Watch Your Teaching! A warning from 43 years ago that was ignored by many

Watch Your Teaching!: A Comparative Study of Roman Catholic and Protestantgarver Teaching Since Vatican Council II
By Stuart P. Garver
Christ’s Mission, 1973, 167 pages

If you are/were a Roman Catholic born during the 1950s or earlier, you can certainly remember the dramatic surface changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Pope John XXIII initiated the council to “open the windows (of the church) and let in some fresh air” of reform. Some of the alterations introduced by the council that I remember the most included the change of the liturgy of the mass from Latin to English, the priest facing the people during the mass instead of the altar, nuns’ habits (outfits) being modernized, the lifting of the ban on meat on non-Lenten Fridays, and some familiar saints being scrubbed from the church’s calendar. But perhaps the most significant change was the church’s switch from its confrontational approach to Protestantism and to the other religions of the world. After the council, Catholicism would take an ecumenical approach, especially with Protestants, with the aim of eventually recovering the “separated brethren.”

In this book, published in 1973, Stuart Garver, director of Christ’s Mission, a ministry to Roman Catholics, evaluates Catholicism in light of the reforms of Vatican II. His conclusion: despite the many superfluous changes to its window dressing, Catholicism’s erroneous doctrines remained largely intact. Most importantly, Rome’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit continued just as before. In the chapters listed below, Garver compares the beliefs of post-Vatican II Catholicism with Biblical Christianity:

  1. The Church
  2. The New People of God (Clergy and Laity)
  3. The Pope
  4. The Priest and the Priesthood
  5. The Sacraments
  6. The Mass
  7. Penance
  8. The Rule of Faith and Practice
  9. Mary
  10. Mixed marriages
  11. Ecumenism
  12. Education
  13. Church and State

Following Vatican II, many Protestants praised Catholicism’s willingness to “dialogue,” but fifty years after the council, it’s crystal clear that while some evangelical Protestants have done quite a bit of accommodating, cooperating, compromising, and outright betraying the Gospel in their efforts to court the pope and Rome, Catholicism remains dedicated to its false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit and is resolved in its efforts to eventually recover all Christian “ecclesial communities.” Sadly, many evangelicals are more interested in ecumenical unity based on deadly-shallow theology rather than heeding any warnings to “Watch Your Teaching” and defend correct doctrine.

This informative, short book is still quite relevant for today’s Catholics and evangelicals. Stuart Garver served as executive director of Christ’s Mission from 1960 to 1977. The mission began in 1879 in New York City as a ministry to Catholic priests and ex-priests but eventually shifted its outreach to Roman Catholics in general. It ceased operations in 1984.
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Postscript: With this post on “Watch Your Teaching!,” I’ve now reviewed my entire collection of 70 books which compare Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity (see below). By listing these books, I don’t necessarily endorse all of their contents. More books and reviews to follow as time and resources permit. See all my posts on books here.


 

