“Tie a Yellow Ribbon…”

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  1. Ok, let’s use the word praise. Why is it that it’s Ok for you to praise Pres. Cory and not oK to praise Mother Teresa? I remember you criticizing Pastors even mentioning her name in their ministry bec. of her Catholic backgound. Isn’t this double standard?

    1. I didn’t say it was okay to praise Mrs. Aquino and not okay to praise Mother Theresa. I said it’s okay to give praise and credit for the good works and compassion of people such as these.

      But I qualified it by saying, “in human context.” If that’s not clear to you, what I meant was we should give credit where it’s due, whether they’re Christians or not. This is what I meant when I mention the two kingdoms–Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Man–and common grace. We all benefit from people who excel in government, law, arts, music, literature, etc. But that is not to say that I agree with their religious views on God and salvation. On the contrary, I criticize anyone, whether evangelicals, Catholics or pagans, whose views are contrary to Scripture.

      All of these things I have said in my previous replies, so please read and re-read my earlier comments before you ask more questions. Chances are, the answer will be there.

  2. Thanks. But I didn’t get an answer from you. Since you edified Pres. Cory Aquino, is it also alright to edify Mother Teresa? They are both Catholic.

    1. I answered your question, I think very clearly. And “edify” is not the right word to use in this case. It would be more like “praise,” in the human context.

  3. There is a movement from the Catholic church to make Cory a Saint! This might be a sensitive issue to discuss it here bec. Cory is loved by many people but from a Christian perspective…this is going too far!

    1. I also sensed that as soon as people started giving her so much praise and glory as she was dying.

      The whole Roman Catholic “sainthood” thing is one of the most unbiblical doctrines of the Catholic Church, for several reasons:

      First, the idea of bestowing “sainthood” to a very holy person who has been dead for many years by canonization is nowhere seen in the Bible.

      Second, the Biblical doctrine of “saints” is that all who believe and trust in Christ are “saints.” For example, Paul greets the whole Christian church in Rome as “saints” (Gr hagios), “To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints” (Rom 1:7). He calls all Christians in the churches in Corinth (1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1), Galatia (1 Cor 16:1), Ephesus (Eph 1:1), Philippi (Phil 1:1), and Colossae (Col 1:2) as “saints.” In fact, Paul calls all Christians “saints” in 1 Thess 2:13 and 2 Thess 1:10. The word hagios is often translated as “holy ones” or “saints.”

      The Biblical idea of “holiness” or being a “saint” has two meanings. One is being “set apart” for God’s use, as Christians are set apart from the rest of the world as his special people (1 Pet 2:9-10). Second is living a godly and righteous life, referred to as “sanctification.”

      Third, the idea of a treasury of merit overflowing with the good works of Roman Catholic “saints” is another one of Rome’s inventions. In fact, the whole Roman Catholic cult of saints—purgatory, the treasury of merit, saintly intercession, the unbloody sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrament of penance, relics, pilgrimages, et al.—is nowhere in the inspired Bible, but mere innovations of the RCC.

      The treasury of merit is a storehouse of the good works of the Virgin Mary and all the “saints” above and beyond what is required to avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven. This treasury is available to all Roman Catholics via the Roman Catholic Church so that their future duration of punishment might be reduced, or to avoid purgatory altogether. This could be done through Masses, prayers, indulgences, certificates, relics, etc., whatever is approved by the Pope.

      It’s astonishing how people can believe such superstitious, unbiblical ideas.

  4. My point is not to diminish Cory. I admired what Ninoy and Cory stood for and not their faith. Bases on what you said, is it fair to say that we can also learn more Mother Teresa’s good works?

  5. As I listened to some comments about Mrs. Aquino, Roman Catholicism is very evident. Most prayed for Mrs. Aquino that she would be in heaven, showing their lack of assurance. This is why most Catholics grapple with the question of how much good works should they do to get to heaven?

    We evangelicals always say that we should pray for the family of the one who died. We don’t pray for the one who died because there is no such thing as a second chance after death, or after Christ returns, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb 9:27).

  6. I’m big fan of Ninoy and Cory and I’m saddened with her death……….but they are proclaimed Catholic. Some of your readers might call me insensitive bec. of this.  But I recalled you criticizing some Pastors in mentioning Mother Teresa’s names bec. of her Catholic background. And now…you are doing this.

    1. Rico, thanks for the comment. First, when I write about other people, especially about non-Christians and their views about things other than God—politics, economics, culture, etc.—it doesn’t mean I’m endorsing them. Secondly, we’re citizens of two kingdoms: the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God. We’re part of the KOM, but obviously, as Christians, our first priority should be the KOG. Thirdly, common grace dictates that Christians can benefit from the work of non-Christians, whether in government, science, medicine, technology, etc., as we all know.

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