Well, well, well.
The Obamawhore media is sharpening the blade of the machete and going after two conservative Republicans and their particular church and or pastor.
Funny, the same Obamawhore media did not do diligence when all the chickens came home to roost for one "Rev." Jeremiah Wright.
The two conservative Republicans are Congressman Michelle Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Congressman Bachmann is in for the GOP nomination for president while Gov. Perry is still thinking about it.
Well, let me discuss what has the Obamawhore media' panties in a bunch.
And I want to discuss Congressman Bachmann since she is an actual candidate.
Until recently, Congressman Bachmann was a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod church. Of the three major Lutheran denominations, it is the most traditional.
And apparently, they think that the Pope is the anti-Christ.
No, really according to this Joshua Green.
Compared to many Obamawhore media lackeys, he actually does a decent job in understanding the issue.
This is some really tough reading, but essentially it is a strict understanding of Martin Luther and what he came to understand about the papacy and the Roman Catholic church.
In the strictest sense, yes the WELS do believe that the Pope, no matter who he is, is the anti-Christ.
To cut to the chase, it is because any one who puts themselves ahead of Jesus Christ is the anti-Christ.
So, it relation to Evangelical Christians, who believe that the anti-Christ is a secular leader that will rise to rule a post-tribulation world, the WELS do not believe quite the same thing.
Infact, the WELS statement makes the point of not to blame all Roman Catholics. And, this is the following from the WELS website:
There are many things that the Lutheran and Catholic churches share: the Bible, the Creeds, the Lord's Prayer, the Lord's Supper, Baptism, and much of the liturgy used in worship. After Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church, those who followed him retained the things from the Catholic Church which were good and true. They rejected only the beliefs and practices that were not scriptural. A significant percentage of the members of our church are former Catholics, so we certainly have no bad feelings toward Catholic people. But we do not agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church that are not based on the Bible.
Significant differences between the Catholic Church and ours include: the papacy, the nature and role of Mary, invocation of the saints, the doctrine of purgatory, transubstantiation, use of the Apocrypha and tradition as sources of doctrine, and justification through a combination of faith in Christ and good works.
As Lutherans, we love to speak about the forgiveness of sin that we have in Christ. If people realize that they have complete forgiveness through Christ, they will see why there can be no purgatory for Christians. If they understand that we are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, they will understand why we do not need to pray through saints as mediators.
All of our congregations provide obligation-free information classes that explain what we believe and why. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about the various differences between the Lutheran and Catholic Church bodies, read Catholicism Today, a Bible study available through Northwestern Publishing House.
In reality, it is what most Protestants believe.
I am a Protestant, therefore I am anti-Roman Catholic. No, not anti-Roman Catholic like those in the culture that salivate over the theology they do not understand. Mocking rather than educating. Hating instead of loving. I do not agree with a lot of the theology of the Roman Catholic church. Infact, as an Episcopalian, I refer to the Book of Common Prayer for affirmation of the above.
In the Articles of Religion, here is the following:
XXII. Of Purgatory.
The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.
XII. Of Good Works.
Albeit that Good Works, which are the fruits of Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith insomuch that by them a lively Faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.
XXV. Of the Sacraments.
Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men's profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God's good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm our Faith in him.
There are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.
Those five commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction, are not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as have grown partly of the corrupt following of the Apostles, partly are states of life allowed in the Scriptures, but yet have not like nature of Sacraments with Baptism, and the Lord's Supper, for that they have not any visible sign or ceremony ordained of God.
The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ to be gazed upon, or to be carried about, but that we should duly use them. And in such only as worthily receive the same, they have a wholesome effect or operation: but they that receive them unworthily, purchase to themselves damnation, as Saint Paul saith.
That is standard Protestant Christian doctrine. True, my denomination has thrown much of the Articles of Religion out the window. But the point is those of us who read them and seek to be faithful to that makes us, by that understanding, anti-Roman Catholic.
That does not mean both the WELS and or the Episcopal Church are that exclusive that they do not welcome people that are curious and or thinking of becoming members.
But I ask why this media wants to discredit this particular denomination when they had the "Rev." Wright? A minister that believes in Black Liberation Theology? A belief that by nature is not religion based, but race based? Did this Obamawhore media really ask the questions of then Sen. Messiah Barack about where he disagreed with the Trinity United Church of Christ and Black Liberation Theology?
I do not know if Congressman Bachmann believed that aspect of WELS teaching. In this piece from The Corner on National Review Online, Congressman Bachmann does not subscribe to that aspect of WELS teaching. Here is what Congressman Bachmann said about the issue in 2006:
“Well that’s a false statement that was made, and I spoke with my pastor earlier today about that as well, and he was absolutely appalled that someone would put that out. It’s abhorrent, it’s religious bigotry. I love Catholics, I’m a Christian, and my church does not believe that the Pope is the Anti-Christ, that’s absolutely false.”
I will take her at her word then. At least she seemed to be critical of an aspect of her church that she was not comfortable and asked questions about it. Did a man name Obama publicly question the rantings of the "Rev." Wright?
FWIW, while I am not running for office and if it comes up how I can be in the Episcopal Church, my criticisms have been written about it here. And I favor the churches leaving the denomination in droves. And I support the efforts of the Anglican Church of North America to be recognized as part of the Anglican Communion.
The rich irony is that this is what the left hopes to be a "gotcha" moment for Congressman Bachmann. That she is so loony, and she belongs to a loony church that hates Roman Catholics. Yet same media all but ignored another candidate and his relationship with a real kook and his crazy, racist and anti-Semitic ideas.
And I think that this will fail.
Because there is way too much at stake here.
This is about the overall future of the United States. It is not about what church and or denomination a candidate belongs or belonged to. It is about what a candidate believes is right for the whole of America. The America that is made of Roman Catholics, Jews, Islamics, non-monotheistic religionists.
Thus, look for the Obamawhore media to do more hit pieces like this because if Congressman Bachmann keeps gaining among Republicans and conservatives, she will against the Dear Leader, President Obama, himself.
And we can not have that.