Allison, Gregg Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment Crossway 2014
Allison, Gregg and Chris Castaldo The Unfinished Reformation Zondervan 2016
Ashe, Geoffrey The Virgin Routledge 1976
Bennett, Richard Catholicism: East of Eden Berean Beacon Press 2005
Bennett, Richard Far from Rome, Near to God The Banner of Truth Trust 2009
Bennett, Richard The Truth Set Us Free Solid Ground Christian Books 2010
Bennett, Richard On the Wings of Grace Alone Solid Ground Christian Books 2015
Boettner, Loraine Roman Catholicism Presbyterian & Reformed 1983
Brewer, Bartholomew Pilgrimage from Rome Bob Jones University Press 1982
Caddock, John Brennan Manning’s “New Monks” & Their Dangerous Contemplative Monasticism Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2013
Castaldo, Chris Holy Ground Zondervan 2009
Castaldo, Chris Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals Zondervan 2015
Chiniquy, Charles The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional Chick Publications 1979
Conroy, Helen Forgotten Women in Convents Christ’s Mission 1960
De Chirico, Leonardo A Christian’s Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its origin and role in the 21st century Christian Focus 2014
Dombrowski, David My Journey Out Of Catholicism Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2013
Garrett, James Leo Baptists and Roman Catholicism Broadman Press 1965
Garver, Stuart P. Watch Your Teaching! Christ’s Mission 1973
Geisler, Norman and Ralph MacKenzie Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences Baker Book House 1995
Gilbert, Mark Stepping Out in Faith Matthias Media 2012
Hendrie, Edward Murder, Rape, and Torture in a Catholic Nunnery Great Mountain Publishing 2015
Hislop, Alexander The Two Babylons Loizeaux Brothers 1959
Horton, Michael Evangelicals, Catholics, and Unity White Horse Inn Publishers 2012
Hunt, Dave A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days Harvest House Publishers 1994
Jones, Rick Understanding Roman Catholicism Chick Publications 1995
Kauffman, Timothy F. Geese in Their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles Spurgeon White Horse Publications 1997
Lambert, O.C. Roman Catholicism Against Itself, Vol. 1 Published by author 1954
Lambert, O.C. Roman Catholicism Against Itself, Vol. 2 Published by author 1965
Lehmann, L. H. Out of the Labyrinth Chick Publications 1982
Longenecker, Dwight and David Gustafson Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate Brazos Press 2003
Lott, Tim Growing Up Catholic Abundant Publishing Company 2007
Lutzer, Erwin Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation Baker Books 2016
MacArthur, John Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses Its Will to Discern Crossway 1994
Marie, Ann A Former Nun Speaks Candidly Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2016
Martin, Walter The Roman Catholic Church in History Christian Research Institute 1960
McCarthy, James Roman Catholicism: What You Need To Know Harvest House Publishers 1995
McCarthy, James The Gospel According to Rome Harvest House Publishers 1995
McCarthy, James What Every Catholic Should Ask Harvest House Publishers 1999
McCarthy, James Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical Harvest House Publishers 2003
McCarthy, James Talking with Catholic Friends and Family Harvest House Publishers 2005
Miller, Elliot and Kenneth Samples The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the Apparitions of Mary Baker Book House 1992
Montano, Walter M. Behind the Purple Curtain Cowman Publications 1950
Moyer, Robert Was Peter the First Pope? Sword of the Lord Publishers 2005
Oakland, Roger The New Evangelization From Rome or Finding the True Jesus Christ Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2013
Oakland, Roger The Jesuit Agenda and the Evangelical/Protestant Church Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2013
Oakland, Roger Rick Warren’s Dangerous Ecumenical Pathway to Rome Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2015
Oakland, Roger The Catholic Mary & Her Eucharistic Christ Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2015
Oakland, Roger Another Jesus? The Eucharistic Christ and the New Evangelization Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2007
Paris, Edmond The Secret History of the Jesuits Chick Publications 1983
Reed, Kevin Making Shipwreck of the Faith: Evangelicals and Roman Catholics Together Protestant Heritage Press 1995
Rhodes, Ron The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Catholic Harvest House Publishers 2002
Rice, John Dear Catholic Friend Sword of the Lord Publishers ?
Rice, John Sermon from a Catholic Bible Sword of the Lord Publishers ?
Rone, Wendell Holmes The Baptist Faith and Roman Catholicism Kingsport Press 1952
Schreiner, Thomas Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification Zondervan 2015
Shepherd, Margaret My Life in the Convent Book and Bible House 1946
Sproul, R. C. Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification Baker Books 1995
Sproul, R. C. Getting the Gospel Right Baker Books 1999
Sproul, R. C. Are We Together? Reformation Trust Publishing 2012
Svendsen, Eric Evangelical Answers: A Critique of Current Roman Catholic Apologists Reformation Press 1999
Tetlow, Jim Messages from Heaven Eternal Productions 2002
Tetlow, Jim Queen of All Eternal Productions 2006
Webster, William The Church of Rome at the Bar of History Banner of Truth 1997
White, James The Roman Catholic Controversy Bethany House Publishers 1996
White, James Mary – Another Redeemer? Bethany House Publishers 1998
Woodrow, Ralph Babylon Mystery Religion Ralph Woodrow Evangelistic Association 1981
Yungen, Ray Pope Francis and the Thomas Merton Connection Lighthouse Trails Publishing 2015
Zachello, Joseph Secrets of Romanism Loizeaux Brothers 1983
Zins, Robert Romanism: The Relentless Roman Catholic Assault on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! White Horse Publications 1995
Zins, Robert On the Edge of Apostasy: The Evangelical Romance with Rome White Horse Publications 1998
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“This is some really dry stuff.”

My wife and I have been having a daily devotion together for close to two years. cloudOne of us reads a Bible chapter aloud and then the other prays. It’s the highlight of our day and I wonder why we waited so long to do it. We alternate between Old and New Testament books and we recently just started in Numbers.

Reading parts of the Old Testament can be difficult. Our previous Old Testament book was Leviticus, which details the priestly sacrificial system with daunting precision. But the Old Testament sacrificial system was a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of our Lord on Calvary. As I’ve mentioned before, it really helps to have some resources that illuminate Old Testament typology. Jesus is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament and if you keep that in mind you’ll “get a lot more out of it.”

Anyway, the first several chapters of Numbers are as challenging as Leviticus, with the census of the Israelite warriors, the arrangement of the Israelite camp, and the duties of the Levites. After reading chapter three, my wife turned to me and said, “This is some really dry stuff.”

So, are there actually any lessons and applications that today’s believers can take away from the “dry” preciseness of the first several chapters of Numbers? Of course! Here’s just a few that I could think of:

Every believer counts

Our God knows us. He numbered and knew every Israelite warrior who would follow behind His Ark into battle, just as He knows every believer who carries His Gospel into the world. No outsiders were allowed to fight for Israel, only those who were members, by birth, of the twelve tribes. Likewise, only those who are born again spiritually by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone are in the family of God. Our spiritual genealogy is that of adopted children of God through Christ. The Lord knows us intimately. He numbers every hair on our head, although that’s a much quicker job in my case than it was thirty years ago.

God is a God of order

The Israelite camp was ordered precisely with each tribe assigned a position around the Tabernacle. The tribe of Judah was given a position to the east of the Tabernacle, a place of honor. When the Israelites traveled to the next encampment or into battle, Judah was positioned in front. Yes, Judah’s prominence foreshadowed the supremacy of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Who descended from that tribe. Jesus is the Head of the Body and we members of the Body are positioned where He would have us. God is not a the author of confusion, of the kind we see in some churches today, but He is the God of order, reason, and peace.

No work for the Lord is insignificant.

Each clan of the Levite tribe had specific duties regarding the Tabernacle. Some were more showy than others. The Kohathites carried the Ark of the Covenant and the other important altars, tables and vessels of the Tabernacle. The Gershonites and Merarites attended to the less glamorous tent coverings, curtains, frames, stakes, and cords. But every task was essential for the proper functioning of the Tabernacle. Every Christian has an important function within the Body of Christ.

