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2072Re: [biblicalapologetics] Hades shall not prevail

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  • Paul Leonard
    Aug 4, 2008
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       Matt 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
       25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
       26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
       27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
       28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
       29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
       30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

      They were there in Rev Chapter 2 and 3 and would be until the harvest. Neither Catholic nor Protestant nor Orthodox, etc was free of them. The church was not overcome but it was internally corrupt at all levels, as history shows.

      --- On Mon, 8/4/08, markcevallos <markcevallos@...> wrote:
      From: markcevallos <markcevallos@...>
      Subject: [biblicalapologetics] Hades shall not prevail
      To: biblicalapologetics@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, August 4, 2008, 12:26 AM


      Hi Mr. Bowman and BA Guys,

      The Philippines is a dominantly Catholic country, and I grew up with
      the upbringing of a devoutly catholic parents and relatives. In fact,
      I went to a catholic school and served as an altar person and was even
      a member the Mary's White League before I really became a christian.
      Although I still appreciate the rich traditions of the Roman Church, I
      am well aware that many of them are unbiblical. Lately however, I
      wondered how we should respond to some catholic friends quoting
      Matthew 16:18, and then asserting that the Roman church is the only
      christian institution that can claim direct apostolic succession. They
      are implying that protestantism just came out of nowhere and
      arrogantly claimmed the authority for interpreting what christianity
      ought to be. Honestly, Since I am new believer (I becvame a christian
      in 2003) I don't know how to respond to this, especially because I am
      not aware of any group before the reformation, save the Waldenses, who
      held a view of Christianity similar to ours (evangelicals) today.
      Certainly the Lord promised that the gates of hell, but the question
      always comes up, where was protestantism before the reformation?

      Sincerely,
      Mark

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