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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, December 30, 2011

Catholics Come Home? | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

A self professing "Calvinist" Evangelical pastor over at Christianity Today, Chris Castaldo, gives a word of warning to the Inquisitors of the come home to the synagogue of satan campaign:
From this historical example, my encouragement to Catholics pursuing the New Evangelization is to remain positive. While there will necessarily be moments of defining yourself over and against Protestants, don't let this become your modus operandi. Unfortunately, this negative trend seems to have already started in some of the above-mentioned apostolates. Even the Catholics Come Home site, in the "Answering Your Questions" section, has some content that is, shall we say, less than winsome. It's one thing to express disagreement with Protestants; it's quite another to portray them as morons.


Odd, but in this article Castaldo never once mentions the Council of Trent, justification by faith alone or the other four solas of the Protestant Reformation. Of course being a good "ecumenical" Evangelical means not damning your Roman Catholic "brethren" to hell or evangelizing them. But it's quite alright for Roman Catholics to evangelize Protestants. This sort of "tolerant" Evangelicalism is really liberalism and theological relativism in disguise. The Scriptures make it clear that there are more issues than simply Roman Catholic tradition being placed on the same level as biblical revelation. A consistent Calvinism cannot be "Evangelical" in the sense advocated by Chris Castaldo. Like most Evangelicals Castaldo is naive. He thinks that Roman Catholicism is not militant and Castaldo is under the mistaken impression that Roman Catholicism is content with leaving Protestants be. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As anyone who has been following the apologetics ministry of Gerry Matatics. I am not a huge fan of James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. However, as a calvinistic or particular Baptist White has done a fine job of debating Roman Catholics like Matatics. (See James White Versus Gerry Matatics, Sola Scriptura). Many confused Evangelicals convert to Roman Catholicism because they have not fully understood the authority of Scripture or the real issues. (See Romeward Bound). If the Bible is insufficient in and of itself to reveal enough propositional truths for saving faith, then having another "divine revelation" alongside the Bible as an infallible interpreter of Scripture, namely Roman Catholic tradition, would not solve the problem of insufficiency.  It would follow then that Roman Catholic "revelation" in the form of tradition would require an infallible interpretation and thus requiring an infinite regress of infallible interpretations of the interpretations.

I have to agree with Rome. Protestants who think Roman Catholicism is benign and benevolent toward Protestants and Evangelicals are simply "morons". The fact is Roman Catholicism and Calvinism are diametrically contradictory to one another. A true believer is required to choose sides. Either the believer will side with Scripture or with Rome. There really is no middle ground. In fact, those who consistently follow the teaching of Rome are lost and in need of conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Council of Trent officially condemned and anathematized the Gospel as "heresy". Until that changes the theological and philosophical battle between Rome and Geneva/Canterbury/Wittenberg continues.

When the plow boy knows the Scriptures better than the pope it is a sign that Rome is truly apostate. (John 5:39 KJV; John 12:47-48 KJV). The sine qua non of the Gospel is justification by faith alone and salvation by grace alone. In fact, I would say that all five of the solas of the Protestant Reformation are absolutely essential doctrines. Sola Scriptura! Sola Gratia! Sola Fide! Solus Christus! Soli gloria Deo!

Catholics Come Home? | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction


4 comments:

aztexan said...

From what I am given to understand, Monseigneur [Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, Duke of Somerset, Regent of England under the minority of Edward VI] , there are two kinds of rebels who have risen up against the King and the estates of the Kingdom. The one, a fantastical sort of persons, who, under colour of the Gospel, would put all into confusion. The others are persons who persist in the superstitions of the Roman Antichrist. Both alike deserve to be repressed by the sword which is committed to you, since they not only attack the King, but strive with God, who has placed him upon a royal throne, and has committed to you the protection as well of his person as of his majesty.... These madmen, who would have the whole world turned back into chaos of licentiousness, are hired by Satan to defame the Gospel.... The Papists, in endeavouring to maintain the corruptions and abominations of their Romish idol, show themselves to be the open enemies of the grace of Jesus Christ, and of all His ordinances. That ought likewise to occasion great sickness at heart among all those who have a single drop of godly zeal.... - John Calvin, 1548

Charlie J. Ray said...

Thanks for the quote, aztexan..... I have of late come under fire in the Gordon H. Clark discussion page in Facebook for daring to say that the charismatic theology of Vincent Cheung has nothing to do with Gordon H. Clark's Christian apologetics:) The charismatics have more in common with the Arminians, Anabaptists and the Papists than with Roformation Calvinism....

aztexan said...

I'm not at all acquainted with Cheung, his thought or works. I've heard his name bandied about as some sort of Clarkian authority, but have never bothered to check him out. Sounds like I'm not missing much.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Please excuse the typos:) Reformation, not Roformation...

Anyway, the link to Cheung's site is Vincent Cheung.Com His faithful followers love to say that the Bible nowhere endorses non-cessationism, implying of course that they want to practice mystical and ecstatic religion and miracles. Cheung even has an article that says that cessationists are "in rebellion against God". Go figure. (See: Cessationism and Speaking in Tongues Looks like Cheung wants to have it his way instead of God's way:)

I might be responding to Cheung's irrational gibberish in the near future....

Peace,

Charlie

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