Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/17/21

It’s nauseating to see influential Southern Baptist, Richard Land, weighing in on whether abortion supporter, President Joe Biden, is a “devout” Catholic or not and whether he should be allowed to receive the faux Jesus wafer. Land, one of the three Judas evangelical signatories (along with Chuck Colson and J.I. Packer) of the 1994 Evangelicals and Catholics Together ecumenical accord, views Roman Catholicism as one of many valid Christian “traditions.”

As a young theologian, Hans Kueng, had an inordinately influential role at the Second Vatican Council in moving the Roman Catholic church toward modernism. Kueng would later incur the wrath of popes and prelates by challenging the RCC’s claim of papal infallibility. One of these days I need to read Kueng’s “Infallible?: An inquiry.”

The issue of mandatory Sunday mass attendance for Catholics keeps popping up in the media. Will Catholics return to mass after the COVID-19 virus subsides? After foregoing the allegedly essential Jesus wafer for thirteen months and noticing no change in their “spiritual condition,” will Catholics put two and two together and just stay home?

Yes, another reoccurring headline in the Catholic media is the German Catholic church’s current Synodaler Weg (Synodal Path) effort to steer the national church towards radical reform. This is a boiling pot that conservative Catholic prelates and theologians are viewing with trepidation.

Last weekend, Pope Francis celebrated “Divine Mercy Sunday” with a mass in Rome. A Polish nun, Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), claimed Jesus visited her several times and instructed her on the rubrics of the increasingly popular “Divine Mercy” devotion. In his homily, Franics urged all Catholics to be missionaries, but they have little incentive to be ambassadors of their religion when their church officially propagates that all religionists and even atheists may also merit Heaven.

Evangelical Protestants followed the lead of Jerry Falwell in the 70s and 80s and became enmeshed in temporal politics. The misguided conflation of faith and nationalism continues. But Falwell’s Moral Majority wasn’t the first time Christians in America got their priorities mixed up. The radical conservatism of the reconstituted Ku Klux Klan appealed to many Christians back in the 1920s. A large field about a half-mile from our home was used as the site for multiple Klan rallies here in Rochester, New York in the 1920s. Some might be surprised that the KKK wasn’t restricted to the South. I placed a library hold on “Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930″ by Kelly J. Baker that’s mentioned in this article.

There were few things more strikingly cultish in the largely-Protestant American landscape of yesteryear than groups of virginal Catholic women living communally together as nuns in convents and practicing severe forms of asceticism including wearing 12th Century garb. Early American Protestants were appalled by the convents, but eventually became inured to the cultish extremism.

It’s satire, BUT there’s some truth therein.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/10/21

It’s a bit disconcerting to me that a local church would spend $23 million dollars on renovations to their fire-damaged building (see photo above). Churches lose their focus by trying to outdo the world in extravagance. Jesus Christ had nowhere to lay His head. I imagine the coercive arm-twisting that was done to procure the funds from the membership for this renovation project was painful.

The Catholic “wafer wars” continue over pro-abortion and pro-LGBT Catholic president, Joe Biden. Catholics believe consuming the transubstantiated Jesus wafer is essential to their salvation. While 55% of Catholic Republicans believe Biden’s views on abortion should disqualify him from receiving Communion, only 11% of Catholic Democrats say he should not be allowed to receive the alleged sacrament. Overall, 67% of U.S. Catholics believe Biden should be able to receive communion in contrast to their conservative prelates and priests.

This past “Good Friday,” some Filipino Catholics continued the tradition of flagellating themselves as an act of penitential self-mortification. Self-flagellation was popular in Medieval Europe and continues in monasteries and convents to the present day. Catholic sources report that pope John Paul II whipped himself daily with a belt as an act of penitential self-mortification. That’s not the Gospel, my friends.

LGBTers and their supporters continue to fume over the Vatican’s recent declaration banning the blessing of same-sex “marriages.” This article draws a comparison to pope Paul VI’s infamous “Humanae vitae” encyclical of 1968, which banned all forms of contraception under threat of mortal sin. The membership ignored the encyclical en masse and thus began the steep decline in the credibility of church authority in the minds of most Catholics.

