The Catholic Defender reunites with John Michael Talbot

Posted by John Benko - September 27th, 2010

It has been several years since I had the chance to see John Michael Talbot perform and what an honor for us to have him come and Minister to our Parish here at Fort Hood Texas.

In the early 1980′s a friend and myself were doing presentations on Rock Music through the concerns that we have on the moral decline of our society.

John Michael Talbot met us at Little Portions in Eureka Springs Arkansas giving us his advice and encouragement. He gave me an endorsement on what we were doing.

I still have his consideration and response on our work to this day.

To this day John continues to be true to his commitment to serving Our Lord and His Church.

He is a most gifted musician and he can sing. The Book of Psalms speaks of singing something like 66 times.

That might be one reason why those in monastic life pray them so often. Psalms 9:2-3 says, “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will sing hymns to your name, Most High”. I hope that through the fruits of these Ministries, more young people will rise up and fill the need we have today to see their gift of music as a blessing.

I want to thank John Michael Talbot for this amazing mini-mission and his team for their support.

I also want to thank David Nunez, the Catholic Coordinator on Fort Hood and also a member of deepertruth, for helping me arrange this event. We are working to bring more Catholic music events from across the Country.

I feel that this is important not only for our Catholic Artist’s, but for our Catholic Community surrounding the Fort Hood area.

The late great Pope John Paul II was loved by millions of teenagers from all over the world. He created he World Youth day celebrations that have affected many.

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The Catholic Defender: John Michael Talbot at Fort Hood

Posted by John Benko - September 26th, 2010

John Michael Talbot performed several of his older songs and dedicated much of his performance to songs of meditation. This was his first appearance at Fort Hood Texas and it was great to have him here. John shows he is still a very important presence as he dedicated 4 hours of music and teaching for the Fort Hood community. He would give the Gospel reading of the day and give a reflection on the message. There were about 300 in attendance for the concerts. His message is certainly important for our time.
John’s ability to get a crowd inspired was noticed as he spoke with great knowledge and inspiration. He wanted to give the people something that would help them in their meditations. He made reference to St. Paul’s encouragement to “pray unceasingly” using breathing as a means to pray. When you breath in, reflect on the name of Jesus, and when you breath out, let all those things that are not Christ like in our heart, mind, and soul flow out. John also gave a great testimony of how he began in music learning to play the banjo.

John’s testimony of how he became a Christian, his involvement in the musical field, his movement towards Christian Contemporary Music and finally his conversion to the Catholic Faith. What an inspiration and what an example he sets for young people. As the Squires sitting on the front row listened, John spoke to them about the progression of the monastic life. The roots of the Faith demonstrated by the devotion men and women had from the beginning of the Catholic Faith. John spoke about the Rosary in the west prevalent with the Marian prayer and devotion.

John also informed them of the “Jesus Prayer and how this influenced the rosary of the Eastern lung. He made the point that if you took 15 to 20 minutes a day breathing in the Jesus prayer and breathing out the bad habits people may have, he promised that you would soon see a change in yourself. This is important in the light of how easy it is to allow things in your home that takes you away from the gospel life. John also promised that by making such devotion by the time you reached about the 15 minute mark, you will find that you should have about two minutes of deep meditation that will give you peace.

Having John here at Ft. Hood was special to everyone who attended the concerts. Tomorrow they go back to Arkansas to prepare for an annual event with the society in which his team belong. Soon after he will begin another tour starting in Florida. Please keep John and his team in your prayers. It was great to meet all of them. I was privileged to get to know them and they are for real. May the Lord grant them peace and safety as they continue home and beyond, that they are given good health, body, mind, and Spirit. Lord, give them strength to carry on! Amen!

Some day very soon, John Michael Talbot will air on deepertruth to give his testimony. Please keep watch for our advertising here as this will be a great blessing.

*BEST OF DTB #21* Thoughts for show refuting the Protestant Solas

Posted by John Benko - September 17th, 2010

Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Christus, Sola Scriptura, Sola Deo Gloria. These are the so-called ”five solas” that make up the rallying cry of Protestantism’s view of how we are saved.

In a nutshell, Protestants contend that we are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, by the authority of Scripture alone, for His Glory alone.

