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A Fresh Look at This So – Called Heresy Allegation                                                              

As Oneness Apostolic Pentecostals continue to proclaim the biblical truth of The Mighty God in Jesus Christ, and the need to be born again according to John 3: 5 and Acts 2: 38, inevitably someone will cry out, “Heresy!” to try and drown out our scriptural reasons for our proclamations.  I have decided to address this “heresy” allegation, and see if it has any validity.  

What exactly is Heresy?                                                                                                                            
After searching several dictionaries, it is evident that Heresy basically means to express a belief or opinion that is not in accordance or in alignment with the orthodox and accepted beliefs of a particular religion.  Most dictionaries even include as one of the definitions, “anyone who has departed from Roman Catholicism”.  I have concluded that the “heresy” word is used rather loosely these days.  It becomes way too easy to simply label someone a heretic if they fail to believe the way you do, or if they have left your church.  With this is mind, what WAS the established belief of the day? And just why was Paul considered a heretic?

What did the Jewish religion believe about God?                                                                                  

For approximately 4000 years, the established and official belief of the Jewish religion concerning God was Monotheism, the belief in only One God.  It rang loud and clear in verses such as this:                      

Deuteronomy 6: 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

They believed that God and God alone was to be worshipped and loved with all their heart, soul and might.  They were told to teach this to their children in the morning, noon and evening. They were to write this on the pillars and gates of their homes.  They were never to forget that God is a jealous God, and His glory He would not share with another.  Belief in any other God than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the God of their fathers - was completely foreign to them.  They were never taught that God was One Eternal being in three separate and distinct persons, but that God was One LORD.  They understood that God could not have an equal: There was no deity other than Him, and there could be no deity next to Him.  He was the only God that could provide Salvation:

Is. 45: 5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.                                                

Is. 43: 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.                                                              

Is. 46: 5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?

The conversion of a great Apostle                                                                                                              
The apostle Paul had grown up as Saul, of Tarsus, and was a devout Jew. He fought the new “Jesus movement” vehemently, believing with all his heart that he was protecting the God of his fathers by persecuting the church. (Acts 22: 3, 4)  Through all the chaos, Jesus saw a zeal in Saul that he would honor by revealing Himself in a way that He had not previously done – He spoke directly from Heaven:

Acts 9: 3 - 6 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutes thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.                                                                                                          
Long story short, Paul becomes a powerful proponent of Jesus Christ and begins to preach that Jesus is indeed the long awaited Messiah – the Just and Holy One that was prophesied.  This was still before they were called “Christians” (See Acts 11: 26).  Those preaching the Acts 2: 38 message and who were experiencing signs and wonders in the name of Jesus Christ were simply referred to as “The Way” or “The Sect of the Nazarenes”, (Acts 24: 5) stemming from the fact that Jesus was from Nazareth.

So why could Paul have been considered a Heretic?

Previous to Pauls’ conversion, he was in line with Orthodox views that God alone was to be worshipped, and that His glory could never be given to another. Orthodox Judaism believes this to this day.  (Ironically, Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe that to worship any other than Jehovah is blasphemy.)  Because Paul became a believer in Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us, that made him a “defector” of the Orthodox Religion.  He was now accused of being the “ringleader’ of this new “cult” or “sect”. In their eyes, he had forsaken the cry of “the LORD our God is One LORD”.  Paul himself was a Pharisee, and Pharisees had accused Jesus of being a blasphemer, because being a man, He “made himself God.” (See John 10: 33)  But in his defense in Acts 24, Paul states that he has never stopped worshipping the God of his fathers:

Acts 24: 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

He did not confess it to be heresy – he said it is what “they call heresy” – or this “so called heresy allegation”.  We know from his writings that Paul believed Jesus to be God manifested in flesh (1 Tim. 3: 16) and that in Jesus was the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Col. 2: 9).  So what Paul was saying was, “I have not stopped worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I haven’t stopped believing in the scriptures – I’ve just had a revelation of who Jesus really is!”  When you hear from God, and He says, “I am Jesus”, your life will never be the same again.

