Next I intended to discuss several several groups that are within the Catholic Church: Benedictines (which include Cistercians and Trappists) Franciscans, Carmelites, Dominicans, and Augustinians.
In researching these groups, I have found many recurring concepts and ideas; some of which play a major role in what some call the “emergent church”, and many of which have been a part of Roman Catholicism and monastic groups
from the start.
Recurring Concepts and Ideas
eucharist worship (sacrifice of the mass)
sacrament of penance
worship of sacred heart
immaculate heart of Mary (supposedly the mother of Jesus)
deification of mother and child (supposedly Mary and Jesus)
worship of Mary (eternally a virgin; supposedly the mother of Jesus)
sign of the cross
Many of these concepts and practices are in Eastern religions and religions in other parts of the world, which tells me they have their basis in the Kingdom of Darkness, not in God’s Word and the Kingdom of Light.
Before continuing discussion on the different monastic orders, I plan to do some posts regarding how Awana is influencing children away from God’s Word. [updated 1/29/2008]
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”—1 Corinthians 3:11
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”—2 Peter 2:1–3