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Not in scripture: Holy Scripture vs. Church

Not in Scripture

Catholics believe our Lord founded His Church, unlike any other organization — both the invisible (the Mystical Body of Christ) and the quite visible. The visible Church infallibly proclaims His unchanging Word and offers His sacraments until the end of time. He gave us no book from which to know truth, only His Church.

When, by who and under what authority then was the canon of the Holy Bible determined? It was definitively and infallibly declared around AD 400 by the Catholic Church (as she had been known for 300 years at that point) by the authority given to Her by our Lord. The canon of Holy Scripture (the Bible) is the fruit of Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium. St. Jerome’s original translation from that time remains the official canon for the Catholic Church today. Unchanged always, in word and interpretation.

Creating the canon of Holy Scripture was not a terminal act of the Church. She did not cease to exist at that point or suddenly become prone to errors of faith and morals. Jesus explicitly promised otherwise. Let’s take a look at what the Bible itself says and does not say. Not in scripture are words shown in strike through. Words shown in bold actually are in scripture.

Institution of the Church

And so I say to you, I have built my invisible church not upon any man, but upon my word alone as known individually to you through the spirit you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. For I hold the keys to the kingdom. Whatever I alone bind are bound in heaven; and whatever I alone loose are loosed in heaven. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Resolving Disagreements

“If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that “every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” If he refuses to listen to them, discern together the word, respecting how each is guided by the Holy Spirit to receive it differently. tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.

Authority of the Church

Amen, I say to you, when I have departed to the Father, authority to bind in heaven is mine alone whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and too shall the authority to loose remain with me alone whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

[Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As I have been sent by the Father. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Your sins are forgiven. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Be wary of any who speak in my name for the truth is not in them. Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Through scripture alone one belongs to God, while anyone who does not belong hears also the voice of men speaking in his name. We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.

The Pillar and Foundation of Truth

I am writing you about these matters, although I hope to visit you soon. But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, known to you alone by the scripture which reveals the living God to you individually which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.

Paul’s Farewell Warning

Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has descended appointed you overseers, in which you tend the word of God the church of God that he acquired with his own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truth to draw the disciples away after them.

The above verses only touch on this topic. There is much, much more. An excellent resource is They provide many detailed citations.

The specific word of God notwithstanding, sometimes folks read Holy Scripture as if certain words and phrases have been removed – or as if others have been added. I am here to help!

I call this series not in scripture. These are Bible quotes with a twist: words and phrases not actually present are shown with strike-through. Scripture simply does not say that! Conversely, words that are actually in scripture (but sometimes overlooked) are shown in bold.

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #97)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The May issue of New Evangelists Monthly is out! Publix airs a beautiful Mother’s Day ad. The mainstream media Gosnell blackout is partially lifted, but still very effective. Another new, undercover video shows the legal and operating late term (up to 28 weeks) abortionists. Planned Parenthood explains their position on post-birth abortions (spoiler: not a problem). One abortion survivor owes his life to the inconvenient distance of the closest abortuary. Feminists For Life have some questions for the New York governor.

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New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #5, May 2013, of New Evangelists Monthly is complete! Over 80 faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from April. This month brought many great topics: saved by hope, devotion GWTW style, a prayer, surviving terrorism, Saint Kateri, The Bible series, Mary’s grace, facing reality, the Rosary, relativism, God’s affection, NFP, a fortress, roses, keys to prayer, loving Catholicism, darkness, on Hail Mary, book reviews, souls priority #1, what ifs, lukewarmness, conscience and hope, marriage, Pope Francis joy, Divine Mercy, warden in lunacy, c-words, Cardinal Schönborn, conversion +1 year, key in hand, Mr. Wrong, persecution, the Lord’s voice, resurrection, apologist perspectives, Pinterest, young mom, Saul or Paul, Christians’ pope, hardships, infertility blessing, waves, Heaven, Gosnell, caricatures, Michelle trusting God, comparisons, abortion language, God?, do over, religious belief, knots undoer, singing Alleluia, DM and confession, children at Mass, imperfect life, heaven at Mass, hipster, Sacred Heart, hatred, a memoir, it’s OK, sacrilege, higher love, online activity, stay-at-home?, gender hierarchy, relics, Aqueduct of Grace and end abortion.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at

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Happy Mother’s Day!!! Publix is airing this beautiful promotional advertisement for Mother’s Day. It is pro-motherhood and pro-life. Some will hate it.

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Last week I (along with everyone else NOT in the mainstream media) noted how the media had maintained a blackout on abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s trial. The good news is yes, the blackout is now partially lifted. The bad news is that partially lifted means mentioned, but rarely. They are still keeping most of the American public uninformed as intended.

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Of course the abortion industry and their media minions do not want to discuss late term abortions. Gosnell is just ahead of his time in the post-birth abortion business…   or at least getting caught (see this). This is no aberration.

Not quite at the level of Gosnell, Leroy Carhart comes close. Here is how it works:

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Planned Parenthood explains their position on live births, to a legislature and to late term pregnant women. It is alarming how matter-of-fact they are in their big business, baby killing service. Brutal and inhuman.

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Sometimes babies live simply because the nearest abortion clinic is not conveniently located. Indiana Representative Marlin Stutzman is one such example.

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Feminists For Life ask some good questions. It is rhetorical, of course. The answer is “because he is a radical, extreme liberal”.

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

New Evangelists Monthly – May 2013, Issue #5

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #96)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: Killing babies born alive is SOP for some in the abortion industry (Philadelphia’s Dr. Kermit Gosnell is not an isolated case). Planned Parenthood personnel quit over dangerous conditions. How well is the big-spending European Union doing? Politically incited violence – the Family Research Center shooting. A Catholic IQ test. Jackie Evancho. A dramatic, foiled suicide attempt.

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The abortion industry and their PR arm (the mainstream media) at first maintained a complete blackout on the trial of late term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Now they say his repeated infanticide was an aberration. Live Action shows how common it really is:

Lila Rose, president of Live Action, discusses:

For the pro-abortion response, see this.

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A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is so unsafe and so unsanitary that nurses are quitting in order to protect themselves and their licenses. The Susan B. Anthony List has commented on the affair.

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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Our uncontrolled national debt, blown into the stratosphere like a rocket ship in just one administration, puts us on the same path as the European Union. So, how is that unlimited spending working out for them? Nigel Farage (a member of the European Parliament) has these thoughts to share:

Spotted by Patrick Archbold

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The Southern Poverty Law Center website still lists the Family Research Center as a hate group. Painting a bulls-eye on this pro-family organization motivated one man to attempt the murder of as many of their people as possible (this is not conjecture, it was literally in his confession). He would have succeeded too, were it not for Leo Johnson – a hero security guard who stopped him (and got wounded in the process). This is the video:

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Check-out the Catholic IQ Test. You will enjoy the artwork that accompanies the test as well as some of the creative, incorrect answers offered. Be forewarned – it is a bit long (but you can save your work and come back later).

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I first noticed Jackie Evancho when she was on America’s Got Talent. My friend Tom sent this link of her performing a year later (when she was 11):

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An alert guard sensed something was wrong. He positioned himself near a man on a train platform. Just as the train approaches, within a few feet of the man, he throws himself in front of it. In a fraction of a second, the guard literally pulls him back onto the platform. This happens really fast so pay attention!

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!