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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 200714 years ago
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What’s Wrong with the World Council of Churches
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Dr. Alan Cairns

It's strange how some organizations that pose a dire threat to the work of the gospel attract very little attention here in the U.S. Meanwhile, many otherwise sane Christians are running up and down the rabbit trails of imaginary conspiracies. Some live and breathe conspiracy theories-yet, as I say, they pay little or no attention to people who are really doing the devils' work. So today I want to focus on one of those organizations, the World Council of Churches.

What is the World Council of Churches? It is an international organization that claims to be a fellowship of churches confessing Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. That sounds acceptable. To oppose such an obviously Christian organization, you'd have to be a lunatic-or perhaps an atheist, which is much the same thing. The trouble is that the WCC is not the benign organization that it sounds. Dig a little deeper, go a little beyond the claim it makes for itself and you will discover a truly alarming power group that is pursuing a program that is far from Biblical or Christian.      

The World Council of Churches is an ecumenical organization That is, it has set its sights on achieving the goal of establishing a one-world church. It particularly seeks a union that includes the Church of Rome. In the words of a German delegate at its inaugural meeting, the formation of the WCC marked "the reversal of the Reformation."

The World Council of Churches is a syncretistic organization. That is, it goes beyond the vision of a one world church and promotes the idea of a one world religion. It openly courts heathen religion and when it met in Vancouver, Canada, it promoted and participated in the spiritistic rituals of the local Indian tribes.   

The World Council of Churches is a left-wing activist organization. Its history is one of social activism and on the international stage it has openly given financial aid to terrorist groups. Currently, it is popular to condemn the atrocities of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. The WCC supported his terrorists when they were fighting the government of Rhodesia and murdering any African who failed to support them

The World Council of Churches has admitted to high office men who were blatantly the paid tools of Communist governments. In the years when the U.S.S.R. threatened the peace of the world-when it viciously opposed the cause of Christ and put many humble Christians in prison or in the grave-its Communist government placed its lackeys in key positions in churches that cooperated with it. The Russian Orthodox Church was one and in it the Communists placed their appointees who diligently toed the party line. One of these was Archbishop Nikodim, a Communist apologist and an enemy of the free world-and was elevated to world leadership in the WCC.

None of this has stopped many evangelicals from holding membership in the WCC. It has not stopped Billy Graham from supporting it. But if you love the Lord Jesus Christ and His cause, it should make you separate from any church that maintains fellowship in or with the WCC. So find out where your church stands-and then take your stand for Christ.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 200714 years ago
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In with Buddha and Out with the Bible
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Dr. Alan Cairns

America seems to have a love affair with the Dalai Lama. By all accounts he is a man of great personal magnetism and charm. One journalist described him as a combination of Ghandi and Groucho Marx, exhibiting the considerable wit of both. He is a renowned proponent of pacifist philosophy, a Buddhist monk who is sometimes referred to as the "god-king." He claims to be the 14th reincarnation of a 14th century monk who was recognized as the first Dalai Lama and Buddhists celebrate him as the epitome of enlightenment and compassion. Until 1959 he was not only the spiritual leader of Tibet but also its political head. As the Chinese, who had invaded the country in 1949, took control of its government, the Dalai Lama  escaped on a yak and made his way to India from where he has continued his campaign to liberate his homeland.

One can understand why Western liberal democracies would show an interest in his cause. He is a constant thorn in the side of Communist China and he stands for the rights of a downtrodden people who have lost their independence to their aggressive super-power neighbor. On those grounds, he has been a welcome guest in many Western countries.

However, the Dalai Lama is not merely a political or Tibetan nationalist figure. He is a religious figure. I know that we are told that strictly speaking, Buddhism is not a religion but a series of philosophies of life. But any "philosophy" that claims to deal in ultimate reality is by definition religious. The claim that the Dalai Lama is the 14th incarnation of a 14th century monk is a religious claim. The popular title "the god-king" is a religious title. The Dalai Lama's claim to be the spiritual leader of Tibet's Buddhists makes him a religious figure. So when he comes to America he should be subject to the same restrictions placed on other religions, and especially on Christianity. Right? Wrong! In Bloomington, Indiana, local authorities removed a display of the Ten Commandments but they had no trouble erecting statues of Buddha in the City Hall in honor of the Dalai Lama's visit. So Buddha is in and the Bible is out.

