Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 12/26/20

While I certainly don’t endorse the above article from a liberal Catholic periodical, it includes some interesting information. The “Jericho March” was an ecumenical event held in Washington D.C. on Saturday, December 12. The purpose of the event was for like-minded, politically-conservative “Christians” of all denominational stripes to demonstrate their support for President Trump and to protest alleged voter fraud in the recent presidential election. (As so often happens with Christian Nationalists, a message or event described in the Old Testament and meant only for ancient Israel, in this case the marches around Jericho referred to in Joshua 6, is misappropriated and misapplied. Apostle Paul did not stage any Jericho Marches.) On the day of the event, there were separate “Jericho marches” around the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice buildings, followed by a collective “Let the Church ROAR!” rally at the National Mall with evangelical ecumenist, author, and radio-host, Eric Metaxas, as the emcee. The featured Roman Catholic speakers included Fr. Greg Bramlage, Sr. Deirdre Byrne, Dr. Taylor Marshall, Fr. Frank Pavone, Bishop Joseph Strickland, and Archbishop Carlo Vigano. As priest Bramlage said a prayer of exorcism over Washington D.C. and “blessed” a painting of documented abuse-enabler, pope John Paul II, in the act of worshiping Mary, a gift intended for First Lady Melania Trump, Metaxas bowed his head and raised his hand in supplication (see above photo). However, when Bramlage was finished, Metaxas uttered some very awkward qualifying remarks. “Wow, wow, wow, wow. That is some weird Catholic stuff. I don’t know if I believe in that, but this is an ecumenical gathering. If you believe in Jesus, I am all in,” sputtered Metaxas. This is what happens when compromising Christians sell their souls to temporal politics and ecumenism with Rome. You can witness Metaxas’ shameful and embarrassing equivocations for yourself at the end of the 6-minute YouTube video, here.

Along with Lourdes in France, Fatima, Portugal is the site of the most famous of the alleged Marian apparitions. I may have to read and rebut this book down the road.

His inauguration is still four weeks away, but conservative American Catholic prelates are furiously scratching their heads and wondering how to respond to Joe Biden’s pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, progressive brand of Roman Catholicism. Expect these “conservative RC prelates vs. Joe Biden” stories to be ongoing for the next four years.

I was not an admirer of Ravi Zacharias due to his casual support of ecumenism with Rome, but I’m sorry for his family and for the disrepute he brought upon the Gospel.

A couple of generations ago, Christian publishers regularly published testimonials of former Roman Catholics who had trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone, left the RCC, and joined an evangelical church. These days, those very same publishers eagerly publish books by Catholic authors. At Amazon, you’ll find many recent books from Catholic publishers written by alleged “ex-evangelicals,” like the one above, who describe “crossing the Tiber” and eagerly acquiescing to the chains of Rome. Many more souls leave Catholicism for Christ than the inverse (5 to 1, see here), but evangelicals have been conditioned to disapprove of such testimonials as “divisive” and “sectarian.”

Catholics continue to wrestle with the embarrassing circumstance that in 2011 their church canonized an abuse-enabler, pope John Paul II, a fact documented in the Vatican’s recent report on disgraced ex-cardinal, Ted McCarrick.

34 thoughts on “Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 12/26/20

  1. Thank you, Tom- I will have lots of time the next couple of days to read these! Have another grateful day knowing and trusting and resting in God’s TRUTH found only through God’s Only Begotten Son for us~Jesus 🙏🏻❤️

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      1. An investigation is not a court of law, but Zacharias left a very wide trail. Red flags and skyrockets should have gone up when the evangelist purchased day spas, which included massage and Hindu-based “therapies.”

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      2. Ach. Eric Metaxas is an accommodator, compromiser, and Judas betrayer of the Gospel. He tries to have it both ways at this Jericho March event. But this is not new for him. He previously extolled Roman Catholics such as John Paul II and Mother Teresa as exemplary Christians in his “7 Men” and “7 Women” books.

