Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/29/21

Progressive pope Francis has made climate change/ecology one of his top priorities. I’m all for protecting the environment as well, but whether the pope is riding in a gas guzzler or an eco-friendly, all-electric vehicle, the gospel he peddles of salvation by sacramental grace and merit is still a false gospel.

The factual pedophile Catholic clergy and cover-up scandal of the past twenty years has done more to damage the reputation of Catholicism than any fictional movie script. Why are these Indian Catholics getting upset about a movie when their “celibate” prelates and priests have left behind a long line of victims?

There has been a spate of anti-Catholic vandalism reported in the news recently and I imagine some of that was prompted by the Vatican’s March 15th announcement banning the blessing of same-sex unions.

Progressive pope Francis has made several calculated moves with the aim of changing the RCC’s all-male diaconate to the eventual ordination of women, with the ultimate goal of ordaining women as priests. But Francis realizes this is a very controversial issue and is treading slowly.

Unlike with other aberrant (c)hristian sects and cults that use official media materials to brainwash and control their membership, very few Roman Catholics take time out of their day to view RC media.

Notre Dame (“Our Lady”) Catholic University in South Bend, Indiana isn’t exactly known for promoting pre-conciliar, conservative Catholicism, BUT the college views the current “wafer wars” feud over the possible denial of communion for pro-abortion politicians as too much of a hot potato.

Speaking of the “wafer wars,” it will be interesting to see if the U.S. Catholic bishops defy pope Francis at their upcoming meeting and mandate the denial of the Jesus wafer to abortion-supporting Catholic politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi.

The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on Christian churches, but the SBC seems to have been hit particularly hard. Perhaps there’s also some disenchantment with the SBC’s overall drift towards loosey-goosey liberal theology.

Speaking of loosey-goosey theology, Baylor University in Waco, Texas was founded way back in 1845 and is the largest “Baptist” college in the world, but it embraced liberal theology decades ago. This is another example of how the LGBT steamroller is making its way into “Christian” colleges.

Both Gibson and Wahlberg are dedicated Roman Catholics committed to propagating Rome’s false gospel. Unwary evangelical fans of Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) overlooked the Mariolatrous elements (Mary as co-Redemptrix and co-Mediator) included in the film.

Throwback Thursday: Five reasons why I cannot pray to the Virgin Mary

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 26th, 2016.

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Why I do not pray to Mary: Five reasons why I cannot pray to the Virgin Mary
By Will Graham
Evangelical Focus
2/20/16

Mary. What a wonderful woman of God. Her faith, her obedience and her wholehearted submission to the will of God never cease to amaze me.

Down and throughout the ages few saints have been as sorely tried and tested as she was; and yet through it all, she remained faithful to the God of Israel and to the Son she so problematically bore. No Bible loving person can fail to be moved by Mary’s God-centered love; but at the same time, no Bible reader could ever fall into the trap of turning Jesus’ mother into a quasi-Savior-like figure to whom we must pray and intercede earnestly (and through whom we have access to the Father). Such thinking is a blatant distortion of New Testament faith. So do I pray to Mary? No, I don’t. Why don’t I pray to her? Let me offer you a bouquet of reasons.

1.- Mary isn’t God
One, I don’t pray to Mary because Mary isn’t God. The Bible makes it crystal clear that prayer is to be directed to God and God alone. The Bible strictly prohibits the deification of any creature in the stead of God. I can’t help thinking how horrified mild Mary would have been had she realized that so many billions of biblically ignorant ‘believers’ would use her name to usurp the authority of the Almighty.