Now, make no mistake, we are to understand that we are certainly saved by Grace through Faith in Christ, aided by the Scriptures and for His Glory.

but all five of these Protestant doctrines are false….. because God requires our participation in our own salvation and, though it is certainly Christ that is the Author of our salvation, it is the Church that is the means.

God has never acted alone, in the affairs of men, since He created the first man. Does God need man’s participation to carry out His will? Of course not. Was Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary materially sufficient to save all men? Yes, it was.

The issue isn’t what God needs, it is what God wills. We do not have to understand why God has attached Salvation to a Covenant relationship but we do have to understand that He has done so and honor our part of the Covenant.

That is why Grace alone, through Faith alone in Christ alone, by Scripture alone for His Glory alone is Bologna alone….. and not present anywhere in Scripture or Judeo/Christian history.

These five solas were the invention of Martin Luther. They do not appear, expressed or implied, anywhere in the Bible. The only times they are alleged to appear result from verses of scripture that are wrenched from their context and misinterpreted, as we will clearly show.

In the course of exposing these flawed doctrines for what they are, we are going to have expose several protest straw men used frequently to defend them.

The first strawman is the so-called “weak Jesus” argument. This argument holds that the Catholic Jesus is a ”weak Jesus” because He is somehow unable to save us without our assistance. This argument is totally fallacious because it draws a non-existent line between what Christ is able to do according to His omnipotence to what He must do according to His Justice. Christ simply cannot declare an unjust person justified, for to do so acts against His very nature of Justice, which is perfect. Rather than the Catholic Jesus being a “weak Jesus”, the protestant Jesus is not a sovereign Jesus.

The second straw man is that Catholicism is a religion of works while protestantism is a religion of faith. This is a fallacy of the “false dilemma” where two choices are presented as the only two options in order to force someone to accept your position. The truth is that real choice is between protestants who believe that Faith consists of verbal and intellectual assent alone and that works are a presumed result of Salvation as a singular and finished event. Catholics, on the other hand, reject both the propositions of salvation by vain, faithless works as espoused in verses like Ephesians 2:8-9 and of work-less faith as espoused in Romans 2 and James 2 and countless other passages. Catholics uphold the two-fold principle that without God we can do nothing, yet through God we can do anything.

The third straw man is that Catholics reject the inerrantcy and inspiration of Holy Scripture. Again, this is a fallacious argument. Scriptural sufficiency is, in no way a logical consequence of Scriptural infallibility. If I quote Jonah 1;17, I quote a passage that is both infallible and inspired but I challenge anyone to tell me that knowing that Jonah was inside a fish for 3 days is sufficient for salvation. The Bible tells us that the teachings of Jesus couldn’t fit in all the books written since the beginning of time (John 21:25).

The last straw man is that the Catholic church violates 1 Timothy 2:5 by elevating the Pope, the Priests or the Saints to the position of mediators between God and Man. Ministers are not mediators and they certainly are not mediators between God and Man. Only Christ could perform this role because only He IS God and Man.

With these points made, let us enter into our discussion.

To support their position that Salvation is by Grace alone, Protestants often quote Ephesians 2:8

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God — 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast.

These verses do indeed tell us several things about salvation.

  1. That we are saved by grace, which is a free gift, undeserved and unmerited.
  2. That that grace is received as a result of faith.

Many protestants assert that this passage says that Salvation is the free gift of God that this passage describes and that Grace is nothing but an expression for God’s favor.

This interpretation does extreme violence to the passage. The subject of the sentence is Grace. The verses tell us the attributes of Grace- that it is free and undeserved- and the result of Grace- Salvation. So Grace is a thing, not a disposition.

Verse 7 proves this; 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Grace is not God’s kindness but something given to us according to God’s kindness.

JN 1:16 From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace,

JN 1:17 because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

ACTS 6:8 Now Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people.

ACTS 11:23 When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,

ACTS 13:43 After the congregation had dispersed, many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God.

ACTS 15:11 On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they.”

