Why The RCC is Losing Flock?

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https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/us-bishop-conference-lobbies-congress-to-fund-agency-funding-planned-parent

When I read this article I thought about the Pro-Life March and I got a headache, rather a ouch in my head because between this and Pope Francis, showed inconsistency.  It showed a total lack of consistency, of moral backbone.  You can’t have Pro-life marches, yearly Pro-life prayer vigils and all that, then fund an organization that funds Planned Parenthood, an abortion mill.  You can’t have a Pope that seems to want to have bishops re-write the rules as they go along, wing it.  The flock of the church then find themselves lost and looking elsewhere, which is why you see now lots of Catholics moving to the Pentecostal Evangelical and such groups, just watching TBN, The Blessed Life, The Spirit Contemporary Life and seeking other like minded conservative Christians online then to connect, or to have home study groups with.  They feel the RCC can not offer true solid consistency with even its’ own teachings.  Jesus when he says I didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it, his goal was to clarify it, make it more concise, crystalised.  When you do get to know the core of the faith and you realize the church is not standing by its’ own teachings and then you kind of can’t seem to keep it together, not even get a Pope that can get the teachings coherent and straight, not surprising the people are going to say “sayonara, and adios!”  That is what is happening.  Yours started seeing problems with the RCC a while back and walked away, but because it was my family faith heritage I kept going back.  This Pope, and all that is going on, really don’t know that I can stay and say I would be honoring biblical truth, particularly after the Pope’s reaction to our recognition of Jerusalem.

Shalom

Prayer, An Act of Love, Yes.

Prayer Act of Love

This caught my eye just now.  Prayer is a big part of scripture and most spiritual tradition have some form of prayer, mantras, something to that effect.  Why?  I I suppose prayer says a few things, especially when you pray for those that have done you harm, pray for justice, not revenge, justice, also for their transformation.  It shows a certain level of spiritual maturity, as well as general maturity.  It also shows God that we are not being self centered, that we acknowledge him, others, particularly if we are not just praying about “give me this Lord, make this happen for me” Me, Me, Me.  If we pray enhance the gifts His wishes to enhance in us and use them as He wishes to use them, as they can best serve His will, that he and you both are overjoyed, in accordance with His boundaries, then I think we show great wisdom.   Praying this kind of prayer I think and for others in this same way and for their well being, their transformation to spiritual wisdom is a great thing.

Context In Faith Matters

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https://www.smp.org/dynamicmedia/files/403be70573b2c3b4525f97c2ad6d5c85/TX002208-1-content-Catholic_Biblical_Interpretation.pdf

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I was on twitter and got into discussion with atheists, we started discussing America’s heritage, I pointed stuff out, our history, national anthem, last stanza what it says, and then the Bible came up and the thing with it condones slavery, other stuff.  I had to explain context.  I had to explain that you have to look at scripture in the context of that culture, and distinguish between whether they were referring to slaves  brought over on ships or another category of people working in the household.  Also I pointed out that Paul admonishes care and kindness for all who work in the household, one of the servants who returns to the Master, even changes him and then gains his freedom if memory serves. They were not commissioned to overthrow the government or the status quo of the government and if they had created a situation of the house workers etc… rebelling that could have put those very people in grave danger.  Remember there were no civil right groups back then.  They likely felt it was more wise to try to change the sin behavior, is often the wise course, and let the change happen due to change in behavior, in emotions, in mindset through Christ, and power of the Holy Spirit.  There is a whole host of contextual stuff you have to, should at least glance at when looking to know the Bible, historical, cultural, then there is eschatology, Christology etc… To read the Bible is great, but one should have a study to understand proper fundamentals, after all it is the Word of the Creator. Just saying.

Shalom and Amen

Beatitudes, Reflection

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https://www.thoughtco.com/what-are-the-beatitudes-701505, this very much resonated with me.   If we are to look at faith and cutlure today, particularly the Christian Anglican and Roman Catholic faith they far adrift from the core of what the focus of faith institutions particularly Christian faith institutions or any spiritual institutions should be focused on teaching.  The so called Social Justice thing has taken over or faith institutions and government to the point of turning our church leaders and polticians into law breakers by harboring those in violation of the law and becoming violators of the law themselves.  That is not the intention of the Gospel.  Remember when Jesus took the coin out of the fish and had them go pay taxes, render unto God what is God’s and unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, now that is not to say we shouldn’t fight for just taxation with representation and proper law and order, a firm Constitutional Republic, all of that, we should vigorously, without a doubt.  However, when Christian faith institutions get so caught up in equality by condoning sin etc… we have a problem, when they fail to focus on the beatitudes and the Eucharist, on Christ and salvation through Christ, big problems arise.  I hope the institutions and those a part of them can realize this and make a swift U Turn, for the sake of all souls and nations.  The counterculture is the destruction of humanity by turning its’ back on God’s truth.

