Catholics and the Prosperity Gospel

Over the last generation or so, what is known as the “Prosperity Gospel” has become increasingly popular, especially within the United States.  Wiki defines this theology as “a religious belief among some Protestant Christians that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations … Continue reading Catholics and the Prosperity Gospel

“Free Grace” Theology and Sacred Scripture

In my last post I reviewed the difference in Protestantism between what is often referred to as “Lordship Salvation” versus “Free Grace” theology.  The primary difference in these two schools of thought is whether repentance is part of a “saving faith" or whether it is a “work” and not necessary for salvation.  Those who hold … Continue reading “Free Grace” Theology and Sacred Scripture

“Lordship Salvation” versus “Free Grace” Theology

One of the more fundamental differences between most Protestant faiths and Catholicism is the understanding of the role that “faith” and “works” play in our salvation.  One of the more common claims leveled against Catholicism is that we are a “works based” salvation.  As Catholics we would disagree with that assessment.  And it’s important for … Continue reading “Lordship Salvation” versus “Free Grace” Theology

Martin Luther and the Four Salvation “Solas”

Martin Luther launches Protestantism in the sixteenth century on a foundation of five “solas” – the Latin word meaning “alone.”  One of these is “sola-Scriptura,” which deals directly with authority.  That topic will be covered at a later time.  The other four “solas” are related to a Protestant understanding of salvation.  Simply stated, the Protestant … Continue reading Martin Luther and the Four Salvation “Solas”