Catholicism: Chasing your tail towards “holiness”

I listen to Catholic radio podcasts just about every weekday. It’s both a sad and comical experience. Instead of acceptingweb-dog-tail-RF-corbis Jesus Christ as their Savior, Catholics are forever chasing their tails in a religious frenzy trying to merit their salvation.

Today I was listening to the 2/20/15 edition of the “Calling All Catholics” radio show featured on the Station of the Cross – 101.7 FM, Buffalo, New York, with canon lawyer, “father” Bob Zilliox, answering questions from callers.

Here are a few sadly entertaining calls to “father” Bob that I will paraphrase:

Caller #1: Hi Father. Some people arrive at mass late and some leave early. For what parts of the mass is attendance absolutely required for a person to fulfill their weekly obligation?

Father Bob: Everyone should try to be there for the entire mass but if a person is present from the start of the gospel (reading) to the end of the consecration (“This is my body, this is my blood”) they will have fulfilled their obligation.

My comment: Going to mass every Sunday is one of the many ways Catholics must earn their salvation but questions like this one reveal what a drudgery it is for many Catholics to have to sit through the same old liturgical rigmarole. The Catholic church teaches it’s a “mortal” sin to miss Sunday mass but 76% of Catholics would rather sleep in and read the Sunday paper despite the threat of eternal condemnation. But since pope Francis said even atheists will go to Heaven if they’re “good,” lapsed Catholics figure they’ll take their chances and stay home and watch ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown show.

Caller #2: Good afternoon, Father Bob. I’m a volunteer at my church and I clean every week. Last Saturday I was vacuuming the sanctuary carpet and I accidentally sucked up a piece of a blessed palm branch. I didn’t know what to do so I just kept on working but my conscience is really bothering me. What advice can you give me, Father?

Father Bob: Sacramentals such as the piece of palm branch you vacuumed up are blessed objects and should be treated with reverence. But this case was an accident so don’t feel bad about it.

My comment: Catholicism is a hierarchical pyramid with the pope, cardinals, bishops, and priests at the top and everyone else at the bottom. The clergy allegedly have powers ordained by God that the laity don’t have, like the ability to bestow “blessings” on people or objects. If an item is “blessed” by a cleric it is allegedly endowed with spiritual qualities that protect and bless the possessor and must be treated with great respect. Folks, this is anti-Biblical, pagan voodoo superstition. Imagine this poor woman fretting for days about vacuuming up a piece of a palm branch. Ach! Does anyone see Christ in any of this???

Caller #3: Hi, Father Bob. I have a Catholic relative who passed away and is being buried in a public cemetery. Is there any advantage to being buried in a Catholic cemetery?

Father Bob: Priests can bless individual grave sites at public cemeteries but at Catholic cemeteries the entire property is formally consecrated and therefore graced, gifted, and blessed so there is a great advantage in being buried there.

My comment: I’ve accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Because of Jesus I walk with Him now and I’ll continue walking with Him the moment after I take my final breath here on earth. They can do whatever they want with my physical body. Being buried in a “blessed” cemetery won’t make a bit of difference to all the “religious” people who were counting on their obedience to the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules to save them. The only “advantage” to be had is by the Catholic in$titution$ that own the “blessed” cemeteries.

Praise the Lord for freeing me from the chains and superstition of Roman Catholicism and saving me by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone! Accept Christ as your Savior and find an Evangelical church in your area that preaches the Gospel of grace.

Yikes! Pope didn’t mention Jesus in his UN speech either!!!

I recently reported here that Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio didn’t mention Jesus Christ in his entire 45-minute address to0925popeun06 a joint session of the United States Congress in Washington D.C. on 9/24/15.

Now I find out the pope also failed to mention Jesus in his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City the following day. See here.

Why am I not surprised? For someone who is supposedly the “Vicar of Christ,” Jorge sure doesn’t have a lot to say about Jesus.

Catholic friend, throw off the chains of this works-righteousness religious system and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior!

Will the “Francis Effect” bring Roman Catholicism out of its tailspin?