See the rest of the article via the link below:
http://evangelicalfocus.com/magazine/1379/Why_I_do_not_pray_to_Mary

UPDATE: Observations from an old guy: Androgynous names and gender confusion

UPDATE: Sometimes timing can be strange. Last week, I wrote the post below bemoaning the fact that the decades-old and very popular practice of naming babies with gender-neutral names has been contributing to the rising tide of gender confusion. This past Monday, I learned that my lesbian niece (who was herself given a gender-neutral name at birth four decades ago) delivered a baby girl and that she and her lesbian partner gave the baby girl the masculine name of D*****s. Wikipedia reveals that the name was surprisingly used as both a boy’s AND a girl’s name in 17th and 18th-century Northern England, but has been used exclusively as a masculine name since then. Absolutely NO ONE thinks of a girl when they hear the name D*****s. The parents are using the child as a pawn in their ideological crusade.

Note: I did not provide specific details in this post because I do not wish to start a family feud. Click on the unnamed name for details.

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #85

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which normally means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

Brother Wally didn’t upload a sermon from Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City for whatever reason, but we do have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Exodus 2:1-10 on “Raising Champions for Christ.” This sermon was delivered on Sunday, May 9th.

Pastor Roger Copeland – Raising Champions for Christ

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/22/21

Wafer Wars Update: Last weekend, I reported that progressive pope Francis had fired a shot across the bow of U.S. Catholic bishops, warning them not to formally ban Catholic politicians who support pro-abortion legislation from receiving the Jesus wafer, including Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi subsequently told reporters she was pleased by the pope’s intercession.

PBS’s documentary on Billy Graham premiered Monday, May 17 and can be viewed in its entirety here. Graham (d.2018) was an enigma. He continues to be held in irreproachable high-esteem in evangelical circles as perhaps the most impactful evangelist since the apostle Paul. However, it was Graham who blazed the pathway for evangelical ecumenism with Roman Catholicism and its false gospel. In cooperation with local Catholic bishops, Roman Catholics who came forward at Graham’s crusades were referred back to Catholic workers. In his later years, Graham endorsed semi-Universalism (see here). The subtitle to this documentary is apropos: “Prayer. Politics. Power.” I’ll be posting a review down the road.

As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country, U.S. Catholic bishops are rescinding “dispensations” that allowed the Catholic laity to miss mandatory Sunday mass during the pandemic without penalty of mortal sin. This article reports that Thomas J. Tobin, bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, has formally restored the obligation for the Catholics of his diocese to attend Sunday Mass, effective June 6. This is a blatant example of Catholic legalism. Prior to the pandemic, slightly less than 40% of U.S. Catholics adhered to the mandatory weekly mass attendance rule.

This informative article explores how some Catholic parishes are reacting to post-Vatican II liberalism and the reforms of progressive pope Francis by returning to pre-conciliar “rad-trad” (radical traditionalist) militantism.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) is NOT evangelical and it’s not in accordance with the genuine Gospel preached by Martin Luther.

My introduction to Pentecostalism was back in my early-teen years via the TV set and televangelist Ernest Angley’s hokey “Be healed” theatrics. What a charlatan!

A week after German Catholic priests “blessed” same-sex “marriages” comes this Catholic and (nominal) Protestant intercommunion event in Frankfurt.

Rick Warren deviates from Biblical truths and standards on multiple levels. The Southern Baptist Convention is a big tent, which includes many apostate pastors. How can faithful pastors remain in the SBC?

The C-19 pandemic was a challenge of historic proportions, but many people responded by reading the Bible and that’s a great thing. Hopefully, more than a few unbelievers trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone.

Throwback Thursday: Where are the Lloyd-Jonses and Spurgeons of today?

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 26, 2016 and has been slightly revised.

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These days, messages about correct doctrine generally won’t be received by evangelicals with any measure of enthusiasm. That applies not only to WordPress blogs but also to evangelical pulpits. Sermons at seeker-sensitive mega-churches are largely written with the goal of not offending anyone. Doing so would negatively impact the numbers. What we now have in evangelicalism is a watered-down brand of Christianity that’s long on feel-good emotionalism, but short on theological content. “We all ‘believe’ in Jesus and that’s good enough,” is the message people want to hear. More often than not, that’s what they get. I understand there are many secondary differences among evangelicals that won’t be resolved this side of glory, but the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone should never be compromised. Religious error that opposes or confuses the Gospel of grace should never be accommodated or cooperated with. It should, in fact, be exposed. But that message doesn’t play in Peoria.

