Roman Catholicism: “The facts, ma’am. Just the facts.”

The Facts on Roman Catholicism
By John Ankerberg, John Weldon, and Dillon Burroughs
Harvest House Publishers, 2009, 96 pages

I’ve had an admittedly unusual walk with the Lord over the last thirty-four years. I came out of Roman Catholicism and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior way back in 1983 at the age of 27. My wife and I then attended a Christian fundamentalist church for 8 years, but I became embittered by the legalism and ended up walking away from the Lord for many years (very dumb!). I returned to the Lord in 2014 and was immediately amazed, after my Rip Van Winkle absence, that so many evangelicals were embracing Catholicism as a Christian entity. Rome still preaches the same false gospel of sacramental grace and merit that it did in 1991, but it’s now considered “ungracious” and “bad form” to point that out. Be that as it may, there are still faithful watchmen on the wall who defend the Gospel of grace and reach out to Roman Catholics with the Good News!

In this short booklet, John Ankerberg and company examine the main differences between Roman Catholicism and Biblical Christianity as they pertain to the following:

  • Authority
  • Salvation and Justification
  • The Bible, the Pope, and Mary

Many evangelicals are now of the opinion that the Catholic church has many quirky practices but fundamentally preaches the Gospel. The authors clearly demonstrate that, despite the misleading familiar terminology, the Catholic “gospel” of sacramental grace and merit is diametrically opposed to the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Catholics talk about “grace,” “faith,” and “salvation in Christ,” but what they mean by those terms is something entirely different than from what evangelicals understand.

This book is an excellent primer for Catholics who want to know more about the genuine Good News! and for evangelicals who aren’t sure what Catholicism is all about in this era of raging ecumenical compromise and betrayal. Those who don’t want to wrestle with a 400-page tome on the topic, like James G. McCarthy’s excellent “The Gospel According to Rome,” will appreciate this succinct resource. Many readers will easily finish this book in one sitting. Order from Amazon here.

Praise the Lord for John Ankerberg and Harvest House Publishers who continue to reach out to Roman Catholics with the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone!

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The Catholic Left speaks!

Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit
By Garry Wills
Doubleday, 2000, 326 pages

About a month ago, I finished a book written by a Catholic traditionalist decrying the 50-year-old apostasy of the church spearheaded by the Second Vatican Council. See here. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve struggled with a book which argues from the opposite end of the Catholic belief spectrum; “Papal Sin,” by church liberal, Garry Wills.

In this book, Wills is critical of several aspects of the historical papacy and the conservative end of the Catholic belief system, including:

  • The church’s attempt at historical revisionism by portraying itself as a victim of the Holocaust rather than the prime agent of anti-Semitism in the West and a sometimes collaborator or neutral observer in regards to Hitler’s genocide.
  • The banning of any and all forms of birth control.
  • The debasement of marriage and sexual relations within marriage
  • A sacrificial priesthood distinct from the laity.
  • The transubstantiation of bread and wine
  • The obligatory celibacy of the clergy
  • The prevalence of pedophilia and homosexuality among priests
  • The rise and popularity of Mariolatry
  • Pope Pius IX’s condemnation of modernism (including freedom of religion and democratic forms of government) in his Syllabus of Errors, and his definitions of the “immaculate conception” of Mary and papal infallibility.

Wills is so critical of so many of the standard doctrines and practices of Catholicism that it’s mystifying why he still chooses to identify as a Catholic.

The author justifies his freedom to critically analyze Catholic history and dogma by presenting two cases involving Augustine (354-430 AD) in which the bishop of Hippo defended truth over ecclesiastical correctness. Firstly, Augustine openly opposed Jerome, who had posited that Peter wasn’t actually in disagreement with Paul regarding his infamous compromising with Judaizers at Antioch, cited in Galatians 2:11-14 , but was only feigning compromise as part of a pre-arranged script. Augustine would have none of it.  Likewise, Augustine opposed Consentius who argued that it was fine to infiltrate heretical groups and lie using mental reservation (i.e., casuistry – a method later made famous by the Jesuits) as means in defending a greater good.

