Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Scotland More Roman Catholic Than Protestant

From Scotland on Sunday:

"Scotland has become more Roman Catholic than Protestant, with its congregations now outnumbering the Kirk for the first time since records began.

Figures compiled by the independent group Christian Research reveal that in 2005 the number of Catholics who went to Mass surpassed those who attended Church of Scotland services.

A total of 215,000 Catholics went to church, compared with only 208,400 attending the Church of Scotland."

If you recall, sometime this past year the English newspapers reported that Catholics had achieved parity with Anglicans in church attendance in England.

Source: Catholic church moves into Pole position

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6 Comments:

Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

YAY!!! Some GOOD NEWS. I'm always happy to find and read good, uplifting news. Thanks, Timothy.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Servant of the Most High said...

Interesting blog. I couldn't help but wonder why you have invested so much in the debate of what many Christians consider secondary doctrines, on a site reported to be all about apologetics. Isn't the root purpose of apologetics to equip believers with the word to prepare them for evangalism and dicernment? Anyway sorry for the criticism. Chalk it up to iron sharpens iron.
By the way while I am at it, check out my blog at www.bloodmessage.com, criticisms welcome.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

>SOTMH wrote: "I couldn't help but wonder why you have invested so much in the debate of what many Christians consider secondary doctrines"

Where in scripture do we find "secondary doctrines" or "non-essential doctrines"? We don't. The idea that there are secondary, or non-essential, doctrines is a tradition of man and we know well what the Bible says about traditions of man.

First, there is no such thing as a secondary doctrine. All truth is from and of God and leads us closer to God. There are no doctrines which are not truth and which do not bring us closer to God.

Second, Christ in the Great Commission did not say to teach only the primary or essential doctrines. Christ said to teach everything that He taught the apostles. Everything includes so-called secondary doctrines.

Thus, since most Christians agree on doctrines like the Trinity and that salvation is by grace alone, I focus on those ancient Christian doctrines that various Christian sects have rejected, distorted, or misunderstand. As a member of Christ's visible Church, it is my charge to help teach everything that Christ taught the apostles.

God bless...

+Timothy

4:10 PM  
Blogger Servant of the Most High said...

Check out my response on www.bloodmessage.com,

Thanks

12:50 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

You're being a classic arrogant Catholic though, and I don't think Christ would be too happy about your criticism of the seperated brethren. I also certainly don't think Christ would rejoice over any of his churches being destroyed.

Pope Jean Paul II called the Anglican church "our beloved sister", you are acting much different than the former vicar of Christ, and as well, I would say that you can't say Church of Scotland = All Protestants, it is one of probably 15 denominations. I've done protestant ministry in the UK and the Church of Scotland is barely the biggest denomination in the country, so I wouldn't put much stock in those statistics, as well look at Anglicanism globally, you won't find it decreasing. It's just the UK.

12:32 AM  
Blogger Timothy said...

>Andrew said... "You're being a classic arrogant Catholic though..."

How so? Did I not repost a snippet of a legitimate news story and a reminder of a previous news story sans personal comments?

I believe you may be reading some emotions into the post which just aren't there. I post on the demographics of all Christian sects.

>"I don't think Christ would be too happy about your criticism of the seperated brethren"

Since my only criticism would be my comments on the so called "secondary doctrines" or "non-essential doctrines", I don't think Christ would have a problem with that. My sinfullness, yes. My comments against "non-essential doctrine", probably not.

>"I also certainly don't think Christ would rejoice over any of his churches being destroyed."

I agree that Christ would not rejoice over his Church being destroyed. Christ has promised us that the gates of hell would not prevail over the Church He built on Peter. So, we know that's not going to happen. Also, I believe Christ uses the singular Church versus the plural churches, does He not?

Also. I don't see churches being destroyed, but the Church being unified. Some churches are decreasing so that the Church may increase. I believe Christ is the architect behind the current reunification of Christianity.

>"you are acting much different than the former vicar of Christ"

Yep, that's quite probable. I am much more sinful than the former vicar of Christ. Saint John Paul the Great, pray for me.

>"look at Anglicanism globally, you won't find it decreasing. It's just the UK."

No, I have to disagree. While Anglicanism is growing worldwide and in Africa, Anglicanism is steadily declining in the US and Canada, both former English colonies. Anglicanism is also decreasing in Australia and New Zealand.

As the Anglican church is now 55% African, that bodes well for the reunification of Anglicans and Catholics.

God bless...

+Timothy

1:58 PM  

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