Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/24/18

We may chuckle about computer virus levels dropping in March because of Catholics giving up porn for Lent, but porn is a real problem for evangelicals, too. Over half of evangelical pastors and 60-70% of evangelical men surveyed admit to viewing pornography. This subject is taboo because of its sensitivity, but it’s clear Christian men (and some women) need help with this.

Catholics are taught they must go to confession at least once per year or incur a mortal sin, but Catholic sources report only 12% of the membership complies with this rule. See here. If only 12% of an organization’s membership is complying with a mandatory rule, the system is a sham.

This priest got sent to time-out, but conservative Catholics around the world are hoping for an early end to Francis’ reign.

Conservative Catholics continue to react to Francis’ progressive “reforms.”

While I’m a cessationist when it comes to the apostolic gifts, I don’t often comment on the differing views. Why pick a fight over secondary beliefs? It’s doubtful a person will change their mind as the result of an internet debate. That said, it’s undeniable that glossolalia and other such manifestations have been greatly used to further ecumenism with Rome, but that’s a long post.

I understand why the U.S. Catholic church is trying to limit its financial expo$ure in regards to payouts to childhood victims of clerical abuse, but it just doesn’t seem…I dunno…quite right for an organization that claims to be “Christian” to be leading the charge.

I enjoyed watching the first two seasons of Remini’s exposé of Scientology, but she traded in one false religion for another when she returned back to the Catholic religion of her youth.

It may seem quaintly anachronistic these days to warn evangelicals not to marry Roman Catholics. After all, many now proclaim that Catholics are “Christians,” too. But after the couple is married, the evangelical partner will discover their Catholic spouse is trying to merit his/her way to Heaven by following the Catholic false gospel and insistent that the same be taught to any children.

I don’t comment on politics often, but every once in awhile I need to address the elephant in the middle of the room. After all, this is a weekly news posting…

I’ll be sixty-two years old this summer and I’ve been cognizant of eleven different Presidents of the United States (sorry, Ike, but I didn’t care about politics when I was in the crib).  In that time span, I haven’t witnessed anything quite like what we’ve seen from the Trump White House in the last fourteen months, with the exception of Richard Nixon prior to his resignation. There’s no doubt that the liberal media presents Trump in the most unflattering light possible, but, to be fair, he provides them with fresh, outrageous fodder on an almost daily basis. Prior to the 2016 election, I remarked that putting candidate Trump in the Oval Office would be like giving a 16-year-old teenage boy the keys to his father’s Corvette. Unfortunately, President Trump has proven me right month after month after month. The sheer ineptness and complete lack of decorum and statesmanship has been staggering to behold. Yet, many of Trump’s base supporters are attracted to him precisely because of his disregard for convention.

As a believer, we’re told to pray for our political leaders so that we may live peaceful lives and that the Gospel may continue to go out unhindered and I will continue to do so. Trump has put the brakes on the assault on religious freedom in this country and we can be grateful for that. My wife is very politically-minded and becomes easily agitated by the daily White House news reports. As I keep reminding her, believers needn’t be frazzled. The Lord is sovereign and He allowed Trump to ascend to office for a reason. If we take a step back and look at this chaos objectively, we can see the Lord is surely showing the unsaved that they cannot put their confidence and trust in their temporal circumstances. There is no salvation in politics, government, or national citizenship.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-4

7 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/24/18

  1. I’m surprised that there’s going to be a third season of Remini’s exposé of Scientology. Not that I”m a fan of Scientology but a third season seems like they are trying to milk it for all its worth but what new things would they have to say? Like you I’m worried for Trump and his moral life doesn’t please me though of course the media extreme bias towards him is quite hypocritical comparing how they handled Clinton. That’s my political comment of the week on your blog!

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    1. RE: Remini

      I hear you. I’m sure they covered all of the major issues re: Scientology in the first two seasons. But the testimonies of former members regarding the “church’s” control is still riveting. It’s interesting to me how various churches are defined as cults. Where Mormonism was widely defined as a cult sixty years ago, it’s now achieved a great degree of respectability, even within evangelicalism, with Glenn Beck being invited to speak at evangelical venues.

      RE: Trump

      Thanks. I probably should have included a link to the recent news re: the removal of of the National Security Adviser and the resignation of Trump’s lead lawyer in the Russian probe as examples rather than the link to the story of another of Trump’s affairs. I’m tempted to continue writing about my dissatisfaction with Trump, but this self-professed apolitical person has already traveled too far into the political realm. 😃

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