Devout Catholic consumes stranger’s vomit?

Warning: If you are of a squeamish nature, you may want to skip this post, although it presents an excellent example of the bizarreness of Catholic doctrines when they are pursued to their ultimate conclusion.

Roman Catholics are taught that during the mass their priests change bread wafers and wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. The mass attendees then line up and receive the Jesus wafer from the priest and consume it, believing they are actually eating Jesus and communing with Him and receiving graces for fifteen minutes while the wafer is broken down in their digestive tract.

Belief in the “transubstantiation” of the bread wafer into Jesus has some very strange consequences. Catholics come to church during off-hours to worship and adore a large Jesus wafer displayed on the altar. Catholics have been known to enter a burning church building to rescue surplus Jesus wafers stored in the altar “tabernacle” from the flames. Any irreverence or harm to the Jesus wafer is seen as an intolerable desecration.

I recently came across the audio-video far below of a five-minute segment from the 07/11/18 edition of the “Take 2 with Jerry & Debbie” Catholic talk-radio show broadcast on the EWTN network. An anonymous Catholic woman who identified herself as “Mary” from Houston, Texas called into the show and shared her disturbing story. At the 0:55 mark of the video, Mary relates the following:

“… I used to bring communion to the hospitals…and I gave this one lady communion, and she immediately puked. And I felt like, okay, what are you supposed to do?

And so I gathered, you know, all the vomit and the host in this little plastic bag. And then I started thinking, How can I leave Jesus there? That is just disgusting. What can I do?

I swallowed it. I swallowed the whole bag.

[Laughs]

… I did! I couldn’t stand to leave Him there!

And then I went to Mass, and I was in the choir, and guess what the song was? “Look Beyond the Bread You Eat, See Your Savior and your God.”

[Laughs]

I mean, that was definitely no coincidence! That was…He was saying, “Yep, I appreciated it!”

This poor, deluded woman swallowed a plastic bag containing a stranger’s vomit believing she was doing the proper thing. Did program co-host, Debbie Georgianni, then counsel the woman to curb her bizarre piety? How could she when her church teaches the consecrated bread wafer is actually Jesus? While Georgianni states that if she were in the same predicament she would have taken the vomit to a church for proper disposal, she commends Mary for “how (she) handled the situation” and praises her for “how beautiful(ly) you responded from your heart because you care so much about the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord in the eucharist.”

Roman Catholicism butchers John 6:22-71 with a literalistic interpretation, but the passage is all about belief and saving faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, NOT about physically eating Him!

Postscript: Contemplating this horrible story, one can’t help but think of the unmentioned final outcome. The plastic bag containing the vomited Jesus wafer was ultimately excreted into the Houston sewer system. No, my Savior, the King of kings and Lord of lords is not flushed down into a sewer system!

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” – John 6:27-29

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Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/14/18

In the above article, a Catholic deacon explains his church’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. Although Catholicism pays lip service to “grace” and “faith,” the bottom line for every Catholic is they must “cooperate with grace” (i.e., obey the Ten Commandments and church rules) in order to merit Heaven.

It’s not a question of “can” the Catholic church change its teachings regarding homosexuality. Pope Francis and his progressive allies have already made great strides in moving the church towards “affirming” practicing LGBTers.

Pastor Leonardo De Chirico of Rome, Italy is the driving force behind the Reformanda Initiative, which seeks to educate evangelicals regarding the differences between Catholicism’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit and the Gospel of grace. Why don’t we see a similar effort in the United States?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was recently in the news again as a possible candidate to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy. Coney Barrett is a charismatic Catholic and a member of the People of Praise “covenant community,” a cultish group comprised mainly of Catholics that seeks to promote ecumenism.

The effects of Pope Francis’ most recent airplane-aisle ruling, allowing individual bishops to decide on intercommunion with Protestants, continue to ripple through the church, but with noticeably less opposition than his lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in 2016. Are church conservatives being worn down?

Opposition mounts as efforts to canonize two anti-Semites, Polish cardinal, August Hlonde and G.K. Chesterton, continue.

Mega-churches continue to bend to the culture to attract visitors. What will be the next innovation? Here’s some speculation from The Babylon Bee.

“I stopped going to mass because I wasn’t getting anything out of it.”

