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Pope Says Athiests Who 'Do Good' are Redeemed

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Interesting development yesterday in the Roman Catholic Church when their pontiff declared1 during his homily at Wednesday Mass in Rome that doing good was all that was required for salvation and that everyone was redeemed through Jesus, including Atheists.


“They complain,” the Pope said in his homily, because they say, “If he is not one of us, he cannot do good. If he is not of our party, he cannot do good.” And Jesus corrects them: “Do not hinder him, he says, let him do good.” The disciples, Pope Francis explains, “were a little intolerant,” closed off by the idea of possessing the truth, convinced that “those who do not have the truth, cannot do good.” “This was wrong . . . Jesus broadens the horizon.” Pope Francis said, “The root of this possibility of doing good – that we all have – is in creation”

Unfortunately for the pontiff, the Word of God declares otherwise. While it is true that all good things come from God, the bible is clear of what it is that man is capable on their own.

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Be Careful who your partner is

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Just received the latest news letter from our friends at Proclaiming the Gospel this morning. I was struck by a couple of articles they provided in that they demonstrate not only how much we need to reach out to those in the RCC religion, but also how apparent it is that the evangelical church in North America has no real discernment on this issue.

The first issue is what the new Pope mentioned in a "Eucharistic Concelebration with the Eminent Cardinals Resident in Rome on the Occasion of the Feast of Saint George" (April 23, 2013) LINK in which he is quoted as saying:

And in this way the Church is increasingly a Mother, a Mother of many, many children: she becomes a Mother, ever more fully a Mother, a Mother who gives us faith, a Mother who gives us our identity. But Christian identity is not an identity card. Christian identity means being a member of the Church, since all these people belonged to the Church, to Mother Church, for apart from the Church it is not possible to find Jesus. The great Paul VI said: it is an absurd dichotomy to wish to live with

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Stop and Think - Israel's Blockade

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On May 27, 2011 a group of 6 ships carrying 10,000 tons of alleged humanitarian aid was dispatched by Turkey to run Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade was put in place since the militant group Hamas seized control in June 2007. Israel wants to weaken Hamas, end rocket attacks from Gaza, and ensure national security for the innocent civilians living within its borders.

In response to this flotilla, and utilizing civilized diplomacy, the Israeli government contacted each of the ships captains and the non-governmental organizations supporting the flotilla as well as the Turkish Government which appears to be the primary organizer of the mission. Israel offered to allow the shipments to be offloaded in Ashdod, to be inspected for contraband weapons and equipment. The Legitimate aide supplies would then be transported into Gaza under the supervision of the sponsoring Aid Organizations.

The requests were ignored, and the flotilla continued steaming towards Gaza, despite the warnings that Israel would not permit it. When the flotilla was 80 miles off the coast, they were ordered to follow the Israeli navy escort into Ashdod, or be boarded.

When they refused, the Israeli navy boarded the first 5 ships without incident.

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