Saturday, March 14, 2009

Back In The Saddle Again

New readers to Candy's blog (which is looking more like a blog and less like a website every day) might wonder why Candy didn't have time to elaborate on her Titus 2 Notebook idea yesterday, but has an extremely long article on the rapture up today. Which would be more of a help to a homemaker? However, long-time readers will recognize that this is a recycling of several of her previously written articles. She had done a little editing, though.

First, the disclaimer is quite new. Candy says:

DISCLAIMER: I most certainly am not inerrant. The following article is just what I've so far found from my personal Bible studies...

This is quite a departure from Candy's normal lack of humility on Biblical interpretation. For example, in a letter to the pastor of an IFB church, she wrote:

I learned about proper doctrine from none other but the Bible. I've read through the Bible over 18 times (KJV). I didn't learn doctrine from church, religious upbringing, or other forms of religious teaching. I never went to church until at the age of 17, when I got saved. I refuse to believe man, unless that man be Christ Himself. I fancy myself to be like a Berean; I test everything against scripture. Since I have no previous religious teaching, I have an advantage. I don't have specific doctrines taught to me by man, but only what I got from the Bible.

Kudos to Candy for the change. Half of our disagreements with Candy stem from her habit of insisting that everything she writes is FACT! and not her personal opinion.

Now, she does recycle this tired old bit of "truth":

I dare say that some religions worship Semiramis and Baal under the names Mary and Jesus. You can tell the false Mary and Jesus from the real ones, via the way the people worship. For example, are they bowing down to statues and figurines of Mary? Are these people praying to Mary as the "mediatrix," instead of to God, in Jesus' name? Jesus is the one and only Mediator - 1 Timothy 2:5.

I guess she still hasn't gotten around to reading our Something About Mary article which would clear up her confusion about Mary's role as mediatrix.

Further down, she discusses the Middle Eastern peace treaty, the abomination of desolation, and the antichrist. Notice the utter lack of reference to the Catholic Church (though it is alluded to in some of the previous paragraphs):

The "he" that will plant the tabernacle of his palace in the glorious holy mountain is the antichrist. This is mentioning the same thing as Daniel 9:27, which is called the "abomination of desolation," elsewhere in scripture. The "trouble" (AKA Jacob's Trouble) is mentioned as happening after the palace is planted in the glorious mountain. Hence, we see that the time being discussed in the above passage is again the middle of the tribulation/peace treaty.

Contrast this with some of her previous statements:

(October 2008)
Russia has laid out the introduction. They have made the way open for the Pope to step in and be the ecumenical, council of religions "hero."

And, of course, the Pope needs to get in on the action, because the Roman Catholic ecumenical church will likely be the head of the whore:

"The Pope's leading of the Supplication of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, a prayer written by Blessed Bartolo Longo (1841-1926) was one of the high points of this 12th pastoral trip in Italy.

'We implore you to have pity today on the nations that have gone astray, on all Europe, on the whole world, that they might repent and return to your [Mary's] heart,' the text of the prayer reads.

(April 2008)
I recently finished reading the Bible again. Every time through, I'm just shocked when I read Revelation chapter 17. Who/what could that chapter be discussing?

The Whore of Babylon sits over a city. That city sits atop 7 hills, and is under a strong religious influence. There is only one city that fits this description, and that is Rome.

We also read of the Whore (the religious system) being drunk on the blood of saints (the Bible tells us that another word for Christian is saint). Certainly many Christians have been killed from Muslims, but more so from the Roman Catholic Church. For example, Pope Innocent killed 70,000 Christians in one day, - that is more than all of the Caesars of Rome put together.

During the Inquisition and burnings, Christians were killed because they refused to convert to Roman Catholicism. This is not Christian or Christ like. Christ said that after you've told someone the Gospel message, if they don't accept it, you are to just shake the dust off of your feet and move on. To see an example of historical religious killings, by Roman Catholics killing Christians, watch the movie Elizabeth (the first one is the best). . .

This is another reason why Roman Catholicism sounds like it's the Whore of Babylon. What other religion out there is VERY big, has a foothold in most nations, proclaims itself to be Christian, yet teaches doctrines at enmity with the Bible, and has real Christians within it, that need to "come out of her?" I only know of one religion that fits the bill, and that is Roman Catholicism.

(July 2007)
The new Pope (Vicar of Christ - the Greek roots of 'vicar' is "ante", AKA Greek Vicar of Christ = antichrist) proclaimed the other day that you are saved ONLY by being a member of the Roman Catholic church. Of course, anyone who has read his or her Bible knows that that is not true.

Well, I could keep quoting Candy saying that the Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon and the Pope is the Antichrist all day, but my baby will be awake soon, so I'll stop there. My point is, she DIDN'T say that this time, and she easily could have. I could have seen this on any number of fundamentalist homemaker sites, and while it isn't correct, it isn't as over the top as Candy normally is.

Now that I've said that, she'll probably bring out her big guns, but Candy, don't take it as a personal challenge. It isn't. It's me saying, good job learning from your mistakes. I don't agree with your theology, but thanks for toning down the personal attacks.

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1 comment:

Dr MikeyMike said...

That was a quick vacation, huh?