Moses is not Muhammad. Jesus is not Joseph Smith. He did not claim to have received a new, superior revelation. Rather, he claimed to be the intended focus and culmination of the old revelation and the Savior of sinners.
CNM, a sub-Christian cult founded in 1914 by Felix Manalo, boasts of a few million members in the Philippines and in several other countries. It is mind-boggling how millions are deluded by its leaders. But this is not surprising, for many heretical cults have millions of followers around the world. See Apollo Quiboloy, Eli Soriano, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, and many other televangelists.
We are counted righteous by God not because of our own works of penance, but on account of Christ's perfect righteousness all the way to his finished, once-for-all work on the cross to save his people from all their sins—past, present and future.
Evangelicals have stooped so low in their sacramental life that it’s practically non-existent and if it exists, it’s sacrilegious. The evangelical "worship celebration" of entertainment, gimmicks and manipulation are no match for the high church rituals of the Mass.
Many Filipinos fear that if they don't perform this service on the 40th day after death, the soul will continue to wander and even haunt them.
The real story of the papacy is a story of occasional virtue and piety but more frequently of venal characters, of power politics, of intrigue, and not even downright deceit.
The Galileo affair was not a controversy between science and the Bible, or faith versus reason. It was a controversy rooted in the huge difference between the Roman Catholic and Reformation principles of Biblical interpretation.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All emphasis added. In the popular folk song, “Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In,” people love to sing the refrain: Oh, when the […]
Bowing down, kneeling, and falling down before an idol are variations of the same thing: idolatry. They can do all kinds of spin, hocus-pocus, and gymnastics to distinguish “veneration” from “worship,” but this is idolatry, plain and simple.
Therefore, whether it be God or a creature that is imaged, the moment you fall prostrate before it in veneration, you are so far fascinated by superstition. For this reason, the Lord not only forbade the erection of statues to himself, but also the consecration of titles and stones which might be set up for adoration.
All our sacrifices of penance, which amounts to a return to Old Testament sacrifices, are to no avail because they can never remove our sins; indeed, they are not necessary because by Christ's perfect and complete "single offering he has perfected for all time" all believers (Heb 10:14).
"Quiboloy makes himself equal to Jesus by calling himself a begotten Son and the Son of God. Also, Quiboloy claimed to be ushered into sonship in 2003 in the same sense that Jesus has eternal sonship."