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Posted by John Benko - December 30th, 2012

Verizon centre. Washington, DC December 12th, 2012 Enjoy!

Courtesy of Deeper Truth Blog member Tamara Benko


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*BEST OF DTB #246* Deeper Truth Blog year in review 2012

Posted by John Benko - December 29th, 2012

In 2012, Deepertruthblog produced about 380 published articles, 123 which were added to our ‘best of’ collection. This brings our total to 245 ‘best of’ articles and more than 875 overall. In the same year, we added more than 225 Blogtalkradio shows, 71 of which were added to our best of. Shows recorded in 2012 received nearly 37,000 listens. Overall, we have produced almost 400 shows, with more than 48,000 listens since our inception in 2009, 148 of which are considered ‘best of’ additions. Among the 71 ‘best of’ shows we added, were 12 debates, all of which we won. We also had guests of the stature of Nick Alexander, Steve Ray, Colleen Hammond, Gail Buckley, Alex Jones, Dr. Alan Keyes, Dr. Dave Dubenmire, Richard Lane, John Martignoni, Russel Ford and others. Deepertruth members have visited Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, Rome and the University of Notre Dame. In Missouri, we even sponsored a Marian conference!

Technorati has our blog ranked just outside of the top 100 among religious blogs and Alexa has us ranked at about 6,300,000 which is about 3 million positions ahead of this heretic and about 13 million ahead of this one.

By year’s end, we will have nearly 825,000 hits for the year from almost 37,000 unique visitors with almost 11.5 Gigabytes of downloaded information.

Yes, I think we had a good year. Thanks to all of you who supported us.


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*BEST OF DTB #43* The Catholic Defender: Mary, Mother of God

Posted by John Benko - December 29th, 2012

It was 29 December 2004, I received a Red Cross message informing me that my Mother was dying.

The Doctor and Hospice all were confirming Mom’s status with the Red Cross. I was informed that my Mother was coming in and out of consciousness and she had been calling for me.

I was serving in New Orleans working at the Military Enlistment Processing Center (MEPS) as the Medical Element NCOIC.

I arrived home from work and that is when I was notified by my wife of the situation. My family in Missouri alerted us before the Red Cross message arrived to my unit.

My Command was afraid to let me respond to my Mother’s wish because the next day was for the Recruiters, the opportunity to floor Applicants all day. I was able to work out support from my Element, but my Command would not budge.

I was able to fly to Missouri the following evening after the mission was completed. My Mother’s persistence kept her alive as long as she hoped I was on my way home.

I finally arrived at home in Southwestern Missouri at 23:00 the following night. I flew wearing my Class A uniform. Mom had never seen me in uniform through out my military career. I always went home in civilian clothes, but on this trip, in honor of my Mother, I was determined to wear my uniform.

A friend picked me up at the airport and they briefed me what was happening. Mom had been in a coma for nearly 5 days, she has not had anything to eat or drink so she was dehydrated. They had to put a diaper on her because she was not conscious. When I arrived there I could see her skin tone was pale, her eyes were sunken in, her joints were swollen from lack of circulation, her vital signs were practically non-existent and her breathing was raspy.

I sat down at the foot of the bed and simply observed what was happening. One of my Aunt’s was there with my Sister-In-Law and Brother who were trying to make Mom as comfortable as they could. After a few moments, everyone left the room leaving my Brother and me alone with Mother. Mom didn’t know who I was, she was in a coma state. As we both sat there with Mom, my Brother began to sing a Johnny Cash song to break the ice.

I kind of just listened and watched. There was no response from Mom not even a twitch. When he paused, I began singing a song that came to mind, “Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing….” At this point, Mom began to respond to what I was singing. I began singing every verse I could think of. Mom began to sing with a voice that seemed to come deep from within her chest and she became stronger the more I sang.

I was singing every song I could think of as Mom seemed to be coming out of this death trap. We ended up singing praises to God for 30-40 minutes after which, Mom was alert, could see me and I was able to explain my medals on my uniform to her.

This was the most amazing thing, everyone there was scratching their heads as I was very excited.

The following morning, Father Bill arrived (childhood Priest) to give Mom the Anointing of the Sick.

As soon as Father left, Mom was able to get up and use the rest room, she sat down at the table and was eating chicken, chili dogs, and pizza. Again, everyone was scratching their heads trying not to get too excited about this.

I was only quoting James 5:13-15, “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 presbyters 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”.

