Hanging onto “stuff”

My parents were typical of many older folks in that they didn’t properly plan out their senior years. After they retired, they remained in their large, four-bedroom house where they had raised six children. My Dad wanted to downsize, but my Mom was as stubborn as a mule and wouldn’t consider moving. When they reached their eighties, they began spending the winters with my sister down in Florida. As their health problems became more challenging, they finally reached a point where they weren’t able to make the return trip in the Spring from Florida back to New York. It was then left to sonny boy – yours truly – to clean out the old homestead and prepare it for sale.

From the basement to the attic, that house was CHOCK FULL of every big and small knick knack imaginable. My parents grew up during the Depression and didn’t believe in throwing anything out. Why didn’t my parents plan for this? What were they thinking? They had thirty years of retirement to prepare.

Why do any of us collect and save certain things? We do take great pleasure in the “stuff” we accumulate. Our self-worth is intrinsically wrapped up in the things we possess. I’m an avid reader and over the years I had filled several bookcases with the books I had read. I knew that I would never read or reference most of those books again, but I was compelled to hang onto them and even display them as trophies. Spurred on by my parents’ bad example, I’ve drastically thinned out my book collection over the last two years by selling most of them via Amazon’s third-party seller program (a future post).

This past week, I finally got around to sorting through my CDs and DVDs, many of which I hadn’t listened to or watched in ten or fifteen years. With each item, I asked myself if I would honestly ever listen to it or watch it ever again and more often than not the answer was no. But it was still a struggle to say good-bye to those old “friends.” When I took the boxes of CDs and DVDs to the used record store, they rejected half of them and gave me $40 for the rest. I didn’t even want to think about how much money I had spent in amassing that collection. I had watched most of the DVDs only once.

Since I was still in the mood to toss things, I also looked at my stack of plastic storage containers in the basement that my wife is always asking me to thin out. One was full of textbooks and workbooks from classes I had taken at Kodak in the 1980s. Back then, the company was beginning to encounter many challenges to its picture-taking monopoly, primarily from overseas, and those classes taught leaner, more efficient methods of production as a means to try to stay competitive. As you all know, the company was eventually overwhelmed by digital technology. So why was I hanging onto these obsolete textbooks and workbooks from thirty years ago? I was very proud of having taken those classes and becoming certified in lean manufacturing methods, which I was later able to use towards attaining a college degree. Those books that I hadn’t opened in thirty years had once meant a great deal to me, but there was absolutely no good reason for me to keep them any longer. Into the trash they went.

I’ll continue to chip away at my collections of “stuff” so that our sons won’t eventually have to. I can testify from experience that many/most of the things we treasure so highly will be unceremoniously tossed into a roll-off dumpster by our children without a second thought.

As Christians, our worth doesn’t come from things, but only from Jesus Christ. Sure, it’s fun to have collections of things we actually use and enjoy, but many times we hang onto “stuff” for no good reason.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:1-3

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

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Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/28/18

Lovely. Another revisionist history (photo above) which focuses on B) the negative Protestant reaction to Catholicism in America (the effect), while purposely failing to mention A) Catholicism’s relentless persecution of Protestants in Catholic-dominated countries in Europe and Latin America including multiple papal condemnations of constitutional democracy and freedom of religion (the cause).

Catholics anticipated that the initial enthusiasm over pope Francis would translate into an upsurge in mass attendance and religious vocations – the vaunted “Francis effect” – which never materialized. I encourage you to read the second article – a letter from a self-described “lifelong (now ex-) Catholic” – who speaks for many Catholics in her disdain for the Bible, which she derides as “the most misunderstood book ever written.”

Regarding pope Francis, the word “heretic” is on the tip of many conservative Catholics’ tongues, but they just can’t bring themselves to say it…yet.

William Friedkin, the director of “The Exorcist” (1973), spent time with the Vatican’s #1 exorcist, “father” Gabriele Amorth (d. 2016), in order to make this documentary, which is currently playing at theaters. I certainly believe, as the Bible states, that demons can possess people, but not born-again followers of Jesus Christ who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It’s no fluke that many/most of these publicized demonic possessions seem to occur within the Catholic community.

