1 Timothy 4
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
I believe this is a biblical Reference to Monasitc Vows of Celebacy, Religious Holydays such as Lent, seperation from the faith and testimony of scripture, doctrines of devils such as the Holy Mass and Baptismal Regeneration, including the false distinction between Venial and Mortal sins, and the perversion of repentance and violence towards the Gospel. This great apostacy, or falling away of the church has been prophesied and foretold by Jesus, Paul, John, Daniel, Isaiah, David, and many more of the prophets. They warned us about the rise of Antichrist. He has been here for over 1200 years dividing and conquering nations, subverting the truth, killing the saints, hiding the scriptures, destroying the testimony of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul told us he would show up in history and he has, and he is here now tofay in 2019, continuing the work of evil. There are an estimate of 1 billion christians that view him as their leader in Christ's place. It is an orthodox reformed view that John Calvin, Martin Luther, and all their contemporaries including the Westminster divines in England and Scotland believed that the Pope, or rather the office of the Pope, is that Antichrist, the Man of Sin, and the Son of Hell spoken and warned against in the word of God. It is by the lense of scripture that the enemy is revealed and it would do us well to look at how the Catholic Church has subverted the faith, for their doctrinal perversions still linger in even the best churches today. Let us heed the warning of our reformed forefathers and let us Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Saint Romuald’s Story🙏
In the midst of a wasted youth, Romuald watched his father kill a relative in a duel over property. In horror he fled to a monastery near Ravenna. After three years, some of the monks found him to be uncomfortably holy and eased him out.
Romuald spent the next 30 years going about Italy, founding monasteries and hermitages. He longed to give his life to Christ in martyrdom, and got the pope’s permission to preach the gospel in Hungary. But he was struck with illness as soon as he arrived, and the illness recurred as often as he tried to proceed.
During another period of his life, Romuald suffered great spiritual dryness. One day as he was praying Psalm 31 (“I will give you understanding and I will instruct you”), he was given an extraordinary light and spirit which never left him.
At the next monastery where he stayed, Romuald was accused of a scandalous crime by a young nobleman he had rebuked for a dissolute life. Amazingly, his fellow monks believed the accusation. He was given a severe penance, forbidden from offering Mass, and excommunicated—an unjust sentence that he endured in silence for six months.
The most famous of the monasteries Romuald founded was that of the Camaldoli in Tuscany. Here began the Order of the Camaldolese Benedictines, uniting the monastic and eremetical lives. In later life Romuald’s own father became a monk, wavered, and was kept faithful by the encouragement of his son.
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✨ F A I T H F U L ✨
I was asked what my word for this year was and I struggled to say right away. All I kept thinking was “full of faith.” I didn’t know how else to make that one word other than saying faithful.
Seeing someone’s life through FB/IG makes it easy to think someone is
My word being faithful=full of faith is because that is NOT always the case. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Some days I can pick myself apart, whether it’s my work, my looks, my progress on goals or being “too much” of something.
NO ONE WHO IS REAL ALWAYS HAS IT TOGETHER!
Like Hannah Montana said, “everybody has those day.” 😂 but seriously, they do!
Find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone but remember not to take those “off” days to the extreme. Have it, feel what you need to, figure out WHY you’re feeling some type of way and aim to make tomorrow better.
Day by day put your best foot forward and slowly you’ll get back to better days.
BE FAITHFUL IN GOD’S PLAN FOR YOU.
Salmos - 36.5: A tua misericórdia, Senhor, está nos céus, e a tua fidelidade chega até às mais excelsas nuvens.
→The phrase “a new normal” has never worked for me. Nothing is normal when it comes to suffering. It doesn’t feel very “normal,” to have your life abruptly upended, to have unexpressed tears stuck in your throat and to see your future plans vanish. However, what I can accept is that with time and grace suffering can be a gift and a path to a life with purpose. It has been 9 and a half years since Tommy’s accident, and I am at the beginning of understanding what surrendering my will to God’s will really means. 🙏🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Surrendering takes discipline, it takes prayer, it takes head and ❤️understanding of what surrender looks and feels like. Let’s start with the opposite of surrender, which is control. What does control look like? Something like: it is my responsibility to make sure Tommy stays healthy. I need to have everything in order legally and financially so that I am not taken by surprise, or maybe I find myself preoccupied with the family’s health whether it be spiritual, emotional, or physical. Surrender looks like…OK, all of these things are important and need to be considered. I will do my part to be wise and disciplined, praying for God’s guidance with the realization that I am not in charge of the outcome. It takes time and discipline to practice this mindset. What helps me and strengthens my faith is to look back and see how we have been cared for in every one of these areas in unexpected ways and most of the time without my help! ←⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔗to our #YouVersion
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