Bible conversations : Catholic-protestant dialogues on the by Dave Armstrong

By Dave Armstrong

Fifteen dialogues loosely in accordance with encounters of a Catholic apologist with Protestants, over the process approximately 5 years of web discussions on lists, bulletin forums, and personal correspondence. crucial and basic matters that divide Protestants and Catholics are handled: the connection of Bible and culture, the authority of the Church, even if the Church and culture should be infallible just like the Bible, how one is stored, the connection of religion and works, no matter if Catholics think in "salvation by way of works," grace by myself, and so forth.

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They can't both be right. Therefore, it is certain that Protestantism contains much undeniable error, and error is not from God; therefore those errors are (most literally) man-made. So you necessarily condemn many of your brethren when you assert this. We can defend all our beliefs from both Scripture and Tradition. , both as biblical and historical). You can't prove both the Lutheran and Zwinglian notions of the Eucharist from Scripture and history. , etc. Someone is, therefore, telling untruths and creating man-made tradition.

But we have one doctrine . . P: It is by believing the Scripture (James 1:21, "the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls"; 1 Peter 1:23, "being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever," a reference to Isaiah 40:8, "but the word of our God shall stand forever," that we have everlasting life. C: You fail to grasp that we freely accept all this, as you do. Scripture is true; Scripture is unique and authoritative.

And this is assuredly not the truncated four-step evangelical "gospel" -- it is the entire deposit of apostolic faith. Jesus commanded His disciples to instruct new converts to "obey everything that I have commanded you" (Matt 28:20). Not the central doctrines, or TULIP, or the Creeds alone; no, everything. God has to use division to teach us things, just as He uses any number of sins to teach a stubborn, prideful, rebellious human race. That doesn't mean He countenances it in His perfect will.

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