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Roman Catholic Controversy, The [Paperback]

By James R. White (Author) & John Armstrong (Foreword by)
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More than any time in the past, Roman Catholic and evangelicals are working together. They are standing shoulder to shoulder against social evils. They are joining across denominational boundaries in renewal movements. And many evangelicals are finding the history, tradition, and grandeur of the Roman Catholic Church appealing. This newfound rapport has caused many evangelical leaders and laypeople to question the age-old disagreements that have divided Protestants and Catholics: Aren't we all saying the same thing in a different language? The Roman Catholic Controversy is an absorbing look at current views of tradition and Scsripture, the Papacy, the Mass, Purgatory, indulgencies, and Marian doctrine. James White affirms that evangelicals and Catholics share common ground on some points. Yet there are crucial differences that remain regarding the Christian life-and the heart of he Gospel itself-that cannot be ignored.

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More than at any time in the past, Roman Catholics & evangelicals are working together.They are standing shoulder to shoulder against social evils. They are joining across denominational boundaries in renewal movements. And many evangelicals are finding the history, tradition, and grandeur of the Roman Catholic Church appealing. This newfound rapport has caused many evangelical leaders and laypeople to question the age-old disagreements that have divided Protestants and Catholics: Aren't we all saying the same thing in different language?The Roman Catholic Controversy is an absorbing look at current views of tradition and Scripture, the Papacy, the Mass, Purgatory, indulgences, and Marian doctrine. James White affirms that evangelicals and Catholics share common ground on some points. Yet there are crucial differences that remain regarding the Christian life--and the heart of the Gospel itself--that cannot be ignored.

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Studio: Bethany House
Pages   268
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1996
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  1556618190  
ISBN13  9781556618192  

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More About James R. White & John Armstrong

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter s Freedom, and The God Who Justifies. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than one-hundred forty moderated, public debates around the world with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah s Witnesses, and Mormonism, as well as critics such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong. In recent years James has debated in such locations as Sydney, Australia, as well as mosques in Toronto, London, and South Africa. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, has been married to Kelli for more than thirty two years, and has two children, and one grandchild, Clementine."

James R. White currently resides in Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. James R. White was born in 1962.

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Go ahead, give it a Fair Read  Dec 26, 2008
As you read the reviews, please do not be dissuaded from reading this book. I'm afraid that a great deal of mutual understanding is lost in unnecessary, inflammatory rhetoric, from both sides. It accomplishes nothing other than cloud the real issues. Instead, my hope is that you will give this book an objective read.

Having many family, friends, and coworkers that are Catholic, I've attempted to approach these issues with sincerity and charity. As I've evaluated Catholic belief in light of Scripture, I do believe that the differences from evangelical beliefs are more than just "surface deep." I'm concerned that many of my evangelical brethren have tended to view these differences as merely stylistic (versus substantial). Modern evangelical have shifted in their view of Catholicism because of their de-emphasis on scriptural truth. I echo the words of Dr White that evangelicals must return to walking in the "Apostle's footsteps with a reference to the glory of God and the truth of the gospel." (page14). We need a "...renewal of confidence in the Word of God as supreme authority in all matters of Christian faith and practice..." (John Armstrong, Preface).

Out of the box, I was impressed by the book's structure. Dr White does an excellent job sticking to the most important and foundational issue - the Gospel itself. There are many peripheral issues that could take center stage. White purposefully begins arguing that Scripture is the infallible authority versus the alternative - acceptance of a church as an infallible authority. The book builds on this foundational understanding of the Bible and centers on a proper understanding of the Gospel.

The following are a selection of Dr White's insights (these are just a sampling of my notes. Don't use this as a substitute for reading the book)

1.) Regarding Scripture:
- 2 Timothy 3:14-17. "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
-- All scripture is theopneustos, or God-breathed, and thus carries His authority.
-- Scripture makes the man of God adequate (complete, qualified) for every good scripture is SUFFICIENT for the task to fully equip. Scripture is sufficient.
- Matthew 22:31-32. Jesus Christ held his hearers accountable to what scripture said.... "have you not read what was spoken TO YOU by God" (emphasis mine). What was said in the past was continuing to be said in the present.
- Matthew 15:1-9. Jesus Christ subjugated alleged divine tradition to the supreme authority of the scriptures. Scripture is to be the divine standard.

