Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | July 7, 2010

Some Interesting News from the Religious World

Some interesting news items from various religious news sites:

The Vatican’s head of Christian union issues has proposed that Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans, Lutherans, and the Reformed churches should get together and write an “ecumenical catechism.”

Why?  “We have affirmed our common foundation in Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity as expressed in our common creed and in the doctrine of the first ecumenical councils.”

It’s an interesting idea, since Cardinal Kasper acknowledges that he has no idea how it would be done and or structured, especially since these church bodies have major differences of “opinion” on various doctrinal topics like — the ordination of women, homosexuality, the papacy, the Church, church government.

The end result of such an effort would be not edifying, but rather another  “Five Views on…” volume.  This is not faithfulness to Scripture but rather another attempt to scratch itching ears.  Such a catechism would not be a clearly sounding trumpet, but rather an ugly cacophony of pious sounding platitudes and wishy-washy statements filled with wiggle room.  This is not what the Church does.  Paul writes, “Watch your life and doctrine closely, persevere in them, because if you do, you will save yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).

Apparently, the now well-known (and not universally loved) vuvuzelas were originated by the founder of this South African denomination, and they want to retain the rights to make the original vuvuzela.

A man on death row in Texas claims that his religious affiliation with the Church of Satan should not have been presented as evidence in his murder trial, since that is an infringement of his First Amendment rights.

Maybe this school district doesn’t teach the word “irony.”

Watch out for these guys.


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