Although all of us struggle through some of these challenging, “dry” passages of the Old Testament and wonder what they have to do with us, the Holy Spirit can illuminate some real gold that we can apply to our lives if we’re receptive to His teaching. My wife doesn’t like to study Bible chapters in-depth as I do, so I try to share a few of the major things I pick up.

Weekend Update – News and Views – 10/15/16

The presidential election campaign is pretty much crowding out other news stories. I’ll beostee glad when it’s all over.

We start with a spoof on prosperity gospel guru, Joel Osteen. Comically sad and not far from the truth.

This week, Catholics celebrated the 99th anniversary of their most important Marian apparition at Fatima in Portugal. Preparations have already begun in anticipation of next year’s gala 100th anniversary. For information and resources on alleged Marian apparitions, see here.

Above is our weekly ration of news reports regarding the pope and his reform allies versus church traditionalists. The important takeaway this week comes from the last two stories which report that Francis is stocking the college of cardinals with like-minded “reformers.”

Another story on deceased ecumenical “minister” Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral being turned into a showplace Catholic church. People like Schuller and Norman Vincent Peale (Donald Trump’s former “minister”) were the Gospel-less Joel Osteens of a couple of generations ago.

Most Americans don’t know that European governments still collect a tax for their officially sanctioned “state churches.” Catholics like to point out the large number of Protestant denominations but it took several generations of Reformers along with the establishment of new denominations to move the church away from vestiges of Roman error such as the state church and a church tax.

All joking aside, Francis, like all popes since John XXIII, is determined to recover the separated brethren. And could it be? Some evangelicals are eagerly queueing up!

Are people born with a same-sex attraction or is it a learned? We all are born with a fallen nature and an inclination to sin. Some argue modern pollutants have altered human hormone levels leading to homosexuality and gender confusion but how does that explain the rampant homosexuality in ancient Greece and Rome?

This crypto-Catholic, writing in a Catholic journal, argues the only future for Protestantism is to become Catholic. What a surprise.

Eric Metaxas gives a big “tsk, tsk” to people who call themselves evangelicals but don’t know Abraham from King David. But wait. Didn’t Metaxas include Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa as examples of great Christian women in his last book? See here. Metaxas needs to spend A LOT more time in his own Bible.

And without any further ado, here’s a small sampling of the dump truck load of stories regarding the presidential race, especially as they relate to Roman Catholicism. I can’t, in good conscience, vote for either candidate in this cesspool of an election. Yes, I understand Hillary is pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage, and about as left-of-center as a person could possibly be without changing into Saul Alinsky, but the idea of putting Trump in the White House is as unnerving as handing the keys of your car to your sixteen-year-old son just after he drank a 40-ouncer of malt liquor. Either choice is bad. Very bad. But praise the Lord, God is still on His throne and will be perfectly executing His divine plan even with Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.

Roman Catholicism Compared to the Bible – A Resource List

Dear Catholic Friend,jesu

Members of the Roman Catholic Church are taught their church is the “one true church” but they would be surprised to learn that many Catholic doctrines either disagree with or can’t be found in God’s Word, the Bible. The most important spiritual matter in which the Catholic Church and the Bible disagree is salvation. The Catholic Church teaches salvation comes through its sacraments and by obeying the Ten Commandments. In contrast, the New Testament teaches no one can possibly earn their way to Heaven but salvation comes freely to those who repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone.

“There is none righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:10
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

After we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, then we can follow Him in obedience.

Below is a list of 317 publications that are available at Amazon.com (unless otherwise noted) which compare Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity. “AMZ” indicates a book that’s still in print and can be ordered directly from Amazon or perhaps from a Christian book store. “TP” indicates an out-of-print book available either as a new or used edition from third-party booksellers at Amazon. One highly informative book on the subject is “The Gospel According to Rome” by James G. McCarthy, which compares the official Catholic Catechism directly with Scripture.

May the Lord bless you in your search for the Truth. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and seek out a Bible-teaching, evangelical church in your area.

Postscript: To see my updated list of books that examine Roman Catholicism, visit my Books tab here.


