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The Revolution of Vatican II was Misinterpreted?

It is often voiced by conservatives disheartened by the changes in the Catholic Church that Vatican II was a good council, but that it was misinterpreted. If these good people were better informed as to what took place at the Council, they would never say any such thing. Though Vatican II started with the best resolves, it was hijacked in the opening session by rebel bishops because the pope had planned the Council without their advice and against their designs.

We gather that Cardinal Tisserant, the key draftsman of the 1962 Moscow-Vatican Treaty who presided at the opening session, was part of this plot to usurp the Vatican Council. According to Jean Guitton, the famous French academic, Tisserant had showed him a painting of himself and six others, and told him, “This picture is historic, or rather, symbolic. It shows the meeting we had before the opening of the Council when we decided to block the first session by refusing to accept the tyrannical rules laid down by John XXIII.” (Vatican II in the Dock, 2003)

By David Martin - Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Full Story

Can One Be Good Without God?

Atheists have always resented Christians binding goodness to God although we insist that there is a necessary connection. In fact, atheists adamantly insist that they are as decent, kind, good, and altruistic as Christians are. I don’t believe that for a minute. Some atheists may be fairly good people, but generally, one cannot be good without God!

While anyone may choose to be kind, decent, and gracious, there is no compelling reason for him to choose to do so if there is no God. With God, there is obligation. If there is no God then how one treats others is inconsequential. His mistreatment of the innocent and weak will not be faced in eternity since there is no eternity–according to their perverted view.

But there is a God and eternity is in the future of every person on earth.

By Dr. Don Boys - Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Full Story

Notorious Abortionist to Speak at Catholic Church in Italy

Abortionist Emma Bonino is proud of the 6,000,000 babies she is directly or indirectly responsible for killing since 1968, and remains an avid abortionist to this day. This is not to mention her continued rant as a political activist to promote divorce, homosexuality, transgenderism, gay-marriage, the abolition of the armed forces, the disbanding of NATO, the liberalization of porn laws, mandatory sex education, and the Communist insurgence of the west under the guise of immigration. No repentance whatsoever.

Yet, Pope Francis in 2016 told an interviewer for the Corriere della Sera that Bonino was “among the great ones of Italy,” and defended her on the grounds that she “thinks very differently from us.” He recommended “patience,” saying, “You have to look at people, what they do.”

By David Martin - Friday, July 21, 2017 - Full Story

Benedict XVI: The Barque of Peter is Sinking

The Church continues to lament the passing of Cardinal Meisner of Cologne, who was an outspoken opponent of Amoris Laetita which breaks with tradition by allowing divorced and civilly remarried people to receive Communion. Surprisingly, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent a letter of tribute to be read at Meisner’s funeral on July 15. In the letter he says:

“What particularly impressed me from my last conversations with the now passed Cardinal was the relaxed cheerfulness, the inner joy and the confidence at which he had arrived. We know that this passionate shepherd and pastor found it difficult to leave his post, especially at a time in which the Church stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination. However, what moved me all the more was that, in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even if the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”

By David Martin - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

Mennonite Church Passes Anti-Israel Resolution

ORLANDO, FL—The Mennonite Church USA voted yesterday to sell off its holdings in companies that profit from what the church described as the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.” The decision was made in Orlando at a national Mennonite convention, which represented 75,000 church members.

While the resolution condemns anti-Semitism, encourages stronger ties between church members and Jews, and endorses a review of how Mennonites responded to the Holocaust, it also directs managers of the 3 billion dollar Everence church fund to screen holdings to avoid any economic support for “Israeli policies in the occupied territories.”

By Liberty Counsel - Friday, July 7, 2017 - Full Story

Why would Christians want to reach out to an Islam that despises them?

Pastor Mike SpauldingThe current firestorm related to James White’s decision to facilitate an interfaith dialogue with Imam Yasir Qahdi is puzzling in the least and has become a stumbling block for many who do not understand how White cannot understand that he is “dancing with the devil” as the saying goes. (Editor’s note: James Simpson wrote on this topic yesterday here at Bombthrowers. The article is “When evangelicals become useful idiots for Islamism.”)

Mr. White’s response to those critical of his decision has been the polar opposite of remorse and he has in fact dug his heels in and maintained that his actions were right and consistent with what Christians should be doing. Is that true? What bridges can be built to people who teach that Christians who do not submit or convert to Islam should be murdered? What madness is this that has gripped Christians today such that they believe the lie that building bridges to nowhere constitutes evangelism? I won’t rehash all of White’s actions related to this in detail. You can read about that here.

By BombThrowers -- Dr. Mike Spaulding- Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Full Story

Fed roundup of Chaldean Christians in Detroit stirs outpouring of sympathy in U.S

Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has said the arrests of hundreds of Chaldean Christians in Detroit and other cities nationwide is “very disturbing,” and urged President Donald Trump to consider their fate if deported back to Iraq.

“I find it very disturbing what I have read about Chaldean Christians being rounded up by U.S. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for possible deportation. I would encourage the president to have someone investigate these cases thoroughly,” Graham said on Facebook Friday.

