Jim, I've downloaded several of his sermons while doing my research. They were good. I have also listened to J MacArrhur, Cloud, William Webster, and several others. There is also an ex-Catholic priest whose name I can't think of right now, but I have a very difficult time keeping my attention focused because he is very soft and monotone.
Martin's post touches on much of the battle/spiritual warfare we are in today as Christians, "The failure of preachers to teach and warn of false teachings and teachers in today's modern churches"
Or WORSE the undiscerning, sometimes with deliberate suppression of the truth, promotion and endorsement of wolves in sheeps clothing because they humanly might be popular and friendly, like Francis 1 apparently is, even to homosexuals and the followers of the "peaceful"(NOT)religion of murderous, thieving, demon possessed, pedophile who consumated his marriage with his favorite wife when she was 9 (some say 10) years old.
Good posts. I actually held out a small bit of hope for this pope, but nope, he's speaking like a dope who's holding a very thin rope while on a slippery slope, which is slicker than soap while in God's scope.
Okay, lame. Anyway, I see him conforming more and more lately. I think someone had a talk with the "rebel" Pope. I never though he would deter from the churches doctrines or anything, but I thought he would take a stand against homosexuality and I thought he would discourage, instead of encourage, topics such as this. I guess I just thought he would be a bit more real as opposed to conforming which he seems to be doing.
If a godly respect for people requires us to "think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing and denigrating their convictions and practices," then the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist, and Jesus all failed miserably to show godly respect to people-- for they brought the sharpest rebuke against all religions based on a denial of truth. The prophets repeatedly "denigrated and ridiculed" the insanity of idol worship, and Jesus uttered scathing criticism of the Pharisees for their religion of man-made traditions which they used as a cloak to hide their hypocrisy and to turn people away from Christ. The fact is, no true Christian can "speak well" of any religion based on the denial of Christ's Person and saving work. Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and other religions that deny Christ as the only Savior must be "exposed" as the paths of darkness they are, not commended as wonderful religious systems worthy of praise and respect. Political correctness should play no part in the way that Christians deal with people of other religions. Though we should always respect people as people, we must speak the truth in love concerning the need for people to turn from false religious systems to Christ alone for salvation.
"‚ÄúWe have to bring up our young people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices,‚ÄĚ he (Pope) wrote."
OK Children. Christianity takes you to heaven. God records in the Bible that; "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
But Pope Francis wants you to respect Islam the religion which takes you to hell. So if you want to live an eternal life of hell, damnation, suffering and misery - Then "respect" Islam.
Pope Francis doesn't seem to be all that convinced by the Holy Scriptures, that he can reject heresy, idolatry and false religions. The papal antichrist is at work again spreading his counterfeit gospel of hate.