This book had many interesting arguments, but I must admit it was difficult to trudge through. Few books have taken me as long to read. While Wills effectively pooh poohs the legalism and traditionalism of conservative Catholicism, his loosey goosey, wide-is-the-way universalism is no better of a substitute. Sigh. Neither side of the Catholic spectrum proclaims the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

I see that Wills also wrote “The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis” in 2016 in which he further criticized the church and hoped the current pope would institute necessary reforms. I can’t find any recent comments from Wills regarding Francis’ controversial lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees. Perhaps he is no longer able to contribute to debates over these types of issues at the age of 83? For many conservative Catholics, Garry Wills has been the church’s #1 arch-heretic, but Francis is quickly gaining ground.

For those wishing to read more about papal indiscretions and heresies, see “Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy,” by ex-Jesuit priest, Peter De Rosa. See my review here.

A testimony to Catholicism’s opposing camps

Among the Ruins: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Catholic Church
By Paul. L. Williams
Prometheus Books, 2017, 366 pages

It’s not often I see a book that’s critical of Roman Catholicism on the shelves of the local Barnes and Noble, so I eagerly picked this one up.

Author, Paul Williams, is an ultra-traditionalist or “Tridentine” Catholic. Tridentine (related to the Counter-Reformation’s Council of Trent, 1545-1563) Catholics view all the changes to the church that came out of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) as heretical and believe all the popes beginning with the instigator of Vatican II, John XXIII, to be imposters and pretenders to the “throne of Peter” (but the Peter I read about in the Acts of the Apostles certainly never desired a worldly throne).

Some of the allegations in this book are definitely controversial, like the claim that popes John XXIII and Paul VI were members of a ruling echelon Masonic lodge. But Williams does throw some interesting darts at post-Vatican II Catholicism including Rome’s sudden adoption of ecumenism and interfaith cooperation, the collapse of religious vocations, and the scandals of gay and pedophile priests. The author devotes one-third of the book to Rome’s illegal financial dealings, which were coordinated by Vatican banker, archbishop Paul Marcinkus, in league with Mafia-connected bankers, Michele Sindona and Robert Calvi, back in the 70s and 80s. If you’re sixty or older, those names should ring a bell. Any notion that the Vatican is a “holy” institution, run by “holy” men will come crashing to the ground with only a cursory study of the Vatican Bank scandal.

Older Catholics and younger zealots pine for the militant church of the 1950s with its autocratic methods and unyielding dogmas. The current papacy of Francis, with its emphasis on pastoral ministry and its de-emphasis of doctrine, rankles the traditionalists to no end and creates an eager audience for books like this. Don’t allow any Catholic to claim their church is a monolith, united behind its shepherd, the pope. Catholic beliefs range across a very wide spectrum; from hyper-traditionalists like Williams to liberal priests who bless same-sex unions, but the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone is found in NONE of it.

Catholicism’s divided camps squabble over the particulars of rituals and ceremonies, but ritual is not the way to salvation. Repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. Institutional religious legalism and ritualism never saved anyone.

This book is strictly for Catholic traditionalist discontents and ex-Catholic believers who enjoy keeping an eye on the internecine political warfare inside the Vatican.

New book on Catholicism from Lighthouse Trails

I believe it was way back in the Fall of last year when I first mentioned that Lighthouse Trails Publishing was coming out with a new book about Catholicism titled, “Simple Answers—Understanding the Catholic Faith (An Evangelical Primer),” written by Ray Yungen. I subsequently learned that Ray went home to the Lord last Fall and the book’s release date was pushed out again and again, but I’ve continued to check the Lighthouse Trails website periodically for an update. Yesterday, I checked again and I see the book now has a solid publication date of October 16, 2017.

In this current era, when ecumenism with Rome is rampant within evangelicalism, new books about the heresies of Catholicism are few and far between, but it’s encouraging to see there are still those who refuse to compromise the Gospel of grace. Pre-order your copy here.


