Pope Francis continues to push his ‘Marian’ and ecumenical agendas. As part of the latter, he basically betrayed Roman Catholics in China who tried to be more loyal to the Vatican than the Chinese government. Pope Francis decided to placate the Chinese government and allow it select/approve bishops (see Pope is Defiant in His Coronation of Mary and Plans to Betray Chinese Bishops; Cardinal wants to bless homosexual unions).
While many Roman Catholics outside of China care little about that compromise, they may also want to consider that Catholic Cardinal Reinhard Marx wants the Church of Rome to bless homosexual unions (see Pope is Defiant in His Coronation of Mary and Plans to Betray Chinese Bishops; Cardinal wants to bless homosexual unions). The ties between the Church of Seven Hills, governments, and uncleanness brings to mind Revelation 17.
The financial markets were shaken by what was called a “flash crash” this week (see Massive drop in Dow and worldwide stock markets and Janet Yellen out, Dow drops, interest rates to rise, and new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell). US political leaders tentatively agreed to a debt increasing budget yesterday (see US Senate’s bipartisan spending-hike budget is ‘monstrosity’)–yet increasing debt will not end well for the USA (cf. Habakkuk 2:6-8).
Christians need to realize:
4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. (Proverbs 23:4-5)
While working is necessary (2 Thessalonians 3:10) and proper wealth accumulation is fine (Proverbs 13:22, the Kingdom of God is to be our focus (Matthew 6:33). Those in the USA also need to realize that one day, the US dollar will be worth no more than the scrap value of the cotton-paper it is printed on.
Furthermore notice something that the Bible warns about the last days:
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
13 … evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:13)
In the USA, in addition to a president who has trouble with the truth, more and more is coming out about scandals associated with the FBI and other governmental agencies (see Did the FBI fear that they were involved in their own ‘Watergate’ with the FISA request related to Donald Trump’s campaign? and House FISA investigation memo suggests there are alligators in the ‘deep state’ swamp). The USA, as well as other nations of the world, needs national repentance. But that is not expected. We will continue to call for it, however, while we proclaim and look forward to the coming Kingdom of God.
Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.
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