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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Remember this???



Notice how emphatic Joe Biden was when he spoke those words in October of 2008. He said “mark my words”; he “guaranteed” that there would be such an international and “generated” crisis. What do you know, we are about into the fifth month of Obama’s presidency and we have such a crisis. Wow, what an insight… not. He knew what was going to happen. He was obviously in on the plan and, in his arrogance, he wanted to go down as the man who predicted it.

Texas Doctor Claims Swine Flu Cases Far Worse Than Reported

Up to 25 times more victims than official figure, hospitals overwhelmed, virus already at level 6 pandemic phase

Swine flu: 'All of humanity under threat', WHO warns

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/swine-flu/5247242/Swine-flu-All-of-humanity-under-threat-WHO-warns.html

The World Health Organisation has warned that "all of humanity is under threat" from a potential swine flu pandemic and called for "global solidarity" to combat the virus.

Who do you beleive - either way - I have little doubt that this is being used to foster more movement toward a one world government.
Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild
Genetic data indicate this outbreak won't be as deadly as that of 1918, or even the average winter.
By Karen Kaplan and Alan Zarembo April 30, 2009

As the World Health Organization raised its infectious disease alert level Wednesday and health officials confirmed the first death linked to swine flu inside U.S. borders, scientists studying the virus are coming to the consensus that this hybrid strain of influenza -- at least in its current form -- isn't shaping up to be as fatal as the strains that caused some previous pandemics.In fact, the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare..............http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-sci-swine-reality30-2009apr30,0,3606923.story

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How Old is the Universe?


If we compare the two age determinations, there is a potential crisis. If the universe is flat, and dominated by ordinary or dark matter, the age of the universe as inferred from the Hubble constant would be about 9 billion years. The age of the universe would be shorter than the age of oldest stars. This contradiction implies that either 1) our measurement of the Hubble constant is incorrect, 2) the Big Bang theory is incorrect or 3) that we need a form of matter like a cosmological constant that implies an older age for a given observed expansion rate.

In other words, these arrogant "scientists" have no clue!
About as much a "traditional" Catholic as Martin Luther!

Mel Gibson, Girlfriend Make First Public Appearance!

Us Magazine - April 29, 2009 4:50 AM PDT

http://omg.yahoo.com/news/mel-gibson-girlfriend-make-first-public-appearance/21901?nc

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson arrive on the red carpet of the Los Angeles industry screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" at the Grauman's Mann Chinese Theater on April 28, 2009 in Hollywood, CA.

More than two weeks after his wife filed for divorce, Mel Gibson and girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva made their first public appearance at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine screening in L.A. Tuesday. Holding hands, the 53-year-old actor -- in a black suit with a dark gray shirt -- and Grigorieva, 38, did not stop to pose for photographers, instead rushing inside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood...

I was very tempted to tout the merits of Mel Gibson when he made The Passion of the Christ. He was "close" to what we believed - and it was nice to think that we had a famous and popular person that believed so close to what we do.

I am glad that I did not fall into this trap and always tried to be very cautious regarding this man - look how he has fallen!

Mel Gibson was really not a Catholic anyhow - he was one of these self-appointed "popes" who hired independent priests to say the Latin Mass for him at his compound. He was a member of the "Latin is Lovely Club" - there was no substance to his "faith" and due to his lack of true Faith - I believe that God has let him fall into the horrible sin of adultery.

American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse
Origen, ( 244):

“The Church received from the Apostles the tradition of giving baptism even to infants… there is in everyone the innate stains of sin, which must be washed away through water and the Spirit.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2009




Bishop Louis' Sermon:


Container carrying swine flu virus explodes on Swiss train

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health1/container-carrying-swine-flu-virus-explodes-on-swiss-train_100185502.html

April 28th, 2009
Lausanne (Switzerland)

A container for transporting swine flu virus samples exploded on a Swiss train, authorities said Tuesday, but stressed that there was no danger to the public.The container, which was filled with dry ice and carried samples of the H1N1 swine flu virus and was destined for Switzerland’s national influenza centre in Geneva, exploded Monday night on board a train.

A laboratory employee had picked up the samples in Zurich to transport them by train to Geneva, but the package exploded near Fribourg and Lausanne, after melting dry ice, which had been wrongly placed, caused a build-up of pressure.

Two people suffered slight injuries, police confirmed, but authorities stressed there was no danger for the public as the virus was not the mutated strain which is suspected to have caused up to 149 deaths in Mexico.

The train was halted for several hours and the 61 passengers on board the affected carriage monitored until an infection could be completely ruled out, police said.

hmm....ok...sure...whatever you say
Time Magazine Preps Americans for Mandatory Vaccinations

Says public should “trust” government when it institutes draconian measures to deal with pandemic

Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Time Magazine’s coverage of the swine flu scare has a noticeable subplot - preparing Americans for draconian measures to combat a future pandemic as well as forcing them to accept the idea of mandatory vaccinations.

In an article entitled How to Deal with Swine Flu: Heeding the Mistakes of 1976, the piece discusses how dozens died and hundreds were injured from vaccines as a result of the 1976 swine flu fiasco, when the Ford administration attempted to use the infection of soldiers at Fort Dix as a pretext for a mass vaccination of the entire country.

Despite acknowledging that the 1976 farce was an example of “how not to handle a flu outbreak,” the article still introduces the notion that officials “may soon have to consider whether to institute draconian measures to combat the disease.”

Later we discover exactly what this will entail, namely “when to institute mass vaccination programs,” according to Howard Markel, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan and a historical consultant to the CDC on flu pandemics.

Markel notes that the less politically combustible situation in America today compared to the post-Watergate era of Ford would make such draconian measures more achievable.

“Even so, he says, citizens still need to trust that the government is working for the greater good,” adds the article. “The American public has to be forgiving and patient and do [their] part too,” according to Markel.

Americans would indeed have to be very trustworthy and ultimately forgiving in taking a vaccine by government decree manufactured by a company that was been caught red-handed contaminating their vaccines with far deadlier viruses than swine flu.

As we reported yesterday, Baxter International confirmed over the weekend that it is working with the World Health Organization on a potential vaccine to curb the deadly swine flu virus that is blamed for scores of deaths in Mexico and has emerged as a threat in the U.S., reports the Chicago Tribune.

As reported by multiple sources last month, including the Times of India, vaccines contaminated with deadly live H5N1 avian flu virus were distributed to 18 countries last December by a lab at an Austrian branch of Baxter.

Since the probability of mixing a live virus biological weapon with vaccine material by accident is virtually impossible, this leaves no other explanation than that the contamination was a deliberate attempt to weaponize the H5N1 virus to its most potent extreme and distribute it via conventional flu vaccines to the population who would then infect others to a devastating degree as the disease went airborne.

These are the people we are supposed to “trust” and “forgive” according to Time Magazine and Markel when the federal government breaks down our door, guns drawn and dripping needle in hand.
Flashback from this blog regarding the flu~


October - 2005
http://forchrist-contramundum.blogspot.com/2005/10/anyone-else-wonder-two-points-i-am.html


April - 2006
http://forchrist-contramundum.blogspot.com/2006/04/are-you-read-to-die-httpworldnetdaily.html


This one especially - October 2007
http://forchrist-contramundum.blogspot.com/2007/10/just-why-would-we-allow-this-this-is.html


This is why I have been backing this blog up!
Home schooling on the rise

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6083826/

...In Florida, the number of home-school students has nearly tripled over the past ten years.

Nationally, the United States Department of Education says the number has swelled to more than a million kids. Home-school experts say it's even higher.

Oregon researcher Brian Ray, of the National Home Education Research Institute, estimates two million kids are now taught at home.

"In the last four years, we think home schooling has grown at least 30 percent," says Ray.

"Study after study, many of which I've done, have shown that home-schooled children are well above average — 15 to 30 percentile points above on standardized achievement tests."

Ray points to last year's first and second place winners of the National Spelling Bee -- both home-schooled. And now even Harvard University says it accepts home-schooled applicants.

Still, skeptics say traditional schools are better at developing social skills, conflict resolution, even test-taking — and doubt whether home-schooled kids get enough hard science... (AKA - EVOLUTION)

Monday, April 27, 2009

WHO raises pandemic flu alert level to phase 4

http://www.sfexaminer.com/nation/WHO-raises-pandemic-flu-alert-level-to-phase-4-43809692.html
The quote below is from a PDF that is being distributed to government workers in my home state!


"The public health department recommends that each home have two weeks of supplies, in case we must stay home - either for illness or to help contain transmission. That means two weeks of food for everyone in your home, two weeks of all medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), and, if you’re like most people, two weeks of books and DVDs."

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy


Low-flying planes cause New York City scare

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30435336

looks like a psychological operation to me - perhaps preparation for yet another false flag operation?

Iran discovers new oil, gas fields

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=193107

Hurry - get the plans for a false flag attack in motion - we need to invade soon!
Obama warned at Holocaust memorial

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21632.html

This article and the videos included are enought to make one puke. This clearly shows how the holohoax is still being used to exert the will of the evil nation of Israel upon the rest of mankind. The speakers constantly renew the LIE that Iran desires to "wipe Israel off the map" - this was a deliberate mistranslation and was never said.

Iran just recently said that they would accept a two state solution and recognize Israel.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/5225705/Irans-President-would-support-two-state-solution-for-Israel.html
St. Jerome (390):

“God made us with free-will, neither are we drawn by necessity to virtue or vice; else where there is necessity [and not free-will], there is neither damnation nor reward.”

