The Saints — Is it Unbliblcal to Acknowledge Only Certain People as Saints?

As Catholics we are certainly known for loving our saints!  We have patron saints for a wide array of needs, we know their stories and allow them to inspire and form us, and we rely on their intercessory prayer to help us on our journey to heaven.  We consider them as friends who are always … Continue reading The Saints — Is it Unbliblcal to Acknowledge Only Certain People as Saints?

The Saints – Does the Bible Forbid Contacting the Dead?

A very common objection to the Catholic practice of praying to the saints is the Bible forbids necromancy, which is defined as “the supposed practice of communicating with the dead, especially in order to predict the future.”  An example of that view: Whenever the Bible mentions praying to or speaking with the dead, it is … Continue reading The Saints – Does the Bible Forbid Contacting the Dead?

The Saints — How Can They Hear a Multitude of People Praying to Them at One Time?

In my last two posts I’ve covered the Catholic understanding of what it means to pray to the saints and the Biblical evidence the saints are indeed aware of what is happening on earth in at least some sense.  Even if these things are true, one of the more common objections to the Catholic understanding … Continue reading The Saints — How Can They Hear a Multitude of People Praying to Them at One Time?

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 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