Is kindly looking “Papa Jorge” as harmless as he looks?

After his whirlwind visit to the United States, Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio returned to the Vatican on Sunday night. Phew! For five days the nation witnessed a media feeding frenzy that won’t be seen again any time soon, if ever. Terms like “rock star” were bandied about to describe Francis but there’s not a rock star alive who draws the amount of attention and admiration afforded to this pope.

Francis’ warm and inviting persona and “apparent” theological laxity are in sharp contrast to the previous, cold and doctrinaire pope. Off the record, conservative Catholics are wary of Francis but other Catholics welcome the noticeable liberality. Many are labeling the percolating enthusiasm for the new pope, both inside and outside the church, as the “Francis Effect.”

But last week’s frenzy aside, the Catholic church in America is in serious trouble. Only 24 percent of Catholics attend mass on Sunday. Between 2007 and 2014 the number of professing American Catholics dropped from 24 million to 21 million (-13%). The big question is, will the enthusiasm over last week’s papal visit translate into lapsed Catholics returning to the pews this coming Sunday?

As an Evangelical Christian I don’t get excited about any man. My Lord is Jesus Christ. If one were to take a step back and look at the pope’s visit objectively, one would notice a LOT of hubbub for Francis and very little for Jesus. The pope didn’t refer to Jesus once in his 45-minute speech to the joint session of Congress or in his address to the United Nations General Assembly. But coming between the people and Jesus has always been the Catholic church’s modus operandi.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” – Romans 1:25

There’s no doubt that Francis has a welcoming, “Uncle Jorge” persona but the bottom line is he oversees a religious system which requires all of its members to ultimately merit their way into Heaven. But God’s Word says there are none who are righteous and only by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior by faith and receiving His imputed righteousness can anyone be saved.

“Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16

As someone who left the chains of Catholicism and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I urge all Catholics to forsake their religious system with its man-made traditions, rituals, and legal laundry list and turn to Christ. Seek out a Bible-believing, Evangelical church where the Gospel of God’s grace is proclaimed and Jesus is exalted, not men.

As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.” – Acts 10:25-26

“No Meat on Friday Nonsense” Redux

In a previous post I discussed how eating meat on non-Lenten Fridays was allegedly a “mortal”no-meat sin for Catholics prior to 1966. In that year, canon law 1253 was issued, which allowed the bishops of a particular country to decide whether to continue enforcing the abstention of eating meat on non-Lenten Fridays or to “substitute other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety, in whole or in part, for abstinence and fast.” As we all know, the U.S. bishops opted to discontinue enforcing the abstention of eating meat for substituting other forms of penance.

Getting a headache yet?

The question I had in my previous post was as follows: For the Catholics who did eat meat on non-Lenten Fridays and died prior to 1966, are they still in hell or did the pope give them a Get Out of Jail Free card in 1966? Disappointingly, no Catholic has responded to my question up to this point.

Now for the “redux” part. This morning I was listening to the February 13, 2015 podcast of the “Calling All Catholics” radio program with “father” Joe Campbell answering questions from listeners. An email from a listener acknowledged that, as of 1966, it’s no longer a “mortal” sin to eat meat on non-Lenten Fridays but inquired if it was a “mortal” sin to fail to substitute another form of penance or charity as prescribed by canon law? Young “father” Joe was COMPLETELY stumped by the question and referred the writer to their diocesan office.

Oy vey! How is it that Catholic souls are hanging in the balance with questions regarding “mortal” sin and canon law and their church’s long and complicated laundry list of rules and regulations BUT CATHOLIC PRIESTS DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWERS?!?!?