In this very recent Pew survey, 28% of those who identified as Catholic said they don’t believe in the God of the Bible.

Check out this interesting map showing the dominant religion by county in the U.S.A. It’s almost solidly Roman Catholic up here in the Northeast.

Chick-Fil-A opened a little over two weeks ago here in Rochester, N.Y. I waited for the traffic to die down and hit the drive-thru this past week…twice (don’t tell my internist). What did I order? Both times I got the Spicy Deluxe Chicken Sandwich with Waffle Potato Fries. Verdict? Pretty good but hardly worth standing in line overnight for. The first time I also ordered their highly touted lemonade but that stuff is waaaaay too sweet.

The latest issue of GQ (formerly Gentlemen’s Quarterly) features an article which lists the Bible as one of the “21 most overrated books” of all time. Spiritual blindness.

National Day of Prayer?

Next Thursday, May 3rd, is the annual National Day of Prayer, so I thought it would be appropriate to trot out the archived post below.

The National Day of Prayer advances the causes of ecumenism and Civil Religion (see here), NOT the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Please read the rest via National Day of Prayer?

Marriage seminar? No thanks. We’re fine.

Experts differ on the rate of divorce in the United States. Fifty percent is the much-quoted statistic, although the actual rate may be a bit lower. But no matter how you slice it, divorce is a HUGE problem in our society, even among professing evangelical Christians.

My wife and I regularly hang out with a lovely Christian couple who I have mentioned a few times in the past. A couple of months ago, my wife informed me that there was going to be a marriage seminar at this couple’s evangelical church and they had invited us to attend. Argh, I thought to myself. Our marriage is doing just fine, so leave us alone. But what kind of husband would I be if I said no to a marriage seminar, so I reluctantly agreed to attend. Double argh!

My wife and I have been married for 44 years if you don’t count the one year we were divorced back in 2001. I had walked away from the Lord ten years previous to that and my wife wasn’t walking closely with the Lord at the time, either. As a result, our marriage became pretty messed up. The Lord brought us back together in 2002 (Praise God!) but it would be another 12 years before I came back to Him. What a dummy! Our marriage still has some challenges at times (what marriage doesn’t?) so I resolved a seminar would do us both some good.

A couple of months seemed like one hundred years away when I first heard about the seminar, but the event quickly crept up on us last weekend. Right on cue, my wife and I had a little squabble right before the 6:30-8:30 Friday evening opening session. My timing is sometimes superb! The information – mostly via video – was very helpful and inspiring. Most importantly, it was God-focused.

The second session was an all-day affair, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and again, right on cue, my wife and I had a nice tiff prior to leaving home. Argh! It was almost as if the Lord allowed those two timely squabbles so that we would have a humble attitude rather than showing up with an “I don’t need this” pridefulness. Again, the information that was presented was very helpful, inspiring, and centered on the Lord.

The videos used in the seminar were put together by FamilyLife, a ministry of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). I’m definitely not a big fan of CRU because of founder Bill Bright’s ecumenical tendencies, but the material was Biblically solid. I’m currently reading through 10 pages of the 140-page workbook (photo below) each night as a follow-up. The workbook wasn’t used much during the sessions.

Divorce statistics confirm that marriage relationships need constant, intentional work, but we can easily fall into a selfish rut and take our spouses for granted. This seminar was a real blessing to me and an inspiration to be the husband the Lord wants me to be. If your church sponsors a marriage seminar, I would encourage you to check it out.

“But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” – Mark 10:6-9

 

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Roman Catholics and Astrology: “Am I a Taurus or an Aries?”

We’re all somewhat familiar with the signs of the Zodiac and horoscopes because they’re so prevalent in our culture. Historians tell us the signs of the Zodiac (Latin zōdiacus: “cycle or circle of little animals”) originated in the 5th century BC in Babylonian astronomy/astrology, which was embraced by the Greek empire, and subsequently embraced by the Roman Empire. Archaeological digs have even unearthed Zodiac mosaics in ancient Jewish synagogues. Yes, even the Bible mentions some of the signs of the Zodiac, although in an objective way (see article far below).

