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Grossly Misrepresenting The Born Again Christian Stand on Mary by Some Roman Catholics

An issue that needs to be tackled upon is how the born again Christian stand on Mary is considered to be hating Mary and insulting her by some (not all) Roman Catholics.  Several men of God have been vilified beyond imagination by these fanatics.   Here are the "reasons" that several (not all) Mariolaters have to say why the born again Christian hates Mary the earthly mother of Jesus:
Note: Many of these have appeared in popular commentaries especially by those who have come out of Catholicism among them are former priests and nuns.

Teaching that it is wrong to pray to Mary and do not pray to Mary.  These include the Rosary and Novenas in her honor.Rejecting any title given to Mary by Catholicism such as "mother of God", "our life, our hope, our salvation", etc. which tries to make her like God especially the teaching that Mary was conceived without any sin at all.  See Isaiah 14:12-14 on who's trying to take all these titles.  This has been the number …

Why Do Many in the Works Salvation Crowd Fall into Sinful Lifestyles?

It's indeed an incredible irony.  While we have the works salvation crowd who mocks the doctrine of eternal security which states that one can know for sure they are permanently secure in Christ as nothing more than a license to sin, however many of their followers are actually living sinfully.  Many of them are drunkards, adulterers, homosexuals, extortioners, thieves, revilers, backbiters, etc. in their lifestyle.  Why is that?  Now it's time to discuss some reasons why:
1.) They are trying to establish their own righteousness (Romans 10:3)
Works salvation is nothing more than trying to establish one's own righteousness and being ignorant of the righteousness of God.  One has to realize that the Law of God is the real standard for righteousness, not weighing good works vs. bad works.  Unfortunately since they are trying to achieve righteousness their way (which Proverbs 14:12 says is the way of death) their standard is based on self vs. others, not God's Law vs. the…

If We Resemble Apes, Does That Mean We Evolved from Apes? by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Anyone who has ever watched the monkeys and apes at a zoo, couldn't help but notice their resemblance to humans. By comparison, the bears in the zoo are not nearly as similar to humans as are the apes. Still, bears are warm-blooded mammals and thus are more similar to humans than are cold-blooded reptiles like the alligators. Alligators, however, do have legs and true lungs and thus are more similar to humans than are the fish. But even fish have bony vertebrae and thus are more similar to human than are the insects. And even insects are made up of many specialized cells and thus are more similar to humans than are the bacteria. Finally, all living things, including bacteria, have basically the same type of molecules that appear to be essential for life itself and share a common genetic code mechanism for their reproduction.
Clearly there is an underlying common theme to all of life. Inquisitive people will naturally wonder why this is so. Until the time of Darwin, over 130 years…

Making Monkeys Out of Man by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

The evolutionist's notion that man evolved by chance from ape-like creatures is largely based upon certain anatomical similarities between apes and men. Being convinced that such similarities "prove" an evolutionary relationship, paleoanthropologists have declared certain fossil apes to be particularly "man-like" and, thus, ancestral to man. Similarly, in an effort to fill the gap between apes and men, certain fossil men have been declared to be "ape-like" and, thus, ancestral to at least "modern" man. You might say this latter effort seeks to make a "monkey" out of man.
Humans are rarely found in the fossil record. This may be partly explained by the sort of habitat in which man typically lived, and by the extraordinary conditions required for fossilization (sudden burial in water-borne sediment which hardens before decomposition of the bones). The best known human fossils are of Cro-Magnon man (whose marvelous paintings are found …

Circumcision Does NOT Prevent STDs

It's typically a common abuse to use the word "study shows" in order to justify sin and unfortunately, one of the greatest and most cruel hoaxes in promoting circumcision is that it prevents STDs.  However here's some pretty bad news- circumcision does NOT prevent STDs.  Certainly circumcision does have its benefits but prevention of sexually transmitted diseases is not one of them.
It's time for a little Bible and science review.  God ordained circumcision to the Jews and He also ordained sexual purity laws.  If circumcision could protect anybody from the consequences of having sex with a harlot, God would definitely not be smart to write such rules against sexual immorality.  The rules of God were meant to protect people and keep everything in order. However, people just disregard the Law and they try to establish their own righteousness.
Proverbs 5:11 really writes about sexually transmitted diseases saying, "And thou mourn at the last when thy flesh and th…

Why Do Christians Do Good Works Even If They're Not Saved By Good Works?

