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Why I’m Not, And Never Will Be, A Roman Catholic (Reason 5: Teachings On Mary)

April 12, 2013

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Dulia: veneration given to icons, relics, saints, etc.

Hyper-dulia: special veneration given to Mary.

Latria: worship given to God.

(James White discusses Rome’s un-Biblical uses of “dulia” and “latria”)

After reading more about the official teachings of the Church in regard to Mary, this became one of the clearest points of doctrine for me as to why I believe Rome has gone astray. Many of the functions given to God the Son have increasingly been mimicked in Mary over the history of the Church. In 1854, the Church declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and that it is required to believe for salvation. It is now integral to the gospel. Then in 1950, the doctrine of the Bodily Assumption was declared as dogma. Many Catholics I’ve spoken with say these teachings were not “new”, nor became “official”, but were “re-confirmed”.

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Martin Luther (He May Not Be Who You Think)

April 6, 2011

James Swan has a personal hobby of digging up all he can on Martin Luther, not only to learn about the great reformer, but also to help clear up misconceptions about him. There are so many.

Here is a link to 10 common myths about Luther. One rumor he clears up is the one where it’s said that Luther got his solafide epiphany while sitting on the toilet. Swan clarifies that this can’t be the case because Luther was in the tower when he had it and there were no bathrooms in the tower. He also mentions that the language in regard to the toilet wasn’t literal but an idiom meaning he was in a depressed state at that time of his life.

I can’t help but point out that we have the same idiom in English. Haven’t you ever been down in the dumps?!

Here is also a link where Swan exposes more Luther myths. There are 5 radio shows in total to download here. It’s really good stuff!

Here is also a link to Swan’s blog, where he addresses a plethora of other Luther misconceptions. The link I provide dumps you right into the heart of some Luther myths, not the home page. His blog is also a great resource.

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Why I’m Not, And Never Will Be, A Roman Catholic (Reason 4 – Luther, History, and Solafide)

April 5, 2011

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It is commonly assumed by Roman Catholics that solafide was invented by Luther for having added the German word “allien” to his German translation of the Vulgate. Here is a debate by James Swan where he seeks to clear up some false Catholic assumptions in regard to Luther. Not only was Luther not afraid to retract the word, but Luther was within the realm of reason to add it in the first place since even some Catholic NT translations prior to Luther also included “alone”, i.e. the Nuremberg Bible (1483), “allein durch den glauben” and the Italian Bibles of Geneva (1476) and of Venice (1538) say “per sola fede.” Source

In defense of his translation, Luther also claimed that others before him included the word “alone”. They may not have interpreted it the same (or they may have), but the word is there. That’s the point. Thomas Aquinas is one example. He said, “Non est ergo in eis [moralibus et caeremonialibus legis] spes iustificationis, sed in sola fide, Rom. 3:28: Arbitramur justificari hominem per fidem, sine operibus legis” (Therefore the hope of justification is not found in them [the moral and ceremonial requirements of the law], but in faith alone, Rom 3:28: We consider a human being to be justified by faith, without the works of the law).

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Why I’m Not, And Never Will Be, A Roman Catholic (Reason 3 – Ambrosiaster, Solafide, and McGrath’s ‘Iustitia Dei’)

March 6, 2011

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These excerpts are found in Ambrosiaster’s commentary on the book of Romans. It is believed that he wrote the commentary in the 4th century around 370 A.D. Also, according to the prologue, “it is certain that by the end of the 4th century Ambrosiaster’s commentary had become a standard work of Latin biblical study and that it retained its influence even after the publication of Jerome’s new Vulgate translation”.

In other words, what we need to point out to Roman Catholics, who only view history through the lens of Sola Ecclesia, is that 1. “solafide” wasn’t an invention in the 1500’s by Luther, thus 2. justification by works righteousness WASN’T the “unanimous consent” of the early church fathers (which Trent and Vatican I allude to in regards to the derivation of Rome’s official teachings), and 3. Ambrosiaster wasn’t considered to be teaching heretical things back then (yet Trent would anathematize any who believe solafide today). On the contrary, his commentary was widely used, even after the printing of the Vulgate. Note: I’m not saying that any early fathers were proto-Lutherans, but that allusions to solafide are there. I get into this a little more below when I clarify Catholic misunderstandings of Alister McGrath’s ‘Iustitia Dei’.

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Why I’m Not, And Never Will Be, A Roman Catholic (Reason 2 – Inconsistent Interpretations of James 2)

March 6, 2011

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I have been curious about Robert Sungenis’  arguments in regards to James 2. Sungenis is an affluent Roman Catholic apologist. I figured if I really want to make sure my interpretation of James 2 is a solid one, I better hear the best arguments the other side can possibly offer. After reading it I decided to post my review of the book on Amazon. This thread is the same as my review, however, for the purposes of this blog I want to provide an even more in-depth critique of the book. Therefore, I went back and added some clarifications and additional insights which are in green. Also, Sungenis responds to the reviews on Amazon here and I’m looking forward to dialoging with him about it if the opportunity presents itself. Overall, if you’re after consistency, I think you’ll find that his interpretation is off and is ignoring many important components.

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Why I’m Not, And Never Will Be, a Roman Catholic (Reason 1 – No Unanimus Consent of Ultimate Authority)

January 17, 2011

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This is the first of many reasons to come as to why I am not a Roman Catholic and why I reject the official teachings of the Church. The major reason is because their gospel has not only changed, but is outright heresy – which I will get to on another post. I plan on having many of these be simple segments as to what I, and many others, find to be gigantic theological, historical, and practical inconsistencies on Rome’s part.

The first reason is the issue of ultimate authority. Is it Scripture, which is God-breathed, or also a Magisterium and Papacy made up of finite, sinful, humans whereby the Pope is only infallible when conveniently speaking in ex-cathedra mode?

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Romans 3:28 and James 2:24. Do They Contradict?

March 1, 2008

The Protestant’s hope and prayer for Catholics (and all others) should be to see Christ in the correct light, and to love him in that way. Well intentioned Protestants strongly believe that if you don’t view Christ through the lens of solafide then he’s a distorted Christ. He’s less gracious, less loving, and less close to your heart and life.

My heart is to show Catholics that you don’t have to go to Mary for grace and mercy, but that it’s all profoundly available in Christ. He is the true Pontifix Maximus whom needs no assistance in reconciling sinners to himself. That was his mission and he fully accomplished it, hence being God. I hope this thread sheds some light on many things such as the differences between Catholic and Protestant theology, history of Luther and solafide, the doctrine of justification in the book of Romans, and mostly, a consistent interpretation of James 2. May there be no fear of death, nor fear of punishment, to the one who is in Jesus Christ!

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