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  • Belgian priest suggests ‘celebration’ when Catholics die from euthanasia [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2015 5:16:56 PM PDT · 2 of 2
    Arm_Bears to markomalley

    The Catholic Church is going to Hell pretty fast these days—With the Pope in the lead waving a flag.

  • Belgian priest suggests ‘celebration’ when Catholics die from euthanasia [Catholic Caucus]

    09/01/2015 5:14:40 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    markomalley
    Disgusting. The fact that he is not suspended and publicly censured for this kind of heresy is unbelievable.

    (Note that excommunication for the crime of heresy is automatic...but in order to protect the faithful, he must officially be suspended in addition to the automatic excommunication he's incurred)

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    09/01/2015 5:13:23 PM PDT · 32 of 32
    Salvation to All
    Regnum Christi

    Christ at Home in Capernaum
    U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE | SPIRITUALITY
    September 1, 2015 - Tuesday of Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time


    Luke 4:31-37



    Jesus then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, "Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are -- the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, "What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

    Introductory Prayer: Lord, you have looked with favor on me. You have seen in my soul fertile ground, and you have sown your word in hope of an abundant harvest. I hope never to let you down by not responding in faith. I allow you to lead me to the fullness of my vocation as your disciple.

    Petition: Christ, may zeal for your friendship consume me so much that I remove all sin from my life.


    1. Great Hopes: Jesus had great plans for Capernaum –– a big city, situated by the lake on the “way of the sea,” a thoroughfare open to travelers. It was an ideal hub from which to spread the Gospel. Would anyone from such a big town have interest in his message? Christ made his home there. He exercised the greater part of his public ministry in Capernaum and graced it with more than one-third of his miracles. It was quite different from Nazareth. Christ asks us to find our Capernaum –– seeking that niche, using those talents, evangelizing that audience — where we can become the most effective apostles for him. This may demand a greater love from us, but we can see how Christ blesses this effort with his presence, teaching and healing.


    1. Simple Faith: Christ chooses to cure a man on the Sabbath in Capernaum and nobody raises an eyebrow! How different this is from Jerusalem! These people here have a simple faith, unconcerned about the legalities of ritualistic orthodoxy. “Here I can preach. Here I can heal. Here I can work!” Christ feels at home and welcomed. Here Christ finds vocations: Peter, Andrew, James, John, Matthew. Here Christ finds faith even among the pagans: the centurion who asks for a cure. One can sense a special predilection of Christ toward this city. From those who have been given more, more will be expected.


    1. Generosity Pushed to Its Limits: Once a soul responds in generosity, Christ opportunely draws it to the fullness of its vocation. Encouraged by Capernaum’s faith, Christ asks more of it; just as he asked of the rich young man. As we see later in the Gospel, what better place than faith-filled Capernaum for Christ to reveal to the world one of his most difficult teachings: presenting himself as the Living Bread come down from heaven? In the end, the majority leave him. “Will you go away too?” The present-day ruins of Capernaum testify to the truth of Christ’s warning: “As for you, Capernaum, ‘Are you to be exalted to the skies? You shall go down to the realm of death!’ If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Sodom, it would be standing today. I assure you, it will go easier for Sodom than for you on the Day of Judgment” (Matthew 11:23-4).


    Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know me and you know everything about me. Let me not become blinded by the arrogance of my own opinions and ideas. Help me to keep you always before me as the goal of my life, the pearl of great price, for which I joyfully sell all I own to possess.

    Resolution: I will use one of my talents to help somebody today.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    09/01/2015 5:10:15 PM PDT · 31 of 32
    Salvation to All
    Marriage = One Man amd One Woman Until Death Do Us Part

    Daily Marriage Tip for September 1, 2015:

    What’s your favorite food? What’s your spouse’s favorite food? Did you guess right? How soon can you make or buy the favorite for your sweetie?

