Protestant fears over Catholic Jack Kennedy winning the 1960 presidential election

Romanism in the Light of Scripture
By J. Dwight Pentecost
Amazon Digital Services LLC, 2014, 145 pages

When John F. Kennedy formally announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States in January, 1960, Protestant ministers across the nation were greatly alarmed. Kennedy was a Roman Catholic and it was generally accepted that Catholics in this country placed their loyalty to the pope in Rome above their loyalty to the American Constitution. Protestant pastors warned their congregations not to vote for Kennedy and a number of books and pamphlets were published to that effect.

This book, first published in 1962 by Moody Press, collects a number of sermons from J. Dwight Pentecost (d. 2014, photo right) that warned of the ascendency of Catholicism in American politics and government. Pentecost was pastor of Grace Bible Church in Dallas, Texas from 1958 to 1976 and also a professor of Bible exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1955 to 2014.

Chapters include:

  1. Is Rome a church or a state?
  2. Is Mary the Mother of God?
  3. Is Mary Co-Remptrix?
  4. Was Peter the first pope?
  5. Is salvation by works or by faith?
  6. Is there a purgatory?
  7. What if the Vatican controls the White House?

Chapters 2-6, which focus on theology, provide excellent comparisons of Roman Catholic doctrines with Biblical Christianity that are still valid today. Most important is chapter 5, which compares Rome’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit with the Biblical Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Man-pleasing, doctrine-lite, ecumenical evangelicals would like to smooth over or dismiss the unbridgeable theological differences with Rome and Roman Catholics in defiance of Scripture and the Lord.

Chapters 1 and 7 provide great insight into the thinking of Protestant pastors at the time of Kennedy’s candidacy and presidency. Pre-Vatican II Catholicism was decidedly much more militant than the version we see today. Popes and prelates had repeatedly declared (and demonstrated throughout Catholic Europe and Latin America) that civil governments were subservient to the Vatican and that the Catholic church had the god-given right to suppress all “heretical” Protestant churches. A few bold American Catholic churchmen parroted these prerogatives even up to the time of the 1960 presidential election. Incredulous? Pentecost quotes several Catholic sources. Is it any wonder that Protestants feared the ascendency of Catholics in American government?

All of this worry seems quaintly paranoid from our vantage point. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) radically changed the Catholic church’s approach to Protestantism, from confrontation to ecumenism. Catholicism’s political power in America also began to wane in the 1960s in conjunction with the rising religious indifference of its membership.* Candidate Jack Kennedy met with Protestant ministers of the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September 1960 in order to quell concerns regarding accusations of his divided loyalties. See the transcript of his speech here. Kennedy reassured his audience of his adherence to the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and that the pope would have absolutely no influence on his politics. Of course, we now know that worries about Kennedy were needless. Kennedy was MUCH more focused on procuring female companionship for himself whenever his wife, Jackie, was absent from the White House than he was in seeking policy advice from Francis Cardinal Spellman.

I enjoyed this short book for its solid theological content and also for its window into an era when ecumenism with Rome was anathema to American Protestant leaders. Order the Kindle version from Amazon here. My, how things have changed in only sixty years! These days, a segment of evangelical leaders trip over each other in their rush to betray the Gospel of grace and embrace Catholicism and the pope.

*An example of a contemporary Catholic politician is New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, who unabashedly cohabitates with his girlfriend in the governor’s mansion and strongly endorses “reproductive freedom,” i.e., abortion.

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Dead bones religion

I just love me a good sermon from the Word of God from a Spirit-filled preacher. If you know the Lord and you’ve been to a Jesus-preaching, Gospel-focused, evangelical church with a pastor who has surrendered his heart to God, you know what I’m talking about. A Spirit-filled, godly evangelical preacher can expound on a single Bible verse for an hour and believers’ hearts will dance with joy at His Word.

Sadly, millions of people attend churches – Catholic and most mainline Protestant – where the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone is never preached. Congregants will hear snippets of the Bible and some platitudes about the God of love and being a good neighbor, but there are no convicting words from Scripture about their sinful condition and no invitation to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith alone.

