‘may be the reason George W. Bush is considering Catholicism’

MSN Tracking ImageThe One True Religion……………?

             

Pope: Jesus formed ‘only one church’

Benedict issues statement asserting that Jesus established ‘only one church’  MSNBC News Services

LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document released Tuesday that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.

It restates key sections of a 2000 document the pope wrote when he was prefect of the congregation, “Dominus Iesus,” which set off a firestorm of criticism among Protestant and other Christian denominations because it said they were not true churches but merely ecclesial communities and therefore did not have the “means of salvation.”

The document said Orthodox churches were indeed “churches” because they have apostolic succession and that they enjoyed “many elements of sanctification and of truth.” But it said they lack something because they do not recognize the primacy of the pope — a defect, or a “wound” that harmed them, it said.

We saw Tony Blair convert to Catholicism right after stepping down as the Prime Minister, and there are rumors that George W. Bush may be following suit. If they are the ‘REAL CHURCH’ it may not be a bad move, but if they prove to be nothing more than ‘VAIN RELIGION’ it will surely be a sad move.

 

malachi

‘throwing rattlesnakes in ones back yard’

Mosques increasingly not welcome

LONDON — Europeans are increasingly lashing out at the construction of mosques in their cities as terrorism fears and continued immigration feed anti-Muslim sentiment across the continent.

Mosques Increasingly Not Welcome

I just ran across this article on USAToday. While reading the article my spirit said, do you blame them? The article speaks of the apprehension that Europe is experiencing in allowing Mosque to be built in their communities. I would to God that Islam would come to the realization that you are not going to find many in society that promote the ‘strong arm’ tactic of radical Islam; Convert or die! The world does not see this as a ‘peaceful religion’.

 

Some analysts call the mosque conflicts the manifestation of a growing fear that Muslims aren’t assimilating, don’t accept Western values and pose a threat to security. “It’s a visible symbol of anti-Muslim feelings in Europe,” says Danièle Joly, director of the Center for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick in England. “It’s part of an Islamophobia. Europeans feel threatened.”

I realize that the vast majority of Islam does not embrace the ‘convert or die’ strong arm of radical Islam, but when the majority dwell in silence the vast majority are labeled the same.

I would liken this to a man who through rattlesnakes into his back yard and then allowed his children to frolic and play in the midst of them. Would you? Sooner or later they will bite you.

malachi

‘just in case you never seen it; this is what tolerance looks like’

Counselor fired over Christian beliefs-

OneNewsNow

A professional counselor has been fired for referring a homosexual patient to another counselor for relationship advice. The counselor who was dismissed is a Christian.

Marcia Walden is a professional counselor who worked for Computer Sciences Corporation, a government contractor that provides Employee Assistance Program counselors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But Walden was suspended and subsequently fired when she referred a homosexual CDC employee to another counselor for advice on the woman’s same-sex relationship.

Does it seem strange that if you tell the homosexual that their lifestyle is an abomination to God (sin) your are being intolerant. Now we are finding that if one refers the homosexual to another counselor because you can not honestly condone the sin, it will not be tolerated. Wonder who’s not be tolerant?

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Eccl. 8:11 

The article goes on to say….

“Jim Campbell, litigation counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), contends Walden is being punished for doing the right thing twice — first, for remaining true to her beliefs; and second, for ensuring that the employee received the requested counseling.” Campbell says Walden was motivated by her religious and ethical beliefs, and she felt she was unable to offer the employee counsel. “…[S]he did what was ethically reasonable. She referred this employee to another counselor who was able to do the job,”

There is no way the Christian can satisfy sin….. it is like trying to disperse water in the midst of oil…. that is why the only option is, to call it what it is, SIN.

Do any of us in America wonder why the Christian does not enjoy the same level of tolerance  that less than 5% of the homosexual community receives?

malachi

‘desiring physical fitness, yet becoming spiritually fat’

“Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.” Isaiah 6:10

I would like to preface this post with the fact that I am NOT a ‘health fuddy-duddy’. I am NOT opposed to exercise and physical fitness, in fact my wife and I walk three miles a day, 5-6 days a week. I try to eat the right stuff and the right amount. After all the body is the ‘temple of the Spirit of God’, but what we are seeing taking place in the church is NOT healthy, at least at the spiritual level.

I would also like to say that I am in no way undermining the below product propagated in the commercial. This was an advertisement sent to our church email box and while reading the content I thought that the church in America needs to be spending more time on the spiritual condition than its physical condition.

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At the beginning of this post I drew from the text that is found in Isaiah chapter 6 where Isaiah appeared before God and God was looking for someone He could send to His people with His word. Isaiah said “here am I, send me”. God told Isaiah that he would go and carry His word, but that the nation Israel would “Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”

In essence, God was saying that instead of hearing His word and believing it, they will only reject it as they did in the day our Lord traversed this sod. In fact, after this wilful rejection by the religious sort of the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us, this was the scripture Jesus quoted to them in John 12:37-41.

Now I am not saying this is true of every church or every believer, but I have followed the apostasy that our nation and our church is in, and if you look at it collectively, you must agree the church has veered in the wrong direction, and that away from the teaching of God’s word.

We do not need the church to be a means for its congregants to attain physical fitness but….

“for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:12-16 

Now if you have convinced yourself that the edification that is mention from the verses found in Ephesians 4 is physical fitness, then the commercial is for your admonition, and I say this in love, for it only has profit in this life!

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

malachi