Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend in the Lord! Here’s my observations regarding some news items this past week:
- Greg Laurie: Watered-Down Mainline Christianity Is a Sign of the End Times
- Mel Gibson Tells Greg Laurie ‘Passion of the Christ’ Sequel ‘The Resurrection’ May Be His Next Project
And Greg Laurie’s watered-down, ecumenical evangelicalism is also a sign of the end times. I wouldn’t waste a second watching ultra-traditionalist Catholic, Mel Gibson’s take on the Resurrection.
- Leading American Catholics cherish memories of Mother Teresa
- How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa’s 2 Miracles
- Mother Teresa ‘Saw Visions, Received Instructions From Jesus,’ Priest Reveals Ahead of Sainthood
- Mother Teresa: A Saint Despite Spiritual ‘Darkness’
- Mother Teresa and the economics of sainthood
Preparations continue for the canonization of Mother Teresa to “sainthood” tomorrow. Mother Teresa is held up by Catholics and even by many Protestants as THE standard of “Christian” charity, but did she ever accept Christ as her Savior or was she trusting in her works religion? The fourth article reveals Mother Teresa was actually a troubled soul and had no spiritual peace. There is no spiritual rest when you’re on a religious treadmill. The last article supports my remarks from last weekend; Rome pushed the popular Mother Teresa through the normally-lengthy canonization process in order to exploit a ripe PR opportinity, in much the same way it did for John Paul II.
- Tim Kaine must not get away with styling himself a ‘Pope Francis Catholic’
- Russell Moore warns politics has become a religion for evangelicals
- Can evangelicals ignore Trump, Clinton character flaws?
The New Testament tells Christians to be good citizens and to obey governmental authorities so that the Gospel can go out unhindered. The emphasis is the Gospel, not national patriotism. I don’t have a lot of interest in politics anyway, but I surely can’t imagine myself pulling the lever in good conscience for either Trump or Clinton.
- Preaching and hospitality fill churches
- Catholics still devoted to the Eucharist, new American survey suggests
When evangelical Christians need to find a new fellowship, they’re hopefully looking for a Spirit-filled pastor who preaches God’s undiluted Word and the Gospel of grace. When Catholics look for a new Catholic church, they looking for the same familiar, cookie-cutter, McRitual. Every Catholic church is the same; no Gospel but lots of rules, ceremony, and traditions, all focused on the eating of the alleged Jesus wafer.
- Cardinal Burke: ‘Highly questionable’ to say Islam worships Christian God and is therefore peaceful
- Islamic State names Pope as enemy number one
Pope Francis wishes these Islamic extremists would go away so he could get back to the business of worldwide ecumenism centered in Rome. On the other hand, I could see radical Islam sparking some type of seismic catastrophic event that would turn peoples’ hopes to the Vatican.
- Catholic-Evangelical friendship can’t blind us to what they’re getting wrong
- Pope Francis: Christians Must Take Eternal Salvation Seriously, ‘Life Is Not a Video Game or Soap Opera’
These two articles should remind us that when Catholics speak about the “gospel,” they mean something entirely different than the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith. The pope and Catholics see salvation as “Do,” meriting salvation through works. Christians see salvation as “Done,” accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and His finished work on the cross by faith.
And, finally, speaking of labor, here’s how it’s supposed to be done:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58