The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development

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Before one can analyze one's belief system, or that of another's, one must know where he sits personally. Please read the "7 Stages of Spiritual Development" below and decide for yourself where you stand.

The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development:

A Person:

1. Believes in God. Yet does nothing about it.

2. Believes in God and is bothered by his conscience, yet does nothing about it.

3. Believes in God, goes to church occasionally, feels guilty for his sins but rationalizes his actions. Knows nothing about his faith.

4. Believes in God, goes to church regularly, is morally responsible for his actions. Never questions what he is taught about God or what his faith is, or even why he believes it. Fills the spiritual square.

5. Believes in God, goes to church regularly, is truly a servant of God. Feels saved and tries to evangelize others yet never questions what he has been taught or why he believes it. Considers the New Testament inspired and rightly so, yet doesn't know why it is inspired considering the fact it never “claims” inspiration. In essence a blind faith. A faith mostly based on emotion verses education, logic and historical apostolic precedent. Often discounts other denominations if they are threatening to his belief system. Feels threatened by inconsistencies/contradictions in his own theology but does nothing about it. Feels that he can:"Just read the Bible" and somehow he will have the Apostolic interpretation of Scripture as the Apostles meant it to be, even though he is 2000 years and 3 languages removed. Given this, he never ponders who the authors of his present doctrines and beliefs are, he just assumes his personal version or that of his Pastor's was taught by the Apostles 2000 years ago. He has embraced a belief system he has not challenged.

6. Believes in God, goes to church regularly, truly seeks God and his One Truth. Investigates his theology for this One Truth. Not a blind faith but a seeking faith. Uses knowledge and logic (as opposed to emotion) to arrive at what he believes to be the One Gospel of Christ. Truly seeks the authors of his doctrines, yet when he discovers these authors, he still ignores/rationalizes the inconsistencies/contradictions of his doctrines when compared to the teachings of the Apostles and the writings of the early Church or even the beliefs of his own Protestant reformers in the 16th century. Still embraces the notion, that even though a particular doctrine was not taught by a single Christian soul before the Renaissance era, and in many cases was not even taught by his own Protestant reformers,,, it could still somehow be the teachings of Christ's Apostles and that of his primitive Church 1500+ years earlier. Yet emotion, pride or often financial necessity triumph over logic, resulting in rationalization and continuing acceptance of ideas he knows are modern inventions, and therefore are impossible for the Apostles and the early Church to have taught them. In the end he rationalizes his faith rather than follow what he knows to be true.

7. Believes in God, goes to Church regularly, actually seeks reasons for his faith. Again not a blind faith but wants to believe what the Apostles actually taught Christ's early Church. Doesn't simply accept on blind faith the teachings of his pastor, his church or even his own modern interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. He concludes in accordance with Gal 1:8-9, that there really is just ONE Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeks that ONE Gospel. Wants his beliefs to be Apostolic, i.e., what the Apostles taught Christ's early Church, no matter where it leads him and no matter what it costs him. Through historical and Biblical research, he discovers who authored his doctrines. Knowing the author, he then either rejects the doctrine because of its author, or embraces it because of who the author is. Logic triumphs over emotion and his courage prevails. His faith is strengthened for he now knows without question the historical teachings of the Apostles to Christ's infant Church. He knows his theology is truly Apostolic. He fully embraces the Words of Holy Writ as they speak of the One Faith:

"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." (Eph 4:4)


Points to ponder:
What stage are you in my friend?
Have you progressed in stages or has your spiritual development stagnated?
What is preventing you from attaining the next stage?

I know this all must sound crazy right now and it was so simple before when all one needed to do is read the Bible and come to a conclusion based on one's 21st century personal opinion on a 1st century scroll. But the "One" Gospel of Jesus Christ (Gal 1:8-9) cannot be attained by one's modern spin on the Bible. For every Protestant and every Protestant denomination has a *different* spin on the Bible. And we now have over 20,000+ Protestant denominations/non-denominations. (Just look in your phonebook under "church").


Who is right??--That is why we must know who authored our doctrines. So, who authored your doctrines? Are they Apostolic? Did the Apostles teach them to the early Church? Or are they modern Bible interpretations that have absolutely no link to Christ and his Apostles, other than the claim of a link by the modern author?

That is why I have created this site, because I desire as our Lord does that all Christians believe and follow the one Gospel of Jesus Christ Eph 4:4 tells us:
"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God."
One Faith, not thousands. My friend, to read of who invented your theology and in what century, visit the site below:

Click here: "Origins and Authors of the modern Christian Theologies"

Discover the authors of your modern Christian theology. If pastor's theology really is Apostolic, i.e., what the Apostles taught the early Church, then and only then would this theology be Biblical. For it is impossible for the Apostles to have written an idea into the Bible,,,,, if they never taught it.
So if they did not teach it, it is not Biblical.

Remember, just because you have believed something for years on end, doesn't mean it's true.

God Bless you,
Daniel


14 SOBERING BIBLICAL QUESTIONS
FOR THE DEVOUT CHRISTIAN
The Catholic Faith comprises the verses not underlined in your personal Bible nor taught in modern Christian seminaries or churches.


Read the Bible verses not underlined in your Bible.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21


Suggested reading:

Catholic Answers: "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" A compendium of basic Catholic beliefs and the Biblicism behind these beliefs. http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp

 

14 Questions for the Earnest Believer:

1. Are you a Bible Believing Christian? Does your pastor preach " Bible Only?"
Click Here: 40 modern Christian Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

2. Three Questions your pastor can't answer... http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

3. Seven Reasons Christians go to church. Which one is yours? ... http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/forchurch7reasons.html

4. THE ORIGINS & AUTHORS OF THE PROTESTANT THEOLOGIES.
Do you know who authored Protestantism's distinctive beliefs and in what century? You might be surprised.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html


5. "The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development."
What stage you are in?...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html

6. Faith Alone (Sola Fide): It is a Catholic position.
Has your pastor taught you that Catholics must "work their way to Heaven?" Another misunderstanding of Catholic theology.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/faithalone.html

7. "Who is the Bride of Christ?
What does the Holy Bible say?
...http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html

8. Non-Catholics often ask: "WHAT ELSE IS THERE?"
"What else has Christ's Infallible Authority besides the Holy Scriptures?"
Read the verses not underlined in your Bible nor taught in your seminaries or present church.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/whatelse.html

9. Is Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only theory" even Biblical?
Where does the Bible teach the "SOLA" in Sola Scriptura?
Click here to read what the Bible says about God's Word and how it is to be taught...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html

10. Did the Bereans "Search the Scriptures" and thereby follow the "Bible Only" theory?
Many claim they did, but not if you read the whole chapter, i.e., the verses not taught in non-Catholic churches. Read the story again and then decide.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

11. The 3rd Unanswered Challenge for Non-Catholic Theologies: Is the Catholic Faith Apostolic?
Name just one Catholic doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed,,,, that the Catholic Faith *no longer does*. Why can't the modern Christian theologies make the same bold claim? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

12. Biblically, did the "official teachings or doctrines" of the Catholic Church become corrupt or apostate? Are there verses in the Holy Scriptures that forbid this? What does the Holy Bible really say about: "The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

13. Is Praying to Saints Biblical? Is the "Hail Mary" prayer Biblical? (Read the Verses not underlined in your Pastor's Bible.) http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

14. HOW NON-CATHOLICS ARE COMPELLED TO USE AND EMBRACE AN UNBIBLICAL AND ANTI-BIBLCIAL DEFINATION AND CONCEPT OF CHRIST'S CHURCH http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html

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3 Questions for your Pastor

The Quantum Leap of Modern Christianity
Why do Modern Christian Pastors
Reject the Faith of their Original Protestant Reformers?
3 Unanswerable Questions for your Pastor

Second generational Protestant and author of many ideas in modern Protestantism: John Calvin. of France. (1509-1564)



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The Quantum Leap of Modern Christianity
Why does modern Christianity reject the Faith of their own first Protestants?
3 Unanswerable Questions for your Pastor

Fellow Christian:

Many modern Christian pastors have taught their congregations that absolutely no case can be made for the Catholic Faith. That it is the "traditions of man" or that it became apostate early on, (which is the Mormon "Great Apostasy" theory), or that its theology is UNBiblical. (Actually every Catholic doctrine has Biblical support, they are just the verses not underlined in your Bible or read in your church). Many modern Christians are then baffled why Catholics remain in the Catholic Church. The answer is, in part, where else would they go? Where else would a Christian go to believe as the Apostles taught the early Church? Isn't that what all Christians desire? To believe as the very Apostles taught Christ's early Church? Many modern Christians have been taught by their pastors that Catholic theology is not Apostolic, that it is not the teachings of the Apostles to Christ's early Church. I would offer the following challenge for them and their pastor:
Click here: 3rd Unanswered Challenge for the Modern Christian Theologies: Is Catholic theology Apostolic? Name one doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine that Christ's early Church believed,,, that the Catholic Faith no longer does.

Is there a case for modern Christianity or the beliefs of your current church? Catholics might reject the Catholic faith if one could show the link between modern Christianity and the Apostles. Many of the beliefs modern pastors call "Biblical," were not even embraced by their own reformers.... What does that tell you? And what does that tell the very Catholics you would have leave the Church? The Church the Holy Bible calls:
"The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15.

THE FOLLOWING LIST OF 10 DOCTRINES contain but some of the beliefs held by modern Christians.

=>These beliefs were either repudiated by Protestantism's own reformers, or totally unheard of by the first Protestants in the 16th century.

=>And since even the first Protestant reformers did not embrace these ideas,,, it is virtually impossible for the Apostles to have taught them to Christ's early Church. For logic follows, since the Bible is a collection of the teachings of the Apostles, if the Apostles had never heard of these ideas, it would be impossible for them to write these ideas into the NT Bible.

My friend, just because your pastor says something is "Biblical," doesn't mean it was taught by the Apostles to Christ's infant Church. It just means it is "Biblical" to him, here in the 21st century. And if any modern Christian pastor is free to call "anything" Biblical, we are free to believe anything we want,,, as long as we call it "Biblical"... A perfect case in point is the "Jesus Only Pentecostals" who deny the Trinity and call this "Biblical."
Click here: Doctrine of the United Pentecostal Church - Why We Baptize in Only Jesus' Name.

As you read the following doctrines, ask yourself the "3 Unanswerable Questions" your pastor can't explain.


3 UNANSWERABLE QUESTIONS FOR YOUR PASTOR:

1. “Pastor, if you claim some or all of the ideas listed below are “Biblical,” Why do we find that not one Christian soul (to include our own 1st reformers) believed such ideas until the last few hundred years?”

2. “Pastor, since the NT Bible is a written account of the Apostles teachings, how can these ideas be “Biblical,” if the Apostles did not teach them or if our own original reformers did not teach them? How did these ideas get into the Bible for you to declare them *Biblical*?”

3. “Pastor, is it your position then, that the Apostles “DID” teach these ideas of yours and subsequently wrote them into the NT Bible, yet not a single Christian soul taught them *again* until AFTER the original Protestants and AFTER the Protestant reformation? Does this make sense? Is this logical? Is this the logic you present every week to your congregation?

How will your pastor answer these questions about the following modern Christian ideas he teaches as "Biblical?"
Logic tells us that if the Apostles didn't teach it, it's not NT Biblical.


"A Partial List of Beliefs in Modern Christianity"
The first Protestants (and Apostolic Christianity for 2000 years) embraced *none* of the following new unorthodox ideas on Christ's Gospel.
The Holy Bible tells us:

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

If Hebrews 13:8 is true, why do we find so many changes to Christ's Gospel as delineated below?

Click each idea for explanation and documentation for each idea's author and date of origin:

1.Click here: Once Saved Always Saved. Date of Origin: late 16th century by John Calvin. Previous to Calvin, not a single Christian in the history of the world taught or believed such an idea to include the 1st Protestants. How then did this idea get into the Holy Bible if the Apostles did not teach it and put it there?

2.Click here: Denial of the Eucharist as a Sacrament; denial of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and consider it only a symbol. First espoused by Huldreich Zwingli yet formally preached by the Anabaptist sect in the 17th century. Have you ever underlined John 6:52-54, Mark 14:22-24. Matt. 26:26-28, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Cor. 10:16

3.Click here: Denial of Baptism as a Sacrament; denial of the salvational power of Baptism and consider it only a symbol. Date of Origin: John Calvin believed Baptism to be a Sacrament, yet he and the Anabaptist sect both denied it's role in salvation. "Baptism...now saves you" (1 Pet. 3:20–21)

4.Click here: Prohibiting Baptism to Infants. Date of Origin: 17th century by the Anabaptist sect. The Holy Bible never excludes infants or children nor to we ever read of a person being denied Baptism until the age of reason and then being Baptized. The Holy Bible tells us that "whole families were Baptized" with no exceptions. Whole families were Baptized through out Christian history until the invention of the Anabaptist sect who taught contrary to even their own Protestant reformers.

5.Click here: Baptism ONLY by immersion. Date of Origin: 17th century by the Anabaptist sect. Again prior to the Anabaptist sect, not one Christian in the preceding 1700 years taught Baptism ONLY by immersion to include the first Protestants. See Ezekiel 36:25-26

6. Click here: Belief in the Rapture: i.e., the seven year Tribulation and the literal thousand year reign of Christ, Dispensationalism or the "Left Behind" idea. Date of Origin: 19th century by Englishman John Nelson Darby. Not one person in the history of the world believed such an idea before the 19th century. How then did the Apostles teach it and write it into the Holy Bible?

7.Click here: Denial of the perpetual virginity of the Virgin Mary, believing she had other children, and denying her historic title "Mother of God". Dates of Origin: the former dates from the 17th century, the latter is the 5th century Nestorian Heresy which denied the two natures of Christ by claiming the Virgin Mary was only the mother of his humanity. This split Christ into two persons, one human and one divine. This 5th century heresy resurfaced again in post-reformational Protestantism. All reformers repudiated this heresy as well as the idea that the "Brothers of the Lord" were true brothers, vs step-brothers from Joseph or cousins. (There is no word for cousin in Hebrew).

8. Click here: modern Christian Pastor's open acceptance of civil divorce by a secular state authority, and on that state's authority re-marrying Christians against what God has previously joined together. Date of Origin: early 20th century. Now embraced by the whole of Protestantism. Mark 10:9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.11And he said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery'" (cf. Luke 16:17-18). The Catholic Church and only the Catholic Church refuses to recognize the authority of a secular state government in these matters.

9. Click here: Acceptance of Female Clergy by many modern Christian churches. Date of Origin: late 20th century by mainline and now nondenominational Christian churches. Not only is this unbiblical but it is also Anti-Biblical and contradicts 2000 years of Christian teaching.