This healing would take place on New Years Eve, the day before the the Feast of “Mary, Mother of God” celebrated on 1 January, or New years Day. This beautiful feast day has a long history in the Catholic Church.

Pope Paul VI at the Second Vatican Council renamed the Feast celebrated 1 January from “Feast of the Circumcision” to “Mary, Mother of God”:

In the revised arrangement of the Christmas season, we should all turn with one mind to the restored solemnity of the Mother of God. This feast was entered into the calendar in the liturgy of the city of Rome for the first day of January. The purpose of the celebration is to honor the role of Mary in the mystery of salvation and at the same time to sing the praises of the unique dignity thus coming to “the Holy Mother…through whom we have been given the gift of the Author of life.” This same solemnity also offers an excellent opportunity to renew the adoration rightfully to be shown to the newborn Prince of Peace, as we once again hear the good tidings of great joy and pray to God, through the intercession of the Queen of Peace, for the priceless gift of peace. Because of these considerations and the fact that the octave of Christmas coincides with a day of hope, New Year’s Day, we have assigned to it the observance of the World Day of Peace (Paul VI, Marialis Cultus, Feb. 2, 1974, no.5).

It is interesting that the original celebration, “Feast of the Circumcision”, had a long history on 1 January.

If you believe that Jesus was born on 25 December, Luke gives 1 January as the day of the Circumcision.

This is more evidence of the Churches belief of December 25th as the actual day of the Lord’s birth.

Origen of Alexander first documents about 230 A.D. of Mary as “Theotokos”, Mother of God.

In 431, the Catholic Church declared this as truth to counter the Nestorian heresy that questioned the nature of Jesus.

The Catholic Church proclaimed that Mary was Mother of the whole person of Jesus. Jesus was true God and true man as one person.

The Nestorians rejected Mary as Mother of God. In truth, the doctrine is all about Jesus, but Mary is being honored because she is in fact Jesus Mother.

Some people have tried to mislead others that Catholics worship Mary, that the Church deifies Mary with such titles. However, anyone who evaluates the reality of this teaching will find this is a great abuse of misrepresentation trying to spread hatred for the Church.

I encourage both Catholics and Protestants to really take a good look at what the Catholic Church is teaching and I believe that this solemn Feast will enrich your faith.


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*BEST OF DTB #245* What is the solemnity of the Holy innocents doing in the Christmas season?

Posted by John Benko - December 28th, 2012

“Joy to the World” the trumpets blare, for it’s Christmas time! “Merry Christmas!”, “Ding dong Merrily on high”. The season of Joy, the season of light. Gift giving and singing and feasting and celebration. A season of lifting spirits and shattering darkness. Isaiah 9 even proclaims “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, among those who walked in the land of gloom, a light has shown”

So, why, right in the very center of Christmas, are we commemorating this horrible atrocity?

The reason we are commemorating it is because ours is a church of truth and there is no escaping the fact the the slaughter of the innocents happened and if December 28th is not the exact day, it’s pretty close.

We do not know how many children died at the hands of Herod in 2 BC but I just saw a historical special that put the number at about 20. 20 children senselessly murdered within days of Christmas. Horrible how history repeats itself. This shocks us but it shouldn’t surprise us. If the author of joy is still at work, so, sadly is the author of misery.

In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12, the Devil is depicted as a huge dragon with seven heads and 10 horns, the same depiction is made of the Roman beast in chapter 17 and the city of Jerusalem is shown as the whore of that beast.

What is being depicted here? We are being shown that all the evil of the world ultimately flows from the source of evil, the Devil himself. We cannot appreciate the power of the light and the urgency of the light, if we stop our ears and eyes to the darkness it is meant to dispel. The light doesn’t merely shine on us, or around us, it shines through us but only if we will let it.

True, none of us have ever killed a 6 year old or a 2 year old as that which happened in Connecticut and Bethlehem. Yet, each of us, of our own free will has, at one time or another, cooperated with the evil that did. When a man looks at pornography or a woman defends gay marriage, we embolden the same malevolent enemy who would not even spare these innocent ones in his blood lust. When we are silent to the silent scream from a mother’s womb, how can we claim we are not culpable when the roaring dragon becomes stronger in the devouring of fresh blood?

This is the message of this solemnity. Never forget who your enemy is and how heartless and cruel he is, lest he turn and devour you as well. The message of the Solemnity of  the Holy Innocents is that it’s on! The battle is engaged. Onward Christian Soldier!

