MARY OF THE BIBLE AND THE MARY OF CATHOLICISM (PART II) ( The following information is excerpted from T.A. McMahon’s article entitled Mary Who?,The Berean Call, October 1, 2000 ) “…The only trustworthy account of Mary is found in the Scriptures where information is presented by those who knew her personally and, more importantly, whose … Continue reading From Catholicism to Christianity Part 7: Mary of the Bible and Mary of Catholicism
WHO IS MARY? MY CHILDHOOD WITH MARY…AND MY DISILLUSIONMENT Growing up in the Catholic Church, Mary was the one to whom I fervently prayed. When I went to church I knelt before a beautiful, majestic statue of the Madonna and humbly and ardently laid out my needs whenever I could. She was real to … Continue reading From Catholicism to Christianity Part 6: Who is Mary?
PURGATORY, INDULGENCES AND UNCERTAINTY OR THE ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY OF CHRIST’S “IT IS FINISHED” RCC requires “temporal punishment” must be paid for sins: I remember growing up how many votive candles I lit for my deceased relatives to be released from purgatory. Back then it cost 25 cents or a dollar, depending on the size of … Continue reading From Catholicism to Christianity Part 5: Purgatory
THE BEAUTIFUL SIMPLICITY OF BIBLICAL GRACE AND SALVATION Biblical doctrine of grace and salvation: According to the Bible, justification is not earned; it is simply given as a gift “by His grace” (Romans 3:24). If God does something by grace, then “it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer … Continue reading From Catholicism to Christianity Part 4: The Beautiful Simplicity of Grace