Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban
abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama’s
governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. The Missouri
bill needs another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to
Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who voiced support for an earlier version
It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies
caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for
violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn’t be
Republican Senate handler Sen. Andrew Koenig described it on Thursday as
“one of the strongest” abortion bills yet passed in the U.S.
As CBS News’ Kate Smith has reported,
Missouri already has some of the most restrictive abortion access laws in the
country. Missourians seeking an abortion are subject to a 72-hour waiting
period and only one abortion clinic exist in the state.
Missouri joins a movement of GOP-dominated state legislatures emboldened by
the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark
ruling legalizing the procedure. Its senators voted only hours after
Alabama’s governor signed the most stringent abortion ban in the nation on
Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.
Outnumbered Missouri Senate Democrats launched into an attack on the bill
before Republican supporters had a chance to bring it up for debate on the
“So much of this bill is just shaming women into some kind of
complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy rather than understanding
that women’s lives all hold different stories,” St. Louis-area Democratic
Sen. Jill Schupp said.
Missouri is among a growing number of states where abortion opponents are
working with renewed enthusiasm following President Donald Trump’s appointment
of more conservative high court justices. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and
Georgia have approved bans on abortion once fetal cardiac activity can be
detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Similar
restrictions in North Dakota and Iowa have been struck down in court.
Supporters say the Alabama bill is intentionally designed to conflict with
the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally in hopes of
sparking a court case that might prompt the justices to revisit abortion
Missouri’s bill also includes an outright ban on abortions except in cases
of medical emergencies. But unlike Alabama’s, it would kick in only if Roe v.
Wade is overturned.
If courts don’t allow Missouri’s proposed eight-week ban to take effect, it
includes a ladder of less-restrictive time limits ranging from 14 to 20 weeks.
Roe v. Wade legalized abortion up until viability, which is usually at 22 to 24
“This is not a piece of legislation that is designed for a
challenge,” Missouri’s Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr said. “This
is the type of legislation that is designed to withstand a challenge and to
actually save lives in our state.”
Republicans and Democrats worked for hours to reach a compromise on the
bill, which included an expansion of tax credits for donations to pregnancy
resource centers, and waters down other provisions.
The approved version of the wide-ranging bill bans abortions based solely on
race, sex or a “prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down
Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome.” It also requires that both
parents be notified for a minor to get an abortion, but a change was made after
hours of late-night negotiations to remove the requirement when a parent lacks
legal or physical custody. Current law requires written consent from only one
Still, some lawmakers on both sides of the debate walked away unhappy.
Democrat Schrupp said even after changes, it’s “an extreme and
egregious piece of legislation that puts women’s health at risk.”
“It is outrageous that it has no exemptions for victims of human
trafficking, rape or incest,” she said.
Republican Sen. Bob Onder said negotiators went too far to compromise,
leaving the bill “a shadow of what it once was.”
“This should be entitled not the ‘Missouri Stands for the Unborn
Act,'” Onder told colleagues on the Senate floor, “but the ‘Missouri
Stands for the Unborn Act, sort of kind of only after the minority party and
the strongest Planned Parenthood lawyers in the country were done with the
The Vatican has sent a special message to all the world’s Muslims, wishing them “a peaceful and fruitful celebration of Ramadan.” “We Muslims and Christians are called to open ourselves to others, knowing and recognizing them as brothers and sisters,” the text states. “In this way, we can tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.”
The endearing use of the phrase “brothers
and sisters” invokes a vision of harmony and peace together. This is not
the case between Muslims and Christians globally. This is Chrislam.
If I call someone who is not my biological
sibling my ‘brother or sister’ what exactly am I saying? Well, with the use of
that term, I am acknowledging that that person and myself share an overwhelming
and fundamental agreement about the major issues in life. The bible tells us
that two people cannot ‘walk together’ through life unless there be in
agreement with each other, as we see in the bible verse below. And when
we read the entire chapter from which that verse is taken, we see that verse is
used as a rebuke, which is exactly how I am using it here.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Amos 3:3 (KJV)
Pope Francis continues his full court press of
wooing the Muslims and Islam into the folds of the Roman Catholic tent as he
One World Religion that Revelation 13, 17 and 18 tells us the
Roman pontiff will do. As we have long said, just as Rome used the armies of
Spain to enforce the demonic Spanish Inquisition for nearly 300 years, so will
Rome now seek to use the armies of Islamic jihad to promote the Roman Catholic
harlot at the point of a sword. You may not know much bible, you may not
believe in bible prophecy, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are
watching it come to life before your very eyes. The pope is effectively using false
teachers like Rick Warren to advance his cause.
Pope Francis is not merely a ‘defender of
Islam’, he is a promoter of Islam and by extension Sharia Law. He has been
working on this partnership and it soon will be completed, when it is, look
out. Rome will once again have an army, and at that point they will quit
pretending to be a lamb, and go right back to being the ‘roaring lion’ who only
comes to seek, kill and destroy. Pope Francis and his Roman religion is creating
Chrislam, the merger of counterfeit Christianity and Islam, and
he is doing it with impunity. He knows that ‘now is his hour’ and that the
‘power of darkness’ will continue to propel him forward. That’s how he can look
on Muslims who practice Sharia Law and preach hatred of the Jews and Israel as
‘brothers and sisters’ because he is one of them.
