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The Evangelical Apostasy of the Present Day – Richard Bennett


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The Warnings of History to the Ungodly

Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand  marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn  the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.



 

The Early Authentic Church and the Deception of Roman Catholicism


By Richard Bennett and Stuart Quint

The Apostle Paul would never have recognized the institution that calls itself the Church of Rome nearly 2000 years after he had written his Epistle to the early true believers in Rome.  For instance, the Apostle Paul addressed all the believers in the early church in Rome as “…beloved of God, called to be saints.[1]  Paul considered every single believer to be a “saint,” persons made holy because of the Lord God’s love and grace.

In contrast to Paul’s contention that all believers are “saints,” the Roman Catholic Church calls “saints” those whom Rome has canonized and labeled as “models and intercessors.”[2]

Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church further sets apart its clergy such as priests, bishops, cardinals, and finally the Pope from “lay people.”  This Roman Catholic organization clearly violates Jesus Christ’s clear command to the true church when He stated “One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.[3]

Another stark contrast stems from the conflicting characteristics of true believers and false Romanism.  The Apostle Paul commended the believers in first century Rome “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”[4]  Truly, the remarkable faith of the early churches in Rome persisted for over two and a half centuries later.  These believers endured very adverse situations, including horrifying persecutions under various Roman emperors.

In contrast, the horrible reputation of today’s Roman Catholic Church clashes with the integrity of the early Christian church in Rome.  Sexual[5] and financial[6] scandals have dogged the Roman Catholic Church for centuries.  Its lust for power and control at any cost honed over 1500 years also completely tarnish Rome’s claim to be “the one true Church.”[7]

The Apostle Paul warned the early church that pretenders to true Christianity would arise out of men’s false teachings even beginning in their day: “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”[8] Indeed, Roman Catholicism is the fulfillment of Paul’s ominous words.

Persecution Purified Early Believers as the Gospel Spread

The spread of the Christian faith during the first three centuries was rapid and extensive.  God used the fidelity of the preachers of the Gospel, the heroic deaths of the martyrs, and the translation of the Scriptures into the languages of the Roman world to spread the Gospel.

Under Emperor Septimius Severus (193-211) Christians suffered appallingly.  The most severe persecution was under the Emperor Diocletian and his co-regent, Galerius, during the years 303-311.  Many copies of the Bible were burned. Christians were deprived of public office and civil rights.  Most importantly, believers were executed if they refused to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods of Rome.[9]

Yet, far from exterminating the authentic Christians and the Gospel of grace, persecution purified their witness and even attracted more people to find salvation in Jesus Christ.

Tertullian (155 – c.240), an early Christian author from Carthage, wrote some astounding words for our modern day:

“Christians are under a particular necessity of praying for the [Roman] emperors, and for the continued state of the empire; because we know that dreadful power which hangs over the world, and the conclusion of the age, which threatens the most horrible evils, is restrained by the continuance of the time appointed for the Roman Empire.”[10]

Tertullian states two main ideas: (1) Christians pray for the welfare of the Roman government despite its opposition to their faith, and (2) Christians are sober concerning a future which would succeed the Imperial Roman Empire and abound with “the most horrible evils.”

Regarding the chief of “most horrible evils,” Tertullian refers to the wicked agent of Antichrist and his followers in II Thessalonians 2:8-10, “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” About one hundred years later, Tertullian’s predictions began to be realized.

Clerical Corruption of the Church Post Constantine

The persecution of Christians ended in 313 A.D. with the proclamation of the Edict of Milan by the Roman emperors Constantine in the West and Licinius in the East.  This policy established religious freedom for both paganism and Christianity.  Additionally, Constantine allowed the churches to accumulate property for gatherings.[11] While the Edict of Milan relieved the churches of the problem of persecution in the Roman Empire, it created numerous temptations that ultimately weakened the professing church.  The world in the form of Roman privilege and hierarchy corrupted it.