10. Click here: The growing acceptance of openly homosexual clergy and homosexuality in general by mainline and nondenominational Christian churches. Date of Origin: the last 20 years. As Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only" theory dictates, anything can be called Biblical in modern Christianity.

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Your current church may not teach all of these new ideas, but they are all products of the Bible Only idea which lets modern Christians believe anything they want as long as they call it "Biblical."
Yet more importantly, all of these ideas must be rejected as "Apostolic" for not one of them was taught by Protestantism's own reformers much less the Apostles to Christ's early Church. How can they be "Biblical" as your pastor has told you, if the Apostles did not teach them and write them into the Bible?

Ancient, historical Christianity and modern Christianity are irreconcilable.
The modern Christian theologies are not what the Apostles taught and wrote into the Holy Bible.
They are by definition, unbiblical.

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The Apostles and your own Protestant reformers would roll over in their graves if they learned what modern Christianity and your pastor is teaching today as Christ’s ONE Gospel.
"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." (Eph 4:4)
The Holy Scriptures tell us that Christ’s Gospel does not change, so how did it change for your pastor?
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings." Hebrews 13:8-9
My friend, the logic of this argument is this: if Protestantism's own reformers did not believe the above ideas, how could the Apostles have taught them to the early Church!? How could the Apostles have written these ideas into the NT Bible if they never heard of them? How could these ideas be “Biblical” if the Protestant reformers did not even teach them? How could these ideas be “Biblical” if the Apostles did not teach them? The only logical conclusion, is that all of these ideas are but modern inventions and modern interpretations of the Bible that have zero link to the Apostles in any shape or form.

How do modern Christian pastors explain this "Quantum Leap" of their modern theology?


3 UNANSWERABLE QUESTIONS FOR YOUR PASTOR:

1. “Pastor, if you claim some or all of the ideas listed above are “Biblical,” Why do we find that not one Christian soul (to include our own 1st reformers) believed such ideas until the last few hundred years?”

2. “Pastor, since the NT Bible is a written account of the Apostles teachings, how can these ideas be “Biblical,” if the Apostles did not teach them or if our own original reformers did not teach them? How did these ideas get into the Bible for you to declare them *Biblical*?”

3. “Pastor, is it your position then, that the Apostles “DID” teach these ideas of yours and subsequently wrote them into the NT Bible, yet not a single Christian soul taught them *again* until AFTER the original Protestants and AFTER the Protestant reformation? Does this make sense? Is this logical? Is this the logic you present every week to your congregation?


How does your modern Christian pastor explain the Quantum leap from his modern teachings, *past the reformers*,,, to the Apostles (who he claims taught these ideas and wrote them into the Bible)?
How did the Apostles teach these novel ideas when Protestantism's own reformers didn't even embrace them?
How did these ideas get into the Bible if they were invented only centuries ago??
Have you asked your pastor these questions??

That is the irreconcilable problem one must resolve before embracing modern Christian theology in any shape or form. This is what modern Christians are asking Catholics to accept as "logical," when in reality it is a physical impossibility. If modern Christian pastors can answer this "Quantum Leap," I'm sure Catholics will be on the road to rejecting Catholicism (and the faith of the Protestant reformers...) and embracing ideas conjured up in the last few hundred years. How does your pastor explain this? Christ's Gospel does not change anymore than Christ does.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings." Hebrews 13:8-9


The following site gives the origin of these modern Christian ideas (and others). The site provides the historical date and the man who invented these ideas. Just as before Thomas Edison in the 19th century, there was no such thing as an electric light bulb, likewise, before the last few hundred years, the ideas that your pastor teaches you are "Biblical," did not exist either. To say that the Apostles taught these ideas, is akin to saying the Apostles wrote Scripture by electric lights! It's the same logic. But this logic is virtually impossible. This methodology is not sound nor logical. Just because your pastor tells you something is "Biblical" or just because you have believed something for years on end,,,,doesn't mean it's true. I just want to believe as the Apostles taught the early Church, no matter where it leads me and no matter what it costs. I would assume any Christian would, Catholic or Protestant. The Holy Bible commands us all to:
“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Test your pastors modern theology for apostolicity at:
Click here: The Origins and Authors of Distinctly modern Christian Doctrines




My friend, can you explain this "Quantum Leap" over your own reformers? If you can't, and you seek what the Apostles taught the early Church, please
Click here: for HELPFUL LINKS or the 14 sobering questions to test modern Christian theology for Apostolicity as the Bible commands. Test this modern theology to see if it is Biblical AND that the Apostles actually taught these ideas. Reject this theology if you find these ideas to be mere modern inventions, not taught by Protestantism's own reformers, that have absolutely zero link to Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible tells us to:

"Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers in which you tend the church of God, that he acquired with his own blood. I know after my departure, savage wolves will come among you and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group men will come forward perverting the truth to draw disciples away after them." Acts 20:28-30

There is a case for the Catholic theology. Perhaps you have just not given it a fair hearing. I can guarantee you that much of what your current pastor "says" Catholics believe, is not what they really believe. Always go to the source. One wouldn't ask the Democrats to comments on Republican ideas, and likewise, it is not fair to ask modern Christian Pastors to comment on Catholic theology. Ask "knowledgeable" Catholics what Catholic theology teaches or read it yourself on this site below or the HELPFUL LINKS page. Catholic theology was not invented in the last few hundred years as we find in Christianity, it is the faith of the Apostles and that of your Christian Fathers for 2000 years. That is why the following claim is easy to make and substantiate.


Click here: 3rd Unanswered Challenge for the modern Christian Theologies: Is Catholic theology Apostolic, name one doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed, that the Catholic Faith no longer does.

Again the Holy Bible commands us to:
“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
Test modern Christian theology against Catholic theology for Apostolicity. If one's own Protestant reformers didn't believe such ideas on Christ's Gospel, why do you? Remember what the Holy Scriptures tell us:

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings."
Hebrews 13:8-9

Please email me with your questions, objections or comments.
God Bless you,
Daniel

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15






14 SOBERING BIBLICAL QUESTIONS
FOR THE DEVOUT CHRISTIAN
The Catholic Faith comprises the verses not underlined in your personal Bible nor taught in modern Christian seminaries or churches.


Read the Bible verses not underlined in your Bible.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21


Suggested reading:

Catholic Answers: "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" A compendium of basic Catholic beliefs and the Biblicism behind these beliefs. http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp

1. "Bible Only" Christian or "Bible Believing" Christian?
Click Here: 40+ Modern Christian Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible...

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

2. Three Questions your pastor can't answer...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

3. Seven Reasons Christians go to church. Which one is yours? ...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/forchurch7reasons.html

4. THE ORIGINS & AUTHORS OF THE PROTESTANT THEOLOGIES.
Do you know who authored Modern Christianity's distinctive beliefs and in what century? You might be surprised.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html


5. "The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development."
What stage are you?...

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html


6. Faith Alone (Sola Fide): It is a Catholic position.
Has your pastor taught you that Catholics must "work their way to Heaven?" Another misunderstanding of Catholic theology.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/faithalone.html

7. "Who is the Bride of Christ?
What does the Holy Bible say?
...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html

8. Non-Catholics often ask: "WHAT ELSE IS THERE?"
"What else has Christ's Infallible Authority besides the Holy Scriptures?"
Read the verses not underlined in your Bible nor taught in your seminaries or present church.

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/whatelse.html

9. Is Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only theory" even Biblical?
Where does the Bible teach the "SOLA" in Sola Scriptura?
Click here to read what the Bible says about God's Word and how it is to be taught...

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html


10. Did the Bereans "Search the Scriptures" and thereby follow the "Bible Only" theory?
Many claim they did, but not if you read the whole chapter, i.e., the verses not taught in Modern Christian churches. Read the story again and then decide.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

11. The 3rd Unanswered Challenge for Non-Catholic Theologies: Is the Catholic Faith Apostolic?
Name just one Catholic doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed,,,, that the Catholic Faith *no longer does*. Why can't the Modern Christian theologies make the same bold claim?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

12. Biblically, did the "official teachings or doctrines" of the Catholic Church become corrupt or apostate? Are there verses in the Holy Scriptures that forbid this? What does the Holy Bible really say about: "The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

13. Is Praying to Saints Biblical? Is the "Hail Mary" prayer Biblical? (Read the Verses not underlined in your pastor's Bible.) http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

14. HOW NON-CATHOLICS ARE COMPELLED TO USE AND EMBRACE AN UNBIBLICAL AND ANTI-BIBLCIAL DEFINATION AND CONCEPT OF CHRIST'S CHURCH
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html

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An Exercise in Logic: Two Logic Proofs from History 101

An Exercise in Logic:
Two Logic Proofs from History 101
demonstrating how the modern Christian theologies did not even exist in the first millennium
for Christ and His Apostles to have taught.


“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

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History 101, the Logic of it all.

No distinctive Protestant idea existed in the 1st millennium. Not one.
Therefore the whole of the Protestant belief system (and its offshoots) lack apostolicity and Biblicism.

The laws of deductive logic tell us:

If the premises of a valid argument are true, then its conclusion must also be true.
and
It is impossible for the conclusion of a valid argument to be false while its premises are true.

A.  All  boys are human.
B.  Billy is a boy.
C. Therefore Billy is human.

The premises in this case are true, therefore the conclusion: Billy is human is also true.
For a quick review of deductive logic and the laws thereof visit: http://www.philosophypages.com/lg/e01.htm

And likewise:

A.  Distinctive Protestant, Mormon and JW beliefs do not predate the renaissance era.  (1450-1600 A.D.)
B.  The teachings of the Apostles predate the renaissance era by 1000+ years.
C   Therefore logic and historical timelines tell us, that no distinctive Protestant, Mormon or JW belief was taught by the Apostles.
(And subsequently written into the NT Bible).

The fact of the matter, is that in the case of modern Protestantism or its offshoots, their distinctive ideas were not even embraced by their own first Protestants, much less the Apostles. On a linear and sequential timeline, this makes it impossible for these modern ideas to be written into the Holy Bible 2000 years earlier. They didn't exist in that era and would not exist for a 1400+ years to come.
(Click here: Three questions your pastor will not answer concerning his theology. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html)
Again, please "test" premise A. Reject what logic tells you is impossible for the Apostles to have taught. It is of utmost importance to reconcile this logic truth.  If we ignore this argument or rationalize it without disproving premise A, we are free to believe anything and everything under the Sun, and it really doesn't matter if the Apostles taught it or not.  We are free to call "anything" Biblical, just as the Mormons and the JW's do.

Logic tells us that this faith, the faith of the Catholic/Universal Church was the faith of the Apostles for there was no other faith. And the same logic tells us that no distinctive Protestant idea was taught by the Apostles for not one predates the renaissance era.

Again
If the premises of a valid argument are true, then its conclusion must also be true.
and
It is impossible for the conclusion of a valid argument to be false while its premises are true.

A.  In the first millennium, there was only one Christian Faith.
B.  The apostles lived in the first millennium.
C.  Therefore the only Christian Faith of the first millennium, was the Faith of the Apostles
(and therefore that of the Holy Bible).
 

The Faith of the 1st millennium was the Catholic or Universal Faith for there was no other Christian faith.
(Catholic is Katholikos in Greek which means "universal").

All Bible Believing Christians should "Test” premise A as the Holy Bible commands:

“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Test premise A. If one cannot find any of the Protestant theologies predating the renaissance era, nor even the 10th century, why would one erroneously assume the Apostles taught these ideas in the 1st century? No Protestant idea was taught in the first 1000+ years of Christianity. No Protestant idea was taught before the renaissance era. For the invention of Protestantism and the Protestant belief system was born in the middle if not the latter half of the second millennium, 1000+ years after the Apostles wrote the Holy Bible. One cannot find a single Christian who taught Protestant ideas or embraced the Protestant belief system in any shape or form. Please test this logic as the Holy Bible commands. The only Christian Faith of the first millennium was the Catholic Faith for there was no other. It is that faith that should be embraced if one wants to believe as the Apostles believed. Test this. Test Premise A. and accept the results history and logic provides for us.

 

But what of the Protestant idea of
SOLA SCRIPTURA (SS) OR THE BIBLE ONLY IDEA?

Do not many Protestants claim that SS was taught by the early Church Fathers such as St. Augustine (5th century) or other Catholic Saints? This line of reasoning is logically impossible for the modern Christian as illustrated below.

So which is it? 
Either the Church Fathers (such as St Augustine) embraced SS,
or they didn't.



1.  Is Catholic Theology
, which St Augustine embraced without exception, a produce of Sola Scriptura? If so why do Protestants reject it? 
2.  Or,  can we presume that Augustine embrace
d SS, but his product of SS was apostate (i.e., Catholic theology).  This in turn renders SS an invalid tool for Bible study for its product is apostasy, and a corruption of the Gospel of Christ.  Therefore SS must be rejected because it is flawed, subjective and inaccurate. It doesn't work every time, if anytime.
3. Or, can we conclude that St Augustine, (nor
any other Christian in the first millennium) embraced SS, even though many modern Protestants illogically claim he did?

So which is the case? 1,2, or 3?  How does a modern Christ
ian answer this for one cannot have it both ways. Either (name your early Church Father here) embraced SS or he didn't. If he did, answer question 1 or 2. If he didn't answer question 3..

But this is all predicated on one wanting to believe as the Apostles taught Christ's early Church, no matter where it leads him and no matter what it costs him. If this is not your desire, all bets are off and you are free to believe anything and everything whether the Apostles taught it or not. But if this is not the case, then test premise A and find just one Christian in the first millennium who taught outside of the Faith of the Catholic/Universal Church. If you find not a single Christian soul, then accept premise A and conclusion C.
C.   Therefore logic and historical timelines tell us, that no distinctive Protestant belief existed in the first millennium or was taught by the Apostles.
(And subsequently written into the NT Bible).

The Holy Bible is materially sufficient in that it holds all the materials for the complete faith of Christ's Gospel, but it is not formally sufficient, in that everything required for the Christian Faith is present in the proper form to "take off the shelf" if you will.  A perfect example is the Holy Trinity.  It is "materially" present in the Holy Bible but it is not "formally" present, for nowhere does the Holy Bible define the Trinity as: One God in three persons, all existing from eternity, that the Spirit proceeded from the Father and the Son as the Nicene Creed states.  Where does it state that the Holy Spirit is Divine as well as a separate person in the Trinity or define the Trinity as we know it today, or even mention the word "Trinity?" 