Aldama, Manuel Garrido. From Roman Priest to Radio Evangelist (1946). TP
Alley, H. R. Thinking of Rome? Think Twice (1958). TP
Allison, Gregg R. Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment (2014). AMZ
Allison, Gregg and Chris Castaldo. The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years (2016). AMZ
Anderson, S. E. Is Rome the True Church? (1960). TP
Ankerberg, John. Fast Facts on Roman Catholicism (2009). AMZ
Ankerberg, John. Protestants and Catholics: Do They Now Agree? (2012). TP
Ankerberg, John. The Facts on Roman Catholicism (2009). AMZ
Armstrong, John H. A View of Rome: A Guide to Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Roman Catholics (1995). TP
Armstrong, John H. Roman Catholicism: Evangelical Protestants Analyze What Unites and Divides Us (1998). TP
Armstrong, John H. The Catholic Mystery: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Modern Catholicism (1999). TP
Arnold, Terry. To Catholics Whom I Love (2006). TP
Ashbrook, John E. The New Neutralism II (1992). TP
Ashe, Geoffrey. The Virgin: Mary’s Cult and the Re-emergence of the Goddess (2008). AMZ
Baker, Todd D. Exodus from Rome Vol. 1: A Biblical and Historical Critique of Roman Catholicism (2014). AMZ
Ball, Larry. Escape From Paganism: How a Roman Catholic Can Be Saved (2008). AMZ
Banuk, Ron. Mary: Past, Present, and Future (1999). TP
Benedict, Samuel. Roman Catholicism “Another Gospel.” TP
Bennett, Richard. Catholicism: East of Eden (2010). AMZ
Bennett, Richard. Far From Rome, Near to God (2009). AMZ
Bennett, Richard. The Truth Set Us Free: Twenty Former Nuns Tell Their Stories (1997). TP
Bennett, Richard. On the Wings of Grace Alone (2015). AMZ
Berkouwer, G. C. Recent Developments in Roman Catholic Thought (1958). TP
Berkouwer, G. C. The Conflict with Rome (1958). TP
Berry, Harold J. Roman Catholicism: What is Final Authority? (1970). TP
Boettner, Loraine. Roman Catholicism (various editions). TP
Boettner, Loraine. The Mass (1970). TP
Borders, Ben. Converting the Catholic (1957). TP
Borleis, Harry. The Pope Speaks (1956). TP
Bourdery, Edward. The Origin of the Mass (1953). TP
Brewer, Bartholomew F. Pilgrimage from Rome (1982). TP
Brooks, Keith L. Roman Catholic Doctrine Examined in the Light of Scriptures Only (1968). TP
Burckhardt, Paul E. A Protestant Tells Why: An Appraisal of Catholic Protestant Differences (1966). TP
Burke, William E. Witnessing to Roman Catholics (1968). TP
Caddock, John. Brennan Manning’s “New Monks” & Their Dangerous Contemplative Monasticism (2013). Available from lighthouse trails.com
Carder, James L. Methods of Witnessing to Roman Catholics (1944). TP
Carrara, John. Catholicism under the Searchlight of the Scriptures (1951). TP
Carrara, John. Should Protestants and Roman Catholics Intermarry? (1967). TP
Carson, Herbert. Dawn or Twilight: A Study of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (1976). TP
Carson, Herbert. The Faith of the Vatican: A Fresh Look at Roman Catholicism (1996). AMZ
Castaldo, Christopher A. Holy Ground: Walking With Jesus as a Former Catholic (2009). AMZ
Castaldo, Christopher A. Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals (2015). AMZ
Clarke, C. Leopold. The Christian Church and the See of Rome (1932). TP
Cloud, David W. Billy Graham and Rome (2006). AMZ
Cloud, David W. Evangelicals and Rome: The Ecumenical One World “Church” (1999). TP
Cloud, David W. Is the Roman Catholic Church Changing? (2013). Available at wayoflife.org
Cloud, David W. Rome and the Bible (1997). TP
Cloud, David W. Was Mother Teresa a True Christian? (2012). Available at wayoflife.org
Coffey, Tony. Answers to Questions Catholics Are Asking (2006). AMZ
Coffey, Tony. Once a Catholic (1993). TP
Colacci, Mario. Christian Marriage Today: A Comparison of Roman Catholic and Protestant Views (1965). TP
Colacci, Mario. The Doctrinal Conflict between Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity (1963). TP
Collins, Mary Ann. Another Side of Catholicism: Insights from a Former Catholic Nun (2004). AMZ
Collins, Mary Ann. Catholic Concerns: Where Does the Road to Rome Lead? (2008). AMZ
Collins, Mary Ann. Freedom from Catholicism (2002). TP
Collins, Mary Ann. Is Catholicism Biblical? A Former Nun Looks at the Evidence (2010). AMZ
Collins, Mary Ann. Searching for Truth: An Autobiography about My Spiritual History (2010). AMZ
Collins, Mary Ann. The Catholic Undertow: A Manual for Former Catholics (2004). TP
Collins, Mary Ann. Unmasking Catholicism: What Hides Behind the Modern Public Image? (2004). AMZ
Conroy, Helen. Forgotten Women in Convents (1960). TP
Cooke, Ronald. The Onslaught against Bible Protestantism: Studies on Romanism (1985). TP
Coulton, George Gordon. Romanism and Truth (1930). TP
Cowan, Steven B. The Reformation Was Not a Mistake! The Areopagus Journal of the Apologetics Resource Center. Vol 4, No. 3 (2012). AMZ
Cowell, Harriet Hamilton. Why a Preacher and Not a Priest: The Story of Evangelist John Carrara (1937). TP
Crouch, Marlene C. Whose Voice Are You Listening To? (2010) AMZ
De Cirico, Leonardo. Evangelical Theological Perspectives on Post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism (2004). AMZ
De Cirico, Leonardo. A Christian’s Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its origin and role in the 21st century (2014). AMZ
De Courcy, Philip. Standing Room Only: A Contemporary Expose of the Roman Catholic and Evangelical Agreement (1997). TP
DeHaan, M. R. The Truth About Romanism (1964). TP
De Semlyen, Michael. All Roads Lead to Rome: The Ecumenical Movement (1993). TP
Dearden, Henry Woodhouse. Modern Romanism Examined (1927). TP
Denbow, Walter H. Ought I to Join the Church of Rome? (1950). TP
Denbow. Walter H. Ought I to Send My Child to a Convent School? (1969). TP
di Domenica, Angelo. A Protestant Primer on Roman Catholicism (1949). TP
Doeswyck, Peter J. Ecumenicalism and Romanism (1961). TP
Doeswyck, Peter J. Ex-Priest Answers Attack by Roman Clergy (1956). TP
Doeswyck, Peter J. Roman Customs and Practices: Their Origin and Development (1963). TP
Dombrowski, David. My Journey Out Of Catholicism (2013). Available at lightehousetrails.com
Dreyer, F. C. H. Roman Catholicism in the Light of Scripture (1960). TP
Eberhardt, Frank A. Roman Catholic Evangelism. Available at goitrc.org.
Eberhardt, Frank A. The Catholicism Explained New Testament. Available at goitrc.org.
Eberhardt, Frank A. I Wanted to Serve God as a Priest (1960). TP
Eire, Carlos M. N. War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin (1989). AMZ
Evans, Charles G. B. Why I Question the Roman Catholic Faith (2013). AMZ
