Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 2/25/17


It’s been six weeks since I last posted a summary of the week’s news. I found that I was spending far too much time at it and I no longer enjoyed doing it. But I miss the process so I’m going to try it again, this time limiting myself to only ten news reports maximum per week.

This article from Al Mohler regarding the novel, “The Shack,” is from 2010 but it’s still very pertinent with the upcoming release of the film version on March 3rd. These days many evangelical Christians are so doctrinally-challenged that the heresies of “The Shack” will fly right over their heads.

We’re all hypocrites and sinners, which is why Jesus had to come into this world to die for sins. Francis has previously stated that atheists who are “good” can also merit Heaven, but doesn’t God’s Word say no one is good and that only those who accept Christ as Savior are given the gift of eternal life?

Rather than being a tragedy, the Reformation was a glorious movement led by the Holy Spirit to return the church to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through Jesus Christ alone. The Reformation continues.

Secular institutions supported by tax payers of all religious groups as well as atheists have no right to propagate the beliefs of one religious group, even if that group is in the majority. Christian parents would not want the beliefs of Muslims or Hindus or atheists or Satanists monumentalized at their childrens’ schools. Let’s spread our faith in Christ in godly ways rather than through bygone-era coercion.

The persecution of evangelicals in Southern Mexico continues. This is just a holdover from several decades ago when the Roman Catholic church in league with civil authorities routinely oppressed evangelicals throughout Latin America.

Interesting predicament. Here we have faith versus non-Christian traditions and big bucks. Christians need to think long and hard before tangling themselves up in the world.

I assumed Americans’ disposition toward evangelicals soured a bit because of the support by many for Donald Trump but this survey found that “fewer people personally know an evangelical anymore.” We’re not motivated to be liked by the world but we are motivated to befriend people and share Christ with them.

I’m looking forward to this film. The Catholic church, which claims to be led by the Holy Spirit through an infallible pope, has a deplorable history in regards to persecution of Jews. Forced baptisms, quarantines (confinement to ghettos), pogroms, and expulsions were often the rule.

What exactly is the “good news” that Catholic evangelizers offer? To attend RCIA for a year, get baptized, receive the sacraments regularly, and hope you die with no “mortal” sin on your soul at the moment of death so you can merit Heaven? That’s not “good news,” folks, that’s VERY bad news. No one can merit salvation. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise.

5 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 2/25/17

  1. I appreciate this weekly update from you, Tom. I’ve missed it. 🙂

    Regarding the pope’s comment, I think the article’s conclusion and title that he “suggests ‘better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'” may be a misrepresentation of what he meant. The actual quote included in the article says, “”There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal,” he said. “How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.” To me he seems to be saying that non-Catholics are observing the hypocrisy of these “double life” Catholics and concluding that being Catholic doesn’t result in any change in behavior so what’s the point?

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Caroline! 🙂

      I’ve seen several statements from the pope recently that were similar to this one, especially in reference to the many critics of his Amoris Laetitia encyclical. The statements are all something to the effect of, “You go through the mechanics of the religion but there’s no change of heart, mind, and actions so it’s all worthless” The pope has a fundamentally different view of the Gospel than evangelical Christians. He teaches good works are efficacious in meriting salvation (and hence why “good” atheists can merit Heaven) while I believe those who have accepted Jesus as Savior by grace through faith alone “are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

      We are all hypocrites and sinners, including the pope, so exactly how good must a person be and how much does their behavior need to change to align with the God’s perfect standards for them to merit Heaven? It’s a futile religious treadmill as you know. As we’ve discussed, I believe some Catholics get so exasperated by the process that they just throw up their hands and say, “Jesus, please save me!” So they come to Christ in spite of their church’s dogmas, not because of them.

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