I’ve mentioned before there was so much wrong with Roman Catholicism, that I almost didn’t know where to start. In the beginning of this blog, I used to actually have a list at the beginning of each post telling you all the things wrong with each topic, and all the points I’d answered. With Roman Catholicism, the post was so long you had to page down three times to get to the article.
Because it’s been months since I began the series, let me first state I demolished the RCc doctrine of the Magisterium. When I insist that all Roman Catholic apologists read my articles first, they always ignore that requirement. How do I know? Because many of them turn to the Magisterium, which is the entire reason I dealt with the Magisterium first.
The next tactic is to claim I’m “Catholic bashing.” Let’s get the terminology correct – it is Roman Catholic, not Catholic. I do not believe in an invisible, Universal church, as I’ve written before – I know many cultists like to blame everything from Easter to toothbrushes on the Roman Catholic church, but the concept of a Universal church WAS invented by the RCc. When the Bible speaks of a church, it is 99 times out of 108 referring to a local, visible institution. And it’s probable that the other 9 uses conform to that reading. Else why did Paul, John, & Peter all address their letters to the “church which is at Rome” “at Corinth…” Why not “To the church…”?
Answer: Because the correct word is “kingdom of God” or “kingdom of Heaven” when talking about all the believers as a group.
The Catholic Church is the most attacked church both from within the church and from outside of the church. — Catholic Vs. Protestant Bible Study E-Sword module
Answer… Yes. That perfectly explains the Crusades and the Inquisition. If by your statement, you mean that the Roman Catholic church cult is the most attacked cult, then that answer would be false.
There are entire RCc documents that are nothing but attacks on any interpretation which conforms to the Bible, meaning Baptists and to some extent, Protestants. The Council of Trent was a violent ideological attack on Biblical Christianity (although aimed primarily at Protestants, it also was aimed at Baptists). The RCc church constantly physically tortured and murdered Christians and Jews, in the name of religion. That has never been repented of, decried, or apologized for by Rome. Instead, those that were put to death for the crime of attempting to kill the King of England were canonized.
Many Protestants will say that Catholics do not know their Bible, do not believe in Bible studies. Some will go so far as to say that the Church does not allow, or discourages Bible study. — Catholic Vs. Protestant Bible Study E-Sword module
Yes, I know. I guess it’s wrong of us to quote official Catholic doctrine, but okay for you. Like it or not, the Vatican has forbidden any reading of the bible. They TOLERATE reading of the Bible. As recently as the 19th century, a Canadian Roman Catholic Priest wrote a book on his experiences in the Roman “church”. He reported seeing a bookshelf as he was being trained for Holy Orders that contained forbidden books… and one was the Bible. He also reported that he took an oath never to read nor interpret the Bible without the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic church to tell him the interpretation of it.
The Roman cult officially forbid the private reading of Scripture at the Council of Trent. Jerome and Augustine can say what they like – the RCc considers itself above the teachings of its founders. Question: is the Pope fallible or not? You say no. Well, if the Pope declares it wrong to read the Bible for yourself, BY yourself, then it’s as if God spoke it, right? Isn’t that what the Roman cult teaches? Then you’ve got a major conflict now, in that some popes forbid the reading of the Bible – look it up, it can be found in the council of Trent – and some encouraged it, as long as it’s an “Approved” Bible.
Didn’t Roman Catholics, on the orders of Rome, burn “Protestant” Bibles? I’ve got to say, Roman Catholics are as bad as Calvinists when it comes to generalizations. Calvinists insist that anyone that disagrees with them is Armininanist, no matter how many times you prove it to them they’re wrong. Roman Catholics have a habit of calling every Christian a “protestant”, which is a biased and EXTREMELY flawed view of History. Baptists are not Protestants.
One of the biggest insults was to call us by the name of one of our biggest Protestant persecutors, when flogging Baptists – Inquisitors called it “painting Calvin’s back” when they’d flog Baptists.
since Inquistitors would write down every scream, moan or shriek of tortured Baptists, try this – go back to the Vatican library and ask to see the transcripts of “inquisitions” of Baptists. Look at what they would shout when you referred to them as Calvin? “I am a Baptist, not a Calvinist!”