Vatican issues a happy Ramadan to all “Muslim brothers and sisters”
FROM JIHAD WATCH: Too many Christians live under
the worst conditions in Islamic countries, as they endure violent persecution
daily under the Sharia. The Pope of Islam is
living a lie and promoting the same. Ongoing, he has abandoned persecuted
Christians, and also persecuted other minority groups including minority Muslim
groups and other victims of jihad. He has also turned a blind eye to Islamic
supremacist assaults and jihad attacks in Western countries as a result of open
His pursuit of dialogue has never included the
demand that Islamic leaders and adherents accept religious freedoms, and the
equality of other faiths and human beings regardless of gender and personal
identity. The Pope does not promote a two way street in his so-called
advancement of “dialogue”. His expectation is that Christians must
embrace “dialogue”, “diversity” and “tolerance” of everyone—including
jihadists– but he has no such message and expectation of Muslims.
The Pope has also declared Rome to be a “city
of bridges, never walls!,” and further stated that “Jesus
demands” we take in Muslim migrants. Meanwhile, he lives in a walled city
within Rome, surrounded by security, and he is not taking in any migrants
Robert Sarah — prefect of the Congregation for Divine
Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments — compared “the modern influx of
Muslim migrants to the invasions of barbarian tribes that ultimately brought
down the Roman Empire in a.d. 475.” Sarah also warned that “it is a false
exegesis [interpretation of scriptural text] to use the Word of God to promote
migration. God never wanted these rifts.”
For the Pope’s trip to Morocco, Vatican media
promotions abandoned the traditional papal insignia and replaced it with the
cross and the crescent; and the crescent did not appear “alongside the cross,
as if a companion to it. Rather, the Islamic symbol encircles the Christian
one” symbolizing a kind of submission
Islamic law, Muslim lives are explicitly worth more than those
of non-Muslims. The Shafi’i Sharia manual Reliance of the Traveller dictates:
“The indemnity for the death or injury of a woman is one-half the indemnity
paid for a man. The indemnity paid for a Jew or Christian is one-third the
indemnity paid for a Muslim. The indemnity paid for a Zoroastrian is
one-fifteenth that of a Muslim.” (o4.9) Sikhs rank even lower, as they are not
People of the Book. The Pope addresses none of this.
Pope Francis has accurately been hailed the “defender of Islam”. As
Robert Spencer rightly notes:
Pope Francis is not only disastrously wrongheaded about an obvious fact that
is reinforced by every day’s headlines; he is also deceiving and misleading his
people about a matter of utmost importance, and keeping them ignorant and
complacent about a growing and advancing threat. source
“Vatican Pope Francis Wishes Happy Ramadan to ‘Muslim Brothers and Sisters’
The Vatican has sent
a special message to all the world’s Muslims, wishing them “a
peaceful and fruitful celebration of Ramadan.” The month of Ramadan, which
began this year on May 5, is “a month for strengthening the spiritual bonds we
share in Muslim-Christian friendship,” reads the message from the
Vatican’s office of interreligious dialogue bearing the title “Christians and
Muslims: Promoting Universal Fraternity.”
“We Muslims and Christians are called to open ourselves to others, knowing
and recognizing them as brothers and sisters,” the text states. “In this way,
we can tear down walls raised out of fear and ignorance and seek together to
build bridges of friendship that are fundamental for the good of all humanity.”
“We thus cultivate in our families and in our political, civil and religious
institutions, a new way of life where violence is rejected, and the human
person respected,” reads the message, which bears the signature of Bishop
Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical
Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Our religions invite us to “remain rooted in the
values of peace; to defend the values of mutual understanding, human fraternity
and harmonious coexistence; to re-establish wisdom, justice and love,” the text
says, citing a
joint declaration signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Ahmed a-Tayyeb in
Abu Dhabi this past February.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH: THE END TIMES
‘UNIVERSAL PEACE DOCUMENT’ POPE FRANCIS SIGNED WITH ISLAMIC LEADER MAKES NO
REFERENCE OF ANY KIND TO JESUS CHRIST OR THE BIBLE
That same declaration brought down heavy
criticism on the pope particularly due to the assertion that the plurality and
diversity of religions “are willed by God in His wisdom,” just as God wills a
plurality of colors, sexes, races, and languages.
A number of Catholic theologians raised objections to the statement, insisting
that it seemed to suggest that either God actively wills error, or that all
religions are equally valid paths to God. The existence of a variety of colors,
races, and languages in humanity is very different from a variety of
contradictory claims about God’s identity and way of acting, they said.
In early April, Francis walked back the earlier statement,
clarifying that in reality God only permits the existence of many
religions without actively willing it. The Vatican’s Ramadan message steers
clear of such theological swampland.
“We are encouraged, therefore, to continue advancing the culture of dialogue
as a means of cooperation and as a method of growing in knowledge of one
another,” the message says.
Iran’s intelligence minister has admitted publicly for the first time that
Christianity is spreading throughout Iran.
Mahmoud Alavi, the Islamic Republic’s intelligence minister, was giving a
speech in front of several Shia Muslim clerics when he announced
“Christianity is spreading in “parts” of Iran.”
In an apparent attempt to make light of the people are converting, Alavi
said: “These converts are ordinary people whose jobs are selling
sandwiches or similar things.”
The intelligence minister also told the clerics to quit bickering among
“We had no choice but to summon them to ask them why they were
converting,” said Alavi told the assembled group. “Some of them said
they were looking for a religion that gives them peace. We told them that Islam
is the religion of brotherhood and peace. They responded by saying that: ‘All
the time we see Muslim clerics and those who preach from the pulpit talk
against each other. If Islam is the religion of cordiality, then before
anything else, there must be cordiality and peace among the clerics
“It is not the job of the intelligence community to find the roots of
these conversions from Islam. But it’s happening right before our eyes,”
Iran is known for its mounting persecution of Christians. The Islamic
Republic is listed as number 9 among the world’s top persecutors of Christians,
according to Open Doors USA. Christians in Iran are forbidden
from sharing their faith with non-Christians. Consequently, church services in
Persian (Iran’s national language) are not allowed.
