To all Roman Catholics I ask the simple question, did Jesus Christ on the cross actually pay the full price for your sins or is there something left for you to pay? Most assuredly you must answer the latter as your religion, that of the Papacy, teaches that Jesus Christ did not pay the full price for any man’s or woman’s sins. For this doctrine, that is the Scriptural one of Jesus Christ paying for all the sins of his people, is anathema in Rome.

Instead, your religion teaches that either you or your loved ones must pay for your sins where an individual is said to merit grace based on their good works and sacramental faithfulness. Likewise, Catholicism teaches that a faithful Catholic can merit the “…remission of the temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven” (1) through the receipt of indulgences.

This being taught by the leader of your religion as declared in URBIS ET ORBIS. One example of where one can cash in on this bonanza (assuming the offer is still valid in 2009) states that:

Each and every truly repentant individual member of the Christian faithful, duly absolved through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and restored with Holy Communion, who devoutly makes a pilgrimage to the Papal Basilica of St Paul on the Ostian Way and who prays for the Supreme Pontiff’s intentions, will be granted the Plenary Indulgence from temporal punishment for his/her sins, once sacramental forgiveness and pardon for any shortcomings has been obtained. (2)

This my dear Catholics is blasphemy against what Jesus Christ truly accomplished on the cross. Because if one can be forgiven by what they do like taking a trip to Italy, why oh why did Jesus have to suffer the shame and humiliation on the cross? Why? For if righteousness come by what we do, then Christ Jesus died in vain!!!

Repent and turn from Rome and believe on Jesus Christ alone for your forgiveness. Also, listen to this short message that helps to highlight the chasm between the doctrine of Rome verses the truth in God’s word.

Footnotes:

1Kent, William. “Indulgences.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 7. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07783a.htm&gt;.

2 – http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20080510_san-paolo_en.html

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I was raised as a faithful Roman Catholic and completed many of her sacraments which are said to be channels for the church to dispense grace to her followers. Yet the hard truth is that they never did for I was dead in my trespasses in sins as my life and heart bore ample witness. But this was totally unknown to me and I would have fought tooth and nail against anyone who told me I was not on my way to heaven but rather God’s judgment and the lake of fire. For I had been taught from childhood that I was on my way to heaven for one reason alone; this being that I was a Catholic. And that if I continued to do all the church hierarchy told me to do, all would be well with me even if I had to go to purgatory for a few thousand years.

This I know is the belief of countless Catholics across the globe. And you are not in many ways to be blamed for believing this because it is all you have known from your youth. Today though I am challenging you even as I was challenged many years ago during my “crisis of faith.” A crisis that happened as I read the Bible and compared what it taught as the Word of God verses what the priests and nuns taught as the words/traditions of men. The difference being as stark as night and day as the Holy Spirit graciously opened up my blinded eyes.

I encourage all Catholics to watch this video and to pray the the Lord open your eyes and grant you the ability to clearly see his word and to understand what it teaches. You are also encouraged to email me if you have any questions or care to discuss further.

Do you wonder how St. Patrick became a saint? When I grew up as a Catholic I never knew the truth because I was never taught it. Instead, I was taught, as this video states, that saints were super-spiritual people; something that the “common” man or woman could never attain to. Sadly, that is not the truth as the Bible teaches. I hope you take the time to watch the two videos linked below to learn about what the Bible teaches for it is a wonderful truth.

Click here to watch a video from Cork Free Presbyterian Church.

And here to watch a video from Berean Beacon.

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A revolution is brewing as American patriots and free-market advocates unite in protest against out-of-control government spending – with a wildfire movement of more than 150 nationwide tea parties.

John M. O’Hara of The Heartland Institute is a member of New American Tea Party, a coalition of citizens and organizations concerned about reckless government spending, is helping coordinate a number of national tea party events.

“Our message is simple: ‘Bailing out’ reckless businesses and individuals is neither the burden of responsible, hard-working American taxpayers nor the role of government,” he told WND.

Read the full article here.

EARTHLY SORROWS AND FOLLOWING CHRIST

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

Introduction by brother Michael

Myriad today who profess the name of Christ follow him for one reason. This being what can Jesus do for them. Whether it is fixing their finances and increasing their net worth, giving them health, a new house, restoring their marriage, giving them a great job, and any other number of reasons, it is all about them and what Jesus will “bless” them with. Nothing more than a genie in the bottle religion where the bottle is “rubbed” through prayers, tithes, “seed” offerings, name it claim it “faith”, meditation/visualization and more so as to open the floodgates of heaven and shower them with blessings from on high.

Yet this seeking of the fleshly over the spiritual is nothing new for we read of people of like passions when Jesus was on earth. These being those who followed Jesus to have their fleshly appetites filled. We have an example of this in John chapter six where multitudes were following Jesus not for the miracles he did that testified he was of God, but rather that they got a free meal and wanted more.

