Such ridiculous and dangerous nonsense! Gloria Copeland (photo above) and her husband and their “name it and claim it” kool-aid have nothing to do with Biblical Christianity.
Question: What exactly would the Catholic evangelization message be? Answer: If you attend RCIA classes for a year, get baptized, attend mass and receive the sacraments dutifully, hope, pray, and obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!), then maybe at the very end you MIGHT have a chance at meriting purgatory. Folks, that’s hardly Good News!
- Cardinal Marx, Papal Adviser: Catholic Priests May Bless Homosexual Couples
- Fr. James Martin: ‘People take the Bible…out of context’ on homosexuality
Pope Francis’s lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees has opened the door for people in other “irregular” situations. German cardinal, Reinhard Marx, suggests that Catholic priests should now consider blessing same-sex relationships liturgically. I suspect liberal priests are already marrying gay couples on the QT.
Conservative Polish Catholics have been deeply resentful that Polish Gentiles are never mentioned as victims of Hitler’s concentration camps. It is estimated that the Germans killed at least 1.9 million non-Jewish Polish civilians during World War II. They are also deeply resentful of claims (many substantiated) that some Catholic Poles were complicit in assisting the Nazis in their efforts to exterminate Jews. The Polish parliament has just passed a law criminalizing accusations of Polish complicity in the Holocaust, even in the face of historical evidence. In Poland, history isn’t history unless it’s hagiography. For an interesting book on how the Catholic church underwrote anti-Semitism in interwar Poland see “The Catholic Church and Antisemitism: Poland, 1933-1939” by Ronald Modras here.
The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, founded in 1843, is a Jesuit institution and an Atlantic Conference opponent of our local Rochester Institute of Technology Division 1 hockey team. Go Tigers! The increasingly politically incorrect nickname and mascot of the college hearken back to Catholicism’s more militant days. Only traditionalist priests still look back upon the murderous Catholic Crusades with unapologetic glowing approval. The purpose of some of the papal-approved crusades was to suppress Protestant “heresy.”
Oy vey! The liberal ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) has nothing to do with the Gospel.
This makes perfect sense. Catholicism is a syncretic mix of paganism and Christ-less (c)hristianity.
This is a slippery slope for conservative priests like Longenecker. Half of all Catholics support abortion, 80% don’t attend obligatory mass on Sunday, and 90% don’t go to mandatory yearly confession. After Longenecker got done excommunicating all the miscreants, there’d be no one left.
This article’s headline is misleading because certainly not ALL younger evangelicals are fascinated by Roman Catholicism. But, sadly, some people definitely are attracted to the temporal grandeur of the Roman church in comparison to evangelicalism’s simplicity. Some of that falls on the shoulders of evangelical pastors who no longer mention the history of the church, the Reformation, or the Five Solas. But it’s not about worldly grandeur, folks, it’s all about the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The Catholic church has its impressive architecture, ritual, pomp, and ceremony, but the Lord Jesus Christ had no place to lay His head in this world.