The 500 Year Christian Divorce Party

Divorce PartyOctober 31, 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, or as some call it, revolution. Among many changes to Christianity, the would be ‘reformers’ proposed that is a new theological doctrine; that the Christian Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith and practice. In other words, modern protestant christians, and the reformers from 500 years ago, claim that the Holy Scripture has authority in all matters above anything any preacher says, above what any ancient church council said, or above any teaching of the Catholic Church.

I was raised a protestant (mostly pentecostal) christian, and believed that for years until….

As a young ‘would-be’ youth minister, I began working with troubled youth, most of them from broken, dysfunctional families. In working with these youth, even an amateur could quickly figure out that our society would be much better off with family units kept together, without divorce, in other words,  mommies and daddies staying married. Continue reading “The 500 Year Christian Divorce Party”

Luther Separated Us Five Hundred Years Ago

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Today marks the fifth Sunday of not being a Lead Pastor. I resigned the Pastorate five weeks earlier in order to continue my journey to the Catholic Church.

Today also marks the Sunday that Father Martin Luther began his revolution that separated protestants from Catholics to this day.

There was one Church, the bulwark of truth, for over 1,500 years, when Luther took the foolhardy endeavor to separate that Church.

Today, I am more hopeful and excited than ever at the prospect of receiving Sacraments this next Easter as a Byzantine Catholic, but my heart is also heavy for those brothers and sisters in the faith, who this morning, don’t have a Pastor and are torn between the teaching they received from me and the new teaching advising them all I had taught was laced with Catholic enticements.

Oh how we take such pride in separating ourselves as to seem wiser than someone else. Oh the filth and depravity of a darkened mind that only seeks to be righteous by outwitting his neighbor.

But my heart is heavy yet light today. For today I will sing with all my heart in the divine liturgy, but my heart is heavy as I think about how Christian brothers and sisters are separate today, separated by a lying monk; Luther.

Oh how Jesus prayed that we would be one, as He and the Father are One. We must continue to pray that prayer.

 

The Village That Is No More

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In the little village of Clairburg life was peaceful, gentle and quiet. No one could remember just when the town was founded, but they all 243 citizen knew one another. This was the type of village where most young men Continue reading “The Village That Is No More”