The Roman Catholic Church and its sex scandals. What a heading, huh? As of this writing, the RCC is embroiled in a new round of worldwide sex scandals in its priesthood. The institutional hierarchy of the RCC is being implicated from bottom to top in a long series of crimes and sins that threaten the faith and very survival of the visible witness to the resurrection of Christ. I stand by that assessment.
In this episode, I give my long view of the RCC from my own experience, trying to clearly lay out the confusions I have in trying to nail down what its claims are, and then how these scandals bear upon those claims.
I invite all sincere RCs to respond to this episode here or on Twitter. Your voice is needed at this time – what do you think, and what should we all think? Western civilization is burning, and the biggest, most visible form of Christianity has a full-blown house fire in the middle of it all.
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Grace and peace to all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in truth,
Adam interviews Presbyterian ruling elder Shane Anderson on the subject of grace and works in the Christian life. A proper Reformed family kerfluffle has roiled the ranks over the past four months concerning the role our works play in our relationship with God.
On this episode, Shane and Adam attempt to iron out a few of the biblical details, and to set straight some of the misunderstandings that are keeping brothers and sisters on separate sides of this battle.
Adam truly does not believe we are all saying different things. We are justified once for all by grace alone, through faith alone, which is a gift of the sovereign, electing love and favor of God alone. There is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Our standing with our Father in heaven is fully secure in Christ, by Christ, and because of Christ alone.
And because of this gratuitous justification, we are also sanctified by grace alone through faith alone, and yet, in the mystery of God’s will at work in ours, we live lives of pursuing holiness when we have the Holy Spirit. There is no other kind of Christian life than to be doing good works in faith. These works do not justify us before God, but by these works we will be judged and rewarded. In this sense, good works are necessary for our completed, final salvation.
That… is Reformed orthodoxy, and therefore, biblical orthodoxy, my dear friends.
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500 years of gospel life! It’s the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! The month of October 2017 marks five centuries since the gospel rose from the ashes and rubble of medieval Christianity.
And we have much to celebrate. While there are many problems in the churches, too many to number, there is one irrefutable reality in our midst: the gospel has not expired from the earth, now 2,000 years into the Church age.
We live! In spite of all Satan’s ploys, we live in Christ! The Church has not been defeated, nor shall she be. Though the forces against us are mighty, the gospel within us is greater, by the Spirit of Christ Himself!
Tune in this next month for episodes surrounding our Reformation heritage. For today, listen to Adam talk about our great God and His gospel. Give your feedback here, and please support the show here.
Some Reformation resources you should check out:
Stephen Nichols: What was God doing Before the Reformation?
W Robert Godfrey: Church History
Seeing Christ in all of Scripture
Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic
If pressed, I am a catholic, orthodox, Protestant evangelical. The capitalization of each of those descriptors is intentional and important – and each of us ought to aspire to the same self description. I think history demands each Christian on earth must be those four things, and I mean the best meaning of those four things.
What is the relationship between Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Evangelical churches? Do we share a common faith? May we consider one another brothers and sisters in Christ? Is there any hope to understand Church history? We attempt to tackle all these questions and more.
In this interview with the Department Chair of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, the discussion ranges across time and earth, asking and answering questions that come with each new generation.
Do you know your place in church history? Have a listen and think deeply with us. You can find Dr. Michael Svigel’s work here, and his faculty information here.
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What happens on Judgment Day? Do our works play a role in how we are rewarded, and in our experience with eternal life? What do the end times look like, and will we see Christ return?
Ben Askins joins Adam for a brief but fruitful discussion on these weighty ideas. The two of them were trained up together under a tremendously gifted pastor some years back, and Adam wanted to check in with Ben to make sure he was continuing on the straight and narrow 😉
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Most of my best learning over the past five years has come by trying out all kinds of podcasts. Like many before me, I’ve decided to give it a shot myself. The work to get there is pretty detailed and technical – so it may take me a bit of time to launch, but I’m working hard on it. It’s brewing.
What’ll it Be?
The CoNJP is going to be a man swinging a sword and an axe, aiming for the heart of darkness and the roots of evil in our world. Like you all, I’m watching Western civilization descend into a black hole of moral anarchy, and I’m not going to sit idly by as she goes.
I believe there is a future for the West, and I want to invest in it. 3,000 years of our history is not about to go up in flames because of an army of Social Justice Warriors griping and screaming in the streets. We traditionalists (of all stripes) must realize we are powerful, possessing old, sharp weapons of warfare that bring down devilish strongholds.
So the podcast is going to be the Christian worldview and philosophy, applied to untying the Gordian knots of our day. My Twitter can give you a good snapshot of my brand of reactionary thinking.
I will have guests from differing perspectives, I’ll address relationships, education, military issues, ethics, arts, sports, entertainment, and anything else I get my mind around. Read a couple weeks’ worth of my tweets for more detailed flavoring.
– Adam Kane