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Why Evangelical Leaders Love Pope Benedict XVI (And His Resignation)

Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his resignation Monday after eight years as head of the Roman Catholic Church, will leave a legacy of strong theology, cooperation with evangelicals and a hardline conservative stance on social issues, evangelical leaders and observers say.

As pope, the German Joseph Ratzinger championed a "culture of life" on issues such as abortion, encouraged the "new evangelism" of the church, and issued the first papal tweet. Benedict, 85, cited age and deteriorating strength as reasons for his resignation.

Benedict stepped into a difficult role as an intellectual and administrator following John Paul II, the first "celebrity pope," said Carl Trueman, professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary. ...


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Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Hey, Jim...out of curiosity and to find out what Mary is up to next, I just called the number you posted. I assumed that it would be a prerecorded message but a live girl answered it. She answered, "House of Mary", or something like that.
I didn't know if I was suppose to ask for todays message or what so I told her I had the wrong number. Does that qualify as a bonafide lie, by the way? Often wondered about those "white lies"
Anyway, thanks for the setup.
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News Item2/18/13 2:58 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Chris, you are right, more people are enticed by the pomp and circumstance than by any truth in the Romish Church,
Mike Gendron wrote:
...The conference had something for everyone. Each of the three days started with a rosary and the Sacrifice of the Mass. Those who wanted to confess their sins to a priest had several opportunities. Throughout each day attendees were encouraged to go into a special room to spend time adoring the Eucharistic Jesus. Booths and tables were filled with merchandise for sale, from statues and rosaries, to books and T-shirts. One T-shirt gave the top ten reasons to remain a Catholic. The Mary Queen of Peace Center sponsored a booth of particular interest. They offered pictures of Mary and a phone number (214-233-MARY) that is active 24 hours a day with the latest message from Mary’s apparition in Medjugorje....
excerpt from, The Changing Face of Roman Catholicism (PDF).
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News Item2/18/13 2:50 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Owain wrote:
There certainly is, a great high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (There was another order too, but it was not as good, and was brought to an end.)
Ah yes, you are quite right.

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY high priest.

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News Item2/18/13 2:47 PM
Owain  Find all comments by Owain
John UK wrote:
There is NO biblical office of priest anyway
There certainly is, a great high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (There was another order too, but it was not as good, and was brought to an end.)
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News Item2/17/13 10:14 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Christopher000 wrote:
For example, take away Joes jewels, his crown, his satin robe, and his red Prada shoes. Then, dress him in cut off jean shorts, a mustard stained t-shirt, an oversized baseball cap, knee high tube socks, and strap a camera around his neck and Joe becomes nothing more than...
... just another German tourist in Rome.
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News Item2/17/13 9:18 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
While looking at Joe's photo again, I was reminded of the wealth, rituals, and pomp that the Roman religious machine
uses to keep the masses addicted and entranced to the notion that she is the one true church.
For example, take away Joes jewels, his crown, his satin robe, and his red Prada shoes. Then, dress him in cut off jean shorts, a mustard stained t-shirt, an oversized baseball cap, knee high tube socks, and strap a camera around his neck and Joe becomes nothing more than some loon who calls himself Christ on Earth. Take away all of the glitz, glamour, and rituals, and I believe that the Roman system would be reduced to a much less sinister, even insignificant level of adoration.
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News Item2/17/13 8:38 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Michael Hranek wrote:
Good Morning! Bro John, as well.
It was encouraging to me to see that you also were concerned with John for Jesus, trusing our and Christopher000's, from Rhode Island desires are an expression of the heart of God that none should perish or be led astray by the lies of Satan and the crafty philosophies of man.
We are certainly living in difficult and perilous times when we so need to earnestly contend for the faith once for all given to the saints, both for our own good (that we would be found faithful to Christ, ones who worship the Father in spirit and in truth) and likewise so much for those around us who will find Salvation only in Jesus Christ alone and the righteousness, the right standing before God that makes serving Him a privilege and blessing.
Amen brother. There was a time when the church knew it was in the midst of spiritual warfare; but sadly it has gotten more and more woolly, as if there were no battles to fight. The gospel enemies know this, and seek to get the advantage while the going is good.

Christopher, no problem. I hope always to speak the truth in love, not as a theologian but a simple brother in Christ, doing unto others as I would hope they would do unto me.

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News Item2/17/13 8:15 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
John UK wrote:
Good morning Bro Michael,
Good Morning! Bro John, as well.
It was encouraging to me to see that you also were concerned with John for Jesus, trusing our and Christopher000's, from Rhode Island desires are an expression of the heart of God that none should perish or be led astray by the lies of Satan and the crafty philosophies of man.

We are certainly living in difficult and perilous times when we so need to earnestly contend for the faith once for all given to the saints, both for our own good (that we would be found faithful to Christ, ones who worship the Father in spirit and in truth) and likewise so much for those around us who will find Salvation only in Jesus Christ alone and the righteousness, the right standing before God that makes serving Him a privilege and blessing.

