The Saints – Do They “Know Nothing” About What is Happening on Earth?

One of the more common Scripture passages used to prove the Catholic understanding of praying to the saints is in error is from Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 -- “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost.  Their love and … Continue reading The Saints – Do They “Know Nothing” About What is Happening on Earth?

Sacred Tradition and the Development of the Old Testament Canon

In my last post I reviewed the development of the New Testament Canon of Scripture, and how the Catholic Church understands that process to be the work of Sacred Tradition.  For while the apostles left us many writings, they did not leave us a book we know today as the New Testament.  Some books that … Continue reading Sacred Tradition and the Development of the Old Testament Canon

Sacred Tradition and the Development of the New Testament Canon

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 St. Paul writes “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  What is “all” Scripture?  At the time of his writing, St. Paul would have been referring to the … Continue reading Sacred Tradition and the Development of the New Testament Canon

Sacred Tradition and the Reliability of Oral Tradition

In his conversion story, Casey Chalk, a convert to Catholicism from a background of evangelical Christianity provides this perspective of sola-Scriptura and Sacred Tradition: “However, I would like to add a few of my own reflections on the inadequacy of sola scriptura.  First, Reformed and other Protestants will often argue that it is better to … Continue reading Sacred Tradition and the Reliability of Oral Tradition

Sacred Tradition – An Overview

The well known Protestant and Reformed pastor R. C. Sproul had this to say about a Protestant understanding of sola-Scriptura: “For the classic Protestant, though the individual believer has the right to the private interpretation of Scripture, he is capable of misinterpreting the Bible.  But while he has the ability to misinterpret Scripture, he does not have … Continue reading Sacred Tradition – An Overview

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