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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pope Francis got the memo two thousand years late…

Posted by Gary on November 22, 2016

“Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.” (Matthew 12:31)

The Vatican announced yesterday that Pope Francis, “extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world.” So, we are to understand that in 2016, some two thousand years after Christ declared that “any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people”, that Francis has extended the power to all priests to forgive abortion? Apparently Francis and many popes before him did not get the memo that Jesus had already declared that any sin and blasphemy (save the blasphemy against the Spirit) shall be forgiven. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

What wolves?

Posted by Gary on March 22, 2014

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

When one surveys the landscape of American Christianity today primarily through discussion and comments on social media, one is left wondering if anyone believes the warning Jesus gave us in Matthew 7:15. You can sample such a discussion on Dan Gaffney’s Facebook page here.

What Jesus intended us to hear cannot be mistaken. As always, Jesus speaks clearly and frankly. Jesus has warned us that that there are false prophets and that these prophets are wolves (who by the way, eat sheep). So deceptive are these false prophets, they actually appear to be one of the sheep they are determined to devour.

If we took Jesus seriously, we would weigh carefully the teaching and example of every person who claims to be Christ’s messenger using the infallible measuring rod for such examination, the Word of God.

But what we find increasingly is that people, yes, I am afraid many Christians included, have no willingness or intention of examining, weighing and passing judgment on those who seek to influence the destiny of their eternal soul or the souls of  others.

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Someone else gets it

Posted by Gary on July 28, 2011

In my research about Glenn Beck and his “Restoring Courage” event I came across an article by Moshe Feiglin posted in the Jewish Press. It was very interesting to me that Mr. Feiglin, who is Jewish seems to get something that I am afraid many Christians do not. It may be that Mr. Feiglin is not aware that historic Christianity considers Mormonism a heresy and a cult but this aside, Feiglin understands that there is something underneath Glenn Beck’s support of Israel that must not be obscured by his good intentions.

Would that more Christians were as discerning and concerned about Glenn Beck’s religious doctrines but alas, we don’t seem to care. So what if Glenn Beck believes that God was once a man who became God, that Jesus is a lesser god and that we too can become gods, he’s a conservative and wants to restore America to 1776 or at least to 1952 and that’s all that matters.

Mr. Feiglin seems to be concerned that Glenn Beck would seek to turn Israel to Christianity. My concern is that Beck is not a Christian himself and would have us believe that who God is doesn’t ultimately matter as long as we accomplish certain earthly, moral causes. Glenn Beck teaches us that all faiths can truly claim to have God and call on him, this simply put is idolatry not truth.

Moshe Feiglin and I are from different faiths. The differences between our beliefs are uncompromisable and have eternal consequences. Yet, there is something we can both see, there is something underneath Glenn Beck’s moral activities that must not be ignored.

Here is an excerpt from Feiglin’s article:

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Understanding Rob Bell

Posted by Gary on April 19, 2011

Isaiah 53:10 “But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.”

One must understand when listening to Rob Bell and others like him that when they just seem to be asking something, they are really saying something. Questions do not always mean inquiry, questions can actually be a subtle way of declaring. This is Rob Bell, ask, ask, just asking when all the while he is sowing falsehood and lies about God and the gospel (see this serious parody of Rob Bell and his method).

Here is an excerpt from Bell’s promotional video for his latest book, “Love Wins”:

“And so, what gets, subtlety, sort of caught and taught is that Jesus rescues you from God. But what kind of God is that; that we would need to be rescued from this God? How could that God ever be good; how could that God ever be trusted? And how could that ever be good news?”

What does Jesus rescue us from? God’s wrath against evil and sin. It’s not good that God hates evil and sin? A God who hates evil can’t be trusted? Would someone please explain the logic of this question? A God who holds men accountable for their actions in accord with absolute truth and righteousness can’t be trusted?

What Rob Bell is really asking (saying) is, “Don’t you dislike the idea of a just, righteous God?” This is the danger of Bell’s questions, he is posing them to idolatrous hearts (yes, like mine), knowing that in our falleness we hate God’s justice. “Yeah” the devil sneers into our ears, “What kind of God is this who punishes?” “Doesn’t He know you mean well and that that deep down you are really a good person?”

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