Catholics are normally obligated to attend Sunday mass under threat of mortal sin, but COVID-19 has played havoc with that mandate. Bishops were forced to grant Catholics “dispensations” from compulsory mass attendance in light of the pandemic. But with coffers nearly empty, Catholic prelates are eager to rescind the dispensations and force members back to mass.

It’s ironic that Catholics make such a HUGE deal about Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Savior, but insist they must essentially save themselves by obeying the Ten Commandments (impossible!) and church rules in order to hopefully merit salvation at the moment of their death.

Here’s more info on the startling fact that the Jesuits were the largest slaveholders in antebellum Maryland. Why didn’t the “infallible” popes of that era forbid slavery?

The Southern Baptist Convention is a big tent that includes many faithful Christians as well as many modernist, Bible-deniers. The SBC will eventually split over this LGBT controversy.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 4/3/21

White evangelicals are the largest socio-religious group declining to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. A whopping forty-five percent of White evangelicals who were polled say they won’t be getting the vaccination. Why? Some of the resistance stems from a number of pastors and influencers who, over the last twelve months, labeled the pandemic a “hoax” and a “diabolical scheme” to limit religious freedom. Conspiracy theories abounded. The use of PPE and public safety protocols were denounced as slavish acquiescence to the “Satanic deception,” even though hospitals (and morgues) were overwhelmed by the number of virus cases. When vaccines were first introduced in December, many warned that they were the mark of the beast mentioned in Revelation 13. These past twelve months surely weren’t the church’s “finest hour.” Such thinking is still widespread within conservative evangelical circles as the Pew Research survey indicates. Both Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress incurred the wrath of fellow Christian nationalists recently by encouraging people to get vaccinated.

Vatican City is officially an independent “nation” within the nation of Italy. It’s easily the smallest “country” in the world, comprising only 0.2 square miles (the size of Central Park in New York City) and with only 400 official citizens (3000 people work there). The obvious reality is that the Vatican is not really a “country” in the normal sense, but rather it’s the administrative center of the Roman Catholic church with its 1.3 billion members worldwide. The Vatican’s nation status undergirds its historical claims to sovereignty in temporal, worldly matters as well as spiritual. Because of the Vatican’s purely religious nature, the United States resisted appointing an official ambassador to the “Holy See” until 1984 when Ronald Reagan appointed William A. Wilson to the post as a concession to American Catholic voters. I wrote a letter to Reagan at the time, objecting to the appointment, and received a form letter reply on White House stationary. Historical opposition by American Protestants to a United States ambassador to the “Holy See” is now viewed as a quaint and dusty anachronism.

Pope Francis has walked a tightrope ever since being elected to the papacy in 2013 by craftily introducing progressive reforms while simultaneously managing threats of schism by conservatives. The German prelates’ hasty and unyielding push to adopt progressive reforms (intercommunion, full acceptance of practicing LGBT-ers, women as deacons and eventually priests) threatens to fracture the already very uneasy status quo.

Catholic prelates, priests, and laity strongly believe that Mary shares in Jesus Christ’s redemptive work, but the RCC has resisted officially defining that belief as an unnecessary provocation in its mission to recover the Protestant “separated brethren.”

A few weeks ago, pope Francis officially designated the Marian shrine at Knock, Ireland as an “International Sanctuary of Special Eucharistic and Marian Devotion.” In 1879, fifteen people claimed to have seen an apparition of Mary on a wall of the local parish church in Knock. Thousands upon thousands of Catholics around the world have claimed to have seen an apparition of Mary, but the Vatican fully sanctions only six such claims. See here. I believe most of these apparitions are due to individual or group religious hysteria, but we can’t rule out demonic activity.

For decades, news watchers have been barraged by the “cute” story of elderly Catholic nun, Sister Jean (aka Jean Schmidt), and her prayerful support of the Loyola University (Jesuit) men’s basketball team. Cuteness aside, Sister Jean propagates her church’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. Sorry Sister Jean, but Loyola was eliminated from the “March Madness” NCAA Tournament by Oregon State.

