The Shack – what do we do with this book and movie?

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Yesterday IB of See, there’s this thing called biology… ~  wrote about the need to be compassionate when we react to hurting people who say they’ve been helped by The Shack. It’s a truly good thing to be careful how we respond to others, especially those who are suffering, but there is more at stake here because we’re commanded to defend the faith. Compassion and sound doctrine must go hand in hand, and they do. 

Jude

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 85:10 

Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.

Recently Tom of excatholic4christ posted Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 3/4/17 in which he included this image. Compassion is needed by all of us, truth is essential to us all. Let’s make sure we focus on both!

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TROUBLEmaker, a call to prayer for Leah

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Reading Leah Remini’s memoir of life as a member of the Church of Scientology is interesting but tough. For one thing the language is vulgar, and occasionally she uses the Lord’s Name – and unlike the exposé of Scientology produced by A&E, which featured her and other ex-members, cannot be bleeped. Tom of excatholic4christ has posted a helpful review of this, and as always he focuses on the Gospel of grace. Go here to read this: Final thoughts on “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”.

A few words about L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the “church” that enslaved Leah for many years: Hubbard was a science fiction writer. Perhaps, using the same gifts of invention, he came up with his “religion”, for it seems like an experiment in mind control, and mind control is a topic explored in classic works of sci fi. It’s as if he wanted to bring speculative fiction to life and see how far it would go. I could be very wrong and be ascribing a wrong motive to him, however, it’s difficult to see false teachers in a kind light. He was an inventor of evil, a godless method of trying to remake humanity in order to save the world.  

Leah Remini left Scientology, and is exposing its evils, but has returned to the faith of her grandmother, the Roman Catholic faith. I’m grateful I got to know what happened to her and others through this book but honestly don’t know if I can stand to finish it. Please pray for her and others trapped in false religions!

Romans 1

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Keeping informed – excatholic4christ’s “Weekend Review – News and Commentary”

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Thank you, Tom, for keeping us informed about these important events!

“I hope everyone had a nice week! It’s time to take a look at all the news that’s piled up in my in-basket over the last seven days: Pope Francis was wrong to equate Islamist terror with…”

Tom, excatholic4christ

Source: Weekend Review – News and Commentary

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Books about Catholicism – from a former Catholic who reads a lot on this subject

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A sampling from Tom’s list:

Bennett, Richard. On the Wings of Grace Alone (2015). AMZ (available from Amazon)

Boettner, Loraine. The Mass (1970). TP (available from Amazon third-party sellers)

McCarthy, James G. The Gospel According to Rome (1995). AMZ

Tom said about this book, “If I had to recommend only one book to interested Catholics it would be ‘The Gospel According to Rome’ by James G. McCarthy…”

Kauffman, Timothy F. Quite Contrary: A Biblical Reconsideration of the Apparitions of Mary (1998). TP

Kauffman, Timothy F., ed. Geese in Their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles Haddon Spurgeon(1997). TP

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There are many more for study at excatholic4christ’s Books page

Source: Books