Another place that has honored the Dalai Lama is Emory University. Emory started life as a Methodist school. So far has it strayed from its Christian founding principles that it has just appointed the Dalai Lama as a Distinguished Professor. According to Christian doctrine, Buddhism is a false religion and the Dalai Lama's personality, however attractive, does not alter that. But nowadays Christianity does not find much of a welcome in either official or academic America.

Buddha-and just about any other false religion you care to mention-is in. The Bible is out. It is said that when asked the secret of England's greatness Queen Victoria pointed to the Bible. The Bible was certainly the foundation of American civilization. But this generation has been busy destroying the nation's spiritual foundations. The Bible is treated as a dangerous book. Perhaps it's because secularists know that few if any will follow the Dalai Lama whereas millions would actually try to put the Bible into practice. And for a modern secularist, whose vision encompasses the moral and economic destruction of this nation, there could be nothing scarier than that.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 200714 years ago
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Chuck Colson’s Vision of Union with Rome
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Dr. Alan Cairns

Chuck Colson was one of the original signatories of Evangelicals and Catholics Together. He and a group of other prominent evangelicals got together with a number of Roman Catholics and hammered out some sort of agreement on united action both in the social and religious spheres. Undergirding their agreement was the proposition that Evangelicalism and Romanism are two different but not mutually exclusive views of Christianity. Each is authentically Christian.

That was back in the mid-1990s. Today Colson is still pushing his ecumenical agenda. Almost three weeks ago I heard him speak on a Roman Catholic TV network and he reiterated how important it was for young evangelicals to carry on this ecumenical endeavor. He also made it clear that the ultimate objective of such togetherness was complete unity. Amazingly, he claimed that it was because he believed in the inerrant infallibility of Scripture that he pursued this vision of unity with Rome. He cited John 17, Christ's prayer "that they all may be one" without, of course, ever stopping to establish who "they" are. According to Colson, Evangelicals and Roman Catholics all "confess the same Christ." Therefore they should work through their difference and aim for unity in the face of a "hostile culture."

I have to disagree with him. I do not believe that Roman Catholicism is an authentic form of Christianity. True, there may be individual Roman Catholics who are justified believers, born again of the Holy Spirit and washed in the Redeemer's blood. The point is that such people receive saving truth despite and not because of the teachings of their Church. I oppose unity with Rome because of my adherence to the Bible as the inspired and infallible word of God.

Rome denies the sufficiency of Scripture and the final authority of its revelation. All her peculiarly Roman dogmas are based on an authority other than Scripture. Rome denies the central truths of the gospel, such as Christ as the sole mediator between God and men (making Mary a mediatrix and placing saints and angels as intercessors) and justification as a forensic act of God whereby He pardons all our sins and imputes to us the righteousness of Christ to give us a right to heaven. It is not too much to say that Rome has perverted every facet of the gospel message. It is not authentic Christianity and should not be included in plans for Christian unity.

Roman Catholics should be evangelized. Like everybody else, they need to be saved. If they are not saved they will be lost. To tell Roman Catholics who believe that by their baptism as children they were regenerated and justified-and that reaching heaven depends on their personal acts of righteousness-that their beliefs are fundamentally Christian is to betray both Christ and Roman Catholics. It is biblical evangelism that Evangelicals need to engage in, not some spurious ecumenism that denies Scripture and damns souls.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 200714 years ago
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Atheism, the Death of a Free Society
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Dr. Alan Cairns

All men are sinners. But in what theologians call His Common Grace, God places restraints on the full expression of human sinfulness. If He didn't, this world would long ago have become uninhabitable. In placing these restraints, the Lord most frequently uses His word, with special emphasis on His law and His gospel. People who live with the knowledge of God and who have come under the influence of His word usually show signs of it in how they live, even if they are not born-again Christians. On the other hand, people who deliberately seek to rid themselves of the fear of God and even descend to the ultimate lie of human existence and say that there is no God also show the fruits of their godless belief system in how they live.

A recent Canadian research poll showed that this is true in moral and social behavior. Consider the following figures. According to the survey, there is a:


*           32-point gap between theists and atheists on whether forgiveness is             "very important" (84 percent vs. 52 percent).
*           33-point gap on patience (72 percent vs. 39 percent).
*           30-point gap on generosity (67 percent vs. 37 percent).
*           19-point gap on concern for others (82 percent vs. 63 percent).
*           23-point gap on family life (88 percent vs. 65 percent).

According to the poll's other findings, there was a 13-point gap between theists and atheists on kindness, a 16-point gap on "being loved," an 11-point gap on friendship, a 10-point gap on courtesy, a 12-point gap on politeness, a 13-point gap on friendliness and a 5-point gap on honesty.