  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 5:06:44 PM PDT · 78 of 78
    Salvation to ealgeone

    God can do all things.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    09/01/2015 5:04:40 PM PDT · 30 of 32
    Salvation to All
    The Word Among Us

    Meditation: Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14

    22nd Week in Ordinary Time

    The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Psalm 27:1)

    From times tables to song lyrics to addresses and phone numbers, we learn so many things by rote. In fact, if you say or think something often enough, it will become ingrained in your memory—even statements about who you are and what life is about. So consider what might happen if you made the decision to repeat godly truths over and over again. Try it today, starting with “The Lord is my light” and “The Lord is my refuge.”

    The Lord is my light. He shows me what to do. He gives me direction and lights the path when the way seems dark. His light can shine in my heart, offering wisdom when I’m not sure what to do. He gives me understanding and a heavenly perspective. When I feel too confused or afraid to move ahead, he can show me how to proceed.

    The Lord is my refuge. I can run to him for safekeeping and strength. He is my strength when I feel too weak to keep on caring or when I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. He will help me when the call of raising godly children or persevering in prayer seems too demanding. He keeps me safe amid hostility and opposition.

    The Lord is my strength. I can exercise, finish rehab, or endure chemotherapy. When I need to repent, forgive, or simply bide my time, he is there with his own courage and power to help me.

    When the shadow of fear or defeat threatens to spread itself over you, shout it out, “The Lord is my light!” When fear grips you or weakness overtakes you, declare it, “The Lord is my strength!” Whenever you hear yourself say or think, “I can’t,” “I don’t know how,” or “I give up,” just repeat this glorious verse: “The Lord is my light and my salvation… . The Lord is my life’s refuge (Psalm 27:1, 2).”

    “Lord, you are my light and the strength of my life. With your help today, I will live in your light and strength.”

    1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11
    Luke 4:31-37

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    09/01/2015 4:57:37 PM PDT · 77 of 78
    Biggirl to ealgeone

    God works through those who serve Him.

  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:57:17 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    PeterPrinciple to ebb tide

    er 23:36 But stop using this phrase, ‘prophecy from the LORD.’ For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
    Jer 23:37 “This is what you should say to the prophets: ‘What is the LORD’s answer?’ or ‘What is the LORD saying?’


    The response to every false prophet should be , “What does God say about this?” Keep repeating....................

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 4:54:13 PM PDT · 71 of 71
    SeekAndFind to ShadowAce

    RE: So why was he suspended?

    Because of what he did.

    RE: Wasn’t he destined to do this?

    It’s like asking the question -— why does St. Paul tell the Corinthian church to expel the immoral brother in 1 Corinthians 5, this is in order to show that immorality is not accepted in the church, so that he will be disciplined and perhaps as a result of this, repent and turn from his ways, in order for restoration to occur.

    He was “predestined” in the sense that God who is timeless, knows what he will do at a certain period of time.

    RE: Are they saying that God made a mistake in His decision to have RC visit that web site?

    RC visited the site OUT OF HIS OWN VOLITION, God allowed this to happen based on His inscrutable wisdom, we do not know what the ultimate result of what we did will be, only God knows.

    God who, in his own divine freedom, has created a real universe—a universe that is truly free, with truly free people—exercises his awesome creativity and genius continually, because, in spite of sinning and rebellious humans, he does bring about His divine purpose for everyone.

    God is neither threatened by, nor overcome by, human free will and the time and chance he built into his universe, but WORKS WITHIN THEM to bring about a human redemption that is purified in the midst of authentic relationships. He is constantly bringing good out of evil and light out of darkness through his indescribable grace freely demonstrated most supremely in Jesus Christ.

    So, in what sense did God make a mistake? we might call it that at this particular point in time, but how do we know how this will all ultimately work out eventually?

    It might be a mistake on the part of RC Jr. at this particular point in time, but ultimately, God knows how to bring about all things for His purpose.

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 4:54:11 PM PDT · 70 of 71
    Tax-chick to MrEdd

    I would argue that, being unmarried himself, he could reasonably expect other participants to be unmarried, as well.