Millions upon millions of American Catholics have dropped away from their church over the past several decades because, try and try as hard as they might, they just could not find any satisfaction sitting in a pew for one hour at obligatory Sunday mass, witnessing the same rote ritual over and over, again and again. The common complaint that’s heard from these former or lapsed Catholics is, “I didn’t get anything out of the mass so I stopped going.” This oft-repeated remark drives pious Catholics crazy who respond with vigor that the mass isn’t supposed to be a feel-good event, but is an obligation of Catholic worship by which attendees offer proper and due sacrifice unto God and are blessed with sacramental grace.

The other day, I was listening to the 6/29/18 podcast of the “Called to Communion” Catholic talk radio show. The stated purpose of the show is to convince Protestants to convert to Catholicism. Maureen from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin called in at the 24:35 mark to say that she was a former Catholic who had “stopped going to (mass) because (she) wasn’t getting anything out of it” and that in all her years in Catholicism, she “never learned how to have a relationship with God.” Maureen went on to say that she eventually started attending a “Bible-preaching, Christian church” and “did find that relationship with God.” In closing, she asked Anders, somewhat inarticulately, “Why somebody can get out of a different church something (they weren’t) able to get out of the Catholic church?”

Program host, David Anders, responded with several points. He conceded that many Protestant churches offer a type of “warm, affective spirituality,” a condescending phrase he repeated three times. He spoke about how he was brought up in evangelical Christianity, but after much study as an adult, he become convinced of the “objective” authenticity and authority of Catholicism. He reiterated that the prime reason for worship is to offer sacrifice, which is the fulcrum of the mass, where bread wafers and wine are allegedly transformed by the priest into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ and offered up to God the Father as a sacrifice for the sins of the congregants, and that Protestant worship services, by comparison, do not include sacrifice. Anders apologized to Maureen on behalf of the church for her deficient religious training (aka “bad catechesis”), which did not help her to feel like she could have a relationship with God within the Catholic church.

My take? Well, there’s a lot to reply to, but I’ll keep it brief.

  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; the mass is on the list of the most boring hours a person could ever spend. There is no genuine joy and worship at the mass. The attendees don’t know Jesus Christ as Savior and the mass is a perfunctory exercise in ritualistic religious legalism. The sacrificial priesthood and ongoing sacrifice for sin were done away with by Jesus Christ.
  • Maureen spoke about “finding a relationship with God” at a Bible-preaching church. I don’t want to be critical of Maureen, but that kind of vague talk is helpful to no one. The same thing goes for such sayings as “I gave my life to Jesus” or “I accepted Jesus into my heart.” If you’re born-again in Christ then please tell people that you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your SAVIOR, not some obscure, milquetoast cliché. Yes, a born-again Christian does have a “relationship with God” through Jesus Christ, but such an ambiguity could mean ten different things to ten different people. When you tell people that you trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior and He forgave all of your sins, now you’re making a stand for Christ and the Gospel.
  • Anders boasts that his academic studiousness and objectivity led him to Catholicism. Really? Other scholars have studied the Bible and Christianity and have placed their trust in Jesus Christ by faith alone. But worldly wisdom is not the key to salvation. It is the Holy Spirit who gives sight to the spiritually blind.
  • I went through Catholic grade school and high school and never did I or my classmates ever hear about the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The only thing we heard about was the Catholic bad news of salvation through sacramental grace and merit. Bad catechesis? No, Dr. Anders, it was the ONLY catechesis available and that is still the case.

When lapsed Catholics say they stopped attending mass because they weren’t getting anything out it, they are proclaiming the honest truth. Besides, the mass is a blasphemy against God and people are better off by not attending. Catholic friend, come out of religious legalism and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone. After you have accepted Christ, you will truly enjoy gathering with fellow evangelical brothers and sisters in Christ and worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth.

But doesn’t Scripture call homosexuality a sin? No problem. Just avoid all of those “problematic” Scripture passages.

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship, of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity
By James Martin, SJ
Harper One, 2017, 150 pages

For decades, the progressive wing of the Roman Catholic church has been pushing for acceptance and “affirmation” of the church’s active LGBT members. Given the amount of headlines I’m seeing in the Catholic press, there are signs that this crusade is moving toward a critical, watershed moment. Jesuit priest, James Martin (photo left), serves as the unofficial point man for the pro-Gay movement within the church and his name is increasingly mentioned in related articles and news stories, both pro and con.

