"For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. " 1 Corinthians 2:2

Albert Mohler Addresses the Papacy

from ABPNews by Bob Allen, 14 March 2013

“Evangelical Christians simply cannot accept the legitimacy of the papacy and must resist and reject claims of papal authority,” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in a podcast commentary March 14. “To do otherwise would be to compromise biblical truth and reverse the Reformation.”

Mohler said the reformers rejected papal authority during the 16th century for good reasons that are seemingly forgotten today by “some liberal Protestants and careless evangelicals” seeking theological consensus and common ground on social issues like marriage and the sanctity of human life.

“First and foremost, evangelicals must affirm that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is an essential, because that is the very definition of the gospel itself, and there is nothing more core, central and essential than the gospel,” Mohler said.

“The reformers were absolutely right in saying that any understanding of justification – even the understanding that justification is by faith and something else — is another gospel, is anathema to the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Mohler said. “The only way of understanding salvation by grace alone through faith alone is defining justification as the Scripture defines it, and that is justification by faith alone.”


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Lifeway Encouraging Southern Baptist to Practice Lectio Divina

(This comes from Christian Research Net and Apprising Ministries. Please read the entire article and get the total context. I agree with it’s conclusions.)

You’ll see the evidence in this new article at online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries. Like good little Protholics Lifeway, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, encourages it’s own Sunday School teachers to push Lectio Divina.

 

From the Mailbag!

Special Podcast Version including a Bonus Segment!

Mike finally opens the mailbag to read and answer emails from listeners, on subjects such as John MacArthur and “Lordship Salvation”, Rob Bell and Hell, and Roman Catholicism. Plus, special guest Donna Reine talks about her missions work in Canada and India.

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Justification by Faith Alone

Sola Fide!

Mike and Scott Reiber discuss the doctrine of justification by faith, alone…a doctrine that birthed the Protestant Reformation in early 1500s and is still a topic of debate today. This program includes some bonus conversation available here only!

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Whew…we can allow relax now…

Pope outlines latest effort revive Christianity

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer Tue Oct 12, 9:28 am ET

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI formally created a new Vatican office Tuesday to revive Christianity in Europe, his latest attempt to counter secular trends in traditionally Christian countries.

In a decree, Benedict said the new office would promote church doctrine, use the media to get the church’s message out and mobilize missionary-type activities.

Luther in Rome

This clip is from the film Luther came to my mind after viewing a sad and disturbing video at Watchers Lamp, of a BBC news depicting the account of a village in Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercegovina, where many believe the Virgin Mary appears daily.

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No Place for Heresy

by C. Fitzsimmons Allison

Corruption and Reform in the Christian Church could be a title of a work on church history. There has been no age that has not seen this phenomenon occur and reoccur.

One of the best examples of reform is that which occurred at Cluny in the tenth century in southern France following the darkest times of the Western church after the fall of Rome (see Nick Needham’s article above for more on the Cluniac revival). It brought a visible seriousness of spiritual discipline that lasted for more than two centuries. The acknowledged founder, Berno of Baume (d. 927), was followed by long-serving, effective leaders. The order reached its height under Hugh (d. 1109) with well over one thousand houses affiliated with the mother monastery of Cluny.

As Cluny gained power, influence, and wealth, this reform itself needed reform. It too became corrupt, but fortunately it was replaced by the Cistercian reform movement led by the incomparable Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153).

It is undeniable that the monastic institution and religious orders were instruments in the reform of church corruption over many centuries and that papal authority protected them from lay intrusions. Yet by the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the monasteries and papacy were both in dire need of reform.

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A Primer on Roman Catholicism (pt. 8)

Continued from Part Seven at Ligonier blog

Martin Luther, the great reformer, while still a Roman Catholic, had an experience which was the cue to his whole career. It occurred, according to his son, Paul, when, mounting the holy staircase of Rome on his knees in penance, he realized in a sudden flash of understanding the meaning of these words: “The just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17. Immediately he rose from his knees and walked down the steps. This was the prelude to the Reformation. Was Luther right? Are men justified before God by faith alone? Let us see.

According to the Bible, justification is by faith in Christ; according to Rome, justification is by faith plus works. According to the Bible, justification produces good works; according to Rome, good works produce justification. According to the Bible, justification is by Christ alone; according to Rome, it is by Christ and the sinner. It would appear that the word of Rome and the Word of God are two different things. The following is a formula I have used for over 50 years when explaining this point:

Roman Catholic Teaching:
Faith + Works → Justification

Biblical Doctrine:
Faith → Justification + Works

It can be seen from the diagram that works are necessary for justification in both systems; but in the Roman system they are necessary as a prerequisite; in the biblical system they are necessary as a postrequisite. (For a much fuller treatment of this entire issue, see the book Justification by Faith ALONE, by John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, John Armstrong, Joel Beeke, and myself, and published by Soli Deo Gloria in 1995.)

But someone will ask, does the Bible not also state that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20)? Does it not go on to say that such a faith cannot justify? Does it not imply that faith must be supplemented by works in order to avail? Is the Catholic doctrine not right after all: justification is by faith plus works? The answer is simple—justification is by a living and active faith (this is understood everywhere in the Bible; it is made explicit in James). Now, a living faith leads to good works. So justification, which is by a living faith, is by a full-of-the-promise-of-good-works faith. “Justification is by faith alone, but not by the faith that is alone.”

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Wake Up America!

I’ve given a title to my two cents/bullet points and I think it says it all. WAKE UP DANG IT!

 

World Net Daily-New York Representative and tax cheat  Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation that would reinstate a compulsory military draft during war time and require U.S. citizens not selected for military duty to perform a "national service obligation" – as defined by President Obama – for a minimum of two years. Rangel introduced the Universal National Service Act, or H.R. 5741 on July 15. The measure was referred to the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Military Personnel on July 23. A thief wanting us to serve a communist…only in America?

World Net Daily- Communist-in-chief and coward Barack Obama ,the honorary chairman of the Boy Scouts of America, will not attend the group’s 100th anniversary celebration today – opting instead to appear at fundraisers and on the ABC daytime talk show, The View.  More than 43,000 Boy Scouts will celebrate the organization’s centennial Wednesday at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. Obama has sent a videotaped message to the scouts because he plans an appearance for "The View" that day. ABC noted Obama’s appearance on the show will be the "first time in history a sitting United States president has visited a daytime talk show."  Either Obama is an idiot or one of the most clever men who has ever lived. What’s worse, is we are standing around with our fingers in our ears and letting he and his ilk ruin this nation.

Broadcasting & Cable- From the “ahhh department comes the story that Oprah is in a slump. Oprah is having one tough summer. In the week ending July 18, CBS Television Distribution’s The Oprah Winfrey Show sunk to an all-time ratings low for the third time in five weeks, dropping 13% from the prior week to a 2.8 live plus same day household average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Maybe should she have more pagans, wingnuts and wussies on her program? I  may not sleep tonight….but it won’t be because of this news.

ChristianPost.com- OH NO….the Dove Wards are moving to Atlanta. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) said it was taking a “bold step” Tuesday in hosting the next Dove Awards for the first time in a place outside of Nashville. The majority of what is described as ‘mainstream Christian music’ is no different than any secular music. Whether its some ‘Christian rap’, or Signature Sound turnin somersaults for Jesus, its sometimes nothing more that plain old entertainment.

To end on some sort of positive note….Ligonier Blog has been presenting what is now an tremendous 8 part piece by John Gerstner entitled A Primer on Roman Catholicism. I would highly recommend you read all 7 parts and especially recommend it to the readers of my blog who criticize my position on the Roman church.