Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Pedophile Papacy – An Unholy Priesthood?

My brothers and sisters in Christ; my Catholic friends and neighbors; it is time you make a decision. You can no longer pay tribute and homage to man’s church. You can no longer support an organization which is so blatantly anti-biblical, anti-Christian, pro-sin and which is so incompetently managed.

Much news has surfaced recently concerning the governing hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church. I will point out some of it here but will only “scratch the surface”. The problems with the Papacy and Vatican go much, much deeper.

I beg of you, in Jesus’ name, to consider your eternal life to come. I sincerely believe that your eternal life is now balanced on a precipice, ready to topple into oblivion and darkness, pushed over the edge by man’s church; if you allow it!

The New York Times published an article on July 1, 2010 entitled, Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal. Contrary to much written in the “N.Y. Slime”, this article is factual, well-researched, and smartly referenced. I suggest you read it in it’s entirety.

In 2001 Pope John Paul II gave a Cardinal exclusive power and privilege to deal with the expanding and visible pedophile and sex scandals within the Catholic church. The Cardinal was to answer to the Pope only and have “papal power” to address the problem directly. That Cardinal’s name is Joseph Ratzinger, now called Pope Benedict XVI.

As you will read in the article, Ratzinger’s office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had been given this authority for over 80 years previously! Obviously, Cardinal Ratzinger was not in charge the entire time. The referenced NYTimes article is 5 pages long and is a must-read!

In summation, the handling of this long-standing sexual abuse problem in the church has been severely mishandled! The implications of this are beyond the scope of all religious scandals in modern times. This problem, within the Roman Catholic church, is massive and systematic. For Christians, it means that the RCC should be avoided like the plague that it is. It also means that if your church follows the Roman church’s lead, you must make a decision as well.

For Christians who study their Bible, they are aware that an historical “Beast” church will rise up and influence the entire world and especially other “Christian” churches. These influenced churches are called “Images of the Beast”.

One such church, IMO, is the Presbyterian church. Remember, I’m speaking of organizations here, not people. Presbyterians meeting in Minneapolis recently for the church's general assembly were scheduled to vote on two proposed changes. One would allow non-celibate gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, deacons and elders. The other would change the definition of marriage from between "a man and a woman" to between "two people."

This sort of ruling must eventually be approved by it’s membership. I predict it will splinter the Presbyterian church, as this kind of ruling has already done to the Lutheran and Episcopal churches (other Images of the Beast, IMO).

As I mentioned earlier, the sex scandal problem in the Roman church is not limited to pedophilia, as it that’s not bad enough! The Vatican is also cracking down on Priests who sexually abuse mentally impaired adults.

As the linked article points out the victims are not happy about the Vatican’s effort, just as the victims of the pedophilia are not happy.

Very recently, another tryst has come to light; pardon the unintentional pun. I must warn you, however, this linked article has ADULT content!

As quoted from the article; “A gay priest sex scandal has rocked the Catholic Church in Italy today after a weekly news magazine released details of a shock investigation it had carried out.”

“Using hidden cameras, a journalist from Panorama magazine - owned by Italian Prime Minister and media baron Silvio Berlusconi - filmed three priests as they attended gay nightspots and had casual sex.”

The article contains photos of this activity! Be careful!

And lastly, for those who think I’m bashing the Roman church because of my own affiliations, please be aware that Roman Catholics are upset and amazed at this behavior of their beloved church. Here is one such blog.

Folks, as Christians, you must decide if you will follow the teachings of the Beast or the teachings of the Word of God. The Christian world is obviously going through a process of division.

This division is described in the Bible as the False church and the True church of the end times and that our choice between the two will be obvious for those who believe in the light of truth. The light of truth is described in the Word of God, the Bible, and if your church denies this Word then it is part and parcel to the False church. Did you know that it's perfectly fine for a Catholic Priest to be homosexual (according to the Roman church)? The Papacy and the Vatican teach that one of their Priests can be "gay" as long as he is celibate. Yet, the Bible declares this behavior as sinful. In fact, the Bible declares celibacy as a "wrong". All of us have lust in us and all have sinned. But, can you envision Peter or Paul being openly homosexual and still being assigned the tasks they were given? I can't!

As the world spins around us with worries over politics, economics, wars, and rumors of wars; you must decide where the real battle is happening! It is happening within Israel, the Christian believers in modern times. No, I'm not talking about that beloved nation in the middle east, I'm talking about the Christian believers around the world. This is who the Bible refers to as Israel in the last days. Armageddon is happening now amongst the latter day Israelites, the Christian believers. We will divide and separate into a false church and a true church. And if you don't believe the true Christians are being persecuted in these United States and around the world - you have not been paying attention!

You must decide - which church do you belong to; the False church, or the True church!?!

If you answer "neither", then you just might be on Satan's team.

