An eye opener on Inquisition and Crusades

In this article, Theodore Shoebat shows how prominent Evangelical leaders have misinterpreted the history.

This is how Theodore opens his article:

The window of lies always needs the hinges of truth to have people feel comfortable enough to open it. And indeed, it has been opened many a time within the American church.

Theodore tackles the ‘unnecessary blame on the crusaders as a whole’ and the evangelical slander of the real church history simply because they did not consult the document sources for their assertions!

Is it not a far better triumph for the Church to convince and convert the Jews than to put them all to the sword? Has that prayer which the Church offers for the Jews, from the rising up of the sun to the going down thereof, that the veil may be taken from their hearts so that they may be led from the darkness of error into the light of truth, been instituted in vain? If she did not hope that they would believe and be converted, it would seem useless and vain for her to pray for them. But with the eye of mercy she considers how the Lord regards with favour him who renders good for evil and love for hatred. …Who is this man [Raoul] that he should make out the Prophet to be a liar and render void the treasures of Christ’s love and pity? (Quoted by Warren H. Carroll, A History of Christendom, vol. iii, ch. ii, p. 62)

– St. Bernard preached against the dangers of the teachings of a Cistercian monk named Raoul who called for the slaughter of the Jews.

Here is how Theodore concludes his article:

Numerous Christians, rightfully, speak out against Islam, but without ever acknowledging that if it were up to the Crusaders, there would be no Islamic problem, and not only this, but no leftist trait would ever find itself on a superior level over orthodoxy in Christendom. With such great zeal, the Crescent would be brought low before the Holy Cross, and the window of lies would be shattered, and would never manage to hijack the hinges the truth.

Why are Christians so ashamed of their history?

Because they do not know true history.

Source: Click here for Theodore’s full article.

Disclaimer:  I am not a Catholic but simply acknowledging the Quest for Truth inquiry and ascribing credit where it is due.

 

Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the wittenberg door

Some more insight into Martin Luther’s thesis nailed to the Wittenberg door.

On Saturday, October 31, 1517, a 33-year-old theology professor at Wittenberg University walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and nailed a paper of 95 theses to the door, hoping to spark an academic discussion about their contents. In God’s providence and unbeknownst to anyone else that day, it would become a key event in igniting the Reformation.

Carl Trueman—who wrote his dissertation on Luther’s Legacy, teaches on Luther’s life and theology, and is writing a book on Luther on the Christian Life—answered some questions for us.

Had Luther ever done this before—nail a set of theses to the Wittenberg door? If so, did previous attempts have any impact?

I am not sure if he had ever nailed up theses before, but he had certainly proposed sets of such for academic debate, which was all he was really doing on October 31, 1517. In fact, in September of that same year, he had led a debate on scholastic theology where he said far more radical things than were in the Ninety-Five Theses. Ironically, this earlier debate, now often considered the first major public adumbration of his later theology, caused no real stir in the church at all.

Posted by Nicholas Drake on Facebook.

Source : Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the Wittenberg door – Justin Taylor – The Gospel Coalition

 

calvinism and arminianism

Calvinism and Arminianism.

The following is link to an article related to our topic on Grace To You.

This is an 8-part article by Phil Johnson.  Here are links to each one in order.

Part I: Is Arminianism damnable heresy?

Part II: Spurgeon: “Calvinism IS the Gospel”

Part III: Some book recommendations

Part IV: One more recommendation, and an explanation of why this issue is important to me

Part V: Why this issue is really a lot simpler than most people think

Part VI: We love Him because He first loved us

Part VII: A second look at one of the shortest verses in the Bible

Part VIII: To sum up. . .

I haven’t gone through the above article in detail yet, but here is my stand.

Whatever any man of God whether you know him personally or not opines on any subject of interest to you, it is important that you bear in mind that ‘what the Bible says in simple words is ultimate and final’.

Please book mark this page to check out my final conclusion.

Found this series of videos by Norman Geisler on Youtube related to 5-point Calvinism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Johnson and John MacArthur

Theology and Ministry: An Interview with John MacArthur (Selected Scriptures) Phil Johnson

Source : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGvi_W8fq90&feature=related

 

robert spencer in australia q society

Robert Spencer speaks in Brisbane, Australia, December 1, 2011 as part of a five-city Australian tour in late November and early December. The tour sponsor was the Q Society of Australia.

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA1FGmjs0-U

 

 

sons of God

Sons of God

This is a discussion on Genesis 6:1-6 (and related passages), sons of God.

After worship on March 4th, 2012, we happened to discuss this issue quite a bit.  It was not a life/death debate but a friendly discussion.

A little bit on the participants’ theological and educational background.  People from Watchman Nee’s group, Bakth Singh group, Methodist, and with a formal training in biblical studies.  Educationally, they were from  backgrounds of accounts, medicine, nursing, and IT.