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  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 2:02 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible quoting, Biblical Answer Generator, Evangelical, Fundamental Christians, Fundamentalists   

    Biblical Answer Generator 

    I used to have a fundamentalist mindset. I remember doing exercises where the only answer I could give to questions were bible verses. The one who could do this the longest won. Me. I won. It is based on Jesus being tempted in the wilderness where Satan challenges him and each time Jesus corrects him with a scripture. This is how one fights the enemy. With scripture.

    It’s very frustrating. When the conversation is between human beings, even if we disagree, at least there’s hope of mutual understanding. But when one resorts to quoting scripture, that’s when I bail. It’s over. Sometimes, I kid you not, I think I’m talking to a troll or some kind of ingenious Biblical Answer Generator. You know what’s coming out of that cannon? You guessed it. Bibles!

    via why i never talk with a fundamentalist.

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 4:38 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Catholic Answer, , , , , , , Dave Armstrong, Evangelical, , Sola Fide   

    Interview with Catholic Apologist Dave Armstrong 

    Who is Dave Armstrong?

    Catholic, Catholic apologist, author, family man, and fun-loving guy!

    What were your experiences as a Campus missionary?

    I shared the gospel (as an evangelical Protestant) and tried to demonstrate that Christianity was compatible with reason. I didn’t seem to accomplish much in that period (1985-1989), and it ended up as a failure (or so I thought at the time), but you never know who may be affected in some way.

    As an Evangelical Christian, what was your understanding of Sola Fide?

    I believed that one was saved and justified by faith alone, and that works are what one does in gratification for the salvation already supposedly obtained once and for all (formal separation of sanctification from justification): standard evangelical (Arminian) soteriology . . .

    Why is Sola Fide so popular among Protestants?

    I think it’s because they wrongly believe that we teach salvation by works, and they are reacting against that. But in practical “everyday life” terms, the two belief-systems work out the same way: both hold to salvation by grace alone, and the notion that works are absolutely necessary in the Christian life (over against the heresies of antinomianism and Pelagianism)

    Is Sola Fide the Gospel?

    No. According to the Bible, the gospel is the life, atoning death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ: the “good news”. He died for us so that we can obtain eternal life through His blood, by grace through faith (yet not excluding works in the overall equation, since :”faith without works is dead”)

    What was your view on Catholicism in your Evangelical days?

    I accepted it as Christian (was never anti-Catholic) but with a lot of flaws and nominalism, and far inferior to evangelicalism. I came to respect its moral teaching more and more as time went on.

    Why did you become a Roman Catholic?

    1) Because only the Catholic Church upheld the prohibition of contraception as mortal sin, which was believed by all Christians of all sorts until 1930. This was the first issue where I changed my mind.

    2) Studying Cardinal Newman’s development of doctrine convinced me that Catholicism alone could make sense of the course of Christian history and history of Christian doctrine. It demonstrated historical continuity and fully explained why the Church looks different today in many respects, compared to the early Church.

    3) My study of the 16th century conflicts from both sides showed me that the Catholic arguments were superior. The so-called “Protestant reformation” was actually a revolt and a revolution, and it was on altogether inadequate grounds.

    You are an author and Catholic apologist. What inspires you?

    Great Catholic saints and minds through the centuries, and the thought that sharing the message of the gospel and fullness of Catholicism actually plays a role in transforming people’s lives, through God’s grace (always): leading to happier, more fulfilled and rewarding lives in service to God.

    What books would you like to recommend for both Catholics and non-Catholics?

    Lots there. See my several lists of recommendations on this page:

    Personal Page: “Who Is This Dave Armstrong Character?”

    Why should anyone become a Catholic?

    Because it’s true. That’s the bottom line. What is true is also good and is the best route to go, in all respects.

    Your final thought.

    All glory to God! I’m humbled that he uses anything I do to try to influence another human being. It’s an unspeakable privilege and honor to pass along His message, through His Church. God is good! He loves us! He has a plan for all of us!

    Dave Armstrong

    Dave Armstrong became a Catholic in 1991; conversion story in Surprised by Truth (1994). Articles: The Catholic Answer, This Rock, Envoy, & others. Many radio appearances incl. Catholic Answers Live, Faith & Family Live, and Catholic Connection. Website since February 1997: nearly 2,500 papers (including 50+ “index” pages). Sophia Institute Press has published five of my 39 books: A Biblical Defense of Catholicism (2003), The Catholic Verses (2004), The One-Minute Apologist (2007), Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths (2009), & The Quotable Newman (editor: 2012). Co-author (w Dr. Paul Thigpen) of The New Catholic Answer Bible (Our Sunday Visitor: 2005), editor for The Wisdom of Mr. Chesterton (Saint Benedict Press: 2009) & author of 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura (Catholic Answers, 2012). The Quotable Wesley will be published by Beacon Hill Press in Fall 2013. Happily married to Judy (Oct. 1984) with 4 children. Residence: metro Detroit (Michigan). His website is Biblical Evidence for Catholicism. He has a Facebook profile and page. Kindly check out his books here.

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 11:25 pm on July 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: African youth, Authorized King James Version, , , Evangelical, Evangelical youth, , , Ghanaian youth, , , , Josephine Amoako, University of Ghana   

    Interview with Josephine Amoako 

    Can you introduce yourself?

    I am Josephine Amoako, a final year student at the University of Ghana, a blogger and an aspiring scriptwriter.

    Who is God to you?

    God is my everything – the sole reason for my existence; He’s my friend, my protector, He’s my all in all. I don’t think words are enough to explain how much God means to me.

    How is your faith in God relevant to your day-to-day activities?