The 20-page document is a follow-up to the 2017 Filial Correction of Pope Francis that was signed originally by 62 scholars and which stated that the Pope has “effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church,” especially in light of his 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The authors of the open letter state in a summary of their letter that it has now become clear that Pope Francis is aware of his own positions contrary to the faith and that the time has come to go a “stage further” by claiming that Pope Francis is “guilty of the crime of heresy.”
Prominent Catholic clergymen and scholars
including Fr. Aidan Nichols, one of the best-known theologians in the
English-speaking world, have issued an open letter accusing Pope Francis of
The Roman Catholic Church is not the Church that Jesus
started, but to unsaved lost people it kind of looks and sounds like it. Kind
of. Well, maybe a little? OK, not at all, but you get what I mean. The Roman
counterfeit fools a lot of people because of its outer veneer of religiosity.
But even within those parameters, the papacy of Pope
Francis is making a lot of high-level Catholics pretty mad. Why?
Let’s take a look and see.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come
out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath
remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto
her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her
double.” Revelation 18:4-6 (KJV)
But I have a news flash for this band of 31 Catholic
theologians that might surprise them, and why they might want to retract their
demands that Pope Francis stop all his religious shenanigans. Francis is only doing
what the bible says the last pope in the end times is supposed to do. The bible
says that there will be a One World Religion
in Revelation 13, and Pope Francis is taking steps to make that happen. The
bible says in Revelation 13, 17 and 18, that there will be a One World
Government over which the king of Vatican City will rule the
world, albeit for a short time, and Pope Francis is working to bring that to
pass as well.
So if these ‘high-ranking’ theologians knew anything about
the bible, what they would be doing is
getting saved, leaving the Roman Catholic counterfeit, and prepare to leave
this world in the Pretribulation
Rapture of the Church. Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines is now
boarding.! Ahh…you look at life just a little differently when you’re a bible
believer. I’ll take that over being a ‘high-ranking theologian’ any day.
Prominent clergy, scholars accuse Pope Francis of heresy in open letter
FROM LIFE SITE NEWS: They ask the bishops of the Catholic
Church, to whom the open letter is addressed, to “take the steps necessary to
deal with the grave situation” of a pope committing this crime. The authors
base their charge of heresy on the manifold manifestations of Pope Francis’
embrace of positions contrary to the faith and his dubious support of prelates
who in their lives have shown themselves to have a clear disrespect for the
Church’s faith and morals.
“We take this measure as a last resort to respond to the accumulating harm
caused by Pope Francis’s words and actions over several years, which have given
rise to one of the worst crises in the history of the Catholic Church,” the
authors state. The open letter is available in Dutch, Italian, German, French,
Among the signatories are well-respected scholars such as
Father Thomas Crean, Fr. John Hunwicke, Professor John Rist, Dr. Anna Silvas,
Professor Claudio Pierantoni, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, and Dr. John
Lamont. The text is dated “Easter Week” and appears on the traditional
Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, a saint who counseled and admonished
several popes in her time.
The 20-page document is
a follow-up to the 2017 Filial Correction of
Pope Francis that was signed originally by 62 scholars and which stated that
the Pope has “effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the
moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical
opinions to spread in the Catholic Church,” especially in light of his 2016
exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
The authors of the open letter state in a summary
of their letter (read below) that it has now become clear that
Pope Francis is aware of his own positions contrary to the faith and that
the time has come to go a “stage further” by claiming that Pope Francis is
“guilty of the crime of heresy.”
“We limit ourselves to accusing him of heresy on occasions where he has
publicly denied truths of the faith, and then consistently acted in a way that
demonstrates that he disbelieves these truths that he has publicly denied,” the
They clarify that they are not claiming Pope Francis has “denied truths of
the faith in pronouncements that satisfy the conditions for an infallible papal
“We assert that this would be impossible, since it would be incompatible
with the guidance given to the Church by the Holy Spirit,” they state. In light
of this situation, the authors call upon the bishops of the Church to take
action since a “heretical papacy may not be tolerated or dissimulated to avoid
a worse evil.”
For this reason, the authors “respectfully request the
bishops of the Church to investigate the accusations contained in the letter,
so that if they judge them to be well founded they may free the Church from her
present distress, in accordance with the hallowed adage, Salus
animarum prima lex (‘the salvation of souls is the highest
law’). The bishops can do this, the writers suggest, “by admonishing Pope
Francis to reject these heresies, and if he should persistently refuse, by
declaring that he has freely deprived himself of the papacy.”
The authors first present in detail – and with theological references to
substantiate their claims – the different positions against the faith Pope
Francis has shown himself to hold, propagate, or support, including “seven
propositions contradicting divinely revealed truth.”