600 years later, you’re still calling Baptists “Protestants”.
“After nearly 20 yrs of study, and being in solid Bible-teaching churches, I approached my pastor. He is a nationally syndicated radio preacher. After service one day I asked him the million dollar question. “Which Bible commentary and which “Systematic Theology” should I get, so I know my understanding of all the Scriptures are ‘correct?’ (I had no idea that the only correct answer to that is the Catholic Church.) He looked at me and laughed his signature laugh. I was serious. I wanted to know. He basically said that he picks and chooses what he agrees with from several different sources. Okay,… that works for him, but not for me. That would basically make him THE POPE.”
Answer: This very statement showed that this person had lied to themselves for 20 years and thought they were a Christian. how can you claim to have been a Christian for 20 years, and not understood the simple fact that you are required by God to READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF?
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; Matthew 12:3 (KJV)
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? Matthew 12:5 (KJV)
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, Matthew 19:4 (KJV)
31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, Matthew 22:31 (KJV)
10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: Mark 12:10 (KJV)
26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? Mark 12:26 (KJV)
3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; Luke 6:3 (KJV)
You are REQUIRED TO READ the Bible for yourself.
So, how does it make me the Pope, a position not ordained in the Bible, not commanded to nor referenced in a positive way… if I read Adam Clarke say something in a Commentary that I know is wrong, and dismiss it?
The commentaries of the bible are written by men. Sometimes men are bound by the thinking of their denominations. Adam Clarke advocated one or two things his denomination taught, but the Bible forbids.
Should I BLINDY accept that as Biblical truth, when I know for a fact it is wrong?
some commentaries equate the Jewish commandment of circumcision with the unScriptural habit of sprinkling babies. That’s completely unBiblical. But it can be found in Protestant commentaries, because these are MEN writing them, not like the Bible.
commentaries aid our understanding of the Bible, but they are not the EQUIVALENT of the Bible.
Roman Catholic doctrine elevates Roman Catholic teaching ABOVE the Bible.
It’s like Judaism. If the Rabbis say one thing and the Bible another, who do observant Jews follow? The Rabbis. “You shall follow the majority opinion.” The Rabbis teach. “Do not follow a multitude to do evil” is what the Bible commands.
If you cannot read the Bible for yourself, you will be at the mercy of every false teacher – like Pope Francis, the “pope of hope” – that comes along.
If you went to a church for 20 years, and could not grasp this simple fact, you were deluded. You were still a Roman Catholic, and never a Christian.
If you think you cannot read the bible for yourself, and cannot understand the words, then you are not only deluded, but definitely unSaved.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24 (KJV)
Can you understand those words? “verily” means “truth” or “truly.” “I say unto you…” means “I say unto you.” “he that heareth my word” means… “He that heareth my word”.
It’s not complicated. Give it a try.
If you sat in a church for 20 years and did not read your Bible for yourself, then you were lying to yourself the entire time.
“okay, that works for him but not for me.”
WHY NOT??? CAN’T YOU UNDERSTAND ENGLISH??? THEN GET A BIBLE IN YOUR NATIVE TONGUE!!!
“but it’s not translated from the Latin!!!”
News flash – the BIBLE WAS NOT WRITTEN IN THE LATIN. Who CARES how Jerome translated the Greek and Hebrew? WHO CARES????
READ THE BIBLE THAT IS TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK AND HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS THAT CHRISTIANITY HAS ALWAYS USED, AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANY QUESTIONABLE TRANSLATION IN LATIN!
So, let’s try this…. I want you to read Romans for yourself. By yourself. Do not consult any Catholic commentaries. Don’t go asking your pastor what it means. Read Romans and tell me if it sounds like it’s saying you must be saved by faith? That all you have to do is believe?
The roman Catholic church pronounces damnation on anyone who believes it. So tell me, is this consistent with the Bible or not?
If it’s not… then you need to leave the Roman Catholic cult as soon as possible. Get saved. Go to a church, a Bible believing one. And write to your old Roman Catholic pastor, and let him know that you’ve left, and why.
You might get him saved, too.