Robert Spencer was a devoted Roman Catholic for more than 30 years until the issue of the infallibility of the Pope led him to investigate the controversial Roman Catholic dogma—an investigation that ultimately led Spencer to write the forthcoming book The Pope and the Church. Spencer joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the issue of Papal infallibility and the problems it presents to the global Christian community. Additionally, Robert Spencer is one of the foremost experts on Islam and a conversation wouldn’t have been complete without getting an update on the state of Islam in the world today.
Topics discussed include: Why did Robert Spencer leave the Roman Catholic Church? (3:50); are Muslims and Christians praying to the same God? (5:30); How can Christians (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant) unite? (10:35); the importance of Apostolic succession to the Christian faith (13:35); infant baptism (17:20); the problem with Papal infallibility (19:45); different views of Grace in Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (25:20); Papal supremacy and the Confession of Peter (27:10); the difference between Papal primacy and supremacy (33:15); different views of the Eucharist (35:45); misunderstanding deification (39:45); should the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians ignore their differences in pursuit of unity? (43:55); the state of Islam in the world today (45:35); how do Muslims view Jesus? (48:45); the danger of Islamic Eschatology (51:50); the truth about the Quran (54:00); Christian persecution in the Middle East today (55:45); why do many Westerners find Islam attractive? (57:25); Robert Spencer responds to the Southern Poverty Law Center labeling him as a dangerous extremist and how it has impacted his life and work (59:25); the distinction between God’s essence and energies and why it matters (1:03:10); how important is the perpetual virginity of Mary? (1:06:00); the work of Robert Spencer on a new, honest translation of the Quran and the danger of being critical of Islam (1:08:30); the difference between the message of Muhammad and Jesus Christ (1:16:00).
For further information on Islam, please see Hank’s book MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, along with Robert Spencer’s Complete Infidels Guides to the Koran and ISIS, the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades and The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS. All available for your partnering gifts.
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