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Then Peter answered, Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord., because like him, I was baptized and raised Roman Catholic, attending parochial schools through my primary grades and a preparatory school run by a Benedictine monastery throughout my high school years. Beckwith, in my teens I turned away from the Roman Catholic Church and Christianity altogether but was converted in my early twenties and began attending a Protestant Evangelical church.And for the past thirty seven years I have been a committed Evangelical Protestant. Beckwith’s book because he had been President of the Evangelical Theological Society at the time of his decision to revert to the Church of Rome and I was intrigued to learn the reasons that had formed his decision.
Lone voices in the media wilderness: Acknowledging the fraud And indeed it is rare that the issue of false accusations against priests is even acknowledged in the mainstream media.After reading his book it became clear to me that Beckwith’s decision to return to Rome was based on his conviction that the Protestant Evangelical church is deficient on two important points.He is convinced that the Roman Catholic Church can claim historical validation for being the one true church established by Christ and that the Evangelical church is therefore a schismatic movement. Josephus applies the name ( airesis ) to the three religious sects prevalent in Judea since the Machabean period: the Sadducees, the Pharisees, the Essenes (Bel. In later Greek, philosophers' schools, as well as religious sects, are "heresies". Thomas (II-II:11:1) defines heresy: "a species of infidelity in men who, having professed the faith of Christ, corrupt its dogmas ". Intolerance and cruelty The term heresy connotes, etymologically, both a choice and the thing chosen, the meaning being, however, narrowed to the selection of religious or political doctrines, adhesion to parties in Church or State. Paul is described to the Roman governor Felix as the leader of the heresy ( aireseos ) of the Nazarenes ( Acts 24:5 ); the Jews in Rome say to the same Apostle : "Concerning this sect [ airesoeos ], we know that it is everywhere contradicted" ( Acts ). Justin (Dial., xviii, 108) uses airesis in the same sense. Peter (II, ii, 1) applies the term to Christian sects : "There shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition [ aireseis apoleias ]".
And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: "Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.