Welcome to the November 9, 2005 Newsletter
It has been a busy past couple of weeks. I've been writing some articles on Roman Catholicism, researching radio costs, have put on hold the book "The Garden" (due mostly to "writer's block"), and trying to catch up with 12 tons of e-mails -- and that's after I turned off my "email CARM" link! That is why I am a little late on this newsletter.
As you can see, the weekly hits keep progressing. Last week CARM had over 30,000 visitors to the home page. It goes up and down, but overall, it continues to increase. Praise God! The internet is such an efficient way to teach.
Lately I have been involved in some dialogues with Roman Catholics on various doctrines. I recently released a paper dealing with the Mass. The Roman Catholics tell me that it is not a re-sacrifice of Christ but in my research, I became perplexed by that assertion when I discovered the following. The Mass is called a divine sacrifice (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1068) that is done over and over again. We are told that "the sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice"; (CCC 1367); that it is an unbloody offering that is propitiatory [removes the wrath of God], (CCC 1367); that it can make reparation of sins, (CCC 1414); and is to be considered a true and proper sacrifice (The Catholic Encyclopedia, topic of 'Sacrifice of the Mass').
Therefore, I must conclude that the Mass is indeed a re-sacrifice of Jesus each and every time it is done and is in violation of Heb. 7:27 which says, "who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself." Of course, they tell me that it is not a sacrifice but a re-presentation. In my opinion, this is doubletalk. How can it not be a re-sacrifice when it is said to be a sacrifice!? Anyway, if you are interested in reading the paper go to http://www.carm.org/catholic/mass.htm.
The spiritual battle
As I write this newsletter it occurs to me how frequently I mention spiritual battle. I do not want to sound like a broken record but the simple truth is that the past few months have been very stressful and I know that I have been under a strong spiritual attack. Please understand that I'm not trying to sound melodramatic but things have been difficult lately. CARM is a magnet for those who oppose biblical truth and many of them are praying to their false gods (which are ultimately demons - 1 Cor. 10:20) in an effort to stop what I do. Through God's grace, however, my wife and I have kept our eyes on the Lord and endured various difficulties and strains on our marriage. But please remember us in prayer. What I do affects my family, our finances, and even our health. Please remember to pray for us, this ministry, and for my emotional and spiritual strength. It's been very difficult lately but it is worth it to do the research, read the cult material, analyze it, pray against it, and write about it so all you have to do is click a link on CARM to get the info.