In this short but very influential book, Martin makes his case for the church to accept and affirm active LGBT members. In Martin’s viewpoint, it’s not a matter of homosexuality being sinful. Not at all. He starts from the premise that God made homosexuals just the way they are, therefore sin cannot be connected to their behavior. In this book, homosexuality is presented as a gift from God that the church must respect like any other. Martin calls for the church to repent of its bigoted past attitude towards active LGBT members, just as he calls upon active LGBT members to repent of their disrespectful attitudes towards the church’s “overburdened” and formerly intolerant hierarchy.

Although there are several references to Scripture passages that appeal to love and acceptance, the Bible passages that identify homosexuality as a sin are noticeable by their absence.

All of the above is essentially a moot point because Roman Catholicism does not teach the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. But as a Vatican observer, it’s interesting to watch the liberal and conservative factions of the church jostling for advantage in this mounting controversy. Pope Francis has already overturned church dogma by lifting the ban on communion for remarried divorcees and by leaving the question of intercommunion with liberal Protestants up to each bishop. Will Francis also be able to overturn the church’s teaching on same-sex relationships and marriages or is the 81-year-old pontiff pragmatically preparing the way for his successor?

I don’t recommend this book to anyone. My interest was merely to get a clearer understanding of progressive Catholics’ views on homosexuality and all of my questions were answered.

Postscript: Martin suggests elsewhere that 30% of Catholic priests are homosexuals.

Living Biblically 10 – “The Bible is sexist”

CBS is currently airing the last several episodes of its cancelled “Living Biblically” sit-com. I was able to catch up with episode 10 via CBS’s free app that I downloaded to my Kindle.

Living Biblically
Episode 10, “Submit to Thy Husband”
CBS, originally aired 7/7/18

Plot

Chip’s wife, Leslie, is pregnant so he decides to start up a weekly poker game with “the boys” before his domestic responsibilities ramp up. When Leslie, a nurse practitioner, comes home from work exhausted, Chip suggests that she should quit her job and stay home to raise the baby, referencing the Bible as the inspiration for his idea. Leslie is angered by what she perceives as Chip’s Bible-fueled aim to dominate her.

The guy crew (priest Gene, rabbi Gil, friend Vince, and the workplace security guard) show up at Chip and Leslie’s apartment for the card game, but Leslie is too angry to play the polite hostess. When Chip’s boss, Ms. Meadows, also drops by, Leslie imposes on her to go down to the local saloon for a “girl’s night out.”

At the bar, Leslie shares her marital conflict with Ms. Meadows. The latter confides she was “raised in the church,” but has no use for the Bible any longer, calling it “sexist” (the character is an unabashed lesbian). She quotes Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit to your own husbands…,” as evidence that the Bible is no longer to be taken seriously.

Back at the apartment, a distracted Chip continues to send unacknowledged conciliatory texts to Leslie rather than focusing on the card game. Aware of the details of Chip’s marital troubles, priest Gene advises him that the Bible was written for a different time and needs a “modern interpretation.”

When Leslie returns home, Chip apologizes for his heavy handedness and promises to submit to her as they submit to each other.

Commentary

Ephesians 5:22 is egregiously offensive to many unbelieving…and believing…women. But taken together in context with the entire passage of Ephesians 5:22-33, we see both husband and wife instructed to love the other with a sacrificial, servant love. Yes, the husband is to be the head of the family. Not a dictator, but a servant leader. Many Christian husbands have abdicated their spiritual leadership role. Yes, there have been some men who have unfortunately used the Bible to justify mistreating their wives. Many Christian wives have followed the world’s example and sought to dominate their husband.

The Lord’s instructions for a husband and wife on how they are to function together does not need a “modern interpretation,” although you can be sure that the culture is not going to agree with that.

It stung me to watch this episode and listen to God’s Word being strongly attacked. The Gospel is not connected with this series in any way, folks. This is all someone’s interpretation of the Bible who doesn’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


Husbands, Love Your Wives
https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-383/husbands-love-your-wives

The Willful Submission of a Christian Wife
https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-382/the-willful-submission-of-a-christian-wife

Ecumenical confusion

Alter Girl: Walking Away From Religion Into the Heart of Faith
By Andrea Syverson
Lifetree Publishing, 2017, 230 pages

A few weeks ago, I was taking my periodic stroll through our local (c)hristian bookstore (aka spiritual minefield) and “Alter Girl” caught my eye. What’s this? A book about a woman who accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and came out of Catholicism? Well, not exactly. As I skimmed through the book while standing in the aisle of the bookstore, I quickly determined that it had some problems, but bought it anyway to see how “hip” evangelicalism views Roman Catholicism.