The first man to dedicate virtually his entire life to translating the entire Scripture, Old Testament and New Testament into one common (vulgar) language - came away from it believing in free will. This man read and studied every single word of Scripture from Genesis to the Apocalypse using manuscripts that have long vanished - the closest to the originals ever used in any translation, but the heretics would have us believe that free will is not taught in Scripture.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The fatal blow for those who deny free will.

From the Last Gospel read at nearly every Holy Mass throughout the year.

John 1:9

"That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world."

This passage clearly states that God enlightens ALL MEN - yet not all men follow and cooperate with this grace of God and therefore do not receive more graces.

This also explains why in Timothy we find:

1 Timothy 2:4
(God) Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God enlightens all men with the grace to come to Him and the knowledge of the truth, but not all men cooperate with this grace.

God does not create anyone with no hope of salvation - all men can be saved - if they die to themselves and cooperate with the graces God gives to ALL MEN!

All the passages that these heretics use to claim that God creates some people to be damned are a denial that while God does indeed know who will be saved and who will be damned - those who are damned are damned of their own free will - and they had the opportunity to be saved by God's grace, but rejected it.

If we are saved - we are saved by God's grace - if we are damned - we are damned because we refused God's grace. It is a choice - an act of the will. If we choose our will - we are damned - if we choose to surrender our will to God and conform our will to God's will by His grace - we can be saved. This is how we die to ourselves - we, by an act of the will inspired by the grace of God, surrender our will to God. This surrendering of our will to God is a process that continues from moment to moment as long as we live on this earth. We cannot do this of ourselves - all that is good is a grace of God.

This is a brief and poor explanation of what I understand the Church teaches in this matter, if there is error in it - I appologize and will quickly correct it.


A few more interesting quotes from Ancient Christian Writers - the Diary of a Pilgrimage

The following quote comes from a diary written by a woman on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land around 417ad. She is describing worship in the following passages:

All the prescribed rites are accomplished, that is, the sacrifice is offered in the manner in which it is customarily done on Sundays...

...Afterwards, the divine service is celebrated in the prescribed manner, and the sacrifice is offered...

...The catechumens are blessed and then the faithful, and the dismissal is given. Once the dismissal is given, everyone comes forth to kiss the bishop's hand...

...I must also describe how those who are baptized at Easter are instructed. Whoever gives his name does so the day before Lent, and the priest notes down all their names. and this is before those eight weeks during which, as I have said, Lent is observed here...A throne is set up for the bishop in the center of the major church, the Martyrium. The priests sit on stools on both sides, and all the clergy stand around. One by one the candidates are led forward, in such a way that the men come with their godfathers and the women with their godmothers.

Here she explains how those baptized were prepared for baptism:

It is the custom here, throughout the forty days on which there is fasting, for those who are preparing for baptism to be exorcised by the clergy early in the morning, as soon as the dismissal from the morning service is given. A throne is set up for the Bishop...all those who are to be baptized, both men and women, sit closely around the bishop, while the godfathers and godmothers stand there; and indeed all of the people who wish may enter, listen, and sit down, provided that they are faithful....He instructs this way: beginning with Genesis he goes through the whole of Scripture during these forty days, expounding first on the literal meaning and then explaining the spiritual meaning. In the course of these days everything is taught not only about the Resurrection, but concerning the body of faith. This is called catechetics.

When the five weeks of instruction have been completed they then receive the Creed. He explains the meaning of each of the phrases of the Creed in the same way he explained Holy Scripture, expounding first on the literal and then the spiritual sense. In this fashion the Creed is taught. And tush it is that in these places all the faithful are able to follow the Scriptures when they are read in the churches, because they are all taught through those forty days.

...A portion of the population in this province knows both Greek and Syriac, another segment knows only Greek, and still another only Syriac. Even though the bishop may know Syriac, he always speaks Greek and never Syriac, and therefore, there is always present a priest who, while the bishop speaks Greek, translates into Syriac so that all might understand what is being taught. Since whatever scriptural texts are read must be read in Greek, there is always someone present who can translate the readings...So that those here who are Latins, those consequently knowing neither Greek nor Syriac will not be bored, everything is explained to them, for there are brothers and sisters who are bilingual in both Greek and Latin.
HERE IS PHYLLIS SCHAFLY'S TAKE ON THIS FLU EPIDEMIC:

http://www.eagleforum.org/psr/2007/oct07/psroct07.html
US declares public health emergency for swine flu

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_swine_flu_emergency

1 hr 7 mins ago

WASHINGTON – The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.
Kansas state officials confirm two swine flu cases

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN2547736320090425

France finds 2 suspected cases of swine flu

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=92603&sectionid=351020603

NZ students 'likely' to have swine flu

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090426/twl-nz-students-likely-to-have-swine-flu-41f21e0.html

Mexican Doctor: Real Figure is 200 Dead, Situation Out of Control

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/8018428.stm

Swine flu confirmed in NYC high school students

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_swine_flu_states

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Will this be the cause of martial law and the end of our constitution?

Mexico fights swine flu with 'pandemic potential'

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/med_swine_flu

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press


MEXICO CITY – Mexico's president assumed new powers Saturday to isolate people infected with a deadly swine flu strain as authorities struggled to contain an outbreak that world health officials warned could become a global epidemic.

New cases of swine flu were confirmed in Kansas and California and suspected in New York City. But officials said they didn't know whether the New York cases were the strain that now has killed up to 81 people in Mexico and likely sickened 1,324 since April 13, according to figures updated late Saturday by Mexico's health secretary.


Tests have confirmed swine flu as the cause of death in 20 of the cases.

Mexican soldiers and health workers patrolled airports and bus stations as they tried to corral people who may be infected with the swine flu, as it became clearer that the government may have been slow to respond to the outbreak in March and early April.


Now, even detaining the ill may not keep the strain — a combination of swine, bird and human influenza that people may have no natural immunity to — from spreading, epidemiologists say.

The World Health Organization on Saturday asked countries around the world to step up reporting and surveillance of the disease and implement a coordinated response to contain it.


Two dozen new suspected cases were reported in Mexico City alone, where authorities suspended schools and all public events until further notice. More than 500 events, including concerts and sports games, were canceled in the metropolis of 20 million.

Mexican authorities ordered schools closed in the capital and the states of Mexico and San Luis Potosi until May 6, and the Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation of
Sunday masses in the capital...

Note the "faith" of the bogus ordo church!!!
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Second Sunday after Easter
26 April 2009

Dear Friend,
Christ the good shepherd knows His sheep and His sheep know Him. There is only one fold to which all of mankind is called to join, and that fold is the Catholic Church. Outside of that fold there is no salvation.


We are compared to sheep as Christ is our shepherd. It would do us well then, to consider the characteristics of sheep to be sure that we strive to obtain those good qualities that will make us true sheep in this one fold.

One of the first characteristics of sheep is that they have no means of self defense, but are always dependant upon others for their protection. There is a fable that says when God created the sheep, they complained because all the other animals were given weapons for their own protection, but they were given nothing. They do not bite, kick, butt, they do not poison or sting. But, God told the sheep that their weapon was to be their meekness. And Christ Himself tells us in the Eight Beatitudes that the meek shall inherit the earth.

And oftentimes Catholics are forced to admit that others often have an unfair advantage over us. We must fight with both hands tied behind our backs. We cannot use the ways of those in the world: lying, cheating, stealing, backbiting, slander, and calumny. Though the world use all these evil means against us, we must on the contrary remain meek and humble. Our Good Shepherd has given us the perfect example of how we are to behave. He went to His death meekly without complaint or resistance.

This by no means suggests that we must bow down to the evils of the world or must compromise with the world. It only suggests that we choose rather to submit to the persecutions of the world and the devils rather than offend God in the least way by doing evil to anyone _ even our enemies. We are commanded rather to love our enemies, and to do good to those who persecute us. We must have the meekness of lambs or in other words the meekness of Christ. We must not render evil for evil, but rather good for evil. We must overcome evil with goodness.

And if this should mean that we will have to die at the hands of an evil world or evil men then we must be like the martyrs willingly and eagerly ready to lay down our lives rather than offend God in the least. And we must pray for our enemies as Christ prayed as He hung upon the cross: "Lord forgive them for they know not what they are doing."

Such sacrifices and offerings of ourselves are not useless but are on the contrary overly abundant with fruit. Christ's sacrifice obtained the forgiveness of our sins and opened the gates of heaven to us, etc. The blood of the martyrs brought about the conversions of many. It is said that the Church grew from the blood of these martyrs. We know well enough that it was the shedding of St. Stephen's blood that brought the grace of conversion to St. Paul.

Our greatest strength is not in worldly weapons or power, but in humble meekness. We cannot resist the world with a force of arms or rebellion, but with Charity, peace, humility, meekness, etc.

We are sent out as soldiers of Christ like lambs among wolves. We have no chance if we rely upon ourselves, but with Christ all things are possible. Therefore we must place all our hope and trust in Him.

As we stand defenseless in the weapons of the world we soon realize that it is only the cowards and the weak who strike the defenseless. And these cowards and the week need to be prayed for because truly they do not know what they are doing. Those who are not cowards or week will not strike those whom they realize are without defense even if they disagree with them as there is no glory in overpowering those who will not or cannot defend themselves.

