*BEST OF DTB #80* Easter is still a uniquely Catholic holiday…and it it is getting more so.

Posted by John Benko - April 24th, 2011

Easter (which takes it’s name from it’s Eastern origin, not from some goddess as some claim) is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. it is a conspicuously Catholic holiday both in origin and celebration.

The whole of the Easter story begins with the Last supper and the institution of the Eucharist;

Luke 22

14 And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I tell you I shall not eat it * until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after supper, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

After this, we are drawn through the terrible passion of Our Lord, during which He issues His condemnation of Jerusalem, the harlot of babylon;

Luke 23
26* And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. p 28* But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem”, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

Revelation 6 15* Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us” and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?”

In the climax of the passion, Our Lord gives us His Mother as Our Mother. As it turns out, this is the defining sign of the true believers of Jesus Christ.

John 19 25* So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26* When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. Revelation 12 17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on * the sand of the sea.

Then comes the Resurrection. A real event that only the Catholic Church has proof of. Think about that. Outside of the Scriptures, a non-Catholic can provide no evidence of the Resurrection. The Shroud of Turin, on the other hand, provides the definitive proof that the Resurrection is a historical fact.

Finally, what points back to these miracles are the miracles that happen now, in the Catholic Church. Eucharistic miracles, public miracles….

However, at the end of the day, what verifies the Catholic Church most is that it celebrates and enjoins itself to the whole passion mystery.

Rather than dismissing it with a prayer.

More and more, other churches are denying the reality of the Resurrection or, at a minimum, downplaying it.

Growing in protestantism is a denial of Christ’s fulfillment of the Sabbath and Sunday as the Lord’s day.

Lost in so many of them is that the Cross is not sufficient until we join it with our own sufferings, through the ministry of the Church.

Colossians 1
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26* the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints.

The Catholic seal is all over Easter.

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*BEST OF DTB #79* "….. There will be an answer….Let it be"

Posted by John Benko - April 17th, 2011

In the Bible, and history, there are many instances where God speaks through the unlikeliest of people. I believe I experienced one of those myself.

In those moments, the person writing does not even understand the magnitude of what they are writing, for they are not writing, but God is writing through them.

When King David wrote those haunting and
prophetic words in the 22nd Psalm, did he even comprehend who it was whose voice he was echoing through time and space?

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Why art thou so far from helping me,
from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day,
but thou dost not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
3 Yet thou art holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In thee our fathers trusted; they trusted,
and thou didst deliver them.
5 To thee they cried, and were saved;
in thee they trusted, and were not disappointed.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; scorned by men,
and despised by the people.
7* All who see me mock at me,
they make mouths at me,
they wag their heads;
8 “He committed his cause to the LORD;
let him deliver him, let him rescue him,
for he delights in him!”
9 Yet thou art he who took me from the womb;
thou didst keep me safe upon my mother’s breasts.
10 Upon thee was I cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me thou hast been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near and there is none to help.
12 Many bulls encompass me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax,
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
thou dost lay me in the dust of death.

Mark 15:34
And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God,
my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Why did Jesus cry out these words? Why did He feel abandoned by the Father?

This is one of those most wonderful paradoxes of our precious Christian faith. At that moment you feel the most abandoned, the most lost, the most alone, the most despaired of hope and consolation, it is then that you are the closest to Jesus.

Those Christians who suffered the most, most closely imitated and united with, His sufferings and filled up the covenant- that which is lacking in His afflictions.

Colossians 1
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,

To rejoice in our sufferings, for someone else’s sake, sounds like foolishness. However, it is only foolish to the fools. Jesus suffered for our sake and it is the greatest privilege possible to join him at Calvary, even if only in a small way. In the midst of our deepest despair, our most unbearable loneliness, our most piercing and penetrating pain, our most violent storm, hangs the despairing, abandoned and suffering Jesus, united in all our agony.

Many Christian pastors, despite their best intentions, cannot answer this one question;

Why do Christians suffer?

The answer? Because that is where you find Jesus. There is but one way to Jesus and that is the Via Delarossa…. the way of the cross.

