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All articles by Richard Bennett

Richard is associated with the Berean Beacon ministry, USA

The presumption of primacy

Article

August 2008
Cults and other religions

The presumption of primacy

The presumption of primacy In a document released on 10 July 2007 (as reported on p.3 of ET's September 2007 issue) the Roman Pontiff declared that Christian churches outside the Church of Rome 'are not Churches in a proper sense'. Of course, Joseph Ratzinger had made this claim before as a cardinal, but it was…

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Has Rome changed?

Article

June 2008
Cults and other religions

Has Rome changed?

Has Rome changed? Many Evangelicals will tell you, 'The Catholic Church has changed'. This is because the Catholic Church has enticed Evangelicals - calling them 'separated brethren' and dialoguing with them as if it respected their beliefs.  Quite a number of people who call themselves Evangelical accept as fact that Papal Rome has changed and…

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Emergent and the rule of life

Article

November 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Emergent and the rule of life

Last month I began to explore how the 'emergent church' promotes Roman Catholic mysticism among its 'evangelical' adherents - citing particularly Tony Jones' recent book, Soul shaper: Exploring spirituality and contemplative practices in youth ministry. Jones is the US National Coordinator of 'Emergent-US' and minister to youth at Colonial Church of Edina, Minnesota. He…

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Emergent and the mystics

Article

October 2006
General

Emergent and the mystics

The Vatican and the Emerging Church have something surprising in common — the promotion of mysticism. A well-known papal document reveals the heart of Roman Catholic policy in this area. ‘It [Vatican Council II] longs to set forth the way it understands the presence and function of the [Roman Catholic] Church in the world…

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Catholicism and the Emergent Church

Article

June 2006
Cults and other religions

Catholicism and the Emergent Church

'Not since the Jesus Movement of the early 1970s has a Christian phenomenon been so closely entangled with the self-conscious cutting edge of US culture. Frequently urban, disproportionately young, overwhelmingly white, and very new - few have been in existence for more than five years - a growing number of churches are joining the…

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Putting asunder

Article

March 2006
Cults and other religions

Putting asunder

Last month I wrote about the control that the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) seeks to exercise over marriage. One example is their claim to have the power to annul marriages - 'putting asunder' what God has joined together. Let us look at this more closely.Human nature being what it is, it is sadly necessary…

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Marriage and Roman Catholicism

Article

February 2006
Cults and other religions

Marriage and Roman Catholicism

The Bible teaches that marriage is a creation ordinance, belonging to all mankind. As sovereign Lord over his creation, God ordained that male and female should, at an appropriate time, leave mother and father and be married: 'therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife, and…

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