Have you ever attended a Catholic mass? As part of the formalities, the priest gives a short talk called a “homily” (from the Greek homilia – to have communion or hold intercourse with a person). The Vatican advises its clergy to limit their homilies to around eight minutes so as to leave enough time for all of the many rituals of the 45-minute mass.

A homily’s listenability varies widely depending on the priest. Many of these men are socially withdrawn and were initially attracted to the priesthood because of the isolation it offered. Public speaking is generally not their forte. Beyond that, none of these priests preach the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Rather, they propagate a joyless religious system of sacramental grace and merit that leads no one to Heaven.

I was browsing the internet the other day and came across podcasts of the homilies from Peace of Christ Catholic parish. Peace of Christ incorporates three former parishes on the eastside of Rochester, N.Y., including the one I attended as a child and teen. Below is a link to the 9-minute homily given by current pastor, “father” Robert Schrader, on Sunday, April 30, 2017. I invite you to take a listen, even for only a couple of minutes if you’re pressed for time. Argh, this brings back memories of so many Christ-less Sunday mornings! Schrader is obviously reading his prepared homily from a sheet of paper. It’s excruciatingly dry and boring. There’s no joy, no passion, and most importantly, no Gospel of salvation by grace through faith! As a believer, I recoil from this message that’s spiritually DOA.

Take a listen to Schrader’s homily below. You’ll be amazed.

Robert Schrader, homily for 4/30/17

It’s a chore for Catholics to have to sit through these tedious, monotone homilies as well as the accompanying dead liturgical rituals of the mass. Many Catholics legitimately ask themselves, “Why bother?,” when their pope teaches that even atheists can merit Heaven if they follow their consciences and are “good.” Catholic sources report only 20% of Catholics attend obligatory weekly mass while a whopping 56% say they attend mass only “a few times a year,” “rarely,” or “never.”

Praise God, there’s an alternative to “dead bones” religion. His name is Jesus Christ. God the Son came into this world and lived a perfect life so that He could offer it up as a sacrifice for your sins and mine. But Jesus rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and offers eternal life and fellowship with God as a free gift to all those who accept Him by faith alone. No one can merit Heaven by trying to follow the Ten Commandments or their conscience. No one. Go to Jesus in prayer and accept Him as your Savior by faith alone and then ask the Lord to help you find an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s Word without compromise.

Ben Seewald reaches out to Catholics again!

After a very long prodigal “season,” I returned to the Lord in 2014. That same year, our oldest son hooked us up with Netflix. I can’t say I watch a lot of Netflix but I did make it a point to watch the “19 Kids and Counting” show featuring the Duggar family. I watched the first four and a half-seasons until The Learning Channel yanked the show from Netflix.

The Duggars didn’t talk a lot about their religious affiliation directly, but if a viewer paid attention they could gather that they were independent fundamental Baptists who adhered to Bill Gothard’s and Doug Phillips’ ultra-conservative Christian Dominionist/Reconstructionism. Coming from an IFB background myself (although much less hardcore than the Duggars’), I was fascinated by the show. Among many other IFB distinctives, the girls weren’t allowed to have short hairdoos or wear pants. I could argue secondary doctrinal issues with the Duggars but at least they uphold the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE.

The series premiered in 2009 and ran until May 2015 when news headlines revealed oldest son, Josh Duggar, was involved in several scandalous transgressions. A spinoff show, “Counting On,” carries on the Duggar saga, focusing mainly on married daughters, Jill and Jessa.

I recently saw that Jessa’s husband, Ben Seewald (see photo), is making headlines once again with remarks about Catholicism. Back in 2014, Seewald posted some comments critical of Roman Catholicism on his Facebook account, which caused a firestorm among 19 Kids and Counting’s Catholic fans. I see in the recent article below from a virtual gossip rag that Ben has posted on Facebook and Instagram that he’s currently reading James White’s excellent “The Roman Catholic Controversy: Catholics and Protestants – Do the Differences Still Matter?” (see my review here) to further educate himself regarding Catholicism’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit and Catholic fans are up in arms once again.

