Archive for August, 2012

Girolamo Savonarola. Part-Three.

Savonarola the Florence reformer  (1452-1498) lost support and was ex-communicated from the Church, after he was arrested, put on trial and executed in 1498. Rome was swift in how they dealt with him. Within and few days he was both tortured to confess that he was wrong and a heretic.

It is strange that the Pope did not act with the love of Christ in forgiving him, but instead had him killed. It from the roots and persecution of men like Wycliffe, Huss and Savonarola that the foundations of the European Lutheran Reformation were laid.

Girolamo was a real Christian, who had tried to fight corruption with in the Papacy. It was said ‘that he re-counted his claims, but this is probably not true.

Matthew 10:28, Luke 21:8, 1 John 2:22, 1 John 4:3.

Girolamo Savonarola. Part-Two.

Initially Savonarola enjoyed much success with his calls for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, especially the condemning of the vanity and immorality in the city of Florence. But when he called for the establishment of a Republican government, trouble came his way.

Acts 19:19, 1 John 2:22.

Savonarola saw that God has a greater plan for man than the things of this world, which are fleeting and temporal. He tried to introduce some kind of reform to help people both in his own city and the church.

Girolamo Savonarola. Part-One.

Not many people have heard of this man, Girolamo Savonarola (Italy) he could be described as the third reformer in the age of Jan Huss (Bohemia) and John Wycliffe (England).

All three men remained Roman Catholic in their doctrine, but were expelled from the Roman Catholic Church, because they had called for serious reform.

This Italian Dominican monk in the city of Florence tried in vain to challenge the corrupt state of the pontificate reign of Pope Alexander-VI (4th).

Proverbs 21:6-8, Ecclesiastes 2:1-2.

Opus Dei. Part-Four.

The OD makes its money from the promotion of the Mel Gibson The Passion of the Christ, which it promoted. Meanwhile it now has a rich following that provide its needed finances. But not everyone who has joined has felt happy with the harsh discipline that the movement requires at higher levels and they have left. OD is unique in one sense that it has no vows, affiliated monasteries, Churches or orders, that its members remain within secular life and evangelise’s.

Those who have left the Opus Dei say ‘ that they feel that they have been spiritually abused from both mental and physical exhaustion and when they made mistakes.

1 Timothy 4:1-4,  2 John 1:7-11,  2 Peter 1:5-8,  Revelation 2:2,  1 John 3:7.

Opus Dei. Part-Three.

The OD has been accused over the years of being anti-Semitic, claims which they have denied. But their founder  Jose Maria Escriva did not keep secret his hatred of the Jewish people. Over the years the movement has attracted many fascists and revisionists.

In light of all these factors we need to be careful that people with good intentions are not being drawn into a cult against their own known will. Colossians 2:8,  18,  20-23.

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