Tuesday, November 12, 2019
BY: GLYNDA LOMAX
Prepare now for your new reality.
Your new reality where nothing is
as it used to be. Your new reality
where there isn’t enough of anything.
Prepare, My people, for a new reality
that is soon to be.
Something removed, something begins.
NOTE: I see a Dow Jones Average in the single
digits, starting with an 8. I saw whatever this
is bankrupting millions. Job losses widespread
and panic so deep, the Great Recession looks
like just a recess.
Now you have all you need, but then all shall
BE in need. For there will not be enough of
anything (Food and things that come from a
Not enough money to buy anything - massive
inflation. Not enough to do anything.
Prepare that it will be easier for you. Store
food. Store goods you need. Use sparingly. You
will be glad you did.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her
ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and
gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?
When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little
folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that
travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh
with a froward mouth.
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with
his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth
mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly;
suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
The question “are Catholics saved?” cannot be answered with a universal “yes” or “no.” In the same way, neither can the questions “are Baptists saved?” or “are Presbyterians saved?” or “are Methodists saved?” be answered in a universal sense.
One is not saved by being Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, or Methodist.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8–9). There is likely no denomination or division of the Christian faith in which every member truly has personally trusted in Christ as Savior.
Further, there are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world. Among those 1.2 billion adherents, there is a significant amount of latitude in beliefs and practices.
While the Roman Catholic hierarchy advances the notion that all Roman Catholics hold to the same beliefs and observe the same practices, this is definitely not the case.
The diversity within Catholicism is another reason why the question “are Catholics saved?” cannot be answered absolutely.
If we change the question to be more specific, however, we can have a definite answer: “are Catholics who adhere to official Roman Catholic beliefs and practices saved?”
answer to this question is “no.” Why? Because the official teaching of Roman Catholicism is that salvation is not by faith alone, through grace alone, in Christ alone.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that one must have good works and observe the rituals of Roman Catholicism in order to be saved.
Summarizing the Catholic understanding of salvation is difficult because it is extensive. Here is a summary of the official Roman Catholic teaching on salvation: to be saved, a person must receive Christ as Savior by faith, be baptized in the Trinitarian formula, be infused with additional grace by observing the Catholic sacraments, especially the Eucharist, and then die without any unconfessed mortal sins.
If one accomplishes the above, he or she will be saved and granted entrance into heaven, likely after an extensive time of further cleansing in purgatory.
The Roman Catholic process is significantly different from the apostle Paul’s teaching on how salvation is received: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). John 3:16 ascribes salvation to everyone who believes in Christ.
Ephesians 2:8–9 explicitly teaches that salvation is not by works, with verse 10 then clarifying that works are the result of salvation. Simply put, the Catholic teaching on salvation is very different from what the Bible teaches.
So, no, if a person holds to the official Roman Catholic understanding of salvation, he or she is not saved. Despite their vigorous affirmations, Roman Catholicism does not truly hold to salvation by grace through faith.
With that said, it is important to remember that not all Catholics hold to the Roman Catholic understanding of salvation.
There are Catholics who truly and fully believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone.
There are Catholics who observe the sacraments as an aspect of spiritual growth and intimacy with God, not in an attempt to earn salvation.
There are many Catholics who believe in the biblical doctrine of salvation and do not understand that the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church is something very different.
Are Catholics saved? Do Catholics go to heaven? It depends. If the question is “are there saved Catholics?” then the answer is “yes.”
If the question is “will a person go to heaven if he or she holds to the official Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation?” the answer is “no.”
Monday, November 11, 2019
Started in 2013 in response to separate police shootings of two young black men, the Black Lives Matter movement came into prominence with its use of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.
Ever since, the phrase “black lives matter” has been a rallying cry of those who believe there is institutional racism against African-Americans in virtually every aspect of society, but especially in police departments and the legal system.
There is no point in discussing the statistics on black crime vs. the percentage of the black population and/or the numbers of black-on-black murders vs. the number of blacks killed by police officers.
For every statistic, there is a dueling statistic and/or a way to reinterpret the statistic. There is no point in discussing the specific cases that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement.
The various sides all seem to be rigorously locked into their understanding of the events and the aftermaths.
Like most issues connected to race, it appears to be virtually impossible to have a constructive dialogue about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Biblically speaking, of course black lives matter.
Blacks/African-Americans are equally created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). In God’s eyes, blacks are equal in value to whites, browns, reds, yellows, and everyone in between. Racism is evil.
Some propose the saying “all lives matter” as an alternative.
While “all lives matter” is absolutely and biblically true, it fails to address the issue at hand.
The Black Lives Matter movement exists because many feel the world needs to be reminded that black lives do, in fact, matter.
How should Christians view the goals of the black lives matter movement? First, they should examine their hearts and ask God to help them get rid of any racist thoughts or tendencies.
Second, they should fight against all true forms of racism that still exist in society. Third, they should be compassionate toward true victims of racism and point them toward Christ as the only answer for racism.
Protests, policies, awareness, changes to the legal system, etc., etc., will never solve the problem of racism.
Racism is the result of sin. Until the sin problem is dealt with—until people become new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)—the problem of racism will never be eradicated.
How should Christians view the methods of the black lives matter movement? Peaceful protests against racial injustice are necessary and appropriate when racism has truly occurred.
But Christians should never be involved in rioting, looting, violence against police officers, hateful speech, and/or “reverse” discrimination/racism against non-blacks.
Injustice and hatred will not be ended by more injustice and hatred.