Simple Answers—Understanding the Catholic Faith (An Evangelical Primer)
By Ray Yungen
Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2017, 160 pages, $12.95

The evangelical church is at a crucial point in its history. There are many voices crying out for a dramatic change in the way evangelicals have traditionally viewed Catholicism; these voices are taking the church in a radically different direction, one that fits in with Bible prophecy. It is not just a fluke or an aberration that the evangelical churches and the Catholic Church are coming into alignment with each other. The Catholic Church is taking a softer view of the evangelical church, and the evangelical church is starting to downplay the traditional and significant differences that have kept it at bay with the Roman Catholic Church. – from Lighthouse Trails Publishing

Protestants? Oh, you mean those non-Catholic Christians?

Should Protestantism Be Liquidated?
By H. A. Ironside
CrossReach Publications, 2016, 27 pages, $1.48

This is the fourth ebook pamphlet written by H. A. Ironside regarding Catholicism that I’ve reviewed in the past month. Ironside was pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1929 to 1948.

In this pamphlet, Ironside examines Catholic calls for Protestants to end their “schism” and return to “mother church.” This sermon was originally published in 1945 and the pressure for the “separated brethren” to return to Rome has increased many fold since then.

First, Ironside defines Protestants and their history. Labels are convenient, but today a “Protestant” is largely understood to be a non-Catholic (c)hristian. But it was the 16th-century Reformers and their followers who sought to return the church to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

The author than expounds on some of major doctrines of evangelical Protestantism in comparison to Roman Catholicism:

  • Assurance of salvation – Catholics have no assurance of salvation because their justification is based on their obedience to the Law rather than the imputed, perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.
  • Mediatorship of Jesus Christ – Catholics try to come to God through a priest, the pope, the church, the saints, or Mary rather than directly through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
  • Scripture Alone – Catholics accept church traditions and the teachings of their pope and bishops as being equal to God’s Word.
  • Jesus’ one sacrifice – Catholics believe their priests sacrifice Jesus over and over as part of the 350,000 masses said daily throughout the world while Scripture says Jesus offered Himself once as a sacrifice for sin and that He’s now seated at the right hand of God the Father mediating for all those who trust in Him as Savior.
  • Salvation by faith alone – Catholics follow a complicated religious system administered by their clergy, which teaches salvation by sacramental grace and obedience to the Law. In contrast, God’s Word proclaims the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
  • The Joy of Resting on Christ’s Finished Work – Catholics might claim joy and peace in the Lord, but their salvation depends upon their obedience to the Law. The second they break one of the Ten Commandments, they lose their salvation and must confess the sin to a priest. But very few Catholics go to confession these days. They’re hoping for “the best.” There’s no real spiritual joy in the Catholic system because no one can obey the Ten Commandments, not for even one day. But if a person accepts Jesus Christ as Savior, they receive His imputed perfect righteousness. What joy! What assurance!

Since Ironside’s time, several Protestant denominations have turned from the Gospel of grace. The label, “Protestant,” has little meaning today. Even the term, “evangelical,” has lost much of its distinctiveness. As I posted this past Saturday in the Weekend Roundup, a recent survey found that one-third of “evangelicals” now believe that salvation is attained through a mix of “faith” and works, just like Catholicism (see here).

Although this pamphlet was first published seventy-two years ago, it’s still a good introduction to the major differences between Catholicism and Biblical Christianity. Order from Amazon here.

Was Peter the first pope?

Is Peter the Rock Upon Which the Church is Built?
By H. A. Ironside
CrossReach Publications, 2016, 39 pages, $0.99

This short, e-book pamphlet presents a 1935 sermon from H. A. Ironside, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1928 to 1948, which examines the Roman Catholic church’s claim that Jesus Christ designated the apostle Peter as the first pope and that Rome derives its absolute ecclesiastical authority based on papal succession tracing back directly to the apostle.