In the name of Rachel and all that is holy, we must resolve to stop the blood flow and turn back the powers of darkness. To do that, we must oppose Satan not at certain times and certain places, but at every time and every place. Every Catholic must be engaged, every Rosary raised and every effort made to produce more Catholics who can raise their Rosaries.

We must look beyond our own circles of comfort and find and convert prayer warriors and Holy livers wherever we can find them.

At judgment, may it be said by these holy innocents, and the thousands more who die in the womb each day and those victims of war and violence “they fought for the least of us, they fought for the likes of us”.

What could do more to infuriate the enemy than we fight on despite his most grotesque acts of barbarism against us? That is the message of Christmas. The light came into the world and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5), even the darkness of a day like this one.


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*BEST OF DTB #244* The Catholic Defender: The Passing of Authority

Posted by John Benko - December 28th, 2012

(Editors Note) Looking at Johns recent article (A Response To Yesica1993 On The Subject of Arrogance), this is how God’s authority has been handed down. Notice that God placed men in position to lead the people of God through the power of His Word.

During the Sola Scriptura debate between Michael Ruggieri of deepertruth (the Ross Hoffman Show) and Dan Peterman (who has a Facebook Group), I was on hand to give a point to the debate.

Isaiah 11:1-2 states, “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord”.

What Isaiah is giving in a prophetic inference here is that from Jesse, Father of King David, would come from his seat of authority, from the loins of David, a successor.

The relevance here for this debate centered on a response from Dan Peterman of my explanation of the similarities of the oral tradition of the Jews and the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church. That Jesus and the Apostles had raised Oral Tradition in some instances to the level of Sacred Scripture.

The first example of this I shared Matthew 23:2, where Jesus is saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses”.

The Chair of Moses, as an authority seat to be handed down as an office, is not reported in the Old Testament but is found in the Jewish Tradition kept in the “Mishna”.

Dan referred back to Exodus 18:13 where Moses sat in judgment over the people of Israel. The text does show that Moses did in fact sat in judgment. The scripture itself does not speak to or address an office based on this “Chair” from which Moses sat from. It does however give foundation of the authority God gave to Moses.

It is interesting to note that Jethro, Moses Father-in-Law, gave Moses advice saying, “But you should also look among all the people for able and God-fearing men, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain, and set them as officers over groups of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens”.

Jethro is giving us a perfect example of a “Chain of Command” concept.

This gives the foundation that even today, the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, those who are the ordained of God, are in union with the Bishop of Rome.

Dan Peterman asks a direct statement that I want to be more specific than last night I was able to afford.

Dan asked where in the bible does it give any successor to Moses? Dan, that is a great question and the bible does give a basis for succession of Moses. Dan, Deuteronomy 31:14 says, “The Lord said to Moses, the time is now approaching for you to die. Summon Joshua, and present yourself at the meeting tent that I may give him his commission…”

Verse 23 continues, “Then the Lord commissioned Joshua, son of Nun, and said to him, Be brave and steadfast, for it is you who must bring the Israelites into the Land which I promised them on oath. I myself will be with you”.

Deuteronomy 34:9 states, “Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom, since Moses had laid hands upon him; and so the Israelites gave him their obedience, thus carrying out the Lord’s command to Moses”.

Joshua 1:6-9 the Lord says, “Be firm and steadfast, so that you may give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers I would give them. Above all, be firm and steadfast, taking care to observe the entire law which my servant Moses enjoined on you. Do not swerve from it either to the right or to the left, that you may succeed where ever you go. Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite it by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it: then you will successfully attain your goal. I command you: be firm and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you where ever you go”.

Clearly, Joshua is the successor of Moses. At the end of Joshua’s life, it is interesting that the nation of Israel “served the Lord during the entire lifetime of Joshua and that of the elders who outlived Joshua and knew all that the Lord had done for Israel” (Joshua 24:31).

Joshua would be a bridge between Moses, the placing of the Israelites in the land of milk and honey, and the time of the Judges.

With Joshua’s death, the Elders of Israel consulted the Lord about the Cannaanites who had attacked them.

The following time period Israel is ruled by whom God chose to lead.

The tribes of Jacob were setting up their townships, they were clearing the land for the people of Israel.

Several battles were waged with the Canaanites and Perizzites, Caleb was one of Israels leaders. He is a pre-Judge figure that led the people during this time of war.

Judges 3:10 says that “The spirit of the Lord came upon him (Kenaz), and he judged Isreal’.

From Joshua to Kenaz, the Israelites had a series of infidelities and offended the Lord. There is no clear “Seat of Moses” as the scripture is silent to such an office, but it is clear that God chose men to lead the nation of Israel from Moses, Joshua, Caleb, and then Kenaz.

The Elders of Israel would continue the Lord’s will until about a generation later when new blood succeeded them and this is when Israel first began to serve Baal abandoning the Lord. Notice that the Lord does not forsake his promise to Moses, that he keeps faith with Israel despite the peoples unfaithfulness.

God continue to raise men to lead the people. Ehud, Shamgar, Barak would be the earliest Judges. Barak had a unique helper that the Lord tremendously worked through in Deborah. Even though the Lord was clearly working through Deborah, she submitted to Barak’s authority. Barak was wise to have Deborah to be with him. Judges 4:8 says, If you “Deborah” come with me, I will go; if you do not come with me, I will not go”. Deborah responded, I will certainly go with you, but you shall not gain the glory in the expedition on which you are setting out, for the Lord will have Sisera fall into the power of a woman”.

To Baraks credit, he didn’t care, he put God first and Deborah joined Barak and journeyed with him to Kedesh.

Then the call of Gideon, Samson, Micah were among those who Judged Isreal.

Going back to Dan Peterman, I did present in a general statement, “During this time, God moved through the authority of Moses, the Priesthood of Levi, the Judges, the Prophets, and the Kings.

One point about the period of the Prophets, As we seen the authority given to Joshua, 2 Kings 2:7 states, “Fifty of the guild prophets followed, and when the two (Elijah and Elisha) stopped at the Jordon, stood facing them at a distance. Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water, which divided, and both crossed over on dry ground. After Elijah was taken in a fiery chariot into heaven through a whirlwind. Elisha picked up Elijah’s mantle where it was dropped. Elisha struck the water as did Elijah and as before, the water parted as before and Elisha crossed back to the other side of the river. “

The guild prophets in Jericho who were on the other side saw Elisha and said, ‘The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha”.

What a powerful anointing that the Lord demonstrates in this text. Clearly, Elisha succeeded Elijah. Then, the people wanted a king and thus the story of the appointment by God for Samuel to anoint King Saul.

From here it is easy to follow the Keys given to the household of David and the transfer of those Keys to St. Peter by Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Dan, what I hope to have demonstrated, from Moses to Benedict XVI, God has ruled his people through the authority of the Covenants that were in place in accordance to God’s revelation and his love for his people.

Man’s unfaithfulness to God never broke the Lord’s promise. We see the Lord establish the Apostles as a Church giving to the Church an authority that has been handed down through Apostolic Succession.

The laying on of hands and the anointing of the Lord upon men throughout the ages to proclaim God’s word, to administer his justice, to care for the sick, to lead to salvation the people of God.

So, In comparison, the Catholic Faith was founded by Christ, His Apostles, the Priesthood of Christ. Just as the Lord instructs Joshua to “be firm and steadfast”! St. Paul writes, “Therefore,my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast,always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

John, you are totally correct in your assessment of the Church!


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*BEST OF DTB #243* A response to Yesica1993 on the subject of arrogance

Posted by John Benko - December 28th, 2012

This was a message I received on the Deepertruthblog Youtube channel from one of the supporters of the CARM organization. The comment was in response to my irrefutable statement that protestants have no authority to interpret scripture.

First, a prophet is someone who speaks for God. Contrary to popular misconception, prophecy does not always concern predicting the future. Prophecy of Scripture refers to the authority entrusted to record, translate and properly interpret scripture and the Bible is clear that this is not an issue entrusted to private individuals.

2 Peter 1:20
First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,

Secondly, it is the very height of arrogance to call the Bible ‘a book’. The Bible is a collection of books but these are not ordinary books, by any means. Scripture is Inspired by God (God breathed) and it is not at all easy to interpret.

 2 Peter 3:16
speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.

The reason for this is that, since Scripture is from the mind of God, mere man cannot hope to attain to understanding it, accept God place that understanding within him. Through human effort, this is impossible. For this cause of direct Revelation, God did not give us a Bible He expects us to follow, He gave us a Church that He expects us to follow. He built this church on the Rock of Peter (emphasis mine).

Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah,d]’> and on this rock (Kephas)f]’> the Messiah.Donald Hartley on The Catholic Defender: Last Mass

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