Another example is the Christian understanding of Christ, that he was fully divine and fully human, one person not two, but with two natures, one divine and one human.  Was he born human and then became divine?? Or vise versa or was He half and half?  Or did he possess both qualities since the incarnation or did He acquire them sometime later?  These principles and doctrines are not "Formally" presented in the Holy Bible so for one to claim it is "the complete Truth and all that we need" ignores the fact that not everything is in the Bible in a formal manner. "Something else" gave us these formal definitions of GOD. And that something else is the: "The church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of Truth" 1 Tim 3:15.

 

The following contains many verses from the Holy Scriptures not used at your church that might change your view of what the Apostles actually taughtBelow are 3 powerful Biblical reasons why you should reject the theology of your current church. Please don't take this letter as an attack on your church but instead a letter in accordance with the Holy Scriptures which state:

 

“Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and in one judgment.”  (1 Cor 1:10)

 

It is God's intent that Christians be "united in one mind and judgment" on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  With that verse in mind discover below why you currently attend the church that you do.  Many people go to church, or "a church" for many difference reasons.


 

Below are 3 reasons to reject the distinctive modern theology of your Pastor.

Please test his distinctive theology as the Holy Bible commands.  Test it for Apostolicity, see if it was taught by the Apostles and test it for Biblicism.  If the Apostles didn't teach it, nor any other Christian in the first millennium, how did it get into the NT Bible if it wasn't invented yet? “Test everything. Hold on to the good.”  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 

 

1. The first reason to reject the modern Christian theologies: The "distinctive" ideas and doctrines taught at your church are not what the Apostles taught Christ's infant Church.  This is a bold claim but it is substantiated by the fact that these same ideas and doctrines were not even taught by Protestantism's first Protestants in the 16th century. 

Therefore it is a leap of logic, in fact a logical fallacy to believe they were expressed by the Apostles 1500+ years earlier.  It's like the electric light bulb.  It was invented in the 19th century by Thomas Edison.  For your pastor to claim his theology was taught by the Apostles is akin to saying the Apostles taught scripture by electric lights, which is impossible for both are modern inventions not predating the last few hundred years.  Research this yourself.  Just because someone says something is "Biblical" does not mean the Apostles taught it.  Ask your pastor how his distinctive and modern theology could be what the Apostles taught when it was not even embraced by his own reformers in the 16th century.  Ask him.  He calls his ideas “Biblical,” yet he knows his distinctive ideas are modern inventions, not taught by the Apostles and not even embraced by his own reformers.  And now you know this as well.  How did his ideas become “Biblical” if the Apostles did not teach them, much less his own reformers??  What will you do with this knowledge?
Click here: Three questions your pastor will not answer concerning his theology. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

Ask him. When were your church's ideas and doctrines invented?  Most come from the Anabaptist sect, a radical splinter group off the Church of England and mainland Protestantism in the 16th-17th centuries, and some are of a more recent origin.     
See for yourself. Click here: The Origins and Authors of Distinctly Protestant Doctrines http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html   

2.  The second reason to reject the modern Christian theologies: Your pastor teaches at least 50 Unbiblical and anti-Biblical ideas and doctrines not found in the Holy Bible.  Your pastor's mantra of "Bible Only" is contradicted by its own theology.  Not all of your pastor's ideas and doctrines are contrary to the Holy Scriptures, yet many are absent from Scripture yes some do contradict Scripture. 
Click here: The Bible Only?  50 Unbiblical Practices and Doctrines embraced by the modern Christian theologies http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html


3. The third reason to reject the modern Christian theologies. This is the most surprising reason yet the most important one.  It is because your church's parishioners are compelled to use and embrace an unbiblical and anti-biblical definition and concept of "Christ's Church."  This modern concept is completely without Biblical support.

There are 3 Fundamental ways your church departs from the Church of the Holy Bible These are the verses not taught or underlined in the Bibles at your church and are detailed at the following link.
Click here: 3 Fundamental ways your church and the other non-Catholic communities depart from the Church of the Holy Bible http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html


If you are a Bible believing Christian and believing the One and true Gospel of Jesus Christ means anything to you, please write me or investigate the claims of apostolicity and Biblicism by your pastor as the Holy Bible Commands: 

“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

If by chance you attend church for any of the above 6 reasons, please reflect on your motives and what Our Lord requires of us.  Our Lord not only demands our faith, but also our obedience in that faith: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  (Matt 7:21) 
And we are accountable for that faith and the knowledge Christ gives us to live our faith. “If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins 27 but a fearful prospect of judgment and a flaming fire that is going to consume the adversaries.” Hebrews  10: 26 My friend, just because you have believed something for years on end, doesn't mean it is true, or even that the Apostles taught it.  It just means someone has told you this or that is "Biblical."  Yet anyone can say anything is "Biblical." The real litmus test is:  "Did the Apostles teach it."  And if Protestantism's own reformers didn't even teach the idea 400+ years ago,,, how on earth did Christ's Apostles teach it 2000 years ago??  My friend, please do not consider this an attack on your faith but only the wishes of unity as expressed by Our Lord Jesus Christ who commanded:  “I have given them [believers] the glory that you gave me, that they may be as one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22,23) 
If we call ourselves Christians, is it not incumbent upon us to believe what Christ actually taught? Or can we believe anything and everything we want, as long as our pastor calls theses ideas "Biblical?" "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."  (Matt 7:21)

All Christians should want to believe as the Apostles taught Christ's infant Church, no matter where it leads them and no matter what it costs them.  Do you feel this same way? And if so, why then do you embrace a gospel the first Protestants didn't even teach and is impossible for the Apostles to have taught?

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 
1 Peter 3:15

 

Our Lord tells us:
"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8: 31-32
Just because you have believed something for years one end, doesn’t mean it’s true. I just want to believe as the Apostles taught Christ’s early Church, no matter where it leads me and no matter what it cost me. I pray you feel the same way.

 

History records Jesus Christ as stating:
``If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'' (Matt. 16:24).
"and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." (Matt 10:38).

God Bless you and all you do,
Daniel

Please email me with your thoughts and historical corrections if any:

Inri33ad@aol.com

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15 SOBERING BIBLICAL QUESTIONS
FOR THE DEVOUT CHRISTIAN
The Catholic Faith comprises the verses not underlined in your personal Bible nor taught in
Modern Christian seminaries or churches.


Read the Bible verses not underlined in your Bible.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Suggested reading:

Intro to the Catholic Faith for Evangelicals http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/index2.htm

Catholic Answers: "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" A compendium of basic Catholic beliefs and the Biblicism behind these beliefs. http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp

FAQ about the Catholic Faith from Columbia University
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/faq-cc.html

 

=> An Exercise in Logic, Two Irrefutable Logic Proofs from History 101 http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/#L

 

1. "Bible Only" Christian or "Bible Believing" Christian?
Click Here: 45+ Modern Christian Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible...

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

2. Just the Truth, 2 Dozen+ Logic and Historical Facts Refuting the Modern Christian Belief Systems
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/justfacts.html

3. Three Questions your pastor won't address...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

4. Seven Reasons Christians go to church. Which one is yours? ...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/forchurch7reasons.html

5. THE ORIGINS & AUTHORS OF THE PROTESTANT THEOLOGIES.
Do you know who authored Modern Christianity's distinctive beliefs and in what century? You might be surprised.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html

6. "The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development." What stage are you?...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html


7. Faith Alone (Sola Fide): It is a Catholic position.
Has your pastor taught you that Catholics must "work their way to Heaven?" Another misunderstanding of Catholic theology.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/faithalone.html

8. "Who is the Bride of Christ?
What does the Holy Bible say?
...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html

9. Non-Catholics often ask: "WHAT ELSE IS THERE?"
"What else has Christ's Infallible Authority besides the Holy Scriptures?"
Read the verses not underlined in your Bible nor taught in your seminaries or present church.

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/whatelse.html

10. Is Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only theory" even Biblical?
Where does the Bible teach the "SOLA" in Sola Scriptura?
Click here to read what the Bible says about God's Word and how it is to be taught...

http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html


11. Did the Bereans "Search the Scriptures" and thereby follow the "Bible Only" theory?
Many claim they did, but not if you read the whole chapter, i.e., the verses not taught in Modern Christian churches. Read the story again and then decide.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

12. The 3rd Unanswered Challenge for Modern Christian Theologies: Is the Catholic Faith Apostolic?
Name just one Catholic doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed,,,, that the Catholic Faith *no longer does*. Why can't the Modern Christian theologies make the same bold claim?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

13. Biblically, did the "official teachings or doctrines" of the Catholic Church become corrupt or apostate?
Are there verses in the Holy Scriptures that forbid this? What does the Holy Bible really say about: "The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

14. Is Praying to Saints Biblical? Is the "Hail Mary" prayer Biblical?
(Read the Verses not underlined in your pastor's Bible.)
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

15. HOW MODERN CHRISTIANS ARE COMPELLED TO USE AND EMBRACE AN UNBIBLICAL AND ANTI-BIBLICAL DEFINITION AND CONCEPT OF CHRIST'S CHURCH http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html

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“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

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Fellow Christian, what follows are facts of history and logic, not theology or interpretation of Holy Writ. Anyone can twist the Christian Bible to make it say anything they want, hence the plethora of denominations in modern Protestantism today. But history is what it is and quantifiable through research and logic. If you find any fact below is indeed not "100% historically" true, please allow me to correct the error. Please provide the historical data disproving it and allow this to be a 100% historically correct document. But just saying “this or that” is “in the Bible” and therefore the Apostles somehow taught this idea 2000 years ago, is no more “evidence” than the Mormons or the JW provide for the justification and Biblicism of their latter day theologies. These are all facts of history and logic, nothing else. Please "Test" them as the Holy Bible commands and have the courage in Christ to accept what is true and what is impossible to be true. Test what has happened historically and what is impossible to have happened.
(The most surprising facts to modern Christians are #'s 2-6, 10-13, 16-18, 25 and most importantly 28.)

"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8: 31-32

1. Historical Fact: The Christian Bible commands Christians to “Test Everything.” 1 Thess 5:21-22

2. Logic Fact: If an idea/doctrine was invented in the last few hundred years, it is impossible for the idea to have existed in antiquity. This would violate the “Law of non-contradiction.” For example, the electric light bulb did not exist in antiquity. It was invented in the last few hundred years. To claim for example, that “the Apostles wrote scripture by electric lights” is logically impossible for the light bulb did not exist in antiquity. It violates the “Law of non-contradiction:” where something new is at the same time old.

3. Historical Fact: The Protestant belief system and all the Protestant theologies did not exist in the first 1000 years of Christianity in any shape or form. They, like the electric light bulb, were invented in the latter half of the second millennium. One cannot find a single Christian or Christian group who espoused any Protestant idea on Christianity in any manner whatsoever in the first millennium. (Test this.) This is because Protestant ideas/doctrines on Christianity do not predate the renaissance era. (1450-1600) This is an indisputable historical, and to some, surprising fact in Christianity. Test it as the Holy Bible commands: “Test Everything.” 1 Thess 5:21-22
See: THE ORIGINS & AUTHORS OF THE MODERN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIES. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html

4. Historical Fact: History tells us that modern Protestantism, e.g., Pentecostalism, SDA, Evangelicalism, Prosperity Gospel’s, and Baptist theology/Bible churches/non-denominational churches (which more or less all embrace the same theology), etc. etc., did not even exist during the Protestant reformation (16th century) much less during the time of the Apostles (1st century).
See chart at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism#Movements_within_Protestantism

5. Historical Fact: Most ideas in modern Protestantism were not even embraced by the first Protestants in the 16th century much less the Apostles. Why does modern Protestantism reject the faith of their own reformers and instead embraced traditions of man from the last few hundred years/last few decades? What follows is but a partial list of beliefs from the first Protestants in the 16th century. Most modern Protestant communities today are theologically 180 degrees out from their Protestant founders as demonstrated below.
The first Protestants embraced ALL of the following, they:
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1. Baptized Infants as well as adults.
2. Baptized by immersion, sprinkling and pouring.
3. Did not embrace the “Once Saved Always Saved” idea because it was not invented yet.
4. Embraced the saving power of Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and considered it a sacrament. "Baptism...now saves you" (1 Pet. 3:20–21)
5. They embraced the Holy Eucharist as a Sacrament and believed in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.   ( John 6:52-54, Mark 14:22-24. Matt. 26:26-28, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Cor. 10:16)
6. The first Protestants embraced the perpetual virginity of the Virgin Mary and her historic Christian title "Mother of God" (Luke 1:43).
7. They did not embrace the belief in the Rapture, the seven-year Tribulation or the literal thousand-year reign of Christ, i.e. Dispensationalism or the "Left Behind" idea because it was not invented yet.
8. They decried civil divorce by a secular and pagan state authority, and on that state's authority they decried the RE-marriage of Christians against what God has previously joined together in a Holy Christian marriage, a practice enjoyed by all Protestant communities today. (See Mark 10:9; Luke 16:17-18)
9. They would not even consider Female Clergy, which is embraced by many Protestant communities today.
10. And they would be aghast that many Protestant churches today openly accept homosexual clergy and homosexuality in general.
The Apostles and your own Protestant reformers would “roll over in their graves” if they learned what Modern Protestantism and your pastor is teaching today as “The Gospel of Jesus Christ.” If you believe or your pastor teaches any idea above is “Biblical,” why is it your own reformers didn’t teach these "Biblical" ideas in the 16th century?? The Holy Scriptures tell us that Christ’s Gospel does not change, so how did it change for your pastor?
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings." Hebrews 13:8-9

6. Historical Fact: the Christian Bible states explicitly that not everything is “in the Bible.”
"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book" (John 20:30) **** "But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." (John 21:25)

7. Historical Fact: The definition and understanding of God in the "Holy Trinity" is not in the Christian Bible. Nowhere does the Holy Bible teach us the definition of the Holy Trinity: One God, three persons, all eternally coexistent with each other. Or explicitly teach that the Holy Spirit is Divine and the 3rd person of the Blessed Trinity, and that it proceeded from the Father and the Son as most Christian churches profess. In fact the very word "Trinity" is unbiblical. History records that it was Christ’s Church at the Council of Nicea in the 4th century that finalized the definition of God and the Holy Trinity. History records they used the Holy Scriptures, but not "Solely" to define GOD.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity#Formulation_of_the_doctrine

8. Historical Fact: The Christian Bible does not teach the nature of Christ at the incarnation. Was He born man and became God, born God and became man? Was he half God and half man? Did he have one nature or two? Was he one person or two: i.e., was one person God and the other person man?… Only Christ’s Church, by the power of the Holy Spirit gives us this information. "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth” John 16: 12-13. Christ at the incarnation is defined as: One Person with two natures, one fully human and one fully divine. This understanding of Jesus Christ is outside the Holy Bible yet salient to our understanding of His Gospel and God Himself. History records that it was Christ's Church at the Council of Chalcedon that defined the nature of Christ believed by Christians today, for the Holy Bible did not provide this information.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarnation_(Christianity)#Description_and_development_of_the_traditional_doctrine

9. Historical Fact: The Christian Bible never states that Christ commissioned His Apostles to write a book(s). History tells us that Christ commissioned His Apostles to "build His Church" (Matt 16) and to “teach all nations” (Matt 28). There is no knowledge of Him ever writing anything Himself, and we did not have a completed Bible in its present form until the 4th century. For over 300 years Christ’s early Church flourished without the complete Bible we know today. Since 99.99% of the ancient world was illiterate, Christians learned of Jesus Christ and His Gospel primarily through the oral teachings of the Church He founded in Matt 16:16-19, just as Christ commanded in Matt 28:20 “teach all nations.”