Such meekness and bravery in the face of threats, pain and suffering, will often cause them to pause and consider what the meek have that they do not have. They will wonder where the meek receive such inner strength and convictions. They will become envious of the undisturbed peace that the meek maintain. And then they can be converted. Then we may make out of the hardest of sinners the greatest of saints. All without force or weapons other than the loving example of peaceful meekness.

In this the sheep not only know their Master but become like Him.
WHO declares international concern over swine flu

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090425/ap_on_re_eu/un_un_mexico_swine_flu

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned countries around the world Saturday to be on alert for any unusual flu outbreaks after a unique new swine flu virus was implicated in possibly dozens of human deaths in North America.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak in Mexico and the United States constituted a "public health emergency of international concern."...

If you are not taking religion seriously yet, if you are not concerned over the salvation or damnation of your immortal soul yet, this maybe your wake up call.

Life is short - eternity is forever. Not a single one of us has a guarantee that we will be alive tomorrow.

Heaven is being in the presence of God. Heaven would only be "heaven" for one who loves God.

If you do not love God, pray for the grace to love Him as you ought. If you love God pray for the grace to die in that love for God.

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments"

In order to truly love God, we must die to ourselves - we must pray as St. Augustine prayed: "Lord let me hate myself and love only you"

Humility is a key to Heaven. We must realize that we are nothing and God is everything. We must pray for the grace of humility so that we recognize and love the truth.
The Novus Ordo Clergy is taking action....
Finally the novus ordo clergy is taking some action. Are they going to try and put a stop to the rampant heresy or to the acceptance of the sins of the flesh, especially homosexuality? To put an end to the brutal murder of unborn babies? Here is what they are doing:

Australian archbishop bans Jewish jokes
Sydney - Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson has told his flock they should not tell Jewish jokes.
Archbishop Wilson said Friday that Catholics must be respectful and sensitive towards Jews.
"My sense about this is, we have to be especially careful about the way that we talk about the
Jewish people because of the way that they've been persecuted and treated for over a thousand years, and especially during the Holocaust in World War II," he said.
Do you know how the Grand Canyon was formed?
A Jew dropped a nickel in a gopher hole!
OH NO - I have disobeyed a novus ordo "bishop"?

Friday, April 24, 2009

We are so blessed to be true Catholics and united to all true followers of Christ across space and time...

The following quote is from Ancient Christian Writers - Diary of a Pilgrimage - written by a woman named Egeria around 417ad who was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome:



"As I have said, the Sacrifice is held earlier on Saturdays, that is, before sunrise, and this is done so that those whom they call here hebdomadarii may be more quickly released from their fast. Such is the practice of fasting here during Lent that those who call themselves hebomadarii, by which I mean those who fast the whole week, eat on Sunday, after the dismissal is given at the fifth hour. Once until the following Saturday morning, immediately after they have received Communion at the Anastasis. For their sake, that they may be more quickly released from their fasting, the divine liturgy takes place before sunrise in the Anastasis on Saturday...

This is a summary of he fasting practices here during Lent...(here she repeats the practice above)...It is the practice here that all who are, as they call them here apuactitae, including both men and women, eat, when they do eat, only once a day, and this is not only in Lent, but throughout the year. If here are some among he aputactitae who are not able to observe the full week of fasting throughout Lent, such as I have described above, they take food in the middle of the week on Thursday, and those who cannot do that, fast two full days at a time during Lent, and those who cannot do that eat every evening. No one requires that anyone fast a certain number of days, but each man does as he is able; and no one is praised for doing more and no one is blamed for doing less...

...When it is getting to be dawn, at the first light on Saturday, the bishop officiates and offers the sacrifice at dawn on Saturday...The following day, Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, which they call here the Great Week...
Is this the beginning of the Endgame?

Mexico shuts schools, museums to stop flu outbreak

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090424/ap_on_he_me/med_swine_flu

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Writer Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer – 7 mins ago

MEXICO CITY – Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital Friday in hopes of containing a swine flu outbreak that authorities say killed at least 20 people — and perhaps dozens more. World health authorities worried openly that the strange new virus could become a global epidemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tests show some of the Mexico victims died from the same new strain of swine flu that sickened eight people in Texas and California.

Mexico put the confirmed toll at 20 dead, but 40 other fatalities were being probed, and at least 943 nationwide were sick from the suspected flu, the health department said.

Scientists said the virus combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before.

"We are very, very concerned," spokesman Thomas Abraham said...

I have very little doubt that this is a genetically modified virus
WHO calls emergency meeting on swine flu

http://www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSTRE53N4RI20090424

Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:25pm EDT

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday it was calling an emergency committee to advise whether outbreaks of swine flu in humans in the United States and Mexico constituted an international public health threat.

A deadly strain of swine flu never seen before has broken out in Mexico, killing as many as 60 people and raising fears of a possible spread across North America.

"WHO will convene, sometime in the very near future, an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations, which will consider whether or not this event constitutes a public health event of international concern," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told Reuters in Geneva.

Hartl also said that 12 of 18 samples taken from victims in Mexico showed the virus had a genetic structure identical to that of a swine flu virus found in California.

But more epidemiological information was needed before any change to the WHO's pandemic alert level, currently at '3' on a scale of 1 to 6, he said.

"The technical people in our organization are saying that before we know how pandemic a virus can be, we need to know how efficiently it is transmitting and how widespread it is," Hartl said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Mexico flu deaths raise worries of global epidemic

Scientists were trying to determine if the deaths involved the same new strain of swine flu that sickened seven people in Texas and California — a disturbing disease that combines pig, bird and human viruses in a way that researchers have not seen before.


Commentary:

Oh? CDC was talking about recombinant viruses back in 2005.

Back in 2004, we were being propagandized that Bird Flu was the next pandemic.

Gene studies showed that so-called Bird Flu appeared to be nearly identical with the 1918 Spanish Flu

Which is rather nerve-wracking because in 2005 it was admitted that scientists were intentionally recreating the 1918 Spanish Flu virus!

But the predicted pandemic didn't happen because Bird Flu isn't that contagious. It needed to be blended with a more infectious form of flu, like swine flu (Used as a bio-weapon by the CIA against Cuba), to became a real slate-wiper!

And wonder of wonders, here it is!

In 2006, it was reported that scientists were intentionally creating bird flu and swine flu hybrids in the labs!

Which leads to asking how it is that this new flu epidemic explodes into view right after Fort Detrick admits that some of the nasty little beasties they have been working on went missing!
Marriage in Connecticut Is Now the Legal Union of Two People

Thursday, April 23, 2009By

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=47066

Susan Haigh, Associated Press

Hartford, Conn. (AP) - A decade-long battle for marriage equality in Connecticut ended late Wednesday when the General Assembly voted to update the state's marriage laws to conform with a landmark court ruling allowing gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot...

(too bad the knot is not around the necks of the criminals who think that they can usurp the Law of God!)
One step closer to criminalizing the true Catholic Faith!

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=500474
Obama vows to battle Holocaust denial

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3705895,00.html

Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama spoke at a Holocaust Remembrance Day event at the US Capitol Thursday, and said he was committed to battling those who deny the atrocities of World War II.

The annual ceremony was held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

"To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened, who perpetrate every form of intolerance," the president said. "We have an opportunity as well as an obligation to confront these scourges… That is my commitment as president."

He added, "How do we ensure that 'never again' isn't an empty slogan or merely an aspiration, but also a call to action? I believe we start by doing what we are doing today – by bearing witness, by fighting the silence that is evil's greatest co-conspirator."

Obama also mentioned his visit to Yad Vashem and said that the nation of Israel had risen "from the destruction of the Holocaust." (Isn't this what Ahmadinejad said, which caused all the Zio-world leaders to walk out of the UN conference on racism?)

The US president's speech follows that of his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at the UN conference on racism in Geneva earlier this week. Among other things, the Holocaust-denying leader accused Israel of rendering a nation homeless as well as of cruelty and racism. (notice how no one has denied that what Ahmadinejad said is true)

In his speech, Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor compared the Nazi atrocities to the Iranian threat, explaining that the regime was detrimental to world peace and threatening to destroy Israel. He also thanked the US for its friendship. (Yea - sure - funny - Iran has not had it's troops on foreign soil in over 200 years)

Author Elie Wiesel, who founded Washington's Holocaust Museum, also expressed concern over the Iranian threat, while recounteing his experience at the UN conference in Geneva.

"Will the world ever learn?" he asked, adding that a prominent leader had taken advantage of a UN forum in order to do harm to Israel. "Why was he invited?" the writer asked.

Weisel said the world "would never learn" because "if Auschwitz could not cure the world of anti-Semitism, what will?" (how about Jews giving up their racism? I is Jewish and Judaism that teaches that gentiles are cattle and that it is ok to use unfair weights and measures when doing business with goy (gentiles) but not when dealing with a fellow Jew, etc...)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Al-Qaeda Chief In Iraq: Captured, Killed, Never Actually Existed, Now Captured Again

Back story of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi betrays meaninglessness of “war on terror”

Steve WatsonInfowars.netThursday, April 23, 2009

You couldn’t make it up if you tried. AFP today reports that Al-Qaeda chief in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, has been captured and arrested. The problem with this is that al-Baghdadi has already been reported captured, previously reported killed and even said to have never actually existed by the U.S. military.

“Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was arrested today in Baghdad,” Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qasim Atta told AFP.

