From the Shack to the Dungeon

When The Shack was published by William Paul Young in 2007, it struck a chord in the hearts of many Christians. By the following year, it had gained an unexpected meteoric rise as a cultural phenomenon. This past year, it was adapted into a movie, to bring its message to a universal audience.

The book was summarily about Mackenzie Philips, a father, who after his daughter’s abduction and gruesome murder, spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. He became unwilling to trust the God he knew before who appeared to have abandoned him in the time of need.

After receiving a mysterious letter from “Papa” (his wife’s pet name for God), inviting him for a meet up at a shack in the woods where Missy was abducted, he meets four characters:

  • God (“Papa”) who is a matronly African American woman who cooks and dispenses words of wisdom and hugs.
  • Jesus, a clumsy Jewish young man who loves gardening.
  • The Holy Spirit, who is a Japanese girl named Sarayu (a Sanskrit word meaning “wind” and also the name of a Hindu river).
  • Sophia, a not-too-veiled reference to the Greek goddess of wisdom before whom Mack stood to be judged about his life.

While at the shack, Mack learns some truths. His “Jesus” is quoted saying:

God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around, and through all things…” (The Shack, Windblown Media, 2007, p. 112).

Those who love me come from every system that exists. They were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims … I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into my sons and daughters of my Papa, into my brothers and sisters” (p. 182).

The first quote from this false Jesus teaches panentheism while the second espouses flagrant universalism. This is not a mere work of fiction; it’s an agenda-driven book.

The Shack carries a message that is in tune with the worship of the “divine feminine” and it appeals to many hurting people who want God in their own form.

In the movie, “Papa” tells Mack that he had to appear as a woman to him because he couldn’t yet handle a male figure. Notably, some years later, the novel’s author, Paul Young admitted that the story is related to his past. Missy represented his innocence that died at childhood and Mack represents him as an adult, trying to deal with that childhood pain.

Young said he was raised by an unloving, distant father and was sexually molested by several older boys in boarding school as well as several men while in Papua New Guinea where his father worked as a missionary. He felt let down by conventional Christianity and the God of the Bible, so he embraced another God – a diluted version of God; a feminized god.

During a lecture held in June 2010 at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, Young told his audience that “the God of evangelical Christianity is a monster.” He was referring to the evangelical belief that God is a God of judgement and will judge the unbelieving.

So what we have here is a man who has rejected the God of the Bible for a false God that might heal the pain of his fans but will certainly damn their souls.

Moulding God into our image and likeness to better comfort us is the very definition of idolatry. Like A. W. Tozer said, “The idolater simply imagines things about God and then acts as if they were true.”

God is who He is; His nature and character will not change to make us feel better. “I the Lord do not change…” (Mal. 3:6). He is I AM THAT I AM (Ex. 3:14). He will not appear as Pan, Sango, Astarte or something He is not to appeal to the felt needs of the heathen. Truth takes precedence over true healing.

Jesus didn’t appear to the woman at the well in a woman’s form because she has had problems with several men. He didn’t appear to the adulterous woman as a female because she had been betrayed and maltreated by religious men. He didn’t appear to the woman with the alabaster box as a female because she had been abused by men.

In this fallen world, we will always experience pain and losses – much of which we will have no understanding of or explanations for – but instead of converting God into a spiritual drug to deal with our pain and losses, we can simply walk through them with faith in God. We “trust in the LORD with all [our] heart and lean not on our own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).

The Shack, however, presents to its readers a spiritual panacea deity, one stripped of justice, immutability and holiness. It offers many a trinitarian idolatrous hybrid god that represents whatever will make them feel better about their horrible tragedies. It’s the same concept underlying the visualization and guided imagery utilized by the Inner Healing movement.

If for example, you were sexually abused when you were young; instead of leading you to the cross where Jesus took away our pain, shame and guilt, they will tell you to imagine yourself going back to your childhood and visualizing Jesus coming to you to comfort you and take your pain away. And of course, after some time, this false Jesus takes on a life of its own.

William Young’s next book, Eve, re-told the story of Adam and Eve. It turned up the heat with the proverbial frog in the kettle. It was a book laden with Kabbalistic, occultic and Gnostic themes that would be readily embraced by the Contemplative/New Age movement.