Ewin, Wilson. The Assimilation of Evangelist Billy Graham into the Roman Catholic Church (1992). TP
Ewin, Wilson. You Can Lead Roman Catholics to Christ (1974). TP
Ewin, Wilson. Under the New World Order: Evangelicals, Catholics, and Israel: Conspiracy of the Ages (1996). TP
Fernandez, J. A. Advance of Romanism in the United States (1956). TP
Fernandez, J. A. What’s the Difference?: The Basic Difference Between Romanism and Protestantism (1952).
Fiedler, Maureen, ed. Rome Has Spoken: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements and How They Have Changed Through the Centuries (1998). TP
Filicchia, Ralph. From Catholicism to Christ (1991). TP
Foxe, John. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs or A History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of the Primitive Protestant Martyrs (various). AMZ
Fuqua, E. C. Romanism Inspected (1945). TP
Galea, Ray. Nothing in My Hand I Bring: A Catholic’s Journey to Christ (2012). AMZ
Gardner, James. Romanism at Variance with the Bible (1930). TP
Garland, Rick. Unholy Devotion: Rome’s Marian Errors (2014). AMZ
Garret, James Leo. Baptists and Roman Catholicism (1965). TP
Garver. Stuart P. Watch Your Teaching!: A Comparative Study of Roman Catholic and Protestant Teaching since Vatican Council II (1973). TP
Gary, A. J. What Every Catholic Should Know (2014). AMZ
Gauss, James F. The Catholic Church: Why I Left It (2012). AMZ
Gendron, Mike. Preparing for Eternity (2002). AMZ
Gerstner, John H. A Primer on Roman Catholicism (2003). TP
Gerstner, John H. The Gospel According to Rome (1960). TP
Gilbert, Mark. The Road Once Travelled: Fresh Thoughts on Catholicism (2012). AMZ
Gilbert, Mark. Stepping Out in Faith: Former Catholics Tell Their Stories (2012). TP
Guinness, H. Grattan. Romanism and the Reformation (various). AMZ
Gustafson, David. Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate (2003). TP
Hampel, Harry. My Deliverance from the Heresies of Rome (1955). TP
Hendrie, Edward. Solving the Mystery of Babylon the Great (2011). AMZ
Hendrie, Edward. Murder, Rape, and Torture in a Catholic Nunnery (2015). AMZ
Hislop, Alexander. The Two Babylons (various). AMZ
Horton, Michael S. Evangelicals, Catholics, and Unity (2012). AMZ
Houghton, Sidney M. The Advance of Romanism (1964). TP
Howard, V. E. Roman Catholicism vs. Freedom (1954). TP
Howard-Munro, Lynda. A Rebuttal to Catholic Apologetics (2013). AMZ
Hoyer, Theodore. Why I Am Not a Roman Catholic (1953). TP
Hudson, Henry T. Papal Power: Its Origins and Development (1993). TP
Hudson, Winthrop Still. Understanding Roman Catholicism (1959). TP
Hunkey, John. How I Became a Non-Catholic (1911). TP
Hunt, Dave. A Woman Rides the Beast (1994). AMZ
Hunter, J. H. The Great Deception (1945). TP
Hurley, Michael. John Wesley’s Letter to a Roman Catholic (1968). TP
Ironside, Henry A. Letters to a Roman Catholic Priest (1989). TP
Ironside, Henry A. The Mass versus the Lord’s Supper (1926). TP
Irvine, William C. Romanism (1955). TP
Jackson, Bill. Roman Catholicism and the New Testament: A Study of Roman Catholicism in Light of New Testament Scriptures (1980) TP
Jackson, Bill. The Noble Army of Heretics (1989). TP
Jackson. Bill. A Christian’s Guide to Roman Catholicism (1988). TP
Jay, Les. Catholics are NOT Christians (2007). AMZ
Johnson, Frederick A. Christ and Catholicism (1954). TP
Johnson, Ken. The Gnostic Origins of Roman Catholicism (2013). AMZ
Johnson, O. K. The Shift: Moving from Religion to Relationship (2012). AMZ
Juris, Paul. Blessed Mary (1978). TP
Juris, Paul. The Other Side of Purgatory (1981). TP
Kane, Liz. The Devil’s Greatest Counterfeit: The Roman Catholic Church (1961). TP
Kauffman, Timothy F. Graven Bread: The Papacy, the Apparitions of Mary, and the Worship of the Bread of the Altar (1995). TP
Kauffman, Timothy F. Quite Contrary: A Biblical Reconsideration of the Apparitions of Mary (1998). TP
Kauffman, Timothy F., ed. Geese in Their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1997). TP
Kenny, Anthony. A Path from Rome (1986). TP
Lambert, O. C. Catholicism Against Itself, Vol. 1 (1954). TP
Lambert, O. C. Roman Catholicism Un-American (1956). TP
Lambert, O. C. Catholicism Against Itself, Vol. 2 (1965). TP
Leahy, Fred S. The Roman Antichrist or a Study in II Thessalonians 2:3-8 (1957). TP
Lehmann, L. H. Behind the Dictators: A Factual Analysis of the Relationship of Nazi-Fascism and Roman Catholicism (1942). TP
Lehmann, L. H. Ex-Priest and the Riddle of Religion (1932). AMZ
Lehmann, L. H. Ought I Become a Roman Catholic or Remain a Protestant? (1949). TP
Lehmann, L. H. Out of the Labyrinth (1942). TP
Lehmann, L. H. The Soul of a Priest (1933). TP
Lehmann, L. H. Father O’Connor, converted Catholic priest, founder of Christ’s Mission; story of his life and work (1939). TP
Litmer, Greg. Catholicism under the Microscope (2009). AMZ
Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. Roman Catholicism (1970). TP
Lott, Timothy G. Growing Up Catholic: The Pursuit of Truth from Tradition to Satisfaction (2010). TP
Lutzer, Erwin. Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation (2016). AMZ
MacArthur, John. Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses Its Will To Discern (1994). TP
Macaulay, J. C. The Bible and the Roman Church (1946). TP
Macaulay, J. C. The Heresies of Rome (1946). TP
Macek, Hazel. Biblical Views of Catholicism: A Christian Worker’s Guide (2012). TP
Malcomson, Keith. The Scarlet Woman (2016). AMZ
Marie, Ann. A Former Nun Speaks Candidly (2016). Available from lighthousetrails.com
Martin, Walter. The Roman Catholic Church in History (1960). TP
Matthews, Paul. Basic Errors of Catholicism (1952). TP
McCarthy, James G. Conversations with Catholics (2002). AMZ
McCarthy, James G. Letters between a Catholic and an Evangelical (2003). AMZ
McCarthy, James G. Roman Catholicism: What You Need to Know (1995). AMZ
McCarthy, James G. Talking with Catholic Friends and Family (2005). TP
McCarthy, James G. The Gospel According to Rome (1995). AMZ
McCarthy, James G. What Every Catholic Should Ask (1999). TP
McCauley, J. D. Trevor. Current Trends in Roman Catholicism (1995). TP
McConell, W. Dunbar. The Menace of Rome: A Call and a Warning (1939). TP
McCormick, Joseph. Why I Am Not a Roman Catholic (1954). TP
McKim, Randolph H. Romanism in the Light of History (2009). AMZ
McKnight, John P. The Papacy: A New Appraisal (1952). TP
McLoughlin, Emmett. American Culture and Catholic Schools (1960). TP
McLoughlin, Emmett. Crime and Immorality in the Catholic Church (1964). TP
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Is our goal religious morality or Jesus Christ?

