DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN That what Roman Catholics teach is true?
If you are a devoted Roman Catholic and if you fully understand your faith, then please answer this question; “how did you come to a full understanding of faith?” Was it based on what you learned from a priest, a nun or a family member, or maybe someone else, or was it based on your own studies of the Bible?”
If you came to faith on your own, then this is great news. This means, you want to know God and the whole truth about Him. If you have never studied the Bible on your own and all that you know comes from learning it from someone else, then I have another question for you: “Have you ever tested what you learned, about your faith, by what the Bible says?”
You may be very surprised when you compare what you know and believe with what the Word of God says.
In this episode Jason discusses the latest infatuation the media and the Evangelical Protestant Church at large has for Pope Francis. We discuss the Protestant Reformation and the reasons for it. We look into what the Roman Catholic Church still teaches today and whether it is consistent with what the Bible teaches. We compare the Biblical Gospel to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
What is Calvinism? Calvinism is the term that has taken on the meaning that God is sovereign in salvation. Sometimes it is referred to as Reformed Theology, the Doctrines of Grace, Augustinianism, Wyclifism, Pauline Theology, etc. Throughout the history of the Christian Church, one form or another of these doctrines has been taught. There have been slight nuances between the different perspectives but the primary tenets of the doctrines have been consistent. Calvinism is named after the Geneva, Switzerland Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564). This is unfortunate as those who have read Calvin know that were he alive today he would be opposed to having these doctrines named after him. He was much too humble of a man to have accepted such an honor. Most of those that impugn the character of Calvin have not read any of what he has written.
All Scripture references in the following post are taken from the NWT Translation of the Bible. This is intended for reaching out to Jehovah’s Witnesses. This post is not intended as a full defense of the Triune nature of God as that defense would be done with a more accurate translation of the Bible.
In the book of Deuteronomy 6:4 we find God’s revelation which says “Jehovah our God is one Jehovah”. Also in the book of Isaiah 43:11 we find another revelation which says “I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior”. With these verses in mind, we can trust God’s promise that He is the only one God (Jehovah) who is our only Savior.
To support this great truth, revealed to us by God, we can also look at other references in the Bible. For example, in the Old Testament, in Hosea 13:4 “But I am Jehovah your God from the land of Egypt; You knew no God except me, And besides me there is no savior”. Psalm 3:8 says “Salvation belongs to Jehovah” and Psalm 37:39, “The salvation of the righteous is from Jehovah”. In Jonah 2:9 “…Salvation is from Jehovah”. We can also find support in the New Testament in Luke 1:47 “… and my spirit cannot keep from being overjoyed at God my Savior”. Also in 1 Timothy 4:10 “…we have rested our hope on a living God, who is a Savior…” and 1 Timothy 2:3 “This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God…”
Transliteration: En arche en ho logos, kai ho logos en pros ton theon, kai theos en ho logos
Literal Translation: In beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and God was the Word
Translation: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ESV
John 1:1 is a much attacked verse in Scripture by those that deny the deity of Christ. This can be well understood as this text clearly does proclaim the eternality and deity of the Word. The contended text is the phrase at the end of the verse “and the Word was God” (καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος, kia theos en ho logos). This is literally translated “and God was the Word”. The word “theos” in this phrase is anarthrous, meaning it has no definite article, because it is anarthrous the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim they are justified in translating this text as “and the Word was a god”.