Debate on Purgatory and focus on 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, between Tim Staples and James White. (from January of 2010)



Review of that debate on the Dividing Line:

A Good Article on Purgatory:

Purgatory – a good article with quotes from an important book on Purgatory, “The Birth of Purgatory” by Jacques Le Goff and important early church references.

Another debate of Dr. White vs. Robert Sungenis (October of 2010)

And other older but famous debate on Purgatory of Dr. White vs. RC priest Peter Stravinskas

Some famous clips from that debate:


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On Depression and Suicide


Be sure to read the whole article.  If you are depressed and have suicidal thoughts, get help please. Tell your pastor, tell a friend, get counseling, see the information at the bottom of the article.

The illustration of the people that jump from a burning building is a good illustration of what suicides go through in their minds.  Mental illness is real. Depression is real.  As a friend of mine said, “A drowning man will grab onto razor blades.”

“He who was so deeply acquainted with grief

[the man of sorrows, the God-man, Jesus Christ, who existed in eternity past and became human for our salvation – John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; John 17:5; Isaiah 53],

who knows better than anyone how tragic the world truly is, does not turn away when the darkness descends on our minds and hearts.”

“He does not turn away” in those times of weakness.  That is a wonderful word.

Praise God for His mercy on His people who are true believers.  See here as an example of a true believer in Christ who committed suicide.  (Dr. Michael Horton’s friend)

There are other examples that John Piper and others have in articles/ sermons on at desiring God.

Romans 8:28-39 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 10:27 – No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

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The struggle of prayer

The struggle of prayer is not our wrestling with God to convince Him to give us what we desire, but our wrestling with His Word until we are illuminated and subdued by it, saying, “Not my will, but Your will be done.”

Sinclair Ferguson



Posted in Prayer, Relationship with Jesus Christ, Sanctification/Holy living, Spiritual growth

The righteous shall live by faith alone!

Romans 1:16-17

Romans 3:28

Luther added the word “alone” (sola) to Romans 3:28?

Scripture is superior to relics, statues, crucifixes, icons. The words of Scripture bring us to God because the words are “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), when the Spirit works inside of us to make them alive in our hearts. (John 6:44; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 2:4-5; 2 Timothy 2:24-26)

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Luther, the 95 theses in 1517, then Diet of Worms famous speech in 1521

Posted in Martin Luther, Reformation

A Reformation Day Summary

Luther’s Reformation Breakthrough (by Church History, Historical Theology Professor Ryan Reeves, Gordon-Conwell Seminary)

Dr. Reeves summarizes Luther’s Breakthrough on Justification by Faith Alone:

The Importance of the Reformation:

Dr. Reeves then goes back to explain the 95 Theses:

I wanted to have a link of some of the best that I consider that James Swan has put together in the apologetic issues of Roman Catholic claims against Luther.

Summary of some links that I have found the most helpful articles of James Swan on Luther and the Reformation and apologetics of answering some of the main Roman Catholic common claims against Luther.

Luther Added the word “alone” to Romans 3:28 ?

Alister McGrath on Augustine and Justification in Latin

More on McGrath and the “theological novum” comment & Roman Catholic claims

Luther’s comment on James as “an Epistle of Straw” (Part 2)  (links back to Part 1, see below)

Luther’s comment on James (Part 1) 

An Excerpt from James Swan’s excellent research on Martin Luther’s “Epistle of Straw” comment:

4: Martin Luther Called The Book Of James “An Epistle Of Straw”

The most frequent charge against Luther’s view on the canon is his opinion on the book of James.[50]  Luther wrote this statement in his original Preface To The New Testament in 1522:

“In a word St. John’s Gospel and his first epistle, St. Paul’s epistles, especially Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians, and St. Peter’s first epistle are the books that show you Christ and teach you all that is necessary and salvatory for you to know, even if you were never to see or hear any other book or doctrine. Therefore St. James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw, compared to these others, for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it. But more of this in the other prefaces.”[51]

Rarely is Luther accurately quoted on this topic. Luther says James “is really an epistle of straw” compared to “St. John’s Gospel and his first epistle, St. Paul’s epistles, especially Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians, and St. Peter’s first epistle.” Luther wants his readers to see a comparison.

An interesting fact about this quote (hardly ever mentioned by Luther-detractors!) is that it only appears in the original 1522 Preface To The New Testament. John Warwick Montgomery points out: “Few people realize — and liberal Luther interpreters do not particularly advertise the fact — that in all the editions of Luther’s Bible translation after 1522 the—Reformer dropped the paragraphs at the end, of his general Preface to the New Testament which made value judgments among the various biblical books and which included the famous reference to James as an “Epistle of straw.”[52] Montgomery finds that Luther showed a “considerable reduction in negative tone in the revised Prefaces to the biblical books later in the Reformer’s career.”[53]  For anyone to continue to cite Luther’s “epistle of straw” comment against him is to do Luther an injustice. He saw fit to retract the comment. Subsequent citations of this quote should bear this in mind.[54]

An Article I put together on Historical Theological Developments that Eclipsed the doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone

On the Bondage of the Will and Luther’s response to Erasmus

Resources on Justification by Faith Alone

Posted in Justification, Martin Luther, Protestantism / Evangelicalism, Reformation, Roman Catholic False Doctrines, Roman Catholic false practices, Roman Catholicism, Sola Fide

Revelation 5:9 – Daily Dose of Greek

Revelation 5.9 from Daily Dose of Greek on Vimeo.

Posted in Atonement for sin, Greek, missions, Substitutionary Atonement, worship