Theology (Religion)

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  • The problem of Evil, from Augustine to contemporary Genetics

    03/06/2015 12:02:35 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    OODE ^ | unknown | Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos
    ... Now, with regard to Christian theology, the position both of the Eastern-Hellenic and the Western-Latin traditions appears initially the same as that of ancient philosophy. Thus, Origen on the one hand reassures us (De Princ. II, 9,2 · In Joh. 4, II, 17) that God is not the Creator of evil (no longer with a capital E, since only God comprises the true Being) and that it does not possess a hypostasis or life or essence of its own, but exists as a denial of Good - an idea that we shall encounter many times in Western thought, up...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOSEPHINISM, 03-06-15

    03/06/2015 9:11:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-06-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JOSEPHINISM The Church-State policy of Joseph II (1741-90), Emperor of Austria, which advocated secular interference and state supremacy in ecclesiastical affairs. He consolidated almost the entire property of the Church and merged all the religious funds into one great Religionsfund for the requirements of public worship. To achieve his purpose, he suppressed all the monasteries and secularized them. For meddling in Church affairs, even to the regulation of candles, he was called the "Sacristan Emperor." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

    03/06/2015 8:50:05 AM PST · by redleghunter · 14 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | July 8th, 1741 | Jonathan Edwards
    (A Sermon Preached at Enfield, July 8th, 1741 at a Time of Great Awakenings, and Attended with Remarkable Impressions on many of the Hearers.) Their foot shall slide in due time.— Deut. 32:35. In this verse is threatened the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites, who were God’s visible people, and who lived under the means of grace; but who, notwithstanding all God’s wonderful works towards them, remained (as Deut. 32:28) void of counsel, having no understanding in them. Under all the cultivations of heaven, they brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit; as in the two verses next...
  • The Seven Sacraments and the Dwelling of Christ Within {Catholic Caucus)

    03/06/2015 8:07:06 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.coraevans.com ^ | March 4, 2015 | John Kubasak
    Jesus made a big promise immediately after giving the apostles the Great Commission: “Go out to all the nations and baptize… and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matt 28:19-20) This ending of Matthew’s gospel repeats at the end of the Bible as well. In the new heaven and the new earth, St. John hears a loud voice proclaiming: “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them” (Rev 21:3). God drawing close to us has a...
  • Morning and Evening Charles H. Spurgeon

    03/06/2015 6:13:45 AM PST · by redleghunter · 2 replies
    Blue Letter Bible ^ | 6 February 2015 | Charles Spurgeon
    Morning Reading Ye must be born again. —John 3:7 Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are "born again," for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it-the being "born again," is a matter so mysterious, that...
  • Spirit Baptism 1 Corinthians 12:13

    03/06/2015 2:10:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/6/15 | Middletown Bible Church
      Spirit Baptism1 Corinthians 12:13[Including Important Grammatical Considerations]   The key passage on Spirit baptism is found in 1 Corinthians 12:13-"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." The "ONE BODY" spoken of in this verse refers to the Church (see 1 Cor. 12:27-28; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:30-32; Col. 1:18), the Body of which Christ is the Head. Spirit baptism is defined in 1 Corinthians 12:13 as that work of God whereby believers are baptized (immersed,...
  • The Church Ordinances: Baptism and Communion

    03/05/2015 7:28:13 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 24 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    Lesson 18GOD'S CALLED-OUT ASSEMBLYTHE CHURCH The Church Ordinances: Baptism and Communion  [This document is available in PDF Format]      There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. An ordinance is a "prescribed practice." It is something that has been prescribed and ordered by Jesus Christ and practiced by the Church. An ordinance is something that the Church practices because Jesus Christ has told her to do so. The New Testament makes it very clear that the early Church practiced and observed two ordinances: 1) BAPTISM 2) COMMUNION ("the breaking of bread") These two ordinances are both...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series2015: Cardinal Virtues, Prudence

