blood stained cross is about.
Yesterday's event though, made me boil, bringing me to the point of wondering if I should interrupt the service to correct the idolatrous notions that were being propagated.
Welcomed to the pulpit by all the ministers in the Ashland County Ministerial Association was the Catholic Church's priest. He, speaking on the third word of Christ spoken from the cross, touted the praises of Mary and her ability to bring you nearer to Jesus.
I had left the sanctuary prior to his taking the pulpit as a small testimony to how scandalous this was. I chose to listen from the back. Yet as he openly propagated his abhorrent Mariology, I felt the agitation expressed in the video. I paced back and forth considering whether or not I should stand up and speak out.
I didn't. I simply left the service altogether, thinking that silence was the better part of discretion this time.
I know that there were certainly some others in the audience who had discernment enough to be grieved by what was said. Others, I'm sure, were happy to hear the twisting of the Scriptures because it sounded so nice that Mary could help us come to Jesus.
[As a side note, if I had stood up and addressed the audience, I would have said among other things: "If you seek Mary's aid, the only thing that she will do to help you is push you through the door that leads straight to hell."]
The sound of it is what got to me. It sounded so much like what you would get from any of your average churches in the Ashland area: "Jesus is your friend. Mary is your friend. Mary can help you be better friends with Jesus."
I know the objection. The Ministerial Society will say, "Well, this is a community event and we are a group that promotes all ministry in Ashland." The church that allows any old person to enter the pulpit will say, we don't really have any control over it because it was organized by others.
But that is that kind of mamby pamby Christianity that is killing the church in this town.
These objections also come from the same people that always says they want to help promote the welfare of Ashland. They don't see that they are only throwing fuel upon the fire that is ravaging the land.
O that we had men who would truly take a stand for Christ. Men who will slay the wolves who attack the fold of God and guard their pulpits with holy jealously.
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