Up until about fifty years ago, most evangelicals were very aware that Catholicism’s gospel of sacramental grace and merit was a false gospel. But because of the ecumenical push by Rome and some Judas evangelicals, the differences between Catholicism’s false gospel and the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE have been blurred in the minds of many. It’s now considered unkind, unloving, and intolerant to warn Catholics that they are on the wide way to destruction. I admire young Ben Seewald for upholding the Gospel of grace despite undoubtedly enormous pressure from network executives and family to keep his mouth shut.

Persevere in the Lord, Ben Seewald! There’s already way too much cooperation, compromise, and betrayal within evangelicalism.


Ben Seewald: Duggar Husband Studies To Refute Catholicism While Jill and Derick Evangelize to Catholics
http://www.inquisitr.com/4166855/ben-seewald-duggar-husband-studies-to-refute-catholicism-while-jill-and-derick-evangelize-to-catholics/

Weekend Update – News & Views – 4/22/17

In 2000, former-president, Jimmy Carter, announced that he was severing ties with the Southern Baptist Convention because it had ruled that its affiliated churches could not ordain women as pastors. But here it is, seventeen years later, and Carter is still teaching Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, which states on its web site that it’s affiliated with the SBC, although it reserves the right to “ordain whom they perceive as gifted for ministry.” Carter is now suggesting that former Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi (d. 1948), a committed Hindu, may be in Heaven. What Bible does Carter teach from in Sunday School? It’s definitely not the same Bible I read and study. We’re seeing the heresy of universalism making increasing inroads into “evangelicalism” (e.g., “The Shack”). There’s about 47,000 churches in the SBC and they range in belief from solid Christian orthodoxy on one end to Rick Warren’s ecumenical apostasy on the other.

Now that Hanegraaff has joined the Greek Orthodox church he needs to do the honest thing and remove himself from the supposed “evangelical” Christian Research Institute and the “Bible Answer Man” radio show.

Churches that include denominational affiliations in their names just don’t cut it with young “seekers” these days. The Saddleback/Willow Creek/Peter Drucker marketing model dictates that churches not only drop denominational labels but also doctrinal distinctives.

Week after week I’ve been including stories on Catholic conservatives’ growing disenchantment with pope Francis. He’s trying to keep the ship afloat by making some pragmatic changes, even if the changes involve previously “infallible” dogma.

It’s ironic that this Catholic college is uncomfortable about its yoga classes while ecumenical evangelicals can’t get enough of Catholicism’s “contemplative spirituality.”

Speaking of contemplation, the Catholic church has had thirty years to formulate and enact a decisive response to its pedophile priest abuse and cover-up scandal. But the fetid wound just keeps on oozing. What parent in their right mind would ever leave their child in the care of a Catholic priest?

Many people are strongly attracted to sacramental ceremony and ritual. For many, religion equates to an elaborate liturgy, robes, and incense rather than a personal saving faith in Jesus Christ.

I’ve written many times about Roman Catholicism’s very sad misinterpretation of John 6 and the Last Supper passages. Receiving Christ is accepting Him as Savior by faith alone, NOT eating Him! Catholics say Jesus’ words MUST be interpreted literally in John 6:35-59, but if that were the case, salvation would just be a matter of lining up every Sunday morning and eating a communion bread wafer just as once-faithful Catholics, Adolf Hitler, Al Capone, Tomás de Torquemada, and Rodrigo de Borja (pope Alexander VI) used to do, because Jesus certainly stated, “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (John 6:51).

This week, Russia’s Supreme Court upheld an earlier Justice Ministry order banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating on Russian territory. All JW property will now be immediately confiscated by Putin’s government. Putin is also clamping down on other religious groups that compete with the government sanctioned Russian Orthodox church including evangelical Christians. Will Putin outlaw evangelical Christianity like he has the JWs? Last year he signed a law which restricts evangelism to church properties. Similar persecution could happen here in the U.S. in the coming years for churches that hold to increasingly unpopular Biblical “hate speech” regarding homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and apostate denominations.