I would like to briefly address those of you who believe that Oneness Apostolics are in heresy.  I ask you to re-evaluate who has actually departed from the Apostle’s doctrine.  Like Saul, you are fighting against the name of Jesus – even denying it in water baptism.  You are denying Jesus the title of Mighty God and Everlasting Father.  And why exactly are you considering us to be heretics? Is it because we have departed from Catholicism? That cannot be true, since The New Testament Church preceded the RCC.  Is it because we have departed from the doctrine of One God existing in three persons? That cannot be true, because that was never taught by God in Heaven, Jesus on earth, nor the prophets or Apostles.  Is it because we baptize in Jesus’ name?  I want you to dwell on that one a bit: You are considering us “heretics” for baptizing in the name that is above all names, the only name that saves, and the only mode of baptism ever recorded in The New Testament Church.  The same baptism that worked for Peter and Paul to save countless souls.  Can I remind you that Peter learned directly from Jesus and was given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven? (Matt. 16:19)  Can I remind you that Paul said that his revelation came straight from God?  (Gal. 1: 11 – 17) And finally, do you consider us to be heretics because we are taking the glory from the Father when we worship Jesus as the One True God?  The truth is, we have never stopped worshipping the God of our fathers; we’ve just had a “Saul to Paul” conversion on Damascus Road.

1 Tim. 3: 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. – Paul (formerly Saul)
(Excerpt from “Withstanding The Winds”)      
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The HolyGlorious and All-Praised Leaders of the ApostlesPeter and Paul 


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Peter was the son of Jonah and the brother of Andrew, the First-called. He was of theTribe of Simeon from the town of Bethsaida. He was a fisherman and, at first, was called Simon but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas or Peter: “And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, You are Simon the son of Jonah: you shall be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a rock” (St. John 1:42).

He was the first of the disciples to clearly express faith in the Lord Jesus saying: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (St. Matthew 16:16). His love for the Lord was great and his faith in the Lord gradually strengthened. When the Lord was brought to trial, Peter denied Him three times but after only one glance into the face of the Lord, Peter’s soul was filled with shame and repentance.

After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter appears as a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. Following one of his sermons in Jerusalem, three-thousand souls converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, throughout Illyria and Italy. Peter worked many powerful miracles; he healed the sick, resurrected the dead; the sick were healed even from his shadow. He had a great struggle with Simon the Magician who proclaimed himself as god but in reality Simon was a servant of Satan. Finally, Peter shamed and defeated him. By order of the evil Emperor Nero, Simon’s friend, Peter was condemned to death. Installing Linus as Bishop of Rome, counseling and comforting the flock of Christ, Peter proceeded joyfully to his death. Seeing the cross before him, he begged his executioners to crucify him upside down for he considered himself unworthy to die as did his Lord. Thus the great servant of the Great Lord reposed and received the wreath of eternal glory.

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Paul was born in Tarsus of the tribe of Benjamin. At first, he was called Saul, studied under Gamaliel, was a Pharisee and a persecutor of Christianity. He was miraculously converted to the Christian Faith by the Lord Himself Who appeared to him on the road to Damascus.

He was baptized by the Apostle Ananias, was called Paul and numbered in the service of the great apostles. With a fiery zeal, Paul preached the Gospel everywhere from the borders of Arabia to Spain, among the Jews and among the Gentiles. He received the title “Apostle to the Gentiles.” As horrible as his sufferings were, so much more was his super human patience. Throughout all the years of his preaching Paul, from day to day, hung as one on a weak thread between life and death.

Since he fulfilled all days and nights with labor and suffering for Christ, since he organized the Church in many places and since he attained such a degree of perfection he was able to say: “It is now no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Paul was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero at the same time as the Apostle Peter.

First in prominence among the Apostles, and teachers to the Universe, intercede to the Master of all for peace in the world and for our souls great mercy.

