You have probably heard your pastor teach you repeatedly that you are saved by faith alone by asking Jesus into your heart or accepting him as you Lord and Personal Savior. In support of this view of salvation he would quote passages from the Bible such as Eph.2:8-9 which says;
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Basing on this passage your pastor will tell you two things,
1. That salvation is a grace from God and you will receive it through faith alone, and
2. That good works has nothing to do with your salvation or good works is not important.
Most Protestants will accept the explanation of the pastor at face value, not questioning or doubting what the pastor is telling them to believe. They would just assume that the pastor’s view of salvation is biblical, after all they adhered to bible alone doctrine. At first glance this passage would appear to support the Protestant doctrine of salvation by faith alone, but upon close scrutiny of this passage the truth says otherwise. Let us analyze what your pastor has taught you about salvation. Continue reading
Protestants generally believe that Mary had other sons and that Jesus Christ is not a lone child of Mary and Joseph. Brant Petri a professor of Biblical studies presents the biblical and historical proof that Mary remained a perpetual virgin after the birth of Jesus Christ.
St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
Most Protestants with a Calvinistic background always point out that St. Augustine, a doctor of the Church supports their belief in eternal security of salvation or once saved always saved. They make use of some passages from the books of St. Augustine to prove their point but these passages are often taken out of its context and given a different meaning by Protestants. If St. Augustine taught a doctrine that is not biblical who could have been excommunicated by the Church regardless of his popularity or influence. Origen once was a great defender of the Christian faith and taught apologetics in antiquity was not spared from excommunication when he taught that even demons will be saved and that the persons in the Holy Trinity are not equal with each other. The writings of St, Augustine was widely studied by the Catholic Church in fact there are scholars who specialized in the writing of St. Augustine. Continue reading
In 2004 Mel Gibson released the movie entitled “The Passion of Christ”, the story was based on the Gospels themselves and nothing was added to the details of the story. Mel Gibson with Jim Caviezel will release the sequel of the movie entitled “Paul, Apostle of Christ”.
This sequel is based on the life of St. Paul, before his conversion to the Catholic faith he spearheaded the persecution of Christians.
One of the reasons why Protestants do not want to meddle in historical grounds of the Christian faith is because they can quickly discover that they have no part in the 2000 years history of Christianity until the 16th century when Martin Luther revolted against God. Protestants frequently accuse Catholics of violating the Bible whenever we have images of saints in the Church. According to them this is unbiblical and in direct violation of Exodus chapter 20 verse three to five. Protestantism’s ignorance of scripture is apparent whenever they oppose having sacred images, they are not only biblically ignorant but also unschooled in the arts of history. The following images are what as left of sacred images across the entire history of Christendom.
1st century A.D, Altar in St. Peter’s Church in Antioch, southern Turkey
As early as 1st century A.D or 100 A.D Churches have altars and images, contrary to contemporary Protestant/born again churches. St. Peter’s Church in antioch was founded by St. Peter himself. St. Ignatius of Antioch was St. Peter’s disciple and was the one who ordained St. Ignatius as bishop of Antioch. If Sacred images was prohibited in the Bible St. Peter himself would have not allowed to have an image in the altar. Since, St. Peter did not object to have images in the Church then clearly Catholicism was right about it. Continue reading