Former Catholics for Christ Conference: Session #5: “Contending Against False Ecumenism”

Today, we continue with our video series from the recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference, which was held at the Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois this past May 17-19.

Below is the video of the fifth presentation of the conference, titled…

“Contending Against False Ecumenism”
Speaker: Rob Zins
Presented: Saturday PM, May 18th, 2019

Some evangelical pastors and para-church leaders are embracing Roman Catholicism as a Christian entity, even though the Catholic hierarchy proclaims without apology, as they always have, that salvation is by sacramental grace and merit. How could these ecumenical evangelicals have been deceived? Rob Zins examines the compromise and betrayal of the Gospel of grace by focusing on two ecumenical accords: The Manhattan Declaration (2009) and Evangelicals and Catholics Together (1994).

 

Former Catholics for Christ Conference: Session #4: “Faith Alone”

I hope everyone had an enjoyable, Father’s Day weekend! Today, we continue with our video series from the recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference, which was held at the Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois this past May 17-19.

Below is the video of the fourth presentation of the conference, titled…

“Faith Alone”
Speaker: Tim Kauffman
Presented: Saturday PM, May 18th, 2019

Catholics will readily say that they believe in salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but what they mean by those words is something entirely different than from what Bible Christians understand. Catholics’ “faith” is in their priests and in their church’s sacramental system. Catholics believe, as they are taught, that their sacraments provide grace that will enable them to resist sin and temptation so that they can hopefully merit Heaven at the moment of their death. Catholics readily admit that their good works (obedience to the Ten Commandments and mandatory church rules) and charity are essential in meriting their salvation. Catholics will NOT say salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. They believe, as they are taught, that salvation is by sacramental grace AND good works.

I don’t usually sit around and watch paint dry…

…but when I do it’s because my wife has one of the “Star Wars” movies on the TV in the other room.

 

Disclaimer: I don’t mean to offend those who do enjoy “Star Wars.” However, I have a reputation for being very closed-minded about the “Star Wars” franchise that I need to uphold and this frivolous idea somehow popped into my head last night that I thought some might enjoy. 🙂

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/15/19

The U.S. Catholic bishops met this past week to give the appearance that they are decisively confronting the clerical abuse and cover-up scandal. Only the most credulous of Catholics trust their bishops after twenty years of scandalous clergy abuse headlines. The chairman of the U.S. bishops, cardinal Daniel DiNardo (photo above, middle), who led the proceedings, has been accused of covering up for abusers, himself.

Catholic laypersons rightly ponder to themselves, “The priests and bishops teach us that holy living is the key to meriting salvation, but they are more messed up than anybody else.” The truth about works-righteousness religion has been laid bare for everyone to see. Turn from institutional religion, repent of your sin, and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. Jesus Christ will NEVER disappoint you!

The abuse and cover-up reaches up even to the pope.

Last weekend, I posted that pope Francis had affirmed his approval of intercommunion with Protestants via statements made at another one of his famous in-flight press conferences. Conservative Catholics view intercommunion as rank heresy. What’s a Catholic to do when their pope is a heretic?

Conservative cardinal Burke is at it again, trying to counter Francis’ heterodoxy. Conservative Catholics have been calling Francis’ reforms “confusion” for quite awhile, but some bravehearts have now switched to calling them outright “heresy.”

All Catholics must be missionaries? Hmm, what message would they proclaim? That the sacraments and obeying the Ten Commandments MIGHT merit you salvation? That is NOT good news, folks. Why would a Catholic want to proselytize on behalf of their works religion when their pope says even atheists can merit Heaven?

The Catholic works-righteousness salvation system is based upon priests and their administration of the sacraments. The RCC is going to have to allow priests to marry to keep the ship afloat.

Pope Francis is a progressive on many political and social issues, but he’s not yet on board with gender identity. Jesuit arch-progressive, James Martin, and his pro-LGBTQ agenda cohort will continue to try to teach old dog, Bergoglio, new tricks.

Many Catholics are opting out of Catholic funerals including a funeral mass with all of its pomp and ceremony. Catholicism teaches a funeral mass and burial at a “consecrated” Catholic cemetery will shorten time in purgatory.

Leave it to the Babylon Bee to note the increasing gender-bending, emasculation going on in our culture.

Former Catholics for Christ Conference: Session #3: “Christ Alone”

Today, we continue with our video series from the recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference, which was held at the Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois this past May 17-19.

