Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cited his win for presidency by six million votes as evidence of the church’s irrelevance after their strong opposition to him. (ABC News/AP 5-22-16)
Calling the bishops “sons of bitches” and hypocrites for living high when many in the land cannot buy food, Duterte said he will still publicly disclose “the sins of the Catholic church and whether or not you are still relevant,” adding he believes in God, but not religion!
Duterte’s challenge on the church’s relevance echos the 499th anniversary of Martin Luther’s ninety five Theses. Luther had been a devout priest when he visited Rome, but “turn just where he would… he found profanation. “No one may imagine,” he wrote, “what sins and infamous actions are committed in Rome; they have to be seen and heard to be considered. Hence they are in the practice of saying,’ If there is a hell, Rome is assembled over it: it is an abyss whence issues every sort of sin.'”–History of the Reformation, book. 2, D’Aubigne, chapter. 6.
The Bible offers similar imagery in Revelation’s 17th chapter wherein a female is in bed with governments & kings. She is decked in orange (a wealthy church) and scarlet (color of cardinals) and drunken with the blood of saints for the use of her of governments to punish heretics, but by the end of the chapter, the whore is hated and made desolate.
America was colonized by Protestants fleeing the old World at exactly the same time priests were colonizing South America, but after 200+ years, majority of the poor people wish to come to America, and since Reagan agreed with John Paul to open up our southern border, America’s been changing.
Luther championed the Bible fact of righteousness by faith. It means we start to be righteous by what we feel. It was against what the [Catholic] church taught that works, penance, pilgrimages or payments must even be made, based on the conventional teachings of theirs.
If we believe we are able to spend the priest for our sin and be forgiven, we are able to get it done once again, as well as pay once again. But this cheapens the thought that Christ invested in the sins of ours with His blood and we need to choose to repent because it had been our sins that caused His suffering and death. Absolutely no funds are essential, plus He wants to assist us exist very well.
The UN’s World which is new Order will result in an impressive “melting pot” that Revelation seventeen calls Babylon-a mass of confused ideologies and systems where every lifestyle type is okay-just don’t call it sin. Europe is making a tragic mistake doing the pope’s bidding on refugees.