“I understand a policy of deporting people who are here illegally and have broken the law. I don’t know all of the details, but I would encourage our president to give great consideration to the threat to lives of Christians in countries like Iraq.”

By News on the Net - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - Full Story

Was Mohammed a “True Muslim”?

In the wake of every terrorist act there is the same argument. The voices-in-the-wilderness right will say, insofar as they’re not muzzled with hate-speech laws, that Islam is the problem. In contrast, a leftist drumbeat of media and mainstream politicos will assert that the Muslim terrorists aren’t really “Muslim” terrorists, that they’ve perverted the faith. As to the truth, it’s as with any other debate over a thing’s true meaning (e.g., the Constitution): it only makes sense to look for answers in original sources.

This brings us to a simple question: Was Mohammed a true Muslim?

It’s a rhetorical question, of course. As Islam’s founder—the religion was born of revelations he supposedly had in the early seventh century—Mohammed was the very first Muslim. Moreover, since Muslims view him as “The Perfect Man,” the ultimate role model, he’s not just the truest Muslim but the yardstick by which other Muslims may measure themselves.

By Selwyn Duke - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Full Story

Orlando Church Promotes Pro-LGBT Agenda

ORLANDO, FL—Northland Community Church and Pastor Joel Hunter recently hosted a pro-LGBT event, “Elevating the Dialogue on LGBTQ Inclusion and Understanding in the Church,” with the overt message to “affirm” LGBTQ in and around Orlando. The pastor of Joy Metropolitan Church, who is in a same-sex relationship, and the founding pastor of The Impact Church of Orlando joined Hunter to discuss how Christians can work to make Orlando churches supportive of the LGBTQ lifestyle, regardless of their churches’ theological positions on marriage and sexuality. The purpose of the event is to distort the Bible and change theology in order to affirm an LGBTQ lifestyle as normative.

By Liberty Counsel - Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Full Story

Francis: Keepers of Doctrine are Fanatics

Solicitous concern over the purity of doctrine reflects the truest love of God and neighbor, since doctrine, as with any of the Ten Commandments, is not an ideal that may be watered down or dismissed to suit ones fancy, but an eternal command set in stone for man’s sanctification. In the same way a healthcare expert does not tolerate poison in the diet, so a true priest will never tolerate poison in the spiritual diet. It has to be pure, which means it has to be clear, without which it is poison.

But Pope Francis has now come out and slammed conservative Catholics who earnestly maintain that purity of doctrine be preserved. Concerning such people, the pope said in his Friday morning homily: “They are fanatics about things that are not clear, such as these fanatics who go about there, sowing discord in order to divide the Christian community.”

By David Martin - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Full Story

Contending Christians are Compliant, not Combative!

Timothy was bishop of the Ephesus church and disciple of the Apostle Paul who trained him to be a church leader. In A.D. 97, as the pagans were about to celebrate a feast called Catagogion, a festival in which they carried images of pagan gods through the streets, Timothy, severely reproved them for their ludicrous idolatry. For his faithful witness, they beat him with clubs, and he died two days later. Timothy was contending for the faith as every Christian is expected to do. He was compliant; his attackers were contentious, combative, and criminal.

Gibbon reported that the proconsul Pliny had published a general edict against unlawful meetings and Christian leaders thought it prudent to suspend their agapae; “but it was impossible for them to omit the exercise of public worship.” Christian leaders were willing to cease their feast but refused to stop their worship services. They were not being rebels, but being faithful Christians.

By Dr. Don Boys - Monday, May 22, 2017 - Full Story

VP Pence Speaks at Persecuted Christians Event

WASHINGTON -  Today, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Mayflower hotel to open today’s session at the World Congress of Persecuted Christians event sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Attendees hail from over 130 nations with high level representatives from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic and Evangelical Christian communities. Vice President Pence delivered a heart-felt message to the gathering of Christian leaders. He said that President Trump is resolved to help persecuted Christians and religious minorities.

Vice President Pence said, “I am here on behalf of President Donald Trump as a tangible sign of his commitment-a commitment to defending Christians and all who suffer for their beliefs. Freedom to worship God according to our conscience is in the very fabric of our country. ‘For I know the plans that I have for you…’ True words when they were first spoken, true words today. Know that America stands with you.”

By Liberty Counsel - Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Full Story

“Faithkeepers” Movie Recruits Churches to Help Persecuted Christians

ORLANDO, FL - The shocking story of Christian persecution is being released in a movie debut, showing at churches on May 23, 2017, called “Faithkeepers.” This movie documents the revealing history and widespread persecution of Christians across the Middle East. This incredible, 50-minute film is packed with stories from children and their parents.


Each year, thousands of Christians are killed because of their faith. The movie brings to life these stories and the appalling persecution and deaths of Christians worldwide. There is little relief found in the Middle East. In Egypt, 90 percent of the population believes that converts to Christianity deserve death. Liberty Counsel’s ministry, Liberty Relief International, provides aid and relief to Christian refugees in the Middle East, who are being slaughtered and displaced by radical Jihadists.