“It was Iraqi forces who arrested him based on an intelligence tipoff from someone,” he added.
Also known as Abu Hamza al-Baghdadi and Abu Abdullah al-Rashid al-Baghdadi, many questions have surrounded the so called leader of al Qaeda’s political front organization the “Islamic State of Iraq”.

He was thought to have been one of the figures to succeed the equally shadowy Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as a leader of insurgent forces in Iraq in 2006, after al Zarqawi, who was also previously reported captured and killed on several occasions, was laid to rest for good by the PR arm of the Pentagon.

The announcement of al-Baghdadi’s capture today jars with multiple previous reports from up to two years ago, detailing his arrest, his death and even questioning his existence altogether.

In March 2007, the Interior Ministry of Iraq claimed that al-Baghdadi had been captured in Baghdad. This was reported by AP and picked up by the likes of CNN, whose report stated that another insurgent had positively confirmed al-Baghdadi’s identity.

The U.S. military denied that al-Baghdadi was in their custody, however, and one day later Iraqi officials retracted their statements regarding his arrest.

Indeed this back and forth announcement of capture and later retraction occurred three times in the space of one week.

Then one month later, on May 3, 2007, the Iraqi Interior Ministry announced that al-Baghdadi had been killed by American and Iraqi forces north of Baghdad.

However, in July 2007, the U.S. military reported that al-Baghdadi had never actually existed and was, for all intents and purposes, a myth.

A reportedly high ranking “Al Qaeda in Iraq” detainee identified as Khaled al-Mashhadani, then claimed that al-Baghdadi was a fictional character created to give an Iraqi face to a foreign-run terror group, and that the “Islamic State of Iraq” was a “virtual organisation in cyberspace” created by al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayub al Masri.

The person claiming to be Baghdadi continued to release video and audiotapes attacking U.S. occupation of Iraq, but refused to show his face.

The U.S. military’s claim that Baghdadi is a fictitious character was then challenged in May 2008 after a police chief in Haditha said Baghdadi’s real identity is Hamed Dawood Mohammed Khalil al Zawi. “He was an officer in the security services and was dismissed from the army because of his extremism,” the police chief told al Arabiya television.

Now Baghdadi has been reported captured again!

This saga is another example of how a manufactured smoke and mirrors propaganda veils reality. The “war on terror” mantra continues to be propagated as justification to wage permanent occupation and control over the middle east by the global elite.

Al Qaeda in Iraq, al Zarqawi, al Baghdadi and the legions of other al qaeda operatives who have been reportedly captured and killed over and over are used as interchangeable PR tools.

Are or were any of them ever real? Possibly. However that matters little now.

Once again 99% of the corporate media will no doubt enthusiastically champion this latest arrest as a key victory in the continuing war on terror, and the majority of Americans who even notice will not take a second glance at the ludicrous back story.
St. Irenaeus (180):

“… giving the disciples the power of regenerating in God, He said to them: ‘Go teach all nations, and baptize… Just as dry wheat without moisture cannot become one dough or one loaf, so also, we who are many cannot be made one in Christ Jesus, without the water from heaven…Our bodies achieve unity through the washing… our souls, however, through the Spirit. Both, then, are necessary.”
This is the typical novus ordo "pastor" and these people don't even realize it!

I have been in the funeral business for 20 years now and have had to deal with these heretic "priests" all this time in various parishes. They are virtually all like the heretic in the video.
What is sad is that these foolish people think that the problem is with this individual parish priest and their bogus bishop. They dont' realize that this is coming from the top down and the minute that they accepted the abomination unto desolation that is the new mass - they abandoned the Faith.
Holy Week - Novus Ordo Style!

Notice how the novus ordo church is becoming more and more protestant - this looks like something that would go on at approvedworkmans satanic "church"!
Frenetic Holy Week in Santiago, Chile
For Holy Week 2008, the Archdiocese of Santiago found nothing better to do for the spiritual life of its youth than to invite rap priest Richard Godoy to perform on the night of Holy Saturday.
Fr. Richard is a Panama born priest who exercises his ministry in the prisons of Guatemala. He is from Order of the Mercedarians. He became famous as the Caribbean Rap Priest. Rap in Spanish is regeton, so there he is called the Regeton Priest. To his rap music he adds other frenetic sounds, making his gemre a mixture of rap and rock.
For Holy Saturday, he performed with a band and a team of stage girls who follow his rhythm with their sensual movements and dancing.
Even if the words of the lyrics mostly praise Our Lord, the whole atmosphere is that of a disco night club.
It is interesting to notice how the supposedly conservative Catholic religious authorities of Santiago are replacing the traditional piety of Holy Week with a new style of commemoration.
The footage of the event shot by Chilean television.
commentary from traditioninaction
What a mockery of the Sacrament!


These novus ordo people are dead to Christ and the truth.
The bogus ordo "catholic" church is using the above imitation of the ShamWow guy to promote itself. Does it have any idea who Vince Shlomi even is?
He was just arrested barely two weeks ago for punching a prostitute he hired (according to the cops), after the hooker tried to bite his tongue off. Is now really the time to go bragging to the press about how many people your imitation of him is bringing into your Brooklyn and Rockville Centre churched?
On the other hand, you are pitching confessional services. Serving as the poster boy for confessions is one of the few things Shlomi's good for in the advertising business right now.
More blatent Novus Ordo heresy!

Zollitsch: Christ did not die to atone for our sins

"The Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference and archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch believes that Christ’s crucifixion is just a psychological support for those who suffer. On Holy Saturday, the archbishop denied the Expiatory Death of Christ in an interview with the German TV station 'Hessischer Rundfunk.

'"Christ 'did not die for the sins of the people as if God had needed a sacrificial offering or something like a scapegoat,' the archbishop said.…"

The journalist asked Zollitsch: 'You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?'"

To this question Zollitsch replied with a clear "no.…'"

For video and full transcript of program, see Chairman of German Bishops’ Conference denies fundamental Catholic doctrine at Gloria.TV.
Local Presbyterians OK gay clergy

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/22/local-presbyterians-ok-gay-clergy/

Local Presbyterians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to approve an amendment to their church constitution to allow gay clergy.

The vote, announced just after 8 p.m. at a crowded meeting at National Presbyterian Church in Northwest, was 222-102 with one abstention. The voters represented 34,000 Presbyterians in the District, Northern Virginia and five Maryland counties who belong to the National Capital Presbytery...
Vatican condemns Iran for criticizing Israel

The Vatican II sect must immediately speak out whenever its master is criticized: “Vatican has criticized Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks about Israel at a U.N. conference on racism as "extremist and unacceptable" and said the comments promote an atmosphere of conflict.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A perfect illustration of how deceptively protestants take quotes of the Bible out of context and twist Scripture to make it appear to support their lies!

In the previous thread approved posted the following comment in his attempt to claim that the Old Covenant is still valid and in effect:

Better make sure that the Lord doesn't rub it in your face.

Malachi 2:1

"And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. 3Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it. 4So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts."

Isn't this from the same prophet who allegedly predicted the unholy sacrifice of the mass?

What's Levi doing in there. Those pesky zionists.

Oh they must be the roman catholic tribe of Levi

The above quote is approvedworkmans lying and satanic attempt to make it appear that the Old Covenant is still valid and throw a jab at the fact that Malachi predicted the Sacrifice of the Mass.

The Book of Malachi is the last book of the Prophets of the Old Testament and is only 4 chapters - it is a short read - so please - don't take my word for it - read it all in its entirety.

Here is the actual quote from Malachi from an accurate translation:

" And now, O ye priests, this commandment is to you. If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, saith the Lord of hosts: I will send poverty upon you, and will curse your blessings, yea I will curse them, because you have not laid it to heart. Behold, I will cast the shoulder to you, and will scatter upon your face the dung of your solemnities, and it shall take you away with it. And you shall know that I sent you this commandment, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts."

I don't know what version he is using to get his translation of verse 4 saying: "That my covenant with Levi might stand..." For even the King James says it as the Septuagint and Vulgate have it translated - and it does not say "might stand".

If you go down to verse 8 of the same chapter - you find this:

"But you have departed out of the way, and have caused many to stumble at the law: you have made void the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts."

As you can see - approved deliberately left out the most important part - for the sole purpose of perpetuating a lie.

And Malachi is not the only book that says that the Old Covenant is void:

Jer 11:10
"They are returned to the former iniquities of their fathers, who refused to hear my words: so these likewise have gone after strange gods, to serve them: the house of Israel, and the house of Juda have made void my covenant, which I made with their fathers."

Jer 31:32
"Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, the covenant which they made void, and I had dominion over them, saith the Lord."

Read also 2 Corinthians chapter 3 - which also says that the Old covenant is made void.

This is why in the first chapter of Malachi we find this:

"10 Who is there among you, that will shut the doors, and will kindle the fire on my altar gratis? I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts: and I will not receive a gift of your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts."

This passage makes clear that the Lord is not happy with the sacrifices of the Jews and that at some time in the future a Sacrifice will be offered to God - a CLEAN OBLATION (Jesus Christ from the rising of the sun to its going down - IN EVERY PLACE by Gentiles!

THIS IS THE MASS!

RUBBING IT IN OUR FACES!