    03/05/2015 5:03:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicNewsAgency.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
    Prudence   Smart Living  Alright, let's review: we want to be happy, and we want to pursue goods in a way that will make us happy. This means we have to learn how to act well, which in turn involves an acquisition of virtue. If that sounds complicated, let me put it more simply: virtue is about doing the right things, and if we do the right things, we will become happy. But what is the first thing we need if we want to do the right thing? Well obviously, we need to know what the right thing to...
  • Why We Must Think Rightly About God – Chapter 1

    03/05/2015 12:34:12 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    ***O, Lord God Almighty, not the God of the philosophers and the wise but the God of the prophets and apostles; and better than all, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may I express Thee unblamed? They that know Thee not may call upon Thee as other than Thou art, and so worship not Thee but a creature of their own fancy; therefore enlighten our minds that we may know Thee as Thou art, so that we may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.*** What comes into...
  • Pope Francis and Gender Theory

    03/05/2015 9:48:25 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 5, 2015 | Brianna Heldt
    Last month The Daily Beast published an essay that, among other things, accused Pope Francis of “dissing women”.  The piece was written by university professors Candida Moss and Joel Baden, who quote an interview where the pope discusses the issue of “gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation”.By gender theory he simply means the modern notion that sexual identity is on a spectrum, versus the more traditional male/female binary classification.  And by order of creation, he is of course referring to the creation account in Genesis, which the essayists decry as having been used for centuries to subjugate women.  But the real kicker for them comes when...
  • Latin Mass to be offered to mark reinterment of Richard III

    03/05/2015 8:05:08 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    A Requiem Mass in the traditional Latin form is to be offered at a Catholic church in Lancashire to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, which will take place on the same day at Leicester’s Anglican cathedral. The mortal remains of Richard III, who died in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, before the Reformation, will be reinterred in the cathedral on March 26, in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and an invited congregation. The Requiem Mass for the repose of Richard III’s soul will be held on the same day St Catherine’s Church, in Leyland, Lancashire,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What Are Passive Purifications and Why Are They Needed?

    03/05/2015 7:42:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-03-015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Passive Purifications and Why Are They Needed? By: Msgr. Charles PopeHave you undertaken certain Lenten practices or abstinences to assist you growth in holiness? If so, you do well. Practices such as these are included in what are known as “active purifications.” Active purifications consist of our holy works and efforts and our mortifications, which, by the grace of God, help to purify our mind, our heart, and what is called our “sensitive appetite.”However, there are also “passive purifications,” which are quite essential for our growth in holiness and our readiness to see God one day. These purifications are called passive because they are...
  • God With Us [Devotional Thread]

    03/05/2015 5:59:35 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet was without sin. -- Hebrews 4:14-15, NIV It deeply concerned us, that he who was to be our Mediator should be very God and very man. Our iniquities, like a cloud intervening between Him and us, having utterly alienated...
  • No More Theology at Marquette University

    03/05/2015 5:26:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Spero News ^ | 3/2/15 | Fr. Thomas Collins
    The plan of Marquette University to change the name of its theology department into the Department of Theology and Religion seems to be just one of the latest attempts by the repressive juggernaut of the Culture of Desecration and Death to have the truth aborted by ambiguity and moral relativism. Theology has, as its main point of reference, a discerning reverence for the sacred mystery and objective reality of God . Its primary quest is to allow God to intimately know us in a loving communion. In this way, it allows God to transform our lives and perspectives. As He...
  • Does Water Baptism Save?

