Welcome to the Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 3/31/18

A controversial Canadian ice cream chain named “Sweet Jesus” has a location in Baltimore and is planning to open several more outlets in the U.S. This “edgy” company uses blatant Satanic imagery (photo above) to appeal to its “edgy” customers. See here for more examples. No doubt you are taken aback by the accompanying photo and the others shown in the linked article, but this stuff is rolling your way. My shaky memory prevents me from giving proper credit to the person who first alerted me to this several weeks ago.

Our illustrious governor, Andrew Cuomo, recently spoke at a Baptist church attended by African Americans, telling the congregants, “I want you to know as a matter of full disclosure, I am a Catholic. Catholics basically believe the same teachings that Baptists believe. We just do it without the rhythm. But we try. We are not as without rhythm as some of our Jewish brothers and sisters.” This is so wrong on so many levels. Besides the bigoted overtones, Catholics do not basically believe the same teachings that Baptists believe, if those Baptists uphold the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Sadly, many of the Baptist churches up here in the Northeast lapsed into social gospel/modernism long ago

We can anticipate less and less tolerance for Bible believers.

Back on March 2nd, I posted a news story about a priest in nearby Buffalo who admitted to abusing “dozens” of boys. See here. That story broke open the floodgates and shortly afterward the Buffalo diocese released the names of 42 more priests facing allegations of sex abuse. It’s a snakepit, folks.

Francis Chan warns us not to criticize church leaders? This is the same Francis Chan who rebuked Mike Gendron after Gendron gave an objective presentation of Roman Catholic beliefs at Chan’s former church? See here. Yes, believers are admonished to support faithful shepherds, but we are also admonished to be watchful for false teachers and compromisers of the Gospel.

There are two ways to look at the Ten Commandments. One way will lead to hell and the other way will help lead you to Heaven. Most see the commandments as a moral code that they must successfully obey in order to merit Heaven when they die. But only Jesus was able to obey the Law. The Bible says the Ten Commandments were given as a mirror to show us exactly how sinful we are (James 1:23-25) and just how much we need the Savior. After a person accepts Christ, they are to follow Him as Lord in obedience, albeit imperfectly.

Mother Angelica aka Rita Rizzo founded Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), in 1981 to propagate conservative Catholic teaching. The Catholic church likes to parlay popular Catholic celebrities to “sainthood” in short order. The official waiting period for the canonization process is five years, so expect the gears to start turning very quickly for Mother Angelica in 2021. Millions have been led into spiritual darkness by Rita Rizzo and her media conglomerate.

Pope Francis has defied “infallible” Catholic teaching on other doctrines so it’s entirely plausible that he may have conjectured to his atheistic journalist friend that he doubts the existence of hell.

Catholic sources report only 20% of American Catholics attend obligatory mass every Sunday, but the U.S. bishops anticipate large crowds this Easter Sunday. These “chreasters” (Christmas and Easter-only attenders) are all going to hell according to their church for defying the mandatory weekly attendance rule, but those folks are hoping God is “grading on a curve.” None of these Catholics, sticklers or semi-lapsed, are going to hear the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone preached from Catholic pulpits this Sunday.

Every Good Friday, Filipino Catholics engage in self-flagellation parades and some even allow themselves to be crucified. This would “strike” most contemporary Catholics as way too extreme, but self-mortification including flagellation was quite the rage among Catholics during the Middle Ages (see here) and even among the clergy and religious orders up until recent times. It was reported by Catholic sources that pope John Paul II regularly whipped himself as an act of penance. See here.

8 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 3/31/18

  1. Thank you for the weekend roundup Tom. I was reading about the Philipino Catholics this morning, I must admit was a bit too much for me. Even a woman was crucified! How sad they totally missed the point.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Crissy! Yes, this business in the Philippines is an excellent example of Catholics attempting to merit their salvation via legalism/works righteousness. So much (c)hristian symbolism and verbiage, but, yes, totally missing the point.

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    1. RE: That is bothersome but not shocking

      I agree. Society has become progressively inured to this kind of stuff. Marketers and entertainers are constantly pushing the envelope aka defying convention to stand out in the minds of consumers. But as a believer, it’s sickening to see the name of Christ so blatantly profaned.

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  2. The year self-inflicted suffering in the Philippines this time of the year is very painful to see or hear about. How they need to hear Christ and trust in His saving power when He said on the cross, “IT is finished!!!!”
    Your post on the governor’s basic biblical and religious illiteracy is a symptom of so many politicians with their “civic” religion. Also disheartening to see Francis Chan’s direction. I use to like that guy…

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    1. RE: Philippines

      Growing up Catholic we use to hear many stories of the “saints” practicing self-mortification such as wearing hair shirts, sleeping on wooden pallets, placing pebbles in shoes or going shoeless, etc., etc., people trying to merit their way into Heaven through suffering. American Catholics would recoil at such practices today, but they were a respected part of Catholicism back in the day.

      RE: Cuomo

      The vast majority of people living up here in the Northeast would have no objection to Cuomo’s remarks, although I saw that a few Jewish groups wrote letters of protest.

      RE: Chan

      I wasn’t pleased with Chan when I learned he caved in the Gendron controversy and I see he has gotten involved with such groups as Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer, so he’s gone ecumenical.

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      1. So much in the comment here! I think you right about how historically Catholicism would have been more like the Philippines’ version than the American version.

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