10. Historical/Logic Fact: The original manuscripts of the Holy Bible do not exist anymore . All Christians have today are “copies of copies of copies,” for the original manuscripts are dust. Logic dictates that either Christ’s Holy Church was infallible in coping these copies or it wasn’t. If Christ’s Church was not infallible in this endeavor, then the Bible is not infallible either, for mistakes were possible and probable. How can Christians trust it to be the accurate Word of God, if Christ's Church was not infallible in this endeavor?

11. Historical/Logical Fact: Nowhere in the Christian Bible does it tell Christians what books belong in the Bible. Again, either Christ’s Holy Church was infallible in this endeavor or it wasn’t. If it wasn’t, perhaps one of those books shouldn’t be there or vise versa. This information on the canon of scripture is outside the writings of the Holy Bible. It was decided by the Catholic Council of Carthage in 419AD. See link from Protestant Calvin College: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf214.xv.iv.iv.xxv.html

12. Historical Fact: The Christian Bible repeatedly speaks of Christ's disciples “teach[ing] all nations.” "Teach them to observe all I have taught you and behold I am with you always until the end of the world” Matt 28:20. **** "The things which you have heard from me through many witnesses you must hand on to trustworthy men who will be able to teach others." (2 Tim, 2:2) **** "Hold fast to the traditions whether they come in oral or written form." 2 Thess 2:15 Etc.

13. Historical Fact: The Holy Bible never mentions or implies the "Sola" in Sola Scriptura or the “ONLY” in the Bible Only idea. Never does the Holy Bible teach us to use ONLY or SOLA the Bible. Not only is the phrase unbiblical, but the concept is unbiblical as well as being absent from Christianity until the renaissance era. See:
History 101, An Exercise in Logic. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/#sola

14. Historical Fact: The Holy Bible states in 2 Peter 1:20 that “personal interpretation” of Scripture is forbidden:
"First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation."

15. Historical Fact: In the Christian book of Acts, it is recorded that the Bereans “searched the Scriptures,” but so did the Thessalonians (See Acts 17 again). The former accepted ST Paul’s message and the extra-biblical revelations about Jesus Christ from the Apostle, where the Thessalonians rejected the Apostle’s teachings, sticking SOLELY to the Scriptures.
See Did the Bereans "Search the Scriptures" and thereby follow the "Bible Only"theory? Or did the Thessalonians? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

16. Historical Fact: ALL Christian Bibles before the 16th century (without exception) contained "73" inspired books. In the 16th century, Martin Luther removed 7 Old Testament books from the canon of Scripture. Again, every single Bible before Martin Luther had 73 books in its canon. There does not exist a Bible before Luther’s time that is missing the 7 books he removed. Even Tyndall’s Bible had 73 books. “Test Everything.” 1 Thess 5:21-22 This means that modern Protestants are missing 7 inspired books enjoyed by all Christians for a millennium until a man named Martin Luther, by his own authority, removed these books from the canon of Sacred Scripture.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_apocrypha#The_Luther_Bible

17. Historical Fact: Although Luther removed these 7 Old Testament books from the canon of Scripture, they still remained part of his Bible; he allocated them to an appendix in his German translation. Even the original KJV had these 7 books in an appendix. They were totally removed from the Holy Bible in the 1820’s by the British Bible Society. Hence, all Protestant Bible’s today are missing what all Christian Bibles embraced for 1000+ years before Martin Luther: 7 more inspired books from the finger of God. "I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words in the prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city described in this book." Rev. 22:18-19
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorized_King_James_Version#Apocrypha

18. Historical Fact: There was only One Christian faith in the first millennium, it was called the "Catholic Faith." There were not two Christian faiths or twenty thousand+ as we have today. There was but one Christian Faith as the Holy Bible dictates: "There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." (Eph 4:5-6 ) In the first millennium, the same millennium the Apostles lived, there was but one Christian (Catholic or Universal) faith. Test this.

19. Historical Fact: “Catholic” or “Katholikos” is the Greek word for “Universal,” as in the Universal Church. The Church of Corinth did not differ in beliefs from the Church in Rome or the Church in India. Christ’s Church is a Universal Church.

20. Historical Fact: Christ’s Church was called Catholic in written form as early as 110AD. Therefore it was logically called Catholic in verbal form before this date. Ignatius of Antioch, disciple of St John the Apostle, and second Bishop of Antioch wrote in 110AD:
"Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains [i.e., a presbyter]. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church" (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 [A.D. 110]). Read more quotes at: http://www.catholic.com/library/What_Catholic_Means.asp

21. Historical Fact: There are more authors of the New Testament who were NOT Apostles then there were Apostles.
(Authors who were Apostles: John, Matthew, Paul, Peter. Authors who were not Apostles: James [not written by the Apostle James], Jude, Luke, Mark and the anonymous writer of Hebrews.) These non-Apostles were part part of Christ's early Church who embraced the only Christian Faith of the first millennium: the Catholic Faith. The Christian Bible states: "I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you" (1 Cor. 11:2), and the Apostle commands the Thessalonians, "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thess. 2:15). He even goes so far as to order, "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us" (2 Thess. 3:6). To make sure that the apostolic tradition would be passed down after the deaths of the apostles, the Christian Bible has Paul telling Timothy, "[W]hat you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2). In this passage the Christian Bible refers to the first four generations of apostolic succession—Paul's own generation, Timothy’s generation, the generation Timothy will teach, and the generation they in turn will teach. [1]
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Testament authors.

22. Historical Fact: History is absent of any evidence supporting what some modern Christians claim, that there was a secret sect of “true believers” who carried the true faith for 1500+ years to the reformation. There is more evidence for Bigfoot and the Lock Ness Monster than there is for this underground fantasy sect theory. It just doesn’t exist. “Test Everything.” 1 Thess 5:21-22

23. Historical Fact: History confirms the Apostle Peter was the leader of the NT Church; in the Holy Bible he is always mentioned first, he was the only Apostle Christ gave the "Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven" to (Matt 16:16-19) and it was he who presided over the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15. In fact in all of recorded history, (Christian and secular alike), history tells us he was Christianity’s first pope as any encyclopedia will demonstrate. See http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-popesTABLE.html

24. Historical Fact: The Christian Bible speaks of Christ’s Church in glowing terms of authority and mission: **** "The church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of Truth" 1 Tim 3:15. **** “ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Mt 18:17-18 **** "Teach them to observe all I have taught you and behold I am with you always until the end of the world” Matt 28:20. **** "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.   "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:12-13 Etc.

25. Logic Fact: Logic prescribes that if we take Christ’s Word to be true, the “Gates of Hell” never prevailed against His Church. "And I say that thou art Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it, I give you the keys to kingdom of Heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven and what ever you loosen on earth will be loosened in Heaven." Matt 16:16-19. If the Gates of Hell did prevail against Christ’s Church and it became apostate necessitating the Protestant reformation, Christ was a fraud who’s "word" means nothing. Conversely, if Christ’s Word is true, then the Gates of Hell never overcame Christ’s Church and the Protestant reformation, as it changed Christ's Gospel, was an aberration. Logic dictates either Christ is true to His Word or He is not.

26. Historical Fact: The Catholic Church in 2000 years has never countermanded its position on faith or morals. It has never capitulated to social pressure or politics or a “vote from the congregation” and reversed itself on what is right or moral. Or declared what was a sin yesterday,,, not a sin today as every other Christian organization has. E.g., divorce and remarriage, abortion, homosexuality, female clergy, birth control (even the first reformers unanimously decried birth control as a grave sin.) Just as the Holy Spirit guides the Holy Bible from error, the same Spirit guides Christ’s Church from error in matters of Faith or Morals. "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth” John 16:13. **** “And behold I am with you always until the end of the world” Matt 28:20

27. Historical Fact. The Catholic Church and only the Catholic Church embraces all that the Apostles "historically" taught. Only the Catholic Faith embraces without exception what history records as the teachings of Christ and His Apostles to His infant Church. Only the Catholic Church embraces the only Faith of the first millennium, because the only faith of the first millennium was the Catholic Faith. (Test this).
See: Two Part Challenge:
1. Find one doctrine "Christ's early Church believed" that His Church today "no longer" does. and
2. The Catholic faith has "Never" countermanded or reversed any of its doctrines. Find one it has. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

28. Historical Fact: There is absolutely no support in the Christian Bible for any of the following 45+ unbiblical ideas and doctrines.
"Bible Only" Christian or "Bible Believing" Christian?
Click Here: 45+ Modern Christian Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible...
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

29. Historical Fact: As far as other gospels, the Christian Bible declares:
"As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed." Gal 1:8-9
. Scripture dictates that we should reject ALL other gospels not taught by the Apostles to Christ’s early Church. If a theology or belief system did not exist in the first millennium, (Mormon, JW, Protestant etc), how did the Apostles teach these ideas to Christ’s early Church? It’s historically impossible on a linear and sequential timeline for these ideas to be apostolic or biblical, for history prescribes the origin and the author of each idea in the latter half of the second millennium. Logic dictates that we should reject all of these theologies for the exact same reason, and that reason is that they didn’t exist in antiquity for the Apostles to teach to Christ’s early Church.

30. Logic Fact: Logic dictates that if the Apostles did not teach an idea or doctrine, (because it was not in existence yet), it would be impossible for them to write it into the New Testament Bible.

31. Historical Fact: Modern Protestantism embraces over 20,000+ new and distinct belief systems or "Statements of Faith." A simple search for "church" in any cities "Yellow Pages" demonstrates this plurality of gospels. Yet the Christian Scriptures say: “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” 1 Cor 14:33
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism#Movements_within_Protestantism

32. Historical Fact: The Christian Scriptures state:
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4

Everything above is 100% true and historically accurate. If you disagree, Test it historically as the Holy Bible commands and allow it to be corrected.. But if you can’t refute it historically and logically, have the courage and love for Jesus Christ to accept what you now know to be true. Just saying something is "Biblical" over and over does not mean it's so, for it's only "Biblical" if and only if the Apostles taught it to Christ's early Church, and subsequently wrote it into the Holy Scriptures.

Our Lord tells us:
"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8: 31-32
Just because you have believed something for years one end, doesn’t mean it’s true. I just want to believe as the Apostles taught Christ’s early Church, no matter where it leads me and no matter what it cost me. I pray you feel the same way.

 

History records Jesus Christ as stating:
``If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'' (Matt. 16:24).
"and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." (Matt 10:38).

God Bless you and all you do,
Daniel

Please email me with your thoughts and historical corrections if any:

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16 SOBERING BIBLICAL QUESTIONS
FOR THE DEVOUT CHRISTIAN
The Catholic Faith comprises the verses not underlined in your personal Bible nor taught in
Modern Christian seminaries or churches.


Read the Bible verses not underlined in your Bible.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Suggested reading:

Intro to the Catholic Faith for Evangelicals http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/index2.htm

Catholic Answers: "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" A compendium of basic Catholic beliefs and the Biblicism behind these beliefs. http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp

FAQ about the Catholic Faith from Columbia University
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/faq-cc.html

 

1. "BIBLE ONLY" CHRISTIAN or "BIBLE BELIEVING" CHRISTIAN?
45 Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

2. JUST THE TRUTH: 2 Dozen Logic and Historical Facts Refuting the Apostolicity and Biblicism of the Modern Christian Belief Systems "Test Everything." http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/justfacts.html

3. An Exercise in Logic, Two Logic Proofs from History 101 demonstrating how the modern Christian theologies did not even exist in the first millennium, making it impossible for Christ and His Apostles to have taught to His early Church.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/logic.html


4. Three uneasy questions for your pastor concerning his personal theology. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

5. Seven Reasons Christians Go To Church, Which One Is Yours? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html

6. "The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development" What stage are you? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html

7. The Historical Origins & Authors of the Modern Christian Theologies. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html

8. Is Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only" idea even Biblical? Where does the Bible teach the "SOLA" or the "ONLY" in Sola Scriptura? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html

9. Modern Christians often ask: "WHAT ELSE IS THERE? What else has Christ's infallible authority besides the Holy Bible?" Featuring the verses not underlined in most Bibles nor taught in modern Christian seminaries or churches. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/whatelse.html

10. FAITH ALONE (SOLA FIDE): It is a Catholic Position. Have you been taught that Catholics "work their way to Heaven?" http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/faithalone.html

11. "Who is the Bride of Christ?" What does the Holy Bible say? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html

12. Did the BEREANS "Search the Scriptures" and therefore follow the BIBLE ONLY idea?
Or did the THESSALONIANS, who also "Searched the Scriptures?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

13. The 3rd Unanswered Challenge for the Non-Catholic Theologies:
Is the Catholic Faith Apostolic? Name just one Catholic doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed,,,, that the Catholic Faith today *no longer does*. Why can't the modern Christian theologies make the same bold claim?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

14. Biblically, did the "Official Teachings or Doctrines of the Catholic Faith" become corrupt or Apostate as your Pastor might teach? Are there verses in the Holy Scriptures that forbid the "Gates of Hell" from overcoming His Church? What does the Holy Bible really say about: "The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim :15? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

15. Is Praying to Saints Biblical? Is the "HAIL MARY" Prayer Biblical? Read the verses not underlined in your pastors Bible nor taught in his church. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

16. How Modern Christian are compelled to use and embrace an unbiblical and anti-biblical definition and concept of a Christian Church. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html

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Bible Only Christian or Bible Believing Christian? 45 Unbiblical Practices and Doctrines

Bible Only Christian or Bible Believing Christian?
45 Unbiblical Practices and Doctrines Believed to be Biblical
But Aren't

“Test everything. Hold on to the good, avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

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Fellow Christian:
What follows is a partial list of 45+ unbiblical doctrines and practices embraced by the modern Christian communities collectively.*
The purpose of this article is aid the devout Christian in his/her understanding of what is and what is not "Biblical." If we are to call ourselves Christians, which implies an allegiance to the teachings of Jesus Christ, it is incumbent upon us to acknowledge what is and what is not a Biblical teaching. This article is not meant to defame or disparage other faiths (although at times it may appear to do so). It is solely meant to fulfill the commandment of Our Lord in His Great Commission, to preach to all nations the Good News (Matt 28:19-20) in, as He commands “complete unity” (John 17:22-23). I would assume that any devout Christian or follower of Christ would want to follow what the Bible says, and at the same time acknowledge what the Bible does not say. It is in doing so that we are true, not only to ourselves, but also to God Incarnate.
"If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8: 31-32

The following list of 45+ ideas demonstrates that unless the Christian "tests" a concept for Biblicism, one can mistakenly believe an idea to be contained within Holy Writ when in fact it is not. (“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22) It should be noted that just because an idea/doctrine is absent from the Holy Scriptures, AKA"unbiblical," this in itself does not make the idea "anti-biblical." An idea is only "anti-biblical" (at least where the New Testament is concerned), if it contradicts the teachings of the Apostles as they wrote the New Testament.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

If there is any biblical support for any of these 45 unbiblical ideas, please email the verse(s) for correction. Inri33ad@aol.com

-Click here: 12+ detailed examples of the following unbiblical ideas/doctrines practiced in the modern Christian churches.