The Edict of Milan led to the corruption of church leadership and the emergence of a privileged clerical class in society.  The new prestige of the clergy enjoyed privileges unavailable to other believers.  Members of the clergy were exempt from taxes and certain civil obligations.  The building of ornate cathedrals, particularly in the major urban centers such as Rome, Alexandria, and later Constantinople, created well-compensated work for priests, deacons, and others to run them.[12]

The emergence of the clergy also consolidated power in the hands of larger jurisdictions.  In the past, independent churches large and small headed by elders or bishops related to each other as peers.  This parity changed after the Edict of Milan.[13]  Archbishops, metropolitans, and patriarchs arose to govern several churches.  Major clerical power came from four great cities: Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem, and Rome, eventually to be joined by Constantinople, the new capital of the Empire.

The rising gap of the church hierarchy from the laity also extended to the Bishop of Rome. The church was in such decline that over time the bishops of Rome began to demand that other churches submit to Rome’s authority.  Rome’s power was limited immediately after Constantine’s coming to power.  Churches in the East and Africa rejected the excommunication of later Roman bishops such as Victor and Stephen for refusing to submit to them.[14]  However, the extended absence of Constantine from Rome strengthened the hand of the Bishop of Rome.  Gradually over time, the Bishop of Rome would emerge on top.

Sacramental Superstition and the Rise of Papal Rome

In the fourth and fifth centuries, as the Gospel was watered down, the true worship of God and the inner conviction of the Holy Spirit gave way to formal rites called “sacraments.”  The official churches also began to practice idolatry in showing and venerating images of Christ and Mary. Pagan practices and philosophies flooded the church, introducing a shallow, diluted appearance of Christianity.

In contrast to the early church in which the Gospel produced an internal unity among believers, the substitution of ritualism for the Gospel became the new basis for external unity for the church.  True saving faith of the heart no longer united the members of the church.  Instead, the autocratic leadership of the Bishop and his clerical hierarchy enforced unity and repressed dissent.  The living church gradually converted to an external church governed by the Bishop of Rome.

Conclusion

What makes the Roman Catholic purported method of salvation so horrific is that it is a rejection of the manifest love of God given in the Gospel.  However, the evident truth that the authentic Christian Church has remains untarnished.  God’s gratuitous love is made effective in accordance with His supreme purposes, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”[15]

In Christ Jesus alone the believer beholds the wisdom, goodness, love, grace, mercy, justice and power of the Father.  God’s grace was planned before it was imparted, as the Scripture says, “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 given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.[16]

The purpose and design of God from all eternity was that all gifts should come to sinful man in and through Christ Jesus.  Emphatically, grace in its most proper and genuine sense is free, as the Scripture says, “being justified freely by His grace.[17]  Then finally grace is sovereign because God bestows it upon whom He pleases.  The reign of sin and false religion is overcome by the reign of God’s grace, as the Scripture says, “even so might grace reign![18]  The abundance of grace far surpasses the evils of sin.

Once a believing sinner accepts Christ Jesus as his only surety before the All Holy God, he finds himself not only freed from his sins, but made to “reign in life.”  As Scripture so clearly states, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”[19] Those who receive the abundant grace given by Christ are not only redeemed from the empire of death, they live and reign with Him as they are sanctified daily through His Word by the Holy Spirit, and by constant fellowship with Him.  With Him also they shall forever live and reign, world without end.  Through Christ Jesus, grace reigns with sovereign freedom, power, and bounty!  “Blessed be his glorious name for ever:  and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.”[20]  


 Richard Bennett and Stuart Quint of “Berean Beacon” Website: https://bereanbeacon.org

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[1] Romans 1:7. All Bible verses derive from the King James Version (www.biblegateway.com ).

[2] Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition (1994: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City), Paragraph 828.

[3] Matthew 23:8-10

[4] Romans 1:8

[5] See Laurie Goodstein, “Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church: Why Is It Still a Story?.”, The New York Times (April 20, 2016) on https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/insider/sex-abuse-and-the-catholic-church-why-is-it-still-a-story.html?mcubz=1accessed on August 25, 2017.

[6] See Stephanie Yang, “The Craziest Financial Schemes that the Vatican Bank Tried to Cover Up”, Business Insider (February 27, 2015) on http://www.businessinsider.com/gods-bankers-financial-scandals-at-the-vatican-2015-2  accessed on August 25, 2017.  See also “Questions multiply by the day in latest Vatican money scandal”, Crux (July 24, 2017) on https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/07/24/questions-multiply-day-latest-vatican-money-scandal/  accessed on September 5, 2017.

