I hope everyone has a blessed New Year! Here’s some of the news reports that caught my eye from the last seven days:
- Evangelicals slam Trump for inviting prosperity gospel ‘heretic’ Paula White to pray at inauguration
I’m not a fan of politics but I do think it’s interesting that Trump chose Paula White (pictured) to pray at his inauguration. She’s certainly not my cup of tea but no more so than several of the other folks that were invited to pray. I actually think a prosperity gospel preacher complements Trump’s mindset quite well.
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” – James 4:4-5
The irony about Graham is no one has led more people to Christ and yet no one is more responsible for muddying the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Expect more and more pastors to lead their flocks into error on this issue.
Fewer and fewer evangelical pastors are taking a stand against the errors of Rome. I’m grateful some still have a backbone.
- Joel Osteen Tells TD Jakes He Hits the ‘Delete Button’ When He Hears Negative Comments About Himself
How does Osteen sleep at night?
- The rhetorical strategy to debunk the dubia
- Cardinal Kasper: Amoris Laetitia is ‘clear,’ so ‘these dubia … do not exist’
The Amoris controversy continues to churn but it remains to be seen whether cardinal Burke and company will break away from Rome.
There actually is no hope in Rome’s gospel of sacramental grace and merit.
A small percentage of Catholics still believe their church’s teaching that if they miss mass on Sunday they are doomed to hell. So they anxiously await word from their bishop or priest during periods of inclement weather to hear if the obligation has been lifted.
- At Least Nine Million Brazilians Give Up Catholicism
- Catholic Shrinkage: Has Brazil Given Up On Jesus?
What’s happening in Brazil is happening throughout South America; many are leaving Catholicism for “evangelicalism.” Unfortunately, many of the churches involved preach the prosperity gospel.
Catholicism has always utilized syncretism – the mixture of paganism with (c)hristianity.
Catholic seminaries both attracted and promoted sexual deviancy. At the Catholic high school I attended, several of the Christian Brothers were obviously gay. One of my guidance counselors circumspectly attempted to “befriend” me. We all laughed about it at the time.
Catholics love to tell of historical anti-Catholicism in this country but they’re oddly silent about the persecution of Protestants in Catholic Europe which fueled the fear and distrust.
Since as long as I can remember, Israel has gone to the diplomatic negotiations table while simultaneously building settlements in disputed territory. It’s my opinion that the Lord providentially raised up the United States to be a strong and powerful nation so that it could support the re-born nation of Israel in its struggle to survive.
The Church Militant people and other likeminded traditionalists remind me of the Catholicism of my youth when we were taught all Protestants were going to hell.
I’m always encouraged whenever I hear about Catholics reading the Bible for themselves. Some who read God’s Word will notice the incongruity between Scripture and their church and will leave Catholicism and accept Christ.
U.S. Catholic churches are closing at an amazing rate as fewer and fewer Catholics support their church. One of the reason for the closings is a number of Catholics have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and are joining growing evangelical fellowships. Many Catholic families now have one of those “born-again” black sheep in the fold. Praise Jesus!