Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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In these days of the Great Deception, when people prefer a reassuring lie rather than the inconvenient truth, this is a collection of articles I have written about the truth found in God's Word, the need for biblical teaching, and sound doctrine.  It includes articles that refute false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, the prosperity movement, the eternal security doctrine, agnosticism, relativism, atheism, humanism, ecumenism, the New Age movement,  the Jehovah's Witness, the Mormons, also known as the Latter Day Saints (LDS), as well as the oneness doctrine of Unitarians.

As the Scriptures say:

“Holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”  (Tit 1:9)

"I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints." (Jud 1:3b) 

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2Ti 2:15)

"In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures." (Jas 1:18)

"Jesus *said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'" (Joh 14:6)

It is my prayer that these articles will lead you to pray earnestly and seek the Lord's face, as well as search the Scriptures, regarding what you have been taught and have come to believe, so that you will not miss the glories of heaven and wind up in hell for eternity.  “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (Joh 8:32)

Unbiblical Practices of the Catholic Church New Age-New World Order The Holy Trinity
Pagan Symbols of the Popes Pope Establishes One World Religion The Cult of Mormonism
Pope Francis Supports Homosexuality Messages from the Lord for Catholics Worshiping Idols Exposing the JMS Cult
Accurately Handling the Word of Truth Former Pope in Hell Declared a Saint Children of God
Pope Francis Validates Evolution and Big Bang Theory Why Infant Baptism if Not Scriptural What's Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?
Exposing Heresy Unbiblical Practices of the Russian Orthodox Church Rhema vs. Logos – Is there truly a distinction in the word?
Not Enduring Sound Doctrine The Nature of False Prophets The Creation Gap Theory
What is Truth? The False Gospel of Eternal Security The False Gospel without Repentance
Restored Truth Gabriel Doufle Issues and Concerns HOREMOW Issues and Concerns
Tradition vs. Truth TGRM Issues and Concerns Exposing the Darkness within HOREMOW
Is it Always a Sin to Not Tell the Truth? Heresies of C.S. Lewis Harry Potter is the Devil's Snare
The Shack is an Attack The Message Bible or "The Mess" Catholic Priests Molesting Children

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note:  You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master

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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Catholic Priests Molesting Children

At numerous times over the past three decades we have heard news reports about cases of Catholic priests molesting children. This is truly a tragedy of the highest magnitude, when the very religious leaders that these children and their parents trust to be godly examples turn out to be evil predators.

In the most recently example, a grand jury accused over 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests of molesting more than 1,000 children. The Fox News report said that the grand jury's "findings echoed many earlier church investigations around the country." What a tragedy! Here is the report, which you should be warned contains graphic allegations of sexual abuse. It says, "The 'real number' of abused children might be in the thousands." According to Fox News, "U.S. bishops have acknowledged that more than 17,000 people nationwide have reported being molested by priests and others in the church."

The victims were mostly boys, but some of them were girls also. The report documents the horrors perpetrated by these priests like anal rape, fondling, oral sex, and child pornography. These sometimes resulted in pregnancies and suicides. In some cases these priests even paid for abortions for girls they raped and got pregnant. They also further abused their victims by seeking to silence them and pay them off.

And rather than punish the priests responsible, the Catholic Church leaders merely move these pedophiles to another parish, where they are free to abuse more victims. The Fox article states that "The grand jury accused Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who leads the Washington archdiocese, of helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh’s bishop." As I stated, they named more than 300 of these allegedly abusive priests, and while many of them are either dead or retired, a few of them are still in ministry!

What reproach they have brought upon the name of Christ! What torment for their victims! These are the kind of people that God is against. He does not tolerate hypocrisy, especially among the shepherds in the Church, who are supposed to be feeding the flock, but instead feed only their own carnal appetites. Ezekiel the prophet wrote, "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?"'" (Ez 34:2).

The Lord goes on to describe how these shepherds, have slaughtered the sheep, ate the fat, and clothed themselves with the wool. They failed to strengthen the sickly, they have not healed the diseased, or bound up the broken, they have not brought back the ones who were scattered, nor have they sought for the lost; but with force and with severity they have dominated the sheep. They reason the sheep were scattered was for lack of a proper shepherd, and as a result they became food for every wild beast. The Lord says:

"Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 'As I live,' declares the Lord GOD, 'surely because My flock has become a prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them."'" (Eze 34:7-10)

The Lord gave a similar message the Jeremiah the prophet as well. "'Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!' declares the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: 'You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,' declares the LORD." (Jer 23:1-2)

This is what Jesus condemned when He said, "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." (Mt 18:6). It was in this very same context of harming children that the Lord said, "Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!" (Mt 18:7).

The latest report proves that the Catholic Church is an organized crime syndicate like the mafia, in light of their systematic cover up of abuses that occurred over a period of 70 years. While the grand jury report covers only six of the eight Pennsylvania dioceses, there were already three previous grand jury investigations into abuses in the other two dioceses - the archdiocese of Philadephia and Altoona-Johnston. Therefore, this is a state-wide problem across all Pennsylvania dioceses.