Please Note: The Roman Catholic church has done much that is good in it's day. It contains multitudes of saintly people. She has done much work with hospitals, education, care for the poor and needy, the elderly, and more. Yet she has also been a pariah of history and was correctly identified as the Beast back in Reformation times. She is behaving like that Beast again in modern times.

The Observer

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Failings of the Church

Are you like me? Have you ever attended a church and didn't like it? Are all churches full of hypocrites? This short video should inspire you. Thanks to the Tigress for this!

The Observer

Friday, July 16, 2010

Land of the Free?

The United States of America has always been a nation of ideas; ideas publically shared and discussed, without condemnation or ridicule. We hold close to meaningful concepts; freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the freedom to remove corrupt officials from office.

At least that’s how our children were once taught in schools.

Today is different. Most Americans care nothing for ideas or the art of conversation, and are quick to ridicule any and all subjects unrelated to what fills their bellies or satisfies their desires. Our children are taught to condemn freedom of thought, religion, and speech. If your child is in a government school, do everything in your might to rescue him or her from that monstrosity!

Given these two divisions, those who hold ideas sacred and those who don’t; it is my unguarded opinion that the latter outnumbers the former.

As I present these handful of seemingly unrelated stories, perhaps you’ll see, as I did, how they are so very much related and connected in the end.

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University's School of Law presents us with what can only be described as a major setback to freedom of religion.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) was passed to provide churches the liberal freedom to locate and establish congregations and buildings wherever they wished, thus supporting in total the First Amendment.

Now, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that local governments can restrict the zoning of churches and deny the building of churches and even forbid the meeting of congregations based on the “local communities' interest”.

To put this in plain English, if a diocese wishes to build a Catholic church in a mostly Muslim community, they can now be denied the permits to do so, solely based on the locals desire to keep the church out.

So, instead of our citizens sharing each others culture, which is the great American way, we must now become more balkanized and separated; the anti-freedom way.

Large cities, especially in the North, have always had a problem with separating into ethnic cliques and neighborhoods. We’ve all heard the stories; “don’t go into that part of town – it’s full of those hateful Irish”! : )

The South tends to live together and not separate into ethnic groups. I’m biased of course, being Southern, but I’ve always noticed this difference.

Well, the Seventh U.S. Court of Appeals agrees with those cities of the North now.

Speaking of the South; here in Florida, the Maitland-based Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit to overturn a ban on Bible distribution on public school campuses in Collier County. According to the Liberty Counsel, the Collier County School Board allowed “World Changers” (a Christian group) to distribute free Bibles to students during off-school hours on Religious Freedom Day, but now the school officials claim that Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and the distribution should stop. BTW, the Bibles are only given to students who accept them freely. They are not forced on anyone.

Thankfully, the Collier County School Board and District are being sued for this breach of religious freedom.

In another story;

A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus.

“I got fired,” said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to remove the name Jesus from his invocation.

Baity’s troubles began during the week of May 31. He said a House clerk asked to see his prayer. The invocation including prayers for our military, state lawmakers and a petition to God asking him to bless North Carolina.”

“When I handed it to the lady, I watched her eyes and they immediately went right to the bottom of the page and the word Jesus,” he told FOX News Radio. “She said ‘We would prefer that you not use the name Jesus. We have some people here that can be offended.’”

For you foreign folk who may not understand, our Constitution confirms and establishes “freedom OF religion” as a God-given right of life. “freedom FROM religion” is completely un-American. The honorary Chaplain of a State House could have been a Muslim or Hindu. Yet, the person invoking the name of Jesus was condemned.

In Urbana, Ill. the University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.

Professor Ken Howell of Champaign, said his firing violates his academic freedom. He also lost his job at an on-campus Catholic center.

Howell has taught at the university for nine years, BTW, and was recognized by his department in 2008 and 2009 for being rated an excellent teacher by students.

Next, in the land of Shari’a Law, Dearborn, Michigan, police officers arrested four missionaries and confiscated their video cameras.

"These Christian missionaries were exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus," said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center.

Two opinions issued by Massachusetts Federal Judge Joseph L. Tauro represents an egregious example of judicial activism.

In them, he declared unconstitutional the federal definition of “marriage”—the union of one man and one woman. This traditional definition prompted the judge to opine that “there exists no fairly conceivable set of facts that could ground a rational relationship between [the federal definition of marriage] and a legitimate government objective.”

And Lastly,

A group of Christian students was allegedly ordered to stop praying outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on May 5 because a court police officer told them it was against the law.

The students were part of a junior high school American History class at Wickenburg Christian Academy in Arizona. After taking pictures on the steps of the Supreme Court building, their teacher gathered them to a side location where they formed a circle and began to pray.

According to Nate Kellum, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, a police officer “abruptly” interrupted the prayer and ordered the group to cease and desist.

This is in D.C. folks, where our Rights are supposed to be held in high regard!

Later, D.C. was awakened in the night by an extremely rare earthquake. I doubt very seriously if they got the message!

The Observer

Saturday, July 10, 2010