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Constantinism Redivivus: Pope Innocent III vs. @SarahPalinUSA

English: Pope Innocent III wearing a Y-shaped ...
English: Pope Innocent III wearing a Y-shaped pallium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Craig provided our response yesterday. I want to provided some other discussion points:

1096, Jews were massacred in the Rhineland,

As enthusiasm mounted for the First Crusade, the motivation to conquer the unbelievers in control of Jerusalem spilled over toward the unbelievers closer to home: the Jews. The mobs sweeping across Europe on their way to the Holy Land found their first victims among the Jews of the Rhineland (in modern-day Germany). Massacres and forced baptisms resulted. Rather than be murdered, large numbers of Jews committed suicide, with the fathers first killing their families and then themselves. The ancient prosperous Jewish communities of the Rhineland were destroyed. This was just the beginning of the indignities wrought upon the Jews by the Crusaders.1

This led to Pope Innocent III’s statement,

411 [DS 781] This is contrary to the Christian religion, that anyone always unwilling and interiorly objecting be compelled to receive and to observe Christianity. On this account some absurdly do not distinguish between unwilling and unwilling, and forced and forced, because he who is violently forced by terrors and punishments, and, lest he incur harm, receives the sacrament of baptism, such a one also as he who under pretense approaches baptism, receives the impressed sign of Christianity, and he himself, just as he willed conditionally although not absolutely, must be forced to the observance of Christian Faith.… But he who never consents, but inwardly contradicts, receives neither the matter nor the sign of the sacrament, because to contradict expressly is more than not to agree.… The sleeping, moreover, and the weak-minded, if before they incurred weak-mindedness, or before they went to sleep persisted in contradiction, because in these the idea of contradiction is understood to endure, although they have been so immersed, they do not receive the sign of the sacrament; not so, however, if they had first lived as catechumens and had the intention of being baptized; therefore, the Church has been accustomed to baptize such in a time of necessity. