Petrine primacy of the Pope is an historic holdover from the false Decretals of Constantine and Isidore.  Nonetheless, the Papacy is the bulwark and foundation of the Church of Rome.

From Dead Religion To New Life In Christ – Vincent O’Shaughnessy

I was born and raised on a farm in West Limerick, Ireland, and the memories of my childhood are happy ones. The youngest of seven children (three sisters and three brothers), I had lots of relatives to visit or to receive as visitors on Sundays after Mass. No one ever missed Mass on Sunday in those days in Ireland, unless they were seriously ill. Such a lapse was designated a mortal sin, meaning deadly and deserving of hell should one die with it unconfessed and unforgiven by a priest. The priests were revered, even idolized. I decided I would like to be a priest myself.

The History of the Papacy Part II

What had looked like a mortal wound to Papal power took place in 1798.  A general of Napoleon’s army entered the Vatican, removing Pope Pius VI from his throne.  With that, the Papacy lost its basis as a civil power. From the year 1846 Pope Pius IX, not having territorial or civil power, sought to re-establish the papacy.  An important part of his strategy was achieved by the declaration of papal infallibility. 

The History of the Papacy Part I

The spread of the Christian faith during the first three centuries was extensive and rapid.  In the providence of God, the main reasons for this were the fidelity and zeal of the preachers of the Gospel, the heroic deaths of the martyrs, and the translation of the Scriptures into the languages of the Roman world.  Under Emperor Septimius Severus (193-211) Christians suffered appallingly. 

John Knox the Scottish Reformer

A wonderful narration  of the history of John Knox who is considered to be the greatest Reformer in the history of Scotland. John was educated at the University of Glasgow, and ordained as a catholic priest in 1530.  John had been serving as a priest for 10 years when he was converted to biblical Christianity through the study of the Bible and the writings of Augustine and Jerome.  

From the Monastery to the Ministry – José Borras

It is not enough to be a good Catholic: the important and necessary thing is to be born again in Christ. This has been my experience. When I entered into Christ, I experienced that He not only liberated me from my sins, but also from the heavy load I had to carry being in a Monastic order.

I Found Everything When I Found Christ

While studying theology in England, I began to have serious doubts concerning certain doctrines of my Church, which I found difficult to reconcile with Scripture. These doubts continued to trouble me even after my ordination, but I endeavored to smother them by plunging into my studies and teaching assignments.

Identifying the Authentic Early Church

The early Church understood apostolic doctrine as the written Word of the Apostles as it was contained in the Scriptures.  “From the very beginning of the post-apostolic age with the writings of what are known as the Apostolic Fathers (Ignatius, Polycarp, Clement, the Didache, and Barnabas) there was an exclusive appeal to the Scriptures for the positive teaching of doctrine and for its defense against heresy.    

I Received Mercy – Edoardo Labanchi

The only religion of which I had any knowledge was that of the Roman Catholic Church. So I decided to become a priest and joined the Jesuit order. My superiors seemed to be quite satisfied with me, and I was admitted to take the vows that are usually taken only after two years of probation. This gave me a certain satisfaction, I must admit, but it was only a human satisfaction.