[7] See William Cardinal Levada and Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine of the Church (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Vatican City, June 29, 2007) on http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20070629_responsa-quaestiones_en.html  accessed on August 25, 2017.

[8] Acts 20:29-31.

[9] Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 1 (2006: Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA), 34.

[10] Tertullian, Apology, chapter 32 on http://www.tertullian.org/works/apologeticum.htm  accessed on September 14, 2017.

[11] Edward Gibbon (edited by D.H. Low), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1960: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, New York), 287.

[12]Ibid., 305.

[13] Dowling, 36.

[14] Dowling, 32-3.

[15] I John 4:9-10

[16] II Timothy 1:9

[17] Romans 3:24

[18] Romans 5:21

[19] Romans 5:17

[20] Psalm 72:19

The Legacy of the True Historical Patrick

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This article by Richard Bennett was originally posted here on March 16, 2015. It is a joyful document full of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ!


March 3, 2015

“before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire…”

Patrick of Ireland

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Ireland has a very distinctive history. It was an island untouched by the Roman legions, and Patrick, the Evangelist, brought to it the Gospel of grace. Patrick was himself descended from a family that had been, for two generations at least, in Christ Jesus. His father, he tells us was “the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a presbyter, of the settlement of Bannaven Taburniae.”1 These facts are recorded in Patrick’s own testimony of faith. This authentic document is preserved in five manuscripts: one in the Book of Armagh of the seventh century, the second in the Cotton Library of the tenth century, a third in the French monastery of St. Vedastus, and two more in the Cathedral Library of Salisbury. This authenticated document is the main source of both the person and the mission of Patrick, and also his clear statement of the Gospel of grace.

Patrick was born in the year 3732 in a town on the River Clyde in Roman Britain, now a part of Scotland. When he was sixteen years old, Patrick was captured by a band of pirates who sold him to a chieftain in what is now county Antrim in Northern Ireland. For six years he tended flocks. In his testimony he tells us, “I was taken captive before I knew what I should desire and what I should shun.”3 It was during the time of his captivity that he turned from his careless ways and came to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus. He was convicted that he was a sinner. In his own words,

“before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire, and He that is mighty came and in His mercy raised me up and, indeed, lifted me high up and placed me on top of the wall. And from there I ought to shout out in gratitude to the Lord for His great favours in this world and for ever, that the mind of man cannot measure.”4

Patrick, like so many of the godly men of history, found God’s favor in the riches of the grace of Christ. This was the theme echoing throughout the testimony of Patrick, in his own words “I am greatly God’s debtor, because he granted me so much grace.”5 He then grew in the grace of God. Having believed on “the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,”he directly received “of his fullness…grace for grace.”In his own words,

“More and more did the love of God, and my fear of Him and faith increase, and my spirit was moved so that in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers, and in the night a like number; besides I used to stay out in the forests and on the mountain and I would wake up before daylight to pray in the snow, in icy coldness, in rain, and I used to feel neither ill nor any slothfulness, because, as I now see, the Spirit was burning in me at that time.”8

Patrick relates how, after six years, he escaped and after a difficult journey on land and sea returned to his people in Scotland. In his own words, “I was again in Britain with my family [kinsfolk], and they welcomed me as a son, and asked me, in faith, that after the great tribulations I had endured I should not go any where else away from them.”9

His Direct Mission from the Lord

Like the Apostle Paul, he received a clear and personal call from the Lord to preach the Gospel in the land of his former captivity. He described his call in these words,

“I saw a man whose name was Victoricus coming as if from Ireland with innumerable letters, and he gave me one of them, and I read the beginning of the letter: ‘The Voice of the Irish’, and as I was reading the beginning of the letter I seemed at that moment to hear the voice of those who were beside the forest of Foclut which is near the western sea, and they were crying as if with one voice: ‘We beg you, holy youth, that you shall come and shall walk again among us.’ And I was stung intensely in my heart so that I could read no more, and thus I awoke. Thanks be to God, because after so many years the Lord bestowed on them according to their cry.”10

He speaks of being called again in dream another night, but makes it clear how he interpreted what was happening by the Scriptures. He wrote, “‘Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we know not how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for utterance.’” And again, “‘The Lord our advocate intercedes for us.’” Thus, Patrick relies on Scripture to understand his experience and to see that it was the Lord Himself who was calling him. In his own words, “‘He who gave his life for you, He it is who speaks within you.’”11 He understood that Christ Jesus, who had died for his sins, was the One who was calling him to work as an evangelist in the very island where he had been held captive.