There is the question asked by the typical haughty legalist and Pharisee of this day, "Well if you say Christians are saved by faith and not by works which is nothing more than a license to sin, why do you still do good works if you believe they don't save?"  Good question.  Now it's time to really show what authentic faith results to.  
Now here are the reasons why Christian do good works even if they are not saved by works:
1.) Christians are prepared to do good works by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 15:10)
Ephesians 2:10 is clear that the Christians are prepared to perform good works.  Does it something have to do with maintaining salvation?  Not at all otherwise Ephesians 2:8-9 would not agree with it because to do good works to stay saved is still works salvation.  Instead, it's a result of God's grace that causes a Chrsitian to do good works.  When a person gets saved, they get prepared to do good works because Christians are saved to…

Testimony of Annie Fintan, a Former Occult Member and Ex-Witch, Now in Christ & Serving in Deliverance Ministry at Refuge Ministries

From the time I was very young, I felt that I was different from the other kids that I knew. I was incredibly sensitive to things of a spiritual nature. Without having an explanation, I often knew things that I had no natural way of knowing. I knew there was a spirit realm, because I had seen spirits. Since I knew of their presence, it seemed only natural to seek what I could learn from them.
I grew up hearing Christianity presented in many forms, but none of it ever sank past the surface. I heard the teachings of how Jesus was God’s Son and that He had died for our sins so that we could one day live in heaven with Him. I knew the hymns, and even memorized a few Scripture verses. However, none of it was real to me. I watched the lives of those Christians who taught of a Savior, and they seemed empty and shallow.
In my early teens, I left any consideration of Christianity behind, and began searching for truth elsewhere.
I committed myself to learning all that I could of the spirit realm. …

Testimony of Enoch R. (Full Name Not Given)

I was born a third generation Seventh-day Adventist to Jamaican immigrants to Canada. While growing up the Seventh-day Adventist culture was as much a part of me as my family's Jamaican heritage. Our family in many ways could have been poster family for "The Adventist Home" (an SDA Ellen White publication). Every morning our family gathered together to pray, sing a hymn, and read the morning devotion, which was always written by Ellen White or Morris Venden. My father or mother would then take my brother, sister and I into our Adventist school, which was several miles away. My parents paid dearly for our tuition but were pleased with the education we received as we always tested well in meeting the government standards. When we returned home, at some point in the early evening we would have family worship again. The evening family worship was longer and usually consisted of 2 hymns, prayer, and the studying of the "quarterly" (lesson plans) provided by the Sev…

What Do the Fossils Say? by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Most evolutionists insist that the occurrence of evolution is an indisputable fact, even if it's exact mechanism must remain speculative. Since evolution is believed to occur far too slowly to be discernible in the time frame of human observers, we must examine prehistoric evidence in the fossil record if we are to observe the "fact" of evolution. In his book Historical Geology, evolutionist C.O. Dunbar said: "Fossils provide the only historical, documentary evidence that life has evolved from simpler to more and more complex forms." But what does the fossil evidence say, and does it really support the evolutionary view of origins -- or is it perhaps more consistent with Creation?
Fossilization typically occurs when organisms (either living or dead) are deposited from water into sediment. In some instances, the sediment solidifies making a cast of the entombed organism; in others, the organic material of the organism itself is replaced by mineral to form a stony…

The Dating Game by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Much of the controversy between evolutionists and creationists concerns the age of the earth and its fossils. Evolution, depending as it does on pure chance, requires an immense amount of time to stumble upon anything remotely approaching the complexity we see in even the simplest living things. For over 100 years, geologists have attempted to devise methods for determining the age of the earth that would be consistent with evolutionary dogma. At the time Darwin's On the Origin of Species was published the earth was "scientifically" determined to be 100 million years old. By 1932, it was found to be 1.6 billion years old. In 1947, geologists firmly established that the earth was 3.4 billion years old. Finally in 1976, they discovered that the earth is "really" 4.6 billion years old. These dates indicate that for 100 years, the age of the earth doubled every 20 years. If this trend were to continue, the earth would be 700 thousand-trillion-trillion-trillion year…