The one who has the Son, indeed has life, eternal life as a gift from God.

Getting ready for church, from what I've been hearing we have a quest speaker who is going thought a time of severe trial and anguish that speaks of God's immeasurable grace to faithfully sustain us through even the very worst of life's troubles and through it all bring about His good, acceptable and perfect will and can I say work in our lives.

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News Item2/17/13 8:07 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
John/UK...I wanted to apologize for a comment that came out all wrong yesterday...big surprise. I've come to realize that you've been the same all along...passionate. I'm the one who has changed a bit, being less sensitive now that I have become used to all of the different personalities. Personalities that I may have misunderatood in the beginning...
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News Item2/17/13 8:01 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
To everyone who has posted...thank you! Even though the topic can be so frustrating, you power through it, even though little, if any, progress ever seems to be made. The way I see it is that we really don't know what kind of a future impact we are making in the present and we don't know what goes on in the spiritual world as we teach, preach, and pray. Though it might seem like a lost cause and pointless most times, I don't believe it is for everyone. Who's to say that you're not reaching a 3rd party, someone sitting silently behind their computer and reading all of this. I just think that no matter how bleak or futile a conversation on this topic may seem at times, I think it's worth the time because you are not really aware of what seeds you are planting to whom. Just because someone might not be posting doesn't necessarily mean that they are not listening intently.
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News Item2/17/13 7:54 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Michael Hranek wrote:
btw verse 12 in 1 John 5:9-13 answers your question.
Good morning Bro Michael, and thank you for posting these verses. Verse 12 was especially helpful to me when I was lost in my sins, and a preacher called Willy Mullan laid great emphasis on this verse, showing that eternal life came with knowing and receiving God's Son.

1 John 5:10-12 KJV
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

"He that hath the Son hath life". This is IMHO the very fundamental of true Christian experience. Every Christian has the Son of God, indwelling, supplying life, assuring, confirming.

"He that hath not the Son of God hath not life". This is the position of every unbeliever, no matter how religious they might be.

This is the great divide between the true and the false.

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News Item2/17/13 7:48 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
...Lastly, they teach salvation
by faith. No sir. By their own writings, they anathematize anyone who believes that faith alone is sufficient to save ones spirit from condemnation.
I wish I could go on and on, but space doesn't permit and this is just to answer your post. The reason that the church has professional, full time apologists, is to defend the indefensible heresies and blasphemies that the church has adopted from Pagan belief systems and unbiblical traditions and dogmas that it has invented over the centuries. The church works overtime to defend itself using apologists, and single, out of context versus of scripture, when all it should need is the Bible.
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News Item2/17/13 7:46 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
JforJ Wrote:
I guess what my question about Catholics boil down to is how wrong can one be before they are no longer deemed Christian?
John, you seem to be ignoring every evidence in every previous post, and concentrating on the church believing in Christ as the glue that holds it all together as a bonafide, born again Christian entity.
First, to answer your question: when anyone, by the Holy Spirits own warning, adds to or subtracts from God's word, they are condemned. Period. The Roman machine lives and breaths according to another gospel...their own. Their traditions, rituals, and dogmas trump the word of God as evidenced by what they teach, preach, and anathematize.
You said in a previous post that they teach Jesus is the Son of God, born of Mary, lived a sinless life, died for their sins, rose on the 3rd day, and they are saved by faith....they teach it but don't believe it or live it. By the churches own writings, Jesus lives within Mary's shadow and is subservient to her in every way. He cannot refuse her petitions. By the churches own writings, Jesus' sacrifice on the cross wasn't sufficient, hence, the daily re-sacrifice in the mass. Also, Mary, according to them, co-redeemed mankind because she wept at the foot of the cross. Blasphemy. Lastly, they teach sal
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News Item2/17/13 7:06 AM
Curious  Find all comments by Curious
John for JESUS wrote:
1. ..The JW use a different gospel then the one Christians received from the Holy Spirit.
2. There obviously are evangelical churches that do....
3. .....However, I like to get other people's perspectives and don't feel like I'm above learning from others.
1. Really? Care to explain?
2. As far as I am concerned if they call themselves Evangelical but believe at the same time that someone can be saved by the teachings of the RCC then there is something dreadfully wrong with the teachings of that church.

I recommend that you study the subject of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Then compare this to the so called gospel of the RCC and tell me if you think that RCC teaching can save anything, let alone anyone from hell! Until you get a handle on justification you will keep stumbling in the dark.

If you want recommendations for reading, then Loraine Boettner's book on Roman Catholicism is a must and on Justification try either James Buchanan or James White.

3. I did take the trouble of looking at some of your past posts. I see no signs of progress in doctrinal matters. So precisely what have you learned?