    If what he says is true, he visited the site, a relationship’s having crossed his mind, but never returned and had no contact with site members. Other than the electronic evidence, how is this different from visiting a bar with the thought of meeting someone, but deciding to go home without speaking to anyone?

    It’s possible the behavior of which there is evidence is only one instance among many with no evidence (yet), but I don’t see why one should assume that. Sometimes people just do ONE dumb thing.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    09/01/2015 4:50:38 PM PDT · 29 of 32
    Salvation to All

    Ordinary Time: September 1st

    Tuesday of the Twenty Second Week of Ordinary Time Time

    Daily Readings for: September 01, 2015
    (Readings on USCCB website)

    Collect: God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    Old Calendar: St. Giles, hermit and abbot; Twelve Holy Brothers, martyrs; St. Anna, prophetess (Hist)

    God's great work is the creation and redemption of the world wrought through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The one essential work in which we are all callled to participate is God's transforming love.

    According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Giles who was an abbot of the seventh century. He probably lived in the neighborhood of Beziers on the coast of the Mediterranean. The little monastery of St. Peter, where his body rested, became one of the most popular shrines in Christendom and gave rise to a town. The cult of St. Giles, which was general in France, where there are upwards of one hundred and fifty churches dedicated to him, soon spread throughout the west.

    Today is also the commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, martyrs. They were a group of twelve martyrs whose bodies, discovered in various places in Italy, were translated to Benevento towards the middle of the eighth century. Historically today is the feast of St. Anna the prophetess, who along with Simeon was in the temple when Jesus was presented.


    St. Giles
    According to tradition, St. Giles was born in Athens, Greece, and was of noble extraction. After his parents died, he fled from his fatherland to avoid followers and fame. He went to France, and in a cave in a forest near the mouth of the Rhone he was able to lead the life of a hermit. Legend notes a hind came everyday to his cell and furnished him with milk. One day the King's hunters chased the hind and discovered St. Giles and his secret hermitage. The hunters shot at the hind, but missed and hit Giles' leg with an arrow, which kept him crippled the rest of his life. He then consented to King Theodoric's request of building a monastery (known later as "Saint Gilles du Gard") and he became its first Abbot. He died some eight years later towards 712.

    In Normandy, France, women having difficulty becoming pregnant would sleep with a picture or statue of the saint.

    In England, churches named for St. Giles were built so that cripples could reach them easily. St. Giles was also considered the chief patron of the poor. In his name charity was granted the most miserable. This is evidenced from the custom that on their passage to Tyburn for execution, convicts were allowed to stop at St. Giles' Hospital where they were presented with a bowl of ale called St. Giles' Bowl, "thereof to drink at their pleasure, as their last refreshment in this life."

    St. Giles is included in the list of the fourteen "Auxiliary Saints" or "Holy Helpers." These are a group of saints invoked because they have been efficacious in assisting in trials and sufferings. Each saint has a separate feast or memorial day. The group was collectively venerated on August 8, until the 1969 reform of the Roman calendar, when the feast was dropped.

    Patron: Beggars; breastfeeding; hermits; horses; physically disabled; woods; blacksmiths; against lameness; against leprosy; against sterility; against infertility.

    Symbols: Hand pierced with arrows; hind pierced with arrows; gold doe, pierced by a silver arrow; Benedictine with crosier, arrow piercing hand, protecting hind.

    Things to Do:

    • Pray to St. Giles for the conversion of England and Scotland.

    Twelve Holy Brothers
    Honoratus martyred with Arontius, Fortunatus, and Sabinian (c 303), commemorated as the Twelve Holy Brothers during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. The others were Felix, Januarius, Septimus, Repositus, Sator, Vitalis, Donatus, and a second Felix. Probably not related they are known as the Twelve Brothers (in the faith). Four were beheaded in Potenza, Italy, on August 27. Three were beheaded at Vanossa on August 28. The othes were beheaded at Sentiana on September 1. — Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Stephen Bunson


    St. Anna
    St. Anna was the daughter of Phanuel, tribe of Aser. She married at age fourteen and was widowed at twenty-one. She never departed from the temple and spent night and day fasting and praying. She was in attendance at the Temple when Jesus was presented. Having all her life believed in the prophecies of the Old Testament, she was the only woman in the Temple to greet Jesus.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    09/01/2015 4:49:21 PM PDT · 99 of 99
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to sasportas
    You just confirmed you do indeed have a lot of things in common with Saul (not Paul yet). His thoughts were along the same lines as yours, as he was getting ready for his trip to Damascus...then he saw the light.