One of the heresies the authors accuse Pope Francis of
committing is expressed in the following proposition: “A Christian believer can
have full knowledge of a divine law and voluntarily choose to break it in a
serious matter, but not be in a state of mortal sin as a result of this
action.” Many of these heretical statements touch on questions of marriage and
the family and are to be found in Amoris Laetitia,
but there is also a new claim made by Pope Francis in 2019 – namely, that the
“diversity of religions” is “willed by God” – that is listed in the open
In one section of the open letter, the authors list the
many prelates as well as lay people, who, despite openly dissenting from
Catholic doctrine and morals — either by word or by deed — have been by Pope
Francis either publicly praised (such as Emma Bonino) or raised to influential
positions (such as Cardinal Oscar Rodrigez Maradiaga). On this list are names
such as Cardinal Blase Cupich, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Cardinal Donald
Wuerl, Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, and Bishop Juan Barros.
The fact that Pope Francis never responded to the dubia (questions)
concerning Amoris Laetitia published
by Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Joachim Meisner, Walter Brandmüller, and Raymond
Burke is mentioned. Moreover, the authors point out that Pope Francis has
changed the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life to such an extent that
orthodox Catholic experts have been replaced by heterodox experts, such as
Father Maurizio Chiodi.
Addressing the bishops of the world – among whom are to be
found all the present 222 cardinals – the authors of the open letter express
their gratitude toward those bishops who have defended Catholic doctrine by
their own personal witnesses.
“We recognise with gratitude that some among you have reaffirmed the truths
contrary to the heresies which we have listed, or else have warned of serious
dangers threatening the Church in this pontificate,” they state. Here, the
dubia cardinals, but also Cardinal Willem Eijk, are mentioned. The authors also
thank Cardinal Gerhard Müller for his Manifesto
The authors believe, however, that at this time in history,
six years into the Francis pontificate, more is needed, namely a more direct
and authoritative approach. They recognize their own limits when they tell the
bishops: “Despite the evidence that we have put forward in this letter, we
recognise that it does not belong to us to declare the pope guilty of the
delict of heresy in a way that would have canonical consequences for
“We therefore appeal to you as our spiritual fathers, vicars of Christ
within your own jurisdictions and not vicars of the Roman pontiff, publicly to
admonish Pope Francis to abjure the heresies that he has professed. Even
prescinding from the question of his personal adherence to these heretical
beliefs, the Pope’s behaviour in regard to the seven propositions contradicting
divinely revealed truth, mentioned at the beginning of this Letter, justifies
the accusation of the delict of heresy. It is beyond a doubt that he promotes
and spreads heretical views on these points. Promoting and spreading heresy
provides sufficient grounds in itself for an accusation of the delict of
heresy. There is, therefore, superabundant reason for the bishops to take the
accusation of heresy seriously and to try to remedy the situation,” they state.
The authors make it clear that it is up to the bishops to take action and
that they do not need a majority among the bishops to do so.
“Since Pope Francis has manifested heresy by his actions as well as by his
words, any abjuration must involve repudiating and reversing these actions,
including his nomination of bishops and cardinals who have supported these
heresies by their words or actions. Such an admonition is a duty of fraternal charity
to the Pope, as well as a duty to the Church,” they state.
“If – which God forbid! – Pope Francis does not bear the fruit of true
repentance in response to these admonitions, we request that you carry out your
duty of office to declare that he has committed the canonical delict of heresy
and that he must suffer the canonical consequences of this crime,” they add.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH: THE END TIMES ‘UNIVERSAL
PEACE DOCUMENT’ POPE FRANCIS SIGNED WITH ISLAMIC LEADER MAKES NO REFERENCE OF
ANY KIND TO JESUS CHRIST OR THE BIBLE
Thus, the authors state, “these actions do not need to be
taken by all the bishops of the Catholic Church, or even by a majority of them.
A substantial and representative part of the faithful bishops of the Church
would have the power to take these actions.”
The full 20-page document may be read here.
A select bibliography to support the case made in the open letter to the
bishops of the Catholic Church about Pope Francis’ heresies may be
A petition launched by the organizers of the open letter to support their
initiative can be found here.
Pope Francis the reformer is being challenged by his conservative
predecessor – who now has a far-right backing including Steve Bannon
Sat 20 Apr 2019 03.00 EDT
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In his pre-Easter address to pilgrims
gathering in Rome, Pope
Francis highlighted Jesus’s words as he died on the cross on the first Good
Friday: “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” We all, the
Argentinian pontiff stressed, need to find the courage to forgive those who
have wronged us.
Those remarks sparked speculation about who exactly Francis was struggling
to forgive. Top of most lists in Rome this Easter is his predecessor, Pope
Emeritus Benedict XVI, who decided
in 2013 to break with 600 years of work-unto-death papal tradition and
retire. This opened Catholicism’s door to the breath of fresh air that is
Francis. And, for the past six years, as the winds of change have blown through
the church, Benedict has by and large kept a respectful silence, ignoring the
ever louder pleas of traditionalist Catholics who want the 92-year-old to join
them in opposing Francis’s reform agenda.
That changed earlier this month, when Benedict published a 6,000-word
article in a German magazine. It made headlines by blaming the clerical
abuse scandal on the moral relativism of the 1960s sexual revolution, and the
“homosexual cliques” that allowed this “lawlessness” to infect seminaries. It
is a line of argument that directly – and, conservative cardinals insist,
pointedly – contradicts all Francis’s efforts (including a summit of world
bishops in the Vatican in February) to tackle the damage done by paedophile
priests by pointing the finger at a dominant culture within the church; a
culture that encourages priests and bishops to operate as if they are above the
moral guidelines they preach, and regard themselves as beyond the sanction of
Neither explanation has convinced some lifelong Catholics who, as a result
this Easter, will stay away from church services. The Francis version at least
has the virtue of not flying in the face of all contemporary research, which
doesn’t conflate sexual attraction between consenting adults of the same gender
with the brutal and systematic violation of children.
