Do You Yet Understand Why The Catholic Church Is The Great Whore Of Babylon?

UNFORTUNATELY, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE GREAT WHORE OF BABYLON IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION!

 

The title of this letter to you today is not one that I wish were true, I very much wish that it were not true yet to say otherwise would mean that I would have to lie to you about this issue and that, I refuse to do. I am not a Catholic but I have known many strangers and friends who were/are. I have also know several Catholic Priests firsthand as well as a few Nuns. I have also read through the ‘Catholic Bible’ as well as the ‘Protestant Bible’ several times each and I have read through the ‘Apocrypha’ several times, all in an attempt to be more well-rounded in ‘Biblical Scripture.’ I am a person who claims to be a Christian via the things that I believe. I write these things to those of you who are new to this web-site as old friends already know these things about me.

 

The Lord wishes that all people who say that they are followers of Him were either hot or cold, not luke-warm. If we are faithful followers of Christ then we are considered to be ‘hot.’ If we are followers of Christ in name only, then we are ‘cold.’ A cold Christian does not do near as much damage to the ‘reputation’ of the Church as ‘luke-warm’ Christians do. Luke-warm, one who professes with their mouth to love God but their actions are far from Him. These ‘luke-warm’ actions drive so many weak Christians from the Faith that could have saved them. These ‘luke-warm’ Christians also drive away many who had been thinking about becoming a Follow of Christ (a Christian) by their actions. Think about it for a moment, often people are watching us even when we are totally unaware of it. Often people whom we work with or interact with like at the convenience store where we get gas for our vehicle, our next door neighbors or even other personal family members are watching us folks who call ourselves Christians and how we act, how we perform our daily life, they notice. When we act no different from the people of the world in general, or even worse, we tarnish the Cross of Christ in their eyes.

 

By the best of my understanding from all the history I have been able to find Jesus was born as flesh in the year 4 b.c. and He was murdered in 29 a.d.. I do believe that the Holy Spirit raised Him from the dead on the third day (Friday evening, all day on Saturday, until sunup on Sunday). If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, there would be no such thing as Christianity. I do not believe that the Apostle Peter was the ‘First Pope’ of the Catholic Church but that is a side issue at this point in time. A hundred plus years after the Resurrection of Jesus the Roman Catholic Church was starting to take form. Another two hundred years and the Mother of Emperor Constantine started migrating, moving the ‘Church’ away from Rome and toward Istanbul/Constantinople in Asia Minor (Turkey).

 

Things that we all need to understand, the Church, is “The Bride Of Christ.” The Church is what Jesus will be coming back to collect upon His Second Advent. The Perfect Bride Groom will be coming back to collect His Bride who must also be pure. If the Bride has been sleeping with ‘the world’, if his Bride has played the part of the whore, the Groom will not have her, she will be cast into Hell with all of those she committed fornication with. If the Catholic Church and the Pope’s throughout history had truly been “Christ’s Representatives” on earth they would not have been wrong on so many issues throughout history nor would they be saturated in the blood of so many, Saints and otherwise. Also most assuredly all of these so-called Priests who have defiled their oath to God Himself about harming the little ones who believe in Him know that they would have been much better off if they had never been born as they will be worse off than one who has a mill-stone hung about their neck and thrown into the depths of the sea.

 

All of these so-called ‘men of God’ of the Catholic Church and by this I do mean local priests, Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals and Pope’s who have committed the actual crimes against these children and who have covered these crimes up shall all taste of God’s fury toward them. Not just for defiling His Bride, but for the crimes against these children. There is also another stain that the Catholic Church is guilty of, well, actually there are many, but the one I speak of here is the stain that they have put upon all of the Christian Churches. Here in the States it has been a running joke about all Pastors, Reverend’s and Ministers being child molesters because of the sins of the Catholic Church covering up these sins. It is true that there are some Protestant Priests who have committed these same sins but at least it doesn’t appear that the Churches have been actively covering these sins up from the public eye, at least I sure hope not. Without a doubt the Catholic Church is the ‘Great Whore’ written of in the Book Of Revelation and the Vatican/Vatican City is the Babylon that Revelation so plainly speaks of just as Rome will go up in flames and smoke with her and the language that will be no more forever upon the face of the earth is Latin. The language of the murderers of Christ and of the Great Whore of Babylon.

How Can The Southern Baptist Convention Leadership Condone The ‘Alt-Right’ And A Racist POTUS?

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Black So. Baptist Pastor Who Sponsored Resolution Condemning Alt-Right Explains Why He Is Staying

(PHOTO: BAPTIST PRESS/VAN PAYNE) Texas pastor Dwight McKissic moved to bring his proposal on the “alt-right” to messengers Tuesday June 13, 2017.

