Five Views on Scripture and Tradition

By C Michael Patton  [SOURCE] “If it ain’t in the Bible, I don’t believe it.” Have you ever heard said that? How about this one: “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” You might have that bumper sticker. Why not? Doesn’t this represent the glory of the Protestant Reformation’s elevation of Scripture […]

Chrysostom on Justification

Suppose someone should be caught in the act of adultery and the foulest crimes and then be thrown into prison. Suppose, next, that judgment was going to be passed against him and that he would be condemned. Suppose that just at that moment a letter should come from the Emperor setting free from any accounting […]

On Saints

TONY-ALLEN CUCOLO Many times, because of the influence of some older churches, I think many people have misconceptions regarding who or what is a “saint.” Many think that a church has to go through a complicated list of preconditions before a person can be considered a saint, whereas others may think that you have to […]

chrysostom On the Israel of god

Galatians 6:11-16 ESV See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. (12) It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. (13) For […]

Chrysostom on homosexuality (4th Century)

John Chrysostom (Homily 4 on Romans)   Romans 1:26-27 NET For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, (27) and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts […]

On Sola Scriptura

Michael Jensen    [bold emphasis mine – RAS]        [SOURCE] One of the greatest and most enduring slogans of the Reformation is sola scriptura (‘scripture alone’). The slogan brilliantly encapsulates the Protestant insistence that the church and its traditions are to be subject to Scripture, and not the other way around. The Reformers insisted that human traditions, […]

On the Genealogy of jesus

NOTE : Before, when I was a Reformed/Baptist, I held the view that Jesus’ genealogy in Luke was through Mary. I still kinda lean that direction, but this article is a good representation of another legitimate Catholic view I have no problem embracing– RAS Three main difficulties are advanced against the foregoing harmony of the […]

A Summary Defense for Infant Baptism

  Michael Horton [I thought this was a good short summary of the case FOR Infant Baptism so I post it also. Bold emphasis mine – RAS] “Let me summarize what I regard as the most compelling arguments for infant baptism: God has brought us into a covenant of grace, and although not all members […]

Reasons Why the Filioque Should Be Maintained

by Marc A. Pugliese [for more articles on this subject see ] The point of the filioque is that the Son is also the source of the Holy Spirit along with the Father. The Holy Spirit receives the divine essence not only from the Father, but also from the Son. In the West it […]

Robert W. Jensen on the Filioque

The doctrine of the Filioque teaches that the Spirit proceeds from the Father “and the Son.” That the Western church should not unilaterally have added this phrase to the text of an ecumenically dogmatized creed is now widely agreed, 23 but the problems of order involved in redressing the fault are not here our concern. […]

On Works

by J.I. Packer GOOD WORKS ARE AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone (James 2:24) In the New Testament, faith (believing trust, or trustful belief, based on testimony received as from God) is crucially important, for it is the means or instrumental […]