Lieberman: U.S. to accept any Israeli policy decision
By Lily Galili and Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondents
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1080097.html

The Obama Administration will put forth new peace initiatives only if Israel wants it to, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in his first comprehensive interview on foreign policy since taking office.
"Believe me, America accepts all our decisions," Lieberman told the Russian daily Moskovskiy Komosolets.
Lieberman granted his first major interview to Alexander Rosensaft, the Israel correspondent of one of the oldest Russian dailies, not to an Israeli newspaper. The role of Israel is to "bring the U.S. and Russia closer," he declared...
"The role of Israel is to "bring the U.S. and Russia closer," - in other words - the make the US a communist nation!
Can you believe how arrogant these Zionist creeps are - they rub it right in our faces stating that we are the lap dog of Israel.
Anyone who is in the military or had children or other family in the military ought to really pause at this and wonder just who they are fighting and dying for!
The government of the United States has been almost totally usurped by Israel!


THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Second Sunday after Easter
26 April 2009

Dear Friend,

Christ the good shepherd knows His sheep and His sheep know Him. There is only one fold to which all of mankind is called to join, and that fold is the Catholic Church. Outside of that fold there is no salvation.


We are compared to sheep as Christ is our shepherd. It would do us well then, to consider the characteristics of sheep to be sure that we strive to obtain those good qualities that will make us true sheep in this one fold.


One of the first characteristics of sheep is that they have no means of self defense, but are always dependant upon others for their protection. There is a fable that says when God created the sheep, they complained because all the other animals were given weapons for their own protection, but they were given nothing. They do not bite, kick, butt, they do not poison or sting. But, God told the sheep that their weapon was to be their meekness. And Christ Himself tells us in the Eight Beatitudes that the meek shall inherit the earth.


And oftentimes Catholics are forced to admit that others often have an unfair advantage over us. We must fight with both hands tied behind our backs. We cannot use the ways of those in the world: lying, cheating, stealing, backbiting, slander, and calumny. Though the world use all these evil means against us, we must on the contrary remain meek and humble. Our Good Shepherd has given us the perfect example of how we are to behave. He went to His death meekly without complaint or resistance.


This by no means suggests that we must bow down to the evils of the world or must compromise with the world. It only suggests that we choose rather to submit to the persecutions of the world and the devils rather than offend God in the least way by doing evil to anyone _ even our enemies. We are commanded rather to love our enemies, and to do good to those who persecute us. We must have the meekness of lambs or in other words the meekness of Christ. We must not render evil for evil, but rather good for evil. We must overcome evil with goodness.


And if this should mean that we will have to die at the hands of an evil world or evil men then we must be like the martyrs willingly and eagerly ready to lay down our lives rather than offend God in the least. And we must pray for our enemies as Christ prayed as He hung upon the cross: "Lord forgive them for they know not what they are doing."

Such sacrifices and offerings of ourselves are not useless but are on the contrary overly abundant with fruit. Christ's sacrifice obtained the forgiveness of our sins and opened the gates of heaven to us, etc. The blood of the martyrs brought about the conversions of many. It is said that the Church grew from the blood of these martyrs. We know well enough that it was the shedding of St. Stephen's blood that brought the grace of conversion to St. Paul.


Our greatest strength is not in worldly weapons or power, but in humble meekness. We cannot resist the world with a force of arms or rebellion, but with Charity, peace, humility, meekness, etc.


We are sent out as soldiers of Christ like lambs among wolves. We have no chance if we rely upon ourselves, but with Christ all things are possible. Therefore we must place all our hope and trust in Him.


As we stand defenseless in the weapons of the world we soon realize that it is only the cowards and the weak who strike the defenseless. And these cowards and the weak need to be prayed for because truly they do not know what they are doing. Those who are not cowards or weak will not strike those whom they realize are without defense even if they disagree with them as there is no glory in overpowering those who will not or cannot defend themselves.


Such meekness and bravery in the face of threats, pain and suffering, will often cause them to pause and consider what the meek have that they do not have. They will wonder where the meek receive such inner strength and convictions. They will become envious of the undisturbed peace that the meek maintain. And then they can be converted. Then we may make out of the hardest of sinners the greatest of saints. All without force or weapons other than the loving example of peaceful meekness.


In this the sheep not only know their Master but become like Him.

U.S. Might Not Try Pro-Israel Lobbyists
Meanwhile, Rep. Harman Denies Offering to Influence Case

By R. Jeffrey Smith, Walter Pincus and Jerry MarkonWashington Post Staff Writers

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The U.S. government may abandon espionage-law charges against two former lobbyists for a pro-Israel advocacy group, officials said yesterday, as a prominent House lawmaker denied new allegations that she offered to use her influence in their behalf....


Michael Rivero is spot on with this:

I am going to suggest that Israel leaked the story about Harman being on tape to send a warning to Washington DC that putting Rosen and Weissman on trial would result in the total exposure of Israel's influence over the entire US Government.

Washington DC has apparently heard the shot across the bow, which means Israel's spies will get a free pass.

So instead of the specter of Harman selling out the country to Israel, you get to see the entire US Government sell out the country to Israel.


Jane Harman denies lobbying Justice Department

Daily News Wire Services

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_12190806?source=rss

Rep. Jane Harman, D-Venice, is denying that she agreed to lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage charges against two officials of a powerful pro-Israeli lobby in exchange for help landing the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee.

But current and former officials quoted in reports from Washington, D.C., say she was overheard making the offer on a National Security Agency wiretap and avoided being investigated only because then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez intervened, hoping she would defend the Bush Administration from criticism over its warrantless wiretap program.


Harman was overheard on the NSA wiretap speaking to a suspected Israeli agent about the case against Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Congressional Quarterly reported this week.

Rosen and Weissman, who were subsequently let go by AIPAC, were charged with violating the Espionage Act for sharing with colleagues, journalists and Israeli Embassy officials information about Iran and Iraq that they gleaned from talking to high-level U.S. policy makers.

Harman was recorded telling the suspected agent she would "waddle into" the AIPAC case "if you think it'll make a difference," two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript of the conversation told Congressional Quarterly.

In exchange, the suspected agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections.
Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, Harman hung up after saying, "This conversation doesn't exist," Congressional Quarterly reported.

The agent who agreed to the apparent quid pro quo promised Harman that Southland billionaire media mogul Haim Saban would threaten to withhold campaign contributions from Pelosi unless the San Francisco Democrat picked Harman for the intelligence post, the New York Times reported.



In the end, Pelosi refused to give Harman the job of Intelligence Committee chair.



"These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact," Harman said in a statement quoted first in the Congressional Quarterly report. "I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves."

I think maybe we should waterboard her to find out what she really knows!
Some Scriptural Support for the Catholic teachings on Justification.

It must be stated again - the Catholic Church teaches that both works and faith are a grace of God - that we cannot have any true faith or truly good works of ourselves - we cannot even think a good thought let alone do a good work apart from the grace of God. We are saved by the grace of God - not anything that we can or cannot do of ourselves - the only thing we can claim as our own is our sins!

Below is a response to another hate filled series of posts from approvedworkman where he attempts to use the Bible to "prove" his heresy - each passage is addressed below. It must also be noted that despite approvedworman's protests he is by definition a PROTESTant. A protestant by definition is anyone who is not a Catholic or orthodox Christian. Visit www.dictionary.com and look up Protestant - here are a few examples from different dictionaries:

Protestant

1.Any Western Christian who is not an adherent of a Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Church.

2.an adherent of any of those Christian bodies that separated from the Church of Rome during the Reformation, or of any group descended from them.


1.A member of a Western Christian church whose faith and practice are founded on the principles of the Reformation, especially in the acceptance of the Bible as the sole source of revelation, in justification by faith alone, and in the universal priesthood of all the believers.

2.A member of a Western Christian church adhering to the theologies of Luther, Calvin, or Zwingli.

2. Of or pertaining to the faith and practice of those Christians who reject the authority of the Roman Catholic Church; as, Protestant writers.


I. Faith Justifies Initially, but Works Perfect and Complete Justification


James 2:24 - the phrase "faith alone" (the Greek "pisteos monon") only occurs once in the Bible. "Man is justified by works and NOT faith alone." Unlike what many Protestant churches teach, no where in Scripture does it say that man is justified or saved by "faith alone." To the contrary, man is not justified by faith alone. In Catholic theology, a person is justified by faith and works acting together, which comes solely from God’s divine grace. Faith alone never obtains the grace of justification (Council of Trent, chapter 8, canon 9). Also, the word “justified” (dikaiow) is the same word Paul uses for justification in Rom. 4:3 in regard to Abraham (so Protestants cannot argue James is not referring to “justification” in James 2:24 unless they argue Paul wasn’t in Rom. 4:3 either).

Heb. 11:6 - faith is indeed the minimum requirement without which we cannot please God. But this is just the beginning of the process leading toward justification. Faith alone does not justify a person. Justification is only achieved by faith and works, as we see below. Also, this gratuitous gift of faith from God also includes the grace of hope and love the moment the person is justified.


Eph. 2:8-9 – Paul teaches us that faith is the root of justification, and that faith excludes “works of law.” But Paul does not teach that faith excludes other kinds of works, as we will see below. The verse also does not say we are justified by “faith alone.” It only indicates that faith comes first. This, of course, must be true, because those who do works outside of faith are in a system of debt, not of grace (more on that later). But faith alone does not justify. A man is justified by works, and not by faith alone. James 2:24.

Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30 - the faith we have must be a repentant faith, not just an intellectual faith that believes in God. Repentance is not just a thought process (faith), but an act (work) by which we ask God for His mercy and forgiveness.