EPH 1:7 In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace

EPH 2:5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

EPH 2:7 that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

EPH 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;

EPH 3:2 if, as I suppose, you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit,

EPH 3:7 Of this I became a minister by the gift of God’s grace that was granted me in accord with the exercise of his power.

EPH 3:8 To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ,

EPH 4:7 But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

EPH 4:29 No foul language should come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for needed edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear.

So, Grace is given to us. But why? To find out, you need to go only 1 more verse.
2:10 For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.

By Christ’s Grace we are saved for the purpose of doing the good work that has been prepared for us. This means that that Grace must be responded to by works. Works are the completion of Faith (James 2:22). Therefore, Grace alone is refuted because Grace requires a response and it is that response that confirms our faith. There is still no reason for boasting because the grace that enables us to do good works is not a result of our efforts but of God.

To support their contention that Salvation is by faith alone, protestants cannot support any direct proof texts. In fact, the only text that uses the term Faith Alone is one that explicitly refutes it

James 2: 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

There are scores of passages that tie Salvation to works and perseverance. Phillipians 2;12, Matthew 24:13 and Romans 2: 5-10. Matthew chapter 25 explicitly ties works to Salvation. The idea of salvation by only a verbal assent to Faith is absurd and comes from taking certain verses out of context.

One such example is Romans 10:9-13

9 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. 11 The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and bestows his riches upon all who call upon him. 13 For, “every one who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

The biggest mistake one can make (and many do make) is to read this passage out of literary and Biblical context and inject into it that which it does not say. In doing so, one turns the Bible into a mass of contradictions on salvation.

Indeed, conforming to this kind of overly literal translation, this very passage gives 3 different criteria for salvation;

  1. Confessing Jesus’ Lordship with your lips and believing God raised Him from the dead. (verse 9).
  2. Believing in Him (Christ) (verse 11)
  3. Calling on the name of the Lord, only. (verse 13)

One can simply take these words and run with them- and many do- but all that does is create confusion with a multitude of passages about salvation.

Out of such absurdly literal interpretations grows the doctrine of Sola Fide- Salvation by “Faith alone”. Many people confuse “literal” with “true”. The two are not at all synonymous. There are countless scriptures that must be properly interpreted because the literal interpretation would be misleading.

One example of this is a Scripture that has an allegorical meaning;

Revelation 12: 3 And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth.

Another example is a scripture that loses something in the translation because the English words are not quite compatible;

Luke 14: 26 “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

To take the English translations of these passages, at literal face value, would be ridiculous. So, it is the same with the passage in Romans. How many different versions of salvation can we come up with if we apply this kind of a simplistic, sound byte approach?

There are 3 in the passage above, alone.

  1. Confessing Jesus’ Lordship with your lips and believing God raised Him from the dead. (verse 9).
  2. Believing in Him (Christ) (verse 11)
  3. Calling on the name of the Lord, only. (verse 13)

There are so many more.

  1. We are saved by keeping the Commandments (Matthew 19:17)
  2. We are saved by belief only (John 3:16)
  3. We are saved by belief and Baptism (Mark 16:16)
  4. We are saved by Repentance and Baptism (Acts 2:38)
  5. We are saved by Baptism only (1 Peter 3:21)
  6. We are saved by being born again by water and the Holy Spirit (John 3:5)
  7. We are saved by perseverance (Matthew 24:13)
  8. We are saved by Faith, apart from works (Romans 3:28)
  9. We are saved by Works and not by Faith alone (James 2:24)
  10. We are saved by multiplying faith (Matthew 25:14-30)
  11. We are saved by the Corporal works of Mercy (Matthew 25:31-46)
  12. We are saved by advancing in Righteousness (Matthew 5:20)
  13. We are saved by being poor in spirit, pure in heart,meek, merciful, peacemakers who are persecuted (Matthew 5:3-10)
  14. We are saved by producing good fruit as proof of repentance (Matthew 3:7-10)
  15. We are saved by His blood (Romans 5:9).
  16. We are saved by Grace (Acts 15:11)
  17. We are saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  18. We are saved by working out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Phillipians 2:12)
  19. We are saved by eating Christ’s Body and drinking His blood (John 6:48-58)
  20. We are saved by the Church (Matthew 16:18-19)
  21. We are only saved by forgiveness through those Christ gave the authority to (John 20:23)
  22. We are saved by humility (Matthew 18:2-4)
  23. We are only saved by obedience to earthly religious authority (Romans 13:1-2)
  24. We are only saved if we don’t judge (Romans 2:1-3)

I have just given you more than 25 different perspectives on how we are saved. Which one is true? Which is the correct one?

