ARTICLES

THE CHURCH
The church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:20


v   Were the early Christians Roman Catholic?
A detailed examination by one who was a nun.


v   Scriptural Overview of the Church of God  -  5 studies
These Chronicles seek to explain the importance of the churches to the heart of God and to discuss principles and modern day issues relevant to a church desiring to serve and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ alone.


v   Venerating statues
Catholics venerate statues of Jesus as a baby. But Jesus is not a baby. He grew up nearly 2,000 years ago. It may be alright to have fond thoughts of Jesus as a baby. However, it is not appropriate to worship Him as a baby. The baby Jesus did not save us from our sins.


v   Luther's 95 Thesis
People often make mention of them but do you know what they are?


v   Is there a purgatory?
Anyone who does not believe that Christ has completely saved him, has not completely trusted Christ to save him.


v   The Priesthood of all Believers
Every child of God on earth is a priest to worship, a Levite to serve, and a soldier to fight. This is the threefold character of every true Christian.


v   Confession of sin
Is it enough to say 'I have sinned'. Take a look a some you used the words but were not forgiven.


v   List of Heresies
Cardinal Newman, in his book, "The Development of the Christian Religion", admits that..."Temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays and season of devotions, processions, blessing of fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests and monks and nuns), images....are all of pagan origin..." (page 359).


v   Scriptural Principles of Gathering
Find out what the Word of God has to say on this important subject.


v   Do not call anyone on earth your Father
Jesus said, 'And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.' (Matthew 23:9).


v   What about Church tradition - it and the Bible?
Beware least any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.


v   Christian Baptism
It is basically a simple act of obedience to the One who, as his Lord and Master, commanded it to be done. It is the duty of a Christian to obey his Lord unhesitatingly, for obedience is essential to discipleship.


v   Saint Patrick
Ireland has a very distinctive history. It was an island untouched by the Roman legions, and Patrick, the Evangelist, brought to it the Gospel of grace .


v   Baptismal Regeneration
The difference between faith in Christ alone and faith in Christ plus baptism has eternal consequences.


v   True & False Worship
Christís sacrifice marked the fulfilment and end of the priestly ordinances of the Old Testament, 'there is no more offering for sin.' (Hebrews 10:18).


v   Forgeries of the Papacy
This forgery is known as the PseudoĖIsidorian Decretals, written around 845 A.D. The Decretals are a complete fabrication of Church history.


v   Simply Christian - What are you?
In a world so filled with religious traditions and denominational structures, the concept of being simply Christians is difficult to communicate.


v   Peter - Was he the first Pope?
Peter himself would never accept this usurped title for it belongs to Another. Peter calls Jesus Christ 'the Chief Shepherd.' (1 Peter 5:4).


v   Roman Catholic Teaching on Salvation
According to the Church of Rome, Christ did not accomplish a full, finished and completed salvation in his work of atonement. His death on the cross did not deal with the full penalty of man's sin. Is it right?


v   The essential differences - Muslim and Christian beliefs
The Quran portrays God as a just and merciful judge, but doesnít teach that human sin and distress cause Him suffering. It emphasizes the incomprehensibility of God more than His holiness and love.


v   Saints
In the early church, the title 'saint' is not restricted to a select group of dead and super Christians. Without exception, all Christians are saints. Every believer in Christ is a saint during his lifetime despite his imperfections.


v   Introduction to the study of Church Truth
The purpose of this article -to orient each Christian as to his position in and his responsibility to the revelation which God has given to the Church, particularly in view of Christendom today.


v   The Rock
The purpose of this study is to determine from Scriptural evidence what is meant by the term - 'this rock'. When we arrive at a definite conclusion from Scripture, as to who the 'rock.' Christ is speaking of in Matthew 16:18, we will then have our answer.


v   Essential Doctrines of Christianity
The Bible itself reveals those doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith. They are 1) the Deity of Christ, 2) Salvation by Grace, and 3) Resurrection of Christ, and 4) the gospel.


v   The Church Ė what is it?
The church, according to the scriptures, is not a building or meeting place, but rather the people themselves who gather together.


v   Holy Father?
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said....Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. John 17:1,11


v   It is time Roman Catholics asked...
WHY has the Roman Catholic church removed the second commandment, which deals with idolatry, from the Ten Commandments in its catechisms?


v   Penance and Confession
For all practical purposes the Church abandoned in practice the teaching of biblical repentance. Men could now receive forgiveness for the same sins as often as needed no matter how often they sin.


v   Penance and Repentance
God forgives gratuitously, freely; God forgives on account of Christís sacrifice. Remission is in the name of Christ and not on account of anything we do. Our tears do not appease God's wrath but only the blood of Jesus.


v   Marks of a New Testament Church
As we read through the New Testament we see four things which marked the early New Testament churches. These will still be present in any assembly which is functioning in accordance with God's Word today.


v   Does baptism save people from their sins?
Should Babies be Baptized? If we look through the New Testament in all the instances where people were baptized, we will not find even one example of baptism being performed on a baby or a child too young to understand what baptism means.


v   Praying to dead saints
Jesus said, 'But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7


v   Revelation and the Church
Jesus identified Scripture as the Word of God (John 10:35), but never Tradition. To the contrary, He condemned the Jews for elevating their Tradition to the same level of authority as Godís written Word


v   Praying to the Saints
I used to pray to Mary, the saints and the angels as well as to God. Everything changed when I was saved through faith in Christ Jesus. God became my dear Father and communion with Him became the sweetest experience of my life.


v   The Rosary
Firstly, consider the form of the rosary. It is 10 repetitions of the 'Hail Mary.' What did our Lord say about repetitious prayer?


v   Prayer - not repetition
Prayer is the privilege when we touch the heart of the Father through the Son of God, Jesus our Lord.


v   Hail Mary in the light of Scripture
In the 'rosary,' ten prayers are said to Mary for every one that is said to God the Father. In other words, Mary is pre-eminent ten to one over God! Mary is referred to as the 'mother of the church,' 'the second eve,' 'the queen of heaven. ' The queen of the universe,' 'co-redemptrix,' 'co-mediator,'...



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