Pragmatic Pope Francis understands the RCC must become less doctrinaire and more pastoral (freewheeling) in order to retain its increasingly disaffected membership. Numbers were already in sharp decline as a result of the priest sex abuse scandals and then the pandemic hit.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/27/21

Gay Catholics were overjoyed last October when a documentary was released, which included a statement from pope Francis endorsing same-sex civil unions. However, the LGBT-ers were stunned on March 15th when the Vatican released a statement approved by Francis barring priests, for now, from blessing same-sex unions. What’s the deal? My take is that liberal/progressive priests interpreted Francis’ October remarks as a license to “bless” gay “weddings” and the situation was snowballing into a “too much, too soon” controversy for the embattled pope, who has already been dealing with charges of heresy from conservative prelates for the last five years. As the dust settles over this latest statement, Francis’ point man, Jesuit James Martin, continues to chip away at resistance to full acceptance of practicing LGBT-ers within the RCC.

There are so many charlatans masquerading as “prophets” within the big tent of “evangelicalism.”

Few know that the Jesuits were the largest slaveholders in antebellum Maryland.

Traditionalists cling to the Latin mass as a beloved symbol of pre-conciliar, militant Catholicism. Pope Francis is definitely not a fan.

Roman Catholics are strictly forbidden from eating meat on the six Lenten Fridays prior to Easter under threat of eternal damnation. However, the compulsory abstention was NOT in effect on Friday, March 19th because the day was also the feast day of St. Joseph, a “solemnity.” On the Catholic liturgical calendar, a solemnity trumps Lenten Friday meat abstentions every time. Canon Law 1251 states, “Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday.” Roman Catholicism is a dizzying calculus of religious legalities. I imagine the VAST majority of Catholics were not aware of the lifting of the meat ban on Friday, March 19th.

German Catholic prelates continue to “push the envelope” in regards to multiple liberal “reforms.” Even progressive Francis must slow the Germans down to forestall schism.

Twenty-one-year-old, Robert Aaron Long, fatally shot eight employees working at three “massage spas” in the Atlanta area on March 17th. Long had professed to have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior when he became a member of Crabapple First Baptist Church (Southern Baptist). However, Long had been receiving counseling for porn addiction at a Christian counseling center and told arresting authorities that he had carried out the slayings to eliminate the temptation posed by the massage businesses. Not that Long’s church is to blame for the murders, but the evangelical church generally does a poor job of addressing sex and porn addiction issues. It’s commonly known that many/most of these “massage spas” are covers for prostitution.

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

  • New book upcoming from Leonardo De Chirico

In this era of accommodating ecumenism, books that point out the anti-Biblical teachings of Roman Catholicism are becoming fewer and farther between. I was searching at Amazon the other day and was delighted to stumble upon a new book forthcoming from Leonardo De Chirico titled, “Same Words, Different World: What Makes Roman Catholicism Differ from the Gospel?” (photo above), which is due out May 31, 2021. De Chirico is director of the Reformanda Initiative and has already penned two excellent short books on Catholicism; A Christian’s Pocket Guide To The Papacy: Its origin and role in the 21st century and A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Mary: Mother of God?.

Spring begins today and the housing market is gearing up once again. Some priests may pooh pooh the tradition, but Roman Catholics regularly bury small statues of St. Joseph in the yard when selling a house in the belief that it will expedite the sale. And you thought Catholic-Voodoo syncretism was only found in New Orleans and Haiti? See my post on the topic, here.

Beth Moore is wildly popular among evangelical women, but she teaches such dangerous things as contemplative (mind emptying) prayer and embraces the Roman Catholic church as a Christian institution.

Evangelist Luis Palau was often referred to as the “Billy Graham of Latin America.” Like Graham, Palau embraced Roman Catholicism as a Christian entity and he also counted fellow-Argentinian Jorge Bergoglio aka pope Francis as a personal friend. See here.