In accepting the sufferings that come our way, we draw closer to God by emptying our souls to Him, gaining empathy for the lost, forsaken and downtrodden and gaining a greater appreciation for what He did for us.

If anyone thinks that he can get to heaven by avoiding the way of the cross, he must think again.

Mark 8:34-38
And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

We must follow Jesus on the way of the cross and, in following Him, we will meet His Mother, as He did. Who knew His sufferings more than her? What an ocean of suffering overtook her seeing Her Divine Son tortured, murdered, mocked, abandoned….

When it comes to Our Lady, protestants miss the forest for the trees. Jesus didn’t merely suffer for us, He suffers with us and we with Him. Never was this sublime mystery more present than with His Blessed Mother who Simeon foretold would suffer the sword of agony in Her own soul (Luke 2:33-35).

Mary was the perfect example of Christ-like faith and her suffering had to have been unbearable but, unlike 11 of the 12 apostles, She never abandoned her Son. No one knew Christ’s sufferings better than His Mother because She joined Him in His passion as we are called to do as well.

Jesus gave us Her Mother in John 19:26 and that we belong to Her is the surest sign that we belong to Him.

In one the darkest days of my life, in 2007, leveled by catastrophes, bereft of hope, I cried out to God “Why!? Why!? Why!?”. Why did my family have to be victimized by these horrible events? My family had suffered events that destroyed my life, eviscerated my hope, left me with no reason to live.

In other words…..

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

The simple, stunning, but unmistakable answer came from the radio…..

“There will be an answer….Let it be”

That song was almost 40 years old. What are the odds it would be on at that time?

Do I believe Paul McCartney is a prophet? I do not. Do I believe that song was inspired by God? I do. And I do believe that my Blessed Mother, through that song, was speaking to me….. yes…..words of wisdom.

“My child” I could almost hear her say. “I know you are in agony, I know you don’t understand” Her calming voice to my soul, “but” She continues “There will be an answer….. Let it Be

I began sobbing, right there behind the wheel, right there on Route 287 eastbound. Just like a baby.

Shortly after that, I listened again to the song I’d known pretty much all my life in a whole new way…

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me,

speaking words of wisdom; “Let it Be”

And in my hour of darkness, She is standing right in front of me,

speaking words of wisdom; “Let it Be”

Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be

Whisper words of wisdom, “Let it be”

And when the broken hearted people, living in the world, agree,

There will be an answer, Let it Be.

For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see

There will be an answer, Let it Be

Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be

Yea, There will be an answer, “Let it be”

Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be

Whisper words of wisdom, “Let it be”

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me,

Shine on until tomorrow, Let it Be

I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me.

speaking words of wisdom; “Let it Be”

Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be

Yea, There will be an answer, “Let it be”

Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be, Let it Be

Whisper words of wisdom, “Let it be”

There is not doubt in my mind that this song was inspired by God even though I don’t think even Paul McCartney, the writer ever realized it. Our Lady does come to us in times of trouble and She is standing right in front of us in that hour of darkness. Finally, She does tell us that we may have to endure a season of suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19) that we do not understand. yet, if we do, we must not despair of God’s love or feel forsaken. True, we may not understand why God allows even horrific sufferings in the lives of some. However, in the midst of your agony, hold fast to that promise, it will be what makes you whole again.

There will be an answer. Let it Be.

In August of 2009, I was blessed to be at this concert. I cried when he did this song.

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*BEST OF DTB #78* The Catholic Defender: The Stations Of The Cross

Posted by John Benko - April 14th, 2011

One of my all time favorite devotions is the Stations of the Cross.

This devotion has played an important part in my spiritual formation.

I love many of the traditions built around this great devotion.

I remember reading how the Blackfoot Indians would make a 7 mile trek on their Reservation in full colorful ancestral clothing bringing the culture into it.

The oldest to the youngest would carry crosses to each of the 14 Stations.

I know that Poland has had similar cultural enrichment to the Stations.

Every time I go into a Catholic Church, the Stations of the Cross are always something I always look for.

