Bravo Pugio Fidei: Put dem unsound Sticks away…

3 05 2009

I was pursing James White’s blog “AOmin” and came cross a link to a list of “Unsound sticks” or “Arguments Catholics shouldn’t use.”

The fact that these are not good arguments is not news, but what is news is this list comes from a Catholic Apologist’s site! Bravo to Ben Douglass and company for having the courage to go against the grain and post these.¬† Protestants take note: we are equally guilty. (Jack Chick anyone?)

It’s a well-written list and I hope that if you’re Catholic, now you’ll listen when some Protestant tells you to “cut it out with the 33,ooo denominations argument!”

Here’s the link:

Credibility in your Christian witness.

9 10 2008

Credibility in your Christian witness…do you exhibit it?

We are all ambassadors for Christ; both in a positive way and negative way…we all impact the way we present our Savior.

Today, I’d like to highlight the negative way. Now this is not to say that we cannot point out error when we come across it; we should do that. It’s just that there is a way to it that is “Christian” and a way that is not.

Art Sippo is going to model for us today the “negative” way.

Here is the set up:

A 3rd party requested to set up a debate between a representative of the Catholic faith and Dr. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. In the process; Art Sippo was contacted.

His response was to post a childish sounding¬†rant making many false statements and accusations about Dr. White. Now it’s bad enough to use personal attacks but it’s something else again to distort the facts; otherwise known as lying.

You can read what James White says about it here:

You can see Mr. Sippo’s post here:


What you won’t find is a comment that I posted at Mr. Sippo’s blog asking him to do the right thing and retract his false statements. He either would not post my comments or he just hasn’t gotten around to doing so. In the event that he does post them; I’ll make a correction. Just in case; here is my comment to Mr. Sippo:

Mr. Sippo,

Aside from your unchristian tone, why do you give the impression that this protestant is “jonesing” to debate you and that your debates in the past have been less than fair?

Is it not the truth that the past debates this person has had with you have been on “Catholic” turf with Catholic moderators?

Sir, you are being very uncharitable and you are giving the Catholic faith a bad name by your actions; they come off as insincere, dishonest, and worse.

Please; do the right thing, print a “correction.”



Not only did Mr. Sippo ignore my plea, but he posted a blog entry the next day and lied about the situation again!

As I said; I hold this up as the example of what NOT to do. To NOT represent our Savior in this way. Yes, we will have disagreements, yes we will be passionate about our position on the issues, but as I said at the start of this blog post, there is a way that’s God honoring, and a way that sullies the name of our Savior.

So when you speak to those of faiths that you believe to be in error, think about how you come across; don’t use personal attacks, don’t use pejorative language as Mr. Sippo has, and certainly strive to represent the other person’s views accurately as Mr. Sippo has not.

It’s just Christianity 101.

Update: Mr. Sippo hasn’t deemed it important to print my comment on his blog; evidently only “supportive” comments get posted. Shame on you Mr. Sippo.

Relics are alive and well…

24 05 2008

I found this while surfing James White’s blog

Having a family member who is Roman Catholic; this hit home.

This morning I noted Erik Raymond’s blog entry on relics (Hi Erik!). There are few things more repulsive to the life-long Protestant than relics, and nothing more creepy than entering an old style traditionalist Roman Catholic church filled with skeletons and bones and the like. The relic trade continues to this day, despite how often modern Roman Catholics try to sanitize this glaring example of gross superstition and unbiblical idolatry. To be honest, just allowing modern Rome’s representatives to “spin” the pictures of people bowing in front of corpses and skulls and femurs, lighting candles and fingering their rosaries, is normally enough refutation in and of itself for any semi-literate reader of Holy Scripture. The few texts they cobble together have to be so grossly isolated, so completely removed from any meaningful biblical context, so as to provide automatic refutation upon the most basic contemplation. It only took a moment or two with Google to pull up the images found here.

Modern Rome, and its apologists, is truly an enigma. On the one hand you have the liberalism found throughout the scholarship of Rome. Inclusivism at best, universalism at worst, is the watchword of the day. On the other hand you still have the worst of medieval superstition in many lands, and Rome’s apologists have the gall to try to stick all of this under one grand banner of “Mother Rome.” The relic trade was well worthy of Erasmus’ scorn half a millennium ago, when he rightly noted that one could build an entire ship out of all of the “genuine fragments of the cross.”

Bottles of Mary’s milk and feathers of the Angel Gabriel were a dime a dozen then, and were just as much of a fraud as they are today. But what is worse is that the theology that gave rise to this gross superstition remains in Rome today. Ask the faithful flocking to Fatima or Lourdes or any of the other of a thousand shrines today. Ask the people on their knees praying to dead bones. And then be reminded: Rome remains as much of an opponent to the gospel of grace as she has ever been.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 1:8-14