The Roman Catholic church teaches that using any form of artificial birth control, even non-abortifacients, is a mortal sin and only endorses the unreliable rhythm method aka natural family planning. In defiance of their church, 98% of Catholic women of reproductive age who have ever had sex have used a method of contraception other than natural family planning (Guttmacher Institute, 2011). What do you call an institution when all of its members flout its mandatory rules? A sham.

Progressive German Catholic prelates are trying to radically liberalize their national church in an effort to retain increasingly disaffected members who must pay 8-9% of their annual tax bill to remain on the church’s rolls.

Former Catholic media pioneer, bishop Fulton J. Sheen (d. 1979) was on the fast-track to being canonized, but the process hit a brick wall when the dioceses of Peoria, Illinois (Sheen’s birthplace) and New York City battled in court for the rights to his cadaver. When the dispute was settled in Peoria’s favor in 2018, canonization appeared imminent, but was then put on hold indefinitely after fallout from 2019 investigations in Rochester, New York into priest sexual abuse and cover-up implicated Sheen, the former bishop of that city from 1966 to 1969.

Jesuit priest, James Martin, is progressive pope Francis’ point man in the crusade to wear down resistance to full acceptance of practicing gays and lesbians within the RCC.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/13/21

Included in his visit to Iraq was Pope Francis’ sit-down summit with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the first ever meeting between a pope and a Muslim grand ayatollah. The Roman Catholic church teaches Muslims worship the true (g)od and can merit salvation: “But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.” – from Lumen Gentium, para. 16, The Second Vatican Council, 1964.

American Catholic bishops publicly disagree on the morality of using the Johnson & Johnson C-19 vaccine. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: “The truth is, all currently approved vaccines for COVID-19 used cell lines derived from aborted fetuses in their testing phases… Johnson & Johnson…has stated unequivocally that there are no fetal cells in its vaccine.” For a nuanced view of the debate, see the Inquirer article here. Given the history of the RCC, it’s hypocritical for Catholic prelates to pontificate on the morality of anything.

Some Roman Catholics and, yes, some evangelicals, have been sucked into the wacky QAnon conspiracy theory morass. For those evangelicals, hyper-radical nationalism and alliances with Catholics and other politically like-minded unbelievers has replaced the Gospel. When I started out as a new Christian in the 1980s, Jack Chick’s specious worldwide Jesuit conspiracy theories had quite a following within conservative evangelicalism and Baptist fundamentalism

The fallout continues from the Ravi Zacharias scandal. I avoided the RZIM website in the past because the organization, like Ravi, was compromised by its pro-ecumenism views.

I was prepared to disparage the “wokeness” involved in the recent cancellation of six Dr. Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel) books. However, a little googling led to the realization that the author and illustrator did perpetuate racist stereotypes that were still popular and acceptable in the mid-20th century. For a particularly nasty example from the early years of Geisel’s career, see here.

Genuine peace of mind and joy in all circumstances is (or should be) the fruit of trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and being re-born spiritually. All Christians should read God’s Word daily for instruction and edification.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 3/6/21

Pope Francis’ arrival in Iraq yesterday dominated international headlines. The purpose of the pope’s trip is to build on his previous efforts to improve (c)hristian-Muslim relations and to raise the profile of the papacy in the eyes of the world. The pope and the Catholic church teach that Muslims and all religionists (and even atheists!) are able to merit Heaven if they “sincerely follow the light they are given” and are “good.”

A Polish Catholic nun, Faustina Kowalska, claimed Jesus visited her repeatedly from 1931 to 1938 and gave her instructions on the rubrics of the increasingly popular “divine mercy” devotion. However, the Bible says, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.” – Matthew 24:23

This article presents a good summary of the current tug-of-war between progressives and conservatives within Catholicism.

At my mother-in-law’s funeral mass in 1984, the presiding priest invited all those who were baptized – Catholic and Protestant – to receive the allegedly transubstantiated Jesus wafer. Liberal Catholic priests have been administering communion to nominal “Protestants” for forty years on the QT. Resistance is gradually being chipped away.

