Few books have been as helpful to me as this one has been.
We all know someone who holds to Catholicism, but do we really know what the Catholic church teaches? More importantly, do we know how what the Catholic church teaches differs from what protestants believe the Bible teaches? Are there really differences regarding the Gospel? The answer to this last question is a resounding, “YES.”
In this book, R. C. Sproul walks the reader through six major differences between the teachings of the Catholic church and the teachings of Scripture. He explains the Roman Catholic Church’s beliefs concerning Scripture, Justification, the Church, the Sacraments, the Papacy, and Mary. He also presents that Bible’s teaching on those same topics, helping the reader to clearly see the error of Catholicism.
Sproul supports his claims with an abundance of quotes from Catholic documents. He also dispels some wrong ideas that some Protestants have about Catholicism. This is all done in an effort to offer a fair and accurate presentation of the key differences between Catholicism and Scripture.
If you have Catholic friends, want to learn more about Catholicism, or just want to become more grounded in true doctrine, this book will be a tremendous help to you. I highly recommend it.
Billy Graham has preached in over 175 countries, met countless presidents and political leaders from around the world, and led massive revivals. He is perhaps the most well-known preacher of our era and the message he has preached has impacted the lives of thousands. While hundreds could be listed, here are ten great quotes from Dr. Graham.
1- “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”
2- “We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding.”
3- “Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.”
4- “Many invest wisely in business matters, but fail to invest time and interest in their most valued possessions: their spouses and children.”
5- “Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.”
6- “The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.”
7- “We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.”
8- “The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”
9- “Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God.”
10- “No matter how dark and hopeless a situation might seem, never stop praying.”
I have followed David Platt for a number of years. I have read his books, listened to his sermons, and attended his Secret Church simulcasts. His passion for the nations is undeniable. Formerly the Senior Pastor at the Church of Brook Hills, he now serves as the President of the International Mission Board. Here are ten quotes by Platt that are especially thought-provoking.
1- “Every saved person this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person this side of hell.”
2- “We desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical.”
3- “A materialistic world will not be won to Christ by a materialistic church.”
4- “Disciple making is not a call for others to come to us to hear the gospel but a command for us to go to others to share the gospel.”
5- “The way to conquer sin is not by working hard to change our deeds, but by trusting Jesus to change our desires.”
6- “Being a member of a church means realizing that we are responsible for helping the brothers and sisters around us to grow as disciples of Jesus. In the same way, they are responsible for helping us. We desperately need each other in the daily fight to follow Christ in a world that’s full of sin.”
7- “Yet the penalty for sin is not determined by our measure of it. Instead, the penalty for sin is determined by the magnitude of the one sinned against.”
8- “To everyone wanting a safe, untroubled, comfortable life free from danger, stay away from Jesus. The danger in our lives will always increase in proportion to the depth of our relationship with Christ.”
9- “While the goal of the American dream is to make much of us, the goal of the gospel is to make much of God.”
10- “How will I ever show the gospel to the world if all I send is my money? Was I really so shallow as to think that my money is the answer to the needs in the world?”