Category: scripture

Brothers and sisters in Christ, The prophet Isaiah, of old, once said, thousands of years before the birth of Lord Christ: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, and that preacheth peace: of him that sheweth forth good, that preacheth salvation, that saith to Sion: Thy God shall reign!”

On this night, I say to you as we have heard in the Scriptures:

“For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.”

What are we to make of all this? Surely our minds and hearts are dizzied by the news: Our Savior has come! He is given to us. Given! And he shall reign forever! When we see the sadness and brokenness of the world, it becomes obvious that mankind longs for a Savior. We long to be rescued and delivered from evil, the wickedness of others and most importantly, our own wickedness. Don’t deny it, dear children, for soon as we think ourselves perfect, we have fallen.

But do not despair in the pit of sorrow, do not yield to your sin and say “It is hopeless” -good news has been announced to us! I often think of how the angel song broke out over the plains, announcing “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will”  No great heralds or procession marks the coming of this little prince. he is born in quietude, humility and meanness but, how a heavenly sign appears- the very angels sound their trumpets.

It is an announcement of peace. Peace has rained down from heaven and kissed the earth, and how the earth trembles in anticipation of the long-awaited Savior!  Can you imagine the beauty contained in this moment? When the stillness of our dark night is finally broken by this bright light and these angelic cries of joy?

We have a Savior and moreso, not a distant Savior who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has come as man, who was made like us in all things- but sin. This is wonderful! Do we realize that death and sin have been answered, have been challenged by the cry of a tender babe in Bethlehem? His cries echo our cries and He will deliver us! I say to you: Open your hearts for Thy God, the Prince of Peace, shall reign!




A lot of churches don’t seem to take Baptism seriously. They baptize with no questions asked. I have seen churches re-baptize those who are already validly baptized “in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”.

– That additional baptism is playing around with water. Baptism should be seen as entry into the Kingdom of God, an act that confers graces by obedience. The power of baptism comes from the name of the Trinity and the grace of God, not the amount of water used or the number of times it’s done. It is entering into the Christian faith and should be treated as a promise to God and to the faith. Many see this as an empty “symbol”


Here is what your standard, secular source ( will say about baptism:
“In Christianity, baptism (a word derived from Greek baptizo: “immersing”, “performing ablutions”)[1] is the ritual act, with the use of water, by which one is admitted as a full member of the Christian Church and, in the view of some, as a member of the particular Church in which the baptism is administered. The most usual form of baptism among Early Christians was for the candidate to stand in water and water to be poured over the upper body. Baptism has traditionally been seen by many as necessary for salvation.

The article continues:
Baptism makes the person share in the Trinitarian life of God through “sanctifying grace,” the grace of justification that incorporates the person into the body of Christ and his Church), also making the person a sharer in the priesthood of Christ. It imparts the “theological” virtues (faith, hope, and charity) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and marks the baptized person with a spiritual seal or character that indicates permanent belonging to Christ. Baptism is the foundation of communion between all Christians.” 


Even those who aren’t Christian at all realize the history of how Christians have viewed baptism and how they have held it to be a most-sacred sacrament.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. “ – John 3:5

This also matches the wording of Jesus when stating another point central to Early Christianity: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” – John 6: 53.

The Apostles baptized and broke bread…and they took it very seriously. They believed that the act of consuming communion gave them life! What does this have to do with anything? Jesus states that baptism and communion are central to the faith. They are incorporating the faithful into His life. When Jesus’s side was pierced, blood and water poured out. These things are the life of Christ. – And the apostles knew it.

“Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of
God?  This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by
water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy
Ghost: and these three are one.  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” – 1 John 5:5-8


Baptism and Communion in particular is what made Christians distinguishable from many of the early pagan sects. Sure these pagan sects had ceremonies similar to Christian baptism and communion but it was precisely the action of Christ that distinguished them. These previous things were just symbols and ceremonies, for the Christian, these are sacraments, actual manifestation’s of Christ’s promises!

Baptism is mentioned in the ancient Apostle’s Creed as a definition of faith “We believe in one baptism” (“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” -Ephesians 4:4-5 ). The creed and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians both state one baptism. It is one baptism that gives us re-birth in Christ, not two or three or four. One baptism is all that;s needed!

I think that in order for churches to be more unified and strong, they need to stop reducing Christ’s sacraments to symbols. These were teachings held dearly by the Apostles, given by Christ. They need to partake in the blood and water…and be nourished.



