Thursday, March 22, 2012

NYT-- "It's Time To Quit The Catholic Church"

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Although the New York Times has rejected a paid ad titled, "It's Time To Quit Islam," they have accepted a paid ad titled, "It's Time To Quit The Catholic Church," paid for and written by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist organization.

The issue? Abortion and birth control. But I see a much broader issue at play in both this article and in our culture.

Annie Gaylor, the co-founder of Freedom From Religion opens with, "It's time to quit the Roman Catholic Church. It's your moment of truth. Will it be reproductive freedom, or back to the dark ages? Do you choose women or Bishops and their wrongs? Whose side are you on anyway?"

She continues downhill from there advocating throwing out the old doctrines and moldy decrees.

"You can change the church from within," she proclaims, "get it to lighten up on birth control, gay rights, marriage equality, embryonic stem-cell research---you are deluding yourself."

There's more. It is enlightening and concerning to read the piece because it reflects a larger problem that is not exclusively related to the Catholic Church. It raises some serious questions for all Christians---Catholics, Protestants, evangelicals, etc.

Father Peter West has responded with what I believe is a reasoned, thoughtful and wise response, including the remark, "You might be surprised to hear that many practicing Catholics agree with you, and wish that those who reject the Church's teachings would leave." I recommend you read it.

I'm not a Catholic, but think about this:

"It's Your Moment of Truth. Whose Side Are You On Anyway?"

The "truth" she is advocating is a relative truth. One she defines as modern, not old and moldy. One that has been designed to fit the times---mesh with the present culture. Affirm current cultural beliefs as she sees them.

Post Modern Relativism says truth isn't fixed by outside reality, but is decided by a group or individual for themselves. Truth, they say, is not discovered, but manufactured. Truth is ever changing, including in matters of spirituality, morality and reality itself.

Are there absolutes? If so, should the church not be the voice of that Truth?

"Obama has compromised, but the church never budges."

That observation is not intended to be a compliment, but it is.

"You Can Change The Church From Within."

Is the church's mission merely to be relevant? Is the priority of the Christian church to adapt to changing moral and ethical views so people will attend our services, and become or remain members and feel affirmed?

Is the church to be shaped by contemporary culture or is it to shape the culture with absolute, eternal Truth?

Is to be culturally cool the goal?

Personally, I believe the church must be relevant, but not at the expense of the Truth. Relevance and Truth are not mutually exclusive. I found that to be true in practice during the years I was a pastor. The outcome of abandoning the Truth is evidenced in the departure from biblical Truth we see in the religious left.

And the Emergent Church Movement.

Should the church be a contrasting light in the darkness or should it be indistinguishable from the darkness, in order to attract people?

The Emergent (or emerging) Church movement, led by Brian McLaren, Stanley Grenz, Rob Bell, Doug Pagitt, Dave Tomlinson, Donald Miller and others essentially have a similar view, to that of Ms. Gaylor.

In fact Donald Miller in his book, "Blue Like Jazz," writes, "My most recent faith struggle is not one of intellect...I don't believe I will ever walk away from God for intellectual reasons. Who knows anything anyway? If I walk away...I will walk away for social reasons, identity reasons, deep emotional reasons..." (page 103).

He and others claim, "There are no reasons for what we believe."

Brian McLaren writes in his book, "Adventures In Missing The Point," "Drop any affair you may have with certainty , proof, argument---and replace it with dialog, conversation, intrigue, and search" (page 78).

This is at the heart of the cultural struggle we are engaged in. What was once considered sin, we now affirm.

While to many these positions may seem extreme or not related to my life, they are more commonly held then you may think and they do relate to your life.

There is a vocal segment of society advocating not only the re-making of America, but of Christianity itself and a complete revision of "truth."

And unfortunately they are cloistered, with tenure, in colleges and universities, the media, entertainment---and in many cases churches that bear the name "Christian".

May God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Faithful. Be Blessed.

