November 2007

Can You Make Payment?

©copyright 2007 brother Michael

In America we have witnessed a major collapse in the housing market due to many factors but one primary reason is that people who did not have the financial wherewithal to make payment for this debt went ahead and acquired the loan anyway. In time, whether due to rising interest rates for adjustable rate mortgages, loss of a job, or just the reality of an unwise decision, these debtors were unable to make payment. Subsequently, defaults on loans started occurring the nation over which have rumbled through the global economy like a magnitude 7 earthquake swallowing many a family into the gaping mouth of foreclosure and bankruptcy.

It goes without saying that for these families this time has been most traumatic as so many have lost their beloved homes and been thrust into a very uncertain and stressful time. A time that for many could have been totally avoided if they had listened to the voice of wisdom who “…standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths…[and cries out] O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart [for] …[t]he rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (Prov 8:2,5; 22:7)

Heavenly Debt Owed by All

Yet today I am not writing about wisdom in financial matters, as important and life changing these can be, but rather about matters of infinitely greater concern. For I write not about earthly debts owed to the rich men of the earth and the banking elite, no, rather I write about the heavenly debt owed unto the Sovereign God of the universe. A debt owed by all peoples of all religious beliefs the world over who believe they have the means within themselves to pay this debt. Included in this list are peoples of all religious and non-religious beliefs including those professing to be Christians or Buddhists, Catholics or Mormons, Hindus, Muslims, atheists or agnostics it matters not. For all who believe they can pay this debt by their works, “goodness” or charitable deeds are included in this list.


The Catholic Sin of Presumption

©Copyright 2007 brother Michael

Some thoughts today on the Roman Catholic doctrine surrounding the sin of presumption. First, in doing this short study I turned to the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia to gain some insight into Rome’s definition for presumption.

Presumption is here considered as a vice opposed to the theological virtue of hope. It may also be regarded as a product of pride. It may be defined as the condition of a soul which, because of a badly regulated reliance on God’s mercy and power, hopes for salvation without doing anything to deserve it, or for pardon of his sins without repenting of them. Joseph F. Delany. “Presumption.” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XII. Published 1911. New York: Robert Appleton Company. (emphasis added)

Note what is being said here. Rome defines presumption, which she labels a vice as “opposed to the theological virtue of hope”, as a person who has a “badly regulated reliance on God’s mercy” where this individual hopes “for salvation without doing anything to deserve it.” This is an amazing statement and sheds ample light on the theology of Rome and the false version of “salvation”. For Rome’s false salvation is based not only on what you do to maintain it, but also what you do to obtain it.


A Child of Rome Set Free

©copyright 2007 brother Michael

Raised as Roman Catholics, my family would be,
Two brothers, a sister, my parents and me.
As babes from the womb, Rome’s doctrines held sway,
Over our hearts and our lives all of the day.
Baptized and catechized, confirmed by the priests,
Bowing to idols during all of her feasts.

It goes without saying the nuns taught us well,
Not to question the Pope, lest we be cast into hell.
But little did they know, or maybe they did,
How me and their pupils were slaves to sin.
Yielding our members to desire and vice,
Never understanding born again, Jesus, True Life.
For from childhood and upward the fruit on our tree,
Bore witness to the fact even if you disagree.
That of our flesh and our mind, we all lived in sin,
Being children of disobedience and walking therein.

This assuredly is no mystery, for the world doth know,
That Catholics trump many in that which they sow,
To the flesh and sin they cannot deny,
Drinking it down with gusto, like bottles of wine.
Get angry with me for this truth you should know,
Because religion never saves, whether Protestant or Rome.

And religion Rome has, to this I agree,
Bowing and kneeling, teaching repeat after me.
Crossings and incense, chantings and more,
Silences the knockings of Jesus at the door.
Open unto me and I will come in,
So says he to Rome and all found therein.

But the knockings of Jesus that day I’d not hear,
And continued down Rome’s path, year after year.
Thinking I’d be heard, for the rosaries I’d pray,
Never being taught Jesus’ word, wherein he did say.
Pray not like the heathen who think they’ll be heard,
Who recite vain prayers with many a word.
Yea, rather pray simply to your Father above,
With words from your heart spoken in love.

These were our days much more I could write,
‘Bout how we were taught that Rome’s always right.
Steer clear of the Bible and what Jesus taught,
Lest all of our deceptions become all for naught.

And like the good child I wanted to be,
I submitted to my parents, the priests and the “see.”
Onward and upward in Rome I did climb,
Becoming an alter boy made my parents to shine.
Maybe one day a priest he’ll become,
Sacrificing afresh God’s most beloved Son.

Yet herein lies the truth that Rome must deny,
For the day that she’d stop, be the day she would die.
Salvation’s by grace through faith in the Son,
Believing in Jesus as the only One,
Who can save one from sin and raise them anew,
A gift per God’s grace not reward for what you do.

Too amazing to believe many will say,
Yet true it certainly is, as old things pass away,
For those born again, raised alive from the grave,
No longer in bondage, no longer a slave.
Serving in Spirit not letter of law,
Loving their enemies, and praying for all.

Unto all those who read, condemn I don’t do,
But rather point to Jesus and his Word which is true.
Open the book and search it this day,
For all that come in faith, he’ll never turn away.
Forsake dead religion, the traditions of men,
Repent, believe on Jesus, bless God and amen.

A Thief in the Night

©copyright 2007 brother Michael

Be on guard day and night,
For the thief may come in the middle of the night.
This said Jesus to his saints,
Lest they grew weary and began to faint.
So get oil today a wise virgin be,
With enough in your lamp to shine for thee.
For Jesus is coming this we know,
For all his saints who love him so.
Today, tomorrow we are not told,
To prevent our hearts from growing cold.
So seek the Lord while it is yet day,
For soon he will come this I pray.

Freedom in Christ

©copyright 2007 brother Michael

I know what it was to be blind, and I know what it is to see.
I know what it was to be in bondage, and I know what it is to be free.
I know what it was to be lost, and I how it feels to be found.
I know what it was to be dead, yet today I’m no longer bound.
Not by the grave, nor by sin, for all things are new,
For Jesus my Lord, is Faithful and True.
And as his church, I’ll soon be his wife,
Together with the saints, unto everlasting life.
So to him be the Glory, to Him alone,
Blessings and honor, as he sits on his throne.
For soon, very soon with clouds he will come,
With angels and trump, as the Glorified Son.
Press forward I will, carrying my cross,
Living by faith, and not religious dross.
So bend your knee, repent from the heart,
Forsake vain religion, and get a new start.
To the humble alone, the kingdom belongs,
I pray on that day, you’ll sing that new song.

Welcome to my blog that will contain my musings and probably those of others related to the historic and authentic Christian faith. Not the one preached by pimping televangelists or men in vestments and robes appearing to be holier than thou. Rather, just simple, Scriptural Christianity and those who have sought it in the past and are seeking it today.

In writing, I do not profess to have all the answers nor do I imply that I know it all. But instead simply hold to that which I have been given always striving to be humble enough to change when I am shown to be in error.

Finally, I will add that currently comments are off because I do not have the time to manage their posting as I am quite busy. I guess you can look at this site more in the traditional sense of a website, or maybe even a publication as opposed to a dialog.