When I witness to Catholics....I ask them to define why they believe they are Christians. Then...I ask them to tell me how they know they are Christians. Once this is established...then I ask if I can compare what they believe versus what the Bible teaches. I usually carry in my breifcase a Catachism and a Catholic Bible. I have presented the gospel of God's grace in this way to Catholics God had given me opportunity to witness to.
Ephesians 4:11 teaches that one particular order of the ministry, distinguished from every other, is singled out by the Head of the church for this work in a distinctive sense. All may possess the gift of an evangelist in a measure, and be obligated to exercise its privilege and duty, but some are specially endued with it. "He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." It will be seen that as an order in the ministry, the evangelist precedes that of the pastor and teacher, a fact which harmonizes with the character of the work each is still recognized as doing. The evangelist has no fixed place of residence, but moves about in different localities, preaching the gospel to those ignorant of it before. As these are converted and united to Jesus Christ by faith, the work of the pastor and teacher begins, to instruct them further in the things of Christ and build them up in the faith.
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"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."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. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7
The Pope qualifies as the "evildoer" that Jesus spoke about. As long as he taught what he believed that Rome is the only true Church and holds the keys to heaven....then he missed the gate of faith in Jesus. However this judment is based on his doctrine and practice.
Though the Hebrews living in Israel do not know which tribe they belong to...God does. They were scattered (James 1:1)....represenitives from every tribe has found their way back to Israel. Revelation 7 says 144,000 from all tribes will be sealed and sent out to preach the everlasting gospel.
My being a part of the service as a child put me under the preaching of God's word. I know I was disruptive...my Dad took me outside and taught me with the hand to the seat that my misbehavior was going to stop immediately. However...babies do need to kept in the nursery so that their crying does not distrupt the service.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. Romans 5:1-2
Not all that is "modern" are translations....they are paraphrases and paraphrases that update a previous paraphrases.
Those translations that come from the Hebrew and Greek...will depend on how faithful and literal to the manuscripts they are. Even older translations has departed from the manuscripts in their "dynamic equivalence." So it is fallacious to say "If it is modern...it is unreliable." or the inverse "If it is older it is more reliable."
I was a member of a Conservative Baptist Church in which our Pastor was going to have "40 Days of Purpose" seminar. I had prior to this been involved in dicussions and had to read to book to decide if the "Purpose Driven Life" was good. First I investgated the author, Rick Warren. I found in print comments that concerned me. Then as I read the book..I kept a list of issues I had found. The first concern was that he did not define his audience. The second concern was how he handled the word of God. I presented my research to my Pastor. After a few days he said to me;
I have now gotten about half way through the Purpose Driven Life along with the rest of the board. While it is not a perfect book, we are all favorably impressed. Thursday, July 15, 2004
There are a few instances where he takes a verse out of context but this is not the pattern of the whole book. July 27, 2004
My former Pastor did agree with me that there was problems...he felt he could correct them as he went along. I could not participate...so I moved my membership to an independent Baptist Church.
"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Matthew 23:33
I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins." John 8:24
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12:31-32
The body is a unit (universal), though it is made up of many parts (local); and though all its parts (local) are many (universal), they form one body (universal). So it is with Christ. For we were all (universal) immersed with one Spirit into one body (universal)--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free (individual's)--and we (universal) were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Commonly...the Law is taught as the standard of righteousness for Christians. This is a modern form of Judaism that Paul spoke against in his letter to the Galatians.
â€śthe law exhibits a perfect model of righteousnessâ€ť (II. vii. 13).
But the Bible says;
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature,F30 God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4
Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. Genesis 11:31
(Abram) took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot (from) Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Genesis 12:5
The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia...he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. Acts 7:2, 4
...the great river, the Euphrates - Gen 15:18
So (Jacob) fled with all he had, and crossing the River (That is, the Euphrates), he headed for the hill country of Gilead. Gen. 13:21
This is a fallacious question because the presupposition on the subject has determined that the conclusion is "scriptural."
1 Corinthians 11, N.I.V. footnote
Every man who prays or prophesies with long hair dishonors his head. (verse 4) A man ought not to have long hair. (verse 7)
And every woman who prays or prophesies with no covering on her head dishonors her head--she is just like one of the "shorn women." If a woman has no covering, let her be for now with short hair, but since it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair shorn or shaved, she should grow it again. (verse 5 & 6)