Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/21/20

This past week, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to shake the nation and the world. The full ramifications of this crisis are still nowhere in sight. But believers are trusting in Almighty God, Who is sovereign over ALL circumstances.

Catholic dioceses across the country are cancelling masses for the public until further notice. The mass, with its alleged eucharistic sacrifice, is the primary component of the Catholic salvation system, and is claimed to provide both grace for resisting all sin and forgiveness of venial sins. Many Catholics are relieved to be dispensed from obligatory mass attendance, while others will sorely miss the ritual. Practicing Catholics without their church building and the mass are like fish without water. Our evangelical church is streaming services online each Sunday. We’ll miss fellowship with our brothers and sisters, but our trust is in Jesus Christ through faith alone, not in priests and their faux sacrifices and sacraments.

Relatively few Catholics participate in the mandatory sacrament of reconciliation (i.e., confession), but for those who do, a few priests are making concessions to the coronavirus by holding “drive-by” confessions in church parking lots (see photo above). Auricular confession was/is a great evil, the tool of predatory priests. Breaking news reports indicate the Vatican is considering “general absolution” in localities hit hard by the virus rather than requiring individuals to go to confession. It’s not clear from the articles how bishops are going to administer these “general absolutions” because of the prohibitions against large gatherings.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, don’t look for Good Friday ritual crucifixions in the Philippines this year. The crucifixions as well as the ritual flagellations are blatant holdovers of Catholic asceticism/self-mortification. Mortification involving self-harm was quite common in Medieval Catholic Europe and still has adherents among some conservative and traditionalist Catholics in North America.

Catholics claim to only “venerate” Mary, but their actions confirm that they certainly do worship Mary as a deity. Millions of Catholics are praying to Mary for relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

Some Catholics are “mistakenly” praying to St. Corona for relief from the coronavirus, but they need to get their patron saints straight. St. Corona is alleged to be the patron saint of treasure hunters while St. Edmund is the patron saint of epidemic and pandemic victims. Nowhere in the entire Bible is there an example of a believer praying to anyone but God. On the contrary, attempted communication with the dead is strictly forbidden.

Seriously?

Last Sunday, I mentioned that papal dispensations were granted to various regions allowing for particular meats on Lenten Fridays, including beaver in Quebec and muskrat in Michigan. Muskrat? Yup. See the enlightening, 2-minute video here.

Israeli actress and international “celebrity,” Gal Godot, attempted to cheer up a world dealing with the COVID-19 virus with a video featuring John Lennon’s atheistic paean, “Imagine.” Among the lyrics of the song are “Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky” and “Imagine…no religion too.” Lennon couldn’t get along with his first wife or his fellow Beatles and deliberately estranged himself from his first son, Julian. Lennon was murdered in 1980. So much for the “brotherhood of man.”

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      1. Yes -unfortunately I had to have a small come apart on someone yesterday about “their Mary” – I find myself thinking I need to apologize-but this certain person knows how I feel-I have had to express it many times gently or with out saying a word and just walking away…

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      2. I will pray for that person today. Devotion to Mary robs God of worship due to Him alone. But of course Mary worship is just one part of Catholicism’s false gospel system.

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      3. Yes!!!
        I think I just have to keep remembering that some are just never going to get it-my problem was yesterday that they talked to me like I agreed with them- because someone in our midst sits the fence that is suppose to be delivered from the RCC!
        I don’t even try to talk to this person anymore about it-I have shaken the proverbial dust…
        Prayerfully God will send someone else to them to back the things He has lovingly guided me to share through His Holy Spirit 🙏🏻❤️

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  1. Reblogged this on I ONCE WAS LOST and commented:
    ❤️ JESUS SAYS IN John 14:6:
    “ 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

    Please! Please! If you practice the religion of Roman Catholicism ( or any other that you have been taught is Christianity) I’m asking you with the LOVE of GOD’S TRUTH on my heart- to pick up God’s Word -read it-pray to God through Jesus the Christ alone with a sincere heart for His truth to be revealed to you ❤️
    Jesus came to the world with THE ABSOLUTE PERFECT PLAN. giving us the hope that through Him alone we can be saved ! He didn’t come to condemn! HE CAME TO SAVE! Hallelujah! Praises to the One and Only True God through Jesus ALONE ❤️ COME seek His Truth and REST IN HIM

    ❤️ John 3:16-18

    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
    ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️

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      1. Yup, use my phone. My wife and I are currently taking a break for dinner in the middle of Kazan’s next movie that I’m re-reviewing, the one about an outbreak of pneumonic plague in New Orleans. Talk about weird coincidence!

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      2. Looking forward to the review! I’m disappointed I didn’t pick up the biography of Gen. Greene before the library shut down. I’m reading an endtimes book – not my forte – by Dave Hunt published in 1983 that was a gift and was sitting in my queue for a couple of years. I’m enjoying it – lots of information about New Age stuff that’s still pertinent – but it’s also quite dated with Reagan and Yuri Andropov ready to start WWIII.