    03/05/2015 2:28:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 178 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal } Does Water Baptism Save? A Biblical Refutation of Baptismal Regeneration    Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching which says that water baptism is an essential requirement for salvation.  According to this teaching, if a person desires to be born again (born into God's family) then he must be baptized in water.  Those holding to this doctrine teach that apart from water baptism, a person cannot be saved, cannot be born again, cannot see the kingdom, and cannot enter heaven.     Introduction:...
  • Designer Religion: A Critique of a Recent Description of Faith in a National Publication

    03/04/2015 8:20:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Designer Religion: A Critique of a Recent Description of Faith in a National Publication By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe live in times of what I would call “designer religion.” Many people seem to think they have a right to assemble religious teachings they like and discard what they do not. The idea that faith is revealed by God and that we are to discover what He has revealed (in both creation and Scripture) and conform ourselves to it is at odds with our consumer culture. But faith is not a consumer product. We can’t just select the commandments we like or...
  • Powerfully Kept

    03/04/2015 4:45:32 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    CCW ^ | 2013 | Jim Elliff
    I’ve seen a few extremely powerful things. Just recently I watched a tornado whirling debris on the lawn as it rose up and passed just beside our house. I know that it was insane to be outside watching, but power is intriguing. I’ve been in a tropical storm on the Florida coast, packed and ready to leave in an instant if it accelerated to a hurricane. I’ve felt the ground rumbling while watching a space shuttle launch, and I’ve circled three times in a small plane over the mighty Victoria Falls in southern Africa. I’ve faced an angry bull elephant...
  • Steve’s Devotional - The Difficulty of Acceptance

    03/04/2015 4:42:10 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 6 replies
    Key Life ^ | March 2, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Maybe it’s cancer. Maybe it’s divorce. Maybe you have a son or daughter who’s turned away from God. Maybe you have a friend who betrayed you. Maybe you’re close to bankruptcy. Whatever it is, Mark 14:32-42 shows Jesus in a more painful predicament. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ faces a soon and horrible death on the cross. Even his friends—Peter, James and John—refuse to stand by him. They can’t even stay awake as Christ pleads with his Father to “take this cup from me.” As Christians, our model is Jesus Christ. In fact, there is probably no better way...
  • Losing Salvation or Never Saved at All?

    03/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 22 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | May 15, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
     J.C. Ryle,[A] common reason why many do not hold perseverance is an incorrect view of the nature of SAVING FAITH. They regard faith as nothing better than a feeling or impression. As soon as they see a man somewhat impressed with the preaching of the Gospel and manifesting some pleasure in hearing about Christ—they set him down at once as a believer! By and by the man’s impressions wear away, and his interest about Christ and salvation ceases altogether. Where is the faith he seemed to have? It is gone. How can his friends, who have pronounced him a believer,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015. Theological Virtues" Charity

    03/04/2015 2:57:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency.com ^ | not given | CNA.com
     Charity Or: Loving as God Loves  The two terms "love" and "charity" are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, "I love hot chocolate," or "I love basketball," or even "I love America," and these kinds of love, while all good in themselves, still fall somewhat short of the love that is charity. What sort of love is charity, then? Quite simply, charity is the Love of...
  • Promises Fulfilled [Devotional Thread]

    03/04/2015 1:38:59 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    Let us learn that the holy fathers under the Old Testament were not ignorant that in this world God seldom or never gives his servants the fulfilment of what is promised them, and therefore has directed their minds to his sanctuary, where the blessings not exhibited in the present shadowy life are treasured up for them. This sanctuary was the final judgment of God, which (as they could not at all discern it by the eye) they were contented to apprehend by faith. Inspired with this confidence, they doubted not that whatever might happen in the world, a time would...
  • The Lord's Supper: solemn symbolism or corporeal flesh and blood?

