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prosperity gospel = pyramid scheme

December 28, 2007 11 comments

Prosperity Gospel in TIMEFoxNews reports that there is a senate investigation targeting six ministries promoting the “Gospel of wealth” to innocent victims.  — Finally somebody is calling their bluff … but nothing will be done about it.

Prosperity theology is commonly a part of televangelist, charismatic, and Pentecostal churches, that highlights the idea that God wants Christians to be “abundantly” successful in every way, including financially.  It’s loosely based on Deuteronomy 8:18,Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.”  In a nutshell, it suggests that a God who loves you does not want you to be broke.  Some of the evangelists supporting prosperity theology include Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Nasir Saddiki, Robert Tilton, T.D. Jakes, Paul Crouch, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Jesse Duplantis, Juanita Bynum, Eddie Long, Brian Houston, Paula White and Peter Popoff, and internet evangelist Chris Mentillo. Pat Robertson calls this theory the “Law of Reciprocity” on his show, The 700 Club[2].

Critics, including CATHOLICS, claim that the doctrine is used by its proponents to become wealthy at the expense of persons who give or that the doctrine’s focus on material wealth is misguided.  In my view, I sounds like a glorified “Pyramid Scheme.”  If our goverment is starting to look into this, why stop there Senators? Wall Street does this on a daily basis. Vegas and all the lotteries that are under government control do the same thing, promise the moon to lure a victim’s coin.  — That’s why nothing will be done.

tithe offeringThis got me looking for the Vatican’s guide to tithing our 10%, but I haven’t found anything official.  Anybody know what the Catholic Church says about tithing?  — Kermit?

Pope to Baptists

December 28, 2007 2 comments

One ChurchI ran across a short speech Pope Benedict XVI gave to the ecumenical council for the Baptist World Alliance on December 6, 2007.  Here’s an excerpt (the last line is deep):

As believers in Christ, we acknowledge him as the one mediator between God and humanity (1 Tim 2:5), our Saviour, our Redeemer. He is the cornerstone (Eph 2:21; 1 Pet 2:4-8); and the head of the body, which is the Church (Col 1:18). In this Advent season, we look to his coming with prayerful expectation. Today, as ever, the world needs our common witness to Christ and to the hope brought by the Gospel. Obedience to the Lord’s will should constantly spur us, then, to strive for that unity so movingly expressed in his priestly prayer: “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe” (Jn 17:21). For the lack of unity between Christians “openly contradicts the will of Christ, provides a stumbling block to the world, and harms the most holy cause of proclaiming the good news to every creature” (Unitatis Redintegratio, 1).

where’s Heaven?

December 27, 2007 Leave a comment

heaven in the heartA thoughtful closing to Pope Benedict’s 2007 homily at Midnight Mass (reposted by Fr Stephanos, OSB on his blog Me Monk Me Meander).

In the stable at Bethlehem, Heaven and Earth meet. … Just as the sinner is called ‘Earth’, so by contrast the just man can be called ‘Heaven'” (Sermo in monte II 5, 17). Heaven does not belong to the geography of space, but to the geography of the heart. And the heart of God, during the Holy Night, stooped down to the stable: the humility of God is Heaven. And if we approach this humility, then we touch Heaven. Then the Earth too is made new. With the humility of the shepherds, let us set out, during this Holy Night, towards the Child in the stable! Let us touch God’s humility, God’s heart! Then his joy will touch us and will make the world more radiant. Amen.

monks & the Trinity

December 27, 2007 Leave a comment

I found a few blogs done by monks in California:  One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict and Me monk Me meander.     The Benedictine Monastery is PRINCE OF PEACE ABBEY in San Diego, CA.  Website had some beautiful icons.

Diagram on how Benedictine monastic life leads to God.  More info at http://monks.blogspot.com/
Monks & God

Christmas Day

December 25, 2007 1 comment

I served with cross at the 10am Christmas Day Mass at my home parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church with my Pastor Father Brendan Dalton and Deacon Lou.
St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Day Mass St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Day Mass

Relaxed with family with great food and some movies (Ratatouille, The Kingdom, The Golden Compass)
Ratatouille The Kingdom The Golden Compass

X-Mas Midnight Mass

December 24, 2007 Leave a comment

St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Midnight Mass with Pastor Father DaltonDid some last minute Christmas shopping.  Served 6pm Christmas Vigil Mass with Msgr Strano & Deacon Lou at my home parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church in Hollywood, FL.  At 11pm, there was a Christmas Program combining a history of Christmas tradition from around the world with the choir’s carols.  I had a short reading part from Genesis (God kicking Adam & Eve out of the Garden of Eden).  Then Midnight Mass.  The procession began with our “Army of Acoloytes” (high school alter servers).  I carried in the holy water to bless the nativity scene on the alter.  A beautiful service.  After Mass, I got a great picture with my family and our Pastor Father Dalton.
St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Day Program  St Bernadette 2007 Christmas Midnight Mass

The Subtle Knife

December 21, 2007 Leave a comment

The Subtle KnightWith all this talk about how the new movie The Golden Compass is an “atheist” Chronicles of Narnia, I listened to the second book in Philip Pullman‘s literary trilogy His Dark Materials series, The Subtle Knife.  — I need to finish the whole series before making any judgement (so far, it doesn’t look good)