Members of the Restorationist sect called The Church of Christ, was Jesus attempting to confuse people when he used a word rich with paternal authority when naming Simon Bar-Jona “Rock”? For Abraham too is called a “rock”: Hearken to me, you who pursue deliverance, you who seek the LORD; look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were digged. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you (Isaiah 51:1,2). Matthew’s Gospel account, most likely written first in Aramaic and undoubtedly initially written for a Jewish audience, quotes our Master as saying, I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church (Matthew 16:18).
The English New Testament book of Matthew is not a translation of Jesus’ Greek words into English, but a translation of what began as Aramaic, translated into Greek, and then into English; and the walk through three languages often confuses the Protestant Church of Christ. And even if, by a long shot, the autograph was written in Greek and not Aramaic, the walk through three languages is still a necessity because Jesus spoke Aramaic. But when the words of God are read without linguistic gymnastics and modern lenses designed to delete Jesus’ calling of the first pope, it becomes clear that Jesus said, You are Cephas (Rock), and on this cephas (rock), I will build my church. Continue reading
I have a youth ministry degree, I have worked in youth ministry, I have taught RCIT, and I think The Bible Tells Me So by Christian Leblanc is fantastic.
Drawing on eight years of experience catechizing middle schoolers, LeBlanc has created a 1-year curriculum that teaches about the Bible, the Mass, and the Faith as a unified idea. The book is written as a teacher’s guide, and is a collection of fully developed conversational lessons–its structure is outstanding.
Middle school catechists would benefit from this book, but anyone who works with kids in any youth ministry/teaching setting would benefit. What I’ve come to love about the book is that is also a great tool for homeschooling! Adults who want to learn about the Catholic Faith would benefit from this book as well.
LeBlanc has an obvious mastery of his subject, and he knows how to teach it. Five Stars
Why do I even try to have intelligent conversations with people who argue like this (see above)? I’m “writing off” Internet and personal discussions with Fundamentalists. Seriously. Done.
[Warning: long sentence ahead] The pic above is a screenshot from a “Church of Christ” website that has saturated the Internet with hundreds of excruciating articles–articles that, apparently, are “go-to” sources for people who think the words “does” and “did” are interchangeable, and who fail to realize the hypocrisy of using Google to find the above theological opinion while simultaneously insisting that they are using “the Bible” (and not human wisdom) as their guide.
By the end of the year (hopefully), I will have completed my Comparative Religion book about the real Church of Christ and the pretend Church of Christ (chapter sneak peek here). It will be around for a long, long time. It will be read by their smartest, maybe understood by a few, but I will be over the headaches. It will be a life preserver thrown to my former comrades-in-rebellion. I will have done my part.
Begging the question??? Searches like this crack me up. I don’t think he/she/it was too pleased to land on this page, and I’m sure the searcher just kept looking until he/she/it found what his/her/its itching ears want to hear. But who knows, maybe he/she/it was simply researching the Protestant mind.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, and Pope Francis desires a poor Church. And for a moment, the Church’s enemies, anti-Catholic Protestants and atheists alike, are paying attention to the Vicar of Christ’s words. “Poor” is Christian code for “holy”, but “poor” means something quite different to those who hate the Church.
From [Protestant] Christian radio to followers of blogs such as Glenn Becks’s The Blaze, and from Fundamentalist pulpits to my next-door neighbor, people are again attacking the Catholic Church for its apparent hypocrisy. I wish I could discern a difference between atheists and some Protestants regarding the Church’s “wealth”—it seems as Judas Iscariot’s influence has joined the two groups. Continue reading
Ministers and laypeople of the Protestant Church of Christ, can you not acknowledge that any “Bible-only” sect cannot be the true Church of Christ? Can you not understand that the ontological priority of a sacred library of books be a sacred body with the authority to have labeled it so? That an inerrant text requires and inerrant author, that the Spirit that aided the writing is the same Spirit that interprets? That you would have no reason to believe that the books that comprise the New Testament are inspired if it were not for the authority of the real Church of Christ?
Absolutely, a Church existed before the first character of St. Matthew’s Gospel was penned, and was not St. Matthew a Christian? Was St. Matthew a “Bible-only” believer, or did he believe the Word to be Jesus Incarnate? The kingdom is at hand, it is where Christ is, and Christ is with his holy bride. He was first tented in Mary’s womb, thus she was the first Christian, but was she a believer in Protestant-styled sola scriptura as members of the Protestant Church of Christ are at this late time? Continue reading
…purchased my book. I know… there are some typos/mistakes (I’ve already found SIX!). Just think of your copy as a collector’s edition! Updated copies will be available Thursday. Again, thank you.
A friend of mine (who apparently thinks minivans are built for speed) was given a warning by a Catholic cop. In other words, my friend does not live in Hazzard county. My “Anti-Catholicism is a Tradition of men” stickers are available here.