Rome bases much of its claims on Matthew 16:13-19 in which Simon declared Jesus to be the Messiah, prompting Jesus to rename him Peter (“petros” – small rock) and that upon this rock (“petra” – massive boulder or bedrock), He would build his church. Protestants along with several early church fathers have interpreted the passage to mean Jesus would build His church on the truth of Simon’s profession, NOT upon the apostle himself. Ironside then examines the verses Catholics often quote regarding the keys of the kingdom being given to Peter. Of course, later verses indicated all the apostles received the same keys. As far as binding and loosing, all Christians proclaim the remission of sins through faith in Christ (Acts 13:38).

Readers of the New Testament will find much more evidence AGAINST the notion of the papacy in contrast to the small number of verses that Rome twists to build its case. If Jesus had already designated Peter as the pope in Matthew 16, then why did James and John request apostolic supremacy shortly afterwards in Matthew 20? Why did Paul repeatedly state that he was the equal of all the apostles? Why did Paul have to publicly rebuke Peter in Galatians 2 if Peter was the pope, infallible in all matters of faith and morals? Why did James, the half-brother of Jesus give the final decision at the Jerusalem church council in Acts 15 rather than Peter? Yes, Peter clearly was a leader among the apostles, but readers of the New Testament will not find Rome’s claims for Petrine primacy. In contrast, in Matthew 20:25-28, Jesus forbade the very type of hierarchical structure that was later adopted by the increasingly institutionalized church. It’s also abundantly clear from church history that the early church fathers and church councils did not acknowledge the Roman bishop as the absolute leader of the church.

This short booklet is a good introduction to the arguments against Rome’s claim to Petrine primacy. Order from Amazon here. “Is Peter the Rock Upon Which the Church is Built?” is also available, free of charge, at Moody Church’s website, here.

Much more thorough examinations of the topic are “The Matthew 16 Controversy: Peter and the Rock,” by William Webster, and “Upon This Slippery Rock: Countering Roman Catholic Claims to Authority” by Eric D. Svendsen. Both are available from Amazon. See here and here.

Evangelical Christian churches scattered all across the planet proclaim the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The Head of the body of genuine believers is Jesus Christ and our sole authority is God’s Word. We are a patchwork quilt, differing on some secondary beliefs, but united in our faith in Christ. We do not follow the pope or any other man. We follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Get ready for Reformation 500!

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is coming up in about two months on October 31st. Praise the Lord for all the men and women He raised up who returned the church to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, despite the intimidation and violence of the Roman Catholic church.

There’s many good introductory books available on the Reformation with one of my favorites being Michael Reeves’ “The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation.” See my review here.

Catholics love to claim their church has been around for 2000 years and that Protestants didn’t get their start until 1517. At what point the early church of Christ fully devolved into the apostate, institutional Roman Catholic church is debatable because it was a gradual process over many centuries, but I believe there were always genuine followers of Christ, both inside and outside of Catholicism, way before the Reformation. Yesterday, I noticed a new book coming out shortly that discusses this very topic:

Long Before Luther: Tracing the Heart of the Gospel From Christ to the Reformation
By Nathan Busenitz with a forward by John MacArthur
Moody Publishers, October 3rd, 2017, 256 pages, $13.99

Where was the gospel before the Reformation?

Contemporary evangelicals often struggle to answer that question. As a result, many Roman Catholics are quick to allege that the Reformation understanding of the gospel simply did not exist before the 1500s. They assert that key Reformation doctrines, like sola fide, were nonexistent in the first fifteen centuries of church history. Rather, they were invented by Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others.

That is a serious charge, and one that evangelicals must be ready to answer. If an evangelical understanding of the gospel is only 500 years old, we are in major trouble. However, if it can be demonstrated that Reformers were not inventing something new, but instead were recovering something old, then key tenets of the Protestant faith are greatly affirmed. Hence, the need for this book.

After reading Long Before Luther, readers will:

  • Possess a greater understanding of church history and the role it plays in the church today.
  • Have a deeper appreciation for the hard-won victories of the Reformation.
  • Be equipped to dialogue with Catholic friends about the presence of Reformed doctrines throughout church history.
  • Feel renewed gratefulness for the unearned nature of grace and the power of the gospel.

