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Christian Heavy Metal

Posted on December 27, 2015 at 7:45 AM

Just saw part of a Stryper live video (a "Christian" Heavy Metal band). How come people in the audience make the sign of the devil during the show. To me this has nothing to do with Christianity. I love Hard and Heavy music, but Stryper to me are just an average Heavy Metal band. They could just as well sing out of the phone book. The lyrics just don't go along with the music and the "Christian message" (if there is any) to me does not look authentic at all.

I am tired of Ex-Catholics...

Posted on October 31, 2015 at 2:25 PM

I am tired of ex-Catholics who claim to know what the Catholic Church teaches because the spent some time in the Church or were baptized as a child. Aside the fact that few of them even have a basic knowledge of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (along with all other Church documents) teaches [if you do, why did you leave Her at first place? A love that grows cold has never been a love to begin with!]. They usually join other (protestant/evangelical/charismatic - whatever) "churches" and of course believe that their personal understanding of the written Word of God is "biblical" and "godly" (isn't that idolatry - pretending to be God oneself and knowing it all?). Some have the "generosity" of granting other Christians the right to exist ("we basically all believe the same" or "spiritually we are all one church. It does not matter where you go to." - both of which are nonsense and "non-biblical"). Others do, but in the end they end up with having the truth just the same. In the end, all those other "churches" have holes in their theologies to climb through. I am glad I am Catholic, so I don't have to be Pope myself.

Bible Interpretation

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:05 PM

"It is raining cats and dogs!" - Just imagine someone writes that down and somebody else reads it 2000 years after that. The reactions might be: "Oh heck, those poor animals!" "You need to see that symbolically. Cats were symbols for the feminine and dogs for the masculine part in human beings!" ""That was a cultural thing. Cats and dogs were used to call for rain. That does not apply to us anymore." - Rings a bell? Same with the Written Word of God - the Bible. You need to understand what background the writers and those the writings were addressed to had, under what circumstances the texts were written and what the purpose was. For that we needthose in the Church who were annointed and who are in apostolic succession - along with those they gave authority to. Only then can we understand the true meaning of the Holy Scripture and trust its interpretation as being in line with what the authors had in mind!

Illegitimate Ordinations

Posted on February 1, 2015 at 8:20 AM

My dear evangelical brothers, some of you have the erroneous notion that they can somehow "strengthen" their pastorship by adding "apostolic succession". They dig out a some bishop in Brazil that went astray decades ago and have him lay handson them. Like this they believe they are standing right in the apostolic succession as well. This is very wrong. For apostolic succession, it is necessary to be annointed by a bishop - but the annointing also needs to be legitimate, else it is not valid!! Annointing and apostolic successions are not vodoo rituals that give you power and legitimacy. An annointing can neveer be separate from His Church! To do so would be a grave misunderstanding of what annointing and the offices of the deacon, priest and bishop are all about - WITHIN the Church!