#1. Praying to Jesus -Outside of Scripture
#2. The definition of the Holy Trinity-Outside of Scripture
#3. The "Bible Only" idea. AKA Sola Scriptura - Never does the Holy Bible teach the Sola or the Only in Scripture.
#4. The whole of the modern Christian belief systems, that condone and embrace multiple faiths or gospels/salvation messages within their communities. -Unbiblical
#5. Modern Christian pastors standard practice of REmarrying divorced Christians previously joined by God in a Christian ceremony. -Anti-Biblical
#6. The Canon of Scriptura. This precise number of books in the Bible is outside the Holy Bible.
#7A. “The Sinners Prayer." -Unbiblical
#7B. The "adding to" and "taking away from" from Scripture as seen in John 3:16. -Anti-Biblical
#8. The Church of England's unscriptural addition to the Lord's Prayer from the KJV. -Anti-Biblical
#9. “Infant Dedications” (in lieu of Infant Baptism?) & #10. Denying infants Baptism. Both Unbiblical. #11. Modern “Bible Studies” -Unbiblical
#12. Some modern Christian church's objections to dancing and alcohol. -Unbiblical


-Click here: Elaboration on the following 15+ Unbiblical components of the modern church service:

#13. Tithing.- The unchristian practice mandated in most modern Churches. -Part of Jewish Mosaic Law
#14. Not praying the "Lord's Prayer, or the Our Father" as commanded by Our Lord.
#15. “The Altar Call.”- Unbiblical.
#16. The modern Christian idea and practice that Christian children should be separated from the adults during church services. - Unbiblical.
#17. The common practice among most every modern Christian service to serve shots of "grape juice" for communion rather than wine as the Bible speaks of. - Unbiblical.
#18a. The unbiblical idea that the Eucharist, i.e. Holy Communion is just a mere symbol and not the actual presence of Jesus Christ. Where in the Holy Bible does it say or even imply it is just a symbol? The answer is nowhere. Holy Communion, the Blessed Eucharist, is the actual Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ, because that is what Christ said It was: ``This is my body... This is my blood'' ( Matt. 26:26-28; see also Luke 22:19-20 and Mark 14:22-24)
#18b Christ said: "Do this in remembrance of me." But do what in remembrance of Him? Pass around shots of grape juice and chili crackers? -Unbiblical
#19. Modern Christian pastors who refuse to give any honor to the Blessed Mother of Our Lord as commanded in the Holy Scriptures.
#20. Bowing your heads and closing your eyes when you pray"- Unbiblical.
#21. Refusing to kneel for Our Lord as the Holy Bible commands.
#22a. The unbiblical practice of most every modern Christian pastor of wearing a "Golf Shirt" or a suit and tie during worship services verse the garb of Our Lord which was a robe.
#22b. The Complete Absence of "Bishops, Priests and Deacons" in most Modern Christian Churches
#23. So called "Devotional Bibles" filled with quips, stories, and jokes. Modern Christian churches and publishers have defiled the Holy Bible (with good intentions BTW) by contradicting the words of Revelation 22:18-19 and adding to the Holy Scriptures.
#24. The total absence of the "consequences of Sin" to the congregation of a modern Christian parish."The wages of Sin is death." Romans 6:23
#25. The unbiblical preoccupation with entertainment in the modern Christian church.

-Click here: 13 Unbiblical words used in Christian theology

#26-37 Unbiblical words/phrases
“Rapture”,
"Body of Believers",

“Incarnation” (God becomes Man),
“Trinity”,
“Communion” (as in Holy Communion),
“Lord's Supper”,
“Lord’s Prayer”,
“Dedication”, (infant)
“Sinner's Prayer”,
“Altar Call”,
“Sin Nature”
"Bible"


-Click here: Elaboration on the following 10+ Unbiblical/Anti-biblical statements and concepts used in the modern Christian communities.

#38. "Asking Jesus into your Heart" and the "Faith Alone" idea of Salvation -Both Explicitly Unbiblical
#39. Desiring a "Personal relationship with Jesus Christ." Explicitly unbiblical.
#40. Another unbiblical idea practiced by modern Christian churches is the idea of treating Our Lord Jesus Christ as if he is our "fishing buddy," or best friend.
#41. The unbiblical idea that "The Church is not needed" or the Church is "invisible" or "the Church is not an institution, it's the "Body of Believers", (which is an unbiblical phrase all by itself).
#42. "Scripture interprets Scripture."
Unbiblical phrase
#43. "As long as we agree on the "essentials" we can disagree on the "nonessentials." Unbiblical phrase and concept.
#44. The erroneous and unbiblical idea that discussing or identifying these Biblical truths (contained in this paper) is "being divisive" or is "tearing down the body of Christ."
#45. The last unbiblical idea is the belief that any distinctly Protestant idea was taught by any Christian in the first millennium. "Test Everything" 1 Thess 5:21

Upon realization of the extra-biblical origins of the following 45+ ideas, to be true to Our Lord Jesus Christ and our title "Christian," we must have courage to accept what is Biblical and courage to acknowledge what is not Biblical. And given the sheer volume of unbiblical ideas in modern Christianity, one must logically conclude, (as the Bible itself tells us repeatedly), that not everything is in the Bible.

"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book" (John 20:30)

"But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (John 21:25).

The Holy Bible and Apostolic Tradition (i.e., the Teachings of the Apostles) make up the Word of God, for the Apostles taught and wrote this very thought into the Holy Bible and we are told this explicitly many times.
(Ref #3 below).

The very fact that such an overwhelming list can be compiled, is proof positive that even those who would like to believe that they are “Bible Only" Christians are in fact, not. For much of their theology comes from either Apostolic Tradition (the teachings of the Apostles) or the traditions of man from various recent centuries. The traditions of man would be unbiblical ideas invented mostly in the last few hundred years. Some are good and some are not, but all are Unbiblical.

Many Christian pastors have taught their churches that the Bible teaches against Tradition. Yet Our Lord did not condemn *all* Traditions, only those that are contrary to the Word of God.
"Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: " The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; 3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them." Matthew 23:1-2

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The label "Bible Only" Christian as this article demonstrates, is a misnomer. A more appropriate title to be embraced is "Bible Believing Christian," but that presupposes the Christian acknowledges what is and what is not in the Holy Bible. Most modern Christians have been taught the following 45+ ideas are Biblical. But they aren't, for not one verse can be found to support any of these ideas either explicitly or implicitly. I must reiterate, that not all of the following ideas/words are wrong, yet all are outside the Holy Bible, and that is the point of this paper, that as the Bible tells us (and contrary to what your pastor might have told you), *not everything is in the Bible*.

"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book" (John 20:30)

"But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (John 21:25).

*The term non-Catholic in this article excludes the Eastern Orthodox churches.


Numerous Examples of Unbiblical ideas/doctrines practiced by the modern Christian churches.

Where did the modern and often unbiblical ideas in your pastor's Statement of Faith originate? Search the origins of your denomination. Research the author’s and origins of your pastor's theology. History will reveal that they all are of recent origin and impossible for the Apostles to have taught 2000 years ago. How could the Apostles have said theology when it didn't even exist in the first millennium.
See: The origins and authors of the Protestant theologies
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html

 

Unbiblical Ideas and Doctrines

#1.
Praying to Jesus i.e., the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

Praying to Jesus is good, healthy and wise, but it’s not Biblical. In fact Jesus himself tells us in Matt 6:9-15 that we should pray to His Father (the First Person of the Blessed Trinity) and he tells us how. That is how we got the “Our Father” or the "Lord’s Prayer," it was given to us to pray from Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus does ask that we "pray in His name" (John 14:13-14). But we are commanded to pray in His name not to Him, but to His Father.
Modern Christians follow the Apostolic Tradition of praying to Jesus because that is what the Apostles taught Christ's early Church. This Apostolic Tradition of praying to Jesus is not in the NT Bible. (For the Bible did not even exist yet and would not for decades to come. It was 20+ years before the first epistle was written and at least 50 years until the last Gospel was written). Is it then a "tradition of man" because it is not in the Bible? No, it’s a Tradition/Teaching of the Apostles, or an "Apostolic Tradition" with a Capitol T, verses a tradition of man with a lower case "t."

Apostolic Tradition (Capitol T), along with the Holy Bible is God’s way of speaking to us. Together they give us the Gospel of Christ or the Word of God. This is what the Apostles taught and what the Holy Bible tells us this in many places. Here are but two examples of many from the Holy Bible that Christ's Gospel is found in both his written Word, and the oral teachings of his Apostles to his early Church:

"Hold fast to the traditions whether they come in oral or written form." 2 Thess 2:15

"The things which you have heard from me through many witnesses you must hand on to trustworthy men who will be able to teach others." (2 Tim, 2:2)
Praying to God the Father, the First Person of the Trinity IS Biblical and our Lord Jesus Christ tells us how in Matt 6:9-15 and he again tells us in Luke 4:8 that it is God the Father alone that should be worshiped. "Jesus answered, It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only'" Luke 4:8. We are never commanded to pray to or worship Jesus (the Second Person of the Trinity) or even pray to the Holy Spirit (the Third Person of the Trinity). Both of these ideas are unbiblical. It is good, healthy and wise to pray to Jesus, but the origin of this idea comes from Apostolic Tradition or the Teachings of the Apostles, (Capitol T) to Christ's early Church, not the Holy Bible. Apostolic Tradition/Teachings (Capitol T), along with the Holy Bible is God’s way of speaking to us, they both give us the Word of God, just as the Apostles and the Holy Bible tell us.

#2.
The definition of the Holy Trinity: One God, three persons, all eternally coexistent with each other. That the Holy Spirit is Divine and the 3rd person of the Blessed Trinity, and that it proceeded from the Father and the Son as most Christian churches profess. In fact the very word "Trinity" is unbiblical.

We know this definition and this term, not because it is in the Holy Bible, but because Christ's Church, which embraced the only Christian Faith for the first 1000+ years of Christianity taught us this. Just as the Holy Bible commands its Church to do:
"Hold fast to the traditions whether they come in oral or written form." 2 Thess 2:15 The definition of the Trinity (and the very word itself), the most fundamental concept in all of Christianity, is a teaching of the Apostles outside of Holy Writ embraced by "most" modern Christian churches today.
  While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when [ a] you believed?"
      They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Acts 19: 1-2

#3.
The "Bible Only" idea. AKA Sola Scriptura

The notion that the one's personal interpretation of the Bible is all one needs and the Teachings of the Apostles and Christ's Church can be rejected, or the idea that the Bible is the *SOLE* infallible rule of faith, or the notion that God’s infallible Word is *ONLY* contained in the Bible. All of these ideas are unbiblical. Nowhere do the Holy Scriptures say or even imply these ideas. Nowhere do the Holy Scriptures teach the SOLA or the ONLY in this renaissance era idea. The Bible says many good things about Scripture (2 Tim 3:16 for example), but nowhere does it make the claim or even “imply” that the Bible and *Only* the Bible is God’s Word. This renaissance era idea is unbiblical. Yet modern Christians have been told it's a Biblical truth without even questioning or "testing" its Biblicism. Yet if it were a Biblical truth,,, shouldn't it be in the Bible? It isn't. And the Bible tells us this many times. Here are but two examples:

"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book" (John 20:30)

"But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (John 21:25).

In fact this whole paper with 45+ examples demonstrates the impracticability of the "Bible Only" theory. For if one really wanted to embrace this Bible Only idea, one would have to reject every practice in this paper for what they are… unbiblical. Not only is the ”Bible Only" idea a "tradition of man" from the renaissance era, but it is also Anti-Biblical for it contradicts the very Bible it claims to be contained in. "Test this" as the Holy Scriptures command:

“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
" Click here: Where does the Bible teach the 'SOLA' in Sola Scriptura? Where is the "Bible Only" idea taught in the Holy Scriptures?"
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html

#4.
The whole of the modern Christian belief systems, that condone and embrace multiple faiths or gospels/salvation messages within their communities.

In contrast to the Holy Bible which commands "complete unity"( John 17:22:23, 1 Cor 1:10 ) and "One Faith" (
"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." Eph 4:4), the modern Christian churches accept, condone and perpetuate a plurality of contradicting faiths/gospels, resulting in complete disunity within these churches. This blatantly unbiblical practice is evidenced by the plethora of "Statements of Faith" possessed by each of these churches. Search the "Yellow Pages" under "church" for a graphic demonstration of this unbiblical example, (and that is just your city).

“I have given them [believers] the glory that you gave me, that they may be as one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22,23)
“Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and in one judgment.” (1 Cor 1:10)
"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." (Eph 4:4)

Reason #4 above, is a result of the "Bible Only" idea or Sola Scriptura which allows any and every church to believe anything it wants about the Gospel of Christ, for there is no one to stop them. For the Church Christ started is rejected and the authority He gave it is rejected: "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me" (Luke 10:16). The plethora of gospels embraced by the modern churches is the result of an unbiblical idea, concept and application of what the very word "church" in the Christian context means and implies.
See: Seven Reasons Christians go to church. Which one is yours?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/forchurch7reasons.html

#5.
Modern Christian pastors standard practice of REmarrying divorced Christians previously joined by God in a Christian ceremony.