NATHAN BUSENITZ, (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D., The Master’s Seminary) is the Dean of Faculty and Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary. He holds a doctorate in church history, with a specific focus on patristic theology. He has served as a full-time member of the pastoral staff at Grace Community Church, director of the Shepherd’s Fellowship, managing editor of Pulpit magazine, and as the personal assistant to John MacArthur.

– summary from Moody Publishers

This looks good, folks. Pre-order from Amazon here.


 

Speaking of Reformation 500, you don’t want to get to October 31st without a few Reformation 500 t-shirts ready in the clothes dresser. Sure, they’re a little tacky but that makes them GREAT conversation starters!

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Order from Amazon here. Many logos (obviously some better than others) and colors to choose from.

Unite with Rome?!?! [Sigh] If only H.A. Ironside could have seen what has happened. ☹

Shall We Accept the Pope’s Invitation to Unite with the Roman Church?
By H. A. Ironside
CrossReach Publications, 2016, 23 pages, $1.48

In this Kindle ebook pamphlet, H. A. Ironside (photo right, 1876-1951), former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, remarks* upon pope Pius XI’s 1931 encyclical, “Lux Veritatis” (The Light of Truth), in which Pius “invited dissident branches of (c)hristianity to return to ‘the one fold’ under the pope.” Ironside cites both Scripture and church history to dispute Pius’ claims that the church has always “recognized the supreme authority of the bishop of Rome” and his alleged infallible teaching on matters of faith and morals. Pius goes on in the declaration to present Mary as the catalyst for (c)hristian unity, but Ironside references Scripture to thoroughly refute Catholicism’s Marian traditions.

Catholicism would greatly develop its ecumenical agenda with its “Unitatis redintegratio” (Restoration of unity) document in 1964 as part of the Second Vatican Council.

This short pamphlet would be a good introduction to the Catholic notions of (c)hristian “unity” and Mariolatry, with the qualifier that a lot of water has gone over the dam since 1931. A 2015 survey showed 58% of evangelical pastors consider the pope to be their “brother in Christ.” These days many evangelical leaders visit the Vatican and jostle in line for a photo op with the pope. Ironside would be sadly amazed. ☹

Order from Amazon here. The sermon is also presented free of charge at Moody Church’s website here.

This is the second ebook pamphlet by H. A Ironside that I’ve read from CrossReach Publications. See my previous review of “Letters to a Catholic Priest” here.

*This pamphlet is actually a transcription of a sermon given by Ironside in 1932.

An evangelical minister and a Catholic priest compare beliefs

Letters to a Roman Catholic Priest
By H. A. Ironside
CrossReach Publications, 2016, 47 pages, $1.48

H. A. Ironside (1876-1951) was pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1928 to 1948 and was one of the most influential fundamentalist Christian pastors of that time period, along with John R. Rice and Bob Jones, Sr.. Several of Ironside’s pamphlets on Roman Catholicism were recently made available as inexpensive Kindle ebooks from CrossReach Publications including “Letters to a Roman Catholic Priest.”

Ironside had made the acquaintance of a Roman Catholic priest on a railroad journey and a conversation about spiritual matters ensued. The exchange continued afterwards via letter correspondence. In “Letters to a Roman Catholic Priest,” Ironside compiles six of his letters to the unnamed cleric in which he compares Catholic doctrine with Scripture. In the first two letters, Ironsides discusses the doctrine of transubstantiation. The third letter examines the Catholic claim that the mass is a propitiatory sacrifice for sins. The fourth letter analyzes Catholic teaching that Mary and the saints are mediators between God and sinners. The fifth letter discusses whether salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone or by the Catholic system of sacramental grace and merit. The final letter evaluates whether Catholic tradition is on par with Scripture.

This is a brief but excellent comparison of some of the main differences between Bible Christianity and Roman Catholicism. This pamphlet was first published in 1914 by Loizeaux Brothers and was no doubt meant to be given to Roman Catholics as an outreach tool. Ironside’s tone is winsome and yet uncompromising in presenting the Gospel of grace.

You can order a copy of “Letters to a Roman Catholic Priest” here.