A second historical document from Patrick’s own hand is his letter to Coroticus. In it he explains his assignment from God to a foreign nation for the glory of eternal life that is in Christ Jesus. His own words are the following, “Thus I am a servant in Christ to a foreign nation for the unspeakable glory of life everlasting which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”12 This is a major factor in understanding Patrick. He knew himself as a sinner and found salvation where only sinners find it, “in Christ Jesus our Lord.13 The first words of his testimony read, “I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many.” Likewise, in the beginning of his letter to Coroticus he states, “I, Patrick, a sinner, unlearned, resident in Ireland”. Quite clearly Patrick saw himself as a sinner. He did not look to some spark of life from within himself or to some ritual; rather, he looked unto Christ Jesus. Patrick’s words, “unspeakable glory of life everlasting which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” shows his distinct and personal comfort and courage in Christ. Totally unlike religion that looks to rituals, Patrick had his eyes set on the Lord. Catholicism now, and to some extent even in Patrick’s time, looks to sacraments as necessary for salvation.14 Patrick saw himself only as a sinner saved by grace in Christ Jesus. Patrick’s message is that salvation is totally in Christ alone–a message utterly diverse from that of Roman Catholicism then and now.

His Mission Begins

Patrick, the Christian Evangelist, being about 30 years old and together with some brothers in the Lord, set out for Ireland. He arrived in or about the year 405. This fact of history is authentic and verified. For example, Marcus, an Irish Bishop, who lived at the beginning of the ninth century, states that Patrick came to Ireland in the year 405 AD and Nennius, who lived about the same time, repeats the statement.15 This date is of great importance because many centuries later there was an attempt made to confuse Patrick with Palladius, who had been sent out by Pope Celestine as a missionary to Ireland. When news of Patrick’s Christian success had reached Rome, Pope Celestine then sent Palladius as a bishop to bring the churches under the control of the Papacy. It was in 432, at least 27 years after Patrick’s commission from God, that Palladius from Rome came on the scene. When Palladius did come to Ireland, it was to an Ireland that had many Christian churches and that did not accept his message of subservience to the Bishop of Rome. In actual fact, Palladius was greatly discouraged by his lack of success. To quote from the historian Philip Schaff, “Palladius was so discouraged that he soon abandoned the field, with his assistants, for north Britain, where he died among the Picts….The Roman mission of Palladius failed; the independent mission of Patrick succeeded. He is the true Apostle of Ireland, and has impressed his memory in indelible characters upon the Irish race at home and abroad.”16

God’s Grace over the Course of 60 Years

The work of Patrick and his associates in Ireland was extremely difficult. He came up against the old pagan religion of the Druids. The people believed in the Druids as pagan priests who mediated for them in the things of the spirit. When Patrick preached Christ Jesus in his own words he said,

“I am greatly God’s debtor, because he granted me so much grace, that through me many people would be reborn in God, and soon after confirmed, that clergy would be ordained everywhere for them, and the masses lately come to belief, whom the Lord drew from the ends of the earth. As He once promised through His prophets: ‘To you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited naught but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit.’ And again, ‘I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles that you may bring salvation to the uttermost ends of the earth.’ And I wish to wait then for His promise which is never unfulfilled, just as it is promised in the Gospel.”17

He wrote of baptizing many thousands of believers after they had professed faith.18

He also wrote about anxious journeys, difficulties, and disappointments. He combated the powers of darkness in the priesthood of the Druids. He relied on Christ Jesus and the glorious Holy Spirit given to convict people of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He understood grace to be entirely from God when he declared,

“I, alone, can do nothing unless He Himself vouchsafes it to me. But let Him search my heart and [my] nature, for I crave enough for it, even too much, and I am ready for Him to grant me that I drink of His chalice, as He has granted to others who love him. Therefore may it never befall me to be separated by my God from His people whom He has won in this most remote land. I pray God that He gives me perseverance, and that He will deign that I should be a faithful witness for His sake right up to the time of my passing.”19

Over the course of 60 years, Patrick went the length and breadth of Ireland preaching the Gospel and, like Timothy and Titus before him, he ordained elders and established churches. It is reckoned that at the end of his days there were 365 churches across the island. These were established, as were the churches in Biblical times, with the people served by a pastor or elder. The authority of the pastor was one of service, rather than lording it over the people. It was like that which was established in the pages of Scripture. Likewise, the monasteries set up by Patrick, were totally unlike the monasteries that were established under the Church of Rome. These monasteries were quite like those of the Vaudois and other early Christian churches of northern Italy and southern France, whereby men came aside for some years to be trained in the Scriptures and to learn how to evangelize and to bring the Gospel to others. Later in their lives these men married and had families. These men were not forsaking the world for some retreat of inner holiness; rather, they were men who saw light and life in Christ Jesus and wished to evangelize others with the true Gospel. Because of these monasteries and the churches that Patrick founded in Ireland, Ireland became known as the “Isle of Saints and Scholars”.

600 years of Fruitfulness

The clarity of the Gospel message cherished by Patrick and those who worked with him was to live on for many years after him. There were many famous missionaries like Patrick such as Columba and his companions who set out for Scotland in 563. Then there was Columbanus with his companions that went to evangelize France and Germany in 612. Kilian and the brothers that accompanied him went as missionaries to Franconia and Wurzburg in 680. Forannan and twelve brothers with him set out to bring the Gospel to the Belgian frontier in 970.20

For more than six hundred years, Irish missionaries carried the Gospel with the same truthfulness as Patrick’s to Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and beyond. Darkness covered Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries. The Dark Ages had begun and the Roman Church, having gained rulership through intrigue and persecution, now held most of Europe in her iron grip. Even so, in those dark centuries, the Irish missionaries continued to spread the true Gospel, seed which for centuries to come would bear much good fruit all across Europe.

EMBEZZLEMENT OF THE LEGACY OF PATRICK

With the coming of the Danes in the ninth century, however, the Celtic Church in Ireland began to lose its Biblical clarity. Further, Papal Rome began to unleash military power to bring Ireland under her control. This began with the decree of Pope Adrian IV issued to King Henry II of England in 1155. The Pope authorized the invasion of Ireland and sent the king a ring of investiture as Lord of Ireland, calling upon the monarch to, “to extirpate the vices that have there taken root, [in Ireland]…saving to St. Peter and the holy Roman Church the annual pension of one penny from each house.”21

King Henry carried out the designs of the Papacy in 1171 and with a strong military force subdued the whole Irish nation. He received from every Archbishop and Bishop, at the Synod of Cashel in 1172 charters whereby they confirmed the Kingdom of Ireland to him and his heirs. The King sent a transcript of these charters to Pope Alexander III, who, according to the letters of the Archbishops and Bishops, was extremely gratified by the extension of his dominion, and in 1172 issued a bull confirming the Papal decree of Pope Adrian. Further rulings were sent from Rome to Henry II and to the princes and nobles of Ireland, and to the bishops of Ireland to establish the hierarchy over the people and pastors and enjoin obedience of both Ireland and England to the Papal throne.

The Heritage of Patrick Lives On!

The heartbeat and the soul of Patrick was the Gospel of Christ. He wrote in his testimony,

“I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless, I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul’s desire. I am not ignorant of what is said of my Lord in the Psalm: ‘You destroy those who speak a lie and a lying mouth deals death to the soul.’ Likewise the Lord says in the Gospel, ‘In the day of judgment, men shall render an account for every idle word they utter’’ So it is that I should fear mightily, with terror and trembling, this judgment on the day when no one shall be able to steal away or hide, but each one shall render account for even our smallest sins before the judgment seat of Christ.”22