In Young’s non-fiction book, Lies We Believe about God, his Universalist beliefs were clearer: “Every human being you meet … is a child of God” (p. 206). Death doesn’t result in final judgement but simply introduces “a restorative process intended to free us to run into the arms of Love” (p. 187). Therefore, hell isn’t a separation from God, but simply the pain of resisting salvation we have and can’t escape.” (p. 137)

In the light of the Bible, universalism (“all paths lead to God”) is a lie of the devil (John 3:18; 10:7; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 6:23 etc.). It is the philosophy of the last days that the final antichrist will use to build his one-world religion.

Recently, Eternity News published an article about Young sharing content of an interview that it conducted with the writer as it discussed his part in the new documentary “The Heart of Man” and some of his beliefs:

I think that Jesus is both our salvation and rightful judge, but that judgment is intended for our good, not our harm.” He continues, “I think there is an ongoing relational confrontation between the One who knows you best and loves you best. Potentially forever and, potentially, you could say ‘no’ forever. How someone could do that I don’t know, but definitely that tension is held in Scripture for sure.”

There are a number of lies here. Hebrews 9:27 says it is destined for man to die once and after that face judgement. This judgement is not “an education day” as Jehovah’s Witnesses and other false religionists like William Young teach. There is no other chance for those who have died without repentance.

The Bible also tells us that both heaven and hell are eternal destinations (e.g Matthew 25:46); once you are there, you are there. “For if the words spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Heb. 2: 2-3).

Our realization of what awaits the unsaved is the reason “we try to persuade men” to receive Christ. There is no salvation, pardon or cleansing after death. Thus, “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 5:11; 6:2).

Young has no problem disseminating his poisonous heresies because he has already introduced a false god; he is merely building on the foundations of that warped theology.

When people reject God as He is revealed in the Bible, the next logical step is to reject what He has also said about how to be saved and that implies a rejection of what He has said about eternity.

Through his books, he has succeeded in presenting a dark occult goddess, Sophia, to a generation that is all too keen to worship God as a female figure and is willing to sacrifice truth for whatever resonates with their inner cravings.

The most devastating loss that can ever befall one is to die in a deception. There’s no remedy forever. I pray that William Young and his millions of benighted fans will become truly saved and come to the knowledge of the truth before it’s too late.

Satan’s Hoof Prints in the New Age

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The main goal of the New Age movement is to usher the world into “the Age of Aquarius” – the age in which all of mankind will be united in thought, philosophy, religion, plan and attain the height of spiritual evolution under the umbrella of “the One” (or Sanat Kumara) from the spirit world.

Those involved in alternative spirituality look forward and work toward the fulfillment of this agenda.

Dr. Jean Houston, a New Age scholar (who taught Hillary Clinton guided imagery) said in an interview:

“I predict that in our lifetime, we will see the rise of a New World Religion … I believe a new spiritual system will emerge.” [1]

Robert Muller, an international civil servant of the United Nations (a Catholic, who received a golden crucifix from John Paul II) said:

“[H]ow can one speak of a global spirituality in a world of so many religions and atheists…[and some] religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism which have no God? However, there is a common denominator when humans see themselves as part of a very mysterious and beautiful universe. From that awe emerges a spiritual approach to life. Everything becomes sacred … regarding the mysterious force which rules the universe.” [2]

This is the common vision of all New Age groups like the Silva Mind control, the Grail Message movement, the Aetherius Society, Tassawuf, One Spirit movement, Findhorn Community and many others.

This blueprint was charted over 70 years ago by a New Age guru, Alice Bailey, who wrote under the “inspiration” of her spirit guide (Djwhal Khul). She indicated that a destructive force was to be released on earth in the 20th century to usher in the New Age:

“The decision to release the Shamballa force during this century into direct contact with the human kingdom is one of the final and most compelling acts of preparation for the New Age. The Shamballa force is destructive and ejective… [It] will bring about that tremendous crisis, the initiation of the race into the mysteries of the ages. [3]

There were some key events in the 20th century that played out this destructive force:

1. The drug movement

In the 1960s and 70s in the West, hard drugs became very popular in use.

What many users didn’t realise was that “natural” psychedelic drugs like harshish, heroin, marijuana, LSD etc. had been used as tools by pagan shamans long ago to contact the spirit realm.

Aleister Crowley (who called himself “the Great Beast”) was the first Western satanist to publicly introduce the use of hallucinogenic drugs as tools to expand the consciousness into spiritual horizons.

These psychedelic drugs are used by occultists to “blow open” the third eye. The third eye (Ajna Chakra) is an occult “gland” which allegedly exists between and slightly above the eyebrows.

