The following articles are related to the topic of CATHOLIC

Denominationalism – Permissible or Reprehensible?

Denominationalism The word "denominate" means "to give a name to, to designate."It is a perfectly respectable term.If one cashes a two hundred dollar bank draft, he may request currency in "denominations" of tens and twenties.In this sense the word merely signifies a separation into various divisions by name.And so the term itself is not "tainted." "Denomination" takes on a less-than-ideal ... read more »

Crossing the Rubicon

Julius Caesar was one of the most brilliant military strategists of the ancient world. This, in concert with his political ambitions, made him one of history's most colorful characters. About 60 years before the birth of Jesus, he was appointed governor of Gaul (north of Italy). His military skills thrust him into considerable prominence, so much so that he became ... read more »

Binding and Loosing

Jesus once said to Peter, Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matt. 16:19). This is one of the texts employed by Roman Catholic authorities to buttress their conviction of the "primacy of Peter." They argue that the Lord, by this language, was granting ... read more »

Matthew 16:19 — Binding and Loosing

Jesus once said to Peter, "Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19). This is one of the texts employed by Roman Catholic authorities to buttress their conviction of the "primacy of Peter." They argue that the Lord, by this language, was granting ... read more »

Peter Vs. the Papacy

There is a sense in which it is a distressful thing to be forced to throw the floodlight upon the religious error of one's friends.No spiritually sensitive person enjoys seeing others offended.But there is a guiding principle that must ever prevail in religious matters.As Paul once expressed it: "So then am I become your enemy by telling you the truth?" ... read more »

What About the “Sacraments”?

"Do you know the actual history of 'Seven Sacraments'? Were all of these brought about at the same time?" The term "sacrament" derives from the Latin sacramentum, the meaning of which is "a thing set apart as holy." The New Testament never isolates certain acts of obedience from others by designating them as "sacraments." However, as the early church (late ... read more »

Does Ezekiel 36:25 Prophesy Sprinkling?

"Does Ezekiel 36:25 provide scriptural proof for the practice of sprinkling as a form of baptism? A Roman Catholic friend of mine argues that it does. Here is what the verse says: 'Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.'" In order ... read more »

Teresa’s “Miracle” En Route to “Sainthood”

According to recent news reports, the Roman Catholic nun, who was affectionately known as "Mother" Teresa (cf. Mt. 23:9), is being given the "rush" status en route to her expected "sainthood."The highly acclaimed lady, so applauded for her work in poverty-stricken India, died in 1997. Normally at least five years must pass before the process leading to "sainthood" is initiated.However, ... read more »

Is the Shroud of Turin Real or Fake?

The controversy surrounding the so-called "Shroud of Turin" likely will never die. Interest in the controversy waxes and wanes. Exactly what is this mysterious object? Some Roman Catholic authorities contend that it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ (along with other sacred items, e.g., wood from the cross, a fragment of Joseph's coat, a piece of Jesus' crown of ... read more »

The Two “Beasts” of Revelation 13

What do the two "beasts" depicted in Revelation 13 represent? The first comes up out of the sea (v. 1). The second rises from the earth (v. 11). And what is the meaning of not being able to "buy or sell" without the "mark" of the beast (vv. 16-17)? In his commentary, The Book of Revelation, Robert Mounce contends that ... read more »