Some conservative and traditionalist Catholics believe doctrine-bending, progressive Francis is a false pope and that Benedict is still the legitimate pope. Then there’s hyper-traditionalist, “sedevacantist” (Latin: the chair [of Saint Peter] is vacant) Catholics such as Mel Gibson who believe the last legitimate pope was Pius XII (d. 1958).

There’s some misinformation out there regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations. S. Michael Houdmann, president of the Got Questions Christian apologetics ministry, has written a short article, “Should a Christian get a COVID-19 vaccine?” (see here), which tries to take a balanced approach, although he doesn’t mention that vaccines won’t work if few take them.

The Roman Catholic mass is a McDonald’s-like, cookie-cutter liturgical ceremony, the same throughout the world. Internal critics say the RCC needs to accommodate Black American Catholics’ cultural preference for livelier religious ceremony or they will walk. Boring or lively, there’s no genuine Gospel in the Catholic mass.

The United Methodist Church generally went the way of apostasy many decades ago. Are there any Methodist ministers who still preach the genuine Gospel? The UMC is in the process of splitting over the question of embracing LGBT-ism.

A number of evangelical leaders are publicly questioning whether the long-held conflation of faith and politics is a good thing, especially given the increasing political polarization and recourse to violence advocated by some.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/27/21

Many, no, make that MANY Christian churches are offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University personal finances classes to their congregants. The main reason for that is because Ramsey insists his “students” adhere to Old Testament tithing. I’m all for helping people manage their personal finances with no ulterior motives, but that’s not the case with churches and Ramsey. They’re in symbiotic cahoots. A “ministry” that results in being able to purchase $16 million dollar mansions (photo above) with cash is a giant red flag. Count me out.

Heated debate continues within the “big tent” of the American Catholic church over U.S. President and church member Joe Biden’s unqualified support of the abortion genocide. Recent polls reveal 56% of American Catholics support abortion on demand.

Pandemic denial wasn’t/isn’t restricted to some evangelical pastors.

Roman Catholicism is ALL ABOUT its sacramental salvation system, whereby the sacraments are alleged to endow recipients with graces so that they are better able to obey the Ten Commandments (impossible!) in order to hopefully merit their way into Heaven. But Catholics haven’t had consistent access to their churches and the sacraments since the pandemic began in March 2020. Will God give them a pass because of this lack of access (I’m being facetious) or will some Roman Catholics begin to question their sacramental salvation system in light of the year-long inaccessibility?

Imagine going to an hour-long religious ceremony every week, fifty-two-weeks per year, for seventy-eight years (average U.S. lifespan), and the content of the accumulated 4000+ ceremonies is nearly-identical. That’s the “spiritual life” of U.S. Catholics. Despite the platitudes of popes, prelates, and priests in regards to the mass, Catholics who are honest with themselves know there’s not an hour of the week that’s more boring.

Since he was elected in 2013, progressive pope Francis has systematically neutralized his most-vocal conservative opponents in the college of cardinals, most notably Gerhard Müller, Raymond Burke, and now, Robert Sarah.

Bible-denying tares are preaching from pulpits.

Ah! I had wondered why Vanilla Coke, my favorite soda, was no longer stocked on our grocer’s shelves (see here) and now we know!

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/20/21

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday for Roman Catholics and parishes all across the country modified the ritual in reaction to the pandemic, changed from priests smudging ashes on supplicants’ foreheads to sprinkling ashes on their heads. Some Catholic parishes even offered “ashes to go” in sealed restaurant condiment cups (photo above) so that congregants could apply ashes to their own forehead at home. Ach. Imagine the apostle, Paul, fretting over some silly religious prop such as this. Regarding condiments: I like Rochester meat hot sauce and chopped onion on my hamburger (see here).

Catholics MUST attend mass each and every Sunday under threat of mortal sin and eternal damnation. However, the pandemic has played havoc with this mandatory obligation. At the start of the pandemic, U.S. Catholic bishops granted dispensations, which allegedly allowed their followers to miss Sunday mass without incurring mortal sin, only to rescind and reissue the dispensations like a yo-yo as the virus waned and spiked and waned again. All of this speaks to the arbitrary legalism of Roman Catholicism.

The German Catholic prelates are the church’s progressive vanguard and they will be openly blessing homosexual “marriages” in their churches shortly. Rest assured, they’re already blessing same-sex “marriages” on the QT. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions back in October so this next “reform” will not be such a big stretch

It’s not often that I use the Roman Catholic church as an example, but I’m willing to make an exception in this case. Poland’s Catholic church is in a syncretic, hand-in-glove relationship with the ruling Law and Justice conservative political party. Poland’s younger, urban citizens are generally NOT pleased with this church-state symbiosis and are leaving the Polish Catholic church in droves as a result. American evangelicals should take note.

Catholic archbishop and former papal nuncio to the Unites States, Carlo Viganò, has been a publicly defiant critic of pope Francis since 2018. I placed a library hold on the biography of Viganò that is mentioned in this article. It should be interesting reading.

Immersing a baby underwater once, let alone three times, as was done in this Romanian Orthodox infant baptism ceremony, is absolutely insane. The Catholic and Eastern Orthodox teaching that an infant becomes a born-again Christian when they are baptized (baptize means “immerse,” but Catholics only sprinkle infants) is also insane and anti-Biblical.

Brian Houston and his Hillsong music troupe took mega-church, hipsterism to new lows, but Houston’s getting a bit “long in the tooth” for hipster Hillsong. I would have thought a Stephen Furtick clone would have been chosen to replace Houston instead of an equally old Gary Clarke, but perhaps they think an outwardly “mature” leader is appropriate after the Carl Lentz scandal. The hipster mega-church I formerly attended periodically featured Hillsong music videos with the Hillsong emblem clearly visible on the corner of the screen.

A federal judge has denied former IFB celebrity pastor, Jack Schaap’s request that his prison sentence be shortened due to his parents’ failing health. Schaap was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2013 for seducing a female high school student. See my previous post on Schaap here.

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 2/13/21

This coming Wednesday, February 17th, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent on the Catholic liturgical calendar. Unlike Sundays and “Holy Days of Obligation,” mass attendance is not mandatory on Ash Wednesday, but Catholics flock to church anyway because they enjoy receiving ashes on their forehead, which they then proudly display throughout the day, all of which is un-Biblical (see here). In consideration of the current pandemic, this year’s ashes will be sprinkled on top of the supplicant’s head rather than smudged on their forehead (see photo above). Methinks many Catholics will be thinking, “What’s the point of getting ashes if I can’t proudly display them?” Hmm, I strongly suspect there’s a Lenten-themed, Chicken-in-a-Biskit post coming up in the near future.

The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary religious order was begun by Catholic priest, Leonard Feeney (1897-1978), who famously opposed the Roman Catholic church’s drift into universal salvation theology in the 1940s and 1950s before he was excommunicated. See my relevant post here. The RCC once taught that only Catholics could be saved, but now teaches that all religionists and even atheists can merit Heaven if they “follow their conscience” and are “good.”

Catholicism teaches that consuming the allegedly transubstantiated Jesus wafer at mass is the “source and summit of Christian spirituality.” With Catholics prevented from attending mass because of COVID-19, the basis of Catholic “spirituality,” physically ingesting the faux Jesus wafer, has derailed.

While I didn’t include a lot of articles this weekend about the RCC’s dilemma regarding the status of abortion genocide-enabler, Joe Biden, the controversy continues. In this article, a liberal prelate argues against excommunicating Biden.

Great to see that Israel has taken a serious, coordinated approach against COVID-19, unlike here in the U.S.

This article provides a good summary of the current tug-of-war within the RCC between conservatives and progressives.

Pope Francis is “greasing the skids” as a preliminary to women being ordained as deacons.

Wide-is-the-way, pseudo-Christianity made its mark again with Bruce Springsteen’s interfaith chapel featured in a Jeep commercial shown during the Super Bowl and also with faux-Christian entertainer, Steve Harvey’s recent declaration that all religions lead to Heaven.