It is unusual for me to feel the need to speak against the Catholic Church. Mostly because I believe that their theology is basically sound and centered on Christ as our ONLY salvation and NOT on good works or the machinations of any human. Yes, they have a priesthood. Yes, they have saints. Yes, they have Mary. But none of it crosses the threshold of the WORSHIP of pagans or diminishing Christ by saying he was only a human and not divine. Catholic theology still holds Christ as the one and only Savior- and that he and he alone is empowered to save by grace and not by works.
There ARE current popular ‘religions’ that do cross this line into paganism: Mormonism and Seventh Day Adventists are just two of the more popular ones. They do not pass the test because Christ is only human to them. Both these ideologies believe that mere humans will be equal to Christ and God. They diminish Christ because they believe that GOOD WORKS are 100% necessary to salvation. What nonsense!
All that being said, I can not understand how the Catholic priesthood believes it has the right to SUCH levels of secrecy! Especially when dealing with child rapists. Their internal probe into sexual misconduct of the priests who raped children as well as their internal probe into the 2012 Vatican leak are known only to four people: the pope and three cardinals. None of the cardinals that will be voting for the next pope will be made privy to anything in these reports. Thus, they might vote for someone who has been actively involved in turning a blind eye to child rape or rapists themselves. Is that moral? Is that right? Why protect ANYONE involved in any of this? How can one of these become Pope?
The response from the Vatican on why they protect child molesters and homosexuals is ‘Christian Forgiveness’. Also, Christian ‘love’. hrumph!
Lately, I have noticed a terrible cancer on the Body of Christ. And it is RELIGION. Society, culture & political correctness has infiltrated the Church and has caused a ‘religious’ cancer that is rotting its flesh. They no longer care what the BIBLE says about love, Christian duty and sin. They only care about how THEY think it should all be defined.
In Christian RELIGION, Jesus was a soft, compassionate, liberal hippy milk toast of a man who never called names, always spoke in loving tones and … had really nice hair and blue eyes! lol! God is portrayed as beaming faced new age God who ‘loves everyone- no matter what”. Really? I mean, really?
Consider what God had to say specifically about sexual immorality (including homosexuality): 22 “‘Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. 23 You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.” God abhorred the person, not only the sin.
Again, the Bible proves that God can HATE the person and not only the sin here:
“16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” -Proverbs 6
That beaming, benevolent God and that hippy Jesus never existed! Those ‘interpretations’ are down and out LIES. Be very afraid of God and fear Jesus’ judgement. THAT is what a ‘good’ Christian will tell you. Yes, they are both loving and generous. But those who fail to comply WILL die.
Christians!! READ YOUR BIBLES! Be armed properly in life!
I am so GLAD I was raised in a violent family and that I was ostracized from ‘normal’ society for most of my life!
I CELEBRATE that I do not know what a million human SCHOLARS have interpreted the Bible to mean!
I am JOYFUL that I quit going to church (but never Christ!) over 25 years ago and have only recently come back!
Why am I happy? Because I am not hemmed into RELIGION! I never learned it. All I care about is the BIBLE- not some interpretation by a scholar or some priest or some church denomination! The Bible is ALL WE NEED to understand God. It is sufficient. If you can’t justify your actions with God’s Word, then you can not be justified at all. Likewise, if you attempt to change the meaning of ‘LOVE’, or God’s word or Christ’s Word, Jesus said that it will be WORSE for those in Sodom and Gomorrah than for you.
And I know that Bible. I study it for all I’m worth. There are NO disparities or contradictions. There are only people who have either never read it or lack the WISDOM to understand what it all means together! The Bible is perfect in every way.
Many have recommended that I read this or that scholar’s opinion on the Bible. But I am LOATHE to read them. God is NOT a prankster. He made a book that EVERY human can read and understand. We don’t need a priest. We don’t need a pastor. We don’t need a scholar. At least- we don’t need them to understand the Bible. Just us, an open and obedient heart and the Holy Spirit. That’s it.
When I see humans try to twist it around into false meanings, it digs at me deeply.
I have begun to HATE religion. People walking around with their folded hands, staring off into space like they are high on crack! They define LOVE and forgiveness the way they were TAUGHT or the way they WISH it to be- but not the way the BIBLE says. Friends, we need to UNLEARN the terrible teaching of religion. And we need to humble ourselves before the Lord. OBEDIENCE matters! The Holy Spirit is rising like never before. People are becoming FREE the way JESUS and GOD intended!
But what of these pedophile priests? Do they deserve love & forgiveness from the Catholic Church? Should they continue to be priests?
Pedophiles CAN be forgiven by Jesus. But guess what? They have to CHANGE their sexual immorality to get it. God would require that this person DEMONSTRATE their OBEDIENCE before he would forgive. Otherwise, the repentance is nothing more than gurgling words.
God does NOT permit constant re-offense of his commandments. If you murder, you can be forgiven. But what if you apologize and then turn around and murder again- and again?
Yet another false notion of ‘religion’ is that all sin is equal. WRONG. Some sins are worse than others. God HATES sexual immorality. And he HATES those that commit it. Yes, you heard me- I said the word, ‘hate’.
Further, God has already condemned these men to a terrible death. Jesus said that if any human causes one child to sin and to leave the Lord because of their own actions, it will be better for Sodom and Gomorrah than for them on the day of judgement. Jesus set the standard of protection for our children! How many boys who have been raped by these men go on to partake in homosexuality, and thus, become hateful to God??? How many have learned to HATE God because of the actions of these men? How many boys grow up to be men who dispair? Who take their own lives? And worse of all worse, begin to rape boys themselves? COUNTLESS!
Why then, if God and Jesus so roundly condemned these men, would YOU allow them to remain as priests- in positions of TRUST- when only TIME and demonstrated OBEDIENCE could ever tell you or God that they mean it when they say they truly repent? Do you really believe that someone with such a powerful sexual perversion will just ‘change overnight’ because you caught them?
No, impossible! The Catholic Church is preserving ITSELF in this matter. It is jealous of its own reputation- not God’s reputation. It is more interested in all that money coming into its coffers than obeying the WORD of God. And as long as it does, it is NOT a church of God. There are millions of Christian Catholics who are righteous before the Lord. But this LEADERSHIP is profoundly ugly. The ugliness is now deeply institutionalized. I’m not sure it can EVER be fixed with all this secrecy, money and power at stake.
‘Love’ and ‘forgiveness’.
SUCH abuse in the name of these two words! People who claim to be Christians use Christ and these two words to perpetrate the worst sins known to man. They use them as mere tools to achieve their own agenda. They use them as their own personal billy clubs to beat up those they don’t like.
You think I (I?) am the cruel one. But it is you, Religious Christian- it is you, False Prophet, that kill so many souls. Oh! Those smooth, placid faces! Oh! How I wish I could rip the name of Christian from their name tags! Those folded hands and dreamy eyes… they only hide the ugliest face of all. They hide the face of Satan himself.