The black pastor who introduced the resolution condemning the alt-right at the SBC’s annual meeting is explaining why, despite the denomination’s failure to pass it initially, he is remaining a Southern Baptist.

In a Wednesday editorial in The Washington Post, Dwight McKissic, who for 33 years has been the senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, responded to a New York Times piece by Lawrence Ware, a black academic and minister who announced he was departing the Southern Baptist Convention — the nation’s largest evangelical Protestant group.

Ware said he was leaving for several reasons, including the group’s stance on LGBTQ issues, the massive support for President Donald Trump and his policies within the denomination, and the hiccup that occurred in passing the resolution authored by McKissic condemning the alt-right and white nationalism at the SBC annual meeting in June. The resolution ended up passing with near unanimity after it underwent an edit and Russell Moore, president of the denomination’s policy arm, spoke out in support of it from the convention floor.

“Whether the committee’s members consider it a factor in their decision, the panel is largely made up of people who are white, people with historical power and privilege,” McKissic wrote of the resolution committee’s initial rejection of his resolution prior to its revision.

“Of course, you have what you are born with, but people with power and privilege need the voice of racial minorities to understand our different experiences. Because the committee contained only one nonwhite member of 10 members, the panel failed to prioritize the need to subvert white supremacy in all its expressions.”

But while there are “plenty of things in the SBC that make [him] uncomfortable,” McKissic wrote that he opted to stay for three reasons: his long personal history with the group, the financial generosity and support he has received from SBC national leaders, and his desire to see Jesus’ prayer answered that the church would be united. For the church to have such oneness, the SBC needs to be even more racially integrated and diverse than it is now, he said.

“When the SBC is persuaded to address the needs of African American communities — such as building up the black family, assisting ex-convicts with employment, removing payday loan offices from our neighborhoods, addressing disparities and inequities in the criminal justice system and addressing police brutality — it will have a huge positive impact on black SBC churches,” McKissic continued.

He added that a common perception that exists among African-American pastors and churches “is that in order to be welcomed, we have to park our brains, culture, history, politics, worship practices, critical thinking skills and autonomy at the door.”

The denomination needs to work to ensure that this is not true, so they can recruit more congregations to cooperate with the SBC, he noted.

As CP reported in March, McKissic previously wrote that it was going to be “difficult for me to be able to continue to say, I’m proud and grateful to be a Southern Baptist” in light of the tumultuous 2016 election cycle and the way politics transpired within the denomination.

For some months last year that extended into 2017, some prominent, predominantly white, conservative-leaning churches escrowed their financial contributions to the Cooperative Program funds to steer their giving away from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the SBC agency Russell Moore leads, in light of his outspoken stance against then-candidate Donald Trump.

Polls show that the vast majority of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump in the general election whereas racial minority evangelicals did not. Many African-American Southern Baptists found the attempt to defund Moore hurtful because they generally felt the same way he did about the man who is now president and appreciated Moore’s emphasis on racial justice issues.

Yet even with the denomination’s shortcomings, “churches that focus their attention on the mission of our Lord Jesus will not find a better body to cooperate with than the SBC. Not everything in the SBC is what it should be, but I am called to work within to help it become what it can be,” McKissic said Wednesday.

In an earlier CP interview about Ware’s departure from the SBC, Frank Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, stated the denomination’s goal to continue the work of racial reconciliation with the church as a whole.

“We ask people of color constantly to give us feedback on what’s happening, how they feel, and if they see enough progress,” Page said.

He noted that most Southern Baptists at the annual meeting did not even know what the alt-right was and did not understand the terminology. But once they realized it was about racism and the historic prejudice within the denomination, they voted overwhelmingly to condemn it, he said.

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Gallup: More Protestants Now Do Not Identify With Specific Denomination

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

Gallup: More Protestants Now Do Not Identify With Specific Denomination

Jul 20, 2017 | 10:17 AM

(PHOTO: STAN LEWIS) Warrington Baptist Church, a small congregation that held its last service in April 2017. The church was acquired by the Pensacola, Florida-based Olive Baptist Church, which plans to reopen it in October 2017 as a satellite campus.

There are now more Protestants in America who do not identify with a particular denomination or tradition than those who do, according to a new survey.

Gallup research released Tuesday reveals that the number of Christians who said they belonged to specific denomination has dropped from 50 percent in the year 2000 to 30 percent in 2016. The poll was done by telephone in the months of May and December of last year, polling a combined total of 2,053 American adults living in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Many surveys in recent years have shown a rising demographic of Americans called “nones” — those who claim no religious identification at all — and their numbers have doubled in 16 years. In 2000, 10 percent claimed no religious affiliation; by 2016 the “nones” were 20 percent of the population.