    Luckily the light he saw wasn't that of works-righteousness and Oneness Pentecostal spittle.

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 4:48:40 PM PDT · 69 of 71
    af_vet_1981 to SeekAndFind

    Correction, first he blogged about the hack and lied. Then he blogged about Josh Duggar and deceived the public. There were two blogs of lies and deceit just weeks before his confession of guilt. Perhaps something happened to let him know he was going to be publicly outed so he tried to stop lying. Hopefully there is not another shoe, or closet of shoes, to drop.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    09/01/2015 4:47:00 PM PDT · 98 of 99
    sasportas to Greetings_Puny_Humans

    You just confirmed you do indeed have a lot of things in common with Saul (not Paul yet). His thoughts were along the same lines as yours, as he was getting ready for his trip to Damascus...then he saw the light.

  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:41:19 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    RginTN to ebb tide

    are these the same people who opened the door to allowing homosexuals becoming priests if they abstain from fornication decades ago only for those homosexuals to molest children I wonder

  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:39:40 PM PDT · 2 of 4
    Salvation to ebb tide
    Guess they didn't read this from Matthew:

    Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

    When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. —For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. — So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?” He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:

    This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts. You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”

    He summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.

    “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 4:35:21 PM PDT · 68 of 71
    MrEdd to Tax-chick
    Regarding Rev. Sproul, Jr., and others who have signed on to Ashley Madison but not communicated in any way with others ... I’m wondering exactly what sin they committed. Mr. Sproul is not married, so he did not betray a spouse, even in thought.

    Absolutely he betrayed a spouse in his heart.

    Ashley Madison advertises a service specifically to find sexual partners for married people. Anonymously.

    That R.C. Jr. Signed up to betray an anonymous woman's husband doesn't make the intent one tiny bit less adultry.

    Because sex doesn't become adultry when you betray YOUR spouse. Sex becomes adultry when you betray ANYONE'S Spouse.

    Even though Bill Clinton would equivocate.

    At least the intent got no further that registration.

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    09/01/2015 4:34:49 PM PDT · 28 of 32
    Salvation to All

    Day 244 - Nicodemus Visits Jesus (Part II) // Jesus and John the Baptist

    Today’s Reading: John 3:16-30
    16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.

    22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing at Ae non near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been put in prison. 25 Now a discussion arose between John’s disciples and a Jew over purifying. 26 And they came to John, and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him.”
    27 John answered, “No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him. 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

    Today’s Commentary:
    gave his only-begotten Son: The earthly mission of Jesus is part of the heavenly plan of the Father, who displays the depth of his love through the sacrifice of his Son (Rom 5:8; 1 Jn 3:16). This verse marks a transition from the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus (3:1-15) to an extended monologue by either Jesus or the evangelist himself (3:16-21).

    the bridegroom: Jesus, whose bride is the Church (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:21-32). John the Baptist is the friend or “best man” of the groom who, in Jewish custom, arranges and manages the wedding celebration. John is content to fade into the background now that his duties are fulfilled (3:30).

  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:33:50 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    ebb tide
    Full Title:

    Synod: Swiss Bishops' Conference's Website Floats Idea That Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals

  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 4:31:14 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Coleus to All

    I type too fast...

    They find the worst picture they can find and that’s the one they use while trying to put forth their liberal, progressive agenda.

  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 4:29:55 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    Coleus to NYer

    they do the same with Archbishop Meyers from Newark, NJ. The find the worst picture they too and that’s the one they use while trying to put forth their liberal, progressive agenda.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    09/01/2015 4:26:46 PM PDT · 97 of 99
    the_daug to JAKraig

    Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

    appears to me the ovum of Mary was necessary to fulfill prophesy.

