Go read! Timothy Kauffman

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We agree with Mr. Voris when he says that Roman Catholics worship a different god.

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Please don’t be turned off by the title – it didn’t originate with Timothy Kauffman. Michael Voris, a Catholic writer at Churchmilitant.com (the Vortex), used the term “Protty” Jesus as a way to belittle Protestant faith in the true Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible. Mr. Kauffman answers Mr. Voris here:

THE “PROTTY” JESUS

Out of His Mouth blog | Casting the Light of the Word on “works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11)

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Books about Catholicism – from a former Catholic who reads a lot on this subject

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books

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A sampling from Tom’s list:

Bennett, Richard. On the Wings of Grace Alone (2015). AMZ (available from Amazon)

Boettner, Loraine. The Mass (1970). TP (available from Amazon third-party sellers)

McCarthy, James G. The Gospel According to Rome (1995). AMZ

Tom said about this book, “If I had to recommend only one book to interested Catholics it would be ‘The Gospel According to Rome’ by James G. McCarthy…”

Kauffman, Timothy F. Quite Contrary: A Biblical Reconsideration of the Apparitions of Mary (1998). TP

Kauffman, Timothy F., ed. Geese in Their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles Haddon Spurgeon(1997). TP

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There are many more for study at excatholic4christ’s Books page

Source: Books

FROM THE HEART – Timothy F. Kauffman’s testimony

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Timothy Kauffman is a former Roman Catholic who is now working so that others may know the truth about Catholicism and be given an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Here is his testimony. It was the initial post on his blog, Out of His Mouth.

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FROM THE HEART

February 3, 2014

I became a believer in 1990, and because I was saved out of Roman Catholicism, and into Christianity, I just assumed all of my fellow Protestants understood why Roman Catholicism was out of accord with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that will offend some people, but let’s be honest. The debate over the true church took place 500 years ago, and both sides—Protestant and Roman Catholic—concluded that the other side was in error. There have been many failed attempts since then to gloss over the differences, but those attempts always fail because one side believes in justification by faith + works, and the other believes in justification by faith alone. The two positions are irreconcilable…

Finish reading this here.

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The Little Horn of Daniel 7 – What early Christians feared most about it

A different view of, and insights into, the study of prophecy. There is much to be said for it…

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WHAT THE FATHERS FEARED MOST

St. AugustineAugustine was worried that what was about to happen… was about to happen.

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There is a tendency in some Christian circles to view all things eschatological through the lens of current events. This was epitomized in the late 1980s and early 1990s by a popular T-shirt that read, “If you want to understand the Book of Revelation, just read the headlines!” Every earthquake, every war, every powerful new politician was understood as evidence that the end times were now upon us. This method of interpretation is nothing new.

In some senses, we can say that Luther used this method to interpret Daniel and Revelation: “The world runs and hastens so diligently to its end,” he wrote. “The Turk has reached his highest point; the pomp of the papacy is fading away, and the world is cracking on all sides” (Luther, Letter to John Frederic, Duke of Saxony, February/March 1530). In his commentary on Daniel, he stopped expounding beyond 11:39, “for only in experience can this chapter be understood” (Luther, Preface to the Prophet Daniel, (1530)). Current events, it seems, would be sufficient to interpret the text.

There are many other examples. Pope Gregory the Great, in the introduction to his commentary on Job, wrote that “the end of the world is at hand,” and “the times are disturbed by reason of the multiplied evils thereof” (Pope Gregory I, An Exposition on the Book of Blessed Job, Vol. I—The First Part). Athanasius thought that Constantius II, Roman Emperor from 337 to 361, had “surpassed  those before him in wickedness,” and had “devised a new mode of persecution” and therefore must be the Antichrist (Athanasius, Arian History, Part VIII.74). Jerome informs us of Judas, an obscure writer of the sub-apostolic era, who believed that the end of the world was at hand in the year 202, “because the greatness of the persecutions seemed to forebode the end of the world” (Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men, Chapter LII). The list could go on, and the temptation is ever before us to use current events as the benchmark, and work backwards to make our eschatology fit.

