No Longer the City of Popes

Flag of France with islam symbol‘De Villiers paints a grim picture of French Catholicism: “Avignon is no longer the city of the Popes, but of the Salafis”. In Saint-Denis, where the French kings and Charles Martel are buried, “tunics and beards now dominate, and girls are dressed in the Islamic shrouds”. If a parish is still alive there, it is thanks to the zeal of the Christian community of Africans and Tamils’…

‘”France is no longer a Catholic country”, writes Frederic Lenoir, editor in chief of Le Monde des Religions. Le Figaro wondered if Islam can already be considered “France’s prime religion”.’

Source and read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9161/france-church-bells-muezzins

A Roman Miracle! (A Poem)

Has Rome Really Changed Its Tune?

JogralI don’t normally support Desiring God Ministries, but this article is informative:

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/has-rome-really-changed-its-tune

From Antichrist to Brother in Christ

Catholic faith defeating heresies (Karlskirche Vienna)From a 2015 article:

“More than half of evangelical pastors say Pope Francis is their brother in Christ.

More than one-third say they value the pope’s view on theology, and 3 in 10 say he has improved their view of the Catholic Church.

Those are among the findings of a new study of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, released this week from Nashville-based LifeWay Research…”

Read more: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/september/antichrist-brother-christ-protestant-pastors-pope-francis.html

Image information: Karlskirche Vienna, dome fresco (1729), detail: Catholic faith defeating protestant heresies

Copper in Exchange for Gold

Rev. Hendrick DeCock writing to the Netherlands Reformed Churches on the error of using uninspired hymns in the worship of God:

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Will you, I say, trample and disobey and stray from the path and do away with all the decisions of the general Synods of our fathers regarding their pronouncements from God’s Word against these songs? This ought to be far from you, the faithful and upright, who tremble before God’s word, and who, along with our God-fearing forefathers should resist degenerate lies and perverse sin. They opposed Rome and Spain, and will you be charged with the blood of our fathers?!

Beloved, these songs were not imported solely by the early heretics and emigrants from God’s Word, but also by those who came after. Of this the learned and God-fearing Peter Martyr11 gives evidence, as well as the Reformers in Italy and in Germany, that by this means the Roman church received copper in exchange for gold.

Read more: http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/DeCockonHymns.htm

Wither Globalism?

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention CenterI’ve been fascinated by all the articles coming out after the American election claiming that Trump’s election is a major setback for globalism.  Here are some of the statements being made:

Far from being unique, he is simply the loudest, the most outrageous and now the most powerful standard-bearer for a wave of nationalism that is utterly transforming the politics of the Western world and the balance of power for a generation to come.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3929240/For-decades-arrogant-global-ruling-class-tried-crush-spirit-nationhonhood-says-DOMINIC-SANDBROOK-Brexit-Trump-world-witnessing-bonfire-liberal-elite.html

JERUSALEM — Donald J. Trump’s stunning election victory on Tuesday night rippled way beyond the nation’s boundaries, upending an international order that prevailed for decades and raising profound questions about America’s place in the world.

For the first time since before World War II, Americans chose a president who promised to reverse the internationalism practiced by predecessors of both parties and to build walls both physical and metaphorical.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/world/donald-trumps-victory-promises-to-upend-the-international-order.html?_r=2

They awakened the sleeping giant, the great middle class of America. On this historic night, the average citizens of the United States roared and joined Brexit in voting against globalism and in favor of nationalism.

Source: http://thegreatrecession.info/blog/peasant-revolt-trumps-globalists/

Some people are comparing the Brexit vote and even Donald Trump to the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. There are clear similarities.

The Brexit vote was about divorcing Britain from the overbearing socialist bureaucrats in Brussels. Trump’s presidential campaign was about destroying the overbearing globalist elitists in Washington – regardless of their party affiliation.

Source: http://www.survivaldan101.com/upheaval-chaos-political-pushback/

The self-governing citizens of the United States have decided that they have had enough of their elite, globalist, one-world leadership and have thrown them out.