“Father” Mark Gantley, writing for EWTN, suggests it’s NOT a “mortal” sin to fail to substitute another form of penance or charity in place of abstaining from meat on non-Lenten Fridays, that the substitution is “encouraged but not strictly required,” but why should Catholics trust this one fallible priest when the very salvation of their souls depends on the correct answer? Someone call pope Jorge and get the infallible answer!  🙂

Ach! What utter and completely anti-Biblical NONSENSE! Thank the Lord for freeing me from the Catholic chains of man-made traditions and rules. I praise you Lord for Your salvation by Your grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone! Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and walk away from this apostate, spiritual train wreck.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” – John 1:12

Judas “evangelical” mega-church pastor should send all his members to Catholic churches

Judas “pastor” Rick Warren (left) searching for unity with cardinal Sean O’Malley

Ecumenical “evangelical” mega-church pastor, Rick Warren, makes it his business to praise pope Francis and the Catholic church whenever possible. Just this past Friday, Warren pushed Evangelical-Catholic ecumenism at his closing keynote address at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Vatican.

Faithful Evangelicals proclaim the Good News of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone. In sharp contrast, the Catholic church teaches salvation by sacramental grace and merit. There are many “evangelical” pastors, like Warren, who dismiss the critical doctrines regarding justification for the sake of “unity” and embrace works-righteousness Catholicism as Christian (“Although we have some differences, we all love Jesus Christ”).

My advice to Judas pastor Warren is to put his blood money where his mouth is and shutter the windows and lock the doors of the ten churches of his $addleback empire in California and lead all of his “separated brethren” lemmings to local parishes of the “one true” Catholic church that he admires so much. But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen (otherwise known as $$$$$). Plus, the Vatican is ecstatic over Warren’s ecumenical accommodation (aka betrayal of the Gospel) and wants him to remain right where he is, doing what he’s doing.

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World Meeting of Families ends with appeal to “minimize our differences”

By Emily McFarlan Miller

September 26, 2015

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/09/26/world-meeting-of-families-ends-with-appeal-to-minimize-our-differences/

How many times did pope Francis mention Jesus Christ in his speech to Congress?

RE: Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio’s address to the joint session of the United States Congress – 9/24/15.download (1)

Length of address: 45 minutes

Number of times Bergoglio, the supposed “Vicar of Christ,” mentioned Jesus Christ in his address: ZERO

Catholics claim their pope is the successor to the Apostle Peter. I would ask anyone who has actually read the New Testament (that leaves out most Catholics) to imagine humble Peter giving a speech before Congress. What would his message have been? Can you possibly imagine the Peter of the New Testament giving a speech before Congress without mentioning Jesus Christ one single time?

Peter spoke to a large crowd in Jerusalem talking about NOTHING BUT JESUS and 3000 accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior that very day! No year-long, works-righteousness RCIA classes needed! See Acts 2.

Francis preaches a false gospel of sacramental grace and trying to be “good” enough to merit Heaven. I can assure you absolutely that NOT ONE congressperson, senator, or congressional guest accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior after hearing Bergoglio’s empty, Christ-less speech.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/pope-francis-speech-to-congress-transcript-text-video-214016

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Papal address to Congress a “dangerous precedent,” Mohler tells CNN

September 25, 2015

http://news.sbts.edu/2015/09/25/papal-address-to-congress-a-dangerous-precedent-mohler-tells-cnn/

“From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope”

Here’s an interesting article about how Protestant and Evangelical pastors view the pope. Research shows that 42 percent ofhqdefault Evangelical pastors either don’t believe the pope is a Christian or have doubts about it. That’s actually better than I expected. Evangelicals proclaim the Gospel of salvation by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone while Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio and his bishops teach salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Any “church” that teaches its members must “cooperate with grace” and ultimately merit their salvation by perfectly obeying the Ten Commandments (an absolute impossibility) and church rules is NOT Christian.

Praise the Lord for the Evangelical pastors who actually care about Biblical doctrine and defend the Gospel of grace!!!!

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From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope

LifeWay Research finds Pope Francis has improved opinions of Catholic Church.

By Lisa Cannon

Christianity Today

9/25/15

“…Evangelical pastors report more skepticism about Pope Francis than their mainline Protestant counterparts. While 80 percent of mainline Protestant pastors believe the pope is a true Christian, only 58 percent of evangelical pastors agree. About a quarter of evangelicals (23%) disagree, while one-fifth (19%) are not sure.”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/september/antichrist-brother-christ-protestant-pastors-pope-francis.html