It is silly to simply pick one, interpret it how we choose and run with it. If we are to use Scripture as the model for Salvation, we must use the whole body of Scripture and interpret it as it is, not as we wish it to be. The truth is that all of these verses contain elements of what is required for salvation.

This brings us back to Romans 10, and other proof texts like it, where protestants claim Salvation is only an act of Faith or Belief. The issue is not that the verses are not true, they are.
Yet, they are only true in that which they truly say and not in the meanings that are falsely ascribed to the words.

The entire weight of these passages hinges on the meaning of belief. Protestants want to define belief in it’s simplest form- intellectual and verbal assent. In other words, if I assent to a truth in my heart and express that truth with words, then I am saved.

Does the sense of this chapter convey that? no it does not!

The word believe is translated from the greek word pisteusēs which conveys to believe in, to trust in and to lean on. It conveys an active commitment to action. So, it is also true with the word Lord (kurios, meaning authority) and the Word Confess ( omologēsēs, meaning to speak of one mind)

Therefore, what this passage is saying is that you must believe in, lean on and trust Jesus Christ fully, submitting yourself fully to His Lordship and authority and fully accepting and trusting in His resurrection. This is an active, ongoing process.

Notice that it says that if you do this, you will be saved. There is nothing in this passage (or any other, for that matter) that implies Salvation as a singular event.

These passages assure us that those who truly believe in Christ in mind, heart and deed, can have confidence in salvation. Those who believe in vain cannot.

1 John 2: 4 He who says “I know him” but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him:

If Salvation is not by Grace alone nor by Faith alone then, as a consequence, it cannot be by Christ alone, either.

Take the parable of the wedding feast . It illustrates this very clearly.

Matthew 22

1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, 3* and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ 5 But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ 10* And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; 12* and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13* Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Let’s look at this analogy closely. The King represents the Father, the Bridegroom represents Christ and the Bride represents the Church. The wedding feast represents Christ’s mystical marriage to His Bride. Those who are invited first represent the Jews. Those servants who brought the invitations were the prophets. The Jews killed the prophets so the King destroyed them and their city (Jerusalem). [Matthew 23:37, Revelation 17 & 18).

Then the King invited others (The Gentiles). Many came and dined but some came unprepared. they are represented by the foolish servant who showed up without the wedding garment.

This represents those who are not baptized or sanctified.

Revelation 3: 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.

So, you see that Christ offers the invitation but many will refuse the invitation outright. Others will accept the invitation in word but still hold on to their uncleanness.

The result will be the same-

13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The attendants represent the Holy Angels and the outer darkness, of course, represents hell.

So, the fact that we must respond to the call (and not just by word but by action as well), refutes the concept of Sola Christus on one level. However, what is meant most by the Protestant claim of Sola Christus (Christ alone) is foundational to another Protestant Sola- Sola Scriptura.

By Christ alone, Protestants assert two things;

  1. That we cannot contribute to our own salvation.
  2. That there is no visible church or ministry or communion of saints that contribute to our salvation.

In asserting that Salvation is through Christ alone, protestants contend that each person is saved individually and personally according to a personal relationship with Christ.

This claim is bound structurally to the doctrine of Sola Scriptura and to the doctrine of Sola Fide. They all must stand together or fall together.

Sola Scriptura is the doctrine that asserts that the only authority we are bound to is Scripture. Further, Protestants contend that we are bound only to the 66 specific books that make up the Protestant canon. Some go even further and maintain that we are bound to a specific translation, namely, The King James version.

The first, and most ironic thing is that there is nothing whatsoever in Scripture that asserts such rubbish but that does not stop Protestants from going to great extents to assert that there is.

Each and every argument presented to defend Sola Scriptura is a non-sequiter that simply does not get them to their destination.