The premise of astrological superstition is that the Earth is influenced by the position of the heavenly bodies throughout the course of an astronomical yearly cycle and that people born within one of the 28-day intervals (specified by one of the thirteen Zodiac “signs”) will exhibit certain distinct personality traits. Astrologers claim to be able to predict the future for individuals based upon their sign or ascertain favorable or unfavorable conditions for supplicants in connection with various endeavors. Daily horoscopes are published in newspapers, which give advice for each sign group. Studies reveal that around 30% of Americans believe in astrology to some degree. One of the favorite ice-breaker “pick-up” lines in American society is “What’s your sign?” Argh!

Why do I bring this up? The other day, I was perusing through some blog posts written by Roman Catholics and one person wrote a post sharing 26 personal items about herself on her 26th birthday. Item # 13 was as follows:

“I am pretty sure my zodiac sign is a Taurus, however, my birthday falls on the cut-off date, so certain charts will show my birthday as Aries.”

Most Catholics have only a shallow understanding of the Bible. For them, mixing a little astrology in with their works religion is good, clean fun and nothing to be embarrassed about. I’m reminded of my deceased mother-in-law* who wasn’t a practicing Catholic (she was excommunicated in the 1950s for remarrying after a divorce), but still considered herself a member of the church and made sure her daughters were educated at Catholic schools. She read her horoscope daily and occasionally had her palms “read” by an astrologer. Catholicism itself is a syncretic mixture of paganism and (c)hristianity, so it magnanimously “looks the other way” in regards to these excursions into “harmless” amusements.

Could a blood-bought, born-again follower of Jesus Christ become enmeshed in the Zodiac and horoscopes? Why would they? Does not compute. If a person is walking with the Lord and filled with the indwelling Holy Spirit, the last thing they would need or want to do is consult with the pagan Zodiac and horoscopes. Who would choose to eat out of a maggot-infested garbage can when they’re seated at THE wedding feast?

“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.” – Deuteronomy 4:19

*Praise God, my mother-in-law accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior by faith alone shortly before her death.


What does the Bible say about astrology or the zodiac? Is astrology something a Christian should study?
https://www.gotquestions.org/astrology-Bible.html

Final episode: “Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History”

Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Episode Six: Courage, Change, & the Modern Papacy
CNN, originally aired 4/15/18

This episode is the last installment in the CNN series and it deals almost exclusively with the 1978-2005 papacy of Karol Wojtyla aka Pope John Paul II.

When Wojtyla was elected pope in 1978, tensions were already escalating in his native Poland between its citizens and the oppressive, Soviet-controlled government. Through direct and indirect means, Wojtyla influenced his countrymen to agitate for political and religious freedoms. Under rising pressures, the communist government voluntarily relinquished power in 1989. Wojtyla won admirers throughout the world for his role in the liberation of Poland. It’s quite ironic that John Paul II’s papal predecessors of the not-too-distant past (as late as the first four decades of the 20th century) regularly entered into concordats with national governments of Catholic-dominated countries, which severely limited the religious freedoms of Protestants.

This segment notes Wojtyla’s significance in the way he changed the world’s perception of the papacy. Due to his extensive globe trotting and his direct involvement in international politics and ecumenical initiatives, Wojtyla changed the image of the pope from an arcane, sectarian religious leader into a global figure of international importance. Biblical prophecy anyone? When the world’s inhabitants are threatened by an apocalyptic crisis, there is only one religious leader they will turn to; the pope. Wojtyla was instrumental in elevating the papacy to its current preeminent position in the eyes of the world.