Psalm 51:17 – this means we need a “broken and contrite heart,” not just an intellectual assent of faith. Faith in God is only the beginning.

John 3:36; Rom. 1:5, 6:17; 15:18; 16:26; 2 Cor. 9:13; 1 Thess. 1:3; 2 Thess. 1:11; 1 Peter 2:7-8;

Heb. 5:9; cf. Rev. 3:10; Ex. 19:5 – this faith must also be an “obedient faith” and a “work of faith.” Obedience means persevering in good works to the end.


2 Cor. 10:15 – this faith must also increase as a result of our obedience, as Paul hopes for in this verse. Obedience is achieved not by faith alone, but by doing good works.

2 Cor. 13:5 – Paul also admonishes us to examine ourselves, to see whether we are holding to our faith. This examination of conscience is a pious Catholic practice. Our faith, which is a gift from God, must be nurtured. Faith is not a one-time event that God bestows upon us.


Gal. 5:6 – thus, the faith that justifies us is “faith working through love,” not faith alone. This is one of the best summaries of Catholic teaching. Faith and love (manifested by works) are always connected. Faith (a process of thought) and love (an action) are never separated in the Scriptures. Cf. Eph. 3:17; 1 Thess. 3:6,12-13; 2 Thess. 1:3; 1 John 3:23; Rev. 2:4-5,19. Further, all faith (initial and perfected) are gratuitous gifts from God, and not earned or merited by any human action. God effects everything, both the willing and the achievement. But God also requires human action, which is necessary to perfect our faith.

James 1:22-25 - it's the "doers" who are justified, not the hearers. Justification is based on what we do, which means “works.” Notice that there is nothing about “false faith.” The hearers may have faith, but they need to accompany their faith by works, or they will not be justified. See also
Rom. 2:13.

James 2:17,26 - James clearly teaches that faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. Works are a cause, not just an effect, of our justification because good works achieve and increase our justification before God. Scripture never says anything about “saving faith.” Protestants cannot show us from the Scriptures that “works” qualify the “faith” into saving faith. Instead, here and elsewhere, the Scriptures teach that justification is achieved only when “faith and works” act together. Scripture puts no qualifier on faith. Scripture also never says that faith “leads to works.” Faith is faith and works are works (James 2:18). They are distinct (mind and action), and yet must act together in order to receive God’s unmerited gift of justification.


James 2:19 - even the demons believe that Jesus is Lord. But they tremble. Faith is not enough. Works are also required.

James 2:20 - do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? Good works in God's grace are required for justification. But there is nothing in the Scriptures about “saving faith.”


James 2:22 - faith is active with works and is completed by works. It does not stand alone. Faith needs works to effect our justification.

James 4:17 - in fact, James writes that the failure to do works is a sin! So works are absolutely necessary for our justification.


James 2:15-17 - here are the examples of the "works" to which James is referring - corporal works of mercy (giving food and shelter to those in need).

James 1:27 - another example of "works" is visiting orphans and widows in their affliction. Otherwise, if they do not perform these good works, their religion is in vain.


James 2:25 - another example of "works" is when Rahab assisted the spies in their escape. Good works increase our justification and perfect our faith.

Joshua 2:9-11 - Rahab's fellow citizens had faith in God, but in Joshua 6:22-25, Rahab alone acted and was saved. This is faith in action.


James 2:18 - to avoid the truth of the Catholic position that we are justified by both faith and works, Protestants argue the justification that James is referring to in James 2 is "before men" and not "before God." Scripture disproves their claim.

James 2:14 - James asks, "Can faith save him?" Salvation comes from God. This proves the justification James is referring to is before God, not men.


James 2:19 - also, James reminds us that even the demons believe and tremble. This refers to our relationship with God, not with men. Thus, our justification that requires works and not faith alone relates to our status before God, not men.

James 2:21 - James also appeals to the example of Abraham. Abraham's justification refers to his position before God, not men. This proves justification is before God, not men.


Acts. 10:35 – Peter teaches that anyone who fears the Lord and does what is right is acceptable to Him. It is both fear and works, not fear alone.

Rom. 2:7,10 - to those who by patience and good works will be granted glory and honor and peace from the Lord.


Rom. 2:13 – for it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. Paul is referring to the “law of Christ” in Gal.6:2, not “works of the law” in Rom. 3:20,28; Gal. 2:16; 3:2,5,10; and Eph. 2:8-9. The “law of Christ” is faith in Christ and works based on grace (God owes us nothing) and “works of the law” mean no faith in Christ, and legal works based on debt (God owes us something).

Rom. 4:5-6 – to him who does not work but believes, his faith is accounted to him as righteousness, like David, who was righteous apart from works. Here, Paul is emphasizing that works must be done in faith, not outside of faith. If they are done outside of faith, we are in a system of debt (God owes us). If they are done in faith (as James requires), we are in a system of grace (God rewards us). Hence, Paul accepts the works performed under God’s forbearance (grace) in Rom. 2:7,10,13 (see also Rom. 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:12-17; and 2 Corinthians 5:10) which lead to justification and eternal life. These verses have nothing to do with “faith alone.” Paul uses the word “alone” three times in Rom. 4:12,16,23, but never uses it with “faith.” Certainly, if he wanted to teach “faith alone,” he would have done so.


Rom. 6:16 - obedience leads to righteousness. Obedience is a good "work," an act of the will, which leads to righteousness before God.

2 Cor. 9:8 - Paul teaches that God will bless us so that we may provide in abundance for "every good work." Good works are encouraged to complete our faith.


Eph. 6:8 - whatever good anyone does will receive the same again from the Lord. God rewards good works done in grace.

Phil. 4:17 – Paul says “I seek the fruit which increases to your credit.” Fruits (good works) increase our justification. Paul says these works increase our “credit,” which is also called “merit.” These merits bring forth more graces from God, furthering increasing our justification as we are so disposed. But the fruits, works, and merits are all borne from God’s unmerited and undeserved mercy won for us by Jesus Christ.


Titus 3:8 - good deeds are excellent and profitable to men (just like the Old Testament Scriptures in 2 Tim. 3:16). Good deeds further justify us before God. This verse should be contrasted with Titus 3:5, where we are not saved by works of righteousness “we have done.” As further discussed below, in this verse what “we have done” refers to a work of law or obligation for which we seek payment. But verse 5 also says the “washing of regeneration” in reference to baptism saves, which is a work of grace, for which we are rewarded by God in Christ. There is a distinction between “works of law or obligation” and “works of grace.”

1 Peter 2:7-8; John 3:36 - shows that belief in Jesus means obeying Jesus. Having faith means being faithful, which requires good works as well. Hence, obeying Jesus means doing works of love, not just having faith alone.


II. Works of Law versus Good Works


Rom. 3:20,28; Gal. 2:16,21; 3:2,5,10; Eph. 2:8-9 - many Protestants err in their understanding of what Paul means by "works of the law” in his teaching on justification. Paul’s teaching that we are not justified by “works of the law” refer to the law of Moses or to any legal system that makes God our debtor. They do not refer to good works done in grace with faith in Christ. This makes sense when we remember that Paul's mission was to teach that salvation was also for the Gentiles who were not subject to the "works of the law." Here is the proof:

James 2:24 – compare the verse “a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” to Gal. 2:16 – “a man is not justified by works of the law,” and Rom. 3:20,28 – “no human being will be justified in His sight by works of the law.” James 2:24 appears to be inconsistent with Gal. 2:16 and Rom. 3:20,28 until one realizes that the Word of God cannot contradict itself. This means that the “works” in James 2:24 are different from the “works of the law in Gal. 2:16 and Rom. 3:20,28. James is referring to “good works” (e.g.,clothing the naked; giving food to the poor) and Paul is referring to the “Mosaic law” (which included both the legal, moral and ceremonial law) or any works which oblige God to give us payment. Here is more proof:


Rom. 3:20,28; Gal. 2:16 - Paul's phrase for "works of the law" in the Greek is "ergon nomou" which means the Mosaic law or Torah and refers to the teachings (legal, moral) and works (ceremonial) that gave the Jews the knowledge of sin, but not an escape from sin. We have further proof of this from the Dead Sea Scrolls which provide the Hebrew equivalent ("hrvt ysm") meaning "deeds of the law," or Mosaic law. James in James 2 does not use "ergon nomou." He uses "ergois agathois." Therefore, Paul’s "works of the law" and James' "works" are entirely different types of works. Again, they could never contradict each other because the Scriptures are the inspired word of God.

Rom. 3:29 - Paul confirms that works of the law in this case refer to the Mosaic law by rhetorically asking "Or is God the God of the Jews only?" It does not mean "good works."

Rom. 4:9-17 - Paul provides further discussion that righteousness God seeks in us does not come from Mosaic law, but through faith. But notice that Paul also never says “faith alone.”


Rom. 9:31-32 - righteousness is pursued through faith, not works of the law. Again, "works of law" does not mean "good works."

Rom. 11:6,11 - justification is no longer based on "works" of the law, but on the grace of Christ. Why? Because salvation is also for the Gentiles.


Rom. 15:9-12 - Paul explains that Christ also saves the Gentiles. Therefore, "works of law" are no longer required.

Acts 13:39 - Luke also confirms this by providing that we have been “freed from the law of Moses.” This is the “works of the law” from which we have been freed.


