Apostolic Succession and Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy

In my last post I reviewed St. Paul’s first letter to Timothy, and how we see in that letter Paul is giving Timothy a mission -- to ensure correct doctrine is known, to teach, to instruct, to command certain behavior from his flock, to correct flawed doctrine and to make sure qualified leaders are appointed … Continue reading Apostolic Succession and Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy

Biblical Authority — What the Bible Teaches About Church Organization

There is a common view that the Catholic Church is steeped in an organizational, institutional hierarchy of great depth.  That view can even be found among Catholics.  But is it true?  As one who has spent my career in the corporate world, I am amazed when I consider how “flat” the structure of the Church … Continue reading Biblical Authority — What the Bible Teaches About Church Organization

Biblical Authority — What the Bible Teaches About The Church

Jesus begins his public ministry in Mark’s Gospel with the pronouncement “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”  (Mark 1:15).  He then calls the twelve apostles into ministry with him.  The “kingdom of God” is not a future concept in the mind of Christ, … Continue reading Biblical Authority — What the Bible Teaches About The Church

Biblical Authority — The Authority Given to the Apostles

In my last post I covered the difference between being a disciple, and being an apostle.  While all apostles are disciples, not all disciples are apostles.  Nor are all disciples given the authority Christ shares with his apostles.   As we begin to review the passages that provide an understanding of true Biblical authority, for reasons … Continue reading Biblical Authority — The Authority Given to the Apostles

Biblical Authority — Apostleship versus Discipleship

In my last several posts I have reviewed the primary Scriptures that Protestants use to promote a doctrine of sola-Scriptura.  My next several posts will review the authority that Christ gives to the apostles, and to his Church.  But before doing that, we need to look at the difference between being an apostle, and being … Continue reading Biblical Authority — Apostleship versus Discipleship

Sola-Scriptura and the Availability of Scripture

In “The Gospel According to Rome” (an anti-Catholic work), James McCarthy writes: “Confident of the Spirit’s teaching ministry, biblical Christianity treats the Bible as an open book – a book of the people.  Personal study, interpretation and application are encouraged. The same was true in the early church.  Long before anyone had ever heard of … Continue reading Sola-Scriptura and the Availability of Scripture

Sola Scriptura and Biblical Authority – an Overview

Martin Luther launched Protestantism in the 16th century on the basis of five “solas” – the Latin word meaning alone.  The Catholic perspective of the four “solas” related to salvation was discussed here and in subsequent posts.  The fifth “sola” is sola-Scriptura – "Scripture alone."  How sola-Scriptura is defined can vary somewhat between different Protestant … Continue reading Sola Scriptura and Biblical Authority – an Overview

The Ministerial Priesthood and “Call No Man Father”

One of the most common verses used to prove that Catholics are not “Biblical” has to be Matthew 23:9 where Jesus says “And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.”  Since Catholics call priests “Father” it is viewed to be in clear violation of Scripture.  And … Continue reading The Ministerial Priesthood and “Call No Man Father”