2.) Regarding Tradition:
- "... not only is Rome claiming the exclusive right of interpretation of the Scriptures but the exclusive right of both definition of tradition as well. When we ask to see the contents of tradition, we have to depend upon the veracity of the same Church that bases her doctrines (including her claim to interpretive authority) on those very traditions!" (page 75)
- "Because the Catholic Church claims no one else can properly interpret those Scriptures, and she herself claims to be the sole guardian of `Sacred Tradition,' no external checks and balances exist that could correct her should she err". (page 75)
- "Anyone who has read the treatises of Athanasius or Augustine concerning the Trinity and the deity of Christ knows that these men used the Scripture as their sole source." (versus claims to external sources of authority) (page 83-84)
- In arguing that we are not dependent on Rome for the canon. "The canon is a function of Scripture, or, to be more specific, it is the result of inspiration itself." (page 93)
- With claiming an infallible authority to interpret, "...we need to observe that Rome has hardly solved the problem of fallible people. Once Rome speaks, the fallible person must still interpret the supposed infallible interpretation...and the longing for infallible fuzzies...remain as unfulfilled as ever." (page 91)
- in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, this "tradition" or oral teaching is not future but has already been delivered to the entire Church, not just to the bishops, but to everyone at that church. As shown in 1 Thessalonians 1, this oral teaching was the Gospel ("...when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is the word of God...")

2.) Regarding the Papacy:
- Lacks Scriptural support for such a concept. Nowhere does Peter speak of himself as a Pope in 1 or 2 Peter. When Paul wrote to the Church at Rome, he never mentioned Peter as some kind of Pope. In 1 Corinthians 12:28, when Paul lists the biblical order of "first apostles, second prophets, third teachers..." we don't see the Pope listed as first and foremost.
- In Matthew 16 which most Catholics point to for proof, the central theme is the Messiahship of Jesus Christ. Note the change of Greek words from petros to petra as a play on words. Furthermore, in Matthew 18:18, we see the authority of binding and loosing passed on to all of the Apostle, not to Peter alone. (page 117-118)
-- Interesting to note that Vatican I says that the Catholic Church as always understood passages like Matthew 16 to refer to Peter as the Pope. Yet, many of the early church fathers (which the Catholic Church will claim as unbroken connection to Peter) disagree to the meaning of "the rock" and many held to a different understanding than the Catholic Church teaches today. (page 120) Are they considered accursed?

3.) Regarding the Gospel of justification:
- Based on numerous quotations from Trent and others, in Catholic theology "the process of justification is based on God's grace - but not COMPLETELY on God's grace, and it CANNOT be said that God's grace alone is sufficient WITHOUT human works to bring about full and complete justification" (page 133)
- "Rome confesses the NECESSITY of grace, but refuses the acknowledge the SUFFICENCY of grace" (page 136)
- In contrast, Romans 5:1 "Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." It speaks of justification as past for followers who have presently have peace in Jesus Christ. Righteousness is imputed to a believer by faith (Romans 4:1-8). For those in Christ Jesus, He has become to us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption." The Catholic Church has placed those that believe such things as under the anathemas of Canons 24 and 32 of Trent (page 137)
- Imputation is different than "infusion" or "Impartation" in Roman Catholic theology...In imputation, righteousness is CREDITED by the words of another, Jesus Christ.
- We are justified by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ (Titus 3:5-7, Romans 3:24, 5:9) (page 145).

Because of the importance of the Mass in Roman Catholic theology, White addresses a whole chapter to it. He also discusses the concepts or purgatory, veneration of the saints, and Mary. For the sake of brevity, I will note elaborate, but suffice to say, I think White makes a compelling case.

NOTE: For those who have mentioned it in other reviews, White deals with James 2 briefly on Page 254. He gives a much fuller exposition of the text in his book, The God who Justifies. The context of James 2 (and Romans 2 for that matter) is very important.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book. Dr White does an excellent job quoting from primary sources. Be prepared to flip back and forth to the end notes as they contain a lot of insight that should not be missed.
For the love of God, pls read a lot!  Aug 22, 2008
The only thing I would like to say is...please if you want to make a book critique on the other side's (in this case Catholicism) please read alot of good books, specially from the official teachings of the catholic church, secular, historical books on christianity or much better the "Early Church Fathers" by Jurgens. You will be surprised that the early christians and writings of like Iraneus, Polycarp and others who were students from the apostles themselves taught true christianity and you will find that it didn't have any similarity at all to modern-day protestantism (which I think somewhat like modern day relativism- to each his own).

And lastly, the book was poorly researched and bias.
Superb  Nov 30, 2007
I highly recommend this book, and have given copies to both Protestants and Roman Catholics.

White superbly demonstrates the difference between the true biblical gospel of grace and the false "gospel" of Rome.
Simply ignorant!  Jul 20, 2007
First of all, James White is not a "Dr." He does not have a valid doctorate degree. In this case he is simply dishonest. Secondly, why is it that when folks attempt to address the subject of Catholicism they just so happen to ignore all of the historical liturgies which overwhelmingly prove the Catholic Mass? Just a thought, maybe it would be a good idea to look into this.

Overall, Mr. White does an excellent job at making use of logical fallacies. This book would serve a student engaged in critical thinking, and what to avoid, quite well. Bravo James!
Great!  Jul 11, 2007
A great overview of the One False Church. Mother of Harlots and the Abominations of the Earth. I once read "If the Pope is not the antichrist then he is the Antichrist."

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