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These articles relate to what’s in the news. It may be a look at an immediate current event or a look back in history. These articles will give the biblical perspective of the event by looking at what God has said Scripture.
Lot is most well known for escaping from the city of Sodom just before God burned it to the ground with fire. The Apostle Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:4-6 that Sodom and Gomorrah were turned to ashes to make them an example for those who live ungodly. Jesus recalls this destruction of Sodom in Luke 17:28-29, and says that in the days of Lot they ate, drank, bought, sold, planted and built.
Sodom and Gomorrah are identified as an example of the ungodly throughout the Bible, from Genesis and Deuteronomy to Jude and Revelations. Many think it has something to do with your sex life, but that didn’t make the list given by Jesus in Luke 17. What was the ungodliness in the days of Lot? Is it like that today?
If the universe
is expanding, then it had to start somewhere. If the universe started
somewhere then it had a beginning. If the universe had a beginning then
it had a cause. If the universe had a cause then it was created. If
the universe was created then Who or What created it? This article will
explore that question and you might be surprised at the conclusion.
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?”
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).
“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
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.”1Reference 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?!
The Religious section of the News used to tell of services provided and charitable deeds of congregants. But now, nothing but scandal, war stories, child abuse/rape, suicide bombings, financial embezzlement, money laundering, idolatry, LGBT parades, protests, disputes, intolerance, discrimination, deception, death and the general ‘moral failure’ of the leaders of all religious institutions. None do good, no not one!
The Wages of Sin…
“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Rom 1:32
Many articles begin by pointing out that the Vatican is “reeling” from all the scandalous behavior being revealed by their clergy in years past. Deception: The hierarchy has said all along they didn’t know anything about it, but the fact is that it has been common knowledge among the hierarchy who has covered it all up and shuffled pedophile priests around the globe. You can only sweep so much under the carpet before the lumps become visible or you can smell the stink. Now stories of the highly placed Theodore Cardinal McCarrick’s (of Washington DC) sexual abuse is “sending waves of horror through the Church.” The pope knew all about it! He happens to be a fellow Jesuit with the pope who once said proudly that his colleagues in the church are “word-smiths.” What did he mean by that?
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. It’s purpose is to ensure that the Justice Department is prioritizing the rights of religious people and groups in its policies and legal battles by enforcing his “religious liberty” memo issued last October.
I’m visualizing black clad commandos rappelling from Black Hawk helicopters into Planned Parenthood clinics. Ok, so that is probably not how it will go down, but like all politics this is just smoke and mirrors covering a hidden agenda. You’re probably thinking “Hey, I want religious liberty”, but ask yourself this, whose religion and at what cost? This is Jeff Sessions’ “religious liberty” memo which means his belief and his religion are the focus. The Attorney General’s job is to protect all liberties and stay out of religion. Remember the separation of church and state? Continue reading “What the heck is a “Religious Liberty Task Force”?”
The Jesuits have a long history of involvement with governments and politics, all the way back to their very beginning. But before we dive into this history, as a quick refresher, the previous Jesuit article looked at the current role of a Jesuit Catholic as the US House Chaplain. He opens meetings with a prayer, conducts ceremonies and provides guidance to the members of the House. The government purports a separation of church and state. All the while, they fund a Jesuit to a full-time government job. He is fully integrated into the day to day activities of the House. This is not the first time the Jesuits have inserted themselves into the inner workings of government. They have been expelled from multiple countries for doing so, even by the Vatican itself!