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3 09 2007

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Pope: God was silent towards Mother Teresa to teach her empathy for nonbelievers

It seems as though I’ve been doing no thing but bashing the Pope lately. This is not intentional and no offense is meant by it. The problem is that he has been much more vocal as of late and his positions really seem to be missing the mark, or exposing what should be considered serious breeches of church authority towards the congregants. This business about Mother Teresa reveals an underlying problem. It is not all about her doubts, which is the thrust of the attention, nor about whether or not it is proper to release writings against her final wishes. No this whole episode reveals a blatant rejection of the most basic and most required tenets of the Christian faith. The rock upon which we are supposed to stand. That rock is the revelation (spirit revealed truth) of the Word of God, ultimately meaning Jesus Christ, the Son of God. A person would be very hard pressed to find a Christian anywhere from any time period who has not experienced a confrontation in their life with doubt and or unbelief. Doubt and unbelief are two of the biggest enemies of faith, there is no one immune and Mother Teresa would not have been exempt.

The problem is exemplified in the counsel that she received from her so called superiors. This woman was revered the world over and not just by Catholics or other believers but by non Christians alike for her work done supposedly for Jesus. Yet she displayed a lack of faith of even making it to heaven and this begs the question of why? When seeking counsel it is reported that she was told about how her suffering gave her understanding about the people she ministered to. Yes, we are told that our suffering is one way for us to identify with Jesus, great. But a study of the word tells us that trials and persecutions are suffering not life long doubts. No where can I find in all of this if the Bible was ever used even though it and it alone is to be our authority. This is the major problem not only in this case but throughout the whole Catholic church and it stems from the leadership and doctrine. Lets look at just one example (there are many but cost of space has to be considered in my post) infant baptism. First of all the word baptism means to dunk, the only time we see the word sprinkling used is in reference to the blood, O.T. animals and in the N.T. Jesus’, not a word about water. Second the examples of baptism we have in the Bible  is always accomplished after a profession of faith and never before. I’ve never have heard an infant make a profession of anything but hunger and discomfort, so this invalidates the whole exercise. I used to think that even this was no big deal because surely it has to have been devised out of good intentions but through time it has become obvious that this deception is dangerous. The false sense of security given by this ritual can and has had disastrous effects by taking parents somewhat out of the equation. Besides being unscriptural it takes away individual freedom and responsibility the same as confirmation does. You cannot have faith aside from the Word of God and unless it it the ground work on which we stand, refer to, feed on, rely upon then what we have is millions of people in the same boat as Mother Teresa. This is a sad reflection  on what was declared recently as the only true church with the only ministers in the line of Christ.

This is the most disturbing aspect of this whole story for it reveals a deep flaw that has undoubtedly left people in the lurch for hundreds of years. The Pope need not be concerned about other churches taking people away from the Catholic church, for it is not other churches indeed but God himself stepping in to help the people He died for. This ritual bound, fear mongering, deceptive, unscriptural doctrine is providing no answers, direction or more importantly peace to the very flocks that it is directed to oversee. Get out the Bible and start using it and put human reasoning in it proper place, like what shoes to wear today, not answering spiritual matters.

Jesus asked, “But whom say ye that I am?” Peter answered “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God”. …”Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. …”That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church;” … Matt 16:15-18 KJV

Peter is not the rock on which the church was to be built but the revelation (spirit revealed truth) of who Christ is.

The B-I-B-L-E that’s the book for me and should be for all Christian churches!


Evangelicals Join Interfaith Effort to Write Rules for Conversions – New York Times

16 08 2007

Evangelicals Join Interfaith Effort to Write Rules for Conversions – New York Times

I find it somewhat difficult to completely ascertain exactly the intent on this common code of conduct. From all appearances it seems to be nothing more than a ministry of fear. Not bringing fear on the people that are ministered to but fear of losing congregants to other churches or religions.. Much in the same way of sitting in church and hearing all about how bad you are and how God is going to smite you for it. Using fear to control people. NOT ACCEPTABLE. If one finds that a person belongs to another religion then you are banned from speaking to said person about you’re belief less the conversation might lead to a conversion, baloney. Worse is that this is garnering support from seemingly a broad cross section of organisations all under the guise of interfaith cooperation and respect. What this accomplishes is vast lukewarmness sanctioned by influential groups. When did the scriptures become secondary to mans ideas – answer – a long time ago sadly. 2 Cor. 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us…” and it is time for the church leaders to learn how to walk according to the Word of God! These deals made by the striking of hands and the wink of an eye have no place in the body of Christ except to create schisms. If a person has accepted Christ as their Lord then have faith in God to direct them to the place or position in which He desires. Stick to doing what you were called to do which is to instruct, encourage and oversee the flock which has been entrusted to you and quit devising ways to control people because of your fear.

The Popes Remarks

15 07 2007

 Far be it from me to ever touch a man of God. I will not handle such person wrongly whether by actions or word. Psalm 115:15 gives all the instruction needed to arrive at said conclusion, no matter their behavior, attitude or speech. Maybe a true calling of the Lord is present (whatever the perception) making it imperative to keep hands off. That being said, the remarks of this past week, from the Vatican, first put forth years ago by this Pope, are contemptuous. To suggest that God would call no person into His service except through the Catholic church or the orthodox churches shows a severe lack. Lack of wisdom, understanding, revelation and knowledge in a blatant attempt regain credibility and authority lost. 

 There was no organizational denomination at the very beginning. The church was simply called the way, but man got involved and because of a lack of understanding started instituting laws or rules (religion) into the mix. The very thing Christ spoke against throughout His ministry. God gives instruction how to properly worship Him and II Cor. 5:14 says that the love of Christ constrains us (to live correctly).

 Preachers, pastors and even popes should teach, edify and exhort, obedience, blessings of God and the FREEDOM that is provided through the Lord Jesus Christ. NOT SPEAKING DIVISION INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST for any cause!

The Passing of Rev. Falwell

18 05 2007

I’ve been quite about this seeing that so many have had the floor. The fact that a lot of folks begin with “I wasn’t a fan of Falwells, but…” makes me not wanting to go there. The man served the Lord the way he knew how I guess. Provocative, outspoken, opinionated, right, wrong and in between. He has gone home now, to me it’s time to let it be. Home is heaven and to get there one simply has to two things – believe God raised Jesus from the dead and confess that Jesus is Lord – end of story. Repub. or Dem., speaking PC or not doesn’t play into it.  Rev. Falwell fit the criteria so all I have to offer is to say RIP Rev. and I pray for the peace of your family, both at home and at church. God Bless