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  2. Hi Tom, since I’ve been reading your blog, this is the best Roundup. Regarding the Joshua march, you are so right about those taking what God promised to ancient Israel and applying it to today. The Metaxas quote was odd, awkward, pathetic, and even, I hate to say it, somewhat humorous. Thanks for the link to the video … and the warning … I can’t bear to watch it!

    Another personal thought on those still campaigning for Trump to continue as President. They all agree, in their opinion, that God wanted Trump in power in 2016, and so it was God’s will. Isn’t it hypocritical now to say that God’s will is NOT being done. Could it not be the case that with Biden as the President-elect God is giving the U.S. exactly what we deserve?

    Regarding Zacharias, a few years back there were stories about him involving inappropriate texts with a woman other than his wife. Saddened, but not surprised, it was more than that.

    Overall, regarding the “evangelical” Church’s embrace of ecumenism, I’m not surprised. I see this movement as part of those who will give their allegiance to the Antichrist when he arises.

    Okay, when a comment starts getting as long as the original post, it’s time to step away from the keyboard and dip my fingertips in cold water.

    Great post, Tom!

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    1. David, thanks for all of the good and gracious comments!

      I’m very curious about what went through the heads of the genuine, doctrinally-sound Christians who attended the Jericho March event. What were they thinking when they witnessed all of the ecumenical and anti-Biblical shenanigans? They had to make an irrational “leap” over what they were seeing and hearing, just like Metaxas did.

      I’m definitely not a fan of the Democratic Party and don’t look forward to the Biden administration. But, yes, the Lord can and will use temporal turmoil for His purposes and glory. Political/temporal tranquility is an environment in which the church often becomes fat, dumb, and lazy and a false sense of security reigns.

      RE: Zacharias
      There’s a good reason why the Bible includes so much teaching about sex sins. Ravi was focused on apologetics and intellectual discourse, but forgot about his relationship with Christ.

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      1. Great points from top to bottom.

        Regrading “what went through their heads,” I think you answered your own question perfectly: “They had to make an irrational “leap” over what they were seeing and hearing, just like Metaxas did.”

        Have a good final week of the year, Tom!

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  3. Hey, Tom! How was y’all’s Christmas? I saw that about Ravi as well and also feel bad for his family. When I first heard of the Jericho March a few weeks ago, my thought was, “this will not go well!” And clearly ir didn’t. On a side note, Nathan thought he was doing something nice and got me two books by Metaxas for Christmas. I didn’t have the heart to ask if I could return them. I’m positive a guy that he works with recommended them.

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    1. Hi Mandy! Christmas was great, thanks! We have a few more (semi-restricted) visits slated for today, our oldest granddaughter coming over and then off to one of my sisters. How did your Christmas go?

      Ravi. Argh. So many Christian leaders brought down by sexual temptation and sin. I think pastors avoid this sin because it’s such a sensitive topic when it should be regularly preached about

      RE: Jericho March
      This event perfectly exemplified the great dangers in political/ecumenical endeavors for evangelicals. It’s all about compromising the spiritual for the temporal.

      RE: Metaxas
      I first heard about Metaxas when his book, “7 Women” came out in 2016. I was curious to see who made his list and was very disappointed he included Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa. I then checked his previous book, “7 Men” and saw he included John Paul II. So disappointing. There’s zero doubt in my mind that his inclusion of Catholics is a very calculated step on his part.
      Have a great rest of the weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! I think the circumstances involving the “Jericho March” better illustrate the very real dangers of ecumenical and political alliances with Roman Catholics than I could ever try to explain myself.

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  4. Just finished lunch after youth group and answering someone’s question from my church after that so I’m late on here! Answering your question on my blog: OUr Christmas went well, went over to my in-laws and had a good time. Watch some Mandolarian (Star Wars) episodes which I know you’re not a fan of lol. Will read this round up shortly!