Yesterday I was listening to the 10/11/16 podcast of the “Calling All Catholics” talk radiocappy show  (Station of the Cross, 101.7 FM, Buffalo, NY) featuring priest, Rick Poblocki, and moderator, Steve Quebral. A Catholic listener called in with concerns about advancing secular liberalism, especially in regards to the expected outcome of the current presidential election, and father Rick responded with the following:

“Catholics, evangelicals, we need each other. Catholics, other Christians of other traditions that feel and see the same way, we’ve got to unite. We’ve got to put behind us the doctrinal differences and stuff because what’s going to happen is that Christ will forge a one church. He prays that they all may be one. It will be forged by a conflagration and a battle; an apocalyptic battle. John Paul II already says, we are in a battle between good and evil and we’re caught between it. What side are we going to take?”

In the quote above, Rick urges evangelicals to drop their doctrinal distinctives. He’s implying that evangelicals must abandon their own doctrines and return to Rome. Rick is simply toeing the party line. For Catholicism, ecumenism and unity have always meant returning to Rome. I agree with Rick that there is a battle going on, but it’s not a battle between religious morality and secular immorality. No, the battle is for men’s souls. The Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone is on one side and everything else – false religion (including Catholicism with its gospel of sacramental grace and merit), secularism, atheism, etc. are on the other side. Our goal is not religious morality but to lead souls to Christ.

Some evangelical pastors and para-church leaders have succumb to Rome’s plea to unite in battle against secularism and are betraying the Gospel and leading the sheep astray.

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
and rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
And yet he is wise and brings disaster;
he does not call back his words,
but will arise against the house of the evildoers
and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.
The Egyptians are man, and not God,
and their horses are flesh, and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,
and they will all perish together. – Isaiah 31:1-3

Is ecumenism biblical? Should a Christian be involved in the ecumenical movement?

IFB Memories #9: Pain and sorrow

Yesterday was a very sad and disturbing day for me. As I’ve mentioned several timestina before, very shortly after accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior in 1983, my wife and I began attending an independent fundamentalist church in the area and we continued there for eight years. There were many good things about our stay at that church, but there were also many negatives. The pastor was a martial arts enthusiast who lorded over the church through intimidation – physical, psychological, and spiritual. His exaggerated macho swagger was caricaturish. In hindsight, I can say with confidence it was a spiritually toxic atmosphere. I’m ashamed we stayed as long as we did and I’m especially ashamed I allowed my increasing bitterness and our eventual exit from that church to draw me away from the Lord for many years. Men will always fail us but the Lord is our Rock.

