This article showcases the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the essence of the gospel. It demonstrates that according to Rome, salvation is not by grace through faith alone, good works are necessary for salvation, baptism brings forgiveness of sins, Christ's sacrifice on the cross is not sufficient to send the redeemed directly to heaven, and Christ's sacrifice is repeated every time the Mass is celebrated.
This article looks at the Roman Catholic concept of apostolic succession. It explores how this concept emerged out of an episcopalian church government and an understanding of the interconnection of Christ and his church. It then follows up with what evangelicals believe concerning apostolicity, namely, the Word-centredness of the church that has as its focus the writings of the apostles.
What is the basis upon which believers must accept the authority of Scripture and the inspiration of Scripture? The author argues that the main basis should be in Scripture's own witness. In the process, the claim by the Roman Catholic church for tradition as a source of authority in the believer's life is refuted based on Scripture.
Lollard is a derogatory nickname given to the followers of Wycliffe which describes somone as a 'nobody', without having any academic background. This article focuses on how God used these followers, in the midst of persecution, for His purposes. Their condemnation of certain Roman Catholic Church practices depicts their biblical stance.
This article on church history describes the Reformation in Scotland, which gave birth to Presbyterianism. Through the heritage left by others and the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, God made sure that John Knox and Andrew Melville had the ground to build on and the opportunity to bring about the Reformation.
The Roman Catholic church maintains that the celibacy requirement for all its priests is essentially of apostolic origin. It was according to this view therefore binding on priests from early church history. If this claim of an apostolic origin for the Roman Catholic celibacy requirement can be refuted, it seems as if celibacy is left without adequate foundation. The question is not whether or not the Roman Catholic church will change the requirement of celibacy.