When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (John 6:24-26)

This “free meal” gospel is preached by so many today it is hard to keep track of them all. From Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, TD Jakes, TBN, Jentezen Franklin, Rick Joyner and countless others you can find this message far and wide on television, radio, the Internet and of course in “Christian” book stores. All preaching the “gospel” of how to get your best life now. And believe me it sells big time! The numbers of people who are eating this putrid fare up is in the multi-millions which is evidenced by the followings these preachers have.

This of course happens because so many who profess to be Christians today are ignorant to what the Bible actually teaches and hence when a preacher twists the Word they are none the wiser. Because if one would actually sit down and read the Bible they would see, of course if the Spirit is teaching them, that this “gospel” is not the true gospel of Jesus. For the true gospel that Jesus preached is that which calls believers to take up their cross and to die daily. And that in this life they will have sufferings and tribulations. But sufferings and tribulations do not sell to fleshy-minded people. This is why you will even find this “gospel” preached by “secular” personalities like Oprah who touts the new age “bible” of this gospel known as “The Secret.”

Yet there is a more excellent way for those who seek a heavenly city whose builder and maker is God. Those whose affections are not on this life and how to maximize it on this earth, but rather for their next life in the world to come after the resurrection of the dead. My hope is that many who are caught up in the “get it now” gospel will have their hearts pricked and eyes opened to turn from the false shepherds and follow the true one who will give unto them living waters. In light of this, I have posted an article that speaks to the truths of suffering and how it is part and parcel of being a true follower of Jesus.

End of Introduction

Earthly Sorrows and Following Christ

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”—Mark 4:37-40.

ON whom must we build our souls if we would be accepted with God? We must build on the Rock, Christ. From whom must we draw that grace of the Spirit which we daily need in order to be fruitful? We must draw from the Vine, Christ. To whom must we look for sympathy when earthly friends fail us or die? We must look to our elder Brother, Christ. By whom must our prayers be presented, if they are to be heard on high? They must be presented by our Advocate, Christ. With whom do we hope to spend the thousand years of glory and the after eternity? With the King of kings, Christ. Surely we cannot know this Christ too well! Surely there is not a word, nor a deed, nor a day, nor a step, nor a thought in the record of His life, which ought not to be precious to us. We should labor to be familiar with every line that is written about Jesus.

Come now, and let us study a page in our Master’s history. Let us consider what we may learn from the verses of Scripture which stand at the head of this paper. You there see Jesus crossing the lake of Galilee in a boat with His disciples. You see a sudden storm arise while He is asleep. The waves beat into the boat and fill it. Death seems to be close at hand. The frightened disciples awake their Master and cry for help. He arises and rebukes the wind and the waves, and at once there is a calm. He mildly reproves the faithless fears of His companions, and all is over. Such is the picture. It is one full of deep instruction. Come now, and let us examine what we are meant to learn.

Let us learn…that following Christ will not prevent our having earthly sorrows and troubles. Here are the chosen disciples of the Lord Jesus in great anxiety. The faithful little flock, which believed when priests, scribes, and Pharisees were all alike unbelieving, is allowed by the Shepherd to be much disquieted (disturbed; uneasy; restless.) The fear of death breaks in upon them like an armed man. The deep water seems likely to go over their souls. Peter, James, and John, the pillars of the Church about to be planted in the world, are much distressed.

Perhaps they had not reckoned on all this. Perhaps they had expected that Christ’s service would at any rate lift them above the reach of earthly trials. Perhaps they thought that He who could raise the dead, and heal the sick, and feed multitudes with a few loaves, and cast out devils with a word—He would never allow His servants to be sufferers upon earth. Perhaps they had supposed He would always grant them smooth journeys, fine weather, aneasy course, and freedom from trouble and care.

If the disciples thought so, they were much mistaken. The Lord Jesus taught them that a man may be one of His chosen servants, and yet have to go through many an anxiety and endure many a pain. It is good to understand this clearly. It is good to understand that Christ’s service never did secure a man from all the ills that flesh is heir to and never will. If you are a believer, you must reckon on having your share of sickness and pain, of sorrow and tears, of losses and crosses, of deaths and bereavements, of partings and separations, of vexations and disappointments, so long as you are in the body. Christ never undertakes that you shall get to heaven without these. He has undertaken that all who come to Him shall have all things pertaining to life and godliness; but He has never undertaken that He will make them prosperous, or rich, or healthy, and that death and sorrow shall never come to their family.

I have the privilege of being one of Christ’s ambassadors. In His name I can offer eternal life to any man, woman, or child who is willing to have it. In His name I do offer pardon, peace, grace, and glory, to any son or daughter of Adam who reads this paper. But I dare not offer that person worldly prosperity as a part and parcel of the Gospel. I dare not offer him long life, an increased income, and freedom from pain. I dare not promise the man who takes up the cross and follows Christ, that in the following he shall never meet with a storm.

I know well that many do not like these terms. They would prefer having Christ and good health, Christ and plenty of money, Christ and no deaths in their family, Christ and no wearing cares, and Christ and a perpetual morning without clouds. But they do not like Christ and the cross, Christ and tribulation, Christ and the conflict, Christ and the howling wind, Christ and the storm.