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No Church, No Bible

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Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church decided which books were inspired and which were not, at the Council of Rome in AD 382, under the authority of Pope Damasus I. The same canon was reaffirmed at the Council of Hippo, Africa, in AD 393 at the Council of Carthage, AD 397; also at the ecumenical councils of Florence (1442), Trent (1546), Vatican I (1870), and Vatican II (1965).

When you quote the Bible you accept the authority of the Catholic Church.

Abridging the Bible: Masoretic or Septuagint?
Cleverly, Luther did not remove the books entirely, he merely sidelined them. Initially the seven Books continued to be placed in a section called the Apocrypha. But since it was cheaper to print bibles without them, the seven books were slowly dropped altogether. By the 19th Century, the vast majority of Protestant Bibles did not carry the seven Books at all. Protestants began to get used to not seeing these Books in their Bibles, and to imagine that their Bibles were perfectly complete without them.

Btw, the deuterocanonical (aka “apocryphal”) books are found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Codex Vaticanus, the Codex Sinaiticus, …
…both 1 and 2 Maccabees are in the Gutenberg Bible, published a century before Luther was born, which proves that the Catholic Church didn’t add them at the Council of Trent after the Reformation; they were taken out by Luther during the Reformation.
Catholic Bible 101: Purgatory

[To what extent are Protestant bibles different from Catholic bibles?]
The difference goes beyond the mere deletion of books, such as changes made to specific phrases in in the books of the New Testament. Question is, can we still obtain authenticity from such changes in the Protestant bibles?

I would not believe in the Gospel, had not the authority of the Catholic Church already moved me.

— St Augustine of Hippo (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430) [Contra epistolam Manichaei, 5, 6: PL 42, 176]

It was St. Augustine, you know, who insisted on putting Revelation as well as Hebrews in the New Testament Canon at an African bishops’ council held at the end of the fourth century.
— Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel CFR, foreword to The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn

The Bible itself came from the Liturgy of the Church.
— Dr Scott Hahn, ex-Presbyterian minister

Whenever we take up a Bible we touch Saint Irenaeus’ work, for he played a decisive role in fixing the canon of the New Testament.

How can the Bible be infallible if the Church who compiled it isn’t as well?

The Church or the Bible?
Christ sent His Apostles with authority to teach all nations, and never gave them any command of writing the Bible. And the Apostles went forth and preached everywhere, and planted the Church of God throughout the earth, but never thought of writing.

Apostolic Tradition — Jesus commissioned the Apostles to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you” (Mt.28: 19-20). He promised that the Holy Spirit would “instruct you in everything and remind you of all that I have told you” (John 14:26). Just before his ascension into heaven Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mk 16: 15). He commanded them to do precisely what He himself had done, namely, deliver the Word of God to the people by the living voice and granted them, through the Holy Spirit, the gift of tongues. He told them, “He who hears you hears me and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects Him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16) It was by this oral Apostolic Tradition that the Church discerned which books should be included in the New Testament. Many were already in use in the house churches (Christianity was “underground” for three centuries and much persecuted) St. Augustine endorses the same position when he says: “I should not believe the Gospel except on the authority of the Catholic Church” (Con. epist. Manichaei, fundam., n. 6). As St. Paul urged in his epistle, 2 Thessalonians 2: 15, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.” The books of the New Testament were written between about A.D. 45 and as late as A.D. 100 but were not put into a defined canon or single collection until the end of the fourth century. Why not? The Holy Spirit protected the oral Tradition or Apostolic Tradition taught by the true Church, which by A.D. 100 was already known as the “Catholic Church.” See the seven letters of Ignatius of Antioch, accepted by both Protestant and Catholic scholars as legitimate. Sacred Tradition has for its subject the Holy Spirit, indwelling the Church as the soul animates the body. The Spirit guides the Church in her interpretation of the Word and in her liturgy.

“I realised I had to break an old habit that, despite my newfound awareness of sacred Tradition, had continued up till then to affect the way I thought about Catholic Marian teachings. It was the habit of looking for a biblical basis for this and that Catholic teaching. For the simple fact was that the authors of the New Testament did not base their faith on the Bible. They based it on apostolic Tradition, both written and unwritten, which is incarnate in the Church. For them, this Tradition is a unified whole, like a weave. And it maintains its integrity even as it grows from mustard seed to mustard plant. Because of that, the question that always faced the Church was not ‘Is this Bible based?,’ but ‘Is this apostolic?’”
— Mark Shea, ex-Protestant

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.”
 Proverbs 3:5-6

“It is, then, undoubtably true to say that, in the present order of Providence, it is owing to the Catholic Church that we have a Bible at all. And no-one will be a bit the worse Christian and Bible-lover if he remembers this notable year that it is to the Mother Church of Christendom he must look if he would behold the real preserver, defender, and transmitter of the ‘Word that endureth forever.’
— The Right Reverend Henry Grey Graham, Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church

 granted for reading the Bible:

Extra nugget of info:

Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton (1207-1228) painstakingly numbered all the verses of the Bible. Anytime we mention a Bible verse like “John 3:16”, we are taking advantage of his great labour of love.

Back in my college days when I played Dungeons & Dragons, there was a term amongst my friends known as “rules lawyering” which implied a person so rigidly stuck to the rule-book that the game became slowed down and less fun. Today, I see many Christians who do the same. Well-meaning, they insist every single thing pertaining to faith and belief must be spelled out explicitly in Scripture. If the Bible does not state it, they don’t do it. They insist that the entire faith must “be Biblical”.

Certainly, there is nothing wrong with consulting Scriptures and I don’t intend to say that at all. The word of God was truly given to us for instruction, edification and correction. But when Christian faith becomes a matter of defining and limiting everything to written Scripture, the meaning is lost. There exists an entire array of beautiful Christian thought, symbolism and devotion that doesn’t appear underlined in bold.

Scripture itself says “Not everything that Jesus did and taught was written down” – John 21:25. It shows us that the apostles preached by word and oral tradition instead of toting a Bible everywhere.  Paul says that the Gospel comes by hearing. His spoken words struck hearts to believe- not looking at scrolls. Paul’s 2nd letter to the Thessalonians says “He called you to this through our gospel that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which were taught, whether by word of mouth or by epistle.” (2:14-15). Paul teaches Timothy, his disciple to preach orally (1 Tim 4:14 and 2 Tim 1:6,)

For the early Christians, faith was an expression of a new life and a new fulfillment of God’s law, through Christ. Christ often speaks against those who “rules lawyer” who hold every little thing up to the Law. He teaches us that God’s law is more than just a rule-book; it is something that must be written in the heart.  In fact, the Pharisee’s question “Is this according to the Law?” sounds an awful lot like the modern Christian’s protest “Where is this in the Bible?”

For some Christians, it must all be in the Bible. What we sing, what we do, what we think. I can’t say, “Blessed virgin Mary” or “Holy Trinity” unless those words appear in the Bible. I can’t call the church “our mother” or Christ “our brother” unless the Bible states it first. This rules-lawyering becomes hampering to our own spiritual growth. The integral message is slowed down and our flame of love burns less bright. We loose sight of the “game”, so to speak, and can’t remember why we are “playing” it in the first place. If God wished us to strap a Bible to our foreheads and consult it before every single action, He would have dropped a fully-bound King James Version from the sky! But instead, Our Lord chose 12 apostles and sent them into all corners of the world preaching orally. While Jesus attested to the Law, He perfected the Law. He became the Law and gave it all a new meaning, a fulfilled meaning in Him. Jesus took upon human flesh so that we don’t have to beat eachother over the head with a rule-book. He gave us an active, living faith.


As Christians, we preach the Gospel and live it. No one needs a Bible in order to feel the presence of God protecting them from grave danger. A Bible verse isn’t necessary for someone to repent and reject a life of sin. Sometimes, the sweet name of “Jesus” helps one who is deeply suffering; sometimes a simple sign of the cross drives away demons. The power of Christ isn’t limited to written Scripture. God isn’t bound by words. The Bible is important and we should study our Scripture often however, we can express love for God without it. We can sing a hymn in the woods without worrying if it’s Biblical or not, we can call the church “our mother” and call Christ “our brother”, we can freely say “Blessed virgin Mary” and “Holy Trinity” because God is present in those things. It’s difficult to run a race when one constantly holds the rule-book in their hands. That VCR will never get fixed if we don’t lay aside the instruction manual and get to work! Instead, we should let our Holy Scripture be a gentle guide and a lamp unto our feet- and not a heavy stone in our shoe.

We hear it all the time these days from professing Christians, “You don’t need to go to church to love God” but this attitude does not come from the Scripture or from the teachings of the first apostles. It must be understood that church is not just a place, though it is a necessary place of meeting for worship, it is a people. Throughout salvation history, God has separated his people. He distinguishes them by His laws and his customs. In Christ, God’s people came to include the gentiles and all people’s of the world who held to faith.

What is the faith? We note that in the Apostle’s Creed, the first formal confession of Christianity outside of Scriptures- yet drawn from Scripture, that it states “I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church” Church is an integral part of Christian faith! One does not claim that the King exists without a Kingdom and that the Head exists without the body. In Christ the body of humanity was joined to it’s head, the Kingdom was brought to earth!

