Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Romans 4 Faith, Works, Righteousness, Unrighteousness and LogizomaiI will begin by providing the background of Romans 4. After Paul has argued that only the “doers of the Law are justified” (2:13) but that “all have transgressed the law and held accountable by the measure of the Law” (3:9, 3:19(1)); …. There are two sources of gaining righteousness here. One is “through the work of the Law” which is based on ones performance before the Law. Or “through the redemption that is in Jesus” (3:24) for “all who believe” (3:22).
Monday, June 17, 2013
Jesus and the 13/14 Apostles all taught LOADS of DOGMAS that the Holy Spirit chose to keep out of the Church.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
I see only a few Churches with such a Pastor. Further, Jesus Christ said that the Pastor over His Church would be infallible:
Matthew 16:17-19 (King James Version)
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
The list of Churches accept this teaching gets smaller. Certainly, all Protestant denominations can now be eliminated.
Jesus Christ not only said that the Pastor was infallible but Scripture describes the Church as infallible:
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
The list remains the same, but now I can certainly eliminate all Protestant denominations.
Back to Matt 16:18, Scripture says that Jesus Christ established one Church. History shows that all the Churches sprang from the Church which is frequently described as the Mother Church. The Catholic Church.
By simple logic of elimination, that leaves only the Catholic Church.
Scripture alone? Scripture says:
2 Thessalonians 2:15
King James Version (KJV)
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Faith alone? Scripture says:
King James Version (KJV)24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Is there any Protestant doctrine which doesn't believe those two heresies?
EOC's, at least, have the Sacraments. And because of them, they are saved in this life.
When we approach the Sacraments, we approach Jesus Christ in the proper disposition of faith, believing that He can do what He promised.
But only those who have first, proven their faith by their works, will receive the mercy of God in the Sacraments. This is done by first studying to show ourselves approved (RCIA). These are they who are justified because they are “doers of the law” (Rom 2:13).
Say for instance that you are a doer of the law, but you are not Catholic or Orthodox. Will you be justified by God? God is your judge. But if you are truly a doer of the law, you will be justified, ON THE LAST DAY. (Rev 20)
Now, say that you are a doer of the law, but you are Catholic or Orthodox. Will you be justified by God? Again, God is judge. But if you are truly a doer of the law, you will be justified, in the Sacraments.
That is not a guarantee of salvation for those who attend the Sacraments. Remember Scripture says:
1 Peter 4:17?For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
King James Version (KJV)
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
One must approach the Font of Grace in the proper disposition of faith.