This is unbiblical. It is a tradition of man (lower case t) and even anti-biblical. Nowhere in the Holy Scriptures do we read of divorced Christians being REmarried by the clergy. Even the Protestant reformers from the 16th century condemned this idea as a grave sin. In fact the Holy Bible quotes Our Lord Jesus Christ commanding the direct opposite:

Mark 10:9 "What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.' 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery" (cf. Luke 16:17-18).


Nowhere in the Holy Bible or the early Church do we read of this and nowhere in all of Christian history was this allowed or condoned. All, again all Protestant denominations used to be against this to include Protestantism's own reformers in the 16th century, (except of course King Henry the 8th of England who broke from the Catholic Church over this very issue to start the Church of England and eventually marry six times). Today, 99.9999% of all non-Catholic organizations condone and practice this anti-biblical abomination that mocks the Words of Our Savior (Mark 10:9, Luke 16:17-18). Does your church practice this apostasy? Did Christ's teachings change? Did Christ change? Do not the Holy Scriptures tell us Christ's Gospel can't change?


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings." Hebrews 13:8-9

How did it change for your current church? The Protestant reformers aligned themselves with the Catholic position: divorce and REmarriage is a sin by those who knowingly do it and by the pastors who openly perform it. In fact, rather than capitulate to divorce, the Catholic Church lost an entire country (England) when Henry the 8th demanded that Christ's Church compromise on this doctrine. The Church of God didn't and King Henry broke from Christ's Church and started his own church and made himself its head. (The Church of England-the Anglicans/American counterpart: the Episcopalians).
Click here: The Permanence of Matrimony. Our Apostolic Fathers, some the students of the Apostles, teaching Scripture on marriage"
http://www.catholic.com/library/Permanence_of_Matrimony.asp

#6. The belief that the Old Testament and the New Testament are "Inspired."
They ARE inspired,
but nowhere does the Bible itself tell us *which books* are inspired. The Bible gives us no such list. Take the Gospel of Mark. It’s inspired, but how do you know it is? Who told you this and why do you believe them? Mark wasn't even an apostle and the Gospel of Mark doesn't even claim its inspired so why believe it is? You believe it is inspired because Christ's early Church declared it inspired. The Catholic Church officially did this in the 4th century and defined the list of inspired books we know now as the Holy Bible at the "Council of Carthage." And at the same time it proclaimed that the "Gospel of Thomas" who was an Apostle to be NOT inspired, and rightly so. We know the Bible has the correct canon, (or list of inspired books) because the Catholic Church was infallible in this decision. Just as the Holy Bible tells us it is. The same Holy Spirit that protects the Bible from error protects Christ's Holy Church from error, just as the Holy Bible tells us. This is a concept not taught in the modern Christian churches. Christ said he would send:
"the spirit of truth to guide you into all the truth" John 16:13. (Either He did or He didn't? Either we believe Scripture or we don't? Of course Christ did this and that is why Christ's Church is infallible on such matters, i.e., matters pertaining to faith or morals.)

All Christians have to believe the Catholic Church was infallible in this decision because the original letters/Gospels of the Apostles were lost or destroyed. The Catholic Church, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit infallibly copied the NT letters and Gospels into what we know today as the New Testament Bible. For if the Catholic Church was not infallible and was not "guided by the Holy Spirit" in the endeavor, the NT Bible you embrace today is flawed, corrupt or even apostate and not the inspired and infallible written Word of God.

Christ also said of his Church:
“ I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it, I give you the keys to kingdom of Heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven and what ever you loosen on earth will be loosened in Heaven." Matt 16:16-19.

Did the Gates of Hell prevail against it as your current pastor may have taught you and this verse is in error? Has this verse ever been taught in your current church? " Click here: Have you been taught the Catholic Church became corrupt in its theology? Don't the Holy Scriptures say this is impossible?"
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

Christians believe the OT and NT are inspired with the number of books that they possess because someone told you this and you believed them. That is why you believe in the Bible as you do, and believe it is inspired. Not because the Bible tells you this, but because the Catholic Church, the Church Christ started, the only Christian Faith for the 1st 1000+ years of Christianity proclaimed this for all Christendom 1500+ years ago. The same Church the Holy Scriptures call:

"The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15.
To believe otherwise is to believe that the Catholic Church got the canon of Scripture wrong, and that perhaps the Gospel of Thomas SHOULD be in the Bible. What do you believe? Was the Church infallible in this decision? Apostolic Tradition gave the Church the “Litmus Test” to determine what should be in the Bible and what should not. If you disagree, perhaps the "Gospel of Thomas" or the "Gospel of Peter" or many other early works really should be in the Bible. Your belief in the inspiration and exclusivity of the NT canon is an "Apostolic Tradition" not found in the Holy Bible. (Capitol T).

#7A. “The Sinners Prayer." (Found on the back of most Protestant tracks)
This prayer is unbiblical, and a tradition of man, lower case t. Nowhere in the Holy Scriptures does it contain this prayer or even imply it, and this prayer was totally unheard of by Protestantism's own reformers in the 16th century. It’s a good prayer but it’s unbiblical. It is ironic though, that most modern churches will say the “Sinner’s Prayer” in their churches (which is unbiblical), yet refrain from saying the “Lord’s Prayer” or the "Our Father" which IS Biblical and was commanded of us to pray from the very lips of our Lord and Savior. When’s the last time you recited the Lord’s Prayer in your current church? Did not Christ command you to pray to his Father in this manner?
Read Matt 6:9-13 again. Matthew 6:9-13.

#7B. The "adding to" and "taking away from" from Scripture as seen in John 3:16.
Modern Christians have morphed and distorted John 3:16 into something their own reformers would roll their eyes at. Modern Christians have changed the meaning and context of the words in John 3:16 to connote that all one must do for salvation is "Believe in Jesus." Where historically, to include their own reformers, the original texts did not say this. Most modern Bibles mistranslate the passage to read:

John 3:16 (New International Version)
 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 (Contemporary English Version)
16God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.

Giving the uninformed reader the impression that Christ taught that all one has to do for eternal life is to "believe in Him." Conversely and most surprisingly to some, the original translation which is found in early Protestant Bibles such as the KJV and all non-Protestant Bibles reads:

John 3:16 (King James Version)
 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition.)
16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.

Thus correctly edifying the reader to the belief that "Believing in Christ" is part of the salvation process, and "may or should " bring eternal life if one actually "follows" Christ and does the will of His Father.

"and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." (Matt 10:38).

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
(Matt 7:21)

Just "believing in Christ," as the Holy Bible says, is no more of an accomplishment than the demons achieve.
"You believe that God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.  20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?" James 2:19-20

Why then was John 3:16 changed in the Bible of the modern Christian? Because it conforms to the new theology that salvation is a one time event, and all one needs to do is just "believe in Christ." One has to admit, this is a quick sell and is very appealing to prospective members. If Christianity was just that easy. If salvation was just that easy. But unfortunately it is not what Christ said or taught. It's not even what the first reformers taught! And the Apostle Paul (who unequivocally "believed" in Christ) concurs for he stated 2000 years ago:

Philippians 2:12 (New American Standard Bible)
 12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,
work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

#8. The Church of England's unscriptural addition to the Lord's Prayer from the KJV.
T
he Lord's Prayer is Biblical (Matthew 6:9-13), yet nowhere in the most ancient and trusted writings of Scripture does it contain the end-phrase the 16th century English Protestants have attached to it: "For is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory for now and forever and ever. Amen"

This end-phrase appears in only a few Protestant Bibles such as the KJV and the NASB. Yet in both the KJV and the NASB, there is a footnote telling the reader that this end phrase was not in the original or even the most ancient manuscripts. This end phrase is absent from all other Bibles (Catholic and Protestant alike) to include the following Protestant Bibles: NIV, the New Living Translation (NLT), New Life Version (NLV), English Standard Version (ESV), Contemporary English Version (CEV), American Standard Version (ASV), Darby Translation (DARBY),Wycliffe New Testament (WYC), New International Reader's Version (NIRV), New International Version - UK (NIV-UK) as well as all the Catholic Bibles to include the Latin Vulgate of the 4th century: the first translation from the Greek into Latin-the vernacular of the people. The addition of this end-phrase, just like the Sinner's Prayer is a tradition of modern man. (lower case t.) It is not the Words our Savior gave His Apostles (who subsequently wrote them into the Holy Bible). It is a tradition of modern man from King James' court. See Matthew 6:9-13. It might also be argued that this end-phrase is an addition to Scripture and in violation of

Rev. 22:18-19: "I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book."

#9. “Infant Dedications” (in lieu of Infant Baptism?)
& #10. Denying infants Baptism.
Both Unbiblical.
The former is totally unbiblical. Nowhere do the Holy Scriptures speak of "infant dedications" as practiced in many modern Christian churches. Conversely infant Baptism is described in the Holy Scriptures and has been practiced by Christians for 2000 years, to include Protestantism's own reformers. The reformers would wince at such a notion as "infant dedications" and wince again at the thought of not baptizing infants. What more proof of Biblicism and Apostolicity does one need unless one rejects the faith of his own reformers and the Apostles as well?

Apostle Peter declared:
"Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children" (Acts 2:38–39).

& "Baptism...now saves you" (1 Pet. 3:20–21)

Never in the Holy Bible do we read of infant dedications, they are a tradition of man, lower case t. And nowhere in the Holy Bible do we read of Christians denying infants Baptism until the age of reason as the Anabaptist sect first espoused in the 17th century. This is the origin of this idea that is embraced by the non-denominational and Baptist churches. To withhold Baptism from our children is an idea invented by latter day Christians who rejected the faith of their own Protestant reformers, the same reformers who practiced the Baptism of infants by immersion, sprinkling or pouring. Infant Baptism is an Apostolic Tradition/Teaching, (Capitol T.) Infant dedications are a tradition of man from the last few hundred years. (Lowercase t.)
" Click here: Baptizing Infants, what the Bible says"
http://www.catholic.com/library/Infant_Baptism.asp



#11.
Modern “Bible Studies”

Bible Studies are a wonderful thing. But nowhere do the Holy Scriptures speak of or teach Bible Studies. Whenever "the Scriptures" are discussed in the Holy Bible, they are in the form of teaching or edification, not a "This is what it means to me, what do you think?" approach.


“ Philip ran up and heard him [an Ethiopian eunuch] reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”  Acts 8: 30-31

Modern Bible studies are a good and profitable endeavor as long as NEW ideas or doctrines about Christ's Gospel are not embraced as the teachings of the Apostles. E.g., all 45+ unbiblical and anti-biblical ideas contained in this document. Bible Studies are very profitable for as St. Jerome, (who was the first Christian to translate the Holy Bible from the Greek in Latin, the vernacular of the people) stated over 1500 years ago: "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." But Bible studies in themselves and as practiced today in modern Christian churches, as good as they are, remain absent from the Holy Scriptures and hence a recent tradition of man, (lowercase t).

#12.
Some modern Christian church's objections to dancing and alcohol.

These objections have *zero* Biblical support. Nowhere in the Holy Bible do we read that dancing is wrong or should be avoided. And nowhere do we read that alcohol should be avoided at all cost. In fact Our Savior's first miracle at Cana was changing water into wine. And wine (not grape juice [unbiblical]) was used at the Last Supper. In fact Our Lord himself stated:

"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."Matthew 26:29
Both of these ideas are "traditions of man" from the last few hundred years that even Protestantism's own reformers did not embrace. What does that tell you? It tells you the Apostles did not teach these ideas and subsequently write them into the Holy Bible. So logically the idea is impossible to be Biblical.


Numerous Unbiblical Components of the modern Christian service

What follows are numerous examples of how the modern Christian service has been morphed into something inherently unbiblical and in many cases anti-biblical and in the first case, unChristian. Since each modern Christian church gets to decide for itself (via Sola Scriptura) what is "biblical" and what is not, every modern Christian church will not fit this mold exactly, but all of them collectively embrace the unbiblical ideas and practices exemplified below.

#13.
Tithing.- Scripture tells us that one should not give under compulsion or coercion.

"Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not  grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."  2 Corinthians 9:7

Surprisingly to some, this is an unChristian principal. And much to the chagrin of the modern Christian pastor who funds his church and lively hood on this Jewish idea, preaching tithing in a Christian church, is ironically unChristian. It is part of the Mosaic Law and Jewish rather than Christian in nature and origin. Christ by his sacrifice on the Cross-is the New Covenant that abolished the Old Covenant of Judaism. Luke 22: 20 "And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood." Calvary is the ultimate sacrifice that did away with the Old Covenant from which tithing resides.
“God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” Col 2:13-14 There is no difference in your pastor preaching tithing then there is for burnt offerings. He might as well sacrifice an ox every Sunday for he is preaching the OLD Covenant from which Christ by His Blood on Calvary freed us.
Deuteronomy 12:6-7  
6"There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the contribution of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.  7"There also you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice in all your undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you
.

Giving to the poor and supporting one's parish is very Christian as Our Lord commands us to do. But putting an exact number on giving (10%), or for a
modern Christian Pastor to preach tithing is inherently unchristian and it makes a mockery of Calvary and the ultimate sacrifice of Our Savior. All this to simply maximize financial gain by his church. This is not good news to modern pastors who use 10% of their parishioner's income to (among other things) provide for his family, buy his wife's jewelry and clothes and fund his children's college educations. Christ's historic Church, the only Christian Faith of the first millennium does not preach tithing because Christ did not. Christ's ultimate sacrifice did away with this relic of the Mosaic Law. It is an unchristian Protestant only tradition of man, (lower case t).

#14.
Not praying the "Lord's Prayer, or the Our Father"

When is the last time (again if ever) your church followed the commandment of Our Lord Jesus Christ to pray in the words He gave us in Matt 6:9-13? Those words would be the "Lord's Prayer" or the "Our Father". Did not Our Savor tell us to "Pray then [to His Father] in this way"?
See Matthew 6:9-13.

 9"Pray, then, in this way:
         'Our Father who is in heaven,
         Hallowed be Your name.
    10'Your kingdom come
         Your will be done,
         On earth as it is in heaven.
    11'Give us this day our daily bread.
    12'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    13'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matt 6:9-13

Again the end phrase [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]' is unbiblical as demonstrated by unbiblical addition # 8 above.
Click here for #8

A Bible Believing Christian must ask himself: "Where in the Holy Bible are modern Christians excused from praying to the Father in the Words and manner Our Savior gave us? Why don't we pray the Words of Our Lord in our churches as He commanded?"

#15.
“The Altar Call.”