But what Benedict’s intervention – and apparent rebuke of his successor –
mostly lays bare is how hard it is proving for an absolute monarchy like the
Catholic church to operate when it has not one, but two living popes. Indeed it
explains why, for six centuries, papal retirement was regarded as not an
Perhaps if Francis and Benedict were of like mind, it might just work, but
for all their posing as good neighbours (the emeritus pope lives within the
grounds of the Vatican), the two of them represent opposite poles of Catholicism. Where
Francis wants to work with the modern world, Benedict sees the church as
immovable. Where Francis was a pastoral figure and “outsider” throughout his
clerical career before his election, Benedict was a dusty academic and Vatican
“insider”. And where Francis believes he inherited a church in crisis (and not
just over clerical abuse), Benedict is convinced that he and his predecessor
John Paul II had settled all the outstanding questions about its future in
perpetuity (eg restating the ban on female priests).
That chasm between the two popes is not just an administrative matter for
them to manage with as good a grace as possible (and the normally relaxed
Francis was looking pretty on edge when he paid
a birthday visit to Benedict earlier this month). There is a small but
vocal minority of ultra-conservative Catholics who are doing their damnedest to
tempt Benedict out of purdah so he can lead their attack on Francis.
These traditionalist figures, who congregate round retired cardinal Raymond
Burke, (sacked from his Vatican job by Francis), have their own websites
and journals, especially in the United States. They look on in horror, and not
just at Francis’s drive to relegate sexual morality down the list of priorities
for his church. Their social conservatism is matched by political concerns.
Where Francis is prophetically pro-refugee, pro-environment and pro-global
cooperation, this wing of the church most emphatically is not.
The ramifications go far beyond the fraught politics of Catholicism. There
are two more prominent figures the pope might have had in mind when he was
recommending forgiveness this Easter: former Donald Trump right-hand man Steve
Bannon, and Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini. Both men are
cradle Catholics, so much so that Salvini recently tried to pass legislation to
put crucifixes in all public spaces in Italy. The Vatican fiercely
resisted this suggestion, believing it to be a transparent ruse to turn a
religious symbol into a party political vote-winner.
Bannon has long made plain that he regards the current leader of his church
to an enemy. “He’s the administrator of the church, and he’s also a
politician,” he tells NBC in a broadcast interview this Easter. “This is the
problem … He’s constantly putting all the faults in the world on the populist
Populism and nationalism, the pope has warned, is what brought the continent
Adolf Hitler. “Fear can drive you crazy,” he said on a recent trip to Panama.
“But you can go round Europe and it’s [populism] catching fire,” objects
Bannon on NBC. “The pope is just wrong.”
There is a profound irony here, because Bannon is the sort of
ultra-traditionalist Catholic who, when Benedict John Paul II was in charge of
the show, was fond of telling more liberal Catholics (who every survey shows
represent the majority of Church members in the developed world) to stop their
complaining and do as they were told by the successor of Saint Peter, who Jesus
handpicked for leadership. Under Francis, though, Bannon is getting a dose of
his own medicine. And spitting it out.
No longer welcome in the White House, Bannon has come to Europe to stir up
the far right. And that includes Catholic traditionalists, whom he courts
through his links with the Dignitatis Humanae religious institute outside Rome,
of which he is patron and Cardinal Burke the president.
Salvini is one of Bannon’s closest allies and is leading the Italian
government’s clampdown on migrants. So strongly does he object to Francis’s
championing of the rights and human dignity of the same migrants, that Salvini
has even appeared in public brandishing a T-shirt with the slogan, “Benedict is
This is a new take on the “birther” slur that Bannon and Trump directed at
Barack Obama, making up tales of him not being born in the US to claim he
wasn’t really the president. Now Francis’s legitimacy is being undermined by
the suggestion that Benedict didn’t have the right to retire and so remains the
Knowing that such nonsense is being pedalled publicly, you cannot help but
speculate what Benedict intended by publishing his letter earlier this month.
Was he signalling that he was throwing his lot in with the Francis-haters as
they have been urging him to do? Or was it rather the small conservative circle
around this frail, elderly, ailing pontiff who were using his name to fight
their own battles?
Whatever the truth, no one can be in any doubt this Easter that there are
two rival camps, if not yet rival popes, fighting it out for ultimate power at
God’s business address on Earth.
Lanka took drastic steps Monday to crack down on new potential terror
threats by blocking social media and arresting more than a dozen after a series
of suicide bombings allegedly carried out by a domestic radical Islamic
group ripped through its capital on Easter Sunday.
The country’s health minister said the attacks, which killed
at least 290 and injured more than 500, were carried out by seven suicide
bombers from a local militant group named National
Thowheek Jaamath. Experts cited by The New York Times said the group promotes an Islamic
terrorist ideology. Police said 13 suspects in connection with the bombings
have been arrested.
“These attacks appear to be quite different and look as if they came right
out of the ISIS, Al Qaeda, global militant jihadist playbook, as these are
attacks fomenting religious hatred by attacking multiple churches on a high
religious holiday,” Anne Speckhard, the director of the International
Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, told the Times.
All of the bombers were Sri Lankan citizens, but authorities suspect foreign
links, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference.
Six nearly simultaneous blasts took place in the morning at the shrine and
the Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La and Kingsbury hotels in Colombo, as well as at
two churches outside Colombo. Two more blasts occurred a few hours later
outside Colombo — one at a guesthouse, the other near an overpass.