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      1. My quirky aversion to Star Wars goes back to 1977 when I went to the theater to see the first installment and I disliked it. I was subsequently “dragged” to the theater against my will for a few more of the sequels-prequels. The special effects were obviously outstanding, but for me the plots were paper-thin weak. I get it, though. No one goes to a “Star Wars” film expecting a complex storyline and snappy dialogue. I think the fact that Star Wars was a “cultural phenomenon” and I was supposed to like it is what turned me against it. Just my own weird quirkiness.

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  5. Hey Tom.
    Glad y’all had a great Christmas. It was a lovely day here in Georgia, though way too cold–even daughter’s husky didn’t want to go outside for too long!

    “Jericho March” Harrumph! Our G-D destroyed Jericho after Joshua led the march around it. What were the organizers thinking? I mean, maybe march around the UN building, or head to Geneva for a walk around WHO. But one has to wonder if they expected the L-RD to destroy the U.S. Capitol building et al.

    It’s gonna be an interesting new year. May you and all G-D’s Faithful be held in His loving arms, in His Shalom Peace.

    L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine . . .

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  6. 1. After reviewing a few books by Eric Metaxas a few years ago I looked him up on Youtube and his theology was super concerning of how he said he’s more open to Greek Orthodox than when he was younger now that he’s wiser. I think we even talked about in the past about his view of Romanism. Well, sad to see this whole thing with Ecumenicalism for the sake of political gathering. =(

    2. Joe Biden needs Jesus. Real Jesus. Real Jesus with the Rosary.

    3. Ravi’s controversy is rather shocking. I still remember your video on your post with the question about Romanism in which he dodged and laughed. Sigh…

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    1. Thanks for the good comments!

      RE: Metaxas
      It’s hard to understand why he equivocated so awkwardly re: Catholic distinctives at this Jericho March when he was absolutely “all in” with Romanism with with his fawning prose of JPII and Mother Teresa in his books. He’s trying to “bridge the gap” between sacramentalism and faith in Christ alone, which leads me to speculate whether he genuinely understands the Gospel.

      RE: Biden
      He exemplifies the thinking of many American Catholics. The church and some of its traditions are an important part of his familial/cultural identity, but he picks and chooses what he wants to believe. When I was a Catholic, I was much more of a laissez-faire Biden Catholic than a scrupulous, pro-Latin mass, traditionalist Catholic. No sign of the genuine Jesus at either extreme.

      RE: Ravi
      Such a persuasive speaker when it came to theology, but his heart wasn’t right. A sobering lesson for us all. Yes, his torturous equivocation re: Romanism in that video was disgusting. It exemplified what I see from many evangelical leaders regarding Rome.

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      1. Metaxas needs to really study in depth the Gospel and specifically justification and decide where he stands and not compromise.
        I guess there’s more Biden king of Catholics than Conservative Catholics these days which I imagine begun already when you were younger and still Catholic. Glad God saved you

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      2. One of the strangest things in this universe is evangelical ecumenists’ paradoxical view on the RCC’s doctrine of justification, i.e., “Yup, we know the RC is absolutely wrong about justification, but RCers are our brothers in Christ anyway.” As you said, this creates serious doubt whether they genuinely understand Biblical justification.

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  7. Thank you brother Tom for this great round up.
    I wasn’t aware of the “Jericho March”. 🙄
    I was never a fan of Ravi Zacharias. I feel for his family and for all those who faithfully followed his teaching.
    Keep up the great work you are doing Tom.
    Blessings

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    1. Thank you, Crissy!
      I’m grateful for the example of the “Jericho March” only because it illustrates the very real dangers of political ecumenism better than 100 of my rants could do.
      Ravi was so disappointing to me because of his favorable attitude towards ecumenism with Rome.
      Thank you and blessings to you, sister! Have a great week!

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    1. It’s beyond me how Metaxas and other ecumenists can possibly accommodate Rome’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. Spiritual blindness.
      Yes, very sad about Ravi.

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