Rom. 3:20,28 - in addition to the Mosaic law, as stated above, "works of the law" can also refer to anything that makes God a debtor to us. This is because law requires payment, but grace is a free gift from God. Therefore, faith must be behind every good work in order for it to be a work of grace. If not, it is a work of debt, and we cannot obligate God to do anything for us.

Rom. 4:3-4 - Paul refers to works apart from God's grace. We do not obligate God to give us grace like an employee obligates his employer to pay wages. Faith in Christ must be behind our good works in order for it to be considered a work of grace; otherwise, it is a work of law or obligation.


Rom. 6:23 – this is why Paul says the "wages" of sin is death. Eternal life is a free gift from God. We cannot obligate God to pay us for our works; otherwise, we are in a system of law, not a system of grace.

Rom. 11:6 – Paul says that if justification is now based on grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.


Rom. 11:35 - it is impossible to obligate God for payment, and sinful to think we can. We cannot do "works of the law" to obligate God. We are not in a debtor/creditor relationship with God. He owes us nothing. Instead, we are in a Father/child covenant relationship with Him, and He will reward us for being faithful.

Gal. 6:8-9 - the earnings referred to here are from God's grace. It is a free gift, not an obligation. This underscores that our relationship with God is Father/son and daughter, not employer/employee.


Rom. 8:14-17; Heb. 12:5-11 - these texts further emphasize our father/son relationship with God. Our relationship is familial, not legal.

Rom. 7:6 - we are now discharged from the "law," that is "works of the law." We now serve God in faith working in love.


Rom. 10:4 - Christ is the end of the "law." We are now justified by faith in Christ, not faith in the law.

Rom. 13:8,10 - loving one another is fulfilling the new law of Christ. This is internal and personal, not external and impersonal.


Gal. 2:16 - again, man is not justified by "works of the law." Again, Paul is referring to the Mosaic law and anything which views God as a debtor to us.

Gal. 2:19,21 - justification "through the law" means justification through the Mosaic law or a legal system that makes God a debtor to us.


Gal. 3:10 – shows that "works of the law" refers to the "book of the law" which was the strict and impersonal Mosaic law of the Old Testament.

Gal. 3:17 - this "law" came 430 years after Abraham. So "works of law" here clearly refer to the Mosaic law, not "good works."


Gal. 3:13; 4:4-5 - in fact, the "works of the law" (not good works in God's grace) is a curse from which Christ freed us.

Gal. 3:19 - these "works of law" were only good for showing us our sinfulness, but not teaching us how to live.


Gal. 5:4,14; 6:2 - the "law" is of no use. The new law is the law of Christ, which is faith working through love.

Eph. 2:8-9 - we have been saved by grace through faith, not because of "works," lest anyone boast. This much-quoted verse by Protestants refers to the "works" of the Mosaic law or any works performed in a legalistic sense, where we view God as a debtor to us, and not as our heavenly Father. Paul is teaching us that, with the coming of Christ, we are now saved by grace through faith, not by Mosaic or legal works.


This is why Paul refers to “works of ourselves” and so we can’t “boast.” Paul says the same thing about “works” Rom. 4:2,4 – if Abraham was justified by “works,” he would have something to “boast” about. Here, the wages are not counted as grace, but debt. “Boasting” does not attribute works to God, but to oneself. But good works done in faith are necessary for justification (James 2:24, etc.) because we receive rewards by grace, not by legal obligation, and we attribute these works to God, not ourselves.

Eph. 2:10 - in quoting Ephesians 2:8-9, Protestants invariably ignore the very next verse. Right after Paul's teaching on "works" referring to Mosaic law, Paul says we are created in Christ for "good works" - a clear distinction between "works of law" (Mosaic law/legal payment) and "good works" (law of Christ/reward of grace).


Eph. 2:11-16 - this section further explains Paul's reference to "works" which relates to following the Jewish legal ordinances.

Eph. 3:17 - Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, but we also must be rooted and grounded in love.


III. Justification = Inner Change of Person (Infusion); Not Just a Declaration by God (Imputation)


Psalm 51:1-2 - O God, blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. This cleansing requires an inner change of heart. Many Protestants believe that we are so depraved that God only covers our sins up by declaring us righteous (imputing Christ’s righteousness to us). The Catholic (and Scriptural view), however, is that God is powerful enough to blot out our sins and remove them. The view that God just declares us righteous by “covering us up,” denigrates the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, who continues the work of Christ through His work of justification and sanctification (infusing His grace into souls and changing the inner person).

Psalm 51:7-9 - purge me and I shall be clean, wash me whiter than snow, fill me with joy, blot out my iniquities. We are purged and filled up internally, not just covered up externally.


Psalm 51:10 - create in me a clean heart, oh God, and put a new and right spirit within me (not "cover" me). God is so powerful that He brings about a real metamorphosis in ourselves.

Isaiah 1:18 - though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though red like crimson, they shall be like wool.


Isaiah 43:25 - I am He who blots out your transgressions and forgets your sins. God does not cover our sins up. He blots them out by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 44:22 - I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sin like mist. This is a real elimination of sin, not a covering up of sin.


Isaiah 64:5 – thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness. This means righteousness is not just imputed to us. We can actually do works of righteousness by God’s grace.

Ezek. 36:26-27 - a new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you. These are interior changes effected by God.


Ezek. 37:23 – the Lord will save His people from all their backslidings in which they have sinned, and He will cleanse them (not cover them).

Matt. 5:3,5,8 - blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, and the pure of heart. These are internal dispositions, not just an external reality.


Matt. 5:6; Luke 6:21 - those who hunger for righteousness "may be filled." It is an inner change, not snow covering up a dunghill.

Matt. 5:20; Luke 1:6; Acts 10:35 - here are more examples of "doing" righteousness, not just being "imputed" external righteousness. We are not just defendants in a courtroom who have been exonerated. We are children of God endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit by whose grace we can become righteous.


Matt. 5:28 - Jesus teaches that just looking lustfully at a woman is adultery. But avoiding this involves an inner change, a response to God's grace.

Matt. 6:1 - beware of practicing righteousness before men. We are not just declared righteous; we can practice righteousness as well.


Matt. 8:3 – Jesus cleanses the man’s leprosy. Jesus’ power reaches both the external and internal conditions of human beings. See also Matt. 11:5.

Matt. 15:18; Mark 7:15 -Jesus teaches the interior disposition is what defiles man. Thus, God's infusion of grace changes us interiorly.


Matt. 23:25-28 - the Pharisees appeared outwardly righteous to men, but inside they were filled with hypocrisy. God desires and helps us effect an inner change of heart. He doesn't just declare that we are righteous.

Luke 11:39-40 - the Pharisees cleansed the outside of the cup but inside they were full of wickedness. God demands an internal change and gives us the grace to make that change.


John 1:29 - Jesus the Lamb of God literally takes away the sin of the world. He does not just cover up the sins of the world.

Acts 3:19 - repent, that your sins may be "blotted" out. The word blotted comes from the Greek word "exalipho" which means an actual wiping away or removal, not a covering up.


Acts 22:16; 1 Cor. 6:11 - again, the phrase "wash away" is from the word "apolouo" which mean a literal removal or an infusion of cleansing, not an imputation or covering.

Rom. 4:3 - it was "credited" to him as righteousness. The word "credited" comes from the Greek word "elogisthe" which means a book entry. God records what there actually is; He does not make a phony entry on the books.


Rom. 5:17 - we do not receive Christ's personal level of righteousness (which is impossible), but we are made righteous on His account by God's mercy and the Lord's work on the cross. The word “made” in Greek is “katestathesan” which refers to a real, actual, ontological change in the person’s soul.

Rom. 5:19 - through "Adam/Christ" we were made "sinners/righteous." This means that there is not just a relational change in status, but an objective change in nature. We are not just declared righteous, but are actually made righteous. God does not declare something without making it so. For example, in Gen. 1:3, God declares that there is light, and there is light. The declaration is followed by the reality.


2 Cor. 3:18 – Paul says that we are being changed into the Lord’s likeness from one degree of glory to another, by the power of the Spirit. This shows that justification is ongoing, and changes in degrees throughout one’s life, based upon one’s obedience of faith.

2 Cor. 4:16 – though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. Justification does not happen all at once, and is not an external declaration. Justification happens every day, and concerns our inner nature.


2 Cor. 5:17 - Paul says that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. He is not just the old creation that is covered up. The old has passed away, and behold, the new has come.

2 Cor. 7:1 – Paul says that we must cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. Holiness deals with being, what is, because its source is God, who is. It does not deal with what appears to be.


2 Cor. 13:5 – do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? This indwelling of Christ brings about an internal transformation to those who cooperate with His grace.

Gal. 6:15 – for neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.


Eph. 4:22-24 - putting off the old nature for the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness, involves an internal change. Our lives are actually transformed. This is required in order for us to become adopted sons (not just defendants acquitted in a courtroom).

Phil. 2:13 - God is at work "in you." God is so powerful, he can actually transform us by working in us. He is not just outside us making declarations about us.


Col. 3:10 – we have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. We are new, and this newness is a continual process of renewal throughout our lives.

Titus 3:5 - justification is a generation of supernatural life in a former sinner. This means a real inner change or infusion, not just donning an outer cloak.


1 John 1:7,9 – Jesus will "cleanse" us from sin and unrighteousness. The word cleanse comes from the Greek word "katharizo" which means an actual "infused" cleansing, not an "imputed" pretend cleansing.