The article below examines the similarities between Charles Spurgeon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones, two men of God from the past who weren’t afraid to point at heresy (like Roman Catholicism’s salvation system) and call it heresy. Where are the Spurgeons and Lloyd-Joneses of today?

Lord, raise up pastors and Christian leaders who are faithful to You and Your Word rather than crowd pleasers.


10 similarities between Charles Spurgeon and Martyn Lloyd-Jones: What do Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Charles Spurgeon have in common?
By Will Graham
Evangelical Focus
January 23, 2016

Against all odds, two deceased British preachers are coming back into fashion in our days, and not just in the English-speaking world. Thanks to a great resurgence in the Protestant faith throughout the Hispanic world, the nineteenth-century “Prince of Preachers” Charles Spurgeon and the twentieth-century “Prince of Expositors” Martyn Lloyd-Jones are selling hundreds of thousands of books every year. Due to the renewed interest in these two defenders of the Gospel, this article will draw out ten similarities between Spurgeon and Lloyd-Jones so that we may know them better and follow their example of faithfulness to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

To read the rest of the article click on the link below:

https://evangelicalfocus.com/fresh-breeze/1307/10-similarities-between-charles-spurgeon-and-martyn-lloyd-jones


For Spurgeon’s and Lloyd-Jones’ views on Roman Catholicism, see my relevant posts here and here.

Observations from an old guy: Androgynous names and gender confusion

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

We’re all dismayed by the rise of transgenderism, the belief that gender is not decided by biology, but is self-determined. How did this madness start? Well, you may have actually contributed to the current “confusion.” How so?

People hate it when a soap box soliloquy begins with “Back when I was a kid…,” but back when I was a kid in the 1950s and 1960s, boys were given traditional boys’ names like William/Bill and Michael/Mike and girls were given girls’ names like Karen and Ellen. Of the 60+ children in my split grammar school class, all had gender traditional names. At some point, parents began naming their newborns using androgynous, gender-neutral, unisex, gender-fluid, non-binary names like Madison, Dylan, Morgan, Taylor, Logan, Mackenzie, Parker, Skyler, Carter, etc., etc. A quirky exception gradually caught on and became a VERY popular trend. Christian parents weren’t immune and they also jumped on the gender-defying bandwagon when it came to naming their children. It’s now reached a point where children with traditional masculine and feminine names are in the minority. It occurs to me that when today’s schoolteachers review the list of their students’ names at the start of each new school year, many/most will have little clue which kids are female and which are male. Some parents of newborn girls aren’t content with just “gender-neutral” names, but will defy “norms” even farther by naming their daughter with a traditional masculine name, intending that she grows up to be as assertive as any male. Defiance of the norm has now become the new norm.

Does having an androgynous name contribute to gender confusion in the mind of a child while growing up, if only a little bit? Their non-visual encounters with others will always begin with the question, “Is this person a male or female?,” and that will continue throughout their lifetime. And women with masculine names will have even more yarn to constantly unravel.

Yup, many Christian parents have unwittingly contributed to this current gender “confusion” and gender “fluidity.” Okay, okay. I’m NOT suggesting that naming your baby “Mackenzie” is akin to bank robbery, but these unisex names have helped advance this growing gender-confusion malaise.

Truth from Arkansas! Sunday Sermon Series, #84

It’s Two-fer-Tuesday, my friends, which means two new sermons from the brethren down in Arkansas.

First, we have Pastor Roger Copeland of Northern Hills Baptist Church in Texarkana, preaching from Luke 9:23-27 on “The Duty of Disciples.”

Next, we have Pastor Cody Andrews of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Star City preaching from Jeremiah 6:16 on “Take the Old Path.”

Both of these sermons were delivered on Sunday, May 2.