Shortly after I returned to the Lord a couple of years ago, I was made aware of some terrible accusations against my former church via an internet report. Many years after we left, the pastor handed over the pastorate to his son who is also heavily involved in mixed martial arts fighting and the church was subsequently embroiled in multiple accusations of sexual abuse and cover-up spanning a couple of decades. None of this was surprising to me given the atmosphere at that church.

Yesterday I came across the blog of one of the victims and a post she wrote last year detailing some of the abuse. I knew this person when she was a pre-teen during the period she was abused at the church and I also knew her abusers (one of whom was around 40-years-old at the time and the other was an individual who was close to her in age and abused her as a child and later as an adult). Argh!!!! I was sickened, sickened, sickened as I read her accounts of repeated abuse. I was angered by the cover-up orchestrated by the church “leadership.” I’m grateful the former victim is now following the Lord after walking away from Him but my heart was very heavy about the sin that engulfed that church and the pain that was inflicted. The son continues as pastor with his father at his side as pastor emeritus although many of the members I knew have left.

We’re all aware of the abuse of children by pedophile Catholic priests but, unfortunately, there’s also been abuse within evangelical churches. Beware of churches in which the pastor is a spiritual bully and there is little if any credible oversight. Make sure checks and safeguards are in place in the children ministries at your church. I was a Sunday School teacher for six years at the church in question and there were ZERO protocols in place protecting children. In God we trust, all others have fallen natures.

I’m not a district attorney so all of this must be filed under “accusations” but as I said, the alleged crimes fit the circumstances as I remember them.

I pray for this woman and the others who were abused at my former church by those they trusted, that they give their pain and anger over to the Lord and draw ever closer to Him. I pray for the abusers, that they sincerely repent and beg the Lord for forgiveness.

“Magnificent Obsession” with Roman Catholicism

 

When I returned to the Lord two years ago, after a very long “prodigal” season, I was thirsting for His Word and information about Christianity. One day at the library, I stumbled upon “The Case for Christ” (1998), a popular, basic Christian apologetic written by evangelical, Lee Strobel*. I enjoyed that book so I then borrowed his “The Case for Faith” (2000). Whoa! Put on the brakes! In that book Strobel cites Roman Catholics, Mother Teresa, pope John Paul II, G. K. Chesterton, and Teresa of Avila as shining examples of faithful Christians. He even devotes an entire chapter to the thoughts of Catholic philosopher, Peter Kreeft. I was stunned! Had Rome suddenly embraced the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone? No, Rome still teaches its false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. When I had walked away from the Lord and the church in 1991, I could see the beginnings of cooperation and compromise with Rome, but nothing like this outright, unabashed betrayal of the Gospel.

Since then, I’ve seen many, many more examples of evangelical compromise and betrayal. Last week I was browsing the net and came across the article below that’s critical of Scottish Reformed pastor, David Robertson. Robertson is well known in Reformed evangelical circles and is a close associate of theologian, Sinclair Ferguson. Robertson authored a book titled, “Magnificent Obsession” (2013), in which he identifies the pope as a brother in Christ. He favorably quotes the pope and other Catholics twenty-six times throughout the book. In the attached video, Robertson admits he’s even tempted to convert to Catholicism.

Consequently, I echo the questions regarding Robertson in the article: How can Ferguson share a pulpit with Robertson? How could Alistair Begg recommend “Magnificent Obsession” and invite Robertson to speak at one of his conferences? How could R. C. Sproul recommend “Magnificent Obsession”? How could 3500 copies of “Magnificent Obsession” be distributed to pastors at the 2016 Shepherds’ Conference hosted by John MacArthur? Did these gentlemen actually read the book? Did their eyes glaze over when Robertson identified the pope as his brother in Christ and went on to quote him and other Catholics twenty-six times? What goes through people’s heads?!?!?!

Book Review: Magnificent Obsession (with Roman Catholicism)

* I’ve since found out that Lee Strobel, like Ravi Zacharias, is a disciple of theologian Norman Geisler, a leader in the Catholic-evangelical ecumenical movement.

“Understanding Roman Catholicism”

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By Rick Jones
Chick Publications, 1995, 224 pages

Note: I received this book as a gift. I don’t endorse materials from Chick Publications.

On the one hand, I enjoyed reading Understanding Roman Catholicism by Rick Jones. The book covers a lot of ground (42 chapters in 224 pages) by concisely comparing Catholic doctrines as presented in its official 1994 catechism with the teachings of the Bible. Jones’s arguments in support of the Gospel of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE compared to Rome’s gospel of sacramental grace and merit are compelling on a certain level and his chapter-ending appeals to the reader to choose Christ over works-righteousness Catholicism are excellent. In addition, the book doesn’t contain any outrageous worldwide Jesuit conspiracy theories that you’ll find in most Chick Publications.

However, Jones doesn’t present Catholic teachings altogether accurately or fairly. If given the opportunity, Catholic apologists could provide many scriptural references in support of their catechismal precepts. I certainly would not agree with most Catholic interpretations of Scripture but Jones sets up one straw man after another by presenting the Catholic positions as if they were based solely on tradition.

Also, the Catholic (and Christian) reader of this book will wonder who exactly is Rick Jones. The author provides only scant biographical information and few credentials for his Catholic readers who are, by and large, quite obsessed with credentials and authority. True, God is no respecter of persons, but Catholics are not God.

