Hard to believe it’s the end of the week already! Here’s some news that caught my eye the past seven days:
First, Beck, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), co-hosted a TBN 4th-of-July special with Christian ultra-nationalist, David Barton (see my post here). Now, he’s pairing with TBN regular, Hagee (he of the blood moon mis-prophecy), for a “gospel” celebration in Kentucky? Are Christians losing their minds? What blood-bought, born-again Christian would attend a “gospel” celebration featuring a Mormon on the platform? This is “Bizarro World” (c)hristianity, part and parcel for TBN.
- ‘My Catholic faith is very important to me’: Two Catholic Olympians refuse to allow their faith to be swayed
I saw several stories the past two weeks which featured Roman Catholic members of the American Olympic team paying homage to their Catholic faith. Sadly, these athletes, like all Catholics, are trusting in the sacraments and their own works to merit Heaven. Christian churches and organizations also use celebrities who have accepted Christ to lead people to the Gospel. It can be a good thing but it also disturbs me when I see celebrities given great honor by the church – bordering even on idolatry. People fall. The focus always needs to be on Jesus Christ.
One might think that the Catholic church would altruistically want to get to the bottom of every sexual abuse case and come to the aid of every person victimized by its pedophile priests. Not the case.
- Catholic worshippers witness ‘miracle’ as Virgin Mary statue starts ‘crying BLOOD
- Bolivian Catholics Break Rocks To Break Bad Luck Streaks
As these two stories testify, Catholicism is a mixture of (c)hristianity and paganism. Idolatry, superstition, and reliance on good luck talismans are rife throughout Catholicism.
The upcoming (Sept. 4) canonization of the extremely popular Mother Teresa is an important public relations boon for the Catholic church. Born-again believers need to know the whole story on Mother Teresa. See my earlier post here.
- Is Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of John Paul II on life and marriage?
- Pope Francis says priests must be taught to see shades of gray
- Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching
- Cardinal Burke insists he is serving Francis, not opposing him
The ongoing tug-of-war between pope Francis and Catholic conservatives is fascinating theater. Francis is attempting to make the church less doctrinaire and more appealing to lapsed Catholics and non-Catholics but the traditionalists won’t have it. Catholic apologists who regularly decry Protestantism’s lack of unity should take note.
Catholics boast that, of all the “Christian” churches, they and the Eastern Orthodox alone have the real presence of Jesus Christ in the eucharist. Catholics sadly misinterpret John 6 and the Last Supper passages. Receiving Jesus is not physically eating Him, it’s accepting Him as Savior by faith. Millions upon millions of Catholics line up and receive the alleged Jesus wafer into their mouth every Sunday and absolutely nothing happens. Despite the claim of “transubstantiation,” the “host” remains just a piece of bread. But when a person genuinely repents of their sin and accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith…!!!! WOW! That is the start of the genuine, never-ending spiritual feast! Praise to Jesus Christ and all that He is!!!!
A little Catholic-speak humor for those who follow the church closely.