It’s time to recap the news for the week, along with some humble commentary.
- Famed Catholic philosopher: How can Christ and Our Lady read Amoris Laetitia without weeping?
- Breakaway Catholics accuse pope of causing ‘painful confusion’
- Clarity, not just charity, key on Martin Luther
- Benedict endorses Pope Francis in unprecedented Vatican ceremony
- Mercy Unites Catholic and Orthodox Churches, Pope Francis Says
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.