Amen

Can’t Promise, But…

Some think that God, accepting Christ, the baptism of the Holy Spirit means magical erasing of all clouds etc.., but that is not what it means, and when I came across this poem I felt this is what The Holy Trinity would say to us right before we accept the Christian faith and relationship with Father Son and Holy Ghost.

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God’s Voice VS. Satan’s

God Vs Satan Voice

When liberals say that one should not judge or condemn and use one or two bible quotes, argue that God loves no matter one and he never judges, not accurate.  Why not?

If you refuse to judge, to discern lifestyle and worldview according to biblical truth all of it, not just the parts you want to use for living life as you please, only as you please or refuse to see clearly America’s for example First Principles of the founding, that John Locke a devout Christian, was a strong influence on the founders of this nation, then you do yourself and others a grave disservice, a disservice to the heart, spirit and soul.  This includes judging not in a paralyzing life way, but in an honest assessment way one’s lifestyle and views.  If you come to understand truth, and then don’t share it clearly, firmly with others, you do them a disservice.  I prefer to share through my blog and the arts, others might share through direct ministry, but to not share truth, the truth that your worldview and lifestyle matter a great deal to God is not love.  Love means you share the truth, even if the person does not like that truth, especially when it comes to scripture truth. 

Amen

It Really Is All About Cohesion

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http://www.anglicancatholic.org/creeds-of-the-church?class=greenlink

Today I went to an evangelical non denominational prayer service, which was a mix of worship music and intercession prayers.  Something made me look up at the Creeds of the Anglican Church, the Creeds they have as the basis for the faith.  I thought of today, the prayer service and realized, it really is all about Jesus in the heart, and sound understanding of the basics of what God expects from us.  

Rituals etc.. don’t save anyone, and don’t mean anything unless you can establish a powerful connection to Christ, to where you are moved heart, spirit and soul. As I read these I realized that I love music and the blog because it allows one to share in terms of inspiration and this amazing journey of faith.  These creeds discuss communion, a universal community of faith, they speak of unity of Father, Son, Holy Ghost.  I thought of heart, spirit, soul, how if we can have unity of those on some level, in positive ways, then the body will also benefit and so will our lives in general so on and so forth.  The understanding and reflection of these creeds can not only teach us pretty much the entirety of the truth of the Bible, and Christianity, core of it, but also about cohesion in our own lives, relationships, self, how that cohesion, communication is important. 

Amen

Beyond Denomination, Yet Anchor Firm

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As the holidays near, I find myself thinking about home, where is home, where is home spiritually, emotionally?  What label to I wear, and what is my anchor, what is my spiritual identity? 

It has truly been like going through a labyrinth, a maze of twists and turns my whole life.  I guess the anchor, the firm anchor of belief is Christ, and also the Trinity, in a sense the Apostles Creed.  When it comes to the church itself, I see not any denomination, I see the rock as the truth, not a denomination that Jesus was talking about.  When He told Peter that upon this rock he would build the church, he meant that revelation of Him as the Christ, of Him as Messiah, and also of that faith that would carry the church through, even if those in it had moments of crisis.  As i look at myself, my life I realize that has been my anchor, my own story, that no matter what the crisis, even moments of spiritual drought, my anchor for getting through life’s dark times, was Christ, faith in His completed work at the Cross and beyond.   What about church, where is home?  As I think about it, I have a sense of the type of church I envision and this is what I envision.

The church I see myself being a part of is one where there is a strong support for Israel, one where there is firm Christ and Gospel centered church life and it’s not about climate change, so called modern day social just, warped feminism,  or any of that malarkey.  It’s a place where there is plenty of prayer and where artists, worship artists, where true artists of faith can thrive, can grow.  It’s a place that has small group bible study, connect groups and people live out the bible and conservative principles in their politics and their lives.  They seek to share the Gospel, even when people don’t feel comfy with it, and partner with other groups of solid conservatives to share the Gospel, really provide a range of services to those in the church and community.  They are not about denomination, not interested in the church conforming to the world, but conforming the world to the Gospel and Gospel Truth.  That is what I am seeking, and hopefully find it this holiday.  I still respect my heritage, and it will always be a part of my history, nothing will every change that, nothing.

Amen