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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Pope's visit to the White House: Did Francis speak for God?

Posted by Gary on September 23, 2015

Pope Francis has arrived and the country is swooning. You can watch his speech here:

The Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ and Successor of Peter spoke at the White House today and in so doing, addressed our President and the entire nation. What would Christ’s Apostle say to us? What would God’s spokesman preach to a nation that has evicted God and Christ from its public life, slaughtered 50 million babies made in God’s image and embraced sodomy? Would he preach? WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Yes, that’s the book for me

Posted by Gary on November 1, 2010

1 Peter 1:23 “for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”

MP9004001381_thumb9For most people yesterday was important because it was Halloween but for those of us who have been born again through the living and enduring Word of God yesterday was Reformation Sunday and our focus on this day is not death and evil (for what else do fallen creatures have to focus on or want to focus on?) but for us, life, eternal life which God has given us through His Word.

The verse quoted at the head of this post makes clear that salvation comes through hearing, understanding and believing the Word of God. Without the word there is no salvation. Are you reading the Bible?

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Really?

Posted by Gary on September 14, 2010

World Day of PrayerI spent some moments recently in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I came across this statement at paragraph #841:

The Church’s relationship with the Muslims: “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”

After reading this all I could do was ask, “really?” Do Christians and Muslims really adore the one, merciful God?” If there is only one God (and there is) and both adore Him then the catechism is claiming that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Is the God of Muslims the God of the Bible? It would seem according to this statement there is no real need to evangelize the Muslims. This is error and dishonesty plain and simple. The God of the Christian faith and the god of Islam are not the same God.

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Tragic

Posted by Gary on December 16, 2009

Colossians 2:23 “These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.”

10' Morgan Blacksnake (ca. 2001) - Handle Area by AldoZL.

It has been reported recently that Pope John Paul II engaged in the practice of self-flagellation, that is, whipping himself as a response to sin.

The report comes as the Roman Catholic Church continues its consideration of John Paul’s sainthood. It would appear that the revelation of the pope beating himself is an argument on behalf of his sainthood. (See this article on becoming a saint in Roman Catholicism).

How tragic this all is. Perhaps if John Paul had understood that sainthood is not achieved but received by the suffering and merits of Christ he would not have made himself suffer and misled the many who looked to him for truth.

Perhaps you think this all unkind but let me remind us that John Paul was the proclaimed bishop, teacher and shepherd of a billion souls and what message do we find in his actions? Punishment for his sins? This according to bishop Emory Kabongo:

“He would punish himself and in particular just before he ordained bishops and priests,”

Is this the message of the gospel, that my sins need to be punished further since Christ died for them? Was it not really finished when Jesus said, “It is finished?” (John 19:30). This practice is a tremendous revealer of the doctrine of Catholicism which at its root is human striving in addition to Christ’s work on the cross for salvation. 

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