Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on bishops from around the world to revive the Christian faith among those who have forgotten or abandoned it.
The Church needs a new ‚Äúmissionary dynamic‚ÄĚ of lay people and must pay ‚Äúparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,‚ÄĚ he said as 262 bishops wound up a three-week huddle that broached all major issues and crises shaking the 2,000-year-old institution.
Clerics must also apply ‚Äúnew methods, a new language that suits different cultures‚ÄĚ in their bid for a ‚Äúnew evangelism,‚ÄĚ he said during a closing mass at Saint Peter‚Äôs....
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: ... God‚Äôs requirements for His people and the serious consequences of sin go unchanged. That being the case, great care and discernment must be applied in all situations to make no allowances for ungodly practices or adjustments to the worldly ways, in neither individual lives nor the corporate life of the Church.
This Royal Commission, should realize the Romish Church is going to revel as little as possible. This how the two Unholinesses handled child abuse before His Unholiness Fran, The Catholic church's 'suicidal strategy' I really don't think the title is really all that fitting, since it seems to be working for them so far, Abuse by Priests (PDF).
James 2 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18 But someone may well say, "You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."---NASB
Drs. Ankerberg&Weldon wrote: Although the Catholic Church claims that the Mass in no way detracts from the atonement of Christ, it nevertheless believes that it is principally through the Mass that the blessings of Christ‚Äôs death are applied to believers....Catholic teaching that in the Mass Christ is actually, in a real sense, re-sacrificed...
Observer wrote: Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Observe Reminds me of the staggering difference between 'an empty lip service, false conversion experience' misleading many to imagine they have Salvation, because they may have at some time in their past repeated a (quote) sinner's prayer.
in great contrast with:
Those working out their salvation (NOT working for ) working out their salvation in fear and trembling because God Himself is at work IN THEM both to will and to do according to His good pleasure and purpose, because they are indeed born again of the Spirit of God and it shows in that they hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ and in love for Him, with great joy, willingly follow Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
and adding this after reading JY's post
We anyone professing to know Jesus Chirst as Lord and Savior the One who died on the Cross, giving His life a sacrifice to save sinners from their sins AND Continually Rebel at actually obeying Him in every part of life, including which church to fellowship with or sever company with is Simply NOT Understandable.
John UK wrote: John, you should stay in the RCC until the Lord calls you to come out. And if you never hear the Lord calling you to come out, you need to be born again so that you can hear his voice.
When everybody stands before Jesus after they pass away Jesus will not look at church membership in determining who will gain entrance into Heaven. Jesus will only look at who had embraced Him as their Lord and Savior. So the church that one who is Born Again attends is superfluous just as long as the church worships Jesus as God. And the Catholic Church has always worshipped Jesus as God.
Of the few web pages that Jim Lincoln continually re-posts and cross-posts [Are We Really Catholic Bashing? -- No. (PDF)], 90% of which are from a man who can't align the Bible genealogies to conclude that we live on a young planet. Instead, Dr. John Ankerberg holds an antagonism towards the young-earth creation view and astonishingly counts the Earth as billions of years old. How could he even believe in a literal Genesis 2 Adam and Eve?
If you can't get the age of the Earth right which distorts Adam, Eve and their original sin how can you hope to understand anything?
John Y., you aren't doing the important action to Come out of the Catholic Church. When are you going to stop aiding and abetting The Church of Rome Steps Into Apostasy (PDF)? Of course I would argue it jumped in with both feet into apostasy when it started, but the commentary is a good one, anyway. So, that is the question right now, not when you are actually going to join a Christian Church -- which you should do. You haven't even made the first step in doing what a Christian should do.
John Yurich USA wrote: Romans 10:9 states only one requirement for salvation. Nowhere in the Bible does it state that Baptism, church membership or fellowshipping is required for salvation.
JY I am posting in response to your comment, NOT that I have any confidence that your, let's use the word prejudice, would allow you to dare listen
BUT for the benefit of those who do love the Lord Jesus Christ and are grieved at any false teaching and misrepresentation of what genuine Salvation is all about.
So listen, there is one preeminent requirement for Salvation.
A sacrifice so completely entirely Holy that it takes all the wrath of God against sin and satisfies divine justice and so changes those who entrust themselves to the sufficiency of this power sacrifice given in the immeasurable love of God that it changes utterly the very hearts of those who believe, to no longer live for themselves but for the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose again on their behave.
No wonder Scripture tells us, 'if anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ let him be accursed.'
Oh Thank God, for His mercy and mighty grace, otherwise we could be "easy believism" empty lip service in name only "Christians" on our way to hell.