Andrea Syverson was born into a devout Catholic family in New Jersey and attended Catholic schools all the way up through graduate school. She cautiously began dating an evangelical Christian, Dean, and one thing led to another until they finally married. As a compromise between Andrea’s liturgical Catholicism and Dean’s nondenominational evangelicalism, they became members of a Lutheran church (Dean came from a Lutheran background) and Andrea warmed to many of the beliefs of Protestantism. After several years, the couple felt increasingly restricted at the Lutheran church and joined a loosey-goosey, nondenominational, seeker-sensitive church. As that church gradually became more institutionalized, the couple opted out and now celebrate being non-affiliated lone rangers.

In this book, there’s lots of talk about God’s love and about Jesus becoming a person’s best friend, but as the author moved from Catholicism to Protestantism to evangelicalism, there’s nothing in her testimony about personal repentance of sin and accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior by faith alone. Andrea looks back at her time in Catholicism with a good degree of gratefulness, and alleges that the Catholic church teaches the genuine Gospel (“We’re all celebrating the same Good News” – p. 186), but has found that, for her, evangelicalism is a better way.

This book reflects the unfortunate inclusive, ecumenical thinking embraced by many evangelicals, but Catholicism’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit is radically different from the genuine Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Syverson uses Eugene Peterson’s half-baked “The Message” (it can’t even be called a paraphrase like the NLT) as her Scriptural reference throughout, which is problematic in itself. She also quotes or refers approvingly to Catholic clerics and apologists, promoters of emergent church philosophy, and ecumenists including (fasten your seatbelt) C.S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Priscilla Shirer, Father James Martin, Brennan Manning, Mother Teresa, Sister Joyce Rupp, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Father Michael Marsh, G.K. Chesterton, Father Richard Rohr, Richard Foster, Tim Keller, Thomas Merton, Father George Montague, and Dallas Willard.

Is Andrea Syverson a blood-bought, born-again follower of Jesus Christ? It’s EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to tell from reading this book. But it’s VERY CLEAR that she is an enthusiastic disciple of the “We All Just Love Jesus” ecumenical movement.

Not recommended.

The (Brief) Return of “Living Biblically”

Every Sunday, I like to quickly peruse through the daily listings in the Sunday newspaper’s television booklet to see if there’s anything worth watching in the coming week, usually without any success, but yesterday I noticed that CBS had put the remaining five episodes of its cancelled sit-com, “Living Biblically,” in its rotation. Episodes 9 & 10 were broadcast Saturday, July 7, episodes 11 & 12 will be broadcast Saturday, July 14, and the final episode is slated for Saturday July 21. Yesterday, I downloaded the free CBS app and watched episode 9.

Living Biblically
Episode 9, “Never Let Loyalty Leave You”
CBS, originally aired 7/7/18

If you remember from my reviews of the previous episodes, the show follows the comic adventures of a lapsed Roman Catholic, Chip (Jay R. Ferguson), who is shaken by the death of his best friend and vows to live his life “100% according to the Bible” with the help of his “God Squad,” his parish priest and a rabbi friend, much to the chagrin of his atheist wife, Leslie (Lindsey Kraft). Chip sees himself as a “good” person who desires to be “even better” by following the Bible literally.

Plot

This episode begins with Chip inside the confessional booth, disclosing his sins to “father” Gene (Ian Gomez). However, the priest is annoyed with Chip because he’s caught him napping at several masses. Chip pleads that it’s hard to stay awake during mass because it’s so boring.

Chip and his wife then meet up with Vince (Tony Rock), Chip’s workmate and best friend, at the local tavern. Vince explains that he’s going to attend his aunt’s Baptist church the following Sunday in search of a prospective girlfriend. Out of curiosity, Chip and Leslie decide they will attend as well.

Chip and his wife are overwhelmed by the friendliness and enthusiasm at the predominantly-Black, Baptist church, so unlike the environment at his Catholic church.  Vince’s Aunt Estelle befriends Leslie and tries to witness to her about Jesus. During the service, Chip sways and dances to the opening Gospel music (“Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”) and loudly “Amens” the pastor during his sermon, much to Vince’s embarrassment.

Chip and Leslie are so pleased with the service at the Baptist church that they decide to attend the following Sunday as well. “Father” Gene notices Chip’s absence from mass and confronts him. When Chip confesses he’s attending the Baptist church instead, the priest feels betrayed.