A government forensic
crime investigator said an analysis of the attacker’s body parts indicated
they were suicide bombers. He said a single bomber carried out most of the
attacks, with two at Colombo’s Shangri-La Hotel.
Officials on Monday said that Sri Lankan police investigating the bombings
are examining reports that intelligence agencies had warnings of possible
attacks. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the international agencies
warned of the attacks several times starting April 4.
Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando tweeted, “Some intelligence
officers were aware of this incidence. Therefore there was a delay in action.
Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored.” He
added that his father had heard of a possible attack and had warned him not to
enter popular churches.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has vowed to “vest all
necessary powers with the defense forces” to take action against those
Authorities on Monday lifted a curfew that had been imposed but kept social
media block so as to curtail the spread of false information and ease tension
in the country of more than 22 million people.
The 21st century keepers of this 2,000-year old church are certain it was started by the half-brother of Jesus, James. Jewish Christians were under heavy persecution from the Roman Empire in the days before Rome created the Catholic Church. The other early Christian church from around 300 AD has tile mosaics on the floors illustrating scenes from the book of Revelation.
There are two notable men named James we read about in the New Testament.
There was James Zebedee, the brother of John, who the Bible refers to as the
“sons of thunder”. The ‘other’ James is the half-brother of
the Lord Jesus Himself.
Recently, I came across these amazing videos of
archaeological discoveries dating back to the First Century AD, showing what is
purported to be perhaps the very first Christian church in Jerusalem, one that
was started by James, the half-brother of Jesus. Not to be confused with James,
the brother of John, who wrote the book of James that bears his name.
“Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to
see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I
none, save James the Lord’s brother.” Galatians 1:18,19 (KJV)
I present these videos to you for your viewing pleasure, and hope that you
will all check them out by comparing them with scripture to see if they match
up with the biblical timeline. I am by no means a biblical archaeologist, but I
have watched them many times and remain fascinated by what they show.
Secret Church From First Century Discovered On Mt. Zion
The 21st century keepers of this 2,000-year old church
are certain it was started by the half-brother of Jesus, James. Jewish
Christians were under heavy persecution from the Roman Empire in the days
before Rome created the
Amazing Discovery Shows Scenes From Book Of Revelation
This one really sent chills down my spine, an
early Christian church from around 300 AD that has tile mosaics on the floors
illustrating scenes from the book of Revelation.
The Two Men Named James
FUN FACTS: There are two notable men named James we read
about in the New Testament. There was James Zebedee, the brother of John, that
the Bible refers to as the “sons of thunder”. Along with the apostle Peter,
this trio was blessed to be allowed to witness some amazing things.
“And James the son of Zebedee, and
John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons
of thunder:” Mark 3:17 (KJV)
Peter, James and John were there in the ‘inner circle’ in
Matthew 17 where they witnessed the miracle on the Mount of Transfiguration,
and listened in rapturous wonder as Jesus told them of the last days and the
end of the world in Mark 13 and Matthew 24.
“And when James,
Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given
unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that
we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.”
Galatians 2:9 (KJV)
The ‘other’ James is the half-brother of the Lord Jesus
Himself, and he was used mightily as well. James was personally acquainted with
and sought out by the apostle Paul at the start of his ministry as recorded in
Galatians, and later was the chair of the Council At Jerusalem in Acts 15 where
Paul’s gospel of the grace of God was formally adopted by the church leaders.
Shane Idleman | Contributor to ChristianHeadlines.com | Tuesday, February 26, 2019
As I’ve stated before: With rapid-fire changes within a culture saturated by
political correctness and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any
hope for America. If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little
hope. Apart from a national spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the
Titanic around—the vessel has been struck; what’s inside is spilling out. But
if God brings revival…if we once again set our hearts and minds on
Him…there is tremendous hope. Revival means to awaken, restore, renew, or
repair. In churches across America, crowd appeal and pleasing the masses tends
to be the goal rather than calling out destructive lifestyles, which can result
in revival and renewal.
A.W. Tozer in an article entitled, Prophetic Preaching, hit
the nail on the head when he wrote this, decades ago: “If Christianity is to
receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If
the Church in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries
she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of preacher.”
Tozer also said, “The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do.
Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay
and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to
make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried
and found wanting.”
He concludes, “Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must
be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a
voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but
many), he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth
civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name
of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of
Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little
bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point
of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the salvation of the other.
But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.”
Those who have been called to preach, much like the prophets in the Old
Testament, will confront compromise, condemn moral digression, and powerfully
denounce sin in the hope of reconciling man to God—they speak the truth in
love. The world, and carnal Christians, despise them because they challenge the
sin they enjoy.
Preachers will ruffle feathers and step on toes from time-to-time, but it
should be the result of the truth being spoken in love verses the preacher
having an arrogant and judgmental heart. In a sense, a preacher is called to
break the heart, a pastor to mend it; one concentrates on repentance, the other
restoration. Although there can be a mixture of both preacher and teacher in a
person, there is often a clear difference. Pastors (and teachers) aim for the
mind; preachers aim for the heart, will, and emotions—to stir and to convict.
The pastor builds—the preacher tears.
The pastor counsels—the preacher convicts.
The pastor rejoices—the preacher weeps.
The pastor plants—the preacher uproots.
The pastor teaches—the preacher preaches.
The pastor mends—the preacher breaks.
The pastor is full of hope—the preacher is full of fire.
The pastor loves to listen—the preacher needs to speak.
The pastor sees the good in others—the preacher sees the depravity in man.