Now, Paul calls the church the body of Christ. It figures you must be in the church (the people of God) in order to be the body of Christ. What does the church (the people of God) do?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. – Acts 2:42

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. – Acts  20:7

Also the Apostle Paul says says:

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.”- 2 Thessalonians 3:6

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:25


Sure, go ahead and don’t go to church if that is your choice, but do not dare say you are following Scripture by doing this or even following the apostles. And what did Jesus say about the apostles who were his first representatives of the church?

“Whoever rejects you rejects me” – Luke 10:16

  • The Scriptures say we become new in Christ but does this mean we no longer need to lean on others for strength?I think we need to continually ask Jesus for strength. We will not figure it all out in a day. true strength is in falling down and getting back up again, which we can only do through his grace.

    Even after 5 years of being a practicing Christian, I still struggle. I get doubts, I even ask “does God love me” Yes I know God loves me but being human we struggle with temptations and emotions. Its a journey, a hard, tough journey and thankfully we don’t have to do it alone.  …And when I sin badly and fall down, I know I can go to Jesus for forgiveness. I know a pastor is always there to hear me out and give advice. He does not leave us orphans. What we need to do is find those avenues of grace and seek them out

Denying Christ’s promise in Matthew 16:18, lack of trust in God.


And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

–  Matthew 16:18


But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”  – 1 Timothy 3:15

“I solemnly tell you that whatever you as a Church bind on earth will in Heaven be held as bound, and whatever you loose on earth will in Heaven be held to be loosed.”   – Matthew 18:18

Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world.”

–  Matthew 28:20


Some try to discredit the Catholic Church by citing its instances of corruption and failure to uphold the truths it teaches. But, they go even further saying the corruption and failure had been so bad, God removed His favor from the established Church and inspired Martin Luther’s Reform.

Based on Scripture alone, one of Luther’s favorite ideas, this belief can be reduced to a lack of trust in God Himself.  In Matthew’s Gospel, we find first mention of “the church” when Jesus blesses his apostle, Peter and promises to build His Church- then promises it will be protected from the very powers of hell.

If one understands this Scripture, Jesus by His grace and omnipotence, vows to build the Church, protect it from demonic powers and preserve it. For how long?: “Unto the end of the world.” Jesus says he will be with his people, the church “always” not- “until the 1500’s when your clergy goes corrupt and I get sick of you.”

The Body of Christ like other bodies heals from its injuries. If Jesus stayed with his own apostles despite their sins, ignorance and faults, didn’t he remain with their successors despite their corruption, cruelty and foolishness? Moreover, the entire Church was never corrupt. Indeed throughout history, great, holy people rose up and sparked renewal. In the Old Testament, God said He will spare Sodom if: “ten righteous men are found.” Even during darkest periods such as The Crusades and Inquisition, Catholicism certainly had more than ten righteous men!

God does not abandon his children because they sin. No, He endures with compassion and mercy. The Body of Christ is always going to have tares among the wheat and Jesus Christ, its Head, will suffer those tares for the wheat’s sake.

Those who say God left the Catholic Church for the Reformation forget another important point: breaking something won’t fix it.  Now, the Reformation began on noble and honest ideals but actually resulted in so much chaos, infighting and division, Martin Luther himself lamented over it. Soon after Luther’s momentous break from Roman Catholicism, people in his own congregation squabbled and left for any of the various churches that suddenly appeared throughout Europe.

The mark of Christ’s church was, is and always will be unity. This unity endured all the attacks hell could bring against it and that is why Catholicism still stands, not because of powerful bishops, cunning popes or zealous saints. No, it’s here because Christ promised.

Exaltation of Scripture.


And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

– John 1:14


So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

–   Romans 10:17


Many opponents of Catholicism, particularly from Protestant groups, have a strange habit of exalting Scripture declaring it as the only authority for believers. Whenever reading “the Word of God” they think written pages forgetting that the Word of God existed before any language or text. An odd exclusion of any teaching source besides printed, bound Bibles causes misunderstanding of God’s nature and ignorance of history.

After the death of Christ, the apostles did not carry around Bibles or even scrolls.  They preached orally and spread the faith by word-of-mouth.

Moreso, when reading “Scripture” these people assume a fully-competed Old and New Testament. The New Testament is a product of the Church. In the 4th century, all the New Testament Gospels and letters were gathered, decided upon by council and put into the Bible we have now. Moreover, dangerous assumption that the only Word of God is written Scripture contradicts what history tells us about Christians.  Throughout early centuries, a majority of Christians were illiterate. Few if any possessed written Bibles. They learned the Gospel in churches, hearing it read aloud and seeing it pictured in stained-glass.

