Dr. James White notes that these are very “Difficult Days for Rome’s Apologists”

For 1500 years, the Roman Catholic church has boasted that it alone has been vested with divine authority via its tripartite of (1) Scripture, plus (2) Sacred Tradition, all overseen by its (3) Magisterium; the pope and his bishops. In 1870, the pope was declared to be infallible in vital matters of faith and morals, a dogma that all Catholics are obligated to believe under threat of mortal sin. Pious Catholics even claimed that their popes were “incapable of” aka “divinely prevented from” leading the Roman church into doctrinal error. Catholics scoffed at poor Protestants who only had Scripture  – Sola Scriptura – to guide them.

The boastful confidence described above has dramatically changed with the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka pope Francis, to the papacy in 2013. Francis is a pragmatic progressive who is gradually steering the church away from dogmatics to “pastoralism” in an attempt to make the church more relevant and appealing to its increasingly disaffected membership. To the chagrin of conservative and traditionalist Catholics, Francis is upending doctrines considered to be unchangeable. Many conservative Catholics have accused Francis of at least “spreading confusion” and a few are even openly accusing him of being a heretic.

Catholic apologists are in a pickle. Their own pope is debunking their proudest claim; that of being led by an allegedly infallible pope who could never lead the RCC into error. I’ve wondered why evangelical apologists aren’t remarking more about the current crisis within Catholicism over Francis. Of course, many of today’s accommodating and compromising evangelical apologists (e.g., Zacharias, Craig, Strobel, McDowell) are focused on courting the RCC’s favor and would see it as inopportune and divisive to comment on Catholicism’s current internal crisis. But faithful apologist, James White, at Alpha and Omega Ministries has no such reservations.

Take a listen to the recent video below from Dr. White commenting on how these are “Difficult Days for Rome’s Apologists” because of pope Francis. White begins his remarks regarding the RCC’s papal crisis at the 3:15 mark and continues to the 32:12 mark. He notes at the end that the leadership crisis in Mormonism parallels in some respects what is going on at the Vatican.

65 thoughts on “Dr. James White notes that these are very “Difficult Days for Rome’s Apologists”

  1. Hi brother great post great idea posting Dr. James White’s video a much needed watch for all of us. It has to be hard for Roman catholics and trying to defend catholicism with pope Franky the cool on the Last Day it will not end well for catholicism and her damning doctrines nope.

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    1. Thanks, brother! Many so-called “evangelical” apologists are compromising Judases and have embraced Rome with its false gospel. I thank the Lord for men who won’t betray the Gospel like James White.

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      1. Yes brother I agree I mean Francis Chan who went to the Masters Seminary is going to the Alpha Conference I mean come on. How do people like me do what James White does and not back down or betray the Gospel when catholic say we are wrong I’m mean you James and others tell it like it is no matter what people say.

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      2. Yeah, Francis Chan has totally caved to all kinds of bad/erroneous teaching, but so many other “hip” mega-church pastors are going the same route. There are fewer and fewer solid teachers like James White, J. Mac, and our friend, SlimJim.

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      3. Oh yeah I agree. Let’s pretend for a minute you got to meet my former Catholic I know what would you say to him if you don’t mind me asking. We’re do I draw the line with him and say to him you are wrong no matter what he says.

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      4. Catholic priests and apologists are pretty upfront about the need to merit salvation. Regrettably, Judas evangelicals muddy the waters by saying, Oh, yeah, Catholics believe in justification by faith, too. Such a lie. Sounds like your friend is going to resist anything you say. It doesn’t help that some evangelicals have betrayed the Gospel in the cause of false unity.

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      5. I mean I think it’s so wrong for him to say to me I’m listening to morons like MacArthur his words not mine. God has used pastor John MacArthur in my life and still is.

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      6. Some people choose blindness. If someone is anti-J. Mac, I’m probably not going to agree with them on much. J. Mac offends many because he proclaims truth and doesn’t compromise.

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      7. Sadly I don’t talk to him much partly because he is very busy with work and he agrees with everything I say biblically put then defends catholicism. I I asked him what is the greatest gift you ever received he said salvation through Jesus and if I remember the text message right.

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  2. I know we talked about the former Catholic I told you about I don’t know how with all the problems the RCC and the pope has that his family is still catholic that I know of he hasn’t said lately and I haven’t asked but you would think that they would have jumped ship along time ago I mean if I was a catholic I’d be like I’m getting off this sinking ship.

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    1. RE: I’d be like I’m getting off this sinking ship.

      Thanks, brother. Yeah, it’s spiritual blindness that’s causing these lost Catholics souls to cling to the sinking RCC ship. Why even be Catholic and go through all of the burdensome liturgical rigmarole because pope Francis says even atheists can merit Heaven if they are “good” and follow their conscience. Such evil lies cloaked in the religion of the natural man.

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      1. Your welcome I mean I shared the Gospel with the “former Catholics” daughter and I have checked her Twitter and she is still catholic still saint so and so pray for us it’s nuts I even shared the one mediator Bible verse with her. Please pray for her. The ironic thing is I was born in a catholic hospital early had the first catholic sacrament of baptism but I’m not even catholic.

