At our church small group meeting this week, a member enthusiastically mentioned this upcoming television show, “Living Biblically,” about a character “who drastically changes his life to live strictly by the Bible.” Don’t get your hopes up, believers. The main character decides to become a “better” Catholic by living out his life according to all the commandments in Bible, in close consultation with his parish priest. The producer states that an actual Catholic priest and Jewish rabbi are the show’s expert consultants. I don’t expect to see anything resembling the Gospel, but I do expect to see a lot of religious legalism.
The Catholic church insists that myself and others who have left aren’t “truly” ex-Catholics. They claim, “Once baptized a Catholic, always a Catholic.” But Almighty God had other plans. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior by faith alone, I was born again and washed clean and I now count all of my old connections with Roman Catholicism as rubbish (Philippians 3:7-8).
This year, Catholic conservatives are celebrating the 50th anniversary of pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” encyclical, which banned all forms of contraception under threat of mortal sin, even non-abortifacient methods. When it was published in 1968, church liberals and many moderates thought “Humanae Vitae” was insane. Recent polling research shows 82 percent of American Catholics believe birth control is “morally acceptable,” and 98 percent of U.S. Catholic women of childbearing age have used contraception at some point while they’ve been sexually active. Meanwhile, conservatives continue to march to the official drumbeat, with doctrinaire priests even advising married couples in which one partner has an STD to forgo condoms.
German cardinal, Reinhard Marx, continues to push the envelope. Be assured that Marx has pope Francis’ full approval.
Hillsong, like most entities on the TBN network, is pushing ecumenism with Rome. Many megachurches borrow Hillsong’s music. I’ve watched Hillsong’s prosperity gospeler, Brian Houston, “preach” a few times on TBN and on each occasion I had the sense that he didn’t believe a word he was saying.
The above article is a good overview of Francis’ first five years. Many Catholic conservatives hope for a quick end to his tenure.
- Televangelist Benny Hinn Admits Going Too Far With Prosperity Gospel in Wake of Billy Graham’s Death
What? Benny Hinn is admitting he went a bit too far with the “name it and claim it” false prosperity gospel? Why now? After selling snake oil for 35 years, it’s beginning to set in that he’s never going to garner the adulation accorded to Billy Graham.
Living in a world of unbelief can be a challenge, but being yoked to an unbeliever in marriage has to be really tough. My prayers for everyone with an unbelieving spouse.
Interesting article. The biggest takeaway for me is that members of nondenominational churches apparently have feelings of rootlessness. No surprise there. Nondenominational pastors are often negligent in teaching church/Reformation history and the Five Solas.
Those of you who attend more traditional churches might not get this, but ripped skinny jeans are de rigueur at “progressive” churches. Jacket and tie? Forget about it. Khakis and a polo shirt? You’ve got to be kidding! That’s strictly frumpy “old school.”