It is interesting that these figures come out just when a few over-confident atheists are going about arguing how much better off our country would be if we could get rid of God. Never forget these cold hard facts. Not only does atheism, like every other unforgiven sin, damn the soul eternally but it drags human relations down dramatically. According to these poll data, an atheist world would largely be unforgiving, impatient, selfish, loveless, impolite and unfriendly. And it would destroy family life.

Atheism is a small (only 6% of Americans claim to be atheists) but deadly attack not only on Christianity but on the very fabric of society. The best answer to it is the Christian faith lived out in the power of the Holy Spirit.

That leads me to one final word: there is a world of difference between a general admission that God exists and a saving faith in Christ. From the survey figures we deduce that many a theist lives like an atheist. Many a theist will be lost, including many who try to live by a high code of human decency. It takes more than that to save the soul. It takes the redeeming power of the blood of Christ applied by the life-changing power of His Spirit. This saving grace makes sinners into saints. Atheism has no such redemptive quality. It removes restraints on human depravity. Woe to a nation when atheism cuts off its people from the restraints of Common Grace to give vent to every evil passion. We are already seeing evidence of this godlessness around us. Atheism makes bad men worse. It is the death of a free society.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 200714 years ago
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Fundamentalism’s Lunatic Fringe
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Dr. Alan Cairns

Yesterday I reported a story from England that highlighted the lunatic activities of the pro-Sodomite lobby. Today I want to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum and talk about the lunatics who masquerade as Bible believing Fundamentalists.

The self-styled Westboro Baptist Church and its minister, Rev. Fred Phelps, with the help of his two daughters, Shirley Phelps Roper and Rebekah Phelps Davis, believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality and so they condemn it too. So far so good. The Bible does condemn homosexuality and no Christian can fail to condemn it too. But the Phelps brigade goes much further. It has launched a campaign of pure (rather impure) hate, with such slogans as "God hates fags," ignoring the fact that Paul tells us that in the Church in Corinth there were some who had once been sexual perverts and were now "washed, justified and sanctified"-all evidences of the unspeakable love of God. Phelps conveys the impression that it is impossible for God to love homosexuals and to save them from their sin, or at least that it must be harder for Him to love them than to love the rest of us. Of course, this is utter rubbish. For God to love any sinner is amazing grace.

Phelps goes beyond saying, "God hates fags." He also insists, "God hates America" because, in his view America enables homosexuals. It is true that America along with every other country in the Western word has perverted the course of justice and has swung around to support the homosexual agenda. That is something every Christian must lament and must seek to change by legitimate means. But Phelps is not interested in changing America. He has carried his message of hate to the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in action in Iraq. He and his cohorts have arrived at military funerals with banners reading, "Thank God for dead soldiers."

Phelps poses as a Christian Fundamentalist. I am not the judge of his soul but since Jesus said that by a man's words he will be justified or condemned, I will certainly pass judgment on what this man and his daughters have said. Their words exhibit nothing of the grace of God or of the truth of the gospel. They have rather stooped to using the Bible not to promote the gospel but to push their own peculiar social and political campaign. They do not represent with any degree of accuracy or completeness the message of Scripture. They do not speak for God and they do not speak for Bible believing Fundamentalists. A famous Methodist controversialist from England once branded all Fundamentalists as "Funny-mentalists." That was a slander but I think it is an apt description of the lunatic fringe that operates under the name of Westboro Baptist Church.

Justice seems at last to have caught up with the Phelps. In a civil suit, Fred Phelps and his two daughters have been found guilty of invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress. The case was brought by the grieving father of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder whose funeral the Phelps picketed with their vile message of hate. A jury awarded Mr. Snyder $2.9 million compensation and decided to deliberate some more on the question of punitive damages. Whether the conviction and award will stand on appeal is open to question. What is not open to question is that the Phelps will soon stand at a higher bar and answer to God for their vicious misrepresentation of Him and His Son. The verdict of that court will never be overturned. I would not like to stand in their shoes on that day.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 200714 years ago
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Promote Homosexuality or Lose Your Kids
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Dr. Alan Cairns

A retired travel agent, now a minister of South Chard Christian Church, Somerset, England, and his wife decided in 2001 to open their home to single mothers and their babies. Then they moved on to fostering children who were doomed to live in local council hostels. Over the past few years they have fostered 28 children and have established a sterling record as caring parents to children who are in desperate need of them.