15 comments:

  1. So very dissapointing that there would be those that would be a stumbling block to others to serve their own agendas, but haven't there always been? Yet the faithful will see past these imposters as long as they will give themselves over to the Lord instead of to the whims of man.
    - Grant

    "'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth."
    - Revelation 3:16 NAS

    "If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve : whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living ; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
    - Joshua 24:15 NAS

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  2. Gary, the spiritually and, resultantly, morally handicapped have always opposed God and His people at all levels and under many guises. We know all we need to know to do what we have to do, but we must do it soon -- and fiercely.

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  3. If adolescent boys could get pregnant, the Catholic church would have an entirely different opinion on birth control.

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    1. Is your issue with the Catholic church? or Homosexual priests?

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    2. My issue is with the catholic church and it's protection of pedophile priests. It is one of the most corrupt organizations in the history of the planet. Also, offending priests may or may not be homosexual, it's irrelevant, they are pedophiles attracted to children.

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    3. You referenced 'adolescent boys' not girls, pedophiles indeed, homosexual ones.

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    4. True, I did reference 'adolescent boys'. And technically, the would be homosexual abuse. Your reference to them as 'homosexual priests' implied that the abuse was consequence of their sexual orientation. It's not. It may not even be a large factor - I'm sure it's quite complicated.

      Bottom line, homosexual priests are not a problem. Pedophile priests are. And the church that covers for them is the face of evil.

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    5. Both groups are a problem per biblical teaching, bottom line. The RCC is indeed a face of evil.

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    6. What's the RCC? republican central committee, republican congressional committee, royal Caribbean cruise lines???

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  4. Are we surprised? I think not, after all it's the NY Times and the Freedom From Religion organization. They are liberal, secular, socialist, atheists. They've seduced our country, educational system and reduced us to a state of debauchery, deception and immorality. No wonder things are the way they are now.

    Just because God hasn't struck them dead on the spot, they think they can just say and do whatever they want...but, they will have to answer for this in the end.

    "Our beliefs determine our values; our values determine our decisions and actions" Author Unknown.

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  5. Is kind of strange the culture of the present . You have special status for so many groups, where calling a women a derogatory name causes a landslide of calls to boycott and calculated indignant responses . Homosexual bullying for some reason gains more attention then other kinds of bullying . Is not all bullying harmfull and wrong ... The problem is we should be indignant with anyone who dismisses the humanity of someone made in God's image . But here the Times prefers their minority " Muslim Faith" because it is seen as something that is religious but not Christian . Christianity is allowed to be pummeled . The Catholic Church by the way is the largest religious charity in this country . Helping innser city kids where our tax dollars have let them down in eduction with their schools . With Catholic Hospitals , homes for the homeless and single moms plus more. I am not catholic , and the theology is different then mine , but I consider them brothers and sisters in Christ .

    This culture is so shamefull at times .

    Mick

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  6. While I disagree with a lot of the teachings of the RCC, they are right on point with abortion, the pill, and using embryonic stem cell research(Josef Mengele would be proud of them).

    A thoughtful and respectful article, thanx Gary

    Craig in Lacey

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  7. I have been watching the religious left as they have strengthened their relationship with Obama. He needs a religious component in his political scheme. They fit the bill perfectly.

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  8. I'm glad that Donald Miller was pointed out here. While his writing is interesting to read, the theology is problematic. He is Emergent, yet has been embraced and invited to speak in many local churches. Readers, be aware, as the Portland/Seattle culture is seeping into churches here, perhaps the one you attend.

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  9. Well I can agree it's time to quit the catholic church but for truth reasons.The catholic church is not a christian church .Their doctrines are opposite of scripture.They remind me of Mark 7 where Jesus says you follow the commands of men over God word .In catholic doctrine Jesus was a failure on the cross since Jesus only was able to offer forgiveness from orginal sin not all sins.Good works are the order of the day in catholic church ... Very False beliefs that cause many to go to hell. Oh! and their Pope John Paul added this . Mary as the Co-Redeemer because John Paul said she suffered with Jesus on the cross as she stood at the foot of the cross . WOW ! Now if you cannot see what wrong with catholic church you more likely lost yourself... read Your Bible folks so you can tell a truth from a lie ..

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