The indispensable doctrine

Outside of the church, Muslims are killing people, American taxpayers are giving over a half-billion dollars a year to Planned Parenthood so they can murder babies, and judges nationwide are giving a middle finger to God and Christians by forcing “same-sex marriage” down our throats, and there is so much more I could say.

Inside of the (professing) church, Joel Osteen still has clean teeth and is making his millions peddling fortune cookie wisdom, Christian bookstores are bowing the knee to the dollar by peddling his heresy and the unbiblical and antibiblical teachers of others, the largest Southern Baptist Church in the world is led by a man who has redefined the Ten Commandments as promises, and oh, there is here also so much more I could say.

Why is all of this happening? Why are there so many problems both inside and outside of churches? Why is the world the way it is?

The easy answer, of course, is sin. And it’s the correct answer, too. Rebellion against God. A dissatisfaction with His provision and His command and a lust for the idol of self, the idol of more, the idol of my way.

But let’s dig a little deeper. Where does sin come from? Well, not so ironically, the same place we find out what sin is.

The first sin of man, resulting in the fall of man, occurred in the Garden of Eden. You know the story, but you should read it again anyway to be reminded. God told Adam, He “commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die'” (Gen 2:16-17, emphasis mine).

So God spoke. Continue reading “The indispensable doctrine”

Catholic Church approves iPhone confession app

Need to confess your sins? There’s an app for that.

You can go to the iTunes App Store and, for $1.99, purchase the “Confession” program, designed to assist Catholics with the sacrament of reconciliation.

Pope Benedict XVI has told Catholics to embrace the digital world and make their presence felt, and now he has given his stamp of approval to an application for the iPhone that allows people to keep track of the sins they’ve committed. While not designed for the purpose of replacing a visit to the priest, the app is is supposed to help Catholics have a better grasp on what they do so they can take action.

Need to confess your sins? There’s an app for that.

You can go to the iTunes App Store and, for $1.99, purchase the “Confession” program, designed to assist Catholics with the sacrament of reconciliation.

Pope Benedict XVI has told Catholics to embrace the digital world and make their presence felt, and now he has given his stamp of approval to an application for the iPhone that allows people to keep track of the sins they’ve committed. While not designed for the purpose of replacing a visit to the priest, the app is is supposed to help Catholics have a better grasp on what they do so they can take action.

When I read about this I thought about the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned they realized they were naked and they were ashamed, so they sowed fig leaves together, made loin coverings for themselves, and they hid from God (Gen 3:7-8). But their attempt to cover their own shame was not sufficient. After the curses were announced by God, He had mercy on Adam and Eve by slaying an animal and making clothing for them out of the skins (Gen 3:21). Only the covering provided by God is sufficient to appease His wrath. Continue reading “Catholic Church approves iPhone confession app”