Darwin Didn't Discover Evolution or Natural Selection by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Charles Darwin is often portrayed as one of the greatest original thinkers of science on a par with the likes of Newton. While his book On The Origin of Species has probably had a greater impact on society than any other book -- except the Bible -- most of the evolutionary views he expressed in On The Origin of Species were neither original nor scientific, but rather had their roots in Pagan materialism. The essential "Darwinian" axiom of chance evolution by random change and "survival of the fittest" was broadly suggested by ancient Greek philosophers. Even the more refined concept of "natural selection," which is often viewed as a unique contribution of Darwin, was clearly expressed by many others as early as a 100 years before the 1859 publication of Origin of Species.
The French astronomer and mathematician Pierre de Maupertuis (1698-1759) is generally credited with being among the first to have developed an essentially modern theory of evolution whi…

The Origin of Evolutionism: It Didn't Begin With Darwin by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Evolutionism is a belief system based upon the assumption that there is a purely materialistic explanation for the origin of virtually everything that ever has existed, or ever will exist. The essential feature of this belief (often called materialism) is that everything in nature arose spontaneously by a process of self transformation without the necessity of supernatural intervention. Julian Huxley once said: "the whole of reality is evolution, a single process of self transformation" (Evolution and Genetics, Simon & Shuster, 1955, p. 278). In today's public schools, history teachers teach how the universe evolved; earth science teachers tell how the earth evolved; biology teachers relate how living things evolved; and social studies teachers preach about how our values and religion evolved -- however, students are rarely instructed in how belief in evolutionism itself evolved. To be sure, it didn't begin with Darwin, nor was it first proposed by scientists wor…

Marie's True Witness by Marie D. (Real Name Not Given)

Taken from: http://christianity.about.com/od/lossoffaith/a/marietestimony.htm

Marie was raised in a family of Jehovah's Witnesses. After years of following legalistic rules, she came to feel a sense of hopelessness as she tried to earn salvation. At age 32 Marie left this religion and abandoned God, until one day when a small group of Christians introduced her to the real Christ. Marie suddenly felt God running to her.
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Marie's True Witness
I was raised in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was baptized at 14, and was considered t…

Once a Jesuit, Now a Child of God by Bob Bush

I began my Catholic journey in a little country town in northern California in the U.S.A.  The town was so small that we did not have Mass every Sunday, but a priest used to come once a month if he possibly could to hold Mass in a big public hall.
I have both an older and a younger brother.  My father had been trained at the University of Santa Clara.  As a result, my parents thought it would be a good idea for us to attend a Catholic boarding school.  The Jesuits ran the school and I was a student there for four years.  Academically it was a very good school, but the only type of religion to which we were exposed was Catholic theology and tradition with no emphasis on the Bible.
Desire to Serve God and Mankind
As graduation approached I considered what I should do with my life.  I thought that becoming a Jesuit priest could be a good way to honor and serve God and help mankind; that was all I knew. At that time, even when I left high school, I had a longing and a hunger in my heart …

Refuting the Idea that Solomon Went to Hell

The works salvation crowd has tried to use King Solomon as an example of a person who once had his salvation and lost it.  However, that is another big lie used to promote the heresy of works salvation.  So what is the reality?  Did King Solomon go to Hell or Heaven?  It's time to examine his life as it was as written in 1 Kings 1-11 and 2 Chronicles 1-9:
He was in charge of building the Temple of God in Jerusalem which his father was not allowed to build.Before he asked for wisdom, he foolishly married Pharaoh's daughter.When he saw how difficult it was to rule the kingdom, he asked God for wisdom to rule the people.  God granted him so.  Unfortunately he would later use the wisdom for foolishness.In his whole lifetime, he wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.  It was during his reign Israel was at its peak.  Sadly after his death, Israel got divided into the northern and the southern kingdoms.During his reign, he had taken idolatrous women to be wives and concubin…