Unsettling

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Woodlawn
Directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin
Pure Flix Entertainment, 2015, 124 minutes

Every morning on my drive into work, I catch the tail-end of evangelist Greg Laurie’s radio show. I’m not a big fan because of Laurie’s ecumenical leanings but many months ago I heard him discussing “Woodlawn” with one of the movie’s directors and I picked up the DVD out of curiosity. This week I finally got around to watching it.

Plot

In 1973 in his sophomore year, African-American student, Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille), is bused to Woodlawn, a previously segregated all-white high school in Birmingham, Alabama. Nathan is an extremely talented athlete but Coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) keeps him on the bench because he doesn’t want to rile the good ol’ boys of the community who are already on edge. Racial tensions on the team compound an already dismal start to the football season. A Christian evangelist, Hank Erwin (Sean Astin), asks if he can give a motivational talk to the team and most of the players profess accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. Racial tensions ease as the players are increasingly united in their faith. Nathan is given the starting job as the team’s featured running back, but as the wins begin piling up he must reconcile his growing popularity with a budding romantic relationship and with his faith in Christ.

The Gospel begins to spread through the high school campus and Bible studies and prayer groups become the norm. Even reluctant Coach Gerelds accepts Christ. Impacted by what’s happening at Woodlawn, the revival spreads to other high school campuses. A large number of the players from the Banks high school football team, once a bitter rival of Woodlawn, also accept Christ. Forty-thousand fans turn out to watch Woodlawn play Banks but it’s more about cheering for Jesus and racial harmony than for a ball game.

Commentary

The writing, acting, and production standards of this film all leave a lot to be desired.

Additional thoughts from a believer

It was somewhat inspirational to see this portrayal of faith spreading so quickly among so many, but how many of the young people of Birmingham actually accepted Christ in 1973 and how many were just caught up in religious emotionalism and hysteria? “Woodlawn” left me with an uneasy feeling. This film gives a great deal of credit for the Woodlawn “revival” to the after-effects of “Explo 72,” a Campus Crusade for Christ conference that drew more than 80,000 college and high school students to the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas, Texas over the course of five days in 1972, featuring Billy Graham and Bill Bright as the main speakers. An affiliated, one-day music concert, later dubbed as the “Christian Woodstock,” drew over 100,000.

Graham is hailed as the greatest evangelist of our times yet no one has done more to blur the Gospel of grace and further evangelical ecumenism with Rome. At the end of the film, viewers are encouraged to attend Laurie’s Harvest 2016 happening in Dallas as well as the ecumenical “Together 2016” event in Washington, D.C., which included a video message from pope Francis. When the credits rolled at the end of “Woodlawn,” I was not surprised to see the executive producers were Roman Catholic/New Age ecumenist, Roma Downey, and her husband, Mark Burnett.

Tainted by association

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Night Journey From Rome
By Clark Butterfield
Chick Publications, 1982, 207 pages

Clark Butterfield was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1965 and “served” in that capacity in California, Kansas, and Michigan until 1973. After losing confidence in various Catholic dogmas, he left the priesthood without scandal and obtained a job working in the offices of the Detroit Police Department, although he still practiced his Catholic religion. He was led to the Lord by a fellow member of the police department in 1978 and subsequently wrote this book, which includes his personal testimony and comparisons of God’s Word with Catholicism in regards to Mary, church authority, confession, the eucharist, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and end times eschatology.

In attempting to get this book published, Butterfield relates that several of the main Christian book publishers rejected his finished manuscript because it was anti-ecumenical. Butterfield then sent the manuscript to Chick Publications where the controversial Alberto Rivera championed its publication. Butterfield died in 1981 and this book was published the following year.

This is a strange book in more than a few regards. At the beginning of the book Jack Chick inserts a publisher’s note and Rivera adds an introduction. A preface attributed to Butterfield is highly complimentary of Rivera although Butterfield’s core original manuscript includes absolutely no hints of Rivera-like claims of Jesuit world-wide conspiracies. A postscript written by Jim MacKinnon, the man who led Butterfield to the Lord, which is also mildly complimentary of Rivera, closes the book. It’s suggested that Butterfield’s death was suspicious in nature but such an insinuation is par for the course in any Chick publication.