As the next Baptist service begins, the pastor welcomes new visitors and one happens to be “father” Gene, who came to the church because he is curious why Chip is forsaking Catholicism for the Baptist church. Chip is impressed that his priest-friend went to all of that trouble and resolves to return to the Catholic church, despite the boredom.

Commentary

The matter of which church a person attends on Sunday shouldn’t be based on where they feel most entertained. The vital question is, Does the church preach the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone or not? Every Catholic church preaches the same false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit. No one can find forgiveness and spiritual rebirth in Christ by following the standard Catholic salvation theology. Unlike the fictional Gene, most real-life priests would have warned their parishioners that they MUST worship at a Catholic church on Sunday or incur a soul-damning mortal sin.

This episode had a few elements of truth, but ultimately retreated to a message of loyalty to a religious brand. Being loyal to your family’s false religious heritage is spiritually useless. Jesus Christ is the Only Way. You must repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone.

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! – News & Views – 7/7/18

In 1962, the Catholic bishop of nearby Buffalo, Joseph Burke (photo right), officially banned the national dance craze, the “Twist,” popularized by Chubby Checker (photo left), at every Catholic school and parish sponsored dance within the Buffalo diocese. However, by the time I hit the junior high years at my Catholic parochial school (1968-1970), even slow-dancing was acceptable. After I was saved and joined a Baptist church, the admonitions against dancing were a bit jarring, but I got it. The irony that I wanted to point out is that at the very same time bishop Burke was railing against the “Twist,” he was covering up for pedophile priests within his diocese who were molesting children.

It seems like every time I read something about popular mega-church pastor, Andy Stanley, he’s chipping away at confidence in the Bible in some fashion.

The Catholic church in America is hemorrhaging members and closing parishes except in some areas in the South where many former Rust Belters are relocating. It’s ironic that Robert Schuller’s shrine to apostate Protestantism is being turned into a Catholic church. The opening is scheduled for July 19, 2019 after a renovation costing $113 million.

This kind of government-supported intolerance is headed to the U.S.

In the past two years, pope Francis has guilefully changed two fundamental Catholic doctrines by lifting the ban on communion for remarried divorcees and allowing individual bishops to decide on intercommunion with Protestants. Conservative prelates and priests are attempting to counter these changes, as we see in the stories above, but their position is untenable. What will be the next doctrine to fall? Remember when Catholics used to boast that their pope could never lead the church into doctrinal error?

I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior back in the heyday of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and faith and politics were regularly mixed together from the pulpit of our first Bible-preaching church. Well-meaning Christians have different views on this, but I believe the church lost its Gospel focus when it became enmeshed in nationalism and politics.

A couple of years ago I could not have imagined the Catholic conservative rag, the National Catholic Register, publishing articles critical of the pope, but they’ve become commonplace. What? Another book from a Catholic author about the heresies (politely referred to as “paradigm shift” in this article) of Francis? I’m going to need a stronger prescription for my eye glasses at this rate.

Catholic apologists try to sell their church as a united monolith when it’s actually held together by rubber bands and twine, with priests, bishops, and the pope holding conflicting beliefs, most of them un-Biblical from either side of the spectrum.

This is a funny satirical piece but also a sad commentary on today’s evangelicalism as Sarah Young’s books sell like hotcakes.

Priest orders mourners to “get the hell out of my church!”

 

Readers know that I usually collect news stories for the weekend roundup, but sometimes a story requires a separate post all by itself, as in this case.

On June 27th, grieving family and friends gathered at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Newport, Maryland for a funeral mass for the late Agnes Hicks (photo center). Prior to the start of the mass, one of the mourners accidentally knocked over a “sacred” chalice near the altar, damaging it. The parish priest, “Reverend” Michael Briese (photo left), became violently enraged by the accident (photo right).

One of the daughters of the deceased told reporters that the unhinged Briese then told the Hicks family, “There will be no funeral, there will be no mass. Get this thing (the casket) out of my church! Everyone get the hell out of my church!”

The priest called the police to remove the family and friends of the deceased from the church. Once at the scene, the officers determined a crime had not been committed and graciously made immediate arrangements for an alternate funeral service in another county.

Following the incident, Briese and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. issued separate public apologies. The priest has been placed on administrative leave while the diocese “investigates.”

