Catechism


Q. 53 What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?
A.  First, he, as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God.  Second, he has been given to me personally, so that, by true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, comforts me, and remains with me forever.

Gen. 1:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4
1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 4:6
Gal. 3:14
John 15:26; Acts 9:31
John 14:16-17; 1 Pet. 4:14

Frenetic Friday


Lurching from the Stygian depths lurches the behemoth known as Frenetic Friday.

And now for some theology:

4. The Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church. By the Father’s appointment, all authority is conferred on him in a supreme and sovereign manner to call, institute, order and govern the church.7  The Pope of Roman Catholicism cannot in any sense be head of the church; rather, he is the antichrist, the man of lawlessness, and the son of destruction, who exalts himself in the church against Christ and all that is called God. The Lord will destroy him with the brightness of his coming.8
7Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:18–20; Ephesians 4:11, 12. 82 Thessalonians 2:2–9. London Baptist Confession Chapter 26 section 4.

This is from the London Baptist Confession of 1689 the confession that I prescribe to, keep in mind this isn’t an attack on Jorge Mario Bergoglio rather it is regards the office of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church as an anti-Christian institution and not in keeping with scripture.

Dr. White had more to say on this:

Have you seen this meme?

John Bugay explains how this popular Pope Francis Meme trashes the bible.

And now for something completely different.

Do you remember the Buzz Feed video “I am a Christian but…”  Those wacky guys over at Lutheran Satire have come up with their own take on that video take a look:

And now this disturbing news from the New York Times:

U.S. Soldiers are being instructed to ignore the sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan Police officers who abduct boys and sexually abuse them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

Read more here

What is even more heinous is where the article refers to how two soldiers brought up these accounts to their superior officers and were told to look the other way.  When they could no longer do so and took upon themselves to physically demonstrate to an officer what would happen to him if he continued to abuse the young boy.  The military responded by removing the soldiers from Afghanistan and from their careers in the military.  Is this justice?

And this brings and end to this week’s Frenetic Friday.

Catechism


Q. 50 Why the next words: “and is seated at the right hand of God”?
A. Christ ascended to heaven, there to show that he is head of his church, and that the Father rules all things through him.

Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 1:18
Matt. 28:18; John 5:22-23

Q. 51 How does this glory of Christ our head benefit us?
A. First, through his Holy Spirit he pours out his gifts from heaven upon us his members. Second, by his power he defends us and keeps us safe from all enemies.

Acts 2:33; Eph. 4:7-12
Ps. 110:1-2; John 10:27-30; Rev. 19:11-16

Q. 52 How does Christ’s return “to judge the living and the dead” comfort you?
A. In all my distress and persecution I turn my eyes to the heavens and confidently await as judge the very One who has already stood trial in my place before God and so has removed the whole curse from me. All his enemies and mine he will condemn to everlasting punishment: but me and all his chosen ones he will take along with him into the joy and the glory of heaven.

Luke 21:28; Rom. 8:22-25; Phil. 3:20-21; Tit. 2:13-14
Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 1:6-10