Pastor Rodger Copeland – The Duty of Disciples

Pastor Cody Andrews – Take the Old Path

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 5/15/21

The LGBT steamroller continues its unyielding advance within RC-ism. This past week, Catholic priests throughout Germany held services “blessing” same-sex “marriages.” How will the Vatican respond? Progressive pragmatic, pope Francis, will let it slide.

The U.S. Catholics bishops will be meeting on June 16th intending to draft a statement banning abortion-supporting Catholic politicians like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi from receiving the Jesus wafer. Progressive pope Francis has fired a shot across the bishops’ bow, warning them to back away from the proposed ban. Hmm. The “wafer wars” continue to heat up.

When Catholics talk about their “faith” what they’re referring to is their belief in their institutional church and its sacramental-meritorious salvation system. Most Catholics don’t consider sharing their “faith” because their church teaches all religionists and even atheists can also merit Heaven.

Some misguided evangelicals would celebrate a JW converting to Roman Catholicism and becoming a priest, but Rome’s “gospel” of sacramental grace and merit is as much a false gospel as the Watchtower Society’s false gospel.

Prior to the 2020 presidential election, many Pentecostals prophesied that Donald J. Trump would be the winner. Six months after Trump’s defeat, Pentecostals continue to backpedal and make excuses for their prophetic error.

I’m definitely opposed to Catholicism’s idol worship, but I don’t condone violence. Speaking of violence, I wonder why this Catholic media source doesn’t report on the ongoing persecution of evangelicals in Southern Mexico?

It’s only a matter of time before the Bible will be branded as “hate literature” throughout the West.

This is happening in public schools across the country.

We’re all keeping an eye on the mounting tensions in Israel. It’s “amazing” that the world spins around a little country that’s only the size of New Jersey.

Throwback Thursday: 33,000 Protestant Denominations?

Welcome to this week’s “Throwback Thursday” installment. Today, we’re going to revisit a post that was originally published back on May 27, 2016 and has been revised.

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When defending the exclusive claims of the Catholic church in regards to ecclesiastical authority, Catholic apologists often point to the thousands of Protestant denominations and conclude God could not possibly be the author of such confusion. In their zealousness to press this argument, Catholics have been known to inflate the number of Protestant denominations to 20,000, 30,000, and, yes, I’ve even seen claims of 40, 000. But what is an accurate number?

In the article below, Scott Eric Alt scolds his fellow Catholic apologists for “cooking the books” when it comes to the alleged number of Protestant denominations. Bravo, Mr. Alt! Thank you for your honesty and objectivity.

My take? The early Reformers took many important initial steps in turning the church away from Catholic ritualism and legalism and back to the Gospel of simple faith in Jesus Christ. What may seem like incomplete and underdeveloped shifts in doctrine and methodology from our point of view were major steps at the time. Succeeding Reformers continued to shed beliefs and practices rooted in Catholic tradition. The process took place over many generations resulting in a large number of denominations. I don’t see that as a bad thing, but a positive. Does anyone really desire to go back to 1517 when a monolithic church was ruled by a single dictator, where church and state were bound at the hip, and where all citizens were forced to join and be completely subservient to a religious system that had buried the Gospel beneath layers of ritual and superstition?

There have undoubtedly been many casualties along the way. Many of the mainline Protestant denominations have drifted into modernism and apostasy. Many unsaved “protestants” began heretical religious movements. But in this unorganized mishmash called evangelical Protestantism that the world ridicules and scorns, the Gospel still shines brightly and the Holy Spirit still draws sinners to Jesus Christ.

“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28

The world respects wealth, power, organizational structure, historical pedigrees, and the trappings of ritualistic pomp and ceremony, but the Son of Man had nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58).


We Need to Stop Saying That There Are 33,000 Protestant Denominations
http://www.ncregister.com/blog/scottericalt/we-need-to-stop-saying-that-there-are-33000-protestant-denominations

See also…

The 33,000 Denominations Myth: A Call to Roman Catholic Apologists to Repent of the Use of Simple Dishonesty in Their Presentations
http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php/2007/08/22/the-33000-denominations-myth/