Jack Chick was already publishing hard-hitting, comic tracts that were very popular in fundamentalist circles when he hooked up with Rivera, who claimed to be an ex-Jesuit bishop, in 1979 and the two would proceed to write and publish a boatload of comic books, tracts, and books, which purported that every calamity in the history of Western civilization could be traced to the Jesuits and the Vatican. Rivera stoked the Chick conspiracy engine until his death in 1997. Those outlandish attacks on Catholicism did much to undermine the witness of responsible Gospel outreach ministries to Roman Catholics. I believe Satan was the inspiration behind Alberto Rivera and Chick Publications. It’s a shame “Night Journey From Rome” was published by Chick because, excluding the favorable extraneous references to Rivera and Chick that I mentioned, it’s an informative testimony from an ex-Catholic priest.

Don’t you dare try to correct me! I’m a priest!!!

FC

Although I left Catholicism and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior several decades ago, I like to listen to Catholic talk radio daily just to keep abreast of what’s going on within the RCC. The show I listen to regularly is “Calling All Catholics” on The Station of the Cross, WLOF (Our Lady of Fatima) 101.7 FM out of nearby Buffalo, New York. Catholic priest, Rick Poblocki, pastor of St. Josaphat’s in Cheektowaga, N.Y. (a Buffalo suburb), is featured on Tuesdays and Thursdays and he’s by far my favorite call-taker because he’s just so entertaining in a rough, gruff, unpolished, “youse guys” kind of way.

Rick is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense priest who sounds like he would have very much enjoyed the veneration given to the “alter Christus” clergy back in the pre-Vatican II, church-militant era, when the pious faithful used to kiss the hands of their parish priests, who claimed to change bread wafers and wine with their hands into the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Back in those days, no Catholic would have even dreamt of standing up to their priest, which of course led to all kinds of abuses. On questions regarding evangelicals, Rick usually starts off in a very conciliatory tone but as things progress and he begins to get lathered up, he can be counted on to refer to evangelical ministers as “Reverend Billy Bob” and to evangelical Christians as “Bible thumpers” or “Bible bangers.” Yes, it’s all very entertaining when the polite facade comes down.

Today I was listening to the podcast of the 12/03/2013 show and a listener had the audacity to send in an email correcting the priest. In an earlier portion of the show, Rick had referred to the deceased mother Teresa (d. 1997) as being in Heaven. But the Catholic church wouldn’t actually canonize mother Teresa until September 4, 2016, almost three years after this show was broadcast. Let’s pick up on Rick’s reaction to the insolent listener:

Mike Denz, show moderator: We’re gonna go to one of those emails we got from Jim in Rochester (N.Y.). “Father Rick mentioned that mother Teresa is in Heaven. How does he know that?” And then he puts a Latin phrase in there that I believe…

Rick Poblocki, priest: Oremus Pro Invicem.

MD: “Let’s pray for each other,” is that right, or “Pray for one another”?

RP: Who knows.

MD: [Laughs]

RP: Anyway, here’s the thing. Well, Jim, I’d say this, nobody really knows until the church canonizes her but there’s a sure bet that she probably is. Probably because she never asked such a snotty question of a priest or tried to make him look stupid. And if you want to say something in Latin, why don’t you try the “Miserere,” Psalm 51, and see how that one works? Next question. Let’s do something real here.


It became very popular among some compromising evangelical pastors to hold up Billy Graham and mother Teresa as exemplary Christians to their congregations. Unfortunately, Billy Graham drifted into ecumenism early in his career and then into universalism. Mother Teresa upheld the Catholic church’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit and also championed universalism. Despite what Rick and the Catholic church claim, nobody really knows if mother Teresa is in Heaven. If she accepted Christ as her Savior by faith alone before she died then she is in Heaven. But if she held onto the Catholic church’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit then she died in her sins and went to hell.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14

“Sola Scriptura”? What does that mean?

