Some good material, some bad material

Roman Catholicism & the Coming World Religion
By Pastor Billy Crone
Get A Life Media, 2019, 349 pp.

3 Stars

I’m always pleased to see new books published that critically examine Roman Catholicism, so I ordered “Roman Catholicism & the Coming World Religion” by Billy Crone as soon as I stumbled across it while browsing at Amazon.com. Billy Crone? He’s the pastor of an independent Baptist church in Las Vegas, NV and he has a slew of self-published book titles, most having to do with end-times eschatology, not my forte. The illustrations of the alien and UFO on the cover of this book had me a little worried because some eschatologists do get carried away.

This was an “interesting” book. It reads exactly like an extemporaneous Sunday School lecture and is chock full of colloquialisms. I strongly suspect Crone’s sermons/talks on various topics are transcribed almost directly into book form with very little editing.

There’s A LOT of really good information in this book for which Crone is to be commended, especially in regards to the evangelical church’s growing ecumenism with Rome. However, the author is also sometimes prone to overstatement, misstatement, exaggeration, and hyperbole. Catholic doctrine is not always presented as precisely as the RCC teaches it, allowing Catholic apologists to dismiss an otherwise decent effort. Some examples:

  • In regards to the dogma of papal infallibility, Crone writes, “They (Catholics) would have you believe their popes are always right 100% of the time” (p.190). The Roman church actually teaches its pope are infallible only when they declare a doctrine ex cathedra, i.e., from the chair of Peter, with the full authority of their alleged papal office. Catholic theologians are often at odds as to which papal declarations are actually infallible, but that’s another topic.
  • Crone chides pope Francis for criticizing president Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. He states that Vatican City has a wall around it, so Francis is a hypocrite for reprimanding Trump (p. 262). Well, the Vatican’s walls were erected in the ninth-century to protect it from the Saracen pirates, but the ancient walls are certainly not what they used to be. Of the six entrances into Vatican City, three are wide open to the public.
  • In the section on Purgatory, Crone states, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that the RCC kept Mother Teresa (d. 1997) waiting in Purgatory for nineteen years until they finally got around to canonizing her in 2016 (p. 301). A Catholic apologist would reply that canonization doesn’t send anyone to Heaven, it’s only a supposed confirmation that they’re already there.
  • Crone errs most egregiously by including and referencing the bogus “Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction” (p.96-97). The alleged “secret oath” was first published in 1689 by Protestant, Robert Ware, in his book, “Foxes and Firebrands,” and has been repeated by careless Protestant polemicists and conspiracy theorists (e.g., Jack Chick Publications, Tony Alamo, etc.) for four centuries.

There are many other similar exaggerations and careless errors in this book. Catholicism has more than enough problems to answer for with its verifiable history and its doctrines as it presents them. Critics don’t need to exaggerate or misstate the facts to show the anti-Biblical teachings and history of Catholicism.

There are many more reliable rebuttals of Roman Catholicism available. One of the best is James G. McCarthy’s, “The Gospel According to Rome,” which I re-reviewed only yesterday. See here.

Postscript: Pastor Crone thankfully does not mention aliens or UFOs within the text.

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29 thoughts on “Some good material, some bad material

  1. “One of the best is James G. McCarthy’s, “The Gospel According to Rome,” 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    “Catholicism has more than enough problems to answer for with its verifiable history and its doctrines as it presents them. ” 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  2. A good review Tom. You are an expert in the “teachings” of Catholicism. I remember, as a new Catholic convert, asking the parish priest, Fr. Joseph, what his real name was. I thought that men change their names when they become priests, but now I know only the Pope changes his name. I guess the “crash course” I took in Catholicism was not very thorough. Thanks for clarifying things I never knew. 🤗

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    1. Thanks, Sally! Well, I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but the Lord did place a desire in my heart to study Roman Catholicism and share my findings. I really appreciate evangelical materials on Catholicism that are factual rather than polemical. In this post, I made a brief reference to Chick Publications, a publishing house that was very popular back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s that attacked Catholicism with many outlandish conspiracy theories and half-truths. That approach was harmful to the cause of the Gospel.

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      1. I have a question. I have never seen an actual complete Bible in a Catholic Church. What is that book called that the readings during the Mass come from ?
        Thanks for sharing your findings on Catholicism.

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      2. That book is called a “missal” which means “book of the mass.” Catholic spokespersons would obviously disagree, but personal Bible reading and study wasn’t emphasized by the RCC in the past because there are so many passages that are problematic for them. There was not a Bible in our home growing up and my five older sisters and myself never read from a Bible during 12 years of Catholic schooling.

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      3. Well, I admit that I sometimes do get a bit polemical when I write about the fallacies of the Roman church. It’s difficult not to when examining a system that has deceived billions of souls. Polemic comes from the Greek, πολεμικός (polemikos), meaning “warlike.” I appreciate Christian writers who examine Catholicism objectively without a lot of unnecessary acerbic vitriol and sarcasm. Truth is important but we must balance that with grace and charity.

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      1. I’m so tired after my walking and mowing I’ll passed out by 9:30. I was telling Wally that I’ve also started adding a little bike riding to the aerobic mix. The Erie Canal is about a mile from our house and that’s a nice biking/walking trail.

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      2. Yeah, it’s real close. It was enlarged over the years so now it resembles a river. Being the history nerd that I am, I spent a lot of time reading about the canal and how Rochester got its start because of it. The canal used to run right through the city, but in the 1920s they rerouted it south of the city. City planners then put train tracks and trolley cars in the empty right-of-way and it became the Rochester Subway for 30 years (the route that went through the city-center was underground beneath Broad Street). Anyway, you can see I’m getting carried away with my history nerdiness. I’m going to have to write a post about the Erie Canal and Rochester Subway.

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  3. Thanks, Tom for the clarification. I always wondered what that was called. The readers used to carry it into the church above their heads during the procession to the altar. We didn’t have one of those in the Baptist church either.

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. This author’s tone and style reminded me VERY MUCH of the pastor of our first Gospel-preaching church from 36 years ago who made it a regular habit to “shoot-from-the-hip”

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  4. Wow this is a newer book, published this year. You don’t see that often in our time a critical book on Romanism. Glad you reviewed it and also point out what’s good and bad with this work

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, you don’t see many books critical of Catholicism being published these days. I was disappointed that the author did not use rigorous scholarship although there is much good information in the book.

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