I enjoyed this series quite a bit. Much of the information that’s presented is in stark contrast to the idealized versions of the papacy and church history that are fed to Catholicism’s credulous membership. As I’ve mentioned previously, the series’ glaring drawback is its lack of a conservative evangelical voice among the many commentators. Below are links to my reviews of the the previous five episodes:

Episode 1: The Rise of the Pope

Episode 2: The Resignation of Benedict XVI

Episode 3: The Price of Progress

Episode 4: A Church Divided

Episode 5: The Wartime Popes

 

Sacred Tradition: Roman Catholicism’s convenient “wild card”

Several months ago, I wrote a post about one of my memories of growing up within Catholicism. When I was in grammar school, the nuns would periodically go to the blackboard and draw a three-legged stool as a symbol of the Catholic church. The idea was that the church was extremely well-supported by its three pillars of guidance and authority: Holy Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the magisterium (the pope and the bishops as teachers). All three legs were taught to be equal in authority. It was pointed out by the sisters that, in contrast, the poor Protestants had only one leg, Holy Scripture, supporting their stool, which of course made for a laughable and completely untrustworthy seating device.

In that previous post, I commented on how pope Francis’ controversial lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees has exposed the baselessness of the claims regarding the divinely-led teaching authority of the papacy. See here.

In this post, I would like to focus briefly on the other non-Biblical leg of Catholic authority; Sacred Tradition. Catholicism defines “sacred tradition” as “the oral teachings of Jesus Christ given to His apostles, not recorded in Scripture, that were faithfully handed down within the church from one generation to the next.” One would think that BY NOW, Catholicism would have published a book that collects all of these alleged oral teachings, but that is NOT the case. If you go to a nearby Catholic bookstore, you won’t find a book titled, “The Compendium of Sacred Tradition.” Why not? It turns out that  Sacred Tradition is Catholicism’s convenient “wild card.”

Wild card definition: A playing card whose value can vary as determined by its holder.

As the early Christian church became increasingly institutionalized, it began absorbing and adapting many pagan beliefs and practices. These doctrines could not be traced to any explicit teachings in Scripture. In many cases, there wasn’t even an implicit basis. In all such cases, Rome invoked its wild card, Sacred Tradition. A doctrine may not have had any explicit or even implicit basis in Scripture, but the church was able to claim the teaching had its origin in the unrecorded oral teachings of Christ and His apostles and was therefore beyond criticism and examination. One example, among literally hundreds if not thousands, would be the teaching of the efficacy of praying to Mary and the “saints.” Nowhere in either the Old or New Testaments are there examples of believers praying to anyone other than God. There is no explicit or implicit basis in Scripture for such a practice. In contrast, Scripture expressly forbids communicating with the dead and teaches that God alone is to be prayed to and worshiped and that Jesus Christ alone is the Mediator between God and men. But Catholicism absorbed and adapted the pagan belief in multiple patron deities (see here) into the intercession of Mary and the “saints” and was able to invoke its mysterious and unverifiable “sacred tradition” as the basis of such doctrines.

As I said, you will not find a book detailing all of Catholicism’s sacred traditions, but the category is conveniently used as a wild card to justify any Catholic teaching that is not found in the Bible.

“Sacred tradition: A body of oral tradition, supposed to have been handed down from generation to generation in unbroken succession, either from the Lord Himself or from the apostles enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Rome has been challenged to disclose what that body of tradition is, and what are its contents beyond what has already been announced by the papacy, but she has never made it known. It can only be concluded that she prefers to have its substance secret; that she may draw further upon its hidden store as later circumstances require. It reminds one of the hat out of which the conjuror produces his rabbits one after another.” – from “Roman Catholicism In the Light of Scripture” by F.C.H. Dreyer and E. Weller, Kindle position 494.

Untethered to Scriptural Truth, Rome has granted itself the ability to create a multitude of doctrines that are either un-Biblical or anti-Biblical, all under the murky, untestable guise of “Sacred Tradition.”

“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” – Matthew 15:8-9

Catholicism revels in its “superior” three-legged teaching authority, but by supplanting God’s Word, it has led its followers into spiritual darkness and death.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/21/18

The nearby Catholic diocese of Buffalo, New York is preparing to settle with the victims of its pedophile priests. What goes through the minds of parishioners knowing they are personally subsidizing such a corrupt system? Several Catholic dioceses across the country have filed for bankruptcy after payouts to victims. Could Buffalo be next? In an unabashed public relations move, the bishop of Buffalo has put his 11,000 square-foot palatial mansion ($1.3-$1.9 million dollar value) up for sale to help defray the cost.