These crimes were covered up by the Catholic hierarchy all the way from the local diocese to the Vatican. One of the things they have done is try to refer these cases to the Vatican in Rome where they can hold their own secret hearings and investigate themselves. The church has sought to reduce the church's legal exposure and maintain strategies to “avoid scandal.” When state Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the report, he said that now at last “we can begin to understand the systematic coverup of church officials.”

This is not unique to Pennsylvania, nor is it the first such scandal to hit the Catholic Church. There was also the controversy in Boston, Massachusetts, surrounding John Geoghan, a convicted pedophile priest, who is now defrocked. He was accused of molesting more than a 100 victims over a period of 40 years. Since that scandal, other dioceses in Massachusetts have come forward and turned over their records of abusive priests to the law enforcement authorities.

Prior to that one, there was also a priest pedophilia scandal in Louisiana, and there was another one in Texas as well. According to Wikipedia, "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas paid $30.9 million in 1998 to twelve victims of one priest." The Wikipedia article, Catholic Church sex abuse cases in the United States, documents others scandals in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, and other places, but there are also cases reported outside the United States as well. For example, a nun in Argentina was arrested for helping priests rape deaf children. In fact there is a large database of publicly accused priests, which is posted online. Of course, not all of those accusations contained in the database are true, but it helps to show the magnitude of the problem. These are not isolated incidents, but are pervasive throughout the church.

After decades of abuse, the Catholic Church has failed to adequately resolve the issue. But it is taking its toll on the church, because many dioceses have gone bankrupt from fighting the legal battles, and many people have stopped attending the church, as well as withdrawn their financial support. In fact, according to Wikipedia, "Eight Catholic dioceses have declared bankruptcy due to sex abuse cases from 2004–2011."

Furthermore, many Catholic nuns have broken the silence and come forth about the sexual abuse they faced at the hands of priests and bishops, such as sister Charlotte, whose testimony is posted online. She suddenly disappeared two years after giving this testimony.



The Matter is Established by Two or Three Witnesses
We should not receive an accusation against an elder, unless it is brought by two or three witnesses (1 Tim 5:19). However, this particular matter definitely has at least two or three witnesses. In fact, there are thousands of witnesses of the horrific abuses and cruelty perpetrated against the Members of the Catholic Church by their shepherds. As I wrote in The Power of Two or Three, Jesus said that "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed." (Mat 18:16). Therefore, the matter presented in this article has been duly confirmed. By that I don't mean to say that every accusation that any person ever made against a priest anywhere in the world is true or that every accused priest is guilty, but the fact that so many have made these same kinds of allegations over such a long period of time across such a wide geographical area nationally (and even globally) confirms that this is a pervasive problem throughout the Catholic Church. Such an overwhelming amount of evidence simply cannot be ignored.

Priests Who Follow Their Own Sensual Desires
Peter the apostle warned that there would be false prophets like these priests who would arise. He said. "Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned." (2Pe 2:2). As a result of the disgraceful acts that these priests have committed, others have blasphemed and spoken evil of the way of truth.

Putting it All Together
I hope that this article has helped to expose the horrible abuses that have taken place withing the Roman Catholic Church, and which may still be taking place today. As John the apostle wrote in the book of Revelation:

"I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 'Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.'" (Rev 18:4-5)

If you are still in the Catholic Church, then come out of it. One of the things the Lord said through Ezekiel the prophet was that He is going to go after His lost sheep Himself and gather them back. The Lord Jesus loves you. He wants to be your Shepherd, feed you, care for you, and heal your wounds.

For thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. "As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. "I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. "I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. "I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest," declares the Lord GOD. "I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment." (Eze 34:11-16)

And the Lord said in the gospel of John:

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." (Joh 10:10-15)

Jesus Christ laid down His life for you. He is not like those priests and bishops, who are actually wolves in sheep's clothing. He is the good Shepherd and He desires a personal relationship with you. He died on the cross so that you could be made whole, forgiven, washed, cleansed, and have a personal relationship with Him.

I have an important question for you below, so don't go away.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note: I strongly recommend viewing the videos I have posted on my Eternal Destinations blog about a young Ecuadorean girl who has visited hell twice.  She testifies to some things about the Catholic Church that she saw in hell, which are directly relevant to the topic of this blog.  Don't miss Angelica Zambrano's First Visit to Hell, Angelica Zambrano's Second Visit to Hell, Messages from the Lord for Catholics Worshipping Idols, Former Pope in Hell Declared a Saint, Pagan Symbols of the Popes, Unbiblical Practices of the Catholic Church, and Pope Frances Supports Homosexuality. I also suggest visiting the Ivarjed website that has a photo journal of some horrible acts of paganism in the Catholic Church, and Jack Chick's page on Catholicism. You may also like the other posts in this blog, such as Why Infant Baptism is Not ScripturalExposing Heresy, Accurately Handling the Word of Truth, and Tradition vs. Truth. You may access more of my articles on the Main Directory of this blog, as well as my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Message Bible or "The Mess"

Please beware, people, that the Bible version known as The Message is not a translation but a paraphrase. It is a mess written by Eugene Peterson, which has many words added that are not in the original text of Scripture.