Why Gambling is Always Wrong

Gambling is always wrong and is always a footman to deal with. Before somebody can launch the argument saying, "Well you can't show me one verse in the Bible that says gambling is wrong." it's time to really show the effects of gambling and what the Bible really has to say.
The first instance of gambling in the Bible was with the Roman soldiers in Matthew 27:25, Mark 15:23-25, Luke23:24 and John 19:24. They were betting over Jesus' clothes by the foot of the cross. Then again, somebody can raise the objection that it's guilt by association. Now aside from just that, the effects of gambling should be looked at and to show why it's always bad.
So why is gambling wrong? Here are a few reasons why:
I. It's all about a "get rich quick" scheme
Proverbs 13:11 warns about money that's easy come, easy go. Many people are just too lazy to work their way up, instead they want money fast. That's how sinister gambling really is. It's a get …

The Human Tail, and Other Tales of Evolution by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

In the May 20, 1982 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Fred Ledley, M.D. presented a clinical case report titled "Evolution and the Human Tail." Ledley's report concerned a baby born with a two inch long fleshy growth on it's back, bearing a superficial resemblance to a tail. Ledley strongly implied that this growth (called a caudal appendage) was essentially a "human tail," though he admitted that it had virtually none of the distinctive biological characteristics of a tail!
All true tails have bones in them that are a posterior extension of the vertebral column. Also, all true tails have muscles associated with their vertebrae which permit some movement of the tail. Ledley conceded that there has never been a single documented case of an animal tail lacking these distinctive features, nor has there been a single case of a human caudal appendage having any of these features. In fact, the caudal appendage Ledley described is merely a fatty out…

Inherently Wind: A Hollywood History of the 1925 Scopes 'Monkey' Trial by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Rarely, it seems, does a year go by that the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee play Inherit the Wind about the famous "monkey trial" is not produced by local high schools and colleges. In addition, the 1960 film of the same name featuring Frederic March and Spencer Tracy appears frequently on local television. Lest there be even a few who have some how failed to see these productions, NBC produced its own color remake of Inherit the Wind in 1988 which it has aired twice on nationwide television. All of these versions of Inherit the Wind are quite similar, with both film versions expanding on certain themes of the original play.
The great interest in Inherit the Wind rests largely on its perceived relevance to the growing creation-evolution controversy. While Inherit the Wind is obviously not a documentary, it is understood to be a documentary-drama of the famous Scopes trial of 1925, which pitted William Jennings Bryan against Clarence Darrow in a classic confrontation over t…

Is the Human Embryo Essentially a Fish with Gills? by David N. Menton, Ph.D.

Almost from the beginning, evolutionists have attempted to equate the process of evolution with the progressive development of the embryo. During the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" in 1925, for example, lawyers and expert witnesses defending teaching Darwinism in public schools, repeatedly confused evolution with embryology. The lawyers even insisted that evolution must be taught if physicians are to understand the development of babies in the womb! The very word "evolution" (which means "unfolding"), was taken from the name of an early theory of embryonic development which proposed that humans are completely preformed in miniature in the fertilized egg, simply "unfolding" during the development of the baby. Obviously, the blind-chance process of Darwinian "evolution" has nothing whatever to do with the exquisitely-controlled process of embryological development. Still, evolutionists have long attempted to relate embryology to evolution,…

The Sinner's Prayer Controversy

Here's another important topic is the sinner's prayer.  Many people ask, "Is a sinner's prayer necessary for salvation?"  However it's time to see what the Bible says is required for salvation.  The Bible is clear in John 3:16, John 6:40, Acts 16:30-31, Romans 3, Romans 4:5-7, Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5 just to name a few that salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone.  As said, the Bible nowhere shows a sinner's prayer for salvation, it's all about only believing.  Is it inappropriate?  No.  However, a sinner's prayer results as an act of faith like when the thief on the cross said, "Lord remember me when thou comest into Thy Kingdom."  Remember it was not saying those words that saved the thief but rather, it was the very faith he had in Jesus Christ which led him to say those words to Jesus.  Revelation 3:20 has one opening their hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ and it can be expressed in a sinner's prayer.  
However there is a…