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DO ROMAN CATHOLIC INDULGENCES REALLY FORGIVE SINS? DEBATE - JAMES WHITE VS. ROBERT FASTIGGI

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Published on Apr 23, 2011

See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... with 172 videos & counting. Larry Wessels, Director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas (YouTube channel: CANSWERSTV at http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV; websites: http://www.BibleQuery.org, http://www.HistoryCart.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) presents this theological debate on the question, "Is the Roman Catholic Doctrine of Indulgences to Cover Sins Biblical or Not?" The Debaters: James White, Th.D., is director of ministries for Alpha & Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona (website: http://www.AOMIN.ORG), & an adjunct professor with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Arizona campus. He is also professor of apologetics with Columbia Evangelical Seminary, and a critical consultant for the Lockman Foundation on the New American Standard Bible update. James is a published author of many books including "Mary - Another Redeemer?" published by Bethany House Publishers. Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D. is professor of religious studies at Saint Edward's University in Austin, Texas. He is a published author & a Roman Catholic apologist. Mark Gunning is the moderator.

According to "The Catholic Catechism" by John A. Hardon, S.J., 1981, imprimatur from Vicar General, Archdiocese of New York: "An indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned, which the follower of Christ with the proper dispositions and under certain determined conditions acquires through the intervention of the Church, which, as minister of the redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ AND THE SAINTS. Indulgences therefore apply only to forgiven sins, where the forgiveness refers to guilt before God, whereas the penance to be expiated refers to the disorder that sin produces in the world. Indulgences can be gained by Christians who are rightly disposed but who also fulfill the requirements the Church sets down as the dispenser of Christ's redemptive merits."

The Protestant Reformation began when Martin Luther confronted Roman Catholic indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his "The Ninety-Five Theses" in 1517 by nailing it to a door in Wittenburg, Germany where copies of it were made and spread throughout the country. Luther strongly disputed the Roman Catholic indulgence policy that claimed that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money.

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