Richard Bennett, former Roman Catholic priest, has put together an excellent chart that compares what the Word of God says and what the Catholic church teaches. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Thy Word is Truth

Just because a church has been around for a long time does not make it right. We must be able to compare its teachings with God’s Word. There must be a measuring stick of some kind that tells us whether or not we are being deceived. We cannot act like an ostrich and put our heads in the sand for one day we will all stand before God to give an account.

~Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.


  1. Read 1 Corinthians 7 vs 32-35 regarding celebacy

  2. 1 Cor. 7:32-35 does speak on celibacy, you’re right and Paul was celibate. However, as he also stated, not everyone is able to do this. No where does Paul state that they MUST be celibate. In fact, Paul continues to discuss the challenges of being married. These verses do not endorse celibacy for all in the ministry – they simply state that the celibate person can care for the things of God with full concentration while the married person will have extra cares and struggles. The letter to the Corinthian church was dealing with issues of a very carnal church. They were having many problems, one being with fornication. Thus, the purpose of the topic of marital status.

    If celibacy were a requirement of the ministry, Peter would not have qualified as he was married (Matthew 8:14, Mark 1:30, Luke 4:38). Let’s keep things in perspective. The Epistles to Timothy by the Apostle Paul were an outline for the leadership of the churches. 1 Tim. 3:2 states clearly that the bishops (Pastors) and deacons must be husbands of one wife. Verses 4-5 talk about him being able to rule his children and his household for how can he rule a church if he can’t even rule his own household.

    Maryellen, you cannot take a piece of an epistle (especially one written to the most carnal Corinthian church in Bible history) to form a doctrine and leave out these beautiful words written in 1 Timothy. This is where the rubber meets the road. Does a person believe God’s Word or does a person believe church tradition when they contradict one another?

    ~Psalm 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

    God’s Word is pure, without error, for He has purified His Word. Verse 7 goes further and states that God WILL keep His Word and preserve His Word forever. Therefore, since God’s Words are preserved forever, I must obey His Word OVER what man (or church fathers) changes. All the Apostles agreed to this statement:

    ~Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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