Eureka Springs Arkansas has a very beautiful example that is built outdoors.

Recently, Fort Hood Catholic Community conducted the Stations of the Cross in Belton Texas at the Cedarbrake Renewal Center where we went on a 1 mile trek.

It was a great experience that was profound for me.

There were retired Soldiers who walked the Stations some of which where wounded in action having to walk with supports.

Seeing that showed me something of the human spirit to do something for God.

Their example and testimony through this effort to me was very powerful.

The History of the Stations of the Cross goes all the way back to Christ as his followers would retrace the Lord’s steps to Calvary.

During the Middle Ages, because of the Islamic take over of the holy Land, pilgrimages became very dangerous to the Christians.

As a result, St. Francis of Assisi developed a means by setting up a model for the Stations of the Cross at the local Church. By 1731, Pope Clement XII fixed the number to 14 Stations and promoted the devotion to all Churches in Christendom.

The Stations of the Cross can be prayed anytime, but it is mostly seen during the Season of Lent as people are following more closely the Passion of the Lord.

I have kind of started my own devotion using the Stations of the Cross. The past 4 weeks I have been praying the Stations of the Cross at the Killeen Texas Abortion clinic.

It began simple by joining some others friends out on the sidewalk standing up for the life of the unborn child.

Then this “Walk of Jericho” idea that has been spreading, where people will walk 7 times around the Abortion Clinics spiritually bringing down the walls of “Jericho”.

Our Abortion Clinic is only available on two fronts surrounding a large complex of several other businesses.

We do have a Pro-life center right next door to the Abortion Mill. Since I can’t go around the abortion mill, I can still cover two flanks so I travel this 14 times as if to spiritually go all away around the area.

This is how the Stations became an opportunity for me. I can stop and pray at every entrance of the location. I carry a cross that is 8 feet tall with a 6 foot bar forming a fairly formidable cross that you can see a long ways.

I wrote “Stop Abortion” on the cross beam making it clear why I am carrying it. It has taken me so far about 4 1/2 hours to complete this making it very interesting.

I will have thousands see me carrying the cross and I will pause at the strategic places where the most people will see me. I get a lot of thumbs up, horns honking in support, people will get out of their vehicles to pray for me and show support.

Yesterday, a lady stopped and approached me as I stood there with the cross and she thanked me for what I was doing. She told me her Daughter had two Abortions and she was torn up about it. Her Daughter had recently tried to have a baby but lost it through a miscarriage. She felt that God was punishing her for the abortions. I encouraged her to let her Daughter know that God does love her, and He will forgive her if she asks for it.

I also am there as a sign to those going there for abortions. Sometimes we get someone who sees us and changes their mind, other times, they will go into the pr0-life clinic thinking it is the Abortion mill.

During the course of this year, we saved 101 babies from would be Mothers who were Abortion minded.

The Stations of the Cross for me has become an important weapon as is the rosary in this battle against abortion. At each entrance I pray, “We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Because by your holy Cross You have redeemed the world”.

At the major entrances, I would stand with the cross and pray and sing each of the prayers, those prescribed for the leader, for all, the concluding prayer, then a song for each Station.
The Stations of the Cross are as follows:

1. Jesus is condemned to death

2. Jesus carries his Cross

3. Jesus falls the first time

4. Jesus meets his afflicted mother

5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his Cross

6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

7. Jesus falls the second time

8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

9. Jesus falls a third time

10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes

11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross

12. Jesus dies on the Cross

13. The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross

14. Jesus is laid in the tomb

Regardless of the circumstance where, why, when we pray the Stations of the Cross, anytime we follow the footsteps of our Lord’s Passion, we become identified with our Lord and we grow closer to Jesus. May the Lord bless us and keep us close to himself as we grow closer to him at the foot of the Cross.

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The Catholic Defender Salutes A Young Girl

Posted by John Benko - April 12th, 2011

This is an excellent small video of a younglittle girl. Please take the time to watch this video and the message she offers. This should be seen around the world. “I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those days, Yes, even on my servants and handmaids”.