Below is the video of the third presentation of the conference, titled…

“Christ Alone”
Speaker: Mike Gendron
Presented: Saturday AM, May 18th, 2019

Some evangelicals mistakenly believe Catholics worship the same Jesus as they do. However, Catholics worship the false christ that is promulgated by their church; the Jesus wafer. The Catholic clergy teaches that their Jesus merely opened the doors of Heaven and that is up to each Catholic to receive the church’s sacraments and to obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and mandatory church rules in order to possibly merit Heaven at the moment of their death. Catholics refer to their Jesus as “Savior,” but THEY must, in essence, SAVE THEMSELVES with the help of their priests, their bishop, the pope, and Mary. Evangelist, Mike Gendron, breaks it all down in this informative video.

 

Former Catholics for Christ Conference: Session #2: “Grace Alone”

Today, we continue with our video series from the recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference, which was held at the Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois this past May 17-19.

Below is the video of the second presentation of the conference, titled…

“Grace Alone”
Speaker: Rob Zins
Presented: Saturday AM, May 18th, 2019

Roman Catholicism does not accept the doctrine of justification by God’s grace alone (through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone), but teaches that a person must “cooperate with (sacramental) grace” by obedience to the Ten Commandments and mandatory church rules in order to merit salvation at the moment of their death.

 

Former Catholics for Christ Conference: Session #1: “Scripture Alone”

I’ve frequently referred to the Former Catholics for Christ Conference, which was held at the Southern View Chapel in Springfield, Illinois this past May 17-19 and I’ve already posted a couple of audios from the conference. I was bemoaning the fact that I was unable to find videos of the eight sessions, but yesterday I discovered that conference speaker, Cecil Andrews, had posted videos of all eight sessions on his website!

Praise God!

I already had several post drafts queued up and ready to go for the rest of this week and the next, but these sessions from the Former Catholics for Christ Conference are so important that I’m “clearing the deck” and publishing one of the sessions each day for the next eight days beginning with the video of the first session…

“Scripture Alone”
Speaker: Cecil Andrews
Presented: Friday PM, May 17th, 2019

Roman Catholicism does not accept “Scripture Alone,” but teaches that its “Sacred Traditions” and “Magisterium” (teaching office of the pope and his bishops) are equally authoritative with Scripture, which has led to a false gospel and many, many false doctrines.

Session from recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference: “The Marriage Feast” by Cecil Andrews

Last week, I posted one of the talks given at the recent Former Catholics for Christ Conference; “Evangelizing Catholics” by Mike Gendron. See here. Today, I’m posting another sermon from the conference; “The Marriage Feast,” given by Cecil Andrews which was presented on Sunday evening, May 19th.

This sermon by brother Andrews isn’t specifically about the Roman Catholic lost, but is a general evangelistic sermon about the marriage feast of the Lord that everyone is bid to come to, but few accept the invitation (Matthew 22:1-14).

 

 

The website for Take Heed Ministries, Cecil Andrews’ apologetics ministry, can be accessed below:

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Postscript: Praise God! Great news! I was able to find videos of all eight sessions of the Former Catholics for Christ Conference and will be posting them soon.

The Deception of Lourdes

There have been hundreds of purported appearances of Mary around the world over the centuries, but the Catholic church only officially recognizes a small number (16?). I would guess the two most famous alleged appearances were at Lourdes, France in 1858 and at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. There are VERY large shrines at both sites to accommodate the millions of pilgrims who visit each year. For the purpose of this post, let’s take a closer look at the alleged Lourdes apparition.

Fourteen-year-old, Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, the eldest daughter of a miller, claimed that a Marian apparition, which she named “Aquero” (translated “that which I am speaking of”), appeared to her eighteen times at the grotto of Massabiell (French-Bigorre dialect: ancient rock) between 11 February and 16 July 1858. The messages from the alleged apparition were simple, including the need for prayer and “penance.” As part of the sixteenth appearance, Aquero was alleged to have identified herself as the “Immaculate Conception.” Pope Pius IX had declared the immaculate conception of Mary as a dogma of the church only four years prior in 1854. When news of Bernadette’s allegations spread throughout the area, the local people were divided as to their authenticity, but some began to claim miraculous healings from the spring water at the grotto. The Catholic church launched an investigation and in 1862 ruled that the apparitions were authentic.

Bernadette joined a religious order, the Sisters of Charity, in 1866 and died in 1879 of tuberculosis at the age of thirty-five. Pope Pius XI canonized Bernadette as a saint in 1933. Her wax covered corpse, which is claimed to be “incorrupt,” is displayed at the Chapel of Saint Bernadette at the mother house of the Sisters of Charity in Nevers, France. The story of the alleged apparitions at Lourdes was actually made into a Hollywood film, “The Song of Bernadette” in 1943.