Because the percentages of Mormons, Roman Catholics, and adherents of non-Christian faiths have remained steady over that same time, the rising number of “nones” has occurred as Protestants have decreased, their numbers shrinking from 57 percent to 47 percent from 2000 to 2016.

“Therefore, there are fewer Protestants of any kind in the American population today, and the pool of those who identify with a specific Protestant denomination is smaller,” the Gallup report explains.

Other than Catholics or Mormons, American Christians “increasingly put themselves into a non-denominational category rather than identifying with a specific denomination such as Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian.” Yet others call themselves “Christian” with no qualifications.

The percentage of Christians who do not name a specific denomination has nearly doubled, from 9 percent to 17 percent in the past 16 years.

For those who do claim a specific denomination, Baptists continue to be the largest Protestant group, with 10 percent of Americans identifying as “Baptists” and an additional 3 percent identifying as “Southern Baptists.”

The Gallup researchers noted that measuring the religious identification among Protestants poses some challenges, especially given that hundreds of Protestant denominations exist today.

“This allows Protestants to easily switch between denominations, with the result that many Protestants are not as fixed in their religious identity as would be the case for Catholics, Jews or those from other religious traditions,” the report reads.

Even so, Gallup’s consistent research process has allowed a general comparison of trends in religious identity to occur across time.

“These trends indicate that, while many Americans remain religious in a broad sense and may continue to seek spiritual guidance and community experience, a formal structure in which to do so has become less important.”

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Are Small Protestant Churches In America In A Death Spiral

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHRISTIAN POST)

 

The president of a major research company that frequently measures trends in the church revealed data showing that the smaller the church, the more likely it is in decline. But one small-town pastor says large church size does not necessarily mean good spiritual health and what the American church really lacks is five-fold ministry.

Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, who has been writing on his blog about trends in the Church, pointed to new research showing that the United States is a nation of small churches, with 61 percent having 100 people or fewer in attendance each week.

“But if your church has fewer than 100 in worship, it is likely to be a declining church. In fact two out of three of these small churches are declining,” Rainer said.

His latest research is based on 1,000 randomly selected churches with available data for 2013 and 2016 and shows that 65 percent of churches are declining or plateaued. The margin of error at the 95 percent percent confidence level is +/- 3.1 percent.

Although a fan of small churches, Rainer noted that “there is a direct correlation with the rate of decline in a church and the size of the church. Simply stated, the smaller the church, the greater the rate of decline in attendance.”

He went on to explain that the research he conducted reveals that a declining church with 200 weekly worshipers or more declines at a rate of 4 percent each year. A declining church with an attendance of less than 100 declines at a rate of 7.6 percent per year. When the weekly attendance is less than 50, the church declines at a rate of 8.7 percent a year.

“It’s a death spiral. Declining smaller churches decline much more rapidly than larger churches. Once the declining church goes below 100 in attendance, its days are likely numbered.”

“The life expectancy for many of these churches is ten years or less,” he said, summarizing the data.

Charles Reynolds, lead pastor of Joshua House Ministries, a nondenominational church in Gumboro, Delaware, explained to The Christian Post that small numbers are not necessarily a sign of decline.

Reynolds, who is ordained through the American Evangelical Christian Churches body, told CP that he planted the church 12 years ago and insisted that based on where you are (such as a small town) you cannot measure decline by the number of people in church even if those churches aren’t necessarily growing in attendance.

“Small churches often do not have all the bells and whistles that other larger churches have,” like child care facilities which help attract families, Reynolds said.

But small churches often provide a family feel. Yet absent a sense of mission, they can become silent and function like a “secret organization,” he continued.

Reynolds believes that at the root of this decline is what the American church is lacking — a five-fold ministry. He supports a model for evangelizing where churches can but said churches should stay relatively small. Once they grow to a certain size, the church can plant another church.

Five-fold ministry refers to the kinds of ministry offices listed in Ephesians 4:11-16 where the apostle Paul explains that God gave some to be “apostles; some,prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” When churches operate with all of these offices there is a more deliberate effort to send the people out to do the work of ministry, not just pay a pastor or two to do the ministry.

“Five-fold ministry is what God’s people are to be,” Reynolds said. “Church is the people, not a building.”

“If we have 15 people in a church who love the Lord and willing to serve Him, they’ll get more done than 1,000 people who don’t want to do anything.”

Reynolds’ church may be small in number, averaging about 60-75 per Sunday, but his congregation takes care of approximately 250 homeless people, furnishing tents and propane and heaters for those in need.

Rainer’s outlook, however, is not completely gloomy even as the falling numbers appear bleak.

If a church does happen to be growing, “it is highly likely to be growing faster than the community in which it is located,” Rainer noted.

“In fact, 91 percent of the growing churches are outpacing the growth of the community. That is a huge number! And it’s really good news if we can move our churches from decline to growth,” he said.

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