The pastor desires to be among the people—the preacher desires to be alone
As the famous Puritan Richard Baxter said, “I preach as a dying man to dying
men”… as a dying man to a dying nation. The church, and our nation,
desperately needs to hear “the voice crying in the wilderness” to awaken,
convict, and restore.
All pastors should ask, “Does the world love the way we ‘do church’?” Do
they appreciate that your church never challenges, or calls things into
question? Do they like the fact that your church never makes them feel
uncomfortable or offended? Are they grateful that you never discuss
controversial issues? If so, you may want to reconsider Jesus’ words that true
disciples will be hated by the world because they speak the truth, not because
they avoid it.
Leonard Ravenhill, in Why Revival Tarries, wrote, “God has
always had His specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown of
the nation and the church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi, and others
of their kind who appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke,
and exhort in the name of God and righteousness. Such a man is likely to be
drastic and radical; the curious crowd that gathers to watch him will soon
brand him as extreme, fanatical, and negative…and, in a sense, they are
right…for he cannot turn off the burden of the Holy Ghost.”
I pray that God would raise up many humble preachers—men who allow God to
shape their sermons and penetrate their hearts to bring America, and the world,
to her knees.
A visit between a pope and the man considered a prophet by millions of Latter-day Saints would have been unimaginable to leaders and members in both churches 50 years ago. Clandestine olive branches and decades of détente were necessary, according to sources from both faiths interviewed for this story. That is exactly what has happened. In fact, today’s meeting is a culmination of a web of deepening and expanding alliances between the Latter-day Saints and the Roman Catholic Church and its many sister organizations.
Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church and Prophet President Russell M.
Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met today at the
Vatican in the first-ever face-to-face discussion between the heads of the two
During his reign as both king of Vatican City and as the
pope of the Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been widening his tent
and making preparations for the coming One World Religion of Antichrist. From
pawns like Rick Warren who gushingly calls him ‘our pope’,
all the way up to signing a ‘Universal
Peace Document‘ with a high-ranking leader of Islam, Pope Francis is a
man on an end
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath
of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with
her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her
delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my
people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her
plagues.” Revelation 18:3,4 (KJV)
Now a secret, closed-door meeting with the head ‘prophet’ of
the Mormon Church, Russell Nelson, reveals the expansion of another end
times partnership as the Vatican adds more pieces to their end times
chessboard. The Roman harlot is on the move, and trading in the souls in men.
Pope Francis meets with Mormon President Nelson in the Vatican
FROM THE DESERET NEWS: “The differences in doctrine are
real and they’re important,” President Nelson said afterward as he stood just
outside St. Peter’s Square, “but they’re not nearly as important as the things
we have in common — our concern for human suffering, the importance of
religious liberty for all of society, and the importance of building bridges of
friendship instead of building walls of segregation.”
The two world religious leaders shared a belief that faith in God brings
morality and stability to society. “If we have a godless society, we have a
rudderless ship,” President Nelson said.
The pope extended the invitation for a private audience to the Latter-day
Saint leader in conjunction with President Nelson’s trip this weekend to Italy,
where he will dedicate thehistory-making
new Rome Italy Temple.
The two men met for 30-35 minutes and also discussed their mutual concern
for the youth in their churches, their concern about secularization and the
desire for people to worship God, President Nelson said.
President M. Russell Ballard, president of the Quorum
of the Twelve Apostles, joined President Nelson in the meeting, along
with Elder Massimo De Feo, a General Authority Seventy, and Elder Alessandro
Dini Ciacci, an Area Seventy. President Nelson’s executive secretary, Mark
Woodruff, also attended.
The pope presented President Nelson with two gifts, his declarations on the
family and on the Islamic faith. President Nelson gave the pope a Lladro
figurine of the Christus statue and a copy of “The Family: A Proclamation to
After the meeting, the Latter-day Saint leaders smiled as
they walked arm in arm down Via
della Conciliazione — the Road of the Conciliation — to address a large
media contingent with the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica in the background.
The most senior Latter-day Saint leader to meet with a pope before today was
President Henry B. Eyring, who was greeted by Pope Francis in November 2014
when both spoke at an international marriage summit at the Vatican. President
Eyring then was the first counselor in the First Presidency.
A visit between a pope and the man considered a prophet by millions of
Latter-day Saints would have been unimaginable to leaders and members in both
churches 50 years ago. Clandestine olive branches and decades of détente were
necessary, according to sources from both faiths interviewed for this story. That
is exactly what has happened. In fact, today’s meeting is a culmination of a
web of deepening and expanding alliances between the Latter-day Saints and the
Roman Catholic Church and its many sister organizations.
That growing relationship has intensified during the past
decade, resulting in collaborations that now have the two churches working
side-by-side all over the world on projects vast and tiny.
The Deseret News conducted more than 20 interviews with people from both
faiths around the world, from Bosnia to Rome and from Salt Lake City to Norway,
to provide a definitive look at how the churches’ combined efforts are not only
helping to resolve differences between their own members but delivering
emergency humanitarian aid to some of the world’s most vulnerable people
many at the U.S.-Mexico border — as well as working to defend
religious liberty and to bolster families.
“We explained to His Holiness that we work side by side, that we have
projects with Catholic Relief Services all over the world, in over 43
countries,” President Ballard said. “We’ve been shoulder-to-shoulder as
partners, and try to relieve suffering, trying to help people that are
struggling. He was very interested in that and was very cordial , very kind to
Rome and Salt Lake City
On Thursday, Catholics and Latter-day Saints indeed worked
side-by-side to help the homeless and refugees in their respective
headquarters, Rome and Salt Lake City.
That appeared impossible in the 1950s when, fearing their own congregations
would be scandalized if church members knew they were meeting, the leader of
the Latter-day Saints came to Salt Lake City’s Holy Cross Hospital for
conversations with the head of the Salt Lake City Catholic diocese.
This was a surprise: The denomination’s bishops, its top
clergy, pushed hard for a resolution that would have allowed local
congregations, conferences, and clergy to make their own choices about
conducting same-sex marriages and ordaining LGBTQ pastors. This proposal,
called the “One Church Plan,” was designed to keep the denomination together.
Methodist delegates rejected its recommendations, instead choosing the
so-called Traditional Plan, which affirmed the denomination’s teachings against
The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to toughen its teachings
against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and LGBTQ clergy. It must now decide
whether it will stay together.
The United Methodist Church pulled off a surprise, no, make
that a shocking upset over the forces of spiritual darkness by
voting NO on the proposed pro-LGBTQP ‘One
Church Plan‘ at meetings that lasted over the weekend and into the past
few days. But that victory, tenuous as it may be, comes at the cost of a huge
church split right down the middle. Watchers on both sides are predicting a
mass exodus of pro-LGBTQP people by the time all the dust from this battle
“For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all
things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of
thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV)
Now granted, the UMC has not been, since the days of John Wesley,
anything remotely resembling a real Bible believing church. Their own Book of
Discipline says that the “United Methodist Church is part of the holy catholic
church…”. But even so, this vote was very, very surprising.
Especially to the forces
of the LGBTQP who thought for sure this would be a slam-dunk for their
If you would have said to me 28 years ago when
I first got saved, that I would live to see the day where the
homosexual and transsexual movement would battle for control of the heart and
soul of the professing Christian church, I would have said you were nuts. Stark
raving mad. This is still the Church Age, after all, not even
the Tribulation! But boy, oh boy, are we being pressed right up against that
edge. That can only mean one thing as I see it.
Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines now
boarding…time to go Home.
Conservative Christians Just Retook the United Methodist Church
FROM THE ATLANTIC: At a special conference in St. Louis
this week, convened specifically to address divisions over LGBTQ issues,
members voted to toughen prohibitions on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.This
was a surprise: The denomination’s bishops, its top clergy, pushed hard for a
resolution that would have allowed local congregations, conferences, and clergy
to make their own choices about conducting same-sex marriages and ordaining
LGBTQ pastors. This proposal, called the “One Church Plan,” was designed to
keep the denomination together. Methodist delegates rejected its
recommendations, instead choosing the so-called Traditional Plan, which
affirmed the denomination’s teachings against homosexuality.
This is a consequential vote for the future of the United
Methodist Church: Many progressive churches will now almost certainly consider
leaving the denomination. It’s also a reminder that many Christian
denominations, including mainline groups such as the UMC, are still deeply
divided over questions of sexuality and gender identity. While the UMC in the
United States is roughly evenly divided between those who identify as
traditionalists and those who identify as moderates and liberals, it is also a
global organization. Many of the growing communities in the Philippines or
countries in Africa are committed to theological teachings against same-sex
relationships and marriages.
Self-described traditionalists in the United Methodist Church got the
outcome they’ve been fighting for. Still, “I think there’s a lot of grief on
all sides,” said Keith Boyette, the head of the Wesleyan Covenant Association
and a main proponent of the Traditional Plan, in an interview on Tuesday. Methodists
are in mourning for a United Methodist Church that might be on the brink of a
For years, LGBTQ Methodists, clergy, and their supporters
have argued that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities should
be fully included in the denomination as leaders, and that their families
should be recognized. “As someone who has grown up in our Church, as someone
who is gay and goes to one of the least religious colleges in the U.S., my
evangelism on campus has grown,” said J. J. Warren, a senior at Sarah Lawrence
College who hopes to become a Methodist pastor, during the conference on
Tuesday. “We have brought people to Jesus … They did not know God could love
them, because their churches said God didn’t … If we could be a Church that brings
Jesus to people who are told can’t be loved, that’s what I want our Church to
Others in the denomination, however, see LGBTQ issues as a proxy for bigger
divisions over biblical teachings. “This is not a political or social kind of
difference. It is primarily, for us, a theological difference, and the truth
that the Church has been raised up to share,” Boyette said. “When a Church
begins to fracture around its compliance with its doctrine and ethics and
discipline, it becomes a house divided. It becomes dysfunctional.”
According to its Book
of Discipline, the denomination’s collection of laws and doctrines,
Methodist pastors are not allowed to conduct same-sex weddings, and
“self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained. In practice, however,
a number of Methodist clergy and churches have made clear that they disagree
with this teaching, at times openly defying it. A lesbian pastor, Karen
even elected a bishop in the Church, a position she still holds even
though the denomination’s judicial council later ruled that her marriage to a
woman violated Church doctrine. At the same time, other churches remain deeply
committed to UMC teachings against same-sex marriage and relationships.
The United Methodist Church, which was formed in a 1968
merger between two denominations, has known for a long time that it would
eventually have to address these deeply felt disagreements over LGBTQ issues.
At the denomination’s 2016 General Conference, delegates asked
UMC bishops to produce recommendations for how the Church should
resolve divisions over LGBTQ issues. Over the next three years, Methodist
leaders developed the One Church Plan, which would have allowed local pastors
and regional conferences to make their own decisions, keeping the denomination
together but allowing for diversity in its ranks.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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