These words of Patrick are as a prophetic trumpet of the Lord. It is most serious to steal the legacy from the people of the nation, particularly when that heritage was life and light in Christ Jesus! Many Irish have grown up engrossed in the rites and rituals of Roman Catholicism. Many of us, turning from those dead things and having drunk deeply of the Biblical grace of God that is in Christ Jesus, now want to stand on Patrick’s words, “no one shall be able to steal away or hide, but each one shall render account for even our smallest sins before the judgment seat of Christ.” To publish abroad the Gospel of God’s chosen in Christ “before the foundation of the world”23 is our longing now, as it was Patrick’s then. The wonder of Patrick’s life was simply God’s grace in Christ Jesus. The divine call to the true Gospel went forth from Ireland for more than 600 years. Just as Patrick expected the power of God’s grace to overcome the priesthood of the Druids, we now stand for the same Biblical Gospel that he preached to evangelize even those in the Catholic priesthood and hierarchy. The battle is the Lord’s and the victory will be His. “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”24 In the legacy of Patrick, we pray Christ words, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.”25 The frightening words of the Lord ring in the ears of those who spend their lives in man-made religion, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”26 No person by merely acknowledging Christ through a priesthood and sacraments shall have any part with God in Him, but only the one who does the will of His Father. The Lord made the will of the Father abundantly clear when He said, “this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”27 “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts….28 As Christ Jesus’ Gospel stands, so also is His call on your life. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”29 Believe on Him alone for, “this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”30 Then you will stand where before you Patrick stood immoveable, and this is how it will be for all eternity. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”31Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”§

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The Confession of Patrick, http://irelandnow.com/legends/confession.html, 1/29/03, p. 1.

2 “According to the best authorities, Patrick was born about A.D. 373; and Lanigan has adduced good evidence to prove that he died in A.D. 465 (Apud Lanigan, vol. iv. p. 112). The Book of Armagh furnishes corroborative evidence of the same fact. It says, ‘From the passion of Christ to the death of Patrick there were 436 years.’ The crucifixion took place about A.D. 30; and adding these thirty years to the 436 that intervened between the crucifixion and the death of Patrick, we arrive at A.D. 466 as the year of his demise. Traditions of the highest authority attest that he spent sixty years in preaching the Gospel to the Scoto-Irish.” From, “St. Patrick: Apostle of Ireland” in History of the Scottish Nation by J.A. Wylie (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co. Andrew Elliot, Edinburgh 1886) Vol. II, Ch 9.

The Confession of Patrick, p. 2.

4 Ibid., p. 2.

5 Ibid., p. 5.

6 John 1:14.

7 John 1:16.

The Confession of Patrick, p. 2.

The Confession of Patrick, p. 3.

10 Ibid., p 3.

11 Ibid., p. 3.

12 Letter to Coroticus, http://prayerfoundation.org/st_patricks_letter_to_coroticus.htm 1/30/03, p. 2.

13 “…that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith..Philippians 3:8-9

14 “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation.” (italic in the original). Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second ed., (United States Catholic Conference, 1997) Para. 1129.

15 The historian, J A Wylie goes to great lengths of demonstrate the fact that Patrick came to Ireland to evangelise in 405. Among others, he quotes Dr. Killen as saying “‘Its [i.e., this fact] claims to have been acknowledged by the best critics of all denominations,’ by Usher, Ware, Tillemont, Lanigan, and Neander….He [Dr. Killen] thinks that Patrick arrived in Ireland immediately after the death of Nial, or Nial of the Nine Hostages, in the year 405.’” From “St Patrick: Apostle of Ireland” by J.A. Wylie in History of the Scottish Nation, Vol. II, Ch. 13, endnote No. 4.

16 Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 4, Ch. 2, Sect. 14, “The Conversion of Ireland”.

17 The Confession of Patrick, p. 5.

18 Ibid., p. 2.

19 Ibid p 8

20 For a more complete list, see Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 4, Ch. 2, “Conversion of Northern and Western Barbarians”, Sect. 15, “The Irish Church after St. Patrick. The Missionary Period”.

21 The full text of the Papal Bull of Pope Adrian IV that empowered king Henry II to conquer and subdue Christian churches to Rome can be read at:http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/medieval/bullad.htm 3/4/2015

22 The Confession of Patrick, p. 8.

23 Ephesians 1:4

24 Luke 12:32

25 John 17:24

26 Matthew 7:21

27 John 6:29

28 Hebrews 3:7, 8

29 Romans 10:17

30 1 John 5:11-12

31 II Corinthians 5:17

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