Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/21/17

This restored 17th-century painting (see photo) displayed at Yale University depicts leaders of the Reformation with an open Bible, defiantly opposing caricatures of a cardinal, a bull (symbolizing papal bulls or edicts), a pope, and a monk. The Catholic figures were no doubt painted over at some later date as a concession to ecumenical correctness. The Catholic priests who are invited to guest lecture at apostate Yale Divinity School will get quite a chuckle over the restored painting.

Of all the old mainline Protestant denominations, with the obvious exception of the Anglicans/Episcoplians, Methodists were closest in belief to Roman Catholics. Founder, John Wesley, “taught that in baptism a(n) (infant) child was cleansed of the guilt of original sin, initiated into the covenant with God, admitted into the church, made an heir of the divine kingdom, and spiritually born anew.” Methodists also believed in the “real presence” of Christ in the eucharist, that a believer could achieve a state of sinless “holiness,” and that salvation could be lost. All of these were vestiges of Roman error. The Methodist church drifted into liberal apostasy many decades ago and now teaches a social gospel. The denomination became the “United Methodists” when it merged with the Evangelical United Brethren in 1968.

I definitely won’t be reading Dan “da Vinci Code” Brown’s new novel, which features the ultra-traditionalist Palmarian Catholic sect that views the last several popes of Rome as heretics. I’m too busy trying to follow the growing conservative movement within the regular Roman church that views Francis as a heretic. As far as the creepiness factor goes, it’s debatable whether the offshoot is any more creepy than its parent.

I always wondered who supplies Catholic priests with all of their elaborate vestments. How did the the example of the humble fishermen who followed Christ and proclaimed the simple Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone devolve into an authoritarian hierarchy whose ornate robes and vestments mimicked the pompous finery of the high priests of Roman paganism?

As opposed to Catholicism, God’s Word says no one is truly “good.” I can’t be a good person, which is why I trusted in Christ to save me.  The Pew survey that’s cited also reports that among whites who claim to be “evangelical Protestants,” 32 percent say belief in God is not necessary to have good values and be a moral person. But I can understand how some genuine Christians would have difficulty answering the question because it’s based on a premise that true Christians don’t believe.

These Catholic traditionalists have a point. The American Catholic church touts that it’s now in union with the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), so that must mean that female bishops are acceptable?

The Catholic church periodically bestows “sainthood” on those who allegedly reached such a high level of holiness/sanctification during their lifetime that there is no doubt they merited Heaven and are now able to act as mediators between people and God. In contrast, God’s Word names as saints all those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior. The Bible also declares that Christ is the only Mediator between God and man. Nowhere in the entire Bible does a believer pray to someone other than God. As I’ve mentioned before, obscure candidates for “sainthood” often have to wait multiple centuries for canonization while popular, high-profile religious celebrities (e.g., mother Teresa, pope John Paul II, Padre Pio, the Fatima children) are put on the fast track for their public relation$ appeal.

I’ve noticed in the news the growing popularity among conservative Catholics of rosary vigils at various events. Catholic rosaries consist of 59 beads that are used to say 53 rote “Hail Mary” prayers to Mary and 6 rote “Our Father” prayers to God. But God’s Word says it’s idolatry to pray to anyone other than God and also forbids rote prayer. Prayer beads were used throughout pagan antiquity.

The Babylon Bee stings once again! It’s hard for me to imagine the apostles sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to His teaching, each with a hot cup of joe.

Have a enjoyable weekend!

11 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 10/21/17

  1. I as an ex catholic share your distaste & awareness of the gaudy wealth/pagan garb of Catholic head honchos however I do like Orthodox services & their robes Syrian orthodox that is See vid link

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      1. Tom thanks for that article link I read and reread it = it is very well written & insightful Not lightweight. Much of what it says I experienced aka found out for myself when I attended for approx. six months an orthodox church. I got more & more uncomfortable with stuff but the final showdown for me was when a bishop visited and said (i quote exactly) to the congregation: “sometimes it is easier to pray to Mary…” The hairs went up on the back of my neck. I left forever but not before having monstrous arguments with a head honcho & a orthodox priest. I dont think all orthodox are not born again saved etc but alot are just fixated on those icons. I refused to kiss the icon of Mary. Actually just writing about it all makes me realise how dumb it was to try & find God there… I dont do church at all now NO trust left in the constructs proddy ones too lol I am however drawn to ritual stuff maybe because Catholicism is still embedded in me from a child.

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      2. Thanks for reading the article, Mary, and for responding! I believe there are some people who are genuinely trusting in Christ as Savior who attend Catholic and Orthodox church, but it is very difficult because those religious organizations teach salvation is attained through sacramental grace which enables a person to obey the Ten Commandments and thereby merit Heaven. But it is impossible for anyone to obey the Ten Commandments, which is why Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross and offers eternal life to all those who go to Him in prayer in trust in Him as Savior by faith alone. Some in the Catholic and Orthodox church get so frustrated with trying to merit their salvation that they cry out to Jesus to save them by faith alone. I agree with you. Our trust should never be in denominations or in men but in Jesus. But a church of believers that does preach the Gospel of grace is really a necessity for anyone who has accepted Christ by faith alone. A Christian who accepts Christ as Savior cannot grow spiritually in a denomination that teaches salvation by sacramental grace and merit. God bless you in your search. Accept Christ as Savior.

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  2. Thanks for that, t is good for us to realize what is happening in the Chatholic circles and also Christians . We need to see out of the box we are in .

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      1. Thanks. I try to ensure the statements in my posts are based upon God’s Word rather than the precepts and opinions of men. God is certainly loving yet also perfectly Holy and we must follow His Narrow Way of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

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  3. My quick thoughts:
    *Wow that picture being edited for political correctness shows how much our era would go censor things…
    * Wow didn’t know Wesley believed in a strange view of infant baptism that’s more different than most Protestants
    * Interesting how there can be such a long article on priests’ clothes!

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