Now all that has come to a sudden end. Vincent Matherick and his wife Pauline can no longer foster children. Their local council has removed from their care their 11 year-old foster son, refusing even to allow him to stay until another foster home could be found for him. He now lives in a council hostel. What was the Mathericks' crime? Did they abuse the children in their care, physically, sexually or emotionally? No, they were model foster parents. That is, the council viewed them as such until the day that a council official arrived at their home to inform them that they must tell children it is "good" to be homosexual and that they must also take children to gay meetings if they were curious about same-sex relationships. Mr. Matherick says a council official told them: "You have to agree to promote homosexuality. If you don't, you will be deregistered." He stated that it was against his beliefs to promote homosexuality: "I could not agree to do it because it is against my central beliefs. We have never discriminated against anybody but I cannot preach the benefits of homosexuality when I believe it is against the word of God."

So, Somerset Council removed their foster son and forced them to retire from fostering children. What makes this case all the more reprehensible is the fact that at the time of enforcing their ludicrous decision the council had 72 children on its books for who it had not been able to find foster homes. Let that fact sink in. In the perverted logic of the pro-Sodomite lobby it is better to allow children to languish in council hostels, bereft of any stable home influence, than to allow them to grow up free from homosexual propaganda.

Something else that should be mentioned is that this is yet another case of the beliefs of Christians being targeted for discrimination. The pro-Sodomite lobby never tires of crying "Discrimination!" while all the time it is unashamedly promoting discrimination against any, especially Christians, who disagree with their agenda.

Christians tend to deceive themselves that Christianity and rampant secularism can peacefully co-exist. They cannot-because those who want to impose acceptance of their moral perversion on us and our families will never rest until they have silenced the only powerful and persuasive voice that can be raised against them, the voice of Biblical faith. We are in a war and there is no discharge in this war. Either we capitulate to the Sodomites and their fellow-travelers or we stand up against their evil agenda.

The sooner we stand up the better. Soon it may be too late. Today secular authorities are removing foster children from a Christian home because the parents will not endorse the Sodomite agenda. If they can get away with that travesty of justice, it will not be long until they are removing your biological children from you to ensure that they get enough exposure to Sodomite propaganda. Christians, awake! While you sleep the enemy is hard at work.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 200714 years ago
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Pastors Who Think They Are Popes
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Dr. Alan Cairns

Ministers of the gospel are servants of Christ and His people. The Bible specifically reminds them that they are never to act as "lords over God's heritage." They are not to be unaccountable, doing just whatever they feel like doing and speaking as if they were the final authority by which their flocks should decide what to believe and how to live. Preachers are to "speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11) but they are always to do so "according to the proportion of faith" (Romans 12:6) or in accordance with the faith of the gospel set forth in Scripture. The sum of all this is that a true preacher will speak with authority, he will not simply meander among a myriad of conflicting theories. But his authority will be that of "thus saith the Lord." By that I mean that his authority will be clearly settled on what the Bible says and he will be happy to submit whatever he teaches to the scrutiny of the written word of God.

This is classic Protestantism. By contrast, Roman Catholicism elevates her church tradition to equality with Scripture. Indeed she makes it superior to Scripture for she always interprets Scripture by her tradition, never her tradition by Scripture-and with good reason, for if she did the Scripture would overthrow the whole system of vain tradition and superstition that Rome has foisted on the world as primitive Christianity. Historically the line was clearly drawn between Romanism and Protestantism. The Bible was and remains the sole rule of faith and practice for a true Christian.

With the widespread popular acceptance of the Charismatic movement, however, a new situation has arisen. We are constantly confronted with preachers who claim "a word of knowledge" or who receive a direct revelation from God and who demand to have their revelations accepted by their church members as the clearly expressed word and will of God. I know of pastors who have led their people up one blind alley after another on the authority of some claimed prophetic revelation. Anyone who dared to ask how God could reverse Himself so rapidly and so completely was dealt with as a rebel against God and a stubborn rejecter of His will.

It's dangerous to allow a man to think that he can speak infallibly and that his statements do not need to be checked and received or rejected according to what the Bible says. It's dangerous to give any man such power over the consciences of others. That power belongs to Scripture alone. Yet this is precisely the power that many Charismatic-and dare I say it, Fundamentalist-pastors claim. "I am your pastor and I say so and so-if you do not accept this you are opposing God and His will." This is a particularly evil form of popery. Pastors are not popes and popes are not pastors. Popes ravage the flock of God; they come in between believers and the Lord; they remove a believer's divinely given right of reading and understanding God's word without it being filtered through the delusions and dreams of a self-appointed spiritual authority.

