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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Date Posted:
2/3/1998

Contents
Introduction (1-6)
The Bible (9-23)
The Pope (24-42)
The Sacraments (43-51)
Confirmation (53-54)
Lord's Supper (55-78)
Priesthood (79-94)
Matrimony (95-97)
SIN (98-107)
Forgiveness (108-122)
Indulgences (123-127)
Penance (128-141)
Purgatory (142-159)
Mariolatry (160-187)
Angels (188-208)
Reformation (210-213)
Patrick (214-228)
Ecumenism (229-240)


The Bible (9-23)


A Concise Guide to Bible Christianity and Romanism
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley


  1. What does the Free Presbyterian Church teach concerning the reading of the Bible?
  2. Did the Church of Rome give the Bible to all her members to read?
  3. How did the Roman Index of Prohibited Books define the act of reading the Bible?
  4. If a member of the Church of Rome possessed a copy of the Bible without such permission, what was the penalty?
  5. How has Rome treated the Bible?
  6. Is Rome the preserver of the Bible?
  7. What is Vatican II?
  8. What is the attitude of the Church of Rome today to the Bible?
  9. What is the official summary of the Roman faith?
  10. What does this Creed teach about the Bible?
  11. What does this Creed declare to be in equal footing with the Bible?
  12. What are ecclesiastical traditions?
  13. In practise are the Scriptures on equal footing as tradition in the Church of Rome?
  14. Could you interpret the Scriptures according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers?
  15. How does Rome use tradition and the teaching of the Church?

Back to Top 9. What does the Free Presbyterian Church teach concerning the reading of the Bible?

The Free Presbyterian Church teaches that the Bible ought to be read believingly, intelligently, prayerfully and systematically by everyone.

Back to Top 10. Did the Church of Rome give the Bible to all her members to read?

No! The Church of Rome placed the Bible in the mother tongue of the people on the Index of Prohibited Books.

Back to Top 11. How did the Roman Index of Prohibited Books define the act of reading the Bible?

The Roman Index states, 'It is manifest from experience that if the Holy Bible translated into the vulgar tongue be indiscriminately allowed to every one, the temerity of men will cause more evil than good to arise from it.' However, the Church of Rome did allow for written permission to be granted by a bishop to certain individuals who asked for that permission.

Back to Top 12. If a member of the Church of Rome possessed a copy of the Bible without such permission, what was the penalty?

'If any shall have the presumption to read or possess it without any such written permission, he shall not receive absolution until he first deliver up the Bible to the ordinary'*; that is, according to the Roman principles, his soul is damned.

* The ordinary is the person who has ordinary or immediate jurisdiction on affairs ecclesiastical, usually the bishop of the Diocese.

Back to Top 13. How has Rome treated the Bible?

Rome has done her best to destroy the Bible, should it come into possession of her people in their mother tongue. In Reformation days she consigned the Bible to the flames, and down through history practised torture, imprisonment and death on those who sought to read and believe the truths of the Word of God.

Back to Top 14. Is Rome the preserver of the Bible?

Rome asserts that we are under her debt for the preservation of the Bible and maintains that she is the guardian of the Bible. Is this so?

No, this is another lie of Rome. The Bible is not the word of any Pope or Church but is the Word of God and has been Divinely preserved by God for the world of men through His grace alone. It was safeguarded for us, not by the Church of Rome who did everything in her power to destroy the Bible, but by the Jews and the saints, for the faith was delivered to the saints - the true believers in Christ, members of the universal church.

Back to Top 15. What is Vatican II?

Vatican II was the Roman Catholic Church Council opened by Pope John on 11 October, 1962, and closed by Pope John Paul on 8 December, 1965. It issued an update by Rome on her dogmas. Ecumenical clergy in the 'Protestant' churches claimed that it marked a change in Rome's doctrines. The documents issued by Vatican II explode this claim as an atrocious lie.

Back to Top 16. What is the attitude of the Church of Rome today to the Bible?

Vatican Council II did not change in any basic way Rome's attitude to the Bible. Rome still claims that she alone can interpret the Bible. She also still claims that religious authority is based upon the Bible plus Tradition, and directs that the Bible should only be read in versions approved by her. Such versions change the text of Scripture in order to make it bolster up Rome's false doctrines. Further, she still claims that she alone can infallibly interpret the Bible.

Vatican II - Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (18 November 1965):

'Consequently it is not from sacred Scriptures alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred tradition and sacred scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of devotion and reverence [...] It is clear therefore that sacred scripture and the teaching authority of the church, in accord to God's most wise design, are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without the others, and that altogether and each in its own way under the action of the one Holy Spirit contribute effectively of the salvation of souls.' (Chapter 2, Paragraph 9)

Catechism of the Catholic Church - Dublin, Veritas, 1995:

'Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out of the same well-spring, come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move towards the same goal. […] As a result the Church, to whom transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.' (Paragraphs 80, 82)

Back to Top 17. What is the official summary of the Roman faith?

The official summary of the Roman faith is the Creed of Pope Pius IV.

Back to Top 18. What does this Creed teach about the Bible?

Articles 1 and 2 of this Creed state, 'I most steadfastly admit and embrace apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and all other observances and constitutions of the same church. I also admit the Holy Scriptures, according to that sense which our Holy Mother Church has held and does hold, to which it belongs, to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures. Neither will I ever take and interpret them otherwise in according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.'

Back to Top 19. What does this Creed declare to be in equal footing with the Bible?

This Creed declares that apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions are on equal footing with the Bible, and teaches that they are to be 'received with equal piety and veneration with Scripture, and whosoever shall knowingly and deliberately despise these traditions is accursed.'

Back to Top 20. What are ecclesiastical traditions?

Ecclesiastical traditions, according to the Church of Rome, are dogmas of the church or practices of the church which are accepted by the Roman Church, but which are nevertheless nowhere found in the Scriptures of Truth.

Back to Top 21. In practise are the Scriptures on equal footing as tradition in the Church of Rome?

No, because in practise tradition interprets the Scriptures, and tradition is further declared and decreed by the Church, and is required to be believed because the Church teaches it. So tradition, as in the Creed of Pope Pius IV, comes first, and Scripture second.

Back to Top 22. Could you interpret the Scriptures according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers?

No, this is impossible, for the Fathers were not unanimous in their interpretations of Scripture and differed greatly in many of their interpretations of particular texts and passages of the Bible.

Back to Top 23. How does Rome use tradition and the teaching of the Church?

The Church of Rome uses tradition and the teaching of the Church to propagate and defend doctrines and practices which have absolutely no Scriptural authority whatsoever. For example, her dogmas of the Mass, Papal Infallibility and Mariolatry.

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