Most witches and occultists (especially the lower levels) aim at opening this third eye through different means in order to see into the spirit realm.

The physical effects of the heavy drug use in the West was immediately apparent, but the spiritual aftermath was covert.

A huge population of the drug abusers became demonically defiled (and spiritually initiated) and began to experience “trips” and out-of-the-body-experiences, which led them to embrace New Age philosophies.

2. The Ecumenical movement

The bringing together of world religions under the toga of praying to the “common God” or for “world peace” started in the 20th century, with the Catholic “church” functioning as the dark bridge between the church and the New Age agenda. This was part of the plan guru Bailey predicted:

The Workers in the Field of Religion … [are] to formulate the universal platform of the new world religion. It is a work of loving synthesis and it will emphasize the unity and the fellowship of the spirit … The platform of the new world will be built by the many groups working under the inspiration of The Christ” [4]

The “Christ” and “spirit” being referred to are the false Christ and false spirits controlling the New Age religion and behind the ecumenical movement.

Through ecumenism, many Catholics – both clergy and laity – have embraced New Age and Eastern religions.

A number of books and periodicals sympathetic to the New spirituality have been published by Catholic press e.g A Taste of Water: Christianity through Taoist-Buddhist Eyes, Love Meets Wisdom, The Seven Storey Mountain etc. without a word of condemnation or correction from the Vatican. During a certain ecumenical gathering:

Priests in Roman collars talked with saffron-robed Buddhist monks, and Rastafarians engaged in animated discussions with turbaned Sikhs … On one night, followers of the neo-pagan Wicca religion performed a full moon ritual…” [5]

3. Spirit guides and “Ascended Masters”

These are spirit beings or spirit teachers who allegedly give wisdom and spiritual power to people who seek them out through occult techniques (such as Yoga). Here is an example from A Journey Between Your Feet:

“Close your eyes and breathe deeply to relax … Picture in your mind a place…ask to meet a guide. An animal, person or being will accompany you and give you whatever power you might need … Watch … this new companion … Listen to what it says. Go wherever [it] wants to lead you.” [6]

The fastest way people pick up a spirit guide is through visualization. This adds a dangerous twist to it, because a spirit guide can appear (or be conceived) in way a that suits a person’s religious persuasion.

A Catholic can call it the “Virgin Mary” or “St. Joseph”. A Buddhist can name his “Buddha” and a Christian can name his a “guardian angel,” but they are demons nonetheless. Ex-New Ager, Johanna Michelson had such spirit guide whom she named Jesus:

“By this time [in the cult] Jesus had been to me my guru, my great guide, my avatar… When I wanted a spirit guide, I chose Jesus. Then we went into our psychic laboratories and mind control rooms (a place we created in our minds where we could go to develop our powers and send “transmissions”) and brought open a special door and there he was! Jesus in all his glory with light shinning round about him … This “Jesus” was definitely real but it was something that was absolutely demonic because I [later] found out when I tested it by the Word of God that the beautiful, ecstatic Jesus that I created for myself was the wrong one.” [7]

This is the main trap New Agers fall into. They have no objective standard for evaluating their spiritual experiences. If it feels and appears good and resonates with their impressions, they accept it as valid and become deaf to any Biblical criticism.

These demon spirit guides deceive people by ultimately pointing to the coming Antichrist as the world saviour. Interestingly, New Age author, Barbara Hubbard stated that when the “new age” comes, those who will reject the system (Christians) will be eliminated:

“When the word of this hope has reached the nations, the end of this phase of evolution shall come. All will know their choice. All will be ready to choose … All who choose not to evolve will die off; their souls will begin with a different planetary system…” [8]

Christian scholar, Robert Yarbrough, observed that:

“New Age views have gained popularity in the fields of medicine (holistic health), politics (globalism), education (values clarification), religion (meditation), ecology (Green movement), science (Capra’s Tao of Physics), music (Yanni), psychology (“fourth force” psychology), and business (transformation technologies)” [9]

These teachings are infiltrating the church. Sarah Young recently wrote a “Christian” bestseller, Jesus Calling, which is highly esteemed by many, but when you strip it of the appraisals it’s laced with New Age teachings.

I once read Roy Lawrence’s How To Pray when Life Hurts. Its first few chapters seemed Biblical, but starting from chapter 6, the book devolves into occult mysticism – teaching readers how to meditate and visualize “the ring of peace,” travel into it or use it to shield others.

