Pope Francis visited a cemetery in Rome last Friday in observance of the Roman Catholic holiday All Saints' Day to pray for the dead and bless the graves of the departed. He celebrated the blasphemous representation of the Eucharistic Christ during mass and ask the dead saints to pray for those who remain alive.
In a monumental decision for ecumenical relations, the U.S. Roman Catholic church and a group of Protestant denominations have signed a document to formally recognize each other's baptisms.
The catalyst for greatest transformation of the professing church since the apostles first preached the Gospel took place 496 years ago. Martin Luther's nailing of his ninety-five theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, began a debate that marked the beginning of the Reformation.
The eternal destinies of Catholics and former Catholics are said to be controlled by the threat of Rome's 100 anathemas. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, when "an anathema is attached to doctrinal teaching of a general council, it is a certain sign of an infallible definition" and Catholics "are bound to believe them in order to maintain the bond of faith."
Remember in Genesis 11:4, the people said "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens. Today, there is another great city with a great pagan tower that thinks it is the only way to heaven.
This past weekend I participated in a gospel outreach at the Texas State Fair. One of the many conversations I had was with a sincere and humble man who knew that something was missing in the Christian life he professed.
A few years ago, I felt a burden to share the gospel with a distant relative's ex-husband. In light of his estranged relationship with the family, I was very careful to tread cautiously.