I came across this by Mike Hoggard on SA and found it to be beneficial- The Occult History of America I think that's the title of it.
And, I came across another post by someone on another thread which is closed but wanted to correct the notion that Scripture is "ecumenical".
Those who counter Scripture on key doctrines cannot also at the same time be considered brethren. Grace and salvation are pretty fundamental. There are no other mediators but Christ. There is no salvation by works. I went to a little church in the country yesterday and,sad but true,was told by the preacher there that we all come out of the RCC. The fact is that the true church existed before the RCs came on the scene.
The irony is that many of the parents who come up with such elongated names have problems spelling simple English words. Even businesses can be slack in such. Ex: "personnel" spelled "personal" on a door. The days of 5 letters or less in names seem to be a thing of the past.
Good comment,Christopher and a sobering thought. There are many who,on that day,will have to hear "Depart from Me,I never knew you". Many are really deceived. Another thought to consider is how far off are we from obeying God? Culture and traditions often make compromise less obvious. They seem harmless enough,don't they? Consider how freakish or "legalistic" one is thought to be if they reject "holy days",for example. How many churches follow a liturgical calendar? These things are "golden calves" given straight from the devil's puppet- (the RCC). No one would deny that the "holiday" in the 12th month was given by them...still ...not condemning Christians to Hell because they fall prey to these traditions,just making a point in regards to compromise or making Scripture fit to ones whims.
They want to allow MEN who identify otherwise. ...used to qualify for mental evaluation. Clearly,those who would allow for this know that these people are men,as they correctly so call them. If the people were not men,they wouldn't be obviously identified as such. End of story if reason was applied. So...too many people in the place of authority been at the bottle too long or been toking,or what? Let's replace them with people who can,at least,not be so easily fooled by very fundamental principles,like gender identification.
Mike,the good news is that the image that can't get off the cross is a fake - an apt representation of those who hold it so dear. No resurrection = vain religion Leaving "Christ" on the cross is blasphemy and an affront to his resurrection. Good news-He's at the right hand of the Father interceding for his children!
When I cited the info from "their own",J Y, I pasted,which is permissible,from the MO Lutheran synod's website. If you want to convince them that what is on their own website is false,by all means,go for it. Luther didn't want people to call themselves "Lutherans" either...that didn't work out to well either ,did it?
...not surprised that Jesuits support Kaine. Speaking of non-biblical- The RC mass qualifies- (from John MacArthur)- John O‚ÄôBrien, a Catholic priest, has helped Roman Catholics to understand the importance of the Mass. He has written a book called ‚ÄúThe Faith of Millions: The Credentials of the Catholic Religion.‚ÄĚ It is a classic work. This is what he writes, John O‚ÄôBrien, a very popular work. ‚ÄúWhen the priest announces the tremendous words of consecration,‚ÄĚ this is the Mass, ‚Äúhe reaches up into the heavens, brings Christ down from His throne and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the victim for the sins of man. It is a power exercised by the priest greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of seraphim and cherubim. Indeed, it is a power greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. While the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal victim.‚ÄĚ You wonder why you always see a crucifix and not an empty cross? ‚ÄúThe priest brings Christ down from heaven and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal victim for the sins of man, not once but a thousand times.‚ÄĚ -sacrilege
From their own : What does the Lutheran church believe about the Lord‚Äôs Supper?
The Lutheran church believes, teaches and confesses that the Lord‚Äôs Supper is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,under the bread and wine,given to us Christians to eat and to drink.We hold that the bread and the wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ and that these are given and received into the mouths of all who commune. Those who believe the promise: ‚ÄúGiven and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,‚ÄĚreceive forgiveness of sins,life and salvation. This promise, along with the bodily eating and drinking, is the main thing in the Sacrament.
Consubstantiation is essentially,not too different than transubstantiation. It is more elusive,however. Maybe your Aunt just rejected the "Lutheran/RC" doctrines when she converted. ...not trying to disrespect her. I know how the Lutheran church likes to do a sort of oral gymnastics with doctrine. Maybe she's just misled.
J Y,I've witnessed it firsthand. They love "all saints day" and are very RC in that regard. Their views on infant baptism are the same as the RCC as well and,of course,they follow the same liturgical calendar,observing particular saints on certain dates and using the same assigned colors depending on the RCC "priests" color du jour/"season". They also relish their phony "jesus" pictures. They are supposed be reformed but,in truth,they are very much RC believing, essentially, the same of their wafer and wine "communion". Though they tend to be more elusive about it,Christ is supposedly physically present in their "jesus" wafer and they believe that they are forgiven of their sins that week by eating the wafer and drinking the wine.
The article reads "...The heart also will be displayed in Boston later this week as part of the run-up to the saint's feast day on Friday." The mention of someone's heart and feast day should not be in the same sentence.This sounds akin to witchcraft. BRF said it well..."The new heart scripture speaks of is not a physical organ but Spiritual regeneration worked in us by the Holy Spirit. Displaying a dead heart of a sinner is a good picture of Roman Catholicism a dead religion slowly decaying."
So true,Buckeyes..."So where does it say ‚ÄúPlay soft music and call people to an ‚ÄúAltar‚ÄĚ while everyone else has their heads bowed and eyes closed‚ÄĚ? I can‚Äôt seem to find it. Or for that matter, a specific canned prayer for sinners to pray."
The music is to set the tone. Too many times ,though, it can be a form of manipulation. I would agree that denominations are man made but people who call themselves "Lutherans" (which Luther never wanted any way),and Presbyterians (for ex.) do go by man made doctrine as well and are often very compromising as they embrace infant baptism,communion as a means of grace (sacrament),praying to saints ("all saint's day"),liturgical calendar (courtesy of the RCC),and now the endorsement/support of sodomy. Some Lutherans aren't quite there with the sodomites but those who call themselves "Presbyterian",unless there is a more biblical branch,do. I've been made aware of it in even my small town in OH.
Adultery may have been a punishable crime but the military was well known for having pornographic posters/calendars and,of course, Hope's kind of entertainment which provided unwholesome guests. The military wasn't as bad but it wasn't wholesome either. Not too many who were in the service came out of it who didn't drink and do drugs as a result.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
...not a suggestion.
and not so sure that most Christians believe that they earn their way. If that were the case,we wouldn't see so much compromise or complacency. Of course,there are those who think that they must do sacraments too. In these cases,as long as one confesses,it's much like a vicious circle. Sin,confess,sin,confess. I don't know what SteveR wrote but if it wasn't ruder than some other comments which aren't deleted,there would appear to be some bias. It's conceivable that he is sincere and has yet to understand the deception of the RCC. People are rather steeped in indoctrination that way as many of you are aware firsthand. I am still happy that some have come out of that but Truth without love is vain.