Interestingly, this book was published by the Scripture Union. This is why we must not let down our discernment in evaluating what we read.

Napoleon Hill’s books are somewhat very popular among Nigerian Christians, but the author freely admitted the source of his teachings:

“Now and again, I have had evidence that unseen friends hover around me, unknowable to the ordinary sense. In my studies, I discovered there is a group of strange beings who maintain a school of wisdom. The school has masters who can disembody themselves and travel instantly to any place they choose to give knowledge by voice.” [I0]

These “unseen friends” and “strange beings” are demons and their “school of wisdom” is located in the demonic realm

This explains why New Agers in different fields and different religions all teach a common theme about cosmic consciousness, personal evolution, emergence of new species (homo noeticus) and one world government. They are deriving them from the same school of darkness.

Napoleon Hill also said:

“Now I knew that one of these masters had come across thousands of miles through the night into my study. I shall not set down every word he said, much of what he said already has been presented to you in the chapters of this book… [He said:] ‘You have earned the right to reveal a supreme secret to others… You have been under the great guidance of the great school, now you must give the world a blueprint. [11]

And what were the “supreme secrets” in Hill’s books? The idea that humans have potential of infinite wisdom and power within them which they must tap into and that the human mind is so powerful that it can achieve whatever it conceives (“positive mental attitude”).

These boil down to self-deification – the old lie of the Serpent in Eden.

Let me point out two other main New Age philosophies being spread through books, movies, music and religious organizations.

(a) “Embracing your dark side”

New Age author, Rainer Wilkie, said that we must love and accept the “dragons” within us and go deeper into darkness to discover the root of our existence. This is an integral occult philosophy.

The “dragon” or dark side represents all the secret evil and perverse fantasies that the polite society will not tolerate.

Embracing it means loving and expressing your most repulsive, evil and violent inner thoughts and hidden habits and breaking all your personal moral boundaries.

This is based on a myth of witchcraft which says that the Great Goddess descended into the underworld and mated with the Lord of the Underworld and by this learnt the secret of rebirth. All occultists are thereby encouraged to emulate this.

Ex-Witch high priest, William Schnoebelen, said this was the condition of receiving occult power:

“I had to absorb my Shadow, my personal darkness, the darkest part of my nature which I never exposed to anyone, I had to ‘love it and become one with it’ even as the Great Mother had to love and mate with the Dark Lord.” [12]

In Lady Gaga’s hit “Marry the Night,” I observed her lyrics reflect this idea:

I’m gonna marry the dark
Gonna make love to this dark
I’m a soldier to my own emptiness
I’m a winner.
I’m gonna marry the night
Gonna marry the night
I’m gonna marry the night
I’m not gonna cry anymore
(Then she chants the word “the night” 17 times).

New Age Catholic priest, Matthew Fox, wrote:

God is ‘super essential darkness’ and to make contact with the darkness is to make contact with the deepest side of the Godhead.” [13]

Of course, this is not the God of the Bible.

When more people “embrace their dark sides” and “marry their nights”, we will see more murder, anarchy, violence and destruction in the world. It is a door to demonic control.

Light and darkness have no union. We confront darkness and overcome it with the Light of Christ but do not embrace it to find God (Jn. 8:12).

(b) “Look within yourself”

This New Age philosophy says that you are a God, so you have to look inside yourself, to that “God within” to tap power, wisdom and enlightenment.

New Ager, John Randolph Price says that: “The Spirit of God where you are – in and around and through you – is your Spirit.

They teach people to use “the force” inside them to get whatever they desire; that all you need is a “self realization” that you are a God and when you realize that you don’t need God because you are already a God, you can achieve whatever you want to desire.

In Satanism, self is god. In Satan’s kingdom, self must be exalted to the peak, but in God’s kingdom, self must die for Christ to reign.

Christians look up “to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” and are to be “rooted and built up in Him” (Heb. 12:2, Col. 2:7). God says “Look to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth” (Is. 45:22). We do not look within to an omnious god-self, but to God who made us.

We are not gods either here or in eternity. The New Age religion is full of Satan’s philosophies. We are to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3) and walk in discernment.

