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President of the Lutheran World Federation Bishop Munib Younan, left, conspires with Pope Francis, right, to overthrow the Reformation at a service in Lund Lutheran cathedral , October 31, 2016 (L’Osservatore Romano/AP)

 

You say you want a Reformation? Well, according to a recently released Pew Research Center survey of Western Europe and the US, many Protestants answer “Not so much.” Here are a few key findings:

  • About half of U.S. Protestants (52%) say both good deeds and faith in God are needed to get into heaven, a historically Catholic position. The other half (42%) say that faith alone is needed to attain salvation.
  • U.S. Protestants also are split on another issue that played a key role in the Reformation: 46% say the Bible provides all the religious guidance Christians need, a traditionally Protestant belief known as sola scriptura. But 52% say Christians should look for guidance from church teachings and traditions as well as from the Bible, the position held by the Catholic Church.
  • Just 30% of all U.S. Protestants affirm both sola fide and sola scriptura.
  • In nearly all of the European countries surveyed, majorities or pluralities of both Catholics and Protestants adhere to the traditionally Catholic view that both faith and good works are necessary to attain salvation. In fact, in every country except Norway (where 51% of Protestants say salvation comes through faith alone), belief in sola fide is a minority view even among Protestants.

The results of this survey, though disappointing, are hardly surprising. The Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy among Presbyterians in first half of the 20th century ended with the liberal social gospelers seizing control of the mainline Presbyterian church and the subsequent purging of those who believed the Bible. Other Protestant denominations experienced upheavals. As a result, where Protestant churches once spoke with one voice on the critical issues of the source of authority in the church (scripture alone) and the means of justification (justification is by faith alone), Protestant witness has become greatly confused.

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“You just can’t make this stuff up.” That was my first thought when I came across the headline “Vatican archbishop featured in homoerotic painting he commissioned.”

Unbelievable. These guys are complete caricatures of themselves.

Yes, I’m well aware that Rome is the Woman Who Rides the Beast. I agree with the reformers that the office of the papacy is the Antichrist, the man of sin, whom the Lord will destroy at the brightness of his coming. I know all that.

But still.

You’d think the Antichristniks would show a little more discretion.

After all, the Archbishop in question, Vincenzo Paglia, was appointed by Pope Francis to head the Pontifical Academy for Life just last year. So he’s a genuine big time Vatican big shot. A key player in the Church’s lowerarchy.

According to the article on Life Site News (I don’t know much about Life Site News, it appears to be an ecumenical pro-life organization), the mural in question covers an entire wall of a cathedral church and “deptics Jesus carrying nets to heaven filled with naked and semi-nude homosexuals, transsexuals, prostitutes, and drug dealers, jumbled together in erotic interactions. Included in one of the nets is Paglia, the then diocesan bishop.”

Jesus said “by their fruits you shall know them.”

Indeed.

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Please click the following link for the original blog post on which this podcast is based:

https://luxlucet.me/2017/01/29/immigration-citizenship-and-the-bible-part-9-immigration-reform-and-the-conservatives-a-review-of-peter-brimelows-alien-nation/?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

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2017

Out with the old and in with the new. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time when we flip over our calendars. For some of us it’s a time of making resolutions. For others, a time for avoiding them. In my case, it’s a convenient time to look back at the prior year in blogging as well as an opportunity to consider the year ahead.

In the first place, I would like to that the Lord for providing me with this wonderful forum for writing. Perhaps because I didn’t grow up with the internet – I’ll be 51 in March, so yes, I’m an old guy! – I’m still constantly amazed at the reach even a small blog such as this one can have. Never before in history has a single Christian had the opportunity to, quite literally, reach the whole world and never so much as venture outside his front door. There is much that is evil on the internet. As Christians, it is our job to be salt and light to the world. And through website, blogs, and podcasts God has provided an amazing tool for believers to fulfill the Great Commission.

Secondly, my sincere thanks are due to you, the readers of this blog. Even though I began writing this blog in 2009, I’m still amazed to think that anyone would take the time to read my words. It has been my honor and privilege to serve you in 2016. And it has been my prayer that this blog has, as the name suggests, helped to bring the light of Christ to the various subjects under consideration.

Now with all that said, let’s take a look at this past year in blogging.

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As the current presidential election cycle draws to a close, it seemed good to me to put down in writing what I see as the big issues at that will be determined by the November 8th vote.

It’s not uncommon to hear the upcoming election described in superlative terms such as “the most important ever,” or “the most revolting ever.” For my part, I try to steer clear of such statements, if only because I’m not sure how prove that they’re true.

But if I hesitate to say that the 2016 election is the most important ever in American history, I am willing to go on record and say that it may very well be the most important election of my fifty-year lifetime. I do not recall any previous election in which there were so many major issues at stake, issues, which depending on how the vote goes, that very likely will determine the course of our nation for a long time to come.

With that in mind, today’s post is intended to be more high-level, addressing the major overarching themes of this election, which I have cast in these terms: Oligarchy vs. the Rule of Law, Feminism vs. Patriarchy, and Globalism vs. Westphalian Sovereignty.

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Image from the riots in Charlotte, NC.

Another week. Another race riot. I realize putting it that was seems to trivialize what is a very serious situation in Charlotte. But really, this whole Black Lives Matter burnin’ down the house routine got old a long time ago.

 

And to make matters worse, there are reports indicating that the majority of those arrested in connection with the Charlotte riots aren’t even from North Carolina let alone from the local Charlotte area. As the spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police told CNN,

This is not Charlotte that’s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals.

We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They’re not coming from Charlotte.

According to a Washington Times
report, “For all its talk of being a street uprising, Black Lives Matter is increasingly awash in cash, raking in pledges of more than $100 million from liberal foundations and other eager to contribute to what has become the grant-making cause du jour.”

And among the biggest donors to the cause is, you guessed it, none other than George Soros himself, who is said to have given $33 million in grants to the cause.

During the Ferguson riots, the genesis of the Black Lives Matter movement, the UK’s Daily Mail reports that Soros’ money, “was reportedly funneled into keeping up numbers of protesters in the community over a period of months by bringing in outside activists.”

Soros has repeatedly shown himself willing to sow discord if he believes it benefits his pet causes.  Are we seeing a replay of this in Charlotte?

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Ruth and Naomi Leave Moab, 1860, by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872).

 

“…America is a dying nation. I tell the Mexicans when I am down in Mexico to keep on having children, and then to take back what we took from them: California, Texas, Arizona, and then to take the rest of the country as well.”

    — Paul Marx, Roman Catholic priest

It would likely come as a surprise to many Americans, even to Evangelicals who really should know better, just how hostile the Roman Church-State is to what they believe is just the common sense concept of national sovereignty.

But in truth, what is widely considered a matter of common sense, “the idea that each nation state has sovereignty over its territory and domestic affairs, to the exclusion of all external powers” (“Westphalian sovereignty“, Wikipedia),” is really a product of the Protestant victory in the Thirty Years’ War years war that concluded with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.

This Westphalian Order has always been a focus of hatred for the globalists in the Roman Church-State, who work constantly to hasten the day when all the nations of the world bow the knee to the authority of the See of Rome, as had been the case in Europe up until Westphalia.

For proof of this, consider the words of a recent document issued by Rome,

Conditions exist for going definitively beyond a “Westphalian” international order in which States feel the need for cooperation but do not seize the opportunity to integrate their respective sovereignties for the common good of the peoples” (Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Towards Reforming Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority).

The problem, as Rome sees it, is that sovereign nations states are too concerned with pursuing their own self interest and are not focused on the “common good.” Now the term “common good” is one of those buzzwords one often finds in Romanist documents. But what does it mean? In short, it is a collectivist fiction of Romanist political theory by which Rome attempts to justify governmental intrusion into the lives and liberty of ordinary people (see paragraphs 1907 and 1908 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). As John Robbins explains it, “The common good becomes the reason for extensive government intervention into the economy” (Ecclesiastical Megalomania, 159).

According to Rome, the common good requires extensive provision by government for the “needs” of the people.

Certainly, it is the proper function of authority to arbitrate, in the name of the common good, between various particular interests; but it should make accessible to each what is needed to lead a truly human life: food, clothing, health, work, education and culture, suitable information, the right to establish a family, and so on (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1908).

This paragraph, which easily could have been written by Karl Marx, is essentially a call for unlimited government. And since governments, in the eyes of Rome at any rate, are not doing an adequate job on their own of taking from each according to his ability and giving to each according to his need, Rome would like to “go beyond the Westphalian order” and move the nations toward world government, with itself at the very pinnacle of power.

But how does can this be done? How is it possible for Rome to overturn Westphalia and bring back the good old days of the Holy Roman Empire? Broadly speaking, the sovereignty of nation states must by undermined to make way for its New World Order. And one of the most effective ways Rome has for undermining nations states is by encouraging mass immigration/migration, especially into the historic nations of the West.

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