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More information is here:

http://molonlabe70.blogspot.com/2009/06/holy-glorious-and-all-praised-leader-of.html

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Vatican City (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano) is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. With a population of 842, it’s the world’s smallest state. It’s ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical, ruled by the Bishop of Rome - the Pope. The highest functionaries are clergy of various nationalities. Since the return of the Popes from Avignon/France in 1377, they have resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now the Vatican, although at times they have lived at Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere instead. The independent city-state came into existence in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty between the Holy See and Italy. Within the Vatican are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums, featuring some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. The Vatican’s unique economy is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps, tourist mementos, admission fees to museums, and the sale of publications.

kiwicatholic  asked:

Hello Father, I have two questions for you. First of all, what are the guidelines that Catholics used while they were compiling the Bible? What made the Gospels that we use today better than those of the other apostles? And secondly, priests are the only ones that are considered fit to do any sort of exorcism on any type of bad spirit, correct? I'd like to confirm that because I was watching A Haunting the other day where that happened and I didn't think that was right.

Hello,

Here is a link that provides a basic summary of the compilation of Old and New Testaments:

http://www.catholicbasictraining.com/apologetics/coursetexts/1l.htm

Here’s a more detailed study from Fr. Felix Just, S.J.

http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/NT_Canon.htm

Father Felix lists four elements that went into composing the New Testament: 

  1. Apostolic Origin - attributed to and/or based on the preaching/teaching of the first-generation apostles (or their closest companions).
  2. Universal Acceptance - acknowledged by all major Christian communities in the Mediterranean world (by the end of the fourth century).
  3. Liturgical Use - read publicly along with the OT when early Christians gathered for the Lord’s Supper (their weekly worship services).
  4. Consistent Message - containing theological ideas compatible with other accepted Christian writings (incl. the divinity and humanity Jesus).

To answer your second question, yes, Catholic bishops usually designate their priests as ministers of exorcism. However, in a special case, a bishop might delegate a team of Catholic parishioners to carry out an exorcism, as it was done in the early Church (not always done by priests).

One thing to keep in mind with exorcism, as I already wrote a few weeks ago. It is not a spooky, mysterious ritual like you see in Hollywood movies. It is a Christian ministry of service to a person who is tormented by the devil and needs compassion and healing intercession from the Church to drive out the evil spirits.

A possessed person is afflicted in their mind and soul. They say and do things which are inappropriate and embarrassing for them. It is not something for us to gawk at, like a circus show. 

Exorcism, besides prayer and holiness, requires immense privacy, discretion, and prudence, no different than a doctor who has to deal with a patient and respect their privacy, and dignity, at all times, while the patient is put through embarrassing episodes in order to be medically treated. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

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Pope Julius II bull, 1504.

Bull dated Jan. 13, 1504, addressed to Silvio Piccolomini of Siena, confirming his nomination to the office of apostolic scribe by Pius III. Silvio Piccolomini was a layman when appointed in 1502, but between then and the writing of this bull he had taken religious orders. The lead bull of Julius II is attached to the document by a yellow and red silk string.

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MALOS DESEOS (epithunmían kakén)

La palabra «deseos» se usa en el original en tres sentidos:
1. En un sentido neutro para indicar el deseo de alguna cosa (un comerciante puede desear tener más negocios en el buen sentido y con un buen fin).
2. En un buen sentido, como el deseo de Pablo de estar con Cristo o su deseo de ver el rostro de los tesalonicenses (Filipenses 1:23; 1 Tesalonicenses 2:17).
3. En un sentido malo, desear algo que es prohibido. Esta palabra se traduce comúnmente al castellano como concupiscencia (1 Pedro 4:3; 2 Pedro 1:4, 2:10; Tito 3:3; 2 Timoteo 3:6).
En este caso particular de colosenses 3:5 se usa el objetivo «malos» (kakén) para indicar qué deseos son los que condenan.

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