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CLARITY -8-30-18 Humble Yourself, or Be Humbled

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-30-18

Humble Yourself, or Be Humbled

 

What’s Happening:  “A letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was published on two conservative Catholic platforms and said Pope Francis knew about sexual abuse by former Cardinal McCarrick in 2013 and should resign. The Pope said, ‘I won’t say a word about it.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-cardinal-calls-pope-francis-123218998.html). Some defended Vigano, some attacked him. I guess partisanship is alive and well, even in the Catholic Church.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “From within or without, the Catholic Church is going down!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. The Catholic Church existed long before any of us came on the scene, and it’s likely they will exist long after we are gone. Still, it’s embarrassing to have the unrighteous world call you on the carpet. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: ’Humble yourself…or be humbled.’ (Matt. 23;12)”

 

“Christians? It’s sad (and confusing) when we have a double standard (one we recommend…and another, more lenient one, we live by). When we refuse the private discipline of the Lord, He’ll put our business on the street. Change is what He’s after, We can take the easier route…or the harder one. (Heb. 12:6)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to correct ourselves before we have to be corrected; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-22-18 Confusing Questions

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-22-18

 

Confusing Questions

 

What’s Happening:  “The Pope’s recent reported remarks may give the homosexual community great encouragement, but it flies in the face of tradition. Juan Carlos Cruz, himself an alleged object of much child sex abuse in the recent brouhaha that resulted in the mass and unanimous resignation of every Bishop in Chile, said Pope Francis told him, ‘God made you like that and loves you like that’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-francis-tells-gay-man-154105088.html). The LGBTQ community rejoiced.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’m familiar with LGBT (Lesbians, Bi-sexuals, Gays and Transgenders), but what is this ‘Q’?”

 

Biblical Response:  “‘Q’ stands for ‘Questioning’. It has been added to the list of initials because those in the homosexual community believe many go through a period when they ‘question’ their sexual identity. Of course, mandatory sex education that depicts to grade-schoolers in California (recently passed controversial legislation) LGBT’s as normative behavior might be the source of ‘Q’s. That the Pope made such remarks, though neither confirmed nor denied by the Vatican, is not the direction of Catholic catechism. ”

 

“Christians? I’m not saying there aren’t real Christians in the Catholic faith, but the Pope’s alleged remarks, if true, do not bear out the testimony of Scripture (as the following will indicate: Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10…to name a few that condemn this lifestyle). Still, similar to the difference between ‘love’ and ‘like’, (there are many things my children do that I don’t like, but I still love them), I am to hate the sin and love the sinner (‘The good hate the badness of the wicked. The wicked hate the goodness of the good.’ Prov. 29:27 LB).”

 

”Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to demonstrate that homosexuality is like all sin…in need of redemption; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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