Here’s some of the news stories that caught my eye the last seven days:
A large number of Catholics will flock to church tomorrow – Christmas Sunday – to re-experience traditions and memories but they won’t be at mass on the Sundays that follow even though their church teaches them they will go to hell for missing obligatory weekly mass. But who can blame them? Mass is pretty much the same boring ritual week after week. There is no Good News! There is no joy in the Lord. Catholics are taught they must merit their salvation by obeying the Ten Commandments and church rules perfectly until their last dying breath. Catholic church is prison and everyone inside is in spiritual chains.
The religious lost will try to convince themselves and others to remain in chains in Egypt. But evangelical Christians should “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” – 1 Peter:3:15. Follow Yeshua/Joshua/Jesus into the Promised Land and leave religious chains behind.
It’s sad to see people choose religious chains and a false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit rather than the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE.
- Thoughts on turning down the heat in the ‘Amoris’ debate
- Sorry, conservative Catholics: The pope isn’t retiring
- Amoris Laetitia and Everything After
- Cardinal Burke: When you’re insulted for defending truth, ‘adhere ever more strongly’ to Church
- No, don’t turn down the heat on the Amoris debate
- Cardinal Burke: Formal correction of Amoris Laetitia could happen in New Year
- Canon law tradition says a pope who commits formal heresy ceases to be pope: expert
Since becoming pope in 2013, Francis has made many statements disturbing to Catholic traditionalists. But his suggestion in Amoris Laetitia that divorced-and-remarried Catholics could receive communion under the pastoral guidance of their priests was the last straw. Will this controversy lead to schism or eventually “Peter” out? It’s my opinion that most traditionalists will wait for 80-year-old Francis to die in hopes that another conservative like Wojtyla or Ratzinger will ascend to the “chair of Peter” rather than split from Rome.
There’s little doubt Francis is examining various options on ending forced clerical celibacy, which didn’t become a requirement of the Catholic church until 1139. But don’t expect a change during Francis’s tenure. He’s already in enough hot water with his conservative cardinals.
Catholics protest that Marian devotion/worship ultimately leads to Christ worship. So why not go directly to Christ? Christians who read de Montfort’s appeals to Mary will be just as appalled by the blatant idolatry as Mary would be.
An interesting article on some of the details of the Vatican-approved massacre of Protestants in France in 1572.
Catholic priests vie for who can give the shortest homily and Catholics in the pew are quite happy about it so they can get home to watch the football game on TV. 27 words? Are you kidding me? After Spirit-filled, Christian preachers proclaim and expound upon the Word of God for one hour, Spirit-filled, born-again followers of Jesus Christ still want more and more and more!
Some of the Catholic lost are attracted to dead ritual and ceremony but many can’t stand the boredom of it all. And why should they have to suffer through it when their pope tells them that atheists can also merit Heaven if they’re “good.” That’s not Christianity, my friends.
The knee-jerk reaction of the Catholic hierarchy to clergy “scandal” has always been to protect its own.
To all of my readers, I wish you a joyous time with friends and family as we remember the birth of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But it’s not enough to know about Jesus. You must come to Him in prayer, repent of your sins, and accept Him as your personal Savior by faith. He came into this world to save all those who receive Him as Savior.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12-13