    03/04/2015 12:31:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 197 replies
    Peace By Jesus ^ | March 4,2015 | Peace by Jesus
    Preface: This is an extensive examination of the Roman Catholic sacrament of Eucharist (which means thanksgiving) as regards the doctrine of the “Real Presence.” This deals with the question as to whether Scripture teaches that Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine by transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine. And by which believers thereby receive life in themselves. Or whether, consistent with other examples of figurative language and teaching, the elements are representations of Christ, and that eating and drinking Christ in John 6 refers to receiving and...
  • The Necessity of Repentance —

    03/04/2015 11:41:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 45 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | April 26, 2013 | J.C. Ryle
    J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) We are told that John the Baptist came “preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” The plain meaning of this expression is, that John preached the necessity of being baptized, in token of repentance, and that he told his hearers that except they repented of sin, their sins would not be forgiven.We must carefully bear in mind that no repentance can make atonement for sin. The blood of Christ, and nothing else, can wash away sin from man’s soul. No quantity of repentance can ever justify us in the sight of God. “We are...
  • Can a Pope Be a Heretic?

    03/04/2015 9:35:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 88 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/4/15 | Jacob W. Wood
    Recently, Cardinal Burke stated that, if Pope Francis were to endorse a position on marriage and sexuality that were contrary to the tradition of the Church, that he would be obliged to “resist” the pontiff. Although the cardinal clarified that he was speaking of a purely hypothetical situation, he hit upon a nerve that gets struck from time to time among Catholics—in instant messages, in passing, on Facebook, though almost never in print—“What if?” What if Cardinal Kasper’s ideology takes over the upcoming Ordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family? What if the behind-the-scenes machinations of his supporters ultimately win...
  • A Worldwide Must-Read: Robert Spencer’s Blogging the Qur’an

    03/04/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/04/2015 | Robert Spencer
    Back in 2007 and 2008, I ran a weekly feature at my website Jihad Watch [1]: “Blogging the Qur’an.” Now, with the Obama administration repeatedly reiterating the claim that Islam is fundamentally peaceful and that promoting its true and benign face will ultimately conquer the global jihad, it is time to revive it.Here at PJ Media I’ll be presenting a new, revised version of the series.Why Read the Qur’an To understand the motives and goals of Islamic jihad terrorists, a good place to start is to explore what they themselves say about why they’re doing what they’re doing, and...
  • The Best Model of Believing [Devotional Thread]

    03/04/2015 4:45:12 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Day By Day with John Calvin | John Calvin
    The LORD had said to Abrahm, "Leave your country, your people, and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." -- Genesis 12:1, NIV Abraham alone ought to be to us equal to tens of thousands if we consider his faith, which is set before us as the best model of believing, to whose race also we must be held to belong in order that we may be the children of God. What could be more absurd than that Abraham should be the father of all the faithful, and not even occupy the meanest corner among...
  • 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome

    03/03/2015 8:04:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    http://www.stpeterslist.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | SPL Staff
    Bl. John Henry Newman said it best: “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” History paints an overwhelming picture of St. Peter’s apostolic ministry in Rome and this is confirmed by a multitude of different sources within the Early Church. Catholic Encyclopedia states, “In opposition to this distinct and unanimous testimony of early Christendom, some few Protestant historians have attempted in recent times to set aside the residence and death of Peter at Rome as legendary. These attempts have resulted in complete failure.” Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel...
  • The Emperor’s New Gender (Why Pope Francis is speaking out)

    03/03/2015 3:00:35 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 3, 2015 | DALE O’LEARY
    “The Church and the heresies always used to fight about words, because they are the only thing worth fighting about.” G. K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross. When Pope Francis listed Gender Theory among the most destructive threats we face today, many people had no idea what he was talking about. "Gender" used to be a perfectly respectable word – a grammatical term. In English some pronouns have gender: masculine, feminine or neuter. Living things, on the other hand, are categorized by sex: male or female. Recently, however, on forms rather than being asked for our sex, we...
  • Incarnation and Redemption (Ecumenical)

    03/03/2015 3:13:41 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 2005 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    The Incarnation and Redemption "The Word became flesh:" in this is the ultimate joy of the Christian faith. In this is the fullness of Revelation. The Same Incarnate Lord is both perfect God and perfect man. The full significance and the ultimate purpose of human existence is revealed and realized in and through the Incarnation. He came down from Heaven to redeem the earth, to unite man with God for ever. "And became man." The new age has been initiated. We count now the "anni Domini!" As St. Irenaeus wrote: "the Son of God became the Son of Man, that...
  • The Unrepenting Repenter