Unbiblical. Nowhere in the Holy Scriptures does it describe or speak of an “Altar Call." It is a misnomer to call this event an "Altar call," for ironically most modern churches, (in contrast to every Christian Church in the first 1500+ years of Christianity), do not even have an altar in their churches. It’s a good tradition of man, but it’s unbiblical, (lower case t). This modern idea was even unheard of by Protestantism's own reformers who actually had altars in their churches. This is an unbiblical tradition of the modern Christian and totally unheard of in historic Christianity to include the Apostles and the NT Church.

#16.
The modern Christian idea and practice that Christian children should be separated from the adults during church services.

Not only is this idea unbiblical, but it is without precedent. For nowhere do we read that the NT Christians segregated their youth to do crafts and play games while the adults worshiped God. Early Christians to include the Protestant reformers worshiped as families. Segregating the children is not only unbiblical, but also a bad idea that denigrates and undermines the family unit and turns the time set aside to worship God, into a social hour for the teens and a fun filled playschool time for the children. This is an unbiblical tradition of the modern Christian man and totally unheard of in historic Christianity to include the Protestant reformers and the NT Church.
Either we want to mimic the NT Church or we don’t.

#17.
The common practice among most every modern Christian service to serve shots of "grape juice" for communion rather than wine as the Bible speaks of.

This practice is unbiblical and even anti-biblical. Where did this come from? Does not the Holy Bible and Our Lord Himself tell us that wine is to be used? Again even the first Protestants used wine. In Cana, did Christ make "grape juice" for his first miracle or wine? Was the Holy Grail at the Last Supper full of juice? This is absurd, blatantly unbiblical and vehemently anti-biblical. It is an apostate tradition of the modern man and totally unheard of in historic Christianity to include the Protestant reformers and the NT Church. It violates a direct commandment of God Incarnate.
 "And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves;  18for (C)I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes." 19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."
Luke 22:17-20

#18a.
The unbiblical idea that the Eucharist, i.e. Holy Communion is just a mere symbol and not the actual presence of Jesus Christ.

Where in the Holy Bible does it say or even imply it is just a symbol? The answer is nowhere. On the contrary and in accordance to what Apostolic Christianity has always believed (to include again the first Protestants), Holy Communion IS Jesus Christ, just as he literally said it was.

Holy Communion, the Blessed Eucharist, is the actual Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ, because that is what Christ said It was: ``This is my body... This is my blood'' ( Matt. 26:26-28; see also Luke 22:19-20 and Mark 14:22-24); because that is what Christ said they must receive in order to have eternal life: ``. . . Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you...'' ( John 6:48-52; 54-56); and because that is what the Apostles believed: ``The chalice of benediction, which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread, which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord?'' ( 1 Cor. 10:16). ``Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.'' ( 1 Cor. 11:27-29).
From: FAQ about the Catholic Faith from Columbia University http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/faq-cc.html#q22

Christians believe that Holy Communion is the actual Flesh and Blood of Jesus Christ (under the appearance of bread and wine) because that is what all Christians believed to include the first Protestants. It was only latter day Protestants, specifically the Ana-Baptist sect that denied the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. To believe it is merely symbolic is to embrace the gospel of the Ana-Baptists vs. the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the whole of orthodox Christianity to include the first Protestants.

#18b.
Another direct commandment of Our Lord which is rejected in most modern Christian churches is Christ's commandment to reenact the Last Supper. He commanded that Christians "Do this in remembrance of me."
But do what in remembrance of Him? Pass out shots of grape juice and chili crackers? No Blessing? No proclamation of the sacred Words of Our Lord on Holy Thursday? No consecration of the Bread and Wine? Our Lord commands us in Luke 22:17-20 to reenact the Last Supper/the events of Holy Thursday as He prescribed. Holy Thursday (evening) was the start of the Jewish Passover, where "unleavened" bread was used. This is what the NT Christians did when they "broke bread" on the Lord's Day (Saturday evening to Sunday evening, see: Acts 20:7-12).

Yet many modern Christian churches never have communion or do so infrequently, and when they do there is no "breaking of the bread." Nothing is done that Our Lord commanded. Christ's Words to us after blessing the unleavened bread and "wine" and proclaiming it literally to be His very Body and Blood were: "Do this in remembrance of me." Most of the modern Christian communities disobey the Words of our Lord in His command, and simply pass out "grape juice" and "communion niblets/chili crackers," as if this fulfils the commandment of our Lord and Savior. Conversely, the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches (and some Lutheran/Anglican churches) are true to Our Lord and actually "Do this in remembrance of [Him]." Even the first Protestants were faithful to Our Lord in doing this "in remembrance of Him." Why are the modern Christian churches exempt from this Divine command? This is an unbiblical and anti-biblical tradition of man embraced by the modern Christian and totally unheard of in historic Christianity to include the reformers and the NT Church.

What follows are the sacred words of Our Lord spoken at the moment of consecration in every Catholic Mass, just as our Lord commanded. It's called the liturgy-something unheard of in most modern Christian churches. Taken from the Gospel of Luke, the liturgy is professed:


On the night he was betrayed he took bread in his sacred hands and looking up to heaven,
to you, his almighty Father, he gave you thanks and praise. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
 
"Take this, all of you, and eat it: 
this is my body which will be given up for you."
When supper was ended, 
he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said: 

"Take this all of you and drink from it: 
this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of me."

Have these sacred words of Our Savior ever been uttered in your church as Christ has commanded? And if not, why not? Where does your pastor find his exemption to the commands of Jesus Christ?

 Luke 22:17-20 "And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves;  18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes." 19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood."

And from the Apostle Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthians on the Lord Supper:

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;  24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."  25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

 

#19.
Modern Christian pastors who refuse to give any honor to the Blessed Mother of Our Lord as commanded in the Holy Scriptures.

Does not the Holy Bible tell us that the Virgin Mary is the "the handmaid of the Lord" (Luke 1:38) and that "All nations shall call [her] Blessed?" (Luke 1:48) And Elizabeth "filled with the Holy Spirit" proclaims: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42) Yet most modern Christians maintain that the Blessed Virgin was just an ordinary Jewish girl and nothing more and they treat her/ignore her as such. Where in the modern Christian service has your pastor ever called the Virgin Mary "Blessed" as the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit instructs? When has your pastor ever referred to her as the "Mother of God" as the Holy Bible tells us? (Luke 1:43) Again, why are the modern Christian communities exempt from obeying the Holy Bible or giving proper respect and honor to the Mother of Our Savior? Why do they refuse the honor due to her as dictated in the Holy Bible? How would you feel if someone who "claimed to be your friend" refused to honor your mother in the most basic sense?... Our Lord probably feels the same way, who wouldn't?
See: Is the "Hail Mary" Prayer Biblical? Read the verses not underlined in your pastor's Bible at:
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

#20.
Bowing your heads and closing your eyes when you pray" as you have been taught since childhood. Not a bad tradition, but again unbiblical. Quite similar to how Catholics make the "Sign of the Cross" to profess their Baptism (ref: Matt 28:19-20) when they pray to and worship the Blessed Trinity. Both good practices, yet both explicitly unbiblical traditions of men (lower case t’s). Not all "traditions of man" are bad. But all are unbiblical. And it is difficult to call oneself a "Bible Only" Christian in the strictest sense when one adheres to and practices so many unbiblical behaviors/beliefs. Again, a more appropriate name should be "Bible Believing" Christian. But even that assumes one acknowledges what is and what is not in the Holy Bible.

#21.
Refusing to kneel for Our Lord as the Holy Bible commands.

We read in
Philippians 2:10-11
"so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,"

and

Isaiah 45:23
    "I have sworn by Myself,  The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
         And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance."

Did not Our Lord Himself pray on his knees on the night He was betrayed? See Mark 14:35.

Where in the Holy Bible do we read that modern Christians are exempt from these Biblical commands? When is the last time, (if ever), your pastor instructed the congregation to kneel in church as you worshiped Our Savior and uttered His Holy Name? Why do these verses not apply to the modern Christian churches? This also is an unbiblical and anti-biblical tradition of man embraced by the modern Christian and totally unheard of in historic Christianity to include the NT Church.

#22a.
The practice of most every modern Christian pastor of wearing a "Golf Shirt" or a suit and tie during worship services

rather than the garb of the clergy in the Holy Bible. Moses, the prophets, the Apostles and even Our Lord Jesus Christ himself, wore a robe.
And as the book of Revelation tells us, this is the garb of those in Heaven. (See Rev 1:13; 6:11; 7:9; 7:13; 19:13). Either we want our churches to mimic the clergy of the NT Church and Our Lord Jesus Christ or we don't. This also is an unbiblical tradition man embraced by the modern Christian and totally unheard of in historic Christianity to include the first Protestants and the NT Church. (Rev 19:13)

#22b.
The Complete Absence of "Bishops, Priests and Deacons" in most Modern Christian Churches

Why do most modern Christian churches reject the 3 ordinations of the clergy as delineated in the Holy Bible of the New Testament Church? If your current church does not have Bishops, Priests or Deacons, one must ask, why not? Either we want to mimic the NT Church or we don't. The Holy Bible gives us the 3 offices of the clergy as taught and embraced by Christ's Apostles. Why do the modern Christian churches reject this Biblical guidance?

The sacrament of holy orders is conferred in three ranks of clergy: bishops, priests, and deacons.

Bishops (episcopoi) have the care of multiple congregations and appoint, ordain, and discipline priests and deacons. They sometimes appear to be called "evangelists" in the New Testament. Examples of first-century bishops include Timothy and Titus (1 Tim. 5:19–22; 2 Tim. 4:5; Titus 1:5).

Priests (presbuteroi) are also known as "presbyters" or "elders." In fact, the English term "priest" is simply a contraction of the Greek word presbuteros. They have the responsibility of teaching, governing, and providing the sacraments in a given congregation (1 Tim. 5:17; Jas. 5:14–15).


Deacons (diakonoi) are the assistants of the bishops and are responsible for teaching and administering certain Church tasks, such as the distribution of food (Acts 6:1–6).

from:  Bishop, Priest and Deacon in the Holy Bible at:
http://www.catholic.com/library/Bishop_Priest_and_Deacon.asp

#23.
So called "Devotional Bibles" filled with quips, stories, and jokes. Modern Christian churches and publishers have defiled the Holy Bible (with good intentions BTW) by contradicting the words of Revelation 22:18-19 and adding to the Holy Scriptures.

This may seem like a trivial point, but can you imagine the ancient Jews filling the sacred pages of their Holy Torah with quips, jokes, and personal stories? Can you imagine the Protestant reformers, Martin Luther even, adding the same to his translation of the Holy Bible? What about the New Testament writers, did they fill their pages with feel good antidotes? Has anyone defiled the Holy Scriptures in the past 2000 years as modern Protestant publishers do today? The Sacred Scriptures are called Sacred for a reason. They are the written Word of God. How dare one contaminate its Holy pages with such modern touchy-feely commentary as the "Devotional Bible" possesses. It is a defilement of the Word of God and presumptuous to put ones spurious comments alongside the words of Holy Writ.

As Rev. 22:18-19 says: "I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words in the prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city described in this book."

This may have been done with good intentions, but it is wrong and blasphemous to God's Holy Word. Just as it was wrong 2000 years ago for the solders to defile and crucify the Logo's, the Word, the Lamb of God, while Our Lord prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing" Luke 23:34, it is just as wrong today to defile and add to God's Word.

#24.
The total absence of the "consequences of Sin" to the congregation of a modern Christian parish.

"The wages of Sin is death." Romans 6:23
Either it is or it isn't. When is the last time your Pastor spoke of the consequences of Sin as they applied to his congregation? Or are there no consequences of Sin to his congregation because everyone in his congregation is told they are "saved," no matter what sin they commit? And the "consequences of Sin" only apply to those outside his church or those not saved as he defines it? Has your pastor every preached the words of the Apostle Paul or Our Lord who states:

1 Cor 6:9,10  Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Gal 5:19-21  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Eph 5:5  For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-- such a man is an idolater-- has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Matthew 5:20  For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

It is not enough to just be a believer or just "Believe" in Christ, for even the demons do this:
"You believe that God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.  20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?" James 2:19-20
We must also "Follow" Christ.
``If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.'' (Matt. 16:24).

Many desire a Savior but not a Lord. To embrace the Lord requires as our God tells us to: ``Keep the commandments.'' (Matt. 19:17). Our Faith must be a working faith or as the Apostle Paul tells us a: ``faith that worketh by charity .'' (Gal. 5 :6). Our works do not "Save" us, our faith in Jesus Christ does. But this faith must be a working faith, for "faith without works is dead" James 2:26. And bad works, or grievous sin separates us from God and as Our Lord tells us, without repentance those who do commit such sins will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, not without repentance.

Does your pastor even allude to the fact that if one in his church sins without repenting, if one turns his back to God through serious sin and refuses to repent, he will not inherit the kingdom of God? Or is everyone in the church going to Heaven no matter what heinous crime they commit against God, and the "wages of Sin," at least for his church, is not death?
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Eternal life for those who repent and "follow" Him.

Matthew 7:21  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

#25. The preoccupation with entertainment in the modern Christian church.
Most modern churches today are more concerned with entertaining the parishioners than focusing on the preaching of the Word. Most modern pastors feel they have to keep everyone entertained, or the flock will leave this church for a more entertaining one. Jumbo-trons, expensive sound systems, skits, plays, refreshments (during the service even), constant entertainment, all these are the norm in the modern service and are in stark contrast to the Church of the first century and the Holy Bible. The NT Church was not about entertainment and they did not operate in the fear of losing members to more entertaining churches. Because there was but One Christian faith in the first millennium, all Christian parishes taught the same Gospel, all had the same beliefs, it was truly a Universal Church. ("Catholic" is the Greek word for "universal." Katholikos.) There was no "church shopping" for a more entertaining church to "feel fed" for all Christian parishes in the first millennium were basically identical in liturgy and message. The emphasis was not on keeping everyone entertained, it was on preaching the Word of God.

If your church decided to abandon all entertainment and operate in a warehouse with a wooden podium and a singe microphone, if it cut out all the amenities, the kids programs, the refreshments, the sound systems, the jumbo-trons, all the fancy bands and the notebooks/paraphernalia, if it did all this would you still attend this church? Or would you "church shop" for a more entertaining one? The emphasis put on entertainment in the modern churches is not only unbiblical, but it is a detriment to the cause of Christianity. For it takes the emphasis away from worshiping Christ to placing it on the gratification of oneself or one's family. It is often times more about entertaining and retaining the individual and less about worshiping God. If you don't believe this, would you really attend your present church with your children in that bare warehouse stripped of all amenities?


Unbiblical Words/Phrases
None of the following words are in the Holy Bible:

(Not that everything has to be in the Bible as the Bible tells us, but here are many words that aren't.)

