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This might surprise you.  It might shock you.  Which living false teacher likely has more followers than any other false teacher in the world?

Click here to find the answer.  Be sure to read it all before you get too upset.

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Jesus Is For People Who Hate Christmas:  Listen closely. For just a moment, tune out the Christmas music and television commercials. Do you hear that slow creaking and cracking noise? It’s the sound of Satan’s skull being slowly crushed underneath the foot of our conquering Savior. Now we suffer. Now we experience cancer and migraines and anxiety and singleness and sadness and loneliness and poverty. Now we are afflicted by sin and Satan and our flesh. But not always.

 

Judges Deny Chimpanzees Personhood:  “Three lawsuits filed last week that attempted to achieve “legal personhood” for four chimpanzees living in New York have been struck down. They were the first step in a nationwide campaign to grant legal rights to a variety of animals.” Looks like another front has been opened up in the culture wars. And, like the gay marriage lobby, this ones seems equally zealous, organized, well-funded, and strategically savvy.

The People’s Pope, The Man of the Year:  “How are we, as Protestants, to think of this pope? It is easy for us to be swept up in the praise given to Francis, and easy to be impressed by his public acts of faith and humility. Many Protestants see him as an exciting Christian leader and are paying tribute to him. Yet we need to think carefully and discerningly, because what is fundamentally true is this: The Roman Catholic Church is a false church that teaches a false gospel. Rome issemper eadem, always the same, never changing, and her long, long history has proven the validity of this motto. While the face of her leader may change, and while this pope’s actions may appear admirable in many ways, the core doctrine of the church is unchanged, unchanging, and unchangeable.”

Choosing joy in the moment: “I suddenly said to myself, “I am never going to have joy if I do not choose to have it now!” There will never be a more perfectly delicious moment than this nugget of time. So if I decide to hold out longer for a problem-free stretch where I imagine joy lies, I will go to my grave without joy. For there are always troubles or potential troubles in our lives. . “

The Greatest Obstacle to Personal Happiness;  “Most people think that sinning is the best way to happiness. Otherwise, why would so many spend their days figuring out how to sin bigger and better?” David Murray looks to Ralph Venning.

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David Wells:

There are one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, one billion people who are subject to the Pope’s authority. How, one might ask, did all of this happen? The answer, I believe, is far more complex and untidy than Catholics have argued. First, I will give a brief explanation of what the Catholic position is, and then, second, I will suggest what I think actually took place.

The traditional Catholic understanding is that Jesus said that it was upon Peter the church was to be built (Matt. 16:18−19; see also John 21:15−17;Luke 22:32). Following this, Peter spent a quarter of a century in Rome as its founder and bishop, and his authority was recognized among the earliest churches; this authority was handed down to his successors. Indeed, the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) re-affirmed this understanding. Apostolic authority has been handed on to the apostles’ successors even as Peter’s supreme apostolic power has been handed on to each of his successors in Rome.

The problem with this explanation, however, is that there is no evidence to sustain it.

You can read the whole thing here.

HT: JT

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Some prominent evangelicals over the past few years have left their Protestant roots and headed toward Roman Catholicism.  This is part of a trend to downplay the differences between historic Protestant Christianity and Roman Catholicism.  Wayne House’s article, though a few years old, is just as relevant now especially in light of the focus on the Roman Catholic Church recently and the comments of some evangelicals who say that we agree on “essentials” when we certainly do not.

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The Roman Catholic Church now has a new pope, Pope Francis. This is causing quite a bit of excitement in the world and even among a few evangelicals who are quick to point out that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics agree on quite a few essential ideas.

Though many Bible believing American evangelicals won’t admit it, let me just remind you in love that Roman Catholicism’s gospel is a false gospel (as Nathan reminds us) and that for the last five hundred years or more most Bible believing Christians have considered the pope to be the antichrist (as Jesse documents).  Neither of these statements are politically correct. In fact, many if not most Christians in this age of ecumenism will think they are beyond the scope of Christian love.  Nevertheless, before you get too worked up over these assertions, please read and consider “The pope is (probably) the antichrist” and “The Gospel According to Rome.”  Comment only after reading these two articles and comparing them with Scripture. I share these two links out of genuine concern for the deceived souls of those who believe this false gospel and who think that really there is little difference between true Christianity and Roman Catholicism.

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Mike Wittmer fills us in on a little bit of history

The pope resigned today, which has to turn out better than last time. Last time began with what historians call the “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church” (1305-77), which began when King Philip IV of France imprisoned and abused the 86 year old Pope Boniface, who died in a sack on his way to France. Philip had wanted to tax the French clergy but Boniface said No, because he wanted the money to come to Rome. Philip taxed them anyway so Boniface excommunicated Philip. Philip then captured Boniface and roughed up the elderly pope enough that he died.

When the cardinals met to elect a new pope to replace Boniface, Philip intimidated them into electing a pope who would be a stooge for the French.  The new pope accommodated Philip and promptly moved the seat of his papacy from Rome to Avignon, where his line remained for 70 years, (hence the term, “Babylonian Captivity of the Church”).

By 1377 the popes had had enough and Pope Gregory XI decided to return the papacy to Rome. The papacy had come close to collapse because the rest of Europe knew the popes were servants of the French, and the English, Germans, and Italians began to rebel against papal authority. Gregory saved the papacy by moving it back to Rome, but then he died the following year.

The French cardinals traveled to Rome to elect a new pope. They intended . . .

Read the rest here.

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John MacArthur writes, “In the coming days and weeks, you’re likely to find yourself in a variety of conversations about the Catholic Church with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors—each one an opportunity to shed biblical light on a topic that everyone will be talking about. And when the Lord brings those opportunities, I want you to be able to speak with clarity and authority regarding the truth of God’s Word and the corrupt idolatry of Roman Catholicism.”  Here are the first three entries.  Read and be prepared as you interact with others on this issue in the next month especially.”

A Timely Critique of the Catholic Church

Exposing the Heresies of the Catholic Church: Grace vs. Works

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