Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & View – 9/8/18

This past week, the pedophile priest abuse and cover-up scandal has continued to dominate all news headlines connected to the Catholic church.

Before we look at the rest of the news stories related to the scandal, I wanted to bring attention to the above story involving evangelical pastor, John Piper (photo left). To his credit, Piper hits the nail right on the proverbial head. News of this ongoing pedophile priest scandal and pope Francis’ (photo right) possible direct involvement in the cover-up are tragic, yet secondary compared to the scandal of the hundreds of millions of souls who have been misled by Roman Catholicism’s spiritually deadly false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Amen to brother Piper! I don’t normally go out of my way to mention Piper in my posts because I disagree with some of his views on secondary doctrines and his associations with some problematic pastors and conferences, but he has nailed this one! Very few “prominent” evangelical pastors or para-church leaders are willing to make such a comment publicly these days.

As was the case last week, I don’t need to provide any commentary for the articles above, the headlines speak for themselves.

One of the main stories on Rochester’s local television news the past several days has been coverage of the New York State Attorney General, Barbara D. Underwood’s announcement that she has issued “civil subpoenas for all eight Catholic dioceses in the state as part of a civil investigation into how the dioceses and other parts of the church reviewed and potentially covered up allegations of the sexual abuse of minors.” Other states have announced or are considering similar investigations. I believe this relentless unmasking of the Catholic church that we’re currently witnessing is directed by the Holy Spirit.

I’m not an admirer of the quasi-(c)hristianity, civil religion that is so popular throughout the United States. The “In God We Trust” motto that’s printed or engraved on all U.S. currency is as hollow as a drum; a holdover from the “I Like Ike” era when many Americans confidently but erroneously believed that the United States was a “Christian nation.” I’m definitely not trusting in the same god/s that American Catholics, modernist Protestants, Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhists, Hindus, etc., are trusting in. The secular government should do its job, and the church should do its job.

I really don’t need to see this documentary on the “Muslims and Christians worship the same God” controversy at Wheaton. I’m seeing that kind of accommodation, compromise, and betrayal of the Gospel throughout evangelicalism.

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24 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & View – 9/8/18

  1. Reblogged this on romans10seventeen and commented:
    As a former Catholic and now born again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, my heart breaks for my Catholic family and friends. Maybe their eyes will be opened to the idea that if the Catholic Church can be so very wrong in how it has covered up these sex abuse scandals, is it possible that the enemy came in long ago and has brought in false “traditions”, doctrines and dogmas as well? The Bible warn us that the enemy disguises himself as an angel of light. I urge my Catholic family and friends to pray for the truth of the gospel to be revealed to you…I have been praying that for you.
    This is what the Apostle Paul says:
    2 Corinthians 11:12-14 And what I am doing I will continue to do, (X)in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are (Y)false apostles, (Z)deceitful workmen, (AA)disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as (AB)an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as (AC)servants of righteousness. (AD)Their end will correspond to their deeds.

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  2. 1.) Piper
    Response: I’m seriously impressed that Piper came out so publically for the Gospel. I didn’t see that coming.

    2.) “Atheists Fail to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Money After Court Defeat, Call It ‘Utterly Revolting’”
    Response: I’m less and less into Civic Religion but I’m also concern for rampant atheist wanting to narrow Christian religious liberties. I think we will see more of the secular humanists going to go after Christians for the LGBT issue.

    3.) Sad to see Wheaton’s compromises…

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    1. Thanks for all the good comments!
      Piper: As you know, I keep a close eye on ecumenism and Piper has actually impressed me for his consistent stand against works Catholicism. Of course, he often rubs elbows with very Rome-friendly ecumenists.
      Money: I get your objection to this, but my opinion is most of the people who support keeping “In God We Trust” aren’t genuine believers anyway. It’s all a charade based on a myth that was never a reality. I realize my viewpoint on this would be considered extreme to most believers. I also admit I wouldn’t want to see government taken to the secularized extreme where all “moral” questions were up for grabs, but this motto on money and the continuous bemoaning of compulsory prayer being banned from public schools are just civil religion holdovers. I agree the LGBT camp will be targeting Bible Christians big time.
      Wheaton: You know better than me but solid Bible-teaching seminaries have to be few and far between at this point.

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      1. Yeah, Christians in America took several wrong turn back when, but that was nothing new. We can see from the beginnings of the church the temptation is to institutionalize faith.

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  3. You say: I believe this relentless unmasking of the Catholic church that we’re currently witnessing is directed by the Holy Spirit.

    I believe you’re absolutely right…have they mistaken the patience of Almighty God for his acceptance?

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    1. Seeing a prominent archbishop blowing the whistle on the pope publicly would have been unthinkable just four years ago, but Francis has alienated conservative Catholics so badly that the archbishop was happy to do it. I really see the Lord’s work in this.

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  4. Good to see John Piper speaking up!
    Good choice of articles. Is always good to keep up with what’s happening. Thank you for the weekend round up, always very informative.
    Blessings Tom

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