Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/24/18

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.

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.”

21 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/24/18

  1. Wow, my heads reeling from this weekend roundup brother! The Living Biblically show came as a surprise, The Big Bang Theory was so very wicked. Yet, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood figured out there was big bucks in religious shows.
    I thought the Benny Hinn thing was pretty fascinating, have you heard his nephew Costi Hinn on the WOF? Costi was saved out of that movement, now he warns Christians of the danger. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to turn away from your family like he did, but I’m thankful he did!
    Thank you for your diligence in bringing us this information, brother! God bless you!

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    1. Thanks so much, sister! The compromise is so widespread that many evangelicals will embrace this Living Biblically show. Yes, I was blessed by Costi Hinn’s testimony and I can appreciate how hard it was for him to oppose his family. Thank you, sister! Yes, we must shine the light of truth and be faithful to the Gospel even if the brethren abandon us. I think of Lloyd-Jones who was one of the very few in England at the time who would not join in with Graham’s ecumenism. God bless you as you serve Him!

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    1. Yup, her boyfriend/husband on the Roseanne show is co-producer of this show. I intend on watching the first episode and reviewing it here as another example of how Catholicism misinterprets “living Biblically.”

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  2. Tom, thank you! I have to admit that the article “Why you can never truly be an ex-Catholic” upset me. A former Catholic has to slam the door on everything they put forward or end up being forced to inhale the fumes of her maddening wine.

    2 Timothy 2:19 But the foundation of God remaineth sure, and hath this seal, The Lord knoweth who are his: and, Let everyone that calleth on the Name of Christ, depart from iniquity.

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I felt the same way. Yes, the Catholic church’s teaching about their sacraments leaving an indelible mark on the soul is nonsense. In the RCC it’s all about their physical sacramentalism and nothing about the heart/spiritual life in Christ. Millions are processed through the sacramental assembly line daily with no clue about a spiritual relationship with God through Christ. Sixty years ago, most priests would have said you and I were vile apostates definitely bound for hell, especially because of our blogging witness, but these days it’s so loosey goosey they say even an atheist can merit Heaven.

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      1. Yes, Tom. Even where Catholicism is heartfelt and even mystical, the focus is upon material things instead of spiritual. It is ignorance of, and refusal of, walking by faith.

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      2. Philip Augustine, what I meant to convey is that Catholicism promotes a dependency on material objects. For example, as a child growing up in the fifties I was given a small prayer book that contained a tiny crucifix affixed to the inside front cover. And I couldn’t sleep without my rosary with me. Why promote a dependency on what can be seen when we are to walk by faith and not by sight?

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      3. Philip, it begins with Biblical discernment. We are to worship in spirit and truth. This must exclude, for example, the veneration of St. Vaclav’s skull in Czechoslovakia.

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      4. So what do you make of in the Gospel when folks are healed by touching Jesus’ cloak or people receive healing by Peter walking and his shadow passes them in Acts 5:15? How do you biblically discern these instances as opposed to what you mentioned?

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      5. Philip, in both instances people were healed by contact with the Living (living), though mediated through the Lord’s garment and Peter’s shadow. That is one thing that can be seen immediately.

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  3. Wow never knew “Once baptized a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Catholicism has so many doctrines and traditions I think it takes someone specializing in its canon law to let others know what it teaches but wow, so crazy and I imagine few Catholics are familiar with it. Also its crazy to think that Catholic teachings would allow the spread of STD to the spouse…instead of allowing condoms.

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    1. This teaching that the sacraments impart an indelible mark on the Catholic’s soul is cultish. A few years back, when AIDS was really raging in Africa, there was great debate in the RCC whether it was allowable for married couples with an infected partner to use condoms. Conservatives of course said no.

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