Why I Am Not Roman Catholic – Tim Challies

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Note: There is a long and detailed history of how the Protestant Reformation came to be in opposition to the doctrines and structure of the Roman Catholic Church. This short overview provided by Tim Challies is excellent and every Protestant Christian should be mindful of the considerable differences between the two perspectives. Please note the following quotation from Tim: “I joyfully affirm, of course, that there are true believers within Catholicism and that what is true of Rome’s official doctrine is not necessarily true of all of her adherents. Yet the salvation of these brothers and sisters has come despite the teachings of the church, not through them.

Please read Tim’s full post at the link below.

For those who would like to look into this further, I will include a link to a book that Tim recommends on this subject: https://www.challies.com/book-reviews/book-review-the-roman-catholic-controversy


Last week I began a new series titled “Why I Am Not…” and in this series I am exploring some of the things I do not believe as a means to explaining what I do believe. In the last article I explained why I am not atheist and now want to explain why I am not Roman Catholic. The timing of this article is unplanned but rather appropriate. I publish today from Orlando, Florida where I am enjoying some time …

Source: Why I Am Not Roman Catholic – Tim Challies


Follower of Jesus, married with 5 grown up children, 6 grand children, ex-military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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4 comments on “Why I Am Not Roman Catholic – Tim Challies
  1. Adam Desmond says:

    While I’m not Catholic, I have friends that are, and I believe the first reason Tim lists here is in error. While we may disagree on the exact understanding of how grace through faith works, I do believe that Catholics have an understanding and acceptance of this core Christian concept. This is long, but worth a read.


    • Bruce says:

      Hi Adam, you might want to click on the link in Tim’s post, here it is to save you time …. https://www.challies.com/articles/anti-catholic-or-pro-gospel I would be interested in your response when you get a chance. Thanks.

      • Adam Desmond says:

        Yep, I’m aware that there are still significant differences. I encourage you to read the link I posted.

      • Bruce says:

        Hi Adam, just finished. You’re right, it is lengthy and I’m reading some words that infer acceptance but I still don’t see any cancelling of their Canons in the Council of Trent being put forward. There is a link within the link I sent you where they (the RC Church) specifically stress this point. http://www.ewtn.com/v/experts/showmessage_print.asp?number=379439&language=en
        Not to mention, this just deals with one of the objections the Reformers held against the RC Church. I couldn’t help but feel that I was reading a legal document versus dialogue on Scripture. Basic agreement about justification by faith, possibly, but the tentacles of RC legalism, when it comes to their doctrine stills leaves me with extreme hesitancy and much justified caution. I can agree “possibly basics” of justification by faith but until I see the ship turn, which I fear is highly unlikely, I’m not ready to acknowledge a change of course. Thanks for taking the time to update me, sincerely appreciate. Blessings.

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