Terminology Tuesday: Magisterium

With a lot of attention being focused on the Roman Catholic Church and of course the “election” of a new pope, you will hear the word “magisterium” being thrown around, so here is the definition of the word;

*The prerogative of the church to proclaim and teach the good news about Jesus. In many church bodies the term refers more specifically to the group of persons, generally vocational theologians and church officials, who together possess the authority to determine the content of and to pass on to others the official doctrine, teachings and practices of the church. Magisterium is used in a more limited sense to refer to the authoritative teaching body within the Roman Catholic Church, consisting of the bishops under the authority of the pope. The bishops fulfill various kinds of “ordinary” magisterium in an ongoing manner. The “extraordinary” magisterium emerges when bishops are assembled into a council or the pope proclaims new dogma (ex cathedra).

God Bless
Brian Mason

* Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 74

What’s Up with Roman Catholic Teaching on Salvation?

Is it possible to be a Christian if you are to follow the Official Roman Catholic teaching on Salvation? Let’s look at the Catholic position on it. We will see that the Roman Catholic position is contrary to Bible Scripture!

There is a process in the Catholic System to attaining Salvation. First God grants actual grace to the person to be able to believe in Christ and the truth of the Catholic Church (CCC 2000). After the person believes, they must be Baptized (CCC 1257), which infuses Grace into the person (CCC 1999) thus erasing original sin (CCC 405). After the Baptism and the Catholic is saved. But wait a minute, in order to maintain their Salvation they must it is necessary to perform “Good Works” (CCC 2010, 2068, 2080), and must perform Sacraments (CCC 1129). But, grace can be lessened by venial sins or lost entirely by mortal sins. To get rid of Venial sins the Catholic is to take the Eucharist and also perform penance. And this goes on and on….

The Biblical Christian response to all this is clear. Since the Catholic Church maintains a “Works – Faith” doctrine, the Bible, let’s see what the Bible says about that.

Roman 3: 28 28-30 for we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised.
Romans 4: 1-5 1 What then shall we say that Abraham, 1our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified 1by works, he has something to boast about, but not 2before God.3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.5But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

I will leave you with Romans 11: 6, 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
If you are a Catholic please think about what the Bible says and not a man-made Religion.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Is Mitt Romney a Christian?

It seems as usual that when the Presidential race heats up, people want to see what the candidates Values, position on Foreign Policy and other key issues are, but what always becomes a hotbed of controversy is the candidate’s religious views and beliefs. This year is no exception as Mitt Romney seems to be on the Christian Right, or is he?

There are many things to consider when voting for the new Republican leader and President for that matter, and some seem more important than others. I believe that transparency is critical, and I would just like to write about Mormonism and the belief that it is Christian or not? I will let you decide and ask you to look at what the Doctrine of Mormonism teaches.

Mormonism has a lot of beliefs that are contrary to the Christian Doctrine. One I find troubling is that the Mormons believe that “the Book of Mormon is more correct than the Bible” (History of the Church 4, 461) That doesn’t sound very Christian, does it? It gets a bit wackier still…”God used to be a man from another planet”, (Mormon Doctrine pg 321 Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons Vol 5, pg 613-614). “God resides on a planet called Kolob,” (Pearl of Great Price pg 34-35). “After you become a good Mormon you have the potential to becoming a God” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith pg 345-347). “Jesus and Satan are spirit Brothers, and we were all born as Siblings in Heaven to them both” (Mormon Doctrine pg 163).

There is much more Anti-Christian doctrine in the Book of Mormon and associated writings of Mormonism, and I suggest you do your research on Mormonism yourself and please don’t just take my word on this. So I ask the question: Is Mitt Romney a Christian? I think truly that only God knows what is in the heart of man and if they are saved or not. The Mormon doctrines slap the face of true Christianity, and I believe that it is harmful. The truth is paramount in this and any other election, be it State elections or National. The thing that I would like to say is that the American people voted in the current President that has a nebulous religious allegiance, and there have also been many Secularists that have been voted into Government in the past and present. The bottom line I think is, do not vote for someone based on Theology but Values. If Mitt Romney is thought of as a Christian, we should certainly call him on it, especially if it is used as a catapult platform. If he is truly a Mormon, then we must wonder how strongly he supports and believes in the Mormon doctrine and the seemingly odd words of Joseph Smith. It could have dire consequences!

God bless you all, and please vote and pray that God will direct you to the right candidate!

Brian Mason