Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 11/20/21

The American Catholic church has a two-headed “crisis” on its hands and the U.S. Catholic bishops met in Baltimore this past week to address it (photo above). The crisis involves the Catholic communion wafer. The Roman church claims its priests transform bread wafers and wine into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ at its masses. The RCC teaches its members that consuming the Jesus wafer provides graces that will help them obey the Ten Commandments in order to merit Heaven. But Catholics with unconfessed mortal sin on their soul are theoretically banned from receiving the Jesus wafer. Challenging the traditional doctrine are 1) Catholic politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi who support pro-abortion legislation and also maintain they are Catholics in good standing (with the pope’s public support), and 2) recent surveys which reveal that 70% of the American Catholic laity believe the consecrated communion elements are merely symbols and not the actual body and blood of Jesus. A “guidance” document on the “eucharist,” endorsed by the bishops on Wednesday, reemphasizes traditional Catholic teaching regarding the Jesus wafer and mentions the obligation of Catholic public figures/politicians to demonstrate moral consistency between their personal faith and their public actions. The document did not specifically cite Biden, Pelosi, or abortion. While some view the guidelines as a compromise between the conservative and progressive RC camps, others see it as a first-step in a conservative clampdown. Let’s come back to this next weekend after the dust settles. What has all of this got to do with the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone? That’s right, absolutely nothing.

In this op-ed posted at the pro-ecumenical, Christian Post website, Lutheran pastor, Dan Delzell, naively proposes that Catholics and Protestants can agree on “three foundational points of Christian doctrine” and should be able to reconcile. Delzell asks rhetorically, “Is every Christian forgiven and justified the moment the Holy Spirit converts their soul through faith in Jesus? Or do you have to add some of your own works in order to be justified before God and forgiven of your sins?” Delzell is evidently expecting both Gospel Christians and Catholics to respond to the question in kind, exemplifying the naivete of many/most believers when it comes to Roman Catholicism. The Roman church unapologetically teaches baptismal regeneration and justification via sacramental grace and merit. “Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 2010). The lack of knowledge and discernment among evangelicals regarding Roman Catholicism and its false gospel is stunning.

The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” investigative journalism team first exposed the widespread sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests and the systematic cover-up by the church hierarchy way back in 2002. The RC church has never concretely addressed this abuse and cover-up calamity. For Pope Francis to “thank” journalists for exposing this institutional evil is the ultimate in hypocrisy and calculated duplicity.

The LGBT+ steamroller will not tolerate what the Bible declares regarding homosexuality.

Prompted by platform speakers of the Christian nationalist, “Reawaken America Tour,” the crowd at Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, Texas (John Hagee, NAR), broke into an enthusiastic chant of “Let’s Go Brandon,” a code phrase for an expletive directed at POTUS, Joe Bidden. In the New Testament, we do not find examples of the Gospel being conflated with political zealotry. If anything, the New Testament identifies political zealots as misdirected. The crowd’s conduct at this so-called “church” was blatantly anti-Christian. Imagine a New Testament church congregation chanting thinly-veiled expletives at the Roman emperor during a worship service, with the apostle, Paul, in attendance. Man, he would be livid!

C.S. Lewis propagated an aberrant brand of Christianity that accommodated baptismal regeneration, belief in purgatory, confession of sins to priests, a view of Scripture as errant, and denial of penal substitutionary atonement. Yet evangelicals fawn over the former Oxford professor due to intellectual snob appeal. See my critique of Lewis’ wide-is-the-way “Mere Christianity” here.

Rochester is a mid-sized city in Western New York with a population of 205,000. Rochester’s 75 homicides for 2021, as of November 15th, ranks it as having one of the highest murder rates per capita in the entire nation. One of the contributing factors, in addition to the general breakdown of society, is the less-than-dismal economic situation in Western New York, precipitated by sky-high taxes and the collapse of once-dominant manufacturing companies (i.e., Kodak and Xerox). U.S. Census data shows Rochester ranks behind only Detroit and Cleveland as the poorest cities in the nation.

My employer followed the Federal policy change and extended its mandatory vax deadline from December 8th to January 4th. In the meantime, I received my Pfizer booster vaccine two weeks ago. As colder temps drive gatherings indoors, Rochester-area hospitals are reporting a dramatic rise in COVID-19 related cases, especially among the unvaccinated. Speaking of the COVID vaccine, prosperity gospeler, Joni Lamb, co-owner of the Daystar cable network with her husband, Marcus Lamb, has been fomenting anti-vax conspiracy hysteria for many months. While channel surfing several evenings ago, I stopped at Daystar and heard the Lamb’s son, Jonathan, and his wife, Suzy, fretting about Marcus being hospitalized and in serious condition with Joni by his bedside, although the illness was not specified. Strangely, there is no mention…zero, zip, nada…of Marcus’ hospitalization or illness on the Lamb’s or Daystar’s social media sites. Is this another example of COVID cover-up?

