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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Last temptation of Castro: Get Religion, February 4, 2012 « Conger

It looks like Fidel Castro was never singled out for excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church. There was a general excommunication of atheistic communists pronounced in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. Fidel renounced his faith and so excommunicated himself. It seems that Fidel in his old age wants to return to the religion taught to him by the Jesuits who raised him. He even attended mass in 1998 when Pope John Paul II visited Cuba but did not receive the eucharist.

George Conger thinks this is a remarkable story because Fidel will be received back into communion. Presumably this means that Fidel Castro will take the eucharist when Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba in March. Although the law of God is written in all men's hearts and they feel the guilt of breaking that law, only the Lord Jesus Christ Himself could pay the penalty for even one sin. How confessing sins to a priest, who is a false mediator, and taking an idolatrous communion that worships the communion elements as the literal body and blood of Christ can exonerate a terrible sinner is beyond me. The Bible says that there is only one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).

The problem today is that due to the influence of Anglo-Catholicism, neo-orthodoxy, and theological liberalism the ecumenical movement has corrupted the Gospel in Evangelical circles. Even Billy Graham, the Baptist evangelist, compromised the Gospel by accepting Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox Church representatives as genuinely converted Christians. Graham invited representatives of those churches to his crusades so that new converts could be directed to Roman Catholic parishes or Eastern Orthodox parishes.  (See:  Are Billy and Franklin Graham Leading Souls to Heaven or Hell?).

If semi-pelagianism and salvation by merits or works is a false religion--and it is--then Fidel's return to the Catholic Church is not a good thing. It is merely returning from atheism to a false religion. There is only one Gospel and that Gospel was officially condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in the canons of the Council of Trent.

To read the rest of the story at George Conger's blog, click here: Last temptation of Castro: Get Religion, February 4, 2012 « Conger


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