Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/1/19

Catholic archbishop, Carlo Maria Viganò (photo left), shocked the entire Roman church in August 2018 when he stated that he had communicated reports of disgraced American ex-cardinal Ted McCarrick’s abusive activities directly to pope Francis back in 2013 and that his warnings were ignored. For the first time, Francis this week publicly denied knowledge of Viganò’s assertions. Who is lying? As investigative journalist, Frédéric Martel, detailed in his book “In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy,” the Catholic hierarchy is thoroughly corrupt.

Francis’s deal with the Chinese communist government, which allows Beijing direct intervention into the affairs of the Chinese Catholic church, is seen as pragmatic by church progressives and as an alarming betrayal by conservatives. Either way, Chinese Catholics won’t be hearing the Gospel of grace in their churches.

In our current era of overwhelming inclusiveness and relativism, most evangelicals recoil at the thought of confrontational street preaching. But the Lord can surely use such methods to reach some and there are more than a few Biblical precedents.

Roman Catholicism was once known for its members being consumed with religious scrupulosity, i.e., “Catholic guilt.” That actually makes sense in a works-righteousness religion where the practitioner can never be confident that they’ve done quite enough to merit salvation. But these days, with the current pope saying even atheists can merit Heaven if they are “good,” the vast majority of Catholics routinely flout their church’s legalistic mandates without even a second thought.

Nineteenth-century American Protestants had good reasons to be wary of Roman Catholicism and Mormonism as threats to the civil order. Various popes of that time period had publicly condemned democratic forms of government and freedom of religion. The Mormon “prophets” also mixed church and government. But this article purposely omits the wider context because that wouldn’t serve the writer’s agenda.

Catholicism is a wide-is-the-way, works-righteousness religion which claims everyone, of all religious stripes and even atheists, can also merit salvation. Rome states that EVERYONE is God’s child, but we know from Scripture that is not true. Only those who repent of sin and accept Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone are reborn spiritually and adopted into God’s family. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12. Progressive Francis continues to grease the skids towards acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.

Yes, Christians should pray for governmental leaders so that the Gospel can continue to go forth unhindered (1 Timothy 2:1-2), but Graham, and the other Christian nationalist, culture-war ecumenists named in this article; David Barton, Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Falwell Jr., Mike Huckabee, Robert Jeffress, Greg Laurie, and Eric Metaxas, muddy the Gospel of grace by linking the Gospel to politics and Donald Trump.

Copeland boasts that he has led 122 million souls to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No, he has led a much smaller number of souls to the false “Jackpot Jesus” of the false prosperity gospel. Copeland lives like a prince atop his one-man, seed-faith, Ponzi scheme while his contributors covetously hope just a little of his golden stardust falls on them.

Some ushers do take their ministry very seriously!

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35 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/1/19

    1. That’s okay, Jimmy. I had a FULL day of yard work and probably won’t get caught up with reading posts until tomorrow so sorry for the delay in reading your latest.

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      1. Wow no worries I’m about to head off to get a hair cut and pick people up for VBS decoration while also getting ready for preaching at church tomorrow and also wedding!

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  1. 1.) “Either way, Chinese Catholics won’t be hearing the Gospel of grace in their churches.”
    Truly sad to think of this predicament. I do think authentic Christianity in China is growing…

    2.) “An Unhealthy Obsession with Avoiding Sin”
    I think this is result of preaching legalism and moralism with the Gospel…

    3.) I wouldn’t be surprised the Pope covers up more than he knows

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    1. 1. With the tares there is also the wheat.

      2. I think for Catholics’ scrupulosity is very logical because their system is merit-based. Luther went to daily confession as a priest as did John Paul II who also whipped himself daily. But obviously most Catholics today do not take their legalistic religion seriously.

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  2. I saw the video of Lisa Guerrero interviewing Kenneth Copeland. There is something sinister about the man’s eyes, Actually his whole expression.
    The street preachers were a big aggressive delivering the Gospel.
    Great round up Tom. Abundant blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Crissy! Yes, the thought entered my mind that there is something sinister in Copeland’s appearance and deportment.

      Street preachers sometimes forget that they are to mix God’s truth regarding judgement of sin with God’s love and grace regarding His salvation. Calling people names and telling them to “shut their mouths” doesn’t leave a good testimony. But there’s no doubt the reporters had an ax to grind as well.

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    1. Thanks, Wally, for the excellent comment! I would personally consider Ray’s approach to be much more winsome and effective. The Lord can certainly use these ultra-confrontational street preachers, but they also provide fodder for listeners (and reporters) to badmouth Christianity. Yeah, Ray is an excellent example for us all.

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      1. Yeah, part of the fun I have with blogging is getting to use words I don’t normally use in conversation. When I think of Jesus I think of “winsome.” He was very rough with the religious teachers, but He reached out in love to individuals, confronting their sin but also inviting them to follow Him.

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      2. Yeah, she was doing better with the Cesar Millian “dog whisperer” training, but my wife turned against it because you have to be very firm with the pet continuously and that got to be very draining. Our house was like boot camp all the time. So we went back to the vet (she’s not a fan of Millan’s methods) and we finally put the dog on sedatives. Much better! But then my wife FORGOT to give the dog her med last night. Great. My wife also did me the “favor” of throwing out my trusty pillow and buying me a new one. So between the dog and the pillow I think I got one hour of sleep last night. Whine, whine, whine. I’m DONE with that pillow.

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    1. Yeah, Called to Communion will steer clear of this by a mile. If a caller had the audacity to ask about this headline, they would be stifled as fast as lightning falling from the sky.

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