    Well, it gives me hope during times when the going gets tough. Whatever I may face, I’m only left with the option of trusting that He’s got everything under control.

    Is Jesus really necessary?

    Sure He is! We are all born sinners and condemned to die but He’s the only Way to eternal life. People may think there are other ways to salvation but when you take Jesus out of the equation, everything else amounts to zero.

    How would you introduce Jesus to a non-believer?

    Well, I believe the best way to witness to someone about Christ is to use your life as a worthy example. So I would tell someone what Jesus has done in my life and is still doing and leave it to the Holy Spirit to do the conviction.

    What are your views on pre-marital sex?

    As a Christian, I don’t believe in pre-marital sex no matter the many reasons the world tries to give to support it. Sex is sacred and should be practiced within the confines of marriage.

    As Africans, should we accept gay marriage and move on?

    No I don’t think so. It’s against our culture as Africans and it’s a religious abomination. We should stand for our values.

    What are your favorite Bible verses?

    Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalms 103:1-5 (KJV)

    A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Prov 18:16 (KJV)

    Most young adults these days love having fun by clubbing and partying. What are your views on that?

    Having fun is subjective and relative. Some people have fun by being by themselves and doing some hobbies; others love to be with others and be surrounded by music and laughter. Whatever it is, I advise it should be done in moderation. I believe there’s nothing wrong with spending time with friends in a party once in a while but one should be careful how one carries him/herself about whiles one is there.

    What would be your advice to a female friend who got raped by a mad man and is 3 weeks pregnant?

    I know it’s a traumatic experience and some people may never recover from it. Some would advise that the baby is aborted immediately to take away any memories of the incident but I believe abortion to be murder and two wrongs do not make a right.

    I would advise her to seek counsel from either a pastor or a professional to help overcome the post-traumatic effects and keep the baby. If she cannot take care of it or feels bad about it, she can give it up for adoption. I believe that serves a greater good than killing an innocent baby.

    Your final thought.

    I just want to say thank you for having me on your site, Godwin. I’m touched and deeply honored. I pray your endeavors impart the world and that your works get acknowledged. Have a good day.

    Josephine Amoako

    Josephine Amoako is a Ghanaian who is currently studying at the University of Ghana. She is a Christian who loves to read books and watch good movies and drama series. She also loves listening to cool soothing and exciting gospel music as well as writing. She blogs at Joseyphina’s World. You can like her on Facebook.

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 10:39 am on January 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Evangelical, , , , Scriptures   

    God has given us brains to think for ourselves. We do not need Help to understand Scripture.

    God had given men brains before He came to teach them Himself, and He came to teach them precisely because their brains could not succeed in finding out the things which were to their peace. If you say that His revealed teachings in the Scriptures together with our brains are enough, those very revealed teachings tell you that they are not. Even in the Old Law God said, “The lips of the Priest shall keep knowledge, and they shall seek the law at his mouth.” Mai. II., 7. In the New Law Christ sent His Church to teach men, transferring to His Church that authority of God once possessed by the Priests of the Old Law. In the New Testament itself we find Philip the Deacon saying to the Ethiopian, who was reading the Scriptures, “Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest?” and the Ethiopian replying, “And how can I unless some man show me?” Act VIII., 30. St. Peter, too, explicitly refutes your ideas. “No prophecy of Scripture,” he writes, “is of any private interpretation.” II. Pet. I., 20.

    St. Peter means that the Prophets did not prophesy by their own will, but by the Holy Spirit. He does not refer to interpretation by us.

    Your own Protestant Bishop Ellicott says of these verses, “The words private interpretation might seem to mean that the sacred writers did not get their prophecies by private interpretation, but by divine inspiration. But this is certainly not the meaning. The real meaning is that the reader must not presume to interpret privately that which is far more than ordinary human thought.”

    Bible Only a false principle, Questions 567-568 from Radio Replies Volume I Copyright © 1938 (by Rev. Dr. Leslie Rumble, M.S.C. and Rev. Charles Mortimer Carty).

     
  • Godwin Delali Adadzie 12:05 am on November 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Charismatic churches, , , Evangelical, Evangelical preachers, mega churches   

    Would Jesus Wear A Rolex? 

    Would Jesus Wear A Rolex 
    By Ray Stevens Lyrics

    Woke up this mornin’, turned on the t.v. set.
    there in livin’ color, was somethin’ I can’t forget.
    This man was preachin’ at me, yeah, layin’ on the charm
    askin’ me for twenty, with ten-thousand on his arm.
    He wore designer clothes, and a big smile on his face
    tellin’ me salvation while they sang Amazin’ Grace.
    Askin’ me for money, when he had all the signs of wealth.
    I almost wrote a check out, yeah, then I asked myself

    (chorus)

    Would He wear a pinky ring, would He drive a fancy car?
    Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressin’ room have a star?
    If He came back tomorrow, well there’s somethin’ I’d like to know
    Could ya tell me, Would Jesus wear a Rolex on His television show.

    Would Jesus be political if He came back to earth?
    Have His second home in Palm Springs, yeah, a try to hide His worth?
    Take money, from those poor folks, when He comes back again,
    and admit He’s talked to all them preachers who say they been a talkin’ to Him?

    (chorus)

    Just ask ya’ self, Would He wear a pinky ring,
    Would He drive a fancy car?
    Would His wife wear furs and diamonds, would His dressing room have a star?
    If He came back tomorrow, well there’s somethin’ I’d like to know:
    Could ya tell me, would Jesus wear a Rolex,
    Would jesus wear a Rolex
    Would Jesus wear a Rolex
    On His television show-ooh-ooh?

     
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