In fact, in their zeal to defend this indefensible doctrine, protestants will invariably misrepresent the Catholic position, whether intentional or not.

Therefore, our starting point must be that on which Protestants and Catholics agree upon regarding scripture.

  1. We both believe Scripture is inspired. That is, we believe Scripture is- in a sense- the Word of God. More accurately, it is a recording of the Word of God.
  2. We both believe that Scripture is free from doctrinal or moral error (infallible). That is, we believe that Scripture itself is free of doctrinal or moral error. This does not always hold true to the interpretation of Scripture. Protestant interpretation of Scripture is free of all kinds of errors!

So, let’s move on to the definition of Sola Scriptura. Not my definition, mind you, but theirs;

from the;

The doctrine that the Bible alone1 is the ultimate authority2 was the “Formal Principle” of the Reformation. In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms3, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God4 saying, “Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons — for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another5 — I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God’s Word.” Similarly, the Belgic Confession stated, “We believe that [the] holy Scriptures fully6 contain the will of God, and that whatsoever man ought to believe unto salvation is sufficiently7 taught therein…Neither may we consider any8 writings of men, however holy these men may have been, of equal value with those divine Scriptures nor ought we to consider custom or the great multitude, or antiquity, or succession of times and persons, or councils, decrees or statutes, as of equal value with the truth of God… Therefore, we reject with all our hearts whatsoever does not agree with this infallible9 rule” (VII).

There is more than enough there to declare Sola Scriptura as heretical and even blasphemous but, unfortunately, protestants go even further.

The very words of the Westminster confession assert:

VII. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.10

Let’s look at these points closer.

  1. The principle of the Bible alone is expressly refuted by Scripture in so many places it is difficult to count. In Matthew 16:18-20, we are told that the Church has the authority to bind and loose. this is a legal term denoting authority. In Luke 10:16 we are told that He who rejects the words of the Disciple (and by consequence, his successors) rejects Christ and The father. In Matthew 18:15-17, we are told that the Church is the final arbitor of disputes. In 1 Timothy 3:15 we see that the Church is the Pillar and foundation of all truth. In 2 Thessalonians 2:15 were are told to obey all teachings of the Church, written and Oral. In Romans 13:1-2 we are told that rejection of ordained authority- yes it uses the term “ordained”- brings Judgment on us. In Matthew 23:2, we are told that the authority rests in the Chair of Moses and, that it is not dissolved but given to others. (Matthew 21:42-44). The authority of the Church is clear as crystal.
  2. The notion of the Bible as an ultimate authority is absurd and untenable. The Bible is a book! It is a collection of inspired and infallible documents written by men. Each and every book of the Bible is written by men who were authorized and ordained to write, but also to preach. The Bible draws it’s authority from men. Men wrote it, translated it, canonized it, interpreted it, printed it, bound it and sold it. The Bible didn’t fall from the sky. Without the Old and new Testament Churches, the Bible could never have come to be. The authority rests in the Church. Without the action of men, the Bible will sit on your nightstand and collect dust. It cannot read itself, interpret itself, preach itself . The Scriptures contain the word “Bible” 0 times but the word “Church” more than 100 times. The Bible is not an authority and never claims to be, nor ever can be. The Bible is not divine, nor can it last forever. It is paper and ink. Should we cherish Scripture? Of course! but the idea of Scripture alone is nonsense and, ironically, un-Biblical.
  3. I cannot help but appreciate the fact that Luther defended his heresy at a place called the diet of worms, since that is what he now is.
    Mark 9: 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
  4. The Word of God canard is one of the most circular arguments that protestants use. It goes like this- because the Bible tells us that Scripture is the inspired Word of God, anything that isn’t scripture isn’t the Word of God. They justify this insidious nonsense by quoting Scripture telling us not to add to the Word of God. This is a circular argument. Only Scripture is the Word of God because Scripture, which is the only Word of God, tells us not to add to the only Word of God, which is Scripture. How anyone could fail to see this argument as fallacious is beyond me. However, the argument is not on fallacious, it is false.

    Romans 10:8 But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); ……..
    …………14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? 15* And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!”
    2 Thessalonians 2: 15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.

