The roots of the Roman Catholic religion reach back to the early Christian church, as witnessed by a precious heritage of holy and orthodox doctrines embraced and defended by the modern Catholic Church. Sadly, like Israel of old, the churches of Christ are not immune to contamination by the leaven of false doctrine and heresy. The church of Rome is no exception. Throughout the centuries, human traditions were introduced, often insidiously, resulting in a significant distortion of the original apostolic faith. The purpose of this book is certainly not to tear down everything Catholic, but to provide an opportunity to test important Catholic doctrines in the light of God's Word. In the Holy Scriptures we can rediscover the Gospel in its pristine glory and power to save.
The Christian faith is God's life-giving message to his people. Over the centuries Christians have cherished the precious heritage recorded in the Holy Scriptures. The same gospel is as powerful today to give us life as it ever was before. Through the knowledge of God's truth, we find peace with God, spiritual wisdom and the hope of eternal life. The main topics discussed are the Bible, the Trinity, Creation and Fall of Man, Jesus Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, Justification, Sanctification, the Church, Baptism and Lord's Supper, and Future Things.
I highly recommend the following three books to Catholics and Christians alike.
The Church of Rome at the Bar of History
Webster takes a look at the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church "on its own turf" as he quotes from the early church fathers and demonstrates how they contradicted the teachings of the Roman Church.
Webster begins the book establishing the debate between Sola Scriptura (Bible alone) as a basis for Christian teaching, versus scripture and "tradition." He then moves on to discuss the papacy, and how various dogmas such as Papal Infallibility, Marian Dogmas, the priesthood, Penance, the Eucharist, and Justification changed and evolved throughout the centuries. The book also contains excellent appendices and notes.
What can we add to Gods mercy to be saved? The Reformers broke with the Roman Church when they answered that Christians are justified by faith alone. But evangelicals no longer seem certain about that keystone of faith. R.C. Sproul provides biblical evidence and theological reasons why Protestantism and Roman Catholicism divided in the first place, and why that division remains an uncrossed chasm. Faith Alone offers a clear explanation of classic Protestant teaching on salvation, helping readers understand why this teaching is so important.
With clear teaching in an engaging, accessible style, this book lays a foundation for all Christians who desire a deeper understanding of biblical sufficiency. White presents Scripture as God-breathed in nature, as unparalleled and absolute in authority, and as the church's infallible rule of faith. In addition he addresses the timely issues of the canon, including textual and historical evidence.
Catholicism: East of
Who Is My Mother?
A Critique of Current Roman Catholic Apologists.
By Eric Svendsen, Ph.D.
Far from Rome, Near
The Truth Set Us Free