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* BEST OF DTB #77* The Catholic Defender: 9 Identifiers of the SDA

Posted by John Benko - April 12th, 2011

I recently wrote an article concerning some of the issues of the Seventh Day Adventist and some of their subsidiaries. Due to the great response of this article, I wanted to share some more that I feel should be looked at. The SDA have signaled 9 identifiers they claim point to the Catholic Faith as the “Whore of Babylon”. Lets take a look at these identifiers and show some objectivity.

The SDA first identifier: The Catholic Church began in 538 A.D. marking the beginning of the 1260 year reign prophesied by Daniel the Prophet. To give them their 1260 years, they attach the year 1798. The SDA claim that the Catholic Church rose taking out three kingdoms uprooting the Heruli, the Ostrogoths, and the Vandals.

Response: The SDA is using the 538 date because they want you to believe this was the beginning of Papal authority. Pope Vigilius (537-555) was the first of the so-called Byzantine Popes because the Papacy between 537 -752 were approved by the Roman Emperor. These Popes were duly elevated according to canon law, but the Roman Emperor basically gave his stamp of approval to the appointment. This in no way made the Emperor and the Pope in unison with humble recognition. They feuded over issues. The 1798 date is connected to the “Babylonian Captivity” when Napoleon hijacked the Papacy and took the Pope to France. There were fanatical Arians who rejected the Divinity of Jesus and the teaching on the Trinity. They were the “Vandal Kingdom” who captured Rome and pillaged the city in 455 A.D. Belisarius, a Byzantine General who served under the Roman Emperor Justinian, finally over threw this Vandal Kingdom. It was not the power of the Pope or the Church that won the day, it was the civil authority. The defeat of the Barbarians were an answer to prayer as the Vandals and their partners were cruel and ruthless. Pope Vigilius was the 58th successor of St. Peter. The Catholic Faith was founded by Jesus Christ.

The SDA second identifier: “It would have a man at its head who speaks for it”.

Response: So do most of the organizations and nations on the face of the earth. I think most people might assume the anti-Christ might be a male, but this hardly proves that this is the Catholic Faith. I think Catholic women are treated better than many women that belong to several of the Protestant groups.

The SDA third identifier: “It would pluck up or uproot three kingdoms”.

Response: The three kingdoms the SDA claim the Catholic Church uprooted were the Vandals, Heruli, and the Ostrogoths. These were warring groups that made war on Rome. They actually ramsacked Rome. The Church went into hiding during this time. They hid the relics of St. Peter and other Saints so they would not be destroyed. The Catholic Church faced martyrdom and persecution from these Barbarians. It was the Civil Government who ultimately defeated and pushed back the Vandals. The SDA want you to believe that it was the Catholic Church who killed hundreds of millions of people when in fact, the Church was forced underground itself. General Belisarius was a liberator of the people of Rome against these Barbarians.

The SDA fourth identifier: “It would be diverse or different from the other kingdoms”.

Response: The SDA want to describe the Vatican as “diverse” because our Kingdom really is not of this world. The Vatican truly would be Jesus royal embassy and the earth it’s mission field. This should not be confused with the deception of the Anti-Christ and his world conquest. The Anti-Christ will appear to be aman of peace; however, his kingdom will be exposed through New Age teaching. Renouncing the 10 Commandments will be a sign to watch. The rejection of traditional values, traditional families. The Whore of Babylon will result of the apostasy of those who abandon the Catholic Faith. In the Old Testament, God accused Israel of adultry when His people worshiped false gods.

The SDA 5th identifier: “It would emerge from the fourth kingdom of the iron-the Pagan Roman Empire”.

