Evangelical Pastor’s Lies and Deceptions Part II

Evangelical Pastor’s Lies and Deceptions Part II

 By: Bro. Isahel N. Alfonso

I received nasty reactions and comments from those who believed Pastor Ballesteros’ lies and deceptions against the Catholic Church. I know that you are hurt because your knight in shinning armor is slowly losing his radiance as his lies and deceptions are being exposed. I’ve tried to send him a copy of my response to his false allegations against Mary in his E-mail address j-and-t@dagupan.com but the E-mail address that he wrote in his book is not working, this gives me the impression that he is just another typical charlatan that enjoys attacking the Catholic faith. On page 19 of his book he began his discussion with the question “Are there other writings as important as the Bible?” After quoting Scriptures passages like Jude 3, Gal.1:8, Prov.30:6 and Rev.22:18-19 he turns his attention to the Catholic Church. Pastor Ballesteros said,

For Catholics, tradition, the Ex Cathedra (or pronouncements of the Pope) and the teachings of the Magisterium (Church council) are the bases of faith and practice.[1]

At first glance by an unsuspecting reader this statement appears to be accurately presenting the Catholic faith, but in really Pastor Ballesteros is dead wrong! Pastor Ballesteros has no theological knowledge of the Catholic faith thus he is not in the position to teach or explain what the Catholic Church teaches. Nevertheless he proceeds to explain the position of the Catholic Church no matter how inaccurate it is. The only point why Pastor Ballesteros do this is not really to present the Catholic faith in its fullness but rather to put the Catholic Church in bad faith. Let us scrutinize the statement made by Pastor Ballesteros. With his cunning and deceitful ways this evangelical pastor is trying to give the readers of his book the impression that the basis of the Catholic faith is not the Sacred Scripture but the teachings of the pope notice that he did not include Sacred Scripture in his list of Catholic’s basis of faith and practice, but this is far from the teachings of the Church. Pastor Ballesteros failed to distinguish the act of teaching made by the Pope and a Church Council and the sources or basis of the teachings of the Pope and a Church Council. In paragraph 10 of Dei Verbum it clearly states the basis of the Catholic faith.

Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church. Holding fast to this deposit the entire holy people united with their shepherds remain always steadfast in the teaching of the Apostles, in common life, in the breaking of the bread and in prayers. . .[2]

Whenever teaching in matters of faith and morals the Pope or a Church Council has the Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition as its basis. St. Paul in his epistle to the Thessalonians also said that “Stand firm, then brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (II Thess.2:15) St. Paul seems to propose that there are two bases for teachings the written which we call the Bible and the unwritten which is the Sacred Tradition. This clearly reflects the teaching of the Church that the Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition form one sacred deposit of faith. So Pastor Ballesteros where did you get the idea that “For Catholics, tradition, the Ex Cathedra (or pronouncements of the Pope) and teachings of the Magisterium (Church council) are the bases of faith and practice? There are also flaws in his understanding of the word “Magisterium” for him “Magisterium is a Church council. This error displays pastor Ballesteros lack of scholarship. The word Magisterium is derived from the Latin word Magistere which means teacher. The Dictionary of Fundamental Theology defined Magisterium as;

In modern Catholic usage the term Magisterium has come to be associated almost exclusively with the teaching role and authority of the hierarchy. An even more recent development is that the term Magisterium is often used to refer not to the teaching office as such but to the body of men who have this office in the Catholic Church: namely, the pope and bishops.[3]

Pastor Ballesteros’ understand of the nature and definition of Magisterium is offshoot. Pastor Ballesteros never run out of deception technique in his next statement he tried to fool his readers that the Catholic Church in the past do not encourage reading the Bible.

Catholics nowadays are encouraged to read passages in the Bible to find comfort through personal reflections on the promises it contains.[4]

Notice how he use the word “nowadays”, the word “nowadays” means “at the present time(s)” he is trying to imply that previously before “nowadays” the Catholic Church do not encourage reading the Bible. Aside from being ignorant on the word of God Pastor Ballesteros is also ignorant of Church history. If he would not mind picking up spiritual writings of the saints he will notice that it is full of quotations from the Sacred Scripture. The writings of the Church Fathers and doctors of the Church voluminously quoted the Sacred Scripture. His accusation that the Church do not encourage reading the Bible is baseless and pure hearsay. Furthermore, Pastor Ballesteros continued his deception and lies,

The whole doctrinal system of the Roman Catholic Church is still founded on the three Vatican-sanctioned sources mentioned above. Idolatry, veneration to Mary, purgatory, signing of the cross, repeated prayers, prayers for the dead and many more other unbiblical doctrines are still being held and practiced.[5]

As for the lie of Pastor Ballesteros that the doctrinal system of the Catholic Church are the three Vatican-sanctioned sources he mentioned previously was already debunk and proven wrong. Pastor Ballesteros like other heretics loves to bear false witness against the Catholic Church. Pastor Ballesteros included idolatry as one of the teachings of the Catholic Church, Pastor Ballesteros if what you are saying is true then can you provide us a quotation from the Catechism, Council decrees, Papal Encyclicals, Papal Bull and Apostolic letter that idolatry is a Catholic doctrine? In paragraph 2113 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church it condemns idolatry. So who is the liar here? Pastor Ballesteros who made an accusation without any basis or the Catholic Church who explicitly denounce idolatry? In his short list of allege unbiblical teaching of the Church he included veneration of Mary as unbiblical. In Romans 13:7 St. Paul said “Give honor to whom honor is due” during the annunciation the Angel Gabriel rendered respect and honor to Mary when he said “Hail, Full of grace” Luke 1:28. For Purgatory and prayer for the dead read my article about the dogma of Purgatory. Pastor Ballesteros keep on piling up his blunders. He said sign of the cross and repetition of prayer is unbiblical, in Rev.4:8 the angels in heaven never stop praising God. It is evident that Pastor Ballesteros is not reading the Bible in Ezekiel 9:4 it says Go all through the city, all through Jerusalem, and mark a cross on the foreheads of all who deplore and disapprove of all the filth practiced in it. Pastor you said that the sign of the cross is unbiblical? How come we read in the passage the sign of the cross? To conclude his lies and deceptions he again related a bogus story.

The worst is, I have Catholic friends who pronounced judgment upon the Bible as incomplete and unreliable when it does not substantiate their beliefs.[6]

There is no way that the readers can verify this statement, I suspect that this statement is intentionally made up by Pastor Ballesteros in order to add suspicions to against the Catholic Church, this act by the pastor is a subtle trick that can only be learned from the devil.

[1] Jun A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p.19, 1997
[2] Vatican Council II, Dei Verbum No.10
[3] Rene Latourelle, Dictionary of Fundamental Theology, p. 614, 1994
[4] Jun A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p.19, 1997
[5] Jun A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p.19, 1997

[6] Jun A. Ballesteros, Important Questions & Answers, p.19, 1997

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