As an ex-Catholic, I don’t find priest Briese’s reaction to be shocking given the circumstances. The Roman Catholic church has always valued its “sacred” religious finery over people. Catholics believe their “sacred” chalices hold the transubstantiated body of Jesus Christ in the forms of bread wafers and wine. For a person to carelessly knock over a “sacred” chalice and damage it would be seen as an act of intolerable desecration by pious Catholics. If there had been Jesus wafers or Jesus wine in the chalice at the time of the accident, well, the priest’s reaction would have been even worse. Try to imagine the Lord Jesus Christ berating a mourning family because someone accidentally damaged a cup. Sigh.

I also need to point out that the mass is a major component of Catholicism’s complex false salvation system, which teaches that salvation is earned through sacramental grace and merit. The mass is blasphemous on so many different levels. My heart grieves for the millions of Catholics who are depending on their priests and the man-made Catholic religious system for their salvation.

Keep in mind that the headlines over the last twenty years have revealed that these celibate priests who are so reverential and protective when it comes to their “sacred vessels” are engaging in the worst kinds of wickedness behind closed doors.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.” – Matthew 23:25-26

Jesus is not in a “sacred” cup and offered up as a victim on Catholic altars. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father and making intercession for everyone who accepts Him as Savior by faith alone. Repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today!


Priest Sorry for Canceling Funeral, Telling Mourners to ‘Get the Hell Out’ of Church Over Broken Chalice
https://www.christianpost.com/news/priest-sorry-for-canceling-funeral-telling-mourners-to-get-the-hell-out-of-church-over-broken-chalice-225674/

Wacky cult – World’s Last Chance (WLC) – buys full-page newspaper ad

The other day, I was perusing through the local newspaper. Yes, I’m one of those old fogeys who still receives a newspaper, although I’ve cut delivery to Thursday through Sunday because of the rapidly escalating price. Anyway, as I was leafing through the various sections I came across a full-page advertisement from an outfit calling itself, World’s Last Chance (WLC). A quick scan of the ad revealed some religious content, always of interest to me, so I read through the entire text.

Briefly, the WLC’s ad claims our solar system is in fact geocentric, with the Sun and the other planets revolving around a FLAT Earth. The WLC claims the Jesuits are responsible for imposing the false, round Earth and heliocentric model of the solar system theories upon the credulous masses. Why would the Jesuits do such a thing? To pave the way for an apocalyptic alien invasion, of course, in which the aliens will actually be demons in disguise. As all humankind teeters on the brink of total annihilation, the Roman Catholic pope will negotiate a false peace with the alien/demon invaders and take his place as the worshipped anti-Christ. A long quote from Revelation (9:1-6), was also included in the ad.

Argh! Such nonsense!

I showed the ad to my wife and she said anytime Scripture goes out into the world, it’s a good thing. My take? The average Joe or Sally who saw this ad is going to conclude, “Hmm, there go those crazy “Bible-bangers” again, espousing insane flat-Earth, geocentrism and Jesuit conspiracies involving the invasion of the planet by demonic Martians!” However, I do strongly believe that the pope will play a major role in the endtimes, and we have already seen the pope’s influence and popularity rise dramatically throughout the world in the last forty years, with Protestants and evangelicals deferring more and more to the pope and Roman Catholicism.

I did a little research and found that World’s Last Chance (WLC) is a break-away group from the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA). There’s all kinds of goofy cults out there, but perhaps the most dangerous is the “respectable” Roman Catholic church. Unfortunately, such groups as the WLC and Chick Publications, with their outrageous Jesuit worldwide conspiracies, have made credible Gospel outreach to Roman Catholics more difficult.

Additional thoughts:

In the early-17th century, scientist, Galileo Galilei was famously condemned as a heretic twice by the Roman Catholic Inquisition for postulating heliocentrism. “Infallible” popes, Paul V and Urban VIII, both signed off on the Inquisition’s rulings. See my post here. As heliocentrism was later proven to be true, Catholic apologists have attempted to explain how popes, who are purported to be infallible in all matters of faith and morals, could have erroneously condemned Galileo on such an important matter, which certainly touched upon faith. Robert Sungenis, who at one time was one of Catholicism’s leading apologists, rightly determined that if Paul V and Urban VIII were wrong in condemning Galileo, the claim to papal infallibility was totally fallacious. Sungenis has since devoted himself to proving geocentrism, thereby exiling himself to the fringes of serious theological debate.