Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/15/17

The evangelical owners of Hobby Lobby, the Green family, have done some good stuff but they crossed the line with this smuggling operation. I was curious whether the Green’s soon-to-open Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. (see photo, left) will be true to the Gospel or take an ecumenical approach by including apostate (c)hristian groups? I did a little research and got my answer. An article I found states, “the (Museum of the Bible) also has a ‘very strong working relationship’ with the Vatican Museums and the Vatican Library, according to (a Museum of the Bible spokesperson). “We’ve had two of our moving exhibits on display there. They’ve loaned us items and vice versa. We also have some of their people involved with us as advisers to this museum.” See here. Why am I not surprised? Count me out.

Hanegraaff should have done the decent thing and resigned from CRI the moment he started attending Greek Orthodox services. He says he was turned off by TBN’s health and wealth charlatans. So, does he think the legalism and ritualism of Greek Orthodoxy are any closer to the truth of God’s Word than Messrs. Osteen, Dollar, Myers, and Copeland? Hanegraaff obviously never genuinely accepted Christ as his Savior or he wouldn’t be desiring the chains of Egypt.

Ratzinger still had a soft spot for the pre-Vatican II militant approach and thought he could quiet the traditionalist malcontents by bringing back the Tridentine Latin mass, but that act just further emboldened them.

Traditionalist war horse, Muller, may have been fired, and Meisner, one of the four “dubia” cardinals, may have died on July 5th, but this controversy over Francis’s duplicitous circumvention of the infallible no-communion-for-divorced-remarrieds doctrine via “Amoris Laetitia” ain’t going away anytime soon.

Much to the annoyance of Catholics who suffer from celiac disease, the Vatican has ruled that the wheat flour used to make communion bread wafers must be composed of at least 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. Get out your electron microscopes, people. If the wafer is composed of only 15 ppm of gluten, then what? Does that mean the wafer can’t be transubstantiated into the body, blood soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ? Can 19 ppm be rounded up or is 20 ppm a hard stop?

The pressure from the LGBTQs and their fellow travelers is just going to grow.

Some Catholic parishes are adopting the Warren/Hybels/Drucker church growth model, or at least as much as they can while also retaining the mandatory dead-as-a-door-nail liturgy of the mass. Rick Warren has even visited several Catholic dioceses as a growth consultant. The genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone is nowhere to be found in any of this.

The virtual gossip rag, the Inquisitor, is once again scoffing at Duggar son-in-law, Jeremy Vuolo, for upholding the Gospel of grace and warning against ecumenism with Rome. The sad reality is the majority of “evangelicals” would side with the Inquisitor on this.


5 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/15/17

    1. The latest story reports on a disagreement between the daughters of Walter Martin. One says their father would have been fine with Hanegraaff “switching” to Greek Orthodoxy since he approved of its cousin, Catholicism, while the other one disagrees. As I posted about a long time ago, after his 1960 booklet which critically examined Catholicism, Martin was ambiguous at best regarding his views on Rome. Because of Martin’s weak position on Catholicism, the chickens came home to roost in the form of Hanegraaff. This Hanegraaff controversy is a good analogy for what has happened to evangelicalism in general in regards to compromise leading to betrayal of the Gospel.


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