Francis seems to be inconsistent; He opposes the death penalty but is one of the biggest advocates of the ongoing sacrifice of Christ (mass). btw, The mass of Christ or "christmas", which is one of the most highly regarded rc "holidays" will soon be celebrated. Hopefully, Christians won't be so adamant in keeping Christ in it. If this catholicized version of the winter solstice wasn't still the grand rc sacrifice of Christ in churches on the 25th of the 12th month, it would be easier to ignore and concede that perhaps the meaning of the word "christmas" was immaterial. But the death of Christ and christmas are synonymous...a rose by any other name. Also would love to see the creation museum to, at least, revert back when they called it "Incarnation Day".
Praise the Lord for "exposing" these guys. Let's continue to pray that the Lord would protect the vulnerable and thwart the plans of those who would do harm against them. There should be more stringent penalties against sex crimes, providing that the violator is indeed guilty. And, just a side note for all who think that porn and lingerie sites are victimless. Many of the women (the real ones (not the computer-generated ones) on these sites are forced into this garbage. The next time that you find yourself checking any of these sites out, remember that you may be contributing or gratifying yourself at the expense of someone else.
False teachers espouse false ideas. It would be nice if he, being drawn by the Holy Spirit and in reading the word of God, actually came to the true saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (the real one, not the emaciated, perpetual victim that hangs on their crucifixes). Of course, God is sovereign and He works all things to the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Maybe some rc people will be curious enough to check out what Christians and Christian websites like answersingenesis have to say on the matter. Then they can see how wonderfully science and the Bible mesh together.
Good time Charlie, you wrote:"... there is a lot of Scripture in the Bible that you could have quoted that God could have used to save Taylor Swift and..." It's never in anyone's power or in particular quotes which can aid in salvation. It is only by His Spirit which draws and by His Word (the power unto salvation)...no "magic formulas".. or, if only such and such Scripture had been spoken. Christians are just instruments. And, one is not drawn to the Lord through music. Music,in fact,is highly overrated in the church. What you will find, however,in styles of music which are more appealing to the ear or flesh and in the churches which use them, is a "form of godliness which is just a facade". One either walks in the Spirit or the flesh...it's not possible to walk in both at the same time.
Good news for Good time Charlie: if you want to have what is best, you need to look no further than God's word. If your friends are all leaving and they are unsaved, so much the better.There is no greater friend than the One who sticks closer than a brother.
...can't help but wonder how the children in Ireland fare as well in regards to alcohol problems. It seems that I read that the highly regarded "st." Patrick was responsible for introducing it (alcohol) there.
I think that the pastor of a church should be the greatest servant of the church and not be "idolized". I think that if he rightly divides the word, he is much to be appreciated, nonetheless. Most of the time, I see examples, particularly among a sect of society, wherein the pastor and his wife are treated as royalty; Often times the pastor's wife will be given the title of "first lady". This is just silly and not a fitting title for those who are in Christ. I think that they should be respected but not put on a "pedestal".
C Aervon wrote: "Obama has led the people of America into the wrath of God and into worse and worse depravity. Satan will not give up the US easy now..." America has the leaders which it has sown to. An anti-Christian administration is fitting for an anti-Christian country. Depravity is not selective; all abominable things, including killing/sacrificing babies and children in the name of abortion or in the name of "entertainment" reaps Judgment. This country thrives on carnality and now it is becoming mastered by it.
Thank you, ladybug, for the link regarding Richard Wumbrand. He doesn't seem to be a blessed example any more than mother Teresa or the Grahams. Perhaps he means well but he seems to be embracing the Queen of Heaven/"Mother" of God? Which begs the question: Is he truly saved? As a preacher, he is held to a higher accountability for the things which he speaks. A little leaven is destructive regardless of his moving testimony/martyrdom as a soldier for Christ. The true Mary, mother of Jesus, is not one which receives accolades or Christian hymns elevating her; search the Psalms and you'll not find one. It is much easier to pretend that we worship the same Jesus as the RC church but we do them a disfavor by "going along". True friends speak the truth while enemies flatter with lying lips. We can certainly be encouraged by the testimonies of others but there is only one Hero in the Bible. We need to drop our Christian celebrities and role models and fix our eyes on Christ alone. What is done for Christ will be rewarded in Heaven and even then, to God alone be the Glory!
They are both as the article states: ".. ordained ministers of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel." Judgement on an ordained woman minister? I see the irony: having a problem with gender in relation to performing marriages but not having a problem with God's Word in relation to gender as far as ordination of ministers. Plus...the many false notions which the Church of the Foursquare Gospel perpetuate...just some thoughts.
Thank you for your comments, Jim Lincoln and Michael Hranek. The truth is always refreshing. I left a church that I had been with for 14 years because they couldn't wait to go to Heaven to see Billy Graham. Of course, they were beginning to embrace ecumenism, women preachers, Warren's books and methods,etc. In fact, I had just heard from a woman preacher that speaks there from time to time. I was trying to explain to her that the "Jesus" of the rc church is a different Jesus from Scripture. I told her that the "Jesus" of the rc church has to become a victim to be be re-sacrificed again and again and that His propitiation was of no-effect in that system because works/sacraments are added to it. The mass alone is reason alone to come out of that church, never mind practically every other false teaching which is part and parcel to it.
Perhaps I did read more into your comment, Martin. I apologize. I don't believe that one is limiting God in suggesting that the earth is young, which you don't seem to take to task as well.I do think that Scripture is our best resource as to what took place in the beginning. That I would not question. The fixed constants that you suggest which may have been altered due to supernatural events (like the time of the fall or the worldwide flood) are not problematic with that which is observed. Science and the Bible are very complementary. And many creation scientists would attest to that.
Trollspotter wrote:"... the majority of Psalms only advocates are Presbys - you know the chosen frozen with no feelings toward God." We all,including myself, need to be mindful of the words that we speak.Your statement about the "frozen chosen" (which is a very popular catch phrase among charismatics,particularly) is one which labels and judges people. I think that you would be very surprised how many of the so-called "frozen chosen" are very meek,God-loving,worshipers.From what I have seen, most of the quieter, meeker Christians are much more closer to God than the very loud, overtly, running- down- the- aisles Christians.I'm speaking of fruit here. And meekness is a fruit of the Spirit.
Martin,God can do anything but natural laws do not conflict with what Scripture says; They,all the more,confirm it.The concept of evolution would be contrary to the Bible.A world that has death and dying in it prior to sin negates what God's Word says...don't know whether or not you have ever been to the answersingenesis.org website, but it offers answers to any and practically every related subject matter dealing with science/natural laws/thermodynamics,etc. I wouldn't question your profession as a Christian but,supporting the idea of evolution, for example, would negate Scripture. I guess you could be "respectful" but, with all due respect,incorrect in your assessment.
Again,no surprises.Truth, in general, runs contrary to the rc church. Thank you, Dorcas,for the additional info regarding the first 11 chapters of the Bible. I know that many catholics in the course of conversation do not place much value on the Bible. A common response from them, when quoting a passage, is "that's just written by man." Dorcas, again, it is always encouraging and a blessing to hear from one who has come out of that mess.You have a valuable testimony! We pray for those dear ones still ensnared in that cult.
For those who could,at least,try to fool others into believing that there are such things as Christian catholics- I would imagine that it would be next to impossible to attend a church which undermines the propitiation of Christ alone/once if one was truly saved. One cannot act contrary to how one believes. It is not "stunning" that the rc church is laxer on what the Bible calls an abomination; they don't value the contents of the Bible nearly as much as they esteem their misguided magisterium. No surprises here.