Pope Francis recently comforted a young boy by telling him that his deceased atheist father was in Heaven. This is hardly a new development. Francis has said on previous occasions that atheists can merit Heaven if they are “good” and follow their conscience. Rome used to teach that only baptized Catholics in good standing could merit Heaven, but Catholicism has steadily drifted toward “all good people go to Heaven” Universalism.

Many evangelical churches and Christians are drifting farther and farther from Biblical orthodoxy and becoming less and less tolerant of anyone who exposes a false gospel.

The Catholic church likes to blow the trumpets whenever a new parish opens in the South to accommodate transplants from the Rust Belt, but they hardly offset the hundreds of churches closing up here in the Northeast.

Catholic conservatives continue to mobilize against the heterodoxy of pope Francis. What will be the outcome of this increasing polarization within Catholicism?

I thought the liberal German bishops’ plan for Catholic-Lutheran intercommunion was a done deal, but evidently Francis is temporarily putting the brakes on further reforms because conservatives are still in a tizzy over his lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees.

This really isn’t much of a satire. You could attend Joel Osteen’s church or many hip mega-churches for a year without hearing “sin” or “hell” mentioned once.

Friday odds and ends: Living Biblically, and pamphlets on Catholicism and segregationism

Let’s get caught up on a few odds and ends that have collected on my plate:

Living Biblically
Episode Eight: Show Hospitality
CBS, originally aired 4/16/18

Rabbi Gil, one-half of Chip’s “god squad” religious advisors (the other half being Gene, a Catholic priest), confides that he discovered his wife is having an adulterous affair with a fellow rabbi. Sympathetic Chip obeys the Biblical admonition to show hospitality by inviting the rabbi to live with him and his wife until he can get his life back together. As one would expect from a comedy show, Gil wears out his welcome in a hurry. Chip’s wife, Leslie, wants the rabbi out, pronto, but Chip hesitates. However, he soon realizes that by allowing Gil to stay, he’s only enabling the rabbi to delay moving on with his life.

No Gospel here, folks. How many episodes left? Only three? Wonderful!

Breaking news alert: Just found out that CBS has cancelled “Living Biblically” and will not air the remaining three episodes. 😁


Is Roman Catholicism Biblical?
By William C. Irvine
eBook version
CrossReach Publications, 2018, 15 pages

New Zealander, William C. Irvine (1871-1946), a missionary to India, was most noted for his Christian apologetics book, “Heresies Exposed.” It’s not clear exactly when this short pamphlet was originally published although the latest references date it to the early 1920s. Some of the briefly-reviewed topics include Rome’s idolatrous statuary, the church’s low view of Scripture in comparison to its traditions, the papacy, Mariolatry, the mass, the confessional, and Purgatory. Despite the subsequent window dressing changes introduced at Vatican II, Rome still teaches the same core doctrines. I wouldn’t recommend this pamphlet because of its brevity. You can find much better and more contemporary resources on the internet for free. Check my Links page here.


Is Segregation Scriptural?
By Bob Jones, Sr.
eBook version
CrossReach Publications, 2018, 23 pages

The first church my wife and I attended after accepting Christ in the early 1980s was independent, fundamental Baptist. Fundamental Baptist churches are independent to a large degree, but network with other like-minded churches via pastor conferences, missionary support, and seminary support. Back in those days, there were three main camps of IFB churches. On a scale of increasing conservatism, there were those that aligned with John R. Rice, like my church, those that aligned with Bob Jones, Jr., and those that aligned with Peter Ruckman.

Because I’m interested in the history of fundamentalism, this ePamphlet caught my eye. Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. (1883-1968) was one of the leaders of the fundamentalist movement. He founded Bob Jones College (later University) in 1926 and was one of the pioneers of religious radio broadcasting. His legacy was carried on by his son, Bob Jones, Jr. (1911-1997), and his grandson, Bob Jones III (1939-).

Jones Sr., based in South Carolina, was an outspoken advocate of racial segregation and viewed the growing Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s with great distress. In this 1960 radio address, Jones appeals to Scripture to support his views:

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.” Acts 17:26

Yes, from this single verse, Jones and other Christian White segregationists proposed the “kinistical” argument, that God meant for all races to stay within their preordained geographical boundaries. Jones argued that because sinful White men had disobeyed God’s laws and forcibly brought Blacks to America as slaves, the segregationalist policies in the South had to be maintained.

