About confusion and error in the Church – Helpful comments from other bloggers’ posts about this crisis.



Lamentations 2:14

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14 Your prophets have seen for you
False and deceptive visions;
They have not uncovered your iniquity,
To bring back your captives,
But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.


Sherry posted a video produced by Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio debunking prophetic messages from known false prophets, Benny Hinn (charismatic) and Lance Wallnau (NAR) and others, that Billy Graham’s death is a sign that will usher in the largest revival in church history with a billion souls saved.

Great Show, Chris!

Sherry wrote the following in a comment to her post:

“He did bring it home to those with ears to hear! I can’t say I was shocked, though, since it is the NAR and they trip over themselves with one provocative ‘prophecy’ after another, even to the point of contradicting one another. Oh my! It’s hard to believe they have followers but then, again, these followers are most likely new believers who are having the wrong foundation formed under them because they are not learned in the Word of God. They probably do like I did, believe because they think these men are more educated in the Word than them. But I recall the Holy Spirit doing a lot of checking in my spirit. . . yet, I ignored it. . . Other followers are just greedy for renown and could care less that the scriptures are personally interpreted and purposely twisted to fit their agenda. These men want followers for themselves, not for Jesus.”


Ephesians 2:14-18

14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus  making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.


Jerry addressed the confusion and misdirection resulting from the ‘hyper-dispensaltionalist’ view that there are two gospels: Paul’s Gospel of grace, for the Gentiles; and Jesus’ and His other Apostles’ gospel of the Kingdom, for the Jews.  

The Two Gospel Theory — Is It False Teaching?

Jerry wrote the following in a comment to his post:

“Thanks Maria, we found Truth when we found Jesus, and we received His promise that through the Holy Spirit we would be led into all truth, so when I began to realize that there is so much confusion within the ranks of those teachers who claim the same belief in Jesus that we have; I then realized just how much of a spiritual battle we are really in. I’m sure that I don’t get everything right, but I’m constantly asking to be led in His wisdom toward truth. I want to know Jesus better and He is truth.”


 

Chicken versus 🐟 and 🍤 – the answer!


Have you had your paczki(s) for Fat Tuesday? Mmm!

 

Are you now fasting? No Chicken in a Biskit for awhile? No🐔🐓 only fish 🐟 and 🍟?

 

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 About the product:
  • Made with cooked chicken for natural flavor
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  • Serve with soup, salads and your favorite dips

HT: excatholic4christ

But really, there is life after paczkis! You don’t have to fast from meat to please the Lord. This is not meant to mock but help you. . .

Watch a whacky video about the important subject of Lent! Fast, yes –the Lord said we would – but not necessarily now. . .

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A resource for defining the Nicolaitans and other Gnostics


Revelation 2:6

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To Ephesus

But this thou hast that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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Revelation 2:15

To Pergamos

15 Even so hast thou them that maintain the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.


The doctrines and deeds of the Nicolaitans: A thing Christ hates

History of the Christian Church, Volume II: Ante-Nicene Christianity. A.D. 100-325

Philip Schaff

§ 120. Schools of Gnosticism.

The arbitrary and unbalanced subjectivity of the Gnostic speculation naturally produced a multitude of schools. These Gnostic schools have been variously classified.

Geographically they may be reduced to two great families, the Egyptian or Alexandrian, and the Syrian, which are also intrinsically different. In the former (Basilides, Valentine, the Ophites), Platonism and the emanation theory prevail, in the latter (Saturninus, Bardesanes, Tatian), Parsism and dualism. Then, distinct in many respects from both these is the more practical school of Marcion, who sprang neither from Egypt nor from Syria, but from Asia Minor, where St. Paul had left the strong imprint of his free gospel in opposition to Jewish legalism and bondage. [Nicolaitans]

Examined further, with reference to its doctrinal character, Gnosticism appears in three forms, distinguished by the preponderance of the heathen, the Jewish, and the Christian elements respectively in its syncretism. The Simonians,  Nicolaitans, Ophites, Carpocratians, Prodicians, Antitactes, and Manichaeans belong to a paganizing class; Cerinthus, Basilides, Valentine, and Justin (as also the Pseudo-Clementine Homilies, though these are more properly Ebionitic), to a Judaizing; Saturninus, Marcion, Tatian, and the Encratites, to a Christianizing division. But it must be remembered here that this distinction is only relative; all the Gnostic systems being, in fact, predominantly heathen in their character, and essentially opposed alike to the pure Judaism of the Old Testament and to the Christianity of the New. The Judaism of the so-called Judaizing Gnostics is only of an apocryphal sort, whether of the Alexandrian or the Cabalistic tinge.

The ethical point of view, from which the division might as well be made, would give likewise three main branches: the speculative or theosophic Gnostics (Basilides, Valentine), the practical and ascetic (Marcion, Saturninus, Tatian), and the antinomian and libertine (Simonians, Nicolaitans, Ophites, Carpocratians, Antitactes).

Having thus presented the general character of Gnosticism, and pointed out its main branches, we shall follow chiefly the chronological order in describing the several schools, beginning with those which date from the age of the apostles. . .

§ 121. Simon Magus and the Simonians. . .


 

A resource for defining the doctrine and works of the Nicolaitans


Revelation 2:6

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But this thou hast that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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Revelation 2:15

15 Even so hast thou them that maintain the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.


A thing Christ hates

History of the Christian Church, Volume II: Ante-Nicene Christianity. A.D. 100-325

Philip Schaff

§ 122. The Nicolaitans.

The Nicolaitans are mentioned as a licentious sect in the Apocalypse 2:6, 15. They claimed as their founder Nicolas, a proselyte of Antioch and one of the seven deacons of the congregation of Jerusalem (Acts 6:5). He is supposed to have apostatized from the true faith, and taught the dangerous principle that the flesh must be abused, that is, at least as understood by his disciples, one must make the whole round of sensuality, to become its perfect master.

But the views of the fathers are conflicting. Irenaeus (who is followed substantially by Hippolytus) gives a very unfavorable account.

“The Nicolaitanes,” he says, “are the followers of that Nicolas who was one of the seven first ordained to the diaconate by the apostles. They lead lives of unrestrained indulgence. The character of these men is very plainly pointed out in the Apocalypse of John, where they are represented as teaching that it is a matter of indifference to practice adultery, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. Wherefore the Word has also spoken of them thus: ‘But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.’”

Clement of Alexandria says that Nicolas was a faithful husband, and brought up his children in purity, but that his disciples misunderstood his saying (which he attributes also to the Apostle Matthias), “that we must fight against the flesh and abuse it.”


 

Irenaeus of Lyons – An apt saying and some sound instruction


Job 34:3

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For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.


“For it is not needful – to use a common proverb – that one should drink up the ocean who wishes to learn that its water is salt.”

Irenaeus, Against Heresies 2


“Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself.”

Irenaeus, Against Heresies (Book I, Preface)