The Man of Lawlessness

In a previous post “Scripture is Tradition“, we responded to the claim that 2 Thessalonians 2:15 sets up a Holy Tradition governed by the Roman Catholic church. We examined the works of the early church to demonstrate that it did not believe that there was any authority other than the Word …

No Early Evidence for Roman Catholic Doctrine

In our last post “Scripture is Tradition“, we showed how the early church—after the apostolic era, but before the late 4th century—viewed tradition as scripture, which was complete and permanent. Scripture was the source of all doctrine and any doctrines defined outside of scripture were heretical. Rome’s doctrines did not …

Scripture *is* Tradition

In a discussion with Protestant to Roman Catholic convert Kentucky Gent, he made a typical appeal to sacred tradition. Catholics argue that “sacred tradition” is not merely written, but also included spoken instruction. Thus he cited: 2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you …

Eschatology: The Seven Kings

This series on Christian Eschatology discusses the aspects of Daniel and Revelation least affected by speculation. The most significant problem with Christian Eschatology is arbitrary interpretation, rooted in writer’s opinions or church traditions. This series derives conclusions from only two things: scripture and the historical record. No tradition is permitted. The complete …

Eschatology: Ten and Three Horns

This series on Christian Eschatology discusses the aspects of Daniel and Revelation least affected by speculation. The most significant problem with Christian Eschatology is arbitrary interpretation, rooted in writer’s opinions or church traditions. This series derives conclusions from only two things: scripture and the historical record. No tradition is permitted. The complete …

Eschatology: The Whore of Babylon

This series on Christian Eschatology discusses the aspects of Daniel and Revelation least affected by speculation. The most significant problem with Christian Eschatology is arbitrary interpretation, rooted in writer’s opinions or church traditions. This series derives conclusions from only two things: scripture and the historical record. No tradition is permitted. The complete …

Eschatological Timeline: Part 1

This eschatological timeline is a summary and expansion of Timothy F. Kauffman’s work at the Out of His Mouth blog. This post will likely be significantly reworked in the future and split into multiple parts. Eventually the first part of the series will explain why an eschatological timeline is even necessary, …

Waldensians: An Historical Overview

There is much mystery about the sect of Christians known as the Waldensians (or Waldenses, or Vaudois). Wikipedia provides the common understanding: Originally known as the “Poor Men of Lyon” in the late twelfth century, the movement spread to the Cottian Alps in what are today France and Italy. The founding of the Waldensians is attributed to Peter Waldo, …

Michael Sattler and Wisdom

This post comes from a request from a Catholic named Betty to explain the text of the Wisdom 2:12-20. The Book of Wisdom is written from the perspective of Solomon and the book’s intended audience are those in rulership. The first third of the book contrasts the righteous with the …