  5. This is not only the fallacy of the unestablished premise (for Luther has only his own word that the church has erred or contradicted itself), but it contradicts the plain promises of Christ that what the Church bound on earth would be bound in heaven (Matthew 16:18-20), that whoever rejected what the Church said rejected Him (Luke 10:16), that He would be with the Church always (Matthew 28:20) and that the Holy spirit would lead it to all truth (John 16:13). All these promises are recorded in Scripture. Luther cannot plausibly infer that all of these scriptures have been broken and still credibly appeal to Scripture. All Christianity stands or falls on these promises.
  6. John 21:25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
  7. See note on 6
  8. Since the Scriptures, themselves, are writings of men, this argument is self contradictory.
  9. Since Luther is claiming his own doctrine as Infallible, he has to prove that he speaks with God’s infallible authority. Further, by his own logic, he must do so Structurally.
  10. Practical sufficiency is dis-proven practically, in the fact that 33,000 Christian denominations cannot agree on what Scripture teaches Re; Salvation.

This brings us, lastly, to Sola Deo Gloria. To say that Salvation is for God’s Glory alone makes God look like an egomaniac. God’s Great Glory is exemplified in His Power and Might and Justice but, most of all, in His Great Love and Mercy.

I close with Paul’s words to the Romans;

Romans 2:3 Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? 4* Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6* For he will render to every man according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11* For God shows no partiality.

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*BEST OF DTB #20* My trip to Shanksville

Posted by John Benko - September 11th, 2010

Updated 9/11/10. Listen to our 9/11 tribute show.

Almost eight years to the day of the September 11th attacks, I finally made it to Shanksville, Pennsylvania to see the crash site of United Flight 93.

The crash site is less than 145 miles from home and yet the drive seemed like a trip to another world.

Shanksville and it’s surrounds bore no resemblance to Manhattan or Washington DC.

In fact, it is hard to imagine a plane that took off in Newark, NJ (within eye shot of the WTC) wound up here.

Yet, that is exactly what happened. In fact, it was a mere 4 minutes between the time that United flight 93 cleared the runway at Newark to the time that American 11 hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, striking horror into the hearts of all of us.

As I am just getting over my revulsion of two disgusting human beings (Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy) being lionized as heroes, I can once again, focus on the true heroes of that day.

It is commonly stated that 40 people fought to retake that plane but that is not accurate.

The first persons to die that day were passenger Mark Rothenberg and Flight attendant Deborah Welsh. Minutes later, Pilot Jason Dahl and First officer Leroy Homer had also been slain. It was probably Homer’s voice on this very disturbing Mayday, Mayday call.

Hilda Marcin was 79. Jane Folger was 73 and her sister-in-law, Patricia Cushing was 69. It is difficult to imagine they played a major role in the attack, probably deferring to the younger crowd. Other older passengers included Donald Peterson and His wife Jean Peterson, and Kristin White- all in their 60′s. Collen Fraser was only 4 foot 6 and disabled from a degenerative bone disorder. She almost certainly would not have been able to assist significantly in the assault. John Talignani was on the way to claim the body of his step son who had died in a car accident. Who knows how much fight he had in him?

Christian Adams of Germany was believed to have been the pacifist liberal on board. Edward Felt was locked in the bathroom making an emergency call when the plane went down.

There may be others who, for various reasons, were unlikely to have been on the front lines of the counter attack, but we can be reasonably sure that there were no more than 27 or 28 combatants. The actual number was probably less. In fact, the number we can identify for certain is not more than 10.

Among those of which there can be no doubt are Tom Burnett Jr., who first stated that this was a suicide mission. Burnett was the leader of the group.

It was Todd Beamer who, after praying the Lord’s prayer with United operator Lisa Jefferson, spoke those famous words, “Let’s Roll!”

Jeremy Glick, a former national judo champion is almost certain to have led the attack and Louis Nacke and Mark Bingham were two tough guys that we can confirm were involved. Unfortunatly for Bingham, he had too much to drink at a friend’s birthday party on September 10th (also my birthday) and had to rebook on Flight 93. He nearly missed that flight too, the last passenger to board.