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      2. I will pray for her tonight, brother. Back 37 years ago, when I was beginning to understand the Gospel and my need to accept Jesus as my Savior by faith alone, I knew deep down that my RCC infant baptism didn’t mean a thing. These days even the pope doesn’t think all that much of RCC baptism because he says even unbaptized atheists can also merit Heaven if they are ‘good.”

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    1. Thanks, sister! Yes, all of the “big name” so-called “evangelical apologists” jostle in line to embrace the pope and the RCC’s false gospel. I’m grateful to the Lord there are still apologists faithful to the Gospel like James White.

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    1. Thanks a lot, brother. I had a phone interview this morning that went very well and I had to follow that up by composing and emailing answers to detailed questions. It sounds like they’re very interested. It’s for a production supervision job and I would have A LOT to learn if hired. I have an in-person interview tomorrow afternoon at the big local hospital (where my wife was working before she went on disability). There’s an opening for supervisor of all of the hospital’s transporters. I’m sure there’s much less technical information to learn compared to the first job, but the pay is probably quite a bit lower.

      How are things going with you if I may ask? I’ve been praying for you and your ministries.

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      1. Wow I accidentally skipped over this comment in the fury of various comments. Wow I’ll be praying for your interview tomorrow at the hospital. My ministries has had a rough week last week but God has been gracious and maybe I should email you sometime.

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  3. I wonder how many Romanists are aware of these:

    Pope Paul VI: 3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. DECLARATION ON THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO NON-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS, NOSTRA AETATE, PROCLAIMED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI ON OCTOBER 28, 1965

    Vatican II: But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Moslems, these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day. Nor is God Himself remote from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, since he gives to all men life and breath and all things (cf. Acts 17:25–28), and since the Saviour wills all men to be saved (cf. 1 Tim. 2:4). Those who, who through no fault of their own, do not know the gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience—those too may achieve eternal salvation. Vatican Council II The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, Austin Flannery, O.P., General Editor (Boston: St. Paul Editions, 1980), Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium II:16, p. 367.

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      1. Yes I agree Romans 5:1 and 4:8 is completely foreign to them. Is it in the CCC were it says salvation is based on obedience is that how we know they have a false gospel that doesn’t save but damns? Thank you for your patience with me it’s just catholicism is very hard for me when people I know say it’s Christian and catholics are Christians I mean come on thee RCC’s own stuff damns them as well as Galatians 1.

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      1. Besides Sproul’s book that I mentioned in another comment, another very good short book is “Talking With Catholic Friends and Family” (2005) by James G. McCarthy. Only 207 pages. Check out the “Books” tab on my blog home page for close to 400 books that examine Roman Catholicism.

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  4. Lots of comments on here. I am thankful for James White being an apologist who would speak up about the RC and it’s error. He’s even debated RC apologists in the past. Those apologists are in a bind with this Pope. God has a sense of humor…

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    1. Thanks for the good comments! White remarks in this video that he began his ministry debating Catholic apologists quite often but hasn’t in awhile. He gives one example where a Catholic apologist recently turned down an invitation to debate.

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      1. Hi brother just a thought but I think the reason catholics don’t debate Dr. James White is their position is sand and quiet honestly if I was a catholic I don’t think I would want to defend my shaky position or this pope the guy is nuts as an example. With what I know about the RCC I wouldn’t last 5 minutes as a catholic nope praise God I’m not a catholic I’m a non Roman Catholic Bible believing Christian.

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      2. Thank for all the good comments’ brother! I agree that no Catholic apologist would want to spar with Dr. White in the middle of this crisis in the RCC over pope Francis.

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      3. This “misunderstanding” about Catholicism, the misguided thinking that the RCC teaches the genuine Gospel, is from the pit of hell. Shame on Billy Graham, Charles Colson, Bill Bright, and all others who betrayed the Gospel and embraced Roman Catholicism.

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      4. Yes I agree. I the late RC Sproul, but I John MacArthur and I the late James D Kennedy were in a 7 hour meeting in the 90s with Chuck Colson Bill Bright and JI Packer I believe that’s what MacArthur said have you heard about that.

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      5. Yes, I’ve read quite a bit about the work Sproul, J. Mac, and Kennedy did to try to counter ECT. There’s a YouTube video of an episode of the John Ankerberg show in which those three discussed the ECT error in panel format. However, since ECT in 1994 many evangelical pastors and para-church leaders have embraced ecumenism with Rome.

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      6. Yes I agree that’s insane that many side with Rome and her errors have they forgotten the millions of our brothers and sisters in Christ the RCC
        has killed for centuries

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      7. I discourse with learned Muslims occasionally, eg. dawahs (“evangelists”).

        It is very amusing to observe amateur Romanist internet apologists spar with these Muslims and get ripped to shreds. The Muslim skepticism meter is at 100% and they really dismantle Romanists when they appeal to Newman’s doctrine of development.

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      8. Thanks. Yes, Catholicism is a dichotomy. On the one hand it claims, “Semper Eadem,” always the same, while even a casual examination shows that it has constantly changed.

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  5. Your welcome brother after talking to the former Catholic it shows it is difficult to talk to catholics. I no they would not I wouldn’t want to be them and spar with Dr. James White nope.

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