Source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/11/the_us_just_had_a_bloodless_revolution.html

“It is all part of the same thing,” Coulter said about the issues Trump won on: Jobs, economy, immigration, and trade.

“That is globalism vs. nationality.”

Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/11/09/coulter_trump_victory_boils_down_to_globalism_vs_nationality.html

So in one year, we’ve had Brexit (hopefully still in progress) and now a possible Amerexit from the global order.  We see a slow turning against the attempt to create a one world totalitarian government.  This is consistent with a historicist interpretation of Revelation 16 and 17, where the globalists eventually turn on the papacy and destroy it after becoming disillusioned with its agenda.  One can only hope this is the beginning of the end for the papacy and the start of the liberation of the nations.

It is interesting to me that some interpreters see the situation coming to a head in 2017:

“The downfall of the Papacy, according to Fleming, is going on; the Mohammedan Antichrist will follow, and about A.D. 2000 (Jewish reckoning, about 2017 on the Julian calendar–RB), the millennial epoch will begin. ” Source: Puritan Downloads

Time will tell if that is the case (at least one writer thinks it isn’t).  If so, we are in for an interesting ride over the next few months.

 

 

John Wesley on 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Henricus 4. Emperour surrendering his crowne to the Pope. Image of Antichrist

“However, in many respects, the Pope has an indisputable claim to those titles. He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled, the son of perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers, destroyed innumerable souls, and will himself perish everlastingly. He it is that opposeth himself to the emperor, once his rightful sovereign; and that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped. Commanding angels and putting kings under his feet, both of whom are called gods in scripture; claiming the highest power, the highest honour; suffering himself, not once only, to be styled God or vice-God. Indeed no less is implied in his ordinary title, ‘Most Holy Lord,’ or ‘Most Holy Father,’ so that he sitteth enthroned in the temple of God, mentioned in Rev. 11:1. Declaring himself that he is God – claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.””

Source and read more: https://xmassh8trsblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/who-is-this-man-of-sin-the-son-of-perdition/

Till Mother Church Do Us Part

A sad article from The Still Man:

Gold-Wedding-Rings-1920x1200Grace and peace, to the Saints of God, and greetings to those who have yet to make a decision for the Lord Jesus.

The media has always portrayed the Roman Catholic Church as a stark advocate of marriage, family, and family values. Roman Catholics have always maintained that it is because of its belief in the sanctity of marriage that the Catholic Church has historically denied Catholics the right to divorce.

In support of this claim, the case of King Henry VIII of Great Britain is often cited. It is said that the Protestant Reformation got started in England because the Catholic Church refused to grant a divorce to King Henry from his wife Catherine in order for him to marry Ann Boleyn.

But while it ostensibly upholds and defends marriage, the Catholic Church’s own doctrine actually destroys marriage. You may find it interesting to learn that the Catholic Church not only permits, but actually encourages a Catholic husband or wife not to perform their marital duties if he or she is married to a Protestant, or heretic, as Christians are referred to by Catholics.

The Roman Catholic Council of Constance (1414-1418), the same council that burned the Bohemian Reformer John Huss at the stake in 1415, decreed:

“A Catholic wife is not obliged to any duty to her heretical husband, because by the husband’s heresy she is freed from her duty. In like manner, a Catholic husband is freed from all duty to his wife, if she be a heretic. Nevertheless, they cannot marry with others, because the bond of matrimony is not dissolved.

“A husband cannot be forced to cohabit with his wife, if she is fallen into heresy, even though she is reconciled: nor is he bound to maintain her, because her dowry is confiscated by heresy: and as she is stripped of her dowry by her own fault, the husband is not obliged to maintain an unendowed wife.”

Moreover, Pope Gregory IX said, “A Catholic wife is not obliged to perform the marriage contract with a heretical husband.”

