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CLARITY – 3-30-19 Accountability Too Late

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-30-19

Accountability Too Late

What’s Happening: “In a last-ditch attempt at accountability, the Catholic diocese in South Carolina released a list of 42 priests (all but 11 have already died) Friday that have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Other lists have been previously released from dioceses in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Mississippi. The Catholic Church has released over 1,000 priests and others as part of a ‘house cleaning’ … but that number is in the U.S. alone. This latest list was only released as part of a class-action suit settlement reached in Charleston (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-church-sc-names-priests-accused-sex-abuse-230433260.html).  ‘It is my fervent hope and prayer that publishing this list will help bring healing to the victims and their families who have been so grievously harmed by the betrayal of priests and church leadership,’ Bishop Robert Guglielmone wrote.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wow! Over a thousand! What a tragedy!”

Biblical Response:  “Not to minimize the damage done to generations of the congregants, but what’s worse is it appears this was only done because it was forced. Aside from the natural tendency of the victims for silence, those that did know (or at least suspected) remained quiet, too. What happened to ‘when you see a brother overtaken in a fault’ (Gal. 6:1)? The church does not have to air its dirty laundry if it handles these things inside…EARLY.! It may also alleviate collateral damage.”

Christians? We believe in self-discipline and confession (hopefully the self-discipline eliminates the need for confession…or at least keeps the sin to impure thought, not allowing evil to mature to action)..”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive the church for not dealing with the problem till it was forced…for installing the wrong men in the first place (1 Tim. 5:22); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com.’ He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

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CLARITY – 11-18-18 Is My Name on the List?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-18-18

Is My Name on the List?

 

What’s Happening: “The California wildfire in Paradise may be over, but the lists of the dead and missing keeps growing. At latest count, 77 dead and over 1,000 missing! Some of the missing may be duplicates or already in a shelter somewhere, but fears of the fate of the largely retirement community are still in doubt (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-wildfire-victims-may-never-found-searcher-111325906–finance.html). ‘We have been told we’re to look as hard as we can, but it’s still possible we may not be able to find something left of someone,’ said Trish Moutard with the the California Rescue Dog Association.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess there’s a list you don’t want to be on…”

 

Biblical Response:  “Right you are…but there’s also a list you DO want to be on (Rev. 3:5). The heat of a crematory gets to almost 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit – enough to turn bone into ash – the heat of the Campfire (Paradise wildfire) may have been in excess of that. Of course, the heat of the fires of hell may be in excess of that, but like the burning bush that was not consumed (Ex. 3:2), those cast there will not get the relief that consumption brings.”

 

“Christians? We believe in hell. We also believe that God knows the number of our days (Job 14:5). We have an appointment with Judgement. And we definitely want our name listed in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Being listed as missing, then, from the Paradise Fire is no big deal compared with those listed as missing from Paradise!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to find those missing in the Paradise Fire and help us to warn of the ‘other’ fire, too; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent