#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 Are there any historical documents to support this accusation?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

#173 New Evangelicalism Supporting Antichrist Papacy

New Evangelical publication ‘Christianity Today’ has claimed that Pope Francis is making the Catholic Church more Protestant; is this true? Pope Francis is promoting prayer and Bible reading, but what kind of prayer and what translation of the scriptures? How should we view this pope? Is he our ‘brother in Christ’ as now many professing evangelicals believe, or is he the Antichrist as many reformers believed? Is the American Bible Society a positive influence in the distribution of the Bible? How do the Jesuits aim to attack Protestant Churches?

 

#170 Is Pope Francis a Good Christian?

Paul responds to Pastor Robert Jeffress’ comments about Pope Francis. Jeffress said: “I have great respect for Pope Francis. He is a humble Christ-follower. We all can learn from him.” Is he correct? What does the Bible say about Rome? Is Pope Francis preaching and teaching Biblical Christianity? Does he preach the true gospel? What is the moral character of Pope Francis? How important is the fact that he is part of the notorious Jesuits started by Ignatius Loyola?

#123 Rerum Novarum: Jesuitical Social Justice and Fascism

In 1891 Pope Leo XIII wrote a papal encyclical entitled ‘Rerum Novarum’ which has shaped much of Roman Catholic social teaching since that time. What does it teach? Is it hostile to capitalism like the teachings of the current Pope Francis? How are the teachings of the Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli, social justice and Pope Leo XIII connected? What form of government does Rome favour and often support?