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Preaching the New Testament by Ian Paul
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Beware this book.

On the surface, this book seems fine. However, my discernment started kicking in after a few chapters due to the proliference of latinisms, which warned me that this book relied too heavily on Roman Catholic dogma and concepts. Despite its strident claims to the contrary, the Roman Catholic religion has never been Christian. In fact, it is the enemy of Christianity. The murder of millions of Christians over the centuries is evidence of this opposition. Indeed, the Roman Catholic religion is the most wealthy, powerful, hideous, and evil satanic organization to ever disgrace the earth. Due to this, any pro-Catholic or Catholic-based material tips me off as to the legitimacy and veracity of the text.

The first thing that stood out was the mention of Mary in Chapter Two, wherein the author states that the Christmas narrative and season provides a good time to discuss Mary without having to address the “...controversy over the claims and counter-claims of Catholic and Protestant concerning her status in Christian worship and salvation.” This struck me as a backward way of promoting the Catholic position. Note also that the quote acknowledges that Mary is worshipped and does provide salvation for Catholics (and she is and does; I have studied the Catholic faith for a number of years). It also promotes the idea that there are two branches of Christianity: the Protestant and Catholic, which is a lie out of the pit of Hell. God has not created two ways of religion and salvation with two different afterlives. This is what would be necessary if one accepts the Roman Catholic religion as Christian. Also, Christianity with a Goddess is not Christianity.

Further, Chapter Eleven contains Roman Catholic dogma and happily references a Roman Catholic source as if it were Christian. This source is from the Loyola Institute of Spirituality, named for the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius Loyola. The Jesuits are the propagandists, liars, and assassins of the Roman Catholic religion, and the Jesuits are the instigators of many heinous acts against Christianity such as the torture of Christians and the heading of the despicable Counter-Reformation designed to prevent Roman Catholics from, among other things, becoming Christians.

Do not purchase, read, or recommend this book if you care about legitimate Christian scholarship. There are plenty of good books out there written from a Christian perspective that will build up the church rather than infect it with the lies of an opposing religion.
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