Finally, because this book was published by controversial Chick Publications many Catholics (and Christians) would never get past the cover. Chick has blamed every major historical calamity on the Jesuits since the founding of that religious order in 1540. In hindsight, Chick’s outrageously conspiratorial approach to Catholicism (including the infamous “Alberto” comic book series) did serious harm to the effectiveness of responsible Gospel outreach to Roman Catholics.

A nun in crisis!

Amen: The Autobiography of a Nunam
By Sister Jesme
Penguin Books, 2009, 178 pages

When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior back in 1983, my Catholic family thought I had joined a cult, but is there anything more cultish then a Catholic convent full of virginal “brides of Christ” replete with wedding rings?

In this book, Sister Jesme (her real name is Meamy Raphael), formerly of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, tells of her journey into a convent in India in 1974 at the age of 17 and her departure in 2008. We learn of the rigorous disciplines of religious orders, lesbianism within the convent, sexual abuse by predatory female superiors and priests, and mostly, the difficulty of navigating the internecine political squabbles and factional warfare within the convent and religious order.

This was a difficult book to read for a couple of reasons. The translation is challenging at best. Also, Jesme’s accounts of her journey through Indian academia often focus on technicalities that will thoroughly bore the average reader. Negatives aside, those not acquainted with the routine and difficulties of convent life will find this book quite enlightening.

Jesme entered the convent with high hopes that her personal sacrifices would lead to a closer relationship with God. Instead, her rebelliousness and improprieties led to her being dismissed from her position as principal of a Catholic college and being pressured to receive treatment for mental illness. Jesme finally quit the order but remains a devoted Catholic.

Roman Catholics are taught by their church that salvation is through sacramental grace and merit. Catholics like Jesme struggle and struggle to please God and merit salvation through denial and trying to obey the Ten Commandments. There is absolutely no joy in Jesme’s story. It’s a heartbreaker. But God’s Word tells us of the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Get off the religious treadmill. Accept Christ as your Savior.

Postscript: Protestant literature of the 19th and early 20th century included many accounts of former nuns who had left or escaped the convent. Some of the details in those books of life in the nunneries could be described as mildly lurid. Catholic spokespersons dismissed the accounts as “Puritan pornography” but there’s no doubt that unnatural inclinations and behaviors festered in an environment of forced celibacy. These days, with reports of pedophile priests constantly in the news, Catholics are not so apt to casually dismiss reports of scandal and mistreatment within religious communities. See my review of “The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio” here. Many nuns endured an unhappy, and for some, a nightmarish existence, but remained in the convent because they felt they had no other options.

When I was growing up in the 1960s, convents were a normal part of the Catholic landscape. That’s no longer the case. The overall decline in the commitment of American Catholics to their church included a major drop in religious vocations for women. In 1965 there were 180,000 nuns but that number dropped to 50,000 in 2014 – a 72% decline over those 50 years. And most of the remaining nuns are quite elderly. According to church statistics, there are currently more nuns over age 90 than under age 60. Convents are now few and far between here in Rochester and everywhere else.

Weekend Update – News and Commentary – 10/8/16

I’ll be glad when this presidential election is over in more ways than one. Whenever Ihill google “Catholics” for trending news stories, most of the results have something to do with the coming election.

Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Tim Kaine, infuriates Catholic conservatives with his support of abortion and same-sex marriage but the reality is many Catholics side with him. Donald Trump? Have his recently-released remarks from 2005 about groping women finally made him unelectable?

Francis and the church’s traditionalists continue their tug-of-war. The pope was able to sneak through his communion-for-remarried-divorcees reform, but the proposed synod on married priests was strictly a preliminary trial balloon to grease the skids for the next pope.

Evangelicals are waking up to the new reality that America is no longer a “Christian nation” and Bible-illiterate members of non-denominational mega-churches hear “sermons” every week about “mistakes” rather than sins and on how to “live your best life now.”

The American Catholic church is facing a grim future with membership numbers in a deep dive. Have you ever been to a Catholic mass or seen one on TV? There’s no reason for a Catholic to go to boring mass (and the vast majority don’t) except for the threat of eternal damnation for missing one.

We saw the Catholic church shamelessly exploit the popularity of John Paul II and Mother Teresa by expediting their canonizations. Now Francis is doing the same thing for French priest, Jacques Hamel, who was killed by members of ISIS back in July.

Catholicism being Catholicism, there’s always some stories in the news every week about some of its funky, unscriptural traditions.

The US Catholic church has already paid out over 4 billion dollars to victims of abuse. Cardinal Dolan’s PR effort is too little too late.

Like the vast majority of devout Catholics, Wahlberg lifts up his church rather than Jesus Christ. The only time the actor talks about Jesus in this article is in regards to receiving the consecrated Jesus wafer into his mouth. Marky Mark needs to start reading the Bible and to accept Jesus as his Savior. And if I were him I’d carefully monitor any priests involved with my children. Strike that. I wouldn’t allow ANY priests around my children.

Francis and I don’t agree on much but I do share his sorrow over children being indoctrinated with “gender theory” at school.

Some interesting English history regarding the 17th-century tussle between Catholics and Protestants over control of the country.

An interesting assessment of post-Vatican II Catholicism from a European evangelical perspective.

Rome always comes up with some cockamamie justification for not selling ANY of its art treasures.