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News Item2/17/13 5:32 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
John for JESUS wrote:
MICHAEL HRANEK...I agree those teachings are wrong but they also teach out of scripture that Jesus is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, who lived a sinless life, died for our sins to be forgiven, He rose the third day, and we are saved by faith in Him. I guess what my question about Catholics boil down to is how wrong can one be before they are no longer deemed Christian?
John 4

As politely as I might, there is something, let's use the word, "infectious" behind you asking such a question in the context the RCC hiding the light of the Gospel of Christ under the bushel basket of "Catholicism".

AND inexcusably ignores the obedience the Lord Jesus Christ expects of His people to Come out of her, My people in Revelation 18

Your question is kind of like saying: How much pornography can a man watch, how many strip clubs can he visit, how many prostitutes and immoral women can he take out on a date, how many clothes does he really need to leave on and still be considered faithful to his wife?

btw verse 12 in 1 John 5:9-13 answers your question.

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News Item2/17/13 5:32 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
John for JESUS wrote:
MICHAEL HRANEK...I agree those teachings are wrong but they also teach out of scripture that Jesus is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, who lived a sinless life, died for our sins to be forgiven, He rose the third day, and we are saved by faith in Him. I guess what my question about Catholics boil down to is how wrong can one be before they are no longer deemed Christian?
John, the RCC is very clever with words. This is how they have hoodwinked some christian churches. But when you look into it, you will find that their understanding of being saved "by faith in him" is quite different from what you expected.

Devils believe in Jesus Christ, yet tremble.

Roman Catholics believe in a Jesus not found in the Bible.

1. Magic-show priests do NOT produce Jesus out of a piece of bread.

2. There is NO biblical office of priest anyway.

3. There is NOT found in scripture a confessional where your sins can be forgiven upon doing some penance.

4. Not ONE work can secure salvation, except the work of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has fulfilled all things, and who gives eternal life as a free gift.

5. With man, salvation is IMPOSSIBLE.

6. But the RCC says, "We will get it for you!"

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News Item2/17/13 5:25 AM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Curious wrote:
1. Really JFJ?! So you believe that JWs are also Christian?
You had better think through what "the gospel" is! Hint, it is not just reading one of the 4 gospels!!
2. Name me any non RCC churches that believe that anyone can be saved by the RCC gospel?
3. Sounds to me like you're too lazy to do the hard work yourself, but you want the liberty not to accept and criticise any opinion that does not sit well with your current understanding.
1. I never said that. The JW use a different gospel then the one Christians received from the Holy Spirit.
2. There obviously are evangelical churches that do. However, that is not what my point was about. I was saying not every church believes the pope is the antichrist.
3. I've been reading about the Catholic church the past couple days (when I get the chance). So hardly being lazy. However, I like to get other people's perspectives and don't feel like I'm above learning from others.
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News Item2/16/13 11:11 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
MICHAEL HRANEK...I agree those teachings are wrong but they also teach out of scripture that Jesus is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, who lived a sinless life, died for our sins to be forgiven, He rose the third day, and we are saved by faith in Him. I guess what my question about Catholics boil down to is how wrong can one be before they are no longer deemed Christian?
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Curious  Find all comments by Curious
John for JESUS wrote:
1. I question your view that the Catholic Church is totally bereft of the Gospel when it preaches out of the Gospels.
2. Not every church body believes that. I suppose that might come from Reformed churches who believe all things Catholic are evil and always have been.
3. I have only asked if the Catholic Church should be considered nonChristian and has it always been? The responses I've read here can be summed up with these responses. A. Of course it's heretical, it's the Catholic Church! B. I think it's heretical, here is a link that agrees with me therefore I'm right. C. I can't answer that intelligently, therefore you are a catholic troll! D. I don't know when it began, so I will just pretend it was heretical from the beginning.
1. Really JFJ?! So you believe that JWs are also Christian?

You had better think through what "the gospel" is! Hint, it is not just reading one of the 4 gospels!!

2. Name me any non RCC churches that believe that anyone can be saved by the RCC gospel?

3. Sounds to me like you're too lazy to do the hard work yourself, but you want the liberty not to accept and criticise any opinion that does not sit well with your current understanding.

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News Item2/16/13 5:55 PM
jpw  Find all comments by jpw
you all haven't had enough sensitivity training from your institutions lately.

all this Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone.......surely this isn't sufficient, the Spirit of God ruling and reigning in your life.... for salvation? or maybe it is!

Christ's blood does a million times over what any institute says it can do for us, the little self-proclaimed mediators of the world who bring their promises of utopias and favor with god for a little loyalty -- may the evangelical church also repent of her institutions.... promising God's favor for wores that have brought great suffering to the church of the East. May our leaders go before the microphone and apologize for putting Christ's name on filthy lucre!

institutionalism reminds me of the sower who found his seed among the thorns. the cares of this world squeezed the plant out -- one who did not get to enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven. But for the one firmly planted, he did see the Kingdom of God.

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