The cockpit voice recorder confirms Alan Beavan and Richard Guadagno were in the fight and we know that Flight attendants Cee Cee Lyles, Wanda Green, Lorraine Bay and Sandy Bradshaw boiled water and procured weapons at the very least. Cee Cee Lyles was a former police officer and she demonstrated she could stay cool under fire.

Friends, and fellow adventures, William Cashman and Patrick Driscoll were on their way to Yosemite National park and it’s not unreasonable to assume they joined in.

Donald Greene was the former pilot everyone was trying to get to the front. It seems reasonable to imagine that 20 year old high school football player Toshiya Kuge would have fought. Facing death, one could very plausibly assert 20 somethings Deora Bodley and Nichole Miller would have fought for their lives. Miller is described as a very unselfish person and her parents say that it would have been perfectly natural for her to lay down her life for others. Andrew Garcia is another very likely choice. As a former United Airlines employee and National Guard air traffic controller, he is believed to have offered to help talk the pilot down after they got him in the cockpit. He was very fit for his 62 years and may very well have been a combatant. We do know that Lauren Grandcolas was the EMT who tried to save Mark Rothenberg. She also is known to have loaned her phone to Honor Elizabeth Wainio. Wainio is reported to have said to her mother; “I have to go, they are breaking into the cockpit”. That seems to indicate her involvement but we can’t be sure.

Joseph Deluca was flying with his girlfriend Linda Gronlund. Although I can find no specific information indicating his involvement in the fight, we do know that leader Tom Burnett was reported to have said “We need every big guy”. At 6″ 3″, 235, Deluca would certainly have qualified. It is unclear how Linda would have assisted.

Marion Britton is one we can eliminate. She was on the phone with her friend Fred until the plane crashed. When he told her about the towers, she said she knew and that two passengers had had their throats cut. Britton told Fred that she knew she was going to die and seemed, I’m sorry to say, too willing to accept that fate without a fight. We do know, however that Britton was on the plane with her Census bureau co-worker Waleska Martinez. Martinez was younger and had a reputation for being a tireless worker and a remarkably energetic person. It is not unreasonable to imagine her joining in the fight.

Georgine Corrigan arrived at Newark Airport early and decided to change flights to United 93, in order to get home earlier, as Flight 93 was scheduled to be a non-stop flight to San Fransisco. Sadly, 15 other passengers also changed their plans to board United 93. She was a pacifist by nature and would not been likely to have been involved in physical attack.

Exactly what happened on that flight and how close they came to saving it, I don’t know.

Here is what I do know, for certain….

When I pulled into the fine gray gravel parking lot and exited my truck, I felt those 40 people.

Not just an emotional presence, though certainly that. Not just a Spiritual presence, but that as well.

No, standing on that sacred ground, I felt these people physically. They spoke to my soul and I heard them. “We had lives” they said. “We had fathers and mothers and husbands and wives and children that were stolen from us by practitioners of a barbaric religion of hate that hides behind the mask of peace.

In my heart I know I must do whatever I can do to protect their memory from being defiled by those who would build an Islamic shrine on this site.

Having now been to this site, I can tell you for certain that the orientation of the design makes the least logical sense. It places the entrance near the trees at the place of worst accessibility.

I invite you to visit Alec Rawls Crescent of Betrayal website.

and Never Forget.

*BEST OF DTB #19* The Catholic Defender: Are Condoms Safe

Posted by John Benko - September 6th, 2010

Year after year the United States Government pours out millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood who is one of the largest Abortion providers in the Country. They are wanting to make Abortion accessable to all nations.

I once told Jane Fanda that if the people of the world would obey the teachings of the Catholic Church, Abortion, AIDS, and all the problems associated with Sexually Transmitted Disease would be gone over night. That has not changed, but the message of the Sexual Revolution is in full swing as if they have conquered.

Homosexual liberation is part of the Progressives agenda and they have the political influence to win due to the Progressives in Government.

Pope Paul VI viewed Abortion as related to Artificial Birth Control (HUMANAE VITAE). They are closely related. The past few years it has been the Government policy to sell condoms as “safe sex”. As a result this icon of the Sexual Revolution, has pushed equality for those who push for the Progressive message: Anything goes.