I’ll definitely be reviewing the other e-pamphlets on Catholicism written by Ironside and published by CrossReach Publications below:

The Mass vs. The Lord’s Supper

Is Peter the Rock Upon Which the Church is Built?

Shall We Accept the Pope’s Invitation to Unite with the Roman Church?

Should Protestantism be Liquidated?

 

♫ Don’t you write her off like that, she’s a real fine lady, don’t you see. ♫

In the Wings: My Life with Roger McGuinn and The Byrds
By Ianthe McGuinn
New Haven Publishing, 2017, 234 pages

Generally, when Baby Boomers hear a reference to the 1960s rock and roll group, The Byrds, they usually think about the band’s #1 singles, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” But The Byrds had an amazing influence on popular music that transcended the singles charts. The band is credited with pioneering folk rock, jazz rock, psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock. An interesting and talented cast of characters were members at one time or another, including David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and Clarence White, a rather impressive roster. But the mainstay throughout the band’s twelve albums recorded over nine years (1965-1973) was guitarist, Jim (later Roger) McGuinn. It was McGuinn’s chiming Rickenbacker twelve-string guitar and Crosby’s high harmony vocals that gave The Byrds’ their unique, signature sound.

In this book, McGuinn’s second wife, Ianthe (aka Dolores DeLeon Tickner), gives a personal account of her relationship with Roger and the other members of the band. Ianthe met McGuinn prior to the release of “Mr. Tambourine Man” in April 1965, when he was still a struggling musician. She was a waitress at a music club and McGuinn and the other members of the fledgling Byrds used to stop by frequently for a free meal. Ianthe pursued McGuinn and the two began a relationship, resulting in a son, and were eventually married in late 1966. The couple had another son and Ianthe stayed home to raise the children while Roger continued to tour regularly. But Roger’s repeated marital infidelities, increasingly habitual drug use, and disinterest in his family led to the couple’s separation in 1971 and eventual divorce.

Fans of the band will enjoy many of Ianthe’s insights into McGuinn and the other Byrds that you won’t find anywhere else. Roger was a classic introvert and was often unsuited by temperament to lead the band. One of the reasons the Byrds ventured into so many different musical styles was due to McGuinn’s passivity in response to the pressures of other band members.

Ianthe is definitely not kind to Roger in these pages. She reports that her ex-husband had zero contact with his two sons for four years while they were growing up. He also missed many child support payments as the gigs became fewer and farther between. This book is definitely payback. But why did she wait so long? Roger and Ianthe are both 75. The hurt is obviously still very strong and Ianthe recognized her opportunity to piggy-back this book with Johnny Rogan’s long-awaited “Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless, Volume 2,” also published this month. Ianthe, unfortunately, gets a bit too personal with some of her memories, bordering on outright salaciousness, but she clearly is out for Roger’s blood and is willing to pull out all of the stops, even at the risk of embarrassing herself.

As I mentioned in a previous post, McGuinn hit rock bottom in 1977 and accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior. Praise God! But even though our sins are forgiven when we trust in Christ, we must still deal with the after effects of our sin. In our disobedience to God, we hurt ourselves and others and sometimes that damage has far-reaching consequences in this life.

The last few pages of the book recount how Ianthe received an invitation in 2008 to spend Thanksgiving with Roger’s mother. Roger’s parents had remained on good terms with Ianthe after the divorce and were loving grandparents to the two boys. But Ianthe hadn’t seen Roger since 1995, when their youngest son, Henry was married. As Ianthe walked into the house, she relates that she was immediately bowled over by Roger’s forceful wife, who begged her to forgive him, while Roger stood by sheepishly. Ouch! Well, that’s Ianthe’s version of what happened. Ianthe states that she agreed to forgive her ex-husband at that time, just to smooth over an awkward situation, but this book is a testimony to her lingering re$entment.

In addition to the sometimes long-lasting effects of sin, the other moral of this book is that fame ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

If Jesus paid the price for our sin, why do we still suffer the consequences of our sin?

Postscript: Roger continues to tour at the age of 75, performing all of the classic Byrds tunes on his trusty Rick. Visit his website here.