Weekly Roundup – News and Commentary

It’s time to recap the news for the week, along with some humble commentary.WR

If conservative and traditionalist Catholics were able to vote on whether Francis should continue as pope, he would be gone tomorrow. In the minds of conservatives, pope emeritus Benedict’s public relations show of support this past week can’t undo Francis’s betrayal of Catholic orthodoxy over the past three years. But what the traditionalists miss completely is Francis’s growing popularity throughout the non-Catholic world. In Francis’s mind, the end justifies the means.

At the independent fundamental Baptist church we attended back in the 1980s, the harangues against homosexuals came fast and furious. One of the reasons we left that church was its preoccupation with anti-homosexuality. But these days it seems like the LGBT community is in the driver’s seat. The LGBTers don’t appreciate what God’s Word says about homosexuality and are determined there will be no tolerance for those who preach “intolerance.” The day when pastors will be sued for hate speech and for refusing to marry same-sex couples is within sight.

Catholicism boasts that it’s the only church that can claim apostolic authority through an unbroken line of papal succession back to Peter. But the New Testament strictly warns against the kind of authoritative institutionalism we see in Catholicism. Church history reveals the absolute primacy of the Roman bishop was a gradual development rather than a given. It’s also interesting to note that the Catholic church has amended its official list of popes several times.

Godly voices of reason are few and far between in this ecumenical era of accommodation, cooperation, and compromise.

We attended an SBC church in 2014-2105 and the young pastor definitely leaned toward Reformed theology. After a very long hiatus from the Lord and the church, I was surprised to see the growing popularity of Calvinism among evangelicals. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. I’m smack dab in the middle of the Arminius-Calvin debate. Does belief in the doctrine of predestination lower the priority for evangelization? Arminians argue yes, Calvinists say no.


6 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup – News and Commentary

  1. Tom, have you ever seen this record from the church historian Eusebius? http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/250103.htm
    It’s a Catholic site but it plainly states that Linus was the first pope. It records that Peter was at Rome, but records the order of bishops as follows, “At that time Clement still ruled the church of Rome, being also the third that held the episcopate there after Paul and Peter.
    3. Linus was the first, and after him came Anencletus.”
    That’s from Chapter 21, but check out 2 and 13 as well.

    I brought this to the attention of a family member who likes to defend the Church on my Facebook page and he had nothing to say.

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    1. Interesting, Caroline. Thanks! I’m certainly not a historian but I’ve read enough to know the papacy and Catholic church as they exist today were not around in 100 (or 200 or 300 or 400) AD. In his letters, Paul gives absolutely no deference to Peter but says he’s his equal and that he had no problem rebuking him publicly because of his compromise with doctrinal error (so much for papal infallibility). Paul records that the legalists were already promulgating their works gospel in the church during his ministry. Early church councils did not defer to the bishop of Rome. The church fathers often disagreed with each other or with current Catholic doctrine. I’m extremely leery of any manuscript that Rome produces to justify its claims to the papacy and Petrine primacy.

      When the emperor moved the capital to Constantinople it created a vacuum in the West that was adroitly filled by the Roman bishop. The church was already on its way to becoming institutionalized when it was anointed as the state religion. It followed the imperial model afterwards. The church of Rome revised (or manufactured) history to fit its new mythos.

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    1. We saw John XXIII change the church’s strategy from militancy to ecumenical unity way back in the early 60s. Each succeeding pope has done his part for the cause but Francis has taken it to a whole nother level. Following a worldwide cataclysmic event, people and the media would turn to Francis.

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