The deep dark secrets of the Roman Catholic Church keep coming back to haunt them. There is yet another story, this time out of Germany, concerning allegations of inappropriate immoral behavior by priests. These stories are becoming more and more frequent; it’s heartbreaking for the victims and interesting to see how the upper crust of this supposed ‘church’ handles these horrific allegations. According to this story the abuse dates all the way back to the 1950′s, which means the statute of limitations has lapsed. I point that out for those who may defend this Satanic church by claiming money as the reason for the accusations.
I also want to point out how this is being addressed…from the news story, ‘The German Bishops Conference noted that it drew up guidelines on dealing with sexual abuse in 2002. “We are not at the beginning of the discussion of such misconduct, even if we so far underestimated its scale,” the conference said in a statement Thursday.’
Note, they do not follow biblical guidelines concerning this sinful behavior, even though they claim to be the ‘true church’ of Jesus Christ.
What are the biblical guidelines for a priest/bishop/pastor/overseer of God’s people? ‘A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach,
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.’- 1st Timothy 3:2-9
This is from 1st Corinthians 5, ‘I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.‘
That is the biblical mandate given by God for dealing with sin. However, notice how the Roman Catholic church opts to deal with sin, ”The German Bishops Conference noted that it drew up guidelines on dealing with sexual abuse in 2002.” Why was it necessary for any guidelines to be ‘drawn up’ when we already have guidelines found in His Holy Word? Yet, there are those who insist this is the true church, even though they continually deny the supremacy of scripture and make their own set of rules. Does that really sound like the true church of Jesus Christ to you?
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.” “He who does not love Me does not keep My words” John 14:23,24