1 John 3:7,10 - righteousness may be obtained by "doing." One who practices righteousness is righteous. God is not just declaring the person righteousness.


Rev. 19:8 - when we are clothed in fine linen in heaven, the fine linen is "our righteous acts." It is our own righteousness, from the work and mercy of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:4 - we are actually made righteous because God is the eternal family, and we partake of this divine nature as children. The Catholic position thus gives Jesus the most glory. His grace is powerful enough to change us interiorly.


1 Cor. 3:9 - this is because we are His fellow workers. God is not threatened by the grace and glory He gives His children!


ISV. Some Examples of Justification as Ongoing (not a one-time event)

2 Cor. 4:16 - though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed "every day." This not only proves that justification is internal (not legal and external), but that it is also ongoing (it's not a one-time event of accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior). Our inner nature is being renewed every day as we persevere in faith, hope and love.


John 3:16 - justification is ongoing, not a one-time event. God so loved (past) the world, that He gave (past) His only Son, that whoever believes (ongoing) in Him may have eternal life. The word “believes” is “pisteuo” in Greek which necessarily includes obedience throughout one’s life. This is proved by 1 Peter 2:7-8 which also uses “pisteuo” (to obey) and “apitheo” (to disobey). The same word “pisteuo” is used in many other verses about “believing in Christ” such as John 3:36; 5:24; Rom. 4:24; 10:9-10; cf. Rom. 1:5,16; 6:17; 16:26; 1 John 5:13 (often used by Protestants to support their “faith alone” theology). To “believe” means to “obey” throughout one’s life; it is not a one-time acceptance of Jesus as Savior.

Heb. 5:9 – Paul also confirms this by writing that Jesus became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. Here are some examples of justification as an on-going process, and not a one-time event:


Gen. 12:1-4 – Abram is justified here, as God promises to make his name great and bless the families of the earth through his seed. Abram is justified by his faith in God. Heb. 11:8-10 confirms Abraham's justification occurred here, before Gen. 15:6 (later) by referring to Gen. 12, not Gen. 15. Abraham's justification increased over time because justification is not a one-time event, but an ongoing process of growing in holiness.

Gen. 14:19, 22-23 - Abram is also justified here, by being blessed by the priest-king Melchizedek. Melchizedek calls Abram blessed and Abram gives him a tenth of everything.


Gen. 15:6 – Abram is further justified here, as God promises him that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars. Because the Scripture says, “He believed the Lord, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness,” Protestants often say this was Abram’s initial justification, and cite Rom 4:2 to prove Abram was justified by his faith. Yes, it is true Abram was justified by his faith, but he was justified 25 years earlier in Gen. 12:1-4, as Heb. 11:8-10 proves.

Gen. 22:1-18 – Abraham is further justified here, this time by works, when he offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. James 2:21 proves this as James writes, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?” James then confirms this by writing, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness” (James 2:23). These verses prove that justification before God is an on-going process, not a one-time event of accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior, and is accomplished by faith and works.


1 Sam. 13:14 - David is justified here, as God describes him as “a man after his own heart.” No one in Scripture is described like this. Acts 13:22 confirms David’s justification before God.

1 Sam. 16:13 – David is also justified here. “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.”


1 Sam. 17:37-54 – David is further justified here, as he responds to God’s grace and God delivers him from the hand of Goliath the Philistine.

2 Sam. 6:9,14 – David is further justified here, as he expresses a fear for the Lord in the presence of His ark, and dances before the ark of the Lord with all his might.


2 Sam. 12:7-15 - however, after David’s on-going justification before God, David falls out of justification by committing adultery with Bathsheba and slaying Uriah the Hittite. David still had faith in God, but he lost his justification because of his evil works.

Psalm 32:1-2; Rom. 4:7-8; cf. 51:2,7-10,17 – David repents of his sin and writes these beautiful psalms about God’s mercy and forgiveness. Of himself, he writes, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered up.” David is re-justified before God. This proves that we can be justified before God, then lose our justification, and then be re-justified through repentance and reconciliation with God.


Matt. 16:18-19 – Jesus blesses Simon for receiving a Revelation from God, changes his name to Peter, and gives him the keys to the kingdom of heaven. In John 6:68-69, Peter, justified before God, declares that Jesus has the words of eternal life. In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus prays for Peter that his faith may not fail and charges him to strengthen the rest of the apostles. In these and many other examples, Peter is justified before God.

Matt. 26:75; Mark 14:72; John 18:17, 25-27 – Peter denies he knows Jesus and loses his justification before God.


John 21:15-17 – Peter is re-justified before God after he negates his three-fold denial of Jesus with a three-fold confirmation of his love for him. Jesus then charges Peter to feed the Lord’s sheep. Peter was justified, loses his justification, and regains it again through repentance and love.

Luke 15:24,32 - the prodigal son was dead, and now is alive again; he was lost and now is found. The prodigal son regained his father’s favor through repentance (v. 18-19,21). When we ask our Father for forgiveness, we too will regain His favor and be justified.


Acts 9:1- 17 - Protestants would say that Paul is instantly justified here, when he encounters Christ, obeys His command to enter the city, and is moved by the Holy Spirit. They would say that Paul’s sins are now covered up and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to him.

Acts 9:18; 22:16 - then why does Ananias command Saint Paul (who was directly chosen by Christ) to stand up and be baptized and "wash away" his sins? Because justification, as the Church has taught for 2,000 years, is ongoing. It is not a one-time event of accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. Justification is freely given by God through faith, hope, love and the sacraments of the Church (here, baptism).


V. Jesus and Apostles Teach that Works are Necessary for Justification

Matt. 5:2-11 - Jesus' teaching of the beatitudes goes beyond faith - being pure, merciful, and peacemakers are all good works. They are acts of the will that are necessary for a right relationship with God.


Matt. 5:16 - Jesus confirms this by teaching, "let your light shine before men that they may see your 'good works' and give glory to God." Good works glorify God and increase our justification before the Father.

Matt. 5:39-42 - give your striker the other cheek, give away your cloak, and go with him two miles. This faith in action, not faith alone.


Matt. 5:44-47 - this means even loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. Love is a good work, an act of the will.

Matt. 6:12 - forgive us our sins, not by how much faith we have, but as we forgive those who trespass against us.


Matt. 7:19-23 - just saying "Lord, Lord" and accepting Jesus as personal Savior is not enough. We must also bear the fruit of good works.

Matt. 19:16-22 - Jesus teaches the man to sell all he has and give it to the poor. It is not just about accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. We also need good works by keeping Jesus' commandments.


Matt. 22:39; Mark 12:31 - Jesus says You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love is a good work - an act of the intellect and will.

Mark 9:39 - Jesus said no one who does good works in His name will be able to soon after speak evil of Him. Good works justify us before God.

Luke 6:46-47 - the Lord asks us to do what he tells us, and that is to keep His commandments, not just "accept" Him as personal Lord and Savior.


Luke 6:20-38 - again, beatitudes, the love of enemies, giving to the needy, forgiving, bearing fruit - all these good works justify a man before God.

Luke 8:21 - Jesus says that His mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.


John 5:24 - note that "eternal life" here means sanctifying grace (the life of God within us). We can choose to fall from this grace.

John 5:36, 10:37-38 - Jesus emphasizes that His works testify to who He is. We must imitate Christ's works to be more fully united with Him.


John 5:39-42 - knowing the Scriptures is not enough if you do not have love in your heart.

John 8:31-32 - Jesus requires works even from those who believe in Him. Mere belief is not enough.


John 13:34-35 - Jesus gives us a new commandment, that we love one another as He loves us. He commands love which is an act of our will.

John 14:15 - Jesus says, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." This requires works, not just faith (and not faith alone).


John 14:21 – he who hears my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. This is doing good works for others.

John 15:8 – Jesus requires us to bear the good fruit of works if we are to be His disciples. These fruits are merits in Catholic teaching, all borne from God’s unmerited gift of grace.


John 15:10 - if you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, as I have kept the Father's commandments.

John 15:12 - this is My commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Love is both a cause and the fruit of our justification.


Rom. 12:10 - Paul commands us to love one another. Love is a good work, an act of the intellect and will, not just a feeling.

1 Cor. 3:8 – Paul teaches that he who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor.


1 Cor. 13:2 – Paul teaches that if our faith moves mountains, but we have not the works of love, we are nothing indeed.

1 Cor. 13:13 - abide in faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Love is the greatest work which justifies us (not faith, and most importantly, not faith alone!)


1 Tim. 6:18-19 - we are to do good and be rich in good works thus laying up a good foundation for a chance at eternal life.

Titus 1:16 - people claim to know God, but their deeds deny Him. Like Jesus, it is our works that testify to our faith in Christ.

1 John 2:3-5 - and by this we may be sure that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. This requires good works, not faith alone.


1 John 3:23 - God's commandment is to believe in His Son Jesus and love one another. Belief is not enough, but good works to perfect that belief.

1 John 4:7-21 - and this commandment we have from Him, that he who loves God should love his brother also. John gives us repeated exhortations to love one another.


1 John 5:2-3 - we know we love God and God's children when we keep His commandments. We need to love which is manifested in good works and not faith alone.

2 John 6 - we must love one another and keep Jesus' commandments. We must cooperate with Christ's grace.