But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:21

Another strange Catholic paradox

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The Roman Catholic church has an enormous catalog full of rites, rituals, ceremonies, observances, and laws. But of all of Romes’ many practices, it says the most important is the celebration of the eucharist aka the mass.

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I took the above enlarged photo with my iPhone through the windshield of my car as I was driving home from work last week. I was driving around 60 mph at the time and took the photo with one hand. Definitely don’t try this at home! Forgive the poor quality.  Yes, I even photoshopped it...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 18:56

Answering the alleged “95 Catholic Verses” – # 86.

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

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Friday, 15 February 2019 19:24

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 2/16/19

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In response to the escalating revelations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-up, which reach up to the highest levels of Catholicism’s hierarchy, pope Francis called for the upcoming “abuse...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:51

Cutthroat politics in the push to make the pope infallible

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Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church By John W. O’Malley Belknap Press, 2018, 320 pages

Some of my recent readings about the Catholic dogma of papal infallibility prompted me to download the ebook version of this very interesting book.

In the 19th-century, as...

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Most everyone is familiar with the bogus “Shroud of Turin,” the alleged burial shroud of Jesus displayed at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. But few are aware of the extremely large number of other purported “relics” throughout Roman...

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

This week, we will...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 20:45

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 2/9/19

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Nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century Protestant literature included many convent escape narratives written by ex-nuns that testified of rampant abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) within Catholic convents. Catholic...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 20:08

Mother Teresa?

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…she believed in works salvation and universal redemption, both taught by her Catholic church.

“When I asked (Mother Teresa) whether she converted (anyone), she answered, ‘Yes, I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu, or a better Muslim, or a better Protestant, or a better...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 19:41

Shining a light on the dark secrets of the Catholic priesthood

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“Gay Priests and the Self-Loathing of the Catholic Church” By Andrew Sullivan New York Magazine, January 21-February 3, 2019, pp. 18-25, 82-83

I was an altar boy from 5th through 8th grade and served at masses at our parish church on Sundays, Saturdays, and weekdays. In my capacity as an...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 19:24

Is the Pope the Antichrist?

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Antichrist Revealed: Described in Scripture…Fulfilled in the Papacy By Carol White Amazon Digital Services, 2017, 45 pages

Last week, I posted about a valuable little quarterly, the Ulster Bulwark, published by the Evangelical Protestant Society of Northern Ireland (see here). One of the...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 19:42

Answering the alleged “95 Catholic Verses” – # 80.

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:33

A small publication that’s well worth reading

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Back several decades ago, when I was a young Christian, I used to enjoy getting a few Christian periodicals in the mail, including “Moody Monthly” and “The Sword of the Lord.” These days, there’s so much information available via the internet (good and bad) that...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 19:48

Another betrayal of the Gospel in the push for “unity”

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Justified in Christ: The Doctrines of Peter Martyr Vermigli and John Henry Newman and Their Ecumenical Implications By Chris Castaldo Pickwick Publications, 2017, 234 pages

I’m already acquainted with the author of this book, evangelical pastor Chris Castaldo. I’ve reviewed two books he...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 19:39

Was Mary really sinless?

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Roman Catholicism teaches that Mary was conceived without original sin and lived a totally sinless life. Why do they teach such a thing? Because Mary holds such an exalted place in Catholicism and is claimed to share many of the offices of Jesus Christ (e.g., Advocate, Mediatrix, Co-Redemptrix,...

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Breaking News: I’m very pleased to report that, today, New York State passed the Child Victims Act. Story below:

They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y.

For thirteen long years, the Roman Catholic church determinedly fought the passage of the Child Victims Act,...

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound” Protestants.

This week, we will...

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Friday, 25 January 2019 20:11

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 1/26/19

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Americans were galvanized by the video clip of a 16-year-old high school student confronting Native American activist, Nathan...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 19:05

What’s in a name?

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I’ve posted previously about what prompted me to start blogging back in 2015 (see here). Three and a half years later, I’m still at it, thanks to the Lord.

When I began the blog, I thought about a good name for it, just like every blogger does. My goals for the blog were 1) to compare...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:54

Too much sectarian baggage to be useful

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My Deliverance from the Heresies of Rome By Harry Hampel Harry Hampel Deliverance Revivals, 1955, 110 pages

The author of this short book, Harry Hampel, was a Pentecostal evangelist active in the 1950s and 60s within the Assemblies of God denomination. Hampel begins this book with his testimony of...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 15:00

A Petition to Mary?

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We know from Scripture that only Almighty God is worthy of our worship. The Bible is not fuzzy about this; it commands us to worship God alone.

“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” – Matthew 4:10

But Roman Catholics dedicate a large portion of their...

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Since early-August, we’ve been examining the 95 Bible verses presented by Catholic apologist, Dave Armstrong, in his book, “The Catholic Verses,” that allegedly validate Catholicism and “confound Protestants.” This week, I thought we’d take a break from the...

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Friday, 18 January 2019 20:16

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views -1/19/19

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It’s definitely too early to assess the total impact of the “Summer of 2018,” when the Catholic church’s sexual abuse and cover-up scandal became a tsunami. But as this article reveals, two-thirds of the...

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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara By David I. Kertzer Alfred A. Knopf, 1997, 350 pages

The Roman Catholic church has an extremely uncomplimentary history in regards to its relationship with the Jews. There’s a lengthy and sordid record of persecution, pogroms, forced baptisms, ghetto...

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