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God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture
By Matthew Barrett
Zondervan, 2016, 402 pages

When it comes to theology, I like to keep things simple. Very simple. I often like to say I’m definitely a Theology 101 kind of guy. Thankfully, the Gospel is so simple even a child can understand it, although the Holy Spirit must first remove the spiritual blinders from our eyes and illuminate the truths of God’s saving Word to us.

Over the space of twenty months, Zondervan has released five books in its “The Five Solas Series” commemorating the Reformation solas in this, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The first book, “Faith Alone” (2015) – sola Fida – by Thomas R. Schreiner, was very good. The second, “God’s Glory Alone” (2015) – soli Deo gloria – by David VanDrunen was unfortunately a big disappointment. VanDrunnen removed that sola almost entirely from its Reformation context; no comparisons to Catholicism are made.

I just finished the third book in the series, “God’s Word Alone” (2016), – sola Scriptura – by Matthew Barrett. One of the foundations of the Reformation and subsequently, evangelical orthodoxy, is that all of our spiritual beliefs come from God’s Word. We neither take away from the Bible or add to it. That’s not to say that we turn a blind eye to all tradition (that would be “nuda Scriptura”) but tradition must ALWAYS stand in absolute subjection to God’s Word. Catholicism in contrast decrees that its traditions and magisterium (teaching authority) are on equal par with Scripture. As a consequence, unbiblical and even anti-biblical teaching can (and do) become dogma in Catholicism.

Why did the Reformers stand in opposition to Rome with sola Scriptura? Was sola Scriptura a 16th-century novelty or did God’s Word always affirm this principle? What does Scripture teach about itself regarding its authority in relation to the church and tradition? Barrett tackles all of these question and does a nice job.

This is NOT a breezy book for the beach. “God’s Word Alone” has some heavy lifting but not too much to dissuade a Theology 101 guy like myself. I love God’s Word and I’m so thankful the Lord speaks to me through His Word every day. This book increased my love and appreciation for God’s Word even more. We sometimes take our Bibles for granted but multitudes of believers were put to death because of their stand for sola Scriptura and the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Attacks against God’s Word and the Gospel of grace have been unceasing right up into the present day, currently under the guises of scientific enlightenment, post-modern relativism, experientialism (see TBN), and ecumenism.

Contents

Part 1: God’s Word under Fire, Yesterday and Today
1. The Road to Reformation: Biblical Authority in the Sixteenth Century
2. The Modern Shift in Authority: The Enlightenment, Liberalism, and Liberalism’s Nemesis
3. Today’s Crisis over Biblical Authority: Evangelicalism’s Apologetic and the Postmodern Turn

Part 2: God’s Word in Redemptive History
4. God’s Word in the Economy of the Gospel: Covenant, Trinity, and the Necessity of a Saving Word
5. God Speaks Covenantal Words: Creation, Fall, and the Longing for a Better World
6. God’s Covenantal Word Proves True: Christ, the Word Made Flesh

Part 3: The Character of God’s Word and Contemporary Challenges
7. God Speaks with Authority: The Inspiration of Scripture
8. God Speaks Truthfully: The Inerrancy of Scripture
9. God Speaks to Be Heard: The Clarity of Scripture
10. God’s Speech is Enough: The Sufficiency of Scripture

Conclusion: Always Reforming According to the Word of God

Down the road I’ll probably be reading the remaining two books in the series, “Grace Alone: Salvation as a Gift of God” (April 18, 2017) by Carl R. Trueman and “Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior” (April 18, 2017) by Stephen Wellum.

“Feeling Hollow? Discover the TRUE meaning of Easter.”

HL

I was skimming through today’s newspaper and came across this full page ad from the Green family and Hobby Lobby.

That’s what I’m talking about!

We are all guilty sinners and deserve God’s eternal judgement but He loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross at Calvary. Jesus rose from the grave, conquering sin and death, and offers eternal life and fellowship with God to all those who accept Him as their Savior through faith alone.

Church membership won’t save you. Trying to obey the Ten Commandments won’t save you. Trying to be an all-around good person won’t save you. Christ is reaching out to you. Accept Him as your Savior today.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12-13