New Age Connections of Author
Consider the fact that the author of the Mess (Eugene Peterson) says that the New-Age-religion novel called The Shack may be the Pilgrim’s Progress of our generation. In his endorsement on the front cover of this heretical book he states: “This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ did for his. It’s that good!” That is complete rubbish. Please read my article on The Shack here:

The Shack is an Attack 

New Age Expressions in the Message Bible
The Mess has numerous New Age expressions, including a heretical version of the Lord's prayer, which states "as above, so below," which is a pagan concept. Here is the whole prayer in The Mess:

The Lord's Prayer

"Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes."
(Matt 6:7-13, MSG).

The pagan and metaphysical communities use the expression "as above, so below" to refer to the relationship between the spiritual and physical realms. It is also used by those in the occult world, and has been accepted by every known religion. However, since the original text of the Bible states, "Your Kingdom come," there is no basis for inserting this pagan, occult expression into Scripture. It is nothing less than a New Age perversion of God's Word.

The God of Green Hope
Another example of adding to Scripture to create a New Age twist is in Romans 15:13 of the Message Bible, where it states:

"Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!"

The word "green" is not in the original text, and it should not be inserted here, unless the author is once again intentionally using an expression that appeals to the New Age community. The term has its origin with the Druids, who offered human sacrifices. But "green" is a term often heard among those who worship "mother earth" and seek to be one with nature. For example, they have terms like "going green," referring to being more eco-friendly, and "green energy", which refers to forms of energy that are less harmful to the environment. One of the most extreme and controversial environmental organizations in the world is called "Greenpeace," which claims to be fighting to save the planet. That being said, it's also worth noting that according to Hans Biedermann's Dictionary of Symbolism, "...the devil appears as 'the green one'..." (p. 159).

Changes to Injunctions to Avoid Sexual Immorality
Another change that Peterson made is to the clear injunction to "flee fornication" or "avoid sexual immorality" found in 1 Corinthians 6:18. The Mess says, "There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin."

Again in Acts 15, instead of recording the decree of the elders and apostles at the First Jerusalem Council to "avoid fornication" or "avoid sexual immorality", Peterson simply states, "guard the morality of sex and marriage." (Ac 15:20,29, MSG).

These few examples will suffice to show that the text has been altered considerably.

Catholic-Ecumenical Version
One more thing I'd like to mention is that Peterson also has a Catholic-Ecumenical version of the Message Bible. In case you are not aware of the Unbiblical Practices of the Catholic Church, I strongly recommend reading my article on that topic at the link I just provided. The ecumenical movement is just a part of the New Age New World Order that will take you down to hell.

What Are People Saying About The Mess
Here is what Don Koenig of The Prophetic Years website says about the Mess:

"I for one am fed up with those who quote 'The Message' as if it were the Bible. It is not. It is nothing but a very bad paraphrase. Stop quoting 'The Message' on your media programs or I will turn you off for good. Stop quoting 'The Message' from your pulpits or I will walk out of your church. Stop reading from 'The Message' in your Bible studies or I will not attend. Why? Because Eugene Peterson's popular paraphrase of the Bible is twisted. He has no biblical discernment, his bad paraphrase of the word of God is not the word of God no matter how popular it has become. If you cannot use a literal version of the Bible to get across your teachings perhaps you should not be teaching at all. Now Eugene Peterson is endorsing even more twisted writings for your deception."

Others have made the following comments:

"In a nutshell, the MSG 'translation' is just Eugene Peterson's heretical commentary on Scripture."

"It's new age garbage and many will be fooled by it."

"The message is a new age bible"

"IT IS PURE NEW AGE"

"Message bible is of the devil."

"The Message is the devil's MSG!!"

"It [shouldn't] just be thrown out but burned so no one else can get that copy."

"Burn the message, its garbage Acts 19:19."

"A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas." (Ac 19:19, NIV)

"BURN THE ROTTEN THING!"

"The author even says its not the Word of God and doesn't suggest it to be preached."

"The sewage version..."

"It's not faithful at all to the biblical text."

Putting it All Together
I hope this expose' has helped to open your eyes to the dangers of this heretical, mystic paraphrase by Eugene Petersen, as well as to his personal New Age leanings. Don't be deceived! I advise you to avoid using this version, and if you own a copy of it, I would suggest you burn it so nobody else can read it.

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the Message Bible (MSG), copyright Eugene H. Peterson, used by permission. Other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible NIV (where noted), copyright Zondervan, used by permission. Image used according to Fair Use laws for commentary and educational purposes only.

Author's note I also recommend reading The Shack is an Attack, Deleted Scriptures in the Bible?, Scripture AloneAccurately Handling the Word of TruthExposing HeresyThe Rise of AntichristsNot Enduring Sound DoctrineSins That Will Keep You From Heaven, The Top Ten Things Jesus Taught, Avoid Becoming a Corrupted Christian, Michael Thomas Sambo's Revelation of Heaven and Hell, Angelica Zambrabo Hell and Heaven, Unbiblical Practices of the Catholic Church, and New Age New World Order. You can access the Home page of this blog for more articles on Truth and heresy, as well as my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org