Absurdly, some pastors go so far as to claim God’s only communication with believers is via written Scripture. If this is true, then Christians for centuries have been hopelessly lost in darkness- even the apostles themselves.

God’s Word is a Being, transcendent, beyond paper and letters. His Spirit communicates with believers everywhere.  Whether people are illiterate, blind, handicapped, lost in the wilderness or without a Bible, God still speaks. Christ’s sacrifice and the merits thereof bring salvation- not Scripture. Helpful, wondrous and invaluable as it is, Scripture doesn’t teach everything, it can’t deliberate in church councils or suffer martyrdom.

From a Living God, the Living Word, grace, salvation and mercy comes.



Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.”   – Proverbs 4:1

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”  – Hebrews 13:7


Let me tell you about a facebook experience I had:


Now all those who are familiar with “Cardinal Fratelli” are going to laugh.

I went into a group simply called “The Bible”, under the name and profile picture of “Cardinal Fratelli” and posted something about how we must obey God instead of the modern age. Immediately, several people responded accusing poor Fratelli of wanting to control people and one even praised Martin Luther for breaking away from the “tyranny” of the Catholic Church. The next week, I posted the same exact thing as myself with my own picture and several other people responded, congratulating me for my godly insight! They hated Cardinal Fratelli not because of what I had him say but because of what he looked like: A Catholic priest.

The priestly hierarchy of Catholicism is often subject to attack.  Opponents believe the church should be egalitarian, congregational and individualistic. They despise any vestige of power in the church, dislike priests – especially bishops, and tend to struggle with authority.

However, the New Testament itself speaks of ministerial offices in God’s church; elders who teach, deacons who serve and bishops who rule. In fact, the bishop’s office is usually described as not only magisterial but governmental. They are called “guardians of the flock.”

Certainly, the Apostle Peter advises church elders not to “Lord over the flock”. Indeed, a bishop who belittles or subordinates others abuses his authority and doesn’t please God. However, the existence of ecclesiastical hierarchy isn’t based on subjection. It’s not there to enslave or demean anyone but rather is for edification, unified teaching and doctrinal preservation.

Under bishops, the Church defined a majority of Christian doctrines which are taken for granted. The human and divine nature of Christ, His deity, the Trinity and the New Testament Canon itself are gifts from this conciliar, hierarchal church. Without such a foundation, Christian teaching becomes flimsy sinking back into the past.

Why the objection?

People who have anti-clerical tendencies usually misjudge the clergy’s role, struggle with obeying authority-figures or perhaps suffered past-mistreatment by a priest. Many scowl at ministries being off-limits to others, elaborate priestly vestments or respect shown towards a bishop. Some fail to realize that in God’s eyes, they are just as important and loved. The Bible is correct when describing all people’s equality before Christ. When misinterpreted, this teaching means something entirely different; a church-society without defined roles.

Samewise, Scripture teaches that not all share the same ministries or gifts. Being in the Body of Christ does not mean everybody gets elected bishop, no, rather everyone has unique offerings. When these gifts are used properly, Christ’s mission is fully realized.

Faulty or deceitful use of Scripture.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation”   – 2 Peter 1:20

Some pastors and teachers from various Christian denominations tend to exaggerate, misinterpret or piece together Scripture in a way that makes the Bible seem to condemn Catholicism.  Common examples are misuse of two verses:

In Matthew:  “Call no man your father” or Paul’s famous warning to Timothy about “Those who forbid marriage and abstain from meat”. To uneducated viewers, this certainly looks bad for Catholics- except that in neither verse, is Catholicism or the Catholic Church the subject.  Jesus’s teaching in Matthew enforces the supremacy of God’s fatherhood; that no other fatherhood should come first. God always gets prime honor above earthly men. It means that and nothing more.  In fact in 1 Corinthians 5:14, Paul says “You have a thousand instcutors but not many fathers for I have become your father though the Gospel” In John’s letters, he calls his disciples “My children”. Now are the apostles contradicting what Jesus commanded?

Paul’s letter to Timothy isn’t speaking of Catholics at all. A sect known as Gnosticism was spreading; leading Christians astray by teaching that a wicked god created the world and all physical matter is evil. They forbade all adherents from marriage. Go ahead and look up what Gnostics believed.

These examples show rather dishonest tactics.  Pastors who should otherwise know better and understand the context of Scripture- and indeed some who do know what Jesus and Paul were actually talking about, distort sacred readings just a bit to serve their agenda.  Keeping people out of the Catholic Church equals more members for them.  In attacking Catholicism, stretching truth is not off limits for the man who can convincingly spin Scripture.