What to make of the Marian apparition at Lourdes and elsewhere? The purported entity never speaks of the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, but always admonishes the visionary/visionaries to double-down in their attempts to merit their salvation, with exhortations for more and more prayer, penance, reliance on sacramentals (e.g., religious medals, rosary, holy water, scapulars), obedience to church authorities, and works-righteousness in general. Bernadette, like the other visionaries, was either a religious hysteric or a tool of a demonic entity. The bottom line for all of these apparitions is they encourage devotion and worship of Mary among pious Catholics. Six-million Catholics from around the world visit the shrine at Lourdes, France each year. Yes, folks, that’s 6,000,000 souls per year or 16,438 per day.

Out of curiosity, I checked Amazon to see if there was any commerce in the “holy water” of Lourdes and sure enough there were MANY examples (see photo above for just one example). Poor, credulous Catholics chase after apparitions that exhort them to work harder at meriting their salvation, while the genuine Good News! Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, goes unheeded.

Below is just one example of the popular Mariolatrous views within Catholicism:

“God the Son imparted to his mother all that he gained by his life and death, namely, his infinite merits and his eminent virtues. He made her the treasurer of all his Father had given him as heritage. Through her he applies his merits to his members and through her he transmits his virtues and distributes his graces. She is his mystical channel, his aqueduct, through which he causes his mercies to flow gently and abundantly.” – from “Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” by St. Louis de Montfort

In contrast, the Bible mentions nothing about Mary in connection with salvation.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” – John 3:36

In fact, Mary is conspicuously missing in all of the epistles of the New Testament.

Are the apparitions of Mary really Mary?
https://carm.org/are-the-apparitions-of-mary-really-mary

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Postscript: Writing this post motivated me to check our local library system to see if they had any good examinations of the apparitions at Lourdes. Sure enough, they had “The Happening at Lourdes: The Sociology of the Grotto” (1967) by Alan Neame. I’m about one-third of the way through this very interesting book, which I will be reviewing down the road.

 

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Photo above: Catholic Mariolaters gather at the Massabiell grotto at Lourdes. Bernadette Soubirous claimed Mary appeared to her eighteen times in the rock cleft where a statue has been placed.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 6/8/19

In a June 2nd, in-flight press conference, pope Francis once again encouraged Catholic bishops and priests not to wait for the approval of church theologians and to begin intercommunion with Protestants (Lutherans were named specifically). Last year, without fanfare, Francis ruled that individual German bishops could decide if Lutheran spouses of Catholics could receive communion in their diocese. This is a heretical teaching in the minds of conservative Catholics. Francis doubled-down on his conservative opponents by calling them pitiable “fundamentalists” who must be tolerated and prayed for. I have zero interest in participating in the Catholic mass or receiving the Catholic eucharist, both of which are blasphemous on several levels, but it’s very interesting to observe how the chasm is widening between Francis and his progressive allies and Catholic conservatives.

There’s something very sinister about a religious institution that spent $11 million in the Northeast alone in attempts to limit its legal culpability for the gross misconduct of its employees. The Child Victims Act was finally passed into law by the New York State legislature this past February despite the $2.9 million spent by the Roman Catholic church to oppose the bill.

With many states introducing legislation and/or programs to assist victims of clerical abuse, survivors are coming forward in record numbers.

We can discuss the pedophile priests and cover-up scandal tsunami in abstract and clinical terms, but it has shaken the “faith” of individual Catholic pew-sitters to the core. The writer of this op-ed has lost all faith in her Catholic institution. Will she now turn to Jesus Christ and the Good News of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone?

Catholic bishop, Thomas Tobin, created a maelstrom this past week when he advised parents in his Rhode Island diocese to protect their children by staying away from LGBTQ “Pride Month” events. Catholic parents should be asking themselves, which of the two is potentially more dangerous for their children; exposing them to the LGBTQ snake pit or allowing them to participate in Catholic church youth activities supervised by celibate priests?

Speaking of Francis’ progressive allies, Walter Kasper, the progressive German cardinal who is Bergoglio’s mentor and who engineered his election in 2013, reveals one of the next goals on his protégé’s radar.

Some folks are upset that Francis has now “officially changed” Matthew 6:13 in English translations of Catholic Bibles from “Lead us not into temptation” to “Do not let us fall into temptation.” However, Catholic doctrine is so un-Biblical and even anti-Biblical on so many counts that getting wrapped around the axle over this specific offense is like amputating a toe when the entire leg is gangrene. Evangelical pastor, John MacArthur, comments on this verse, “God does not tempt us (James 1:13), but He will subject us to trials that may expose us to Satan’s assaults, as in the case of Job and Peter (Luke 22:31-32). This petition expresses the believer’s desire to avoid the dangers of sin altogether. God knows what a person’s need is before he asks, and He promises that no one will be subjected to testing beyond what can be endured. He also promises a way of escape – often through endurance (1 Cor. 10:13).”