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I consider myself to be a "doctrine specialist" if there is such a thing. I offer scripture to support or refute (as needed) any doctrine practiced within what is commonly termed "Christianity" today. This includes catholicism, which is actually the first denomination, or offshoot of Christianity. Yes, you read that right, there is a church that preexists catholicism. It wasn't founded after, as was protestantism. And, it is still in existence today

Experience in the area

I became a Christian on April 7, 1969. I have been a substitute, spur-of-the-moment preacher for thirty years. My last pulpit was with the congregation in Braswell, GA. My sermons have always contained at least fifty percent scripture. On occasion, I have preached in seven states, and four foreign nations. This is beside my online ministry. I am now, officially retired.


Having already acquired significant Bible education from self-study, I attended 1.5 years of Bible college through the church at Dyersburg, TN (before my health waned) in an attempt to get paper to say I know what I know.

What do you like about this subject?

While I am not a history expert, I can run research to find out about when a practice was introduced into the apostate religions, especially catholicism. Would you like me to find this information as well? There is a new Christian sattelite network beginning 11-26-05: . Look for it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

We all continue to grow if we are faithful. When we stop growing, it is time to take a deep look at ourselves.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There is a prophecy relating to churches of Christ of which many are unaware. In 533 A.D. pope John II was named "Lord of the Church." This completed catholicism's break from the church, and sent us into hiding; "The Dark Ages." Revelation 12:6 says the church would remain in this wilderness "1260 days." In 1793 (1260 years after pope John II) the Restoration began. We became known again.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

A chapel is a church building, right? "A Cappella" translates from Latin to "Of the Chapel." "A Cappella" music is "Of the Chapel" music; it is in church buildings. Logically then, instrumental music is not found in church buildings. So, if there is an instrument added to worship, it is not the church; the worship is vain (empty of meaning) teaching man's words.

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Recent Answers from Marvin Howard

2016-01-31 Jesus became God by a popular vote:

The catholics may have done this, but the church has always recognized Jesus as God.    John 8:24, "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall

2015-04-06 executions:

Hi!     Thomas, I have been wheels up beginning a permanent mission trip since Wednesday, and I am only now able to access my internet from overseas. Since your inquiry is one of an unscriptural practice

2012-07-19 Why do presecute Jesus:

Hi!    Peter, that is not the way I told you this works. The idea is for you to give me a doctrine or dogma of catholicism, then I will show how it either agrees or disagrees with God. This ensures

2012-07-15 Why do presecute Jesus:

Hi!    Peter, I do not know every detail of doctrine of catholicism, and even if I did I would not know which to believe, because many contradict each other. Even different leaders contradict themselves

2012-05-13 Abortion:

Hi!    Jayden, you are correct that different religions allow it for certain circumstances, and some not at all. There is always adoption, in the case of rape, IF a mother hates her child that much simply


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