Response: This is why the SDA connect the Papacy with the Roman Emperor. They want you to think that Pope Benedict would be a successor to the Emperor Nero. Some of them have said that Simon the Sorcorer was the first Pope, rejecting St. Peter. This is also why they bitterly challenge that St. Peter was never in Rome. A side note is that the SDA have no problem recognizing Rome as “Babylon” yet, when St. Peter reveals that he was in “Babylon” (1 Peter 5:13), the SDA response is that had to be Iraq? It is interesting that they would give credit to Constantine in finding the Catholic Church but find a way to attribute Pope Vigilius as the first Pope. Constantine was about 2 centuries earlier. The SDA refered to Constantine as “Pontifex Maximus” trying to make him a Pope. The current Pope at this time was St. Sylvester I. It was through Constantine that the Catholic Church was given freedon through the “Edict of Milan”. This kingdom is yet to come. Some believe that the European Union might be this last “Revised Roman Empire”, this remains to be seen.

The SDA sixth point: “God’s people would be given into his hand for a time and times and the dividing of time”.

This is the SDA claim that the Catholic faith began in 538 A.D. and died in 1798 when Napoleon of France hijacked the Pope to France. They are converting the 1260 days of Daniels prophecy to 1260 years. 1798 would be the death of the Papacy. The Papacy has not died. The early SDA developed an answer to 1260 days from using a day per year ratio. Satan is good about developing ideas that will take people away from the truth. Jesus established his Church in 33 A.D. You can’t point to 312 A.D. or 538 A.D. to fit in a time that the Catholic Church begins. Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against his Church, that he would remain with it until the end of the age, that the Holy Spirit would be given to the Church to keep it straight to Jesus teachings. As far as the time, “forty-two months: The duration of the vicious persecution of the Jews by Antiochus IV (Dn 7:25; 12:7); this persecution of three and a half years (half of seven, counted as 1260 days in Revelation 11:3 and 12:6 which becomes the prototype of periods of trial for God’s people. The SDA and anyone else can point out 1260 years throughout Catholic history as we have about 2,000 years of history.

The SDA seventh point: “The rule of the papacy began in 538 A.D.”

See how much the SDA are stressing this point. Yet in their own history since 1863, this has shifted three different times. At one time they thought the Church began in 312. They couldn’t grasp anything to reach 1260 years so they counted backwards 1260 years and from there, they recognize PopleVigilius as the first Pope. Unfortunately for the SSA, Pope Vigilius was the 59th successor to Peter. This is why the SDA must refute St. Peter in Rome and that he was commissioned by Christ to be the first Pope. In 755 A.D. the Popes were given lands called Papal States that measured about the size of new Hampshire. In 1860 these Papal States became subject to Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy. Then an independent Papal State was created in 1929 called “Vatican City”. If you wanted to use a date that the Pope was given land, this was 755, not 538! The Papal rule continues this very day. A spiritual rule that governs more than a billion people. One out of six living persons today profess the faith of the Apostles. From the Vandal to Napolean, those who were cruel towards Christians, who used barbaric tactics towards the Church the SDA would say the Church surpressed. Napoleon wasn’t the first Emperor who tried to steal God’s authority by force. Emperors and Rulers tried to control or influence the Papacy to further their own ambitions. In some cases, they appointed anti-popes to support them. An anti-pope is a man who has been improperly elected as Pope. He sets himself up in opposition to the true Pope who has been regularly chosen in accordance with Canon Law. The first anti-Pope was Hippolytus in 217 A.D. The last anti-Pope was Felix V from 1440-1449. In all there have been 27 anti-Popes none of which are listed in the history of the Popes. Hippolytus would be recieved back into the Faith with his repentance.

The SDA eight point: “The Papacy further undermines Jesus by setting up a system of confession to an earthly priest, thus bypassing Jesus”.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a stumbling block to most Non-Catholics. St. Paul writes, “We have the Ministry of Reconciliation”. This is the heart of the New Covenant that the Church preaches repentance throughout the whole world. When we go to Confession, we do so in obedience to the will of jesus. St. John states, “On the evening of that first day of the week (Sunday), even though the disciples had locked the doors of the place where they were for fear of the Jews… Jesus came and stood before them, Peace be with you, He said. When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. At the sight of the Lord the Disciples rejoiced. Peace be with you, he said again. As the Father has sent me so I send you. Then he breathed on them and said. Recieve the Holy Spirit, if you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven, if you hold them bound, they are held bound”. Through this great Sacrament, Jesus gives his Apostles the Ministry of Reconciliation. This authority should not be confused with the moral obligation to forgive “seventy times seven”. St. James writes 5:13, “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the priest of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven”. St. James further states, “Therefore, confess Your Sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed”. In this great Sacrament, Jesus chooses to forgive in the action of his ministers. This is an authority commanded by Christ! It’s jesus who forgives in the action (obedience) of his ministers. The question is, Do you believe in Jesus, and does he have the power to forgive sins? Yes he does! Can he use his Church, yes he Can! He has commanded it.

The SDA have issues with the title “Father”, they have issues with the Commandments and statues, but their biggest problem is the Sabbath. Changing the feast days and the laws

Jesus broke bread on Sunday, that first Easter, and the Church has been doing it ever since. We are living in the New Covenant and Christ established the Church to guide us until the Lord returns. We are not left without the presence of the Lord or the Holy Spirit. St. Lukes writes that the Church “gathered on the first day of the week when we gathered for the breaking of bread”. This was the day of the early Church long before Constantine. It’s interesting that the Sabbath is refered to 8 times in the book of Acts and it was related to reaching out to the Jews. It wasn’t a call to guide the Gentiles into the Synagogue. In fact the Gentiles were not permitted to go into the Synagogue as they were “unclean”.
If I thought about it, I could creat 9 identifiers that could point to the SDA as the anti-Christ. This is how people become confused with what the truth is. The Catholic Faith is the only sure foundation who does have Jesus Christ as the founder. There can be no greater foundation. I couldn’t develop 1260 years for them since they have been around for about 148 years. Maybe I can use the 1260 days to indicate the fact that the SDA believed that Jesus is the incarnation of St. Michael the Archangel. The SDa are who the Jehovah’s Witnesses took this belief from!

Compare Isaiah 1:13-14 “Trample my courts no more! Bring no more worthless offerings; your incense is loathsome to me. New moon and sabbath, calling of assemblies, octaves with wickedness: these I cannot bear. Your moons and festivals I detest; they weigh me down, I tire of the Load”.

With Colossians 2:16-17, “Let no one, then, pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink or with regard to a festival or new moon or sabbath. These are shadows of things to come; the reality belongs to Christ”.
Jesus broke bread on Easter Sunday, the Church has continued this ever since.
The SDA continues some of the food restrictions of the Old Testament as well. That to is adressed in this passage. Don’t worry about the food and drink!

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*BEST OF DTB #75* The Catholic Defender Meets Abby Johnson

Posted by John Benko - April 2nd, 2011

Recently, Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood leader, published a book called “Unplanned”.

This is basically her story and how she found her new faith.

This upcoming Easter Vigil, the one time head of the largest Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Mill, will be received into the Catholic Church.

Abby Johnson gave her talk this past week here in Texas just right outside of the Fort Hood Area.

There was a large crowd there to hear her speak. Mrs. Johnson was very inspiring as she challenged us to pick up the battle against Abortion.

She lamented that few Pastors were speaking out against abortion from the pulpit. She gave the testimony how she grew up in a “pro-life” family, but abortion and the evil of it were seldom mentioned. She never heard it from the pulpit giving any kind of direction.

Mrs. Johnson reported that 78% of those getting abortions come from “Christians”.

The need today is for people of good will to become more involved in the battle to save lives. The Pulpit should be a place where life should be preached. She did have some good information to report.

In the course of this past year there were 9 Abortion clinics closed down.

Here in Killeen Texas, there were 101 babies saved when the Mother who had planned to have an abortion changed their minds.

The Pro-life center which sits next door to the Abortion Mill reached out to 4300 women who were abortion minded.

It is interesting to note that while in the Abortion Mill they cannot refer to the child as a “baby”.

The Abortion Mill places a value on the child. It is about $450 dollars.

Then it’s cut down and gone. Coming soon to 247 cities across America, 40 Days of Life will renew it’s plan to be out on the front lines to be a sign for life.

Mrs. Abby Johnson will be in Missouri next and Dr. Gregory Thompson of deeptertruth will be there to greet her.

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