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The Confusing Doctrine of Purgatory

Thomas Aquinas is called a "Doctor of the Church" and a "Saint" by the Catholic Church. Noted Calvinist, RC Sproul, said of him:

I, for one, am persuaded that the Protestant Church owes a profound debt to Saint Thomas and the benefit of a second glance at his contributions.... We need an Aquinas. We need a titanic thinker who will not abandon truth for safety. We need men and women who are willing to compete with secularists in defense of Christ and of his truth.
In this regard, the dumb ox of Aquino was heroic.

-R.C. Sproul on Thomas Aquinas – Was He The Most Brilliant of All the Theologians? (Excerpt)
This is an enormous topic for one blog post, but just let me note what this "doctor," "saint," and "most brilliant of all the theologians" had to say about the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory:

In Purgatory there will be a twofold pain; one will be the pain of loss, namely the delay of the divine vision, and the pain of sense, namely pun…

Israel in the Present Age

We will get back to our series on Walking in the Spirit in due course, but I wanted to speak to the issue of Israel in the present age. I have addressed issues surrounding Israel in previous posts, but two remarks I heard today drive me to try to bring some clarity to the issue.

Here are just a few related posts (I recommend the entire series on the parables of Matthew):


The two remarks come from (a) Tom Hughes of End Times TV, and (b)  a post by a friend on Facebook in regard to AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) lobbying and US Aid to Israel. For the sake of this post, I am not going to address AIPAC's lobbying or US Aid to Israel, rather I want to focus on Israel itself.

(a) In regard to Tom Hughes' remark, it concerns the "rapture" doctrine. We looked at this in…

The Danger of Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth

[NOTE: I linked the churches referenced in the text below so you can visit and get the full breadth of their respective ministries. These are grace-preaching, bible-believing local churches and I don't mean to disparage all the good they do. That does not, however, diminish the dangers in how they have handled the word of truth on their recent broadcasts.]
Part 1
As I was driving around yesterday, I decided it would be profitable to hear some teaching and preaching, so I put on 97.7 FM here in Greensboro. It's an affiliate of The Truth Network.

I found myself in the middle of a message from Jon White, pastor of Freedom Baptist Church. As he talked about trying to live a selfless life (something I believe in wholeheartedly), he took us to Matthew 25 and the Parable of the Sheep and Goats. In doing so, he has opened up his listeners to a false gospel and bondage to fear.
Mr. White quoted two sections from the passage, yet he left out some very important details. Below is what he…

The Bible from 30,000 feet

The Bible from 30,000 feet:
Key verses for All Bible Study (from Paul’s Last Epistle - 2 Tim):
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.-2 Tim 3:16-17
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.-2 Tim 2:15

The Problem and Its Final Resolution (Sin = Death; Death shall be no more; Life)
By the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, because out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.”-Gen 3:19For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.-Rom 6:23For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-John 3:16The last enemy that shall

Walk Worthy - Part 5 - Colossians 4

We end the powerful Book of Colossians with these instructions in Chapter 4. We see prayer as an integral part of the Christian walk. We are to "devote" ourselves to prayer. The word used is the Greek word "proskarteréō" which has the sense of being "to be earnest towards," "persevere," "constantly diligent." 
Masters, provide your servants with what is right and fairDevote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankfulpray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chainsPray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I shouldBe wise in the way you act toward outsidersmake the most of every opportunityLet your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord
In the Book of Acts we see the same word used. The Apostles called on the church to a…

Walking in the Spirit - Part 6 (The Great Emptying of Self)

There are so many passages in our epistles with instructions for the Christians life. We are bullet-pointing some of these commands in our parallel series, Walk Worthy. It would be a very profitable endeavor to read the seven epistles given to usin the present ageand dwell on the high calling of Christ. As we have noted, the 10 Commandments are holy and good, but the high calling is indeed high!

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.-Phil 3:14
We now move into Philippians. Here we will come to some of the specific motivations for a Christ-honoring Christian walk. The high calling in Phil 3:14 quoted above is connected to a "prize." We will get there in due course, but first we must stop in Chapter 2 for another key.

As we've noted, all hinges on a love of Christ and an appreciation of the free gift of resurrection life. We also saw how peace, contentment and rewards flow from a holy walk.

Before we get these rewards, let us look …