#183 Arminianism: A Road To Rome?

The Calvinist preacher Augustus Toplady saw Arminianism as a pathway to the Roman Catholic Church. Was he correct? Are there any facts to support this claim, or is it an unfair smear against the doctrine of man’s free will? Can the Jesuits benefit from the doctrine of Arminianism being spread among Protestants? Are there any historical documents to support this accusation?

“Father Rector, let not the damp of astonishment seize upon your ardent and zealous soul, in apprehending the sodaine and unexpected calling of a Parliament. We have now many strings to our bow. We have planted that soveraigne drugge Arminianisme, which we hope will purge the Protestants from their heresie; and it flourisheth and beares fruit in due season. For the better prevention of the Puritanes, the Arminians have already locked up the Duke’s (of Buckingham) eares; and we have those of our owne religion, which stand continually at the Duke’s chamber, to see who goes in and out: we cannot be too circumspect and carefull in this regard. I am, at this time, transported with joy, to see how happily all instruments and means, as well great as lesser, co-operate unto our purposes. But, to return unto the maine fabricke:–OUR FOUNDATION IS ARMINIANISME. The Arminians and projectors, as it appeares in the premises, affect mutation. This we second and enforce by probable arguments.” –“When archbishop Laud’s papers were examined, a [above] letter was found among them, thus endorsed with that prelate’s own hand: ‘March, 1628. A Jesuit’s Letter, sent to the Rector at Bruxels, about the ensuing Parliament.’ The design of this letter was to give the Superior of the Jesuits, then resident at Brussels, an account of the posture of civil and ecclesiastical affairs in England…” -Augustus Toplady

#182 Refuting Rome and Tim Staples on Good Works in Salvation

What does Rome teach about good works in salvation? Is it Biblical? Does Rome teach what the Bible teaches, or does it teach a false gospel? Is grace necessary in Roman Catholicism? What does Roman Catholic apologist Tim Staples teach about the necessity of good works and how does he defend Rome’s teachings on this issue?

#181 The False Gospel of the Roman Catholic Church

Is US Presidential candidate Marco Rubio, a devout Roman Catholic, a saved Christian? Wayne Grudem believes he is. Grudem stated: “He does not come across as harsh but as reasonable and thoughtful in his defense of conservative positions. And his own words about his personal faith seem to me, as an Evangelical, to indicate a genuine belief in Christ as his own Savior and Lord.” What does Rome teach about salvation? What does Rome believe about justification by faith alone and the Biblical gospel? How should we view the Roman Catholic gospel? Is it a gospel that saves or damns?

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” -Galatians 1:6-9

#180 Pelagianism, Apostasy and the Church of Scotland

Scott McKenna, a Church of Scotland minister, preaches that the Bible does not teach Original Sin. He claims that Augustine and Calvin were wrong. Is this true? How does it affect the gospel preaching in the church? What does this say about the Church of Scotland? Does the Church of Scotland obey the Bible or the doctrinal standards it claims to hold to? What should you do if you are in a church like the Church of Scotland?

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” -Romans 5:12-14