Biblical Warning

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(2 Timothy 4:1-5) I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming and his kingdom: (2) Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. (3) For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: (4) And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. (5) But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober.

Submitted by Bob Stanley, The Catholic Treasure Chest

A kind of theological narcissism…

HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis issued a strong critique of the church before the College of Cardinals just hours before it selected him as the new pontiff, according to comments published Tuesday by a Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba.

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Fearless Evangelism

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Submitted by Bob Stanley

If Our Lord were only man, the Catholic Church would not have a divine origin and if He were only God, it would empty the Redemption of meaning and render it inimitable by man.

Read: How apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary have always served the most pressing needs of the Church.

Submitted by Doria2

Seven Habits of Divinely Inspired Evangelizers


In the  Gospel today the Lord shows forth that his plan for Evangelization is not just some sort of haphazard, shoot from the hip program where he wanders about aimlessly. Rather he had a plan to visit specific cities at specific times. And, in order to prepare for his visit, he sent an entourage ahead of him to prepare the town for his visit and also to arrange for the necessary preliminaries. The texts says quite clearly: At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  (Luke 10:1). Now these lead teams, these evangelizers,  received seven basic instructions from the Lord on how to effectively evangelize. These seven basic habits are also for us who have receive the mandate to evangelize (cf Matt 28: 19).

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Why the “Great Commission” still applies, regarding today’s Jews (and everybody)


Matthew 28:16-20 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Nowhere does the Bible suggest the heretical idea that any person or group of people, rejecting and disparaging Christ, can expect blessing from God. Nor do such people have the right to demand it from those who do obey God, the saints. Yet such obligation to bless and support unbelieving Jews is taught by evangelicals and Jews as the law of God.

Biblical Guidance in an Age of Delusion

What does the Bible really say about God’s attitude (and Christians’ duty) to Israel? It says God’s covenant and promises of spiritual and territorial blessing upon Abraham and his descendants were conditional upon obedience. God’s covenant with Abraham came into existence in response to Abraham’s obedience; it is sustained through the same obedience in his descendants.

Notice God’s conditional terms in the following foundational verses:

“Walk before Me and be blameless, and I will establish My covenant between Me and you.” –Genesis 17:1,2

“And in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” –Genesis 22:18

“For I have chosen him in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; in order that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him (the blessings of God’s covenant).” –Genesis 18:19

And to Isaac, his son, God confirms: “…by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed: because Abraham obeyed Me…” — Genesis 26:4-5

The Palestinian covenant lays down God’s timeless requirement that Jews must follow Abraham’s example in order to enter Canaan and abide in it.

“If…you do not obey Me, by acts of hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you…” “You…I will scatter among the nations…” –Leviticus 26: 27, 28, 33

If Israel rebels, God warns, “you shall be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it…the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other…” –Deuteronomy 20: 63

However, if the Jews “return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul…then the Lord God will restore you from captivity…and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.” –Deuteronomy 30: 2, 3 1

But national repentance and obedience was not part of Israel’s birth as a nation in 1948! Zionists pushed their way into Palestine through violence, deceit, and brutal dispossession of the Christians and Muslims living in the Promised Land. Israel today is a spiritually counterfeit, racist state founded in utter rejection of their true messiah, Jesus Christ. (See, The Simple Explanation for Mid-East Strife)

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(2nd Vatican) Council paved the way for the diffusion of error by declining to teach the whole truth – or through teaching opposing, ‘politically incorrect’, truth.

…I have discovered that the near-silence and inactivity of the post-conciliar Church establishment regarding the Jews’ need for conversion can probably be traced to a conscious decision of the Council itself during the preparation of this Declaration. When the revised draft of NA was circulated, with the original draft in parallel columns, the Fathers found that the aforesaid section in article 4 about the conversion of the Jews, with its specific citation of Romans 11: 25, had now been totally omitted. And (unlike Bishop De Smedt) the relator for this document, the German Jesuit Cardinal Augustin Bea, was quite open about the reason why the original version was now considered unacceptable: “Very many Fathers,” Bea announced in his relatio, “have requested that in talking about this ‘hope’, since it has to do with a mystery, we should avoid every appearance of proselytism. Others have asked that the same Christian hope, applying to all peoples, should also be expressed somehow. In the present version of this paragraph we have sought to satisfy all these requests” (ibid., p. 648, emphasis added). The tactic of His Eminence and all those “very many” (but unnamed) Fathers was thus to tarnish the previous draft with the pejorative label “proselytism”, and to ‘elevate’ the future conversion of the Jews to the ethereal status of a “mystery”, thereby insinuating that it will somehow ‘just happen’ spontaneously one day without the necessity of any human missionary activity on the part of Catholics.

The tactic, combined with the great personal prestige of Cardinal Bea, worked perfectly. The vast majority of the Fathers duly voted in favor of the new draft, thereby relegating to the finest of fine print this particular point of our “unshakable faith” regarding the Jews. It proved to be literally unmentionable in a modern conciliar document, and so has been ‘buried’ in the middle of a much longer passage of the Epistle to the Romans which is indicated (but not cited) among various other biblical references to NA #4. What now appears in that passage is a much blander statement referring to Christian hopes for mankind in general. And in accord with the non-threatening spirit of this ‘pastoral’ Declaration, all explicit mention of anyone actually joining, entering or returning to the Catholic Church has been carefully excised. We read that “the Church awaits the day, known to God alone, when all peoples will call on God with one voice and ‘serve him shoulder to shoulder’ (Soph. 3:9; cf. Is. 66:23; Ps. 65: 4; Rom. 11: 11-32)”.

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