    03/03/2015 3:04:42 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    CCW ^ | March 3,2015 | Jim Elliff
    The believer in Christ is a lifelong repenter.  He begins with repentance and continues in repentance. (Rom. 8:12-13) David sinned giant sins but fell without a stone at the mere finger of the prophet because he was a repenter at heart (2 Sam. 12:7-13). Peter denied Christ three times but suffered three times the remorse until he repented with bitter tears (Mt. 26:75). Every Christian is called a repenter, but he must be a repenting repenter. The Bible assumes the repentant nature of all true believers in its instruction on church discipline. A man unwilling to repent at the...
  • The Problem with Going to Heaven

    03/03/2015 11:15:08 AM PST · by bad company · 9 replies
    http://blogs.ancientfaith.com ^ | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    “That man might become God…” On its surface this statement simply sounds blasphemous. Interpreted in a wrong manner, it would be worse than blasphemous. When read correctly, however, it is the very essence of salvation itself. “To go to heaven…” from my childhood this phrase has been used as the goal of a Christian life. But, interpreted in its most common manner, it is only a Christianized version of paganism. The distinction between these two statements can be found in their treatment of the interior life. The first, “to become God,” suggests profound, even transcendent change within a person. The...
  • Three Degrees of Religious Knowledge - Chapter 12

    03/03/2015 1:11:54 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    IN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF DIVINE THINGS three degrees may be distinguished: the knowledge furnished by reason, by faith, and by spiritual experience respectively. These three degrees of knowledge correspond to the departments of the tabernacle in the ancient Levitical order: the outer court, the holy place, and the holy of holies. Far in, beyond the "second veil," was the holiest of all, having as its lone piece of furniture the Ark of the Covenant with the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat. There between the outstretched wings dwelt in awesome splendor the fire of God's presence, the Shekmah. No...
  • The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

    03/03/2015 12:36:24 PM PST · by redleghunter · 6 replies
    Grace to You ^ | 3 March 2015 | John MacArthur
    You cannot study the New Testament long without seeing that there is a dichotomy between what we are responsible to do as Christians and what has already been done on our behalf. To understand the distinction is to get a grip on the basics of our faith. On the one hand, Scripture makes clear how we are to live, act, think, and speak. We are enjoined to be this or to commit ourselves to do that. But on the other hand, much of the New Testament emphasizes what Christ has already done for us. It says that we are called,...
  • The Cross in the Cosmos – A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

    03/03/2015 8:39:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross in the Cosmos – A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Wisdom Tradition of the Scriptures emphasizes that God speaks and is discerned in things He has made. Scripture says, The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament (stars) shows forth his handiwork (Psalm 19:1). Indeed, when God spoke His Word, creation came forth.And the Word that God spoke was the Logos, Jesus. Scripture says, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (Jn 1:3). It also says, For by Him all things were created, both in...
  • The Conversion of a Catholic Priest

    03/03/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 63 replies
    Remnent of God ^ | march 3,2015 | Vincent O'Shaughnessy
    The Conversion of a Catholic Priest Vincent O'Shaughnessy From Dead Religion To New Life In Christ! As a very small boy I remember rolling out of bed to my knees each morning to say my prayers. We began with the Morning Offering, which my mother taught me, together with the Our Father and Hail Mary. I still remember the Morning Offering going like this: "Oh Jesus, through the most pure heart of Mary. . .etc." To me this meant that to get to Jesus I had to go through Mary. I had no other way to Jesus. I also have...
  • John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ

    03/03/2015 3:07:55 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 7 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/3/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    John MacArthur's Position on the Lordship of Christ   Dr. John MacArthur is the Pastor of the Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California. According to a statement made on the cover of one of his books, “his Bible teaching and tape ministries reach millions across the globe.” He is the author of many books (most of which are published by Moody Press) including several full length commentaries on certain New Testament books. His local church is large, but his influence goes far beyond his local church because of his published writings and public tapes which are distributed widely....
  • The Relationship Between Good Works and Salvation

    03/03/2015 2:55:39 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 11 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Relationship BetweenGood Works and Salvation Salvation is NOT BY WORKS  (Ephesians 2:8-9) Salvation is UNTO GOOD WORKS (Ephesians 2:10) Good works are not the MEANS of salvation (Titus 3:5). Good works are the RESULT of salvation(Titus 3:8). Good works are not the CAUSE of salvation. Good works are the CONSEQUENCE of salvation. Good works are not what a person must do to be saved. "But to him that WORKETH NOT, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Rom. 4:5). Good works are what a saved person does."This is a faithful saying,...
  • AM I A TRUE BELIEVER?

    03/03/2015 2:48:37 AM PST · by RaceBannon
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 03/03/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    span.WPParaTextBox { border-width: 0.0133333in; border-style: solid; border-color: black; padding: 5px; margin: 0px; display: block } <p>div.WPParaTextBoxWrapper { padding: 0px; float: none } <p>p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal }             Am I A True Believer?   In this brief study we want to consider the important, soul-searching question: Am I a true believer? To help you answer this question, consider the following questions. Think about each one in an honest, personal way. Take time to look up the Bible verses that are given along with each question. Ask...
  • The Journey Home - 3/2/2015 - Dr. Wesley Vincent

    03/02/2015 4:13:10 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    EWTN ^ | March 2, 2015 | Marcus Grodi
    Mon. Mar. 2 at 8:00 PM ETTue. Mar. 3 at 1:00 AM ETFri. Mar. 6 at 1:00 PM ET DR. WESLEY VINCENT Former Fundamentalist and Evangelical Dr. Wesley Vincent shares his faith journey to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi. Duration: 01:00 How a Bible Believer Became Catholic by Believing the Bible – Conversion Story of Wesley Vincent Ph.D. Our devout, fundamentalist-evangelical family of six children attended Sunday School, Sunday morning and evening worship services, Wednesday evening prayer meeting, and choir rehearsal after prayer meeting — even when traveling. My parents alternately took us to Nazarene and Baptist congregations....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Hope

    03/02/2015 3:17:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicNewsAgency. com ^ | not given | CNA
    Hope Or: Striving for Heaven  As we saw in the previous lesson, Faith reveals to us God's supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of each human person lies in the attainment of Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it is time to begin working towards that objective. That's where the theological virtue of Hope enters the picture. Hope is the virtue whereby the individual strives for Heaven as something which is possible, but not yet guaranteed.  There are, then, three conditions needed for the virtue of hope: firstly, an active...
  • For San Diego, Francis Looks Left

    03/02/2015 3:14:27 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 02 March 2015 | Rocco Palmo
    It's being called the "Cupich appointment of the West," and not without reason – resolving the highest-profile vacancy on the current US docket, at Roman Noon tomorrow the Pope is slated to name Bishop Robert McElroy, the 61 year-old auxiliary of San Francisco known as one of the Stateside bench's most outspoken progressives, as the sixth bishop of San Diego and its 1 million Catholics in the nation's seventh-largest city.
  • Holy Ikons (Orthodox - Catholic Caucus)

    03/02/2015 1:41:54 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 1976 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT IS ORTHODOXY SUNDAY. It was established as a special memorial day of the Council at Constantinople in 843. It commemorates first of all the victory of the Church over the heresy of the Iconoclasts: The use and veneration of Holy Ikons was restored. On this day we continue to sing the troparion of the Holy Image of Christ: "We reverence Thy sacred Image O Christ..." At first glance, it may seem to be an unsuitable occasion to commemorate the glory of the Church and all the heroes and martyrs of the Orthodox Faith. Would it...
  • Pope’s View Grabs Couple’s Attention

