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The Catholic Church is the Kingdom of Israel

What if I told you that much of Protestant Christianity today is currently in the midst of an identity crisis? I say 'much of' because not all Protestants fall into this. There are still a few left who actually know who they are, but sadly, most Protestants today, particularly those living in the Bible Belt, have absolutely no clue. They're living in a state of spiritual amnesia, brought about by the errors of John Nelson Darby and his notes, found in the margins of the Schofield Reference Bible. The ecclesiology and eschatology of Darby and Schofield is called Dispensationalism. We could go into great lengths trying to describe it here, but I'll save that for another entry. Probably the best way we could summarise Dispensationalism is to say that it teaches a rupture between the Church and the Kingdom of Israel. Specifically, it teaches that the Kingdom of Israel is one thing, pertaining only to the Jewish people. While as the Church is something completely different…

The Whore of Babylon

Babylon! It is the Biblical symbol of rebellion against God. The first account of Babylon comes from the Book of Genesis, where it is referred to by its ancient name 'Babel'...
Now the whole earth had one language and few words.  And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.  And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.  Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”  And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built.  And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confus…

Beyond the Anglican Communion

CANTERBURY, England — The Anglican Communion stands on the verge of formal schism this week, as its leaders began meeting Monday to discuss the issue of homosexuality and other matters in Canterbury, England.  The five-day meeting, called by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, is seen as a last-ditch attempt to keep the ecclesial community together following a long-running dispute over homosexuality and deeper differences over how Anglicans should interact with today’s largely secular, post-Christian society... read more... So the end is near. It's really been going on for a long time. It's sort of like watching a train wreck in slow-motion. I am indebted to Anglicanism. It was the catalyst that secured my conversion to Catholicism. I simply would not be Catholic today without it. I'll tell you what I would be. I would be Lutheran, like my forefathers before me. That is that. But Anglicanism gave me a bridge to Catholicism, and for that I am grateful.

I am also gratefu…

Understanding the Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation is sadly, and unnecessarily, shrouded in mystery and fear. Within its pages contain images that are frightening to many people, and who can blame them? It reads like somebody on a bad trip of LSD. The book has also been the tool of abuse, used by many religious leaders and cults alike, each applying their own personal interpretation which have led to even more confusion.

Where do we begin? How do we begin to interpret this mysterious book in any kind of a sensible way? What I hope to do here is outline some very sensible principles one can use to interpret the Book of Revelation.

First, we must understand that the Book of Revelation is intended to be symbolic. From beginning to end, the chapters and verses therein are not meant to be taken literally. This is a type of writing called apocalyptic literature, and it was extremely popular among Hebrew authors ranging from the second century BC to AD. The writing style uses imagery taken from the Hebrew prophets, an…

The Great Apostasy

The Great Apostasy is a topic that covers both apologetics and eschatology. So it's of great interest to all Christians. At the same time however, there is also a great deal of misunderstanding about it.

Allow me to cover the apologetic side of this topic first. There is a common theme that runs through all Western non-Catholic groups. This includes Protestantism (both traditional and evangelical), as well as Mormonism, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower), Seventh Day Adventists, and various other groups. The common theme they can all agree on, at least to some degree, is that the message of Christianity, taught by Jesus and his apostles, was lost sometime in the centuries that followed, and that each group is, in its own way, attempting to restore the original gospel. In many circles, this is called 'The Great Apostasy' or 'a great apostasy' or just 'apostasy'. While these groups range far and wide on their theology and practise, the one thing they c…