If you have been subject to such a pope, flee for the good of our soul and get under the Bible teaching ministry of a man who can speak with the authority of Scripture and will never try to usurp the place of that word through which Christ alone is Lord of your conscience.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 200714 years ago
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Homosexuals Are the Real Bigots
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Dr. Alan Cairns

We are currently enduring a fierce onslaught from the homosexual lobby. They are attacking on all fronts. Here in Greenville, SC, I have seen a huge billboard carrying the message that we should not confuse bigotry with the Bible. It is paid for by the sodomite lobby and it tries to make the point that the Bible is not against the homosexual lifestyle. To oppose homosexuality is mere bigotry. So now the sodomites have arrogated to themselves the right to tell us what the Bible teaches-and to make up the message according to their own preferences and then label all who hold on to what the Bible really teaches as bigots!

Make no mistake about it: the Bible utterly condemns homosexuality. It even states that no one who practices homosexuality can be saved. He may repent of his sin and be delivered from his perversion by saving grace but as I pointed out in a commentary a little time ago he cannot hold on to his homosexuality and be a Christian. That is not bigotry; it is plain Bible teaching. I am not now going to repeat the evidence that I set out Friday November 2. Sufficient to say that in 1 Corinthians 6; 1 Timothy 1 and Romans 1 the Bible clearly identifies homosexual men of every sort and places them under the judgment of God's law and the curse of His wrath. The New Testament in no way softens the verdict of the Old Testament that homosexuality is an abomination to God. I repeat, this is not bigotry; it is what the Bible teaches and anyone who tells you otherwise is deceiving you.

Now let me tell you who the real bigots are. They are not Bible believing Christians who, rejecting the sodomite lifestyle as anti-biblical, still seek to win homosexuals for Christ and who rejoice to see them set free from the satanic perversion that holds them as slaves. The real bigots are the loud apologists for the sodomite lobby. These are the people who want to keep homosexuals enslaved by their perversion, telling them they can never be different. These are the people who invade churches and interrupt services. Recently it was reported that they invaded a Roman Catholic service and neither the police nor the Roman Catholic diocese will press charges. In other words these bigots can break the law with impunity. That was made clear a few years ago when a sodomite army arrived at a Baptist Church in San Francisco to protest the message of a speaker against their perversion. They physically and verbally abused those seeking entrance into the church and kept up a wild din as the service proceeded. They hurled missiles at the church, breaking windows and putting the people in the church in actual physical danger. Worshipers could hardly leave the church because of the lawless and violent mob awaiting them outside. The police were called but refused to intervene in any way. The Christians could get absolutely no protection from their assailants. No one was ever arrested or charged in connection with the incident.

Now the very movement that engages in such vicious attacks wants to pose as victims of bigots who misunderstand the Bible. It's a lie. The real truth is that America is being held to ransom by a bunch of homosexual bigots and their political fellow-travelers-people who are willing to trash the Bible and all who believe it to defend their perverted lifestyle. It's time we identified the real bigots and called them to account before the law instead of cosseting them as the victims they most certainly are not.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 200714 years ago
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Rome Made an Immoral Charlatan a Saint
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Dr. Alan Cairns

Five years ago, before an ecstatic crowd of 200,000 pilgrims, the Church of Rome officially declared a Capuchin friar popularly known as Padre Pio a saint. Pio had for years worn fingerless gloves that covered what he claimed were stigmata, a supernatural reproduction of the wounds of Christ. His image is on a million key chains and carried around as some holy charm by deluded devotees. The evidence is that the Vatican knew that the man they were canonizing was a fake and a charlatan.

An Italian historian, Sergio Luzzatto has written a devastating expose, Padre Pio, Miracles and Politics in 20th century Italy, in which he produces new evidence from Vatican archives, which he says proves that the friar secretly procured carbolic acid with which to burn his hands, feet and sides.

There is little here that the Vatican did not already know. Two successive popes regarded Padre Pio as a fraud. By 1920, when Pio was 33 and was already exhibiting his scars before masses of pilgrims, Rome commissioned investigations that reported that Pio regularly scourged himself with a metal-tipped whip, and had sex with women twice a week. For many years Pio was banned from celebrating mass in public. Remember, these were Vatican findings, accepted by two popes. One thing that seemed to support Pio's claims was that the wounds on his hands did not heal when treated and bandaged by a Vatican-commissioned doctor. Now, however, Sergio Luzzatto has unearthed a letter that Pio wrote to a young woman requesting her to obtain carbolic acid from her cousin who was a pharmacist. This is what he used to keep his wounds weeping.

