Wednesday, February 08, 2006


In the midst of ecumenical talk between Catholics and Protestants, we need to know where we stand, and why. We need to compare this to where the Bible stands. There are many books and other resources available on Roman Catholicism, both good and bad. It is important to point out that this book deals with the official system of Roman Catholicism. Its main concern is not with what this or that individual Catholic professes. If anyone professes to believe what the Roman Catholic Church teaches, or if they profess loyalty to it, then this material applies. They may not believe exactly what is officially taught, but they are involved in the system.

James R. White’s THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CONTROVERSY is one of the best books I have read on this topic. The book’s subtitle asks, “Catholics & Protestants-Do the Differences Still Matter?” White proceeds to show they do. He shows how we cannot ignore the very real differences, since they affect the gospel. White shows how the Roman Catholic gospel is not the Biblical gospel, covering several areas. He shows how when we ignore Sola Scriptura, (the scriptures alone as our final authority), we can teach and believe anything. He points out that this is what Roman Catholicism does in regard to authority and tradition, paving the way for their unbiblical teachings. This is a well researched and documented book that is easy to read. If you don’t know much about Catholicism it is a good place to start.

James White also wrote MARY-ANOTHER REDEEMER? It looks at a movement within Roman Catholicism to declare Mary co-Redeemer with Jesus, and make it an official dogma. The Catholic Church already teaches this, but making it a dogma would obligate EVERY Roman Catholic to believe it.

White shows how Catholic teachings on Mary developed, and what they are today. This harkens back to his other book, when he warns against ignoring Sola Scriptura. Catholicism supports its claims not to worship Mary by creating new definitions of worship. White shows how these claims do not hold water biblically. Saying something is so, does not make it so. If you are relatively unaware of the extent of devotion to Mary among Roman Catholics, this book may shock you, but it is all documented. I have seen many of the original sources, and experienced these teachings first hand. This book needs to be read to be believed and appreciated.

James White's website can be found here.

I would like to point out I do not hate Roman Catholics. My intention is not to attack them. I believe the same is true for James White, whose books and tapes also proclaim the true gospel. Which is more loving: to tell someone the truth or to ignore it and hide it from them-whatever the conseqences?


Blogger Ogilvie said...

Why not just relax, and leave them alone--in the interests of 'peacemaking', or course.

5:39 PM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

That would not be "peacemaking"
See my link above for what Biblical peacemaking is.
It would only be peacekeeping, and wouldn't accomplish anything positive.
I come from a RC family, and my concern for them is genuine.
Unfortunately we really don't get to talk about this stuff, there's usually resistance-no matter how it's presented--So I wait patiently and Trust God. Other than that we get along.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Pilgrim, I believe you when you say you don't hate Catholics. In fact, I've always known you to be fair while not surrendering on what you consider points of contention.

I don't know that White actually hates us per se, but I do suspect he's one of those I mentioned a couple of months ago who would be displeased to find that he'll have to share heaven with us. I think his ego and his need to be right are the most important things to him.

12:51 PM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

Well Joel--we disagree on our opinions of James White--but that's actually beside the point.
The point is what's in the book, as it is a review/recommendation.
I think it would be more profitable & proper to discuss the contents of the book. White is not the firsts person to write those things, but I do appreciate the way he's put it together.
The differences are considerable.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Joel said...

Fair enough. I've been meaning to read "Controversy" anyway, ever since Tim Challies reviewed it. If I get hold of a copy, I'll render an opinion then.

I shoudln't have gotten into badmouthing James White. Thanks for the reminder.

2:29 PM  

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