From our vantage point, this is a difficult address to read. Jones was on the wrong side of history and, more importantly, on the wrong side of proper Biblical hermeneutics and Christian charity. But it is a good reminder to us that anyone, including believers, can twist Scriptures to support their sinful purposes. Bob Jones University did not accept unmarried Black students until 1976, eight years after Bob Jones, Sr.’s death. The university enforced a policy prohibiting interracial dating until 2000. To order the ebook version of this historical oddity, see here. To view online for free, see here.

For more on Kinism, see below:

What is kinism? Is it biblical?
https://carm.org/what-is-kinism

Another conservative Catholic warns of pope Francis’ heresy

To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism
By Ross Douthat
Simon and Schuster, 2018, 235 pages

For centuries, Catholic apologists have claimed that their institutional church was the “one, true church” founded by Jesus Christ. They also claimed that the head of their church, the pope, was infallible in teachings affecting matters of faith and morals and that the Holy Spirit prevented the pope from leading the church into any doctrinal error. But then along came pope Francis.

In this book, Catholic conservative, Ross Douthat, thoroughly examines the mounting controversy in the church over Francis’ “apparent” lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in his “Amoris Laetitia” encyclical in April 2016.

Francis was a bit of a dark horse when he was elected to the papacy in 2013, but the consensus was that he would bring a much-needed pastoral approach to the office after 35 years of the rigid doctrinalism of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. However, many of the voting cardinals were unaware that Francis was very sympathetic to the ideas of the liberal prelates of the church including cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany.

At the church’s Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015, conservatives and liberals clashed over the question of communion for Catholics living in “irregular unions,” i.e., remarried divorcees and cohabitators. Conservatives argued that the church must continue to withhold communion from people living in “adulterous” relationships, while liberals argued the church’s doctrinaire approach was alienating a large percentage of its membership. Both synods ended in stalemate, but Francis subsequently seemed to guilefully authorize the lifting of the ban on communion via two footnotes in his 2016 encyclical, which left the decision on communion up to parish priests on an individual basis.

Conservatives were stunned! Four cardinals sent a formal dubia (questions) letter to Francis, requesting that he clarify his encyclical. Francis ignored the petition while liberal bishops gleefully drew up guidelines authorizing distribution of communion to remarried divorcees in their dioceses. Francis subsequently added the weight of authorized magisterium to the liberal interpretation of the deliberately ambiguous document. Liberals are hoping “Amoris” opens the floodgates for further reforms such as intercommunion with Protestants and the blessing of same-sex marriages.

The “Amoris” controversy has significant ramifications for conservative Catholics. By lifting the ban on communion for remarried divorcees, Francis is de facto abrogating their proud claims of papal infallibility/preservation from error. But conservative Catholics are caught in a “Catch 22.” They cautiously refrain (at this point) from declaring Francis a heretic or recommending schism because one of their most cherished tenets has been absolute loyalty to the papacy. Douthat looks at the future of Catholicism with a good degree of pessimism and expects increasing polarization between the doctrinaire conservatives and liberal pragmatists.

Most Catholics in the pews and evangelical observers aren’t even aware of the mounting turmoil in the halls of the Vatican, but it’s highly ironic to evangelicals who are paying attention that many ardent conservative Catholics now consider this pope to be an undeclared heretic. This is extraordinary, folks! Even outlandish anti-Catholic conspiracy theorists such as Jack Chick and Alberto Rivera could not have imagined this current scenario in their wildest dreams.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone interested in digging into the details of the “Amoris” controversy. For my review of another book by a conservative Catholic that critically examines “Amoris” and the swelling controversy, see here.

To my Catholic readers: On a personal note, I implore you to come out of Catholicism. Your faith is based on an un-Biblical sacramental system and the man-made traditions of very fallible men. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone and then ask the Lord to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that upholds God’s Word without compromise.

“For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:2-4