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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565070453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565070455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book would have saved me a lot of trouble.
Pastor Roger
I highly recommend this book if you are a Catholic, talking to a Catholic or just curious if the Catholic church's teachings fit with scripture.
Poop
People who have criticized the book, are criticizing what they don't like about God's word - not the book.
Lady Lou

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's hardly suprising that Tony left the Catholic Church given his limited (and often incaccurate) understanding of Catholicism.

For a more honest treatment of Catholicism from a Protestant, check out R.C. Sproul. Or even better--go to the horse's mouth and read 'The Faith of Our Fathers' by Cardinal Gibbons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Searcher on May 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
I discovered this book at a garage sale--even has a nice handwritten note from Tony Coffee on the title page. I was raised in the church of Christ, and have always been taught that the Bible, the King James Version and others afterwards, was all-sufficient for our salvation and guidance, as well as inspired by the Holy Spirit. Some preachers in the 19th century began a movement to restore New Testament Christianity as exhibited in the New Testament, and it became known in some circles as the Restoration Movement, with the aim of restoration of the New Testament Church, not reformation of the Catholic Church, as occurred earlier. I was raised there, and have always been comparing their teachings to others and, most importantly, to the New Testament. I am certainly no scholar, but I have been struck with Tony Coffey's teachings as compared to our teachings.

I am certainly no scholar, but try to study as I have opportunity. One thing that has struck me regarding some critics of his book in this venue, is that they do not really show where he is in error, just criticize him generally. It would be interesting to see them justify the Catholic Church's current structure and beliefs based on New Testament teaching. I was in my 50's before I learned, from a Jesuit tract I discovered at a garage sale, that the Catholic Church unequivocally believes that the Catholic Church and it's teachings are superior to the Holy Bible. I was floored, I guess, but that cleared up why the structure and teachings of the Catholic Church look so different from the New Testament.

Thanks, Tony, for your efforts. The Apostles were the last to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, and their writings were accepted by the early church as inspired.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poop on February 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book offers an excellent critique of the Catholic church, their traditions and whether or not they are scriptural. I only wished that I had it with me back when I was talking with a Catholic friend. I would have had a better understanding during our conversations.

I have had many back and forth discussions, in the past, with a young man who is going through the seminary process of becoming a Catholic priest. Our discussions would always leave me observing that, for him, it was the Catholic church that held the authority and spoke for God, not the scriptures. I never imagined that a person, who claimed to be a Christian, would ever allow man's teachings to trump God's word.

There were times in which he would refer to teachings of the Catholic church in order to base his beliefs, which would oftentimes directly contradict plain teachings in God's Word. I also recognized that there were times when I would observe an issue within the Catholic church's teachings and he would try to use scripture to defend the Catholic tradition; however, with closer inspection, those scriptures would be taken out of context.

He always wanted to debate me about theological matters of Christianity, which I soon learned is difficult to do when the other person submits to the authority of the Catholic church's traditions over the plain teachings of God's Word.

As a matter of fact, I once asked him if, while reading the Bible, he ever came to any conclusions that conflicted with the Catholic traditions; this was his exact response: “..through my own speculation or conclusions on theological matters I've arrived at positions which have been at odds with the Church. But the moment I recognized my views were at odds with the Church I abandoned them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 5, 2013
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Tony Coffey "has been ministering to a community of Christians in Dublin, Ireland for more than twenty years. As an evangelist, he conducts missions in Europe and North America, and in recent years he has served in India." He has also written Answers to Questions Catholics Are Asking.

He wrote in the first chapter of this 1993 book, "Once a Catholic is written for Catholics... I have tried repeatedly to put myself in the place of the reader... To keep my attention the book would have to be grounded in Scripture, not opinion. And the writer would need to display a kind and respectful spirit in dealing with doctrines that are sincerely believed by many... I have tried to do just that... Once a Catholic has not been written to fuel the fires of sectarianism or to provide ammunition for overzealous persons who delight in scoring cheap points at the expense of the beliefs of others." (Pg. 12-13)

He states, "We must not make the mistake of thinking that the Scriptures received their authority because some council made a public statement of their acceptance... the early church accepted the Scriptures because it believed them to be from God and saw itself as subject to their authority, and not the other way around. Though the church existed before the New Testament was written, this does not give the church authority over the Scriptures or even authority equal to that of the Scriptures. The church must always be subject to the authority of God's Written Word." (Pg. 39)

He observes, "Whenever I have occasion to go to Mass for a wedding of funeral, I see how closely the Mass resembles the sacrificial service in the Old Testament.
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