Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Roman Catholic church now and then - why its central claim is and has always been false

Despite its seemingly endless round of scandals, and despite being ready to admit that it is infested with rotten leaders from top to bottom, many Roman Catholics remain loyal to Rome. They hold on for one root reason: they believe Rome's fundamental claim that the Roman Catholic institution is the church that Jesus founded. Jesus, they believe, founded a successional institution, head-quartered in Rome, whose historical continuity is to be found in a line of Bishops of Rome. Take away this claim, disprove this root claim, and the whole case for remaining loyal to the Roman Catholic church falls away. In this carefully argued piece, Steven Wedgworth demonstrates how that claim is plainly false to both the Bible, and to church history:

Monday, 6 August 2018

Abolishing shame

This article is excellent in its clarity and relevane, concerning the state of modern evangelicalism and the homosexual revolution:

Friday, 3 August 2018

An authoritative Bible must be an inerrant Bible

There are some writers and teachers in the evangelical world who claim that the Bible (when properly interpreted) is not absolutely without error in all matters on which it pronounces.

At the same time they assert that they still, being evangelicals, hold that the Bible is the final authority in all matters on which it pronounces.

This position is logically incoherent. If, on some matter, the Bible proclaims something false, then on that matter, it is ipso facto less authoritative than any other source that proclaims the truth. And thus, the Bible cannot be authoritative in all matters on which it pronounces. A falsehood cannot be authoritative.

Thus it follows, that to proclaim an authoritative Bible is necessarily to proclaim an inerrant Bible. If someone openly says that they do not think that the Bible is inerrant, then they are also saying that they think that on some matters, other sources are a higher matter than the Bible. And, as night follows day, on those matters, the Bible is not the Word of God, and not inspired on those matters.

There are writers and teachers who want to say "A, B, C, D, ...", but then, for now, want to deny that they are heading towards E as the next step. Such are not friends of God's flock. Let us be careful what we believe about the Bible. When someone says that they believe, as you do, that the Bible is the authoritative word of God, but that, unlike you, they believe it has some mistakes, perhaps just small ones, they are self-deceived, and attempting to deceive others too. Either the Bible is the Word of God, or the Bible is a stew of mixed truth and falsehood like every other book in the world. There is no middle ground between these two positions.

Friday, 27 July 2018

When sanity becomes forbidden...

A woman was banned from a gym, because she didn't want to share the women's changing room and showers with a man. It's not a dystopian future from an over-imaginative novel: it's the UK in 2018.

"Hasn't happened to me yet," somebody says, "and besides, I can live with not going to the gym, or I'll just change at home".

If that's our strategy for dealing with 2018, then few of us (should any of us have any daughters, sisters, wives, or care about anyone who does, that is) are going to enjoy 2028 very much. It's only by speaking up and speaking plainly now, that you can stop the juggernaut. The juggernaut doesn't intend to politely stop 10 inches outside your front door, school, or office, etc.

The Cliff