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      3. The only other book of his I’ve read was “A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days,” which was also very heavy on hyperbole.

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      4. My wife finally talked me into donating A Woman who rides the beast to make room at our home just last week! I finally agree to make room for more solid commentaries in the near future lol

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      5. I have two opinions on “A Woman…”, 1) I was pleasantly surprised that it was all about the dark history of the RCC rather than eschatology, however 2) Hunt’s sources were very weak. And then there was the ever-present hyperbole.

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      6. After our Dave Hunt discussion, I listened to the first 30 minutes of a Hunt vs. Karl Keating debate on YouTube while taking my morning walk. Hunt did an excellent job.

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      7. Yup, you mentioned that you’d seen it before. I don’t normally like to see most movies twice, but for some reason I can watch Kazan’s movies every three years or so and still enjoy them. I always find a different aspect to focus on.

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  2. 1.) “Practicing Catholics without their church building and the mass are like fish without water. ”
    Wow good point and good anlogy in light of Rome’s doctrine of salvation.

    2.) “Virus-hit Philippines calls off ritual crucifixions”
    Response: What they do in the Philippines during Easter is so horrifying to watch; talk about missing the point of Jesus!

    3.) “Pope entrusts world threatened by coronavirus pandemic to Mary”
    Well, if there was ever a point that Protestants should see clearly that Rome isn’t Christianity….I don’t know what else will do. Sigh.

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    1. Thanks for the good feedback!

      1 – Thanks! Yeah, I don’t think most evangelicals understand just how important the church building is in Catholicism.

      2 – Yup, they absolutely miss the point; aping Jesus’s physical suffering. Catholicism is still stuck on the OT and Calvary; the priests, the victim, the suffering, and the sacrifice.

      3 – Yeah, Mary is co-equal with Jesus in Catholicism. But with both they still must merit their own salvation.

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      1. I doubt more Evangelicals don’t know important buildings are to RC though they might visit their bascilica, St Peter, etc.
        Also one has to wonder aout Rome’s contradiction with getting help from Mary, Jesus dying for us, yet we must do good works, and still there’s purgatory, etc. But all that gives no assurance!

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      2. Yeah, it’s all very contradictory. So many mediators to supposedly lend a hand, but the bottom line for Catholics is they have to get themself across the finish line…hopefully.

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  3. Hey Tom…I’ve been away for a bit but I had to comment on this one!
    My sister just posted a photo of her priest and the drive-thru confessional she was in this morning in Arizona. My heart aches for my family who is not saved. She’s calling this “Living Water”…but she is deceived. Anyone going through that line is spiritually dead. They are trusting in a man, not in the living God. Their trust is misguided because they look at the priest as the representation of Christ on the earth, but the Bible says trust in Christ alone! Not the representation of Christ, CHRIST ALONE. At this very moment He is sitting at the right hand of the Father making intersession for us continually. That priest has no authority with the Father. These people, my sister and family included, are going to drive-up/drive-thru confession because they are SCARED! And RIGHTLY SO… but as my pastor told me this morning, they are scared of the WRONG thing. They are afraid because they fear death. They are afraid of the Coronavirus; they are afraid of dying…sadly, many are afraid of running out of toilet paper!

    But Jesus said to FEAR GOD!

    Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt. 10:28)

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    1. Hey Jackie. Thanks for your comments! I said a prayer for your unsaved family members. The notion of priests sitting in church parking lots, allegedly absolving trusting people of their sins as they drive by is so ludicrous and anti-Biblical. You make a good point. People are fearful regarding the temporal circumstances, but they should be fearing God and accept Christ. I pray this calamity causes many people to think about their spiritual condition and turn to Jesus Christ.

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  4. Responding to your comments on my blog: Our service on Zoom went realy well, that was a first! Still I miss church with the whole body there. NY is going through same rules as CA from what I heard. Before my question to you my local library said closed for two weeks but I jsut checked the website and its also indefinite now as well

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      1. We were practicing for the lockdown prior to the virus with my wife on disability and me unemployed and limited funds. Very little change in our habits. 🙂

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      1. I’ve been in an argument recently with a Catholic, and the legalism is incredible. He/she truly believes that ONLY the RCC can provide a legitimate interpretation of the Bible and its passages, and that any interpretation of the text that goes against the RCC – even if it’s the plain literal reading – is proof that only the One True Church should be allowed to interpret it.

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      2. Catholics’ confidence in their magisterium is without substance. The magisterium has dogmatically defined only seven Bible verses to date. The theology of Catholic clerics ranges from ultra-liberal to ultra-traditionalist. Many conservative and traditionalist Catholic clerics deem progressive pope Francis to be a heretic.

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      3. Some of the more traditional Catholics appoint their own pope/anti-pope (e.g. “Pope Michael”). While it’s nice to see them reject Rome’s authority, it’s sad that they can’t/won’t get out of the system.

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