    03/02/2015 12:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New Zealand Catholic ^ | March 2015 | Michael Otto
    Pope Francis may have ventured where angels fear to go last month in raising the issue of responsible parenthood, but one Kiwi family is unafraid to share their distinct experience.Michael and Rebecca Loretz of Avondale in Auckland have nine children aged between 20 years and 15 months. And all of them were born by caesarean section. So their ears pricked up when they heard reports of the Pope’s comments during an in-flight press conference after his visit to the Philippines. Francis spoke of a woman he met who was pregnant after having had her first seven children by caesarean...
  • Church in Poland Set for Schism?

    03/02/2015 12:34:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | 2/27/15
    Poland could be the scene of the next traditionalist schism within the Roman Catholic Church, a leading intellectual on the conservative wing of the church writes.Pope Francis is openly departing from the teaching of the “Polish pope”, Dominik Zdort wrote in daily Rzeczpospolita on Friday. Pope Francis may be be seeking the establishment of a new religion, distinct from Catholicism since John Paul II’s teaching was without a doubt within the Catholic tradition, Zdort wrote. The traditionalist writer sees the potential for a schism, as “never before has such a large (and growing) group of hierarchs been openly against the...
  • On Church and Tradition

    03/02/2015 11:24:00 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 20 Feb 2001 | Archpriest George Florovsky
    St. Vincent of Lerins and tradition The famous dictum of St. Vincent of Lerins was characteristic of the attitude of the Ancient Church in the matters of faith: "We must hold what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all" [Commonitorium, 2]. This was at once the criterion and the norm. The crucial emphasis was here on the permanence of Christian teaching. St. Vincent was actually appealing to the double "ecumenicity" of Christian faith — in space and in time. In fact, it was the same great vision which had inspired St. Irenaeus in his own time: the One Church,...
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism Grace vs> works

    03/02/2015 11:21:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 87 replies
    Grace to You ^ | Feb 13,2013 | John MacArthur
    The New Testament is clear about the nature of saving faith. “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law” (Romans 3:28). “A man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus . . . since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified” (Galatians 2:16). “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABSOLUTE MIRACLE, 03-02-15

    03/02/2015 10:20:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-02-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ABSOLUTE MIRACLE An effect produced by God in the visible world which totally surpasses all the forces of created nature, e.g., raising a certainly dead person back to life. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Nature of Justifying Faith

    03/02/2015 8:51:38 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | Oct. 2007 | David VanDrunen
    The claim that justification comes sola fide was central to the debates of the Reformation. When the matter of sola fide is raised, however, attention tends to focus on the first of these words: alone. We remember that the reformers taught that justification is by faith alone while Roman Catholics countered that justification is by faith and good works. Thus, it may seem, both sides affirmed the importance of faith, but disagreed simply on whether anything had to be added to faith in order to secure justification. This is true in a sense-both sides did speak of the necessity of...
  • Order! Order in the Universe! – A Meditation on the Wisdom That Creation Reflects

    03/02/2015 7:49:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Order! Order in the Universe! – A Meditation on the Wisdom That Creation Reflects By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn a courtroom, the judge can bring an unruly outburst to an end by shouting, “Order! Order in the court!” I often feel the same urge in the debates of our time about God’s existence and His role in the created universe. It is not so much that the debates can get unruly, but that I, with the  insistence of a town crier, want to shout, “Order! Order, there IS order the universe!” And I want to ask everyone to be quiet and listen to the universe herself...
  • From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

    03/01/2015 4:54:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1,125 replies
    http://www.catholic-convert.com/ ^ | February 26, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.” I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church. The reason I had these beliefs was due to being told what to believe about the Catholic Church from those who were told what to believe about the Catholic Church. No one was willing to find out what the bottom line was concerning the Catholic Church....