Notes

  1. The Tarrytown Letter, June/July 1983, p. 5
  2. New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, 1982, p. 134.
  3. Alice A. Bailey, The Externalizing of the Hierarchy, Part 1, 171.
  4. Alice A. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, 1:38.
  5. Los Angeles Times, September 5, 1993, p. A1.
  6. Quoted in Berit Kyjos’ Brave New Schools, 1995, p. 89.
  7. Transcript of the Seduction of Christianity Seminar with Dave Hunt and Johanna Michelson, 1985, Program 6.
  8. Barbara Hubbard, Happy Birthday Planet Earth, Ocean Tree Books, 1986, p. 17.
  9. The Portable Seminary, edited by David Horton, Bethany House, 2006, p. 407.
  10. Napoleon Hill, Grow Rich! With Peace of Mind, pp. 158-160.
  11. Ibid.
  12. William Schnoebelen, Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, p. 30.
  13. Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, 1983, p. 137, 162.

What makes Catholicism so Attractive?

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Every cult has its attraction and the type of people it easily attracts. The Jehovah’s Witness cult for instance, attracts people who have been disgusted by the lethargic, hypocritical disposition of organized religion. Roman Catholicism also has its attractions that make it appealing and popular.

1. Roman Catholicism attracts people seeking an authoritarian structure to mould their lives. Many people are afraid to think for themselves, they want someone to do it for them, and that is one of the conditions of being a good Catholic.

Vatican II states: “[T]he faithful, for their part, are obliged to submit to their bishops’ decision, made in the name of Christ, in matters of faith and morals, and to adhere to it with a ready and respectful allegiance of mind. This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given…” (p. 379).

This is the policy of every cult: check your mind at the door and accept whatever the authority (guru, prophet or organization) is saying.

Our carnal nature enjoys (and can be addicted to) surrendering our brains and critical thoughts – whether for a promise of “enlightenment” or absolution or a sort of package deal for the hereafter.

As long as a Catholic loves being told with ‘infallible certainty’ what to believe and thinks that would evade his personal responsibility before God, he/she will remain shackled to Rome. But they must realize that their decision to submit to the alleged infallible authority of Rome is in itself, a fallible one.

Everyone – including the pope – will stand before God, therefore, Rome’s claims not be blindly believed. They must be tested and judged. And God holds us personally responsible for what we believe.

2. In the last few decades, Roman Catholicism has stepped up its public relations to improve on its public image.

Pope Francis has perfected this art even to the point of sparking critical voices from some Catholic quarters. He recently apologized for the Catholic persecution of Italian Pentecostals prior to WWII.

A recent article in Christianity Today says that Vatican II Council made Roman Catholicism adopt “a more biblical approach, transforming its worship and fundamentally changing its relation to modern secular culture.”

In reality, Vatican II only did a good cosmetic job. It allowed the Mass be said in languages other than Latin; the priest now faced the congregation and Protestants were called “separated brethren” instead of “heretics.” But it didn’t change the rot within.

If Rome has truly adopted a more Biblical approach, then they should stop worshipping the wafer god, renounce the false “Mary” they venerate, throw away their rosaries and images, reject purgatory and subjugate their traditions and the Magisterium to the authority of the Bible.

When they do all these, then we’ll agree that Catholicism has changed. In fact, Catholicism is still her old self. She masks her hideous face with philosophies and dons a robe of piety, but beneath that glamour is a diabolical masterpiece waiting to trap more souls.

3. Many Evangelical immigrants/converts to Rome have brought along a certain amount of contraband theology stashed away in their luggage. They are training lay Catholics on arguments and Bible texts to use in confronting Protestant objections.

As a result of these efforts, Catholics who used to run to the hills with the parting shot, “I’d go ask my priest” when confronted with Scripture, are now using the Bible to try prove Catholic doctrines.

The main intention of these modern apologists is to erect a sort of “Evangelicaloid” bridge, like one which unwary Evangelicals can use to cross over to Rome. When many of these convert apologists write or speak, their target audience are primarily Evangelicals.

They use their media to present an artificially Evangelicalized version of Catholicism to them – like building a house with a heavy coat of Evangelical paint on the outside while the inside surface of the door has a Catholic coat of paint.

This brings a sense of familiarity to their audience. There’s a shock of recognition; like a twin separated at birth. A fence-straddling Christian who is not grounded in the truths of Scripture, or is ignorant of the errors of Rome easily falls for the ploy and concludes: “This is what we’ve always believed!” and swims over to Rome.

But a Christian who doesn’t rely on emotion, who fully understands what Rome’s teachings are and how they are antithesis of Scripture, won’t fall for her seductive calls.