A more reliable method, however, is to work from a benchmark established in Scripture and work forward. One of the most widely used benchmarks is Daniel’s vision of coming empires in Daniel chapter 7. Four beasts, signifying four empires, arise and fall in succession: A Lion (Babylon), a Bear (Medo-Persia), a Leopard (Greece), and “a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible” ( 7:7), which is understood to be Rome.

But the vision did not end there. The fourth beast “was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns” (7:7), and among those ten, an eleventh was to arise, “speaking great things” (7:8) “against the Most High” (7:25), who “shall wear out the saints of the most High” (7:25). This period of the ten horns is likened to the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2, in which the fourth kingdom “shall be divided” (2:41) and “they shall not cleave one to another” (2:43). If one were to assume an unbroken continuum of history from Babylon to Rome, then the post-apostolic era was ripe for the fulfillment of the last part of Daniel’s vision, namely, the dividing of the Roman Empire, and the rise of the Eleventh Horn.

To read the rest of this excellent article take this link.

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What did early Christians believe? Their praise was their sacrifice.

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“The Early Church understood praise, not the Lord’s Supper, to be the sacrifice of the New Covenant (Hebrews 13:15).”

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After the Apostles died, and were received into the Lord’s presence, did early Christians remain faithful to their teaching, which was Christ’s?

What did these early Christians believe about worship and sacrifice?Timothy F. Kauffman is posting a series of articles answering these questions on his blog, Out of His Mouth. This is the intro from one of the posts:

… This series is a response to The Sacrifice Challenge, a challenge issued by Roman Catholic apologists who believe that the only possible fulfillment of Malachi 1:11 is Roman Catholicism’s sacrifice of the Mass. The Early Church, however, saw the sacrifice and incense of Malachi 1:11 to be “simple prayer from a pure conscience,” not a sacrifice of bread and wine.

Before Roman Catholicism came on the scene, the Early Church saw the Lord’s Supper as a memorial meal, and saw praise and thanks as the sacrifice of the New Covenant, in accordance with Romans 12:1 and Hebrews 13:15,

Take these links to read the first two articles in this multi-part series:

THEIR PRAISE WAS THEIR SACRIFICE (PART 1)

THEIR PRAISE WAS THEIR SACRIFICE (PART 2)

Here is the passage of Scripture in question: 

Malachi 1:10,11

10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

The Lord commanded us to preach the Gospel to every person, for it is the power of God unto salvation unto all those who believe (Romans 1:16). We must be equipped to preach to Catholics by knowing what they have been taught. We then can emphasize those things they need to grasp, particularly the finished character of the Lord’s work on our behalf, and the Word of God as our sole authority. 

Visit Timothy’s blog to learn from post-apostolic writers what was taught and believed in the early church about Malachi’s prophecy, and what Catholics claim in opposition to this.

Pray for Catholics. And pray for Christians as well, that they won’t be deceived into thinking that union with the Church of Rome is desirable on the grounds that it will foster world peace, or that in some way Rome is our true and ancient home. Pray that they will love the truth and maintain separation, and please God not man.

A word of caution. The discussions in the comment sections of the posts are sometimes intense. 

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About Out of His Mouth blog:

Revelation 19:11-16 describes a white horse whose Rider is “called Faithful and True,” and whose “name is called The Word of God.” Out of His Mouth “goeth a sharp sword.” That sword is the Word of God. Out of His Mouth is a blog written by a former Roman Catholic, Timothy F. Kauffman, with a passion for wielding the sword of truth in defense of the faith, and refuting the errors in which he himself was once enslaved. Mr. Kauffman lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, Jennifer and their four children.

Suggestions from Timothy for further study:

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Sections 21, 22 and 23
21.  The Sacraments
22.  The Right Administration of the Sacraments
23.  To Whom Sacraments Appertain

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