  • To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    09/01/2015 4:21:31 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Salvation to JAKraig

    First of all, I did not write this. It was written by Monsignor Pope, a priest in the Washington D. C. area.

  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 4:16:03 PM PDT · 76 of 78
    ealgeone to Kolokotronis; Salvation
    God it was Who forgave David through Nathan the Prophet when he confessed his sins....

    As always, some context is key to understanding what's happening in this passage.

    1Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. 2“The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. 3“But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. 4“Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. 6“He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.” 7Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8‘I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! 9‘Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. 10‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11“Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. 12‘Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.’” 13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. 14“However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.” 15So Nathan went to his house.

    (2 Samuel 12:1-15 NASB)

    Nothing in this account is remotely close to what roman catholics claim regarding forgiveness.

    We never see Nathan tell David that he has absolved him of his sins....it is the Lord who has forgiven David.

    Now compare to the catholic confession to a priest.

    "I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

    Some will try to claim the son dying is penance.

    No.

    This was nothing David had any part in. It was entirely the Lord's doing as noted in verse 15.

    The reason for the boy dying is stated in verse 14.....so that the enemies of the Lord shall not have a means to blaspheme.

    But also notice how quickly the Lord forgave David. One David acknowledged his sin against the Lord Nathan told David the Lord had taken away his sin.

    When we confess our sins before Christ he is sure to forgive and quick to forgive.

    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NASB).”

    He also removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/1/15)[Prayer]

    09/01/2015 3:57:48 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis to left that other site

    prayers up

  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 3:55:55 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    CdMGuy to NYer

    One of the very few excellent Archbishops in the US. Why do they not like him? Simple answer is because he is a conservative. Read one of his books titled Render Unto Caesar, and you will learn his philosophy.

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 3:55:25 PM PDT · 66 of 71
    Bryanw92 to ShadowAce

    >>So why was he suspended? Wasn’t he destined to do this? Are they saying that God made a mistake in His decision to have RC visit that web site?

    >>I do want an explanation. No Reformed has ever been able to answer that question. Answer it seriously and I will not argue.

    Predestination has never meant that God controls our actions. It means that he chooses the Elect to be called to him. We remain sinners, even with his grace.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    09/01/2015 3:54:28 PM PDT · 96 of 99
    Greetings_Puny_Humans to sasportas
    The “cult” he was so cock sure about, that surely was so “damnable,” that held Jesus as their one Lord, that baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, became his one Lord. He, going on to become the great apostle Paul.

    Paul preached the doctrine of the Trinity, and of Grace, and of faith, and of order and decency. Yours barks like dogs shrieking in your filthy churches as you tell people they are damned if they don't belong to your church and do not follow your obscure rules, kind of like the Pharisees.

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    09/01/2015 3:53:19 PM PDT · 75 of 78
    Biggirl to Kolokotronis

    Amen.

  • Those Who Go out from Us (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 3:39:01 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Gamecock to Bryanw92
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    09/01/2015 3:36:07 PM PDT · 53 of 53
    DoodleDawg to SgtHooper
    This may be one of those dichotomies between the New Testament and the Old Testament.

    Wouldn't be the first. After all, Joshua had 1000 wives and concubines. I doubt that Jesus would have approved of that.

  • Samson Effect

    09/01/2015 3:35:52 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    SunkenCiv
    Note: this topic is from 11/01/2007. Thanks sinatorhellary.
  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 3:24:37 PM PDT · 65 of 71
    Tax-chick to BlueDragon
    still sounds relatively small

    Yes, extremely small. He could have gone to a bar somewhere he isn't known, picked up a woman (for free or for money), and had sex with her. That would have been much worse, morally, than visiting Ashley Madison, but it wouldn't have that face-palm, "Who falls for this?" frisson.

