25 September 2015

This 'n' That

The pope is in town. Well, he's not actually in my town, but he is on US soil. Did you watch the mass earlier this week that was held in Washington, D.C.? What a sad and pitiable display of blasphemy and idolatry! I arrived home from work just in time to see the pope re-sacrifice Christ yet again. And then the hoards of people in attendance proceeded to receive what they believe is the actual body of the Lord Jesus Christ. I could only sigh.

This is just one of the many sad elements of Roman Catholic doctrine: the constant re-sacrificing of Christ. The crucifix that hangs in the Catholic Church, or around the neck of the faithful Catholic, is a sad commentary that declares that their Savior is no Savior at all, for if Christ has not been raised then our faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:14). The wonderful truth is, however, that the Lord Jesus Christ lives! He died and he rose (Matt 28:6; Rev 1:18). He died as the perfect, atoning sacrifice for the sins of all who would believe (Heb 10:12, 14), and He died once (Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 3:18). And He only had to die once because His sacrifice was sufficient to cover the sins of those who are His (Heb 10:12, 14).

I'm so thankful for the sufficient sacrifice of Christ, aren't you? On a far, far lesser scale, I'm also thankful that today is Friday. It's a beautiful autumn day and it seems the perfect time to grab a cookie (because who doesn't love cookies?) and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Men, guard yourself and your marriage.
  • I'm in the process of William Paul Young's latest book of heresy, Eve. Tim Challies already read it.
  • On archaic words and translational precision. Fred Butler takes a look at the KJV-only argument.
  • Phyllis Tickle, a leading postmodern and "emergent" thinker, died this week.
  • You should read this.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Ever want to be a Peanuts character?
  • Why evangelicals and Catholics cannot be "together."
  • I've posted this sermon before, but in light of the fanfare of the pope's visit, it seems appropriate to be reminded of why we reject the papacy:

4 comments:

  1. I don't know what's more strange, the adulation that is being given to this current pope, or the adulation given when the last one died. What idolatry. Moreover, as you so clearly said, Erin, Christ died ONCE. Reading Hebrews is the cure to any misunderstandings one may have in this. And I'm with you, I am very thankful for Christ's one time all sufficient sacrifice.

    On a lighter note, the Peanutize Me was so cute, just adorable. Thanks for sharing that!

    -Carolyn

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  2. I read Tim Challies' review with anticipation, even hope. Alas, it was as tepid and milquetoast a rebuke as was his 'review' of The Shack. The Shack had at least a dozen openly heretical or blasphemous themes, yet Tim found much to praise about it. And in the end only a mild warning. This review seemed about on the same level. I am dismayed that we can't get a serious criticism out of this man who is clearly a Christian and a student of theology. With the movie version of The Shack due out soon {shudder} we'll do well to marshal all the legitimate criticism we can find to try to counter its influence. Those who will embrace it could pull some quotes from Tim in support of their view. It should not be thus.

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  3. Hi, Erin. This sermon is so good!! Please post links to the others in the series. We are very close to a family that is finally leaving our old seeker church------ and joining the Catholic Church! This has prompted many great conversations with our teen boys. We all should be able to clearly articulate WHY WE ARE PROTESTANT!

    :) Lisa

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