And Zanchinus Ugolinus, author of a highly regarded Roman Catholic work on heresy, wrote:

“Yea, the very bond of matrimony with [a heretic] is dissolved. For if one departs from the orthodox faith, and falls into heresy, his [Catholic] wife is not obliged to cohabit with him, but may seek to be separated from him by the judgment of the church: such separation from the bed being as reasonable on account of spiritual fornication, as for carnal.” [brackets mine.]

With this decree, the Roman Catholic church denies the will of the Lord Jesus Christ who, with regard to marriage, said:

“What therefore God hath joined together, let no man [or church] put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10:9). [Brackets mine.]

And Roman Catholicism not only comes between a man and wife, but also between parents and their children, as Ugolinus adds:

“The very children, brothers, and sisters, ought to forsake them (Protestants).”

This is further evidence that the Roman Catholic church are the modern-day Pharisees, who taught the children of Israel that they were not obliged to respect their parents. Jesus told them:

“Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and Whosoever curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, it is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoevr thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition…” (Mark 7:10-13).

Now, if the Catholic Church advises the children of a Protestant parent to disown that parent, then, it must follow that parents of Protestant children are permitted to do the same. “Mother Church” even severs the natural bond of love and affection between a mother and her children! And it adds that a Catholic should forsake his Protestant brother or sister, thus completely destroying the family.

An obedient Roman Catholic, therefore, cannot love anyone unconditionally. If the husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, or even child of a Roman Catholic is a Bible-believing Christian, then the Catholic is not bound to love, honor, obey, respect, or keep faith with him or her in any way, shape or form. Is this not a manifestation of the lack of “natural affection” which the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:3 said would characterize the last days?

And, since the Council of Constance was a very important general, or ecumenical council, and the Roman Catholic church considers itself infallible, meaning it does not make mistakes, then this decree regarding the relationship of a Catholic to a Protestant is still in full effect today and will never be repealed.

Let me say that I offer this information not to cast any dispersion on Roman Catholics in general, but only to offer further evidence to Protestant Christians that the Roman Catholic church has always been and will always be the implacable enemy of Protestant Christianity, and their history and doctrines prove it. While this information may not reflect the personal beliefs of some Catholics, it nevertheless happens to be a doctrine of the Catholic church, which means that any good Catholic will be called upon at some point to obey this decree and will consider it his duty to hold to this doctrine if he wants to be obedient. He may do so neither openly nor consistently, but, make no mistake: at some point, he will do so.

The faithful Christian needs to be aware of this doctrine and allow it to inform his relationship with Roman Catholics, remembering always that the Lord Jesus commanded us to love our enemies.

This information may help explain some things that may be going on in your personal life that seem to be inexplicable from any other perspective. If, for instance, you are a Christian, such as I, who is married to a Roman Catholic, and your spouse does not do what a spouse is supposed to do and/or your children do not behave as your children should behave, and are disobedient, disrespectful, or unloving, it may very well be that they are doing so out of obedience to Roman Catholic church doctrine. The same may be true if you are a Bible-believing child of a Roman Catholic parent(s) who behave(s) in the same manner.

Remember, the Catholic wife or husband is under no obligation to keep their marital vows or perform their marital duties if the husband or wife is a Bible-believing Christian. And, by the same token, Catholic children do not have to honor or obey their Protestant parents.

Catholics fervently maintain that Jesus Christ Himself established the Roman Catholic  church, yet Romanism disobeys the Lord Jesus.

“Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition…” (Mark 7:13).

Be encouraged and look up, for your redemption draweth nigh.

—TSM

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Ian Brown – What Does A Jesuit Pope Mean

This is a video presentation of this sermon: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=320131759278

The Psalter of the Virgin Mary

It seems there is even a psalter that has been written to replace the God-given 150 Psalms in the Bible.  The Psalms have been rewritten to give praise to the “Blessed Virgin Mary” instead of God Almighty.

Read examples of the blasphemy here:

http://psalter.valent.co/