By Liberty Counsel - Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Full Story

Pope Planning Pentecostal Celebration with Charismatics

Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic “charismatics” and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of the so-called Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Francis, who has a history of participating in charismatic-interfaith events, will lead a prayer vigil on June 3, the eve of Pentecost, at Rome’s Circus Maximus, and will offer Pentecost Mass the next morning in St. Peter’s Square.

The question is raised as to why Francis would entertain a sect that is manifestly errant and which the Church has already spoken against. In May 1969, Pope Paul VI publicly denounced “the illusion of a free and charismatic Christianity” which ‘‘does not build, but demolishes,” and deplored those who “have recourse to gratuitous charismatic suppositions in order to fill up the interior emptiness created by their own loss of confidence in the guidance of the Church.”

By David Martin - Friday, May 5, 2017 - Full Story

Religious Freedom Executive Order on National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON—President Trump is expected to sign a religious freedom executive order today as part of a celebration for the National Day of Prayer. President Trump campaigned on the promise to protect religious freedom. He also campaigned on the pledge to repeal the so-called “Johnson Amendment” that restricts churches from endorsing or opposing candidates for elected office.

By Liberty Counsel - Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Full Story

‘The Real Bomb Is in Islam’s Books’

FrontPage Magazine

During his visit to Egypt last week, “Pope Francis visited al-Azhar University, a globally respected institution for Sunni Islamic learning,” and “met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of the government-run Al-Azhar mosque and an Islamic philosophy professor.”  This has been reported by several media, often with much fanfare.

Unfortunately, however, Sheikh Tayeb, once voted “world’s most influential Muslim,” and Al Azhar, the important madrassa he heads, are part of the problem, not the solution.  Tayeb is a renowned master of exhibiting one face to fellow Muslims in Egypt—one that supports the death penalty for “apostates,” calls for the totality of Sharia-rule, refuses to denounce ISIS of being un-Islamic, denounces all art as immoral, and rejects the very concept of reforming Islam—and another face to non-Muslims.

Priest Charged with Assault for Defending Eucharist during Traditional Latin Mass

This concerns a humble and holy priest from Brazil, Fr. Batista da Silva, who was accosted by a transgressor who maliciously disrupted his Ash Wednesday Mass while shouting obscenities against the priest, and who then proceeded to defile the Holy Eucharist after the priest mildly advised him that he would not be permitted to receive Communion in the hand as he demanded. After tripping and falling down through his own fury, parishioners were able to peaceably secure the man for the purpose of extracting the defiled Host from his hand, which was done successfully and without further incident. Their objective was to simply halt the altercation and defend the Holy Eucharist from sacrilege.

Criminal indictments have now been brought against Fr. Batista on the grounds that he incited violence against the man. It should be pointed out that Fr. Batista was offering the Latin Tridentine Mass, which explains the man’s hostility, since the Latin Mass is what enrages the devil’s fury more than anything else. This isn’t the first time the Latin Mass has incited the malice of the ancient serpent. Since when hasn’t it?

By David Martin - Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Full Story

Why Easter Brings Out the Worst in Islam

FrontPage Magazine

Why are some Christians murdered and many more terrorized in the name of Islam every Easter holiday?

This year’s most notable attack occurred in Egypt, where two Coptic Christian churches were bombed during Palm Sunday mass, leaving 50 dead and 120 injured.

While this incident received some coverage in Western media, attacks on churches in Egypt on or around Easter are not uncommon.  For instance, this last April 12, just two days after the Palm Sunday attacks, authorities thwarted another Islamic terror attack targeting a Coptic monastery in Upper Egypt.  Similarly, on April 12, 2015, Easter Sunday, two explosions targeting two separate churches took place in Egypt.  Although no casualties were reported—hence no reporting in Western media—large numbers could easily have resulted, based on precedent (for example, on January 1, 2011, as Egypt’s Christians ushered in the New Year—another Christian holiday for Orthodox communities—car bombs went off near the Two Saints Church in Alexandria, resulting in 23 dead worshippers and dozens critically injured).

By Raymond Ibrahim - Monday, April 17, 2017 - Full Story

Passover - Easter, 2017

A mother walking with two daughters stops me this morning:  “Do you know what time the stores open today?  Will they be open at all?”

It is Easter Sunday, and we are the only ones on Rodeo Drive, likely the most known street in Beverly Hills and one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world.

Clearly, what is Ari to do?  Without preparation or hesitation, I send them to Church.

By Ari Bussel - Monday, April 17, 2017 - Full Story

My Witness

When I was young I was not a nice fellow.  Snakes would cross the street when I sauntered down the sidewalk.  My all consuming passion was getting enough alcohol and drugs to help me forget something I couldn’t remember.  Playing music and living in a 24/7 party atmosphere was all I cared about.  Other people were collateral damage on my way to a buzz.  I had the name of my guitar tattooed on my arm so women would know where my loyalties lay.

Spiritually I was dead inside.  I called myself an atheist and I was faithful to my boast.  Anyone who spoke to me of any religion was automatically consigned by me to irrelevance.  The closest thing I had to an actual conviction was a strident attachment to militant apathy.  I didn’t care about anything and I couldn’t stand anyone who did.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Friday, April 14, 2017 - Full Story