Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/29/20

Joel Osteen regularly peddles his positivity/prosperity false gospel on TBN. Those who can’t get enough of his “Live Your Best Life Now” hokum will soon be able to purchase his “in$piration cube” (photo above), which will include 365 daily “inspirations,” 52 “sermons,” and 31 “affirmations.” Osteen and all of the other TBN prosperity shysters give Christianity a bad name.

The progressive German Catholic prelates are pushing hard for women priests during their current “synodal path” initiative, but will settle for women deacons as an intermediary step…for now.

There’s intense idolatrous emphasis on the alleged consecrated Jesus wafer and wine within traditionalist and conservative Catholics circles. In contrast, progressive Catholics pantheistically believe God is in everything and don’t get as excited about the alleged Jesus wafer.

In regions of Italy, the Catholic prelates and priests still have close ties with the Mafia dons. Priest-led religious processions stop at Mafia establishments to confer blessings on the dons and their underlings. Mafia members are often “deeply devoted” Catholics who compartmentalize their “business” from their “faith.”

TBN president, Matt Crouch, has purged some of the old-school prosperity shysters like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland and is promoting young hipster pastors in skinny jeans, swag haircuts, and sneakers like Steven Furtick.

Articles like this one conveniently omit the fact that popes publicly condemned democratic forms of government and freedom of religion well into the twentieth century. In the 1960 presidential campaign, many Protestants were concerned that Catholic candidate, Jack Kennedy, would take his orders secretly from the pope. As it turned out, JFK didn’t take his religion all that seriously and formerly-militant Catholic hegemony was already in decline at that point. Conservative American Catholic prelates consider presidential candidate, Joe Biden, to be only a nominal Catholic.

Survivors of priest abuse had until August 13th to file claims against the Rochester Catholic diocese under a provision of the 2019 Child Victims Act, which lifted the statute of limitations for one year. 503 survivors came forward and filed claims by the deadline. The Rochester diocese filed for bankruptcy last September in order to shield its assets from claimants. Similar scenarios are being played out all over the country. To date, 25 Catholic dioceses have filed for bankruptcy in the United States and its territories because of abuse claims.

Politics and religion make strange…partners.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted that Jerry Falwell Jr. was in big trouble due to indiscreetly posting a compromising photo online. That and a previous scandal involving the Falwells’ pool boy has rendered Junior’s position as president of Liberty University untenable. Falwell Jr., like his father, was one of the leading proponents of American Christian nationalism. 

28 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 8/29/20

  1. Answering your question about my day: I am doing sermon prep all day today but was answering a lot of philosophical and Christian worldview questions so that was a big distractions lol. Right now I’m writing up a quik Batman review for the blog!

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  2. 1.) Jerry Falwell should have been dismissed a long time ago. I hate the fact they have to give such a ridiculous cut for him to go.

    2. That’s a lot of victims with 500 coming forward saying they are abuse; and that’s just ROC! Soo heinous.

    3. Osteen’s Cube: Wow seems like the Big Eva religious industrial complex will always try to find a way to make some money!

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: Falwell
      Yeah, $11 million is ridiculous. So wrong. He and his wife were “playing” Christianity.

      RE: 500
      Yup, 500 victims is a large number just for ROC. But I imagine the actual number is much larger than that because many have since died or don’t want to deal with the memories and hassle.

      RE: Osteen’s Cube
      I’ve watched segments of Osteen several times while flipping channels and it’s always the same vapid positivity message. I don’t know how anyone could listen to that stuff over and over. On second thought, Roman Catholics go to the same exact mass ritual week after week.

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      1. Agreed Falwell and his wife was playing Christianity; I suspect there’s more we don’t know and I feel I don’t want to know of the extent of the sins with him and his wife. I am praying for them.
        Also I imagine the number of victims is probably greater than 500 too, lots of victims for these things don’t come forth since its shameful.

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      2. Thanks. Your comments prompted me to pray for Falwell and his wife as well. I think many of the children of Christians learn to play along and say all of the right things without genuine conversion. There had to be tremendous pressure on Jerry Jr. to “play the game” growing up. And the “Christianity” his father preached was a confusing hybrid of faith and nationalism.

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      3. While I think there’s a Christian worldview that has implication towards the political realm I don’t think American Nationalism is Christian language is what we should aim for. Falwell Jr seems to be that on steriods

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    1. Thanks, Crissy, for the good “reactions” and for the encouragement in the Lord!
      We’ll always have silly and peculiar things out there masquerading as Christianity. I’ve been doing these roundups for four years and there hasn’t been a week yet when I was stumped for head-scratching stories.


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