This past week was the traditional “State of the Union” speech given by the US president. The purpose of the speech is to give an overview of exactly how the US is fairing these days and lay out an agenda for the future. Trump matched past presidents by touting a great economy, the “military might” of the US and sighted his personally perceived achievements. His facts on these issues are clearly from one perspective, his. He mostly ignored what is really going on in the world and issues that affect the majority of Americans. Trump was sure to end the speech with “God Bless America!” So the question is, “Is God blessing America?”Continue reading “Is God Blessing America?”
What is Idolatry? Idolatry is reverencing a person or thing, an idol. Read this article to find out more. Idolatry can take on many forms, like the common statues to the lesser recognized Christmas Tree spoken of in Jeremiah 101Jeremiah 10:3-8 “For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest… they deck it with silver and gold… the stock (tree) is a doctrine of vanities”.
100 years ago, on November 11, 1918, World War I finally came to an end. Armistice Day, later changed to Veterans Day in the US, is a day of remembrance for the veterans of War. The consequences of World War I included the deaths of 16 million people, consisting of both soldiers and civilians. A lesser talked about consequence of World War I and war, in general, is “Shell Shock”, today it is known more commonly as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
This November, Americans will celebrate the National Holiday and tradition of Thanksgiving. Getting a couple of days off work to spend with family is, of course, wonderful. But just because a tradition has wholesome intents and even includes a prayer to God, doesn’t mean that it is in line with God. He may even hate it!
“Pope” Francis is up to the church’s old tricks. Deflect and distract. Every day for the month of October, he has asked “the faithful” to pray the rosary and to pray to Michael the Archangel. What are they praying for? In response to the ever-expanding abuse scandal, Francis has asked them to pray “to repel the attacks of the Devil who wants to divide the Church.” During a morning mass in September, Francis addressed exactly what these attacks against the church were.
“In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people. Let us pray, today, for our bishops: for me, for those who are here, and for all the bishops throughout the world.” Francis
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The Apostles Creed is recited across many of the “Christian” religions. This creed is a “statement of faith” often used as part of baptismal ceremonies. In the previous article on this subject, we showed that the apostles themselves would not even know the Apostles Creed. It was fabricated three hundred years after Jesus and the Apostles under the influence of Babylonian, Greek, and Roman worship practices. These practices are contrary to God’s Word.
Let’s look more closely at this creed and at what Jesus and the Apostles themselves had to say. To begin, what exactly is the creed?
The Apostles Creed is recognizable to most “Christians” in the world.
Does this sound familiar?
“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary…”
The creed is recited as part of the Roman Catholic Mass and baptism. The Episcopalians, Lutherans and Methodists also recite the creed as part of their baptism rituals. It may come as a surprise to the laity in the Protestant branches of Christianity to learn that Catholics recite the Apostles Creed and vice versa. Why? Because the Apostles Creed is a “statement of faith” and these different religions are taught that their religion is the correct religion, yet they all have the same “statement of faith.” Even more surprising is that this creed cannot be found in the Bible or in any other writings by the Apostles. So, where did it come from?
Jesus and the Apostles warned often of “false prophets.” In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses spoke of false prophets. Who were they talking about? Meanwhile, there are legitimate prophets like Moses, Jesus, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, the Apostles and many more. What is a prophet and how can you tell a false prophet apart from the one you should actually listen to? Let’s take a look.
The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked, once again, by revelations of atrocious crimes committed by the clergy and Cardinals. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Investigation Report documents the latest revelations. Stop and read the report introduction. It can be found here for download or here to read online. Some of the main takeaways are as follows:
- The Roman Catholic Church acted as if following “a playbook for concealing the truth.”2Reference page 3 of the introduction. Members from the FBI National Center for Analysis of Violent Crimes assisted with this determination.
- The Church has put its reputation above the welfare of children.
- The Church does not and has not followed Civil Laws by failing to report predator priests to law enforcement.
With this in mind, consider the structure of the Roman Catholic Church. The “pope” or Pontifex Maximus is at the top, followed by the red hat Cardinals. There are currently 224 Cardinals, of which 16 reside in the United States.
The Pope selects the Cardinals. Likewise, the Cardinals elect the Pope. Birds of a feather, flock together.
These 225 leaders “shepherd” 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. That congregation includes A LOT of children. It is time to look deeper into these unclean birds. What is going on and above all, where is God?!