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False Teaching Regarding Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, has been given an exceptional amount of coverage of late by the news media. A recent feature article in the Birmingham Post-Herald contains this headline: "More Catholics turning to Mary" (March 24, 2001, p. D7). The following statement is made subsequently: "Through the centuries, the role of Mary in the Catholic Church has continued ... read more »

The Church Fathers: Benefits and Abuses

The term "church fathers" is a descriptive of some elasticity, depending upon who is using the expression. Generically, it refers to a number of men in those centuries following the apostolic age (A.D. 30-100), who energetically promoted and defended Christianity as they understood it. Protestants usually define the duration of these scholars to about the 6th century, while Roman Catholics ... read more »

The Demon Frenzy

A while back the movie industry re-released a 25th anniversary version of the horror film, The Exorcist. The movie was loosely based on William Blatty's book of the same name. The star of the film, Linda Blair, was cast as a young girl who supposedly was possessed of a demon. I well remember the panic that seized many after reading ... read more »

The Campbell-Purcell Debate (1837)

Over the past several months, various new media outlets have been ablaze with the controversy that has racked the Roman Catholic Church pertaining to the morality (or lack thereof) in a significant number of the Church's priests.The "pedophilia mania" has shaken that institution to its very foundation, and litigation is taxing its financial resources.This disgraceful circumstance has provided tons of ... read more »

Are Contraception and Abortion Siamese Twins?

I have the greatest respect for Dr. Paul Marx, founder of Human Life International. He has produced much good material which argues for the sanctity of human life and exposes the evil of infanticide (via abortion) and euthanasia. But the gentleman exceeds appropriate bounds when he argues that "widespread contraception always leads to abortion" (1999, 9), though he concedes this ... read more »

The Beasts of Revelation 13

We receive many questions on our Christian Courier Web Site. From time to time we share some of these with you. Here is a one of significant interest. Please explain some things mentioned in Revelation 13. What is the "beast" that comes up out of the "sea" (v. 1)? And what is the beast that arises from the "earth" (v. ... read more »

What Is Sola Scriptura?

There are at least three serious errors-advocated by the prevailing authorities of the Roman Catholic Church-that pertain to the nature of the Scriptures. First, it is contended that the sixty-six books of our common Bibles do not contain the whole of the collection of divine writings. Hence, Catholic Bibles are appended with several extra books known as the Apocrypha. However, ... read more »

Was Peter the “Rock”?

On December 20, 2000, we posted an article on our web site titled, Reflections on the Pope . The general thrust of the essay was to demonstrate, in a condensed format, that there is no New Testament evidence sustaining the Roman Catholic claim that the apostle Peter was the first "pope" of the church. Not only is there a complete ... read more »

Who Is Paul’s “Man of Sin”?

In his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul spoke of the return of Christ and the glories associated therewith. Because some of these saints apparently misunderstood the instruction of that initial epistle, or had been influenced by false teaching, the apostle was constrained to write a second letter, attempting to correct the erroneous ideas entertained by the Thessalonians. ... read more »

Rationalizing Human Behavior

Are human beings responsible for their personal conduct? Some contend they are not. Others, though claiming that people are morally responsible for their actions, teach ideas that are inconsistent with personal accountability. Evolutionary Dogma The theory of evolution alleges that human beings are descended from brute beasts, hence supposedly have derived violent inclinations from an animal ancestry. Clarence Darrow, the ... read more »