Articles


Faith Alone (Sola Fide) Faith only? It's a foundational doctrine of Protestant denominations, but the Bible clearly teaches we are not saved by faith alone.

Martin Luther, the first Protestant "Reformer," invented the doctrine of Sola Fide (faith alone) but there are a few obvious problems with it.
Saved by Works Do works have a role in salvation? The Bible says yes!
Faith vs. Works in Romans Protestants commonly cite verses from Paul's letter to the Romans as "proof" for their doctrines of salvation. Even Martin Luther used this letter to "prove" his doctrine of justification by faith alone (sola fide). But alas, his copy of this letter must have been missing some important verses!

I highlight passages he ignored and that many Protestants still ignore even today.
Sola Scriptura (Bible Only) the Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura (scripture only) is unsound and unbiblical.

The Protestant Reformation was based, in part, on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (scripture alone). I discuss the many side-effects and contradictions which Protestants rarely discuss.
Martin Luther's Teachings I highlight the problems and inconsistencies of Martin Luther's teachings using quotes from his own writings. I should note that I consider him to be a great man of God and I enjoy reading his writings (but I do find him to be a bit irascible).
One Apostolic Church Main portal to articles about this topic. My model for a new kind of church:
  • not Protestant (because it isn't based on Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide)
  • not Catholic (because it rejects apostolic succession, the priesthood, and the hierarchy of bishops)
Christian authority is apostolic truth from the Bible, Early Church Fathers, and early Church Councils.
Christ's Church Failed? In order to justify the validity of the Protestant Reformation, Protestants typically hold the view that the church failed soon after Pentecost and that the Protestant Reformers fixed it again. But this simply can't be true.
The Council of Trent I highlight the Catholic views on the topics of Original Sin, Justification, Purgatory, Indulgences, and others. Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike do not understand what the Catholic Church really teaches about these topics.
Historical Defense of Catholicism I use quotes from three secular history books to demonstrate that the claims of the Catholic Church are true.
Church History I provide a sociological and historical perspective of the development of the church to demonstrate why she became the way she was at various stages of her history.
Justification I compare and contrast the Protestant and Catholic views of the topic of justification. All too often neither side understands the views of the other.
The Church Went Bad? The church could not have gone bad before the essential doctrines of Christianity were developed.
How to know what is true In my many years as a Christian I encountered many truth-claims.
The Protestant Reformation It should be called the Protestant Revolution. It was not a reform of the Catholic Church at all but the creation of a non-Catholic church system which allows for many denominational variations.
Why I can never be Lutheran I wanted to be but couldn't.