4. A certain lay Catholic apologist (who was formerly Protestant) stated his reasons for embracing Catholicism:

Catholicism retains the sense of the sacred, the sublime, the holy, and the beautiful in spirituality. The ideas of altar, and “sacred space” are preserved. Many Protestant churches are no more than “meeting halls” or “gymnasiums” or “barn type” structures … Likewise Protestants are often “addicted to mediocrity” in their appreciation of art, music, architecture, drama, the imagination, etc.

This highlights the main attraction of Catholicism – appeal to the physical senses.

When a Catholic talks about “the sense of the sacred” or the “beautiful in spirituality,” he is speaking of the dazzling attraction of the liturgy, the colourful priestly vestments, the bells, the sculptors, the stained glass icons, the incense, lights, golden chalice, the chants, and the acrobatics (the kneeling-sitting-standing).

Catholicism is psychologically designed to impress the flesh. Notably, the terms “holy” or “sacred space” are subjective. Holiness is a quality and it can’t be physically quantified.

Roman Catholicism emphasizes arts, drama and imagination (like the ancient Greek mystery cults) at the expense of salvation of the immortal soul.

All these dazzling liturgies may give many goosebumps, but they don’t impress God. They may attract Rome’s new comers for a while, but with time, they become meaningless and empty. When the harsh realities of life stares one in the face, the religious excitements wane.

Our spirits long to fellowship with God. It’s an innate longing in man that “smells and bells” can’t satisfy. God “dwells not in temples made with human hands” (Acts 17:24); He lives in His people.

It matters little whether you are in a barn, gymnasium or hall, what matters is your relationship with God, your spiritual state, and most importantly, your eternal destination.

The presence of the Holy Spirit in His people far outweighs the thrills that religious liturgies deploy to make up for His absence. Once you take away those buildings and robes, what they will have left is a puff of smoke!

6. This same apologist also wrote:

Catholicism has the most sublime spirituality and devotional spirit, manifested in a thousand different ways, from the monastic ideal to the heroic celibacy of the clergy … the Catholic hospitals … countless saints – both canonized and as yet unknown and unsung, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II ,… the events at Lourdes and Fatima ,… elderly women doing the Stations of the Cross or the Rosary… This devotional spirit is unmatched in its scope and deepness … in Protestant and Orthodox spirituality.

Let’s break it down:

most sublime spirituality and devotional spirit” Like crawling on the steps of Marian shrines or kissing the skull of Ivo of Kermartin? That’s sublime idolatry.

“manifested in a thousand different ways” Why not a million? How did faith in the Lord of Jesus Christ mutate into a thousand different ways?

monastic ideal, to the heroic celibacy of the clergy” What about those ideal expressions of priestly sodomy and heroic concubinage?

countless saints” Why do we need to pray to created spirits when we have an omnipotent Creator?

Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II” This is a fallacy of appeal to personalities. Why should we join the Catholic religion because of a closet agnostic and a universalist Pope?

the events at Lourdes and Fatima.” From a Biblical standpoint, they are demonic.

elderly women doing the Stations of the Cross or the Rosary.” I’ve also seen nude elderly Hindu priests blessing their followers. So why didn’t he join Hinduism?

This devotional spirit is unmatched in its scope and deepness” This is subjective. A Buddhist, Taoist, Animist or New Ager would also say the same thing. Notice that the core issues of repentance and faith in Christ or assurance of salvation are missing from his attractions to Rome.

7. Catholicism adapts to the pagan cultures of wherever it spreads. That was how it appeared to have gained converts in its early stages. In the East, it integrates with Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern cults.

In Latin America, it integrates with local pagan customs and traditions. For instance, there’s a saying that Haiti is 85% Catholic and 110% Voodoo. New Orleans, known as one of the key centres of Witchcraft, also doubles as the most Catholic city in the U.S.

Jesuit scholar, Peter Kreeft’s wrote:

“Catholicism agrees with paganism more than Protestantism in being robustly sacramental. Catholicism is more like African religion than Scandinavian religion … Catholics believe pagans are right and Protestants are wrong” (Ecumenical Jihad, Ignatius Press, 1996, p. 150).

That is straight from the horse’s mouth. The unregenerate loves a religion that approves of the worst in him and yet makes him appear pious.

He wants a religion with a package deal that caters for him from the cradle to the grave without renewing him. The unsaved loves a religion that makes him feel like a seraph on Sunday even though he lives like the devil all through the week. But that is not true worship.