    He certainly could remarry with no moral opprobrium. Perhaps he just hasn't found someone suitable who will agree, or perhaps, in spite of sometimes feeling lonely or frustrated, he's not ready to consider "replacing" his late wife.

  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 3:20:10 PM PDT · 64 of 71
    BlueDragon to Tax-chick
      I suppose the thing about visiting Ashley Madison is that, in retrospect, it seems really, really dumb.

    Yes, it was dumb on enouh levels it deserves a really, really.

    But if things are as the confess-er confessed---

    Guilty of being dumb, and guilty of contemplating seeking out titillation (with the enhanced charge of dumb refactored into the equation) still sounds relatively small compared to extremes I'd just as soon not think about.

    Maybe he could remarry instead. It would be no offense in Christian religious sense.

  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 3:00:39 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    Salvation to NYer

    Calling down angels to strengthen Archbishop Chaput and Pope Francis during this conference on the family.

  • God's Omnipresence - Chapter 14 (Ecumenical)

    09/01/2015 3:00:38 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    Tax-chick to nightlight7

    I didn’t make any empirical statements. I made some metaphysical statements. Metaphysically, there is a significant difference between saying “Everything is God,” and saying “Everything is in God.”

  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 2:58:42 PM PDT · 74 of 78
    ealgeone to NYer

    I’m finding numerous articles that are saying roman catholic priests are already forgiving this sin. How is this different?

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-15

    09/01/2015 2:58:39 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    Salvation to All
    CATHOLIC ALMANAC

    Tuesday, September 1

    Liturgical Color: Green

    On this day in 1271, Pope Gregory X was
    elected pope. His election ended an
    interregnum of almost 3 years, one of the
    longest in Church history. Among his
    papal acts was a letter against the "blood
    libel" used against Jews.

  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 2:54:39 PM PDT · 73 of 78
    ealgeone to NYer
    Just to be sure.....prior to this announcement a woman who'd had an abortion could not be forgiven by a priest??

    In the catholic mindset how did she obtain forgiveness.....if she could?

  • Steve’s Devotional - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    09/01/2015 2:47:56 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    redleghunter to Up Yours Marxists

    Amen!

  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    09/01/2015 2:43:19 PM PDT · 52 of 53
    SgtHooper to DoodleDawg

    This may be one of those dichotomies between the New Testament and the Old Testament.

  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 2:29:35 PM PDT · 5 of 9
    SevenofNine to NYer

    I like this bishop any word he may go Eagle fan on Media that be cool

  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    09/01/2015 2:27:00 PM PDT · 9 of 9
    Hiskid to Jeanbl

    Yes and Amen. Thank you, jeanbl.

  • Before Pope Francis Comes to Town, Philly Media Go After Archbishop Charles Chaput

    09/01/2015 2:15:20 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    Biggirl to NYer

    God Bless him and all who serve Christ as members of the clergy!

  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 2:13:51 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    Biggirl to Turbo Pig

    Remember Americans are ARMED to the teeth.

  • How the Islamic World was Forged [History of Why Christians Defect to Islam]

    09/01/2015 2:12:27 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    Biggirl to Jan_Sobieski

    Islam the DEVIL’S Religion.

  • Steve’s Devotional - Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    09/01/2015 2:12:02 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    Up Yours Marxists to halo66; Elsie; LoveUSA; WhoisAlanGreenspan?; Fungi

    Thank you all!

    My life is probably as tough as the next person. Probably less. So many play the victim instead of witnessing just how blessed we really are.

    I wasn’t dragged through the streets of Jerusalem carrying a 200 pound cross on my back, spit on, yelled at, abused, and beaten to a bloody pulp for doing absolutely nothing wrong. Or tossed into prison, starving, alone, and punished like John was. Or burned on a pyre. Or left for dead in the desert.

  • Those Who Go out from Us (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    09/01/2015 2:11:01 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Bryanw92 to Gamecock

    Whats going on at Ligonier?

  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 2:10:54 PM PDT · 72 of 78
    Biggirl to NYer

    Should have had made this a Catholic caucus thread.