Let’s take a good look at some of the results to this new found freedom. In 1964, when the Beatles hit America by storm with the Ed Sullivan show, their song, “I want to hold your hand” at that time was revolutionary.

1 out of every 32 graduating Seniors that year was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). 1964 was close to the beginning of the Sexual Revolutions beginnings. The next few years saw radical changes and Woodstock would be a voice of a generation.

In 1982, Olivia Newton John had one of her greatest hits “Physical” which says, “I took you to an intimate resturant, then to a suggestive movie, there’s nothing left to talking about it, except horizontally,I want to get physical, I want to get animal, I want to hear your body talk”. This is a bit more explicit from “I want to hold your hand”. That year 1 in 18 graduating Seniors had been diagnosed with a STD.

You push into the 1990′s and things really began to heat up. Music really began to become far more ranchy with the creation of “HipHop” and MTV’s popularity, the University of Michigan conducted a study finding that the average listener was hooked into the music 8 hours per day. By 1996, HipHop was gaining popularity through their artists such as Ludacris. By this time, 1 out of every 4 graduating Seniors were diagnosed with a STD.

The constant message of sex has it’s consequences. Young people will imitate whom they admire and grow into whom the imitate. The Apostles instructed us to imitate their example. Today, our youth have been exposed to a lie that is tearing down the fabric of Society.

Pope Paul VI was very prophetic.

STD’s are the most common diseases in America next to the common cold and flu.

12 Million new STD cases are reported each year. That is about 33,000 per day.

45 million Americans are infected with an incurable STD.

There are now more than 60 different kinds of STD’s that exist.

20 different STD’s are rampant among teenagers.

63% of all STD’s occur in persons less than 25 years of age.

STD’s infect 3 million teenagers each year and growing.

Last year it was reported that 1 out of 4 girls have been diagnosed down to the age of 12. 60-80% infected with an STD do not develop initial symptoms.

AID’s has been a leading cause of death (among 18-25 year olds) despite wonder drugs that help extend life, there is no cure. The following statements reveal the danger condoms present in acquiring STD’s:

Dr. Nicholas Fiumara, Former director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said, “In summary, then, it’s ineffectiveness makes the condom useless as a prophylactic against gonorrhea, and even under ideal conditions against syphilis”.

The U.S. Public Health and Human Services Task Force warned, “The risk of condom failure in anal intercourse is so high that the practice should be avoided entirely-with condoms or without”.

Dr. Robert Redfield, AIDS Specialist at the Department of Retroviral Research, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research states, “Condoms are not safe. They’re dangerous. Sex with a condom with an infected person is not protected. It’s very unprotected. It’s very, very dangerous”. He goes on to say, “The truth is, condoms are not an appropriate medical or public solution to this epidemic. It’s not going to work, and we are losing precious time to re-educate, train and equip our young people on how to avoid becoming a statistic in the AIDS epidemic”.

Dr. Harold Jaffee, Chief of Epidemiology for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, refering to AIDS stated, “It is just too dangerous a disease to say that people can do whatever they want as long as they wear a condom”.

Dr. Malcolm Potts, Once President of the Family Health International and one of the inventors of condoms lubricated with spermicides, confessed that anyone who tells a person who engages in high-risk behavior to use a condom “is like telling someone who is driving drunk to use a seat belt”.

Infectious Disease Specialist Robert C Nobles warned, “Passing out condoms to teenagers is like issuing them squirt guns for a four alarm blaze”.

Theresa Crewshaw, M.D., Past President of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a member of the Presidential AIDS Commission, says that equating condom use with safe sex “is, in fact playing Russian Roulette. A lot of people will die in this dangerous game”.

Recently, Pope Benedict XVI was attacked by the Obama Administration because he said condoms is not a good policy to deal with the AIDS crisis in Africa. The Secualrists and the Progressives will continue to push condoms and the billions spent at Planned Parenthood. Taking what the Scriptures teach and the 2,000 year constant tradition of the Church, I will proclaim the good news of the Lord.

The last real point is what condoms do to the soul, the spiritual death that takes you away from God. Sex outside of marriage is a mortal sin. A condom does not change that fact.