The letter begging for carbolic acid was in the Vatican archives and it had all the evidence it needed to brand Padre Pio a fake and a charlatan. It didn't. Instead, it removed the ban it had placed on him and milked the notoriety that his claimed stigmata so easily gained. Knowing from its own investigations that far from being a saint, Pio was an immoral scoundrel, a liar and a cheat, a man who willfully built up a persona for himself that was utterly at variance with what he really was, the Vatican declared him a saint! Why worry about small details like morality and honesty when there are millions of dollars to be made by touting the mystical virtues of Saint Pio? In keeping with Rome's black history, money and the power it brings trump morality every time. And this is the system that sets itself up as the moral compass of the world!

Already the Catholic Anti-defamation League has gone into action. Luzzatto's claims are utterly false, they assure us. Why? Because according to Roman dogma canonization involves the infallibility of the pope! So we are to disregard two popes who believed Pio an immoral fraud and declare all the evidence false just to uphold the infallibility of John Paul II. If it weren't so serious it would be laughable.

When Martin Luther was under deep conviction of sin and longed for pardon and relief, his Superior advised him, "Look to the wounds of Jesus." There is power in Christ's blood to save the neediest soul. For Rome to set up a liar and a charlatan who faked the Saviour's wounds is just another evidence that far from being the holy Church of Christ she is His mortal enemy, as immoral and antichristian as ever.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 200714 years ago
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Keep the Pope Out of Northern Ireland
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Dr. Alan Cairns

The pope has been making soothing noises about Northern Ireland. After years of undermining the country both by the personal actions of the incumbent pope and his priestly henchmen in Ireland, the Vatican is singing a different tune these days.

A few years ago, some imprisoned I.R.A. terrorists decided to go on hunger strike. They wanted the British government to recognize them as "political prisoners," that is, prisoners imprisoned on account of their espousal of a political cause, and not as the murderous criminals that they actually were. The entire campaign was a cynical I.R.A. ploy to launch a new wave of murderous violence in Northern Ireland and gain worldwide sympathy for their cause. Some of those hunger strikers died as suicides by self-starvation. Now, according to the Church of Rome a suicide dies in mortal sin. He is damned. So says Rome. Yet the pope at the time, John Paul II, in response to an appeal by the British government to use his power to persuade the hunger strikers to stop their campaign, sent his personal emissary to Bobby Sands, one of the suicides, just before he died and gave him a papally blessed crucifix to comfort him in his dying hours. The pope was willing to ignore his own canon law in the narrow interest of supporting I.R.A. terrorists. He knew that his action would spread a terrible wave of more murders across the province but he went through with it. As usual, the Vatican and the Irish R.C. hierarchy were knee deep in the campaign to overthrow Northern Ireland as an integral part of the U.K. and the last bastion of Bible Protestantism in Europe.

Now, however, the pope is holding up Northern Ireland as an example of peaceful reconciliation between opposing communities. Most people in Northern Ireland prefer peace to an ongoing terrorist war, but the truth is that the actions of the pope and his minions have for years hindered the arrival of peace. Their words were smoother than butter but an unremitting war against Northern Ireland's Protestant majority was their constant policy. That papal hypocrisy is on display again for now the pope wants to inject himself into the current situation by personally visiting the province.

Such a visit would be a grave mistake. It would be seen by many Protestants for what it is, Vatican triumphalism, an in-your-face challenge to Protestants to suck it up and not oppose the pope for fear of undoing the "reconciliation" that has been developing. If there is any genuine political reconciliation, a papal visit would probably wreck it. Protestants who rightly view the pope as "antichrist in the church," as the Westminster Confession of Faith puts it, will certainly oppose his visit. Community tensions will run high. The pope in Northern Ireland would be a lethal mix. The pope knows that and one must ask why the Vatican is floating the idea of a visit at this time. The conclusion is inescapable that the pope has as little real interest in peace in Northern Ireland as any pope has ever had. He has the same old policy. He believes that Protestantism in Ulster is dead and that he can now move to claim all Ireland for Rome. Sadly Protestantism in Ulster is in a moribund state, largely because of ecumenical compromise with Rome. But the pope will find that his coming will stir enough people to make him realize that the verdict of the province's majority is still NO POPE HERE! So, Benedict, just stay home and leave N.I. alone.

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