Unbiblical words/phrases #26-37


“Rapture”,
"Body of Believers",

“Incarnation” (God becomes Man),
“Trinity”,
“Communion” (as in Holy Communion),
“Lord's Supper”,
“Lord’s Prayer”,
“Dedication”, (infant)
“Sinner's Prayer”,
“Altar Call”,
“Sin Nature”
"Bible"


Some of these terms/words are from Apostolic Tradition (T), and some are from men, (t). And one is from modern man and contrary to the Bible. (The Rapture concept: as in the "Left Behind" idea. See: The 19th century origin of the Rapture idea). But all of these words are not found in the Holy Scriptures. All are unbiblical. That doesn't mean they are wrong or contrary to the Sacred Scriptures (except for Rapture), it just means that they came from another source not of the Holy Bible.


UNBIBLICAL STATEMENTS/CONCEPTS
Common in the modern Christian churches



#38. "Asking Jesus into your Heart" and the
"Faith Alone" idea of Salvation

Asking Jesus into your Heart is explicitly unbiblical, yet at the same time it is wise and profitable if it is actually put into practice. But Scripture tells us that faith by itself with no fruit of that faith is dead.

"What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?... 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself." James 2: 14-17
As for the phrase “Faith Alone,” it is only mentioned once in the Holy Bible in James where it states:
”You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.”James 2:24
We are justified by Faith alone but not “mere” faith alone, i.e. just “knowing” that Christ is God, or just “believing” that Christ died for our sins in the same light as we “know” the sun will rise tomorrow. For even the demons have “mere” faith in Christ. Even they “believe” in Him.

“You believe that God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” James 2:19
Faith as the Holy Bible speaks of it and how it saves must be a “working faith.” Christians believe that faith and good works are both necessary for salvation, because such is the teaching of Jesus Christ. What Our Lord demands is ``faith that worketh by charity.'' (Gal. 5: 6). Read Matthew 25:31-46, which describes the Last Judgment as being based on works of charity. Do our works save us? No, but they are evidence of our faith. Scripture tells us explicitly, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2: 14-17) and likewise, works without faith do not save. As the Holy Bible tells us, both are necessary for our salvation. In essence: “we are NOT born by good works, we are born TO good works; once justified, we should act as justified Christians, which includes good works.”

Salvation by “Faith Alone” is only correct if the term Faith is defined as a working faith. (Gal. 5: 6)
Salvation by mere “Faith Alone” does not save as Scripture affirms. (James 2:24)

As for “Asking Jesus into your heart,” this is profitable, but it is just the beginning! For nowhere in the Holy Bible do the Apostles do this or teach this, nor do we read that God commands us to do this. God commands us to Love one another. "Love your neighbor as yourself." Matt 22:37-39 and to follow him: ``If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me'' (Matt. 16:24), not “ask Jesus into your Heart” per se. This is unbiblical; yet at the same time a good tradition of man if it leads to Faith, Repentance and actually "following" Our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt 16:24).

#39. Desiring a "Personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
This also is a worthy endeavor, but it is not the end all of the Christian experience. It is the beginning. For again, nowhere in the New (or Old) Testament Bible do we read explicitly that this is all that God desires of us. What we do read of is His desire that we:

"Shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind,"
and "Love your neighbor as yourself." Matt 22:37-39

and he commands us to *follow him*: ``If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me'' (Matt. 16:24)

and to do *His will*: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matt 7:21)


Having a "personal relationship" with the Creator of the Universe is a good thing, but it is not the consummation of the Christian experience. It is only the beginning. Jesus Christ must not only be our "Savior" but also our "Lord" whom we "follow." This requires a life changing conversion and perseverance to the end.

#40. Another unbiblical idea practiced by modern Christian churches is the idea of treating Our Lord Jesus Christ as if he is our "fishing buddy," or best friend.
Jesus Christ is God Incarnate, the King and Creator of the Universe, the LOGO's, the Almighty and Eternal God. Nowhere do we read in the Holy Bible that the Apostles or anyone else treated Jesus Christ as their buddy or best friend. He is always referred to as "Our Lord," or "Master." We are created to serve and glorify God, not to delude ourselves with enough foolish pride to presume Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is "our budster" or "best friend."

#41. The unbiblical idea that "The Church is not needed" or the Church is "invisible" or "the Church is not an institution it's the "Body of Believers", (which is an unbiblical phrase all by itself).
(See "Body of Believers? Read Who or What is the Bride of Christ"
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html)
These are unbiblical and dangerous ideas. They contradict the Holy Scriptures and are groundless in Holy Writ. These ideas are but a few hundred years old and are impossible for the Apostles to have taught. Jesus Himself said his Church would be "the light of the world." He then noted that "a city set on a hill cannot be hid" (Matt. 5:14). This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other organizations. Jesus promised, "I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return.
It is the Church the Holy Bible calls: "The church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim 3:15. And the Church Our Lord promised to be with "until the end of the world" Matt 28:20.

Among the Christian churches, only the Catholic Church has existed since the time of Jesus. Every other Christian church is an offshoot of the Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox churches broke away from unity with the pope in 1054. The Protestant churches were established during the Reformation, which began in 1517. (Most of today’s Protestant churches are actually offshoots of the original Protestant offshoots.)

Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing. The line of popes can be traced back, in unbroken succession, to Peter himself. (Search any encyclopedia under Pope and see this unbroken succession back to St Peter Or click here: http://www.britannia.com/history/resource/popes.html). This is unequaled by any institution in history.
(From: Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth by Catholic Answers)

For a better understanding of how the Holy Bible describes the Church of God see:
3 Fundamental ways the modern Christian communities depart from the Church of the Holy Bible http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/#church

#42. "Scripture interprets Scripture."
Scripture does not interpret Scripture, people interpret Scripture. Not one verse supports this novel idea modern Christian pastors use to abandon the Oral teachings and interpretations of Scripture by the Apostles in favor of their own modern interpretation of the Bible. Not only is this idea unbiblical, but it is also false. A car does not drive itself, nor does a book interpret itself. People do. People interpret Scripture. Many modern Christians rationalize their arguments and claim Biblicism for their positions with zero historical support (even from their own reformers) using this mantra. They do this by saying essentially that "Scripture interprets Scripture and therefore I am correct in anything I glean from Scripture, even if I am 2000 years, 3 languages and a host of cultures removed..." This is an illogical, unsupportable and unbiblical position.

#43. "As long as we agree on the "essentials" we can disagree on the "nonessentials."
Nowhere in the Holy Bible do we read that parts of Christ's Gospel are "essential" and the other parts are "nonessential." This is confirmed by the words of the Apostle Paul who told us there was but ONE Gospel, not the 10s of 1000s of gospels that exist in modern Christianity today. St. Paul repeats twice in Gal 1:8-9

"As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed."

None of Christ's Gospel is nonessential or up for spurious opinions of a contradictory nature. That is why it is a logical fallacy to view the Protestant belief system as a "reformation" of Christ's Church." For it teaches 1000s and 1000s of contradictory "Statements of Faith," all under the guise of "Nonessentials." Supposed non essentials like the Holy Eucharist/communion, Baptism, divorce, salvation, Sin, etc, etc. This is just another idea modern Christians use to justify the ten's of 1000s of contradictory gospels/statements of faith within the modern Protestant belief system of anything goes. It is unbiblical and even anti-Biblical.

#44. The erroneous idea that discussing or identifying these Biblical truths (contained in this paper) is "being divisive" or is "tearing down the body of Christ."

This line of thinking is inherently unbiblical. When the Apostles left on their missions to spread the Gospel and encountered those who disagreed with them or were ignorant of the One Universal Faith, did the Apostles avoid confrontation because it was tearing down the Body of Christ or because they were being "divisive?" Absolutely not. Nowhere in the Holy Bible do we read of any Apostle or follower of Christ refraining from preaching the Gospel or refraining from discussing the Faith because of fears this would tear each other down. The Apostle Paul in the first chapter to the Galatians is a perfect example of boldly professing the one Truth of Jesus Christ without fear of being “divisive.” Gal 1:8-9 "As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed." On the contrary, what we do read of is their quest for complete unity as Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded.

“I have given them [believers] the glory that you gave me, that they may be as one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22,23)  

 And the Apostle Paul who preached the same on unity wrote:

“Now I beseech you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all say the same thing, and that there be no dissension among you, but that you be perfectly united in one mind and in one judgment.”  (1 Cor 1:10)

The early followers of Christ were called "Christians" at Antioch and the One Faith they embraced was called the "Universal Faith" in the same city. (Catholic in Greek means universal: Katholikos.)

"And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." Acts 11:26

Ignatius of Antioch, second Bishop of Antioch and disciple of John the Apostle wrote in 110 AD:
"Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains [i.e., a presbyter]. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church" (Letter to the Smyrneans 8:2 [A.D. 110]). From: What Catholic means at http://www.catholic.com/library/What_Catholic_Means.asp

It was the ONE Universal faith. 
"There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God." (Eph 4:5-6)
The Church in Corinth did not differ in beliefs from the Church in Ephesus or the Church in Rome.  It was truly the One Universal Faith
and remained the only Christian Faith for the next 1000+ years. It is the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) to preach the Gospel. Even if it is not what one currently believes, it still must be preached. For as Our Lord has told us: " If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8: 31-32

#45. The last unbiblical idea is the belief that any distinctly Protestant idea was taught by any Christian in the first millennium.
All distinctively Protestant ideas were invented in the middle ages at the earliest and the last few decades/years at the latest. Please test this as the Holy Bible commands (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). History demonstrates that not one distinctly Protestant belief was taught in the first millennium. And since the Apostles lived in the first millennium, simply logic precludes their knowledge of any distinctly Protestant idea for it didn't exist yet.

Unless an idea was taught by the Apostles and subsequently written into the Holy Bible, it is by definition, not Biblical. If the Apostles did not teach it, and it was totally unknown in the first 1000 years of Christianity, it is not biblical. How can it be? On a linear and sequential timeline it's impossible. There was but One Christian Faith in the first millennium, not 2 and not 20,000, One. And that faith was the Catholic Faith. And since the Apostles lived in the first millennium, this was the Faith of the Apostles for there was no other Christian Faith.

Please test this logic as the Holy Bible commands:
“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Where did the modern ideas in your pastor's Statement of Faith originate? Search the origins of your denomination. Research the author’s and origins of your theology. History will reveal that they all are of recent origin and impossible for the Apostles to have taught 2000 years ago.
See: The origins and authors of the Protestant theologies
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html


In Summary.

If you still claim to be a “Bible Only" Christian and adhere to Sola Scriptura or the “Bible Only” idea, then to embrace any of the above ideas (whether they come from Apostolic Tradition or from the traditions of man), to embrace ANY of them is to go against the "Bible Only" principle. Either you are “Bible Only” or you're not. One would guess that unless you are willing to “stop praying to Jesus” and willing to repudiate the other 45+ ideas, doctrines and statements, you will concede that you are truly not a "Bible Only" Christian but a “Bible Believing Christian.” The next time someone advocates the “Bible Only” idea, consider what you believe and profess that is not in the Bible. Consider what you believe and profess that is unbiblical and what you now repudiate as anti-Biblical. We should all embrace the label "Bible Believing Christian," but again this presupposes that we acknowledge what is and what is not in the Holy Bible. It is only through Faith in Our Lord and courage that we are able to stay true to His Word. "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8: 31-32

God Bless you and all you do, Daniel

“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22


16 SOBERING BIBLICAL QUESTIONS
FOR THE DEVOUT CHRISTIAN
The Catholic Faith comprises the verses not underlined in your personal Bible nor taught in
Modern Christian seminaries or churches.


Read the Bible verses not underlined in your Bible.

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Suggested reading:

Intro to the Catholic Faith for Evangelicals http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/index2.htm

Catholic Answers: "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" A compendium of basic Catholic beliefs and the Biblicism behind these beliefs. http://www.catholic.com/library/pillar.asp

FAQ about the Catholic Faith from Columbia University
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/a/faq-cc.html

 

1. "BIBLE ONLY" CHRISTIAN or "BIBLE BELIEVING" CHRISTIAN?
45 Practices and Doctrines not found in the Holy Bible.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/unbiblical.html

2. JUST THE TRUTH: 2 Dozen Logic and Historical Facts Refuting the Apostolicity and Biblicism of the Modern Christian Belief Systems "Test Everything." http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/justfacts.html

3. An Exercise in Logic, Two Logic Proofs from History 101 demonstrating how the modern Christian theologies did not even exist in the first millennium, making it impossible for Christ and His Apostles to have taught to His early Church.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/logic.html


4. Three uneasy questions for your pastor concerning his personal theology. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/formypastor.html

5. Seven Reasons Christians Go To Church, Which One Is Yours? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html

6. "The 7 Stages of Christian Spiritual Development" What stage are you? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/7stages.html

7. The Historical Origins & Authors of the Modern Christian Theologies. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/dates.html

8. Is Sola Scriptura or the "Bible Only" idea even Biblical? Where does the Bible teach the "SOLA" or the "ONLY" in Sola Scriptura? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/ss.html

9. Modern Christians often ask: "WHAT ELSE IS THERE? What else has Christ's infallible authority besides the Holy Bible?" Featuring the verses not underlined in most Bibles nor taught in modern Christian seminaries or churches. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/whatelse.html

10. FAITH ALONE (SOLA FIDE): It is a Catholic Position. Have you been taught that Catholics "work their way to Heaven?" http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/faithalone.html

11. "Who is the Bride of Christ?" What does the Holy Bible say? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bride.html

12. Did the BEREANS "Search the Scriptures" and therefore follow the BIBLE ONLY idea?
Or did the THESSALONIANS, who also "Searched the Scriptures?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/bereans.html

13. The 3rd Unanswered Challenge for the Non-Catholic Theologies:
Is the Catholic Faith Apostolic? Name just one Catholic doctrine that isn't. Name one doctrine the early Church believed,,,, that the Catholic Faith today *no longer does*. Why can't the modern Christian theologies make the same bold claim?
http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/3challenge.html

14. Biblically, did the "Official Teachings or Doctrines of the Catholic Faith" become corrupt or Apostate as your Pastor might teach? Are there verses in the Holy Scriptures that forbid the "Gates of Hell" from overcoming His Church? What does the Holy Bible really say about: "The Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth" 1 Tim :15? http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/gatesofhell.html

15. Is Praying to Saints Biblical? Is the "HAIL MARY" Prayer Biblical? Read the verses not underlined in your pastors Bible nor taught in his church. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/saints.html

16. How Modern Christian are compelled to use and embrace an unbiblical and anti-biblical definition and concept of a Christian Church. http://www.angelfire.com/home/protestantchallenges/onchurch.html

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