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  1. Lots here in the Round-up! I alwsys read your cited articles, I wouldn’t normally find such news.
    Re the Finnish Bishop,
    “The indictment accused them of “incitement to hatred against a group which falls under the section of war crimes and crimes against humanity.””
    Speaking against sexual sin, extolling purity is a crime against humanity? Like torture and genocide??
    Brother, these are merely the buds showing from deep rooted hatred towards God, buds are surely growing to fruition.
    Yesterday my 17 yr old niece told me she’s a bisexual. I’ve shared the gospel with her since she was a toddler. I’m guilty of telling her the truth. (If you could, please pray for her. My brother was such a strong believer but died when she was 4 yrs old)
    That John Hagee’s church is so carnal is no surprise. His church was conceived out of his adultery and remarriage – flesh gives birth to flesh.
    I could go on in this Round Up but don’t want to hog up the comments! Thanks Tom.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth. Yes, this “situation” with the LGBT steamroller is just going to escalate. Yes, I will pray for your niece. This is impacting so many families now, and accelerating. So many unwary young people are being carried away by the current.
      That’s right, it’s absolutely no surprise that Hagee’s church would behave that way.
      Have a blessed rest of your weekend!

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  2. Disturbing story about Finnish bishop. This will be coming to our door soon. (Already here?)

    John Hagee has said many disturbing things and made many outlandish statements in the past. Here he goes again. One thing he has said in the past was that Jesus never revealed himself as the Messiah to the Jewish people.

    Very interesting roundup. Thanks Tom.

    Re ecumenical Lutheran pastor… My experiences with Lutheran pastors is not good. My parents funeral services were at a Lutheran church because that’s where my brother was attending at the time. The pastor who did not know my father said my father was in heaven because he was baptized as a baby. Both times there was an underlying hostility towards Billy and I which probably was fed by my brother’s hostility to the true Gospel. Sad.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Yup, the situation in Finland is definitely on its way here.

      Yes, Hagee is one heresy after another.

      All mainstream Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America (ELCA) are apostate. I looked it up and the writer’s church is affiliated with the new Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), but even the Missouri Synod Lutherans are caving to ecumenism.

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      1. Indeed. I have a hard enough time trying to keep up with the wayward evangelicalism so I appreciate the information that you share on both, particularly RC-ism.
        A long time ago, I volunteered to be a youth group leader when I was still in college myself. We did a series on what other people believed and I thought that it would be a good idea to take them to a Catholic mass. I called the Priest to make sure it was okay that we attend and he had no problem with it.
        As I remember it, there were probably a dozen or so of us who went to check it out. I figured we would be allowed to sit in a back pew since none of us knew how the service was organized and we could learn from the back.
        Surprisingly, we were ushered into the front pew (Do they call it that in the Catholic Church?) We watched those behind us stand, sit, and knell at certain times and did our best to follow along.
        I thought it was strange to put that type of pressure on high school kids but I suppose I was the one who was responsible.
        If the Catholics had ever wanted to come and visit our church, we would have let them sit where they wanted.
        I have been allowed to stand outside of Catholic churches with petitions for pro-family types of legislation and have always been treated well. I have heard a few good sermons while waiting for services to end.
        Catholics are the only ones who show up at our county pro-life meetings.
        It really is a shame that the Catholic hierarchy refuses to shake off the ancient/modern traditions that teach the opposite of scripture.
        I don’t ever see it changing so I’m glad there are ex-Catholics like you out there trying to help those who are trapped in a work-based system.
        God’s blessings…

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      2. Thanks, Chris. In a certain sense the RCC is “so close, yet so far” when it comes to the genuine Gospel, using the same parlance as Gospel Christianity, but with entirely different meanings. It’s not surprising that Satan would create such an “impressive” counterfeit (c)hristianity.

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      3. “So close, yet so far” seems like a great description to me. I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “The closer a counterfeit is to the real thing the easier it is to fool people.
        Satan has got to be the best when it comes to the business of counterfeiting truth.

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      4. Yes, the RCC talks quite a bit about “grace,” “faith,” and “Jesus the Savior,” but members must ultimately save themselves by obeying the Ten Commandments, an impossible task.

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      5. With an ultimatum like that I would have to ask:
        “Why was the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross even necessary?”
        Which would then lead to:
        “Why bother with anything like a mass?”

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      6. Precisely, Chris! Jesus’ death on the cross is a big problem for RC-ism and other pseudo-(c)hristian works-rightousness sects.

        In the post below from 2018, I relate how the question of “If salvation is merited, then why did Jesus have to die on the cross?” occurred to me as an eleven-year-old Catholic parochial school student.

        https://excatholic4christ.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/a-semi-epiphany-in-a-catholic-church-vestibule-in-1967/

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      7. That is quite an experience you had there. Not too many eleven-year-olds have such thoughts. The Holy Spirit was definitely preparing you for future clarity.
        I can’t imagine being responsible for teaching children such rubbish. I’m sure there are (and were) some “sisters” who have good intentions but I have heard about ones just like the one who taught you, the mean and unhappy types.
        Your appeal to your Catholic friends at the end of that post was very appropriate. Thank you for sharing your experience with me and may God continue to bless your efforts.

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  3. 1. Always a good reminder from you that Left or right Catholicism isn’t still Biblical Christianity.

    2. I don’t say F words since I got saved; so this whole Let’s Go Brandon is not easy for me to hear and I don’t like Biden. Even more so at a church!

    3. I expected the Lweis movie would sell way given Big Eva’s love for CS Lewis

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    1. RE: liberal and conservative Catholics

      We have evangelical friends who are convinced conservative Catholics are saved and teach the genuine Gospel and believe we don’t know what we’re talking about. They’re getting that from the pulpits.

      RE: Let’s Go Brandon

      Yeah, that’s really despicable behavior at church.

      RE: C.S. Lewis

      The movie probably received very little promotion. It’s a telling shame evangelicals are enamoured with Lewis, “Mr. Ecumenism.”

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