Is this the secret thought of anyone who is reading this paper? Believe me, if it is, you are very wrong. Listen to me, and I will try to show you that you have yet much to learn.

How should you know who are true Christians, if following Christ was the way to be free from trouble? How should we discern the wheat from the chaff, if it were not for the winnowing (to separate chaff or other lighter refuse matter from grain by means of wind or a current of air; separating the good from the bad.) of trial? How should we know whether men served Christ for His own sake or from selfish motives, if His service brought health and wealth with it as a matter of course? us which of the trees are evergreen and which are not. The storms of affliction and care are useful in the same way. They discover whose faith is real, and whose is nothing but profession and form.

How would the great work of sanctification go on in a man if he had no trial? Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning knife which the great Husbandman employs in order to make us fruitful in good works.

If you desire to serve Christ and be saved, I entreat you to take the Lord on His own terms. Make up your mind to meet with your share of crosses and sorrows, and then you will not be surprised. For want of understanding this, many seem to run well for a season, and then turn back in disgust and are cast away.

If you profess to be a child of God, leave to the Lord Jesus to sanctify you in His own way. Rest satisfied that He never makes any mistakes. Be sure that He does all things well. The winds may howl around you and the waters swell. But fear not, He is leading you by the right way, that He may bring you to a city of habitation (Psa 107:7).

From “Ruler of the Waves” in Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, both available from Chapel Library.
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J. C. Ryle (1816-1900): Bishop of the Anglican Church. Revered author of Holiness, Knots Untied, Old Paths, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, and many others. Born at Macclesfield, Cheshire County, England.

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

If I were a lawyer, I’d make a specialty of suing the nine Canadian provinces and 15 States that allow same-sex adoption. My clients would be young adults whose lives were destroyed because these jurisdictions ignored their innate heterosexuality. I would wager that this arrogant flouting of nature will cost hundreds of millions in restitution.

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There are countless regions of the world to pray for both believer and non believer. The nation of Kenya is one of these such places. In speaking to brethren over there whom I have contact with things are not good. Famine is growing and people are dying all around. Much of the famine in Kenya as well as the other African nations is due to the arid conditions and changing weather patterns. But much of it is also due to the thievery of billions of dollars of hard currency and food aid sent to these African nations. For it is not a secret that the corruption in many of these nations is the way of doing business.

I will go even farther than using the world thievery for in fact the cause of many of Africa’s ills are due to sin. Sin that is not a problem for the white man alone, he who is portrayed in today’s world as being the cause of all the world’s ills; no, sin that is a problem also for the black man in Africa. Because sin is common to all of mankind whether he be black or white or any other color. This truth of course runs contrary to the deceptions of the academics and pundits who blame the white man as the fountainhead for all of the world’s woes.

This I declare is far from the truth because sin is universal to mankind and whatever color a person’s skin is, they are a sinner with those in Africa being no exception. Here, so many African leaders have the blood of millions of their countrymen and women at their hands due to their abject greed and stealing of billions of dollars of aid sent to these nations. The things that could have been done with those monies to build up infrastructure, teach the people how to farm, how to irrigate, to dig wells, etc. boggles the mind. But the love of money, which is the root of all evil, held sway. Now, you have countless African leaders who live like kings even as their own countrymen die all around them because they did not distribute the funds sent to help these people.

Be it known to all these that the day of judgment is coming whereby these African leaders will be raised to life from the dead to stand before the Lord of Glory to give an account of all of their sins. Yet it is not only the rich corrupt leaders who will be judged by God; rather, it will be all who reject the gospel in this life and choose to live instead in their sin. Because I will also state that just as sin is not a white-man’s disease, so too sin is not limited only to rich people or corrupt leaders.

But be of good cheer because today salvation is offered to you whether you be rich or poor. For Africa I do not believe will change unless she repents and turns to the living God and forsakes all of her idols and false gods. And that many of these corrupt and wicked leaders will have their hearts crushed by the power of God’s words and will repent of their thievery even as Zacchaeus did.

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:1-10)

I call on all Christians to pray for Africa and her people. Pray that God might grant them rains for their crops. Pray that he might soften the hearts of her leaders where many will turn to the Lord and repent of their evil. Pray that God will raise up more of the local people who know the Lord and believe his word to go forth and spread the gospel far and wide and that many will come to believe. Not to believe the false gospel from the fat-bellied American preachers who preach their false prosperity gospel, but rather to believe the simple truths found in God’s word.

Likewise, I call all of my African brethren to turn away from these greedy American preachers which includes Morris Cerullo, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Reinhard Bonke, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and many others. Burn their books and do not give them another cent of your money. Do not go to their crusades for they are shams meant to deceive you, to steal your money and to keep you from the truth of God’s word. Turn to God’s word and trust only those who preach the simple truths from the Scriptures. Those who come to give you all of God’s word which includes the easy truths to hear, and the hard truths. Because those who preach that you will get rich or healthy through the gospel are lying to you because the call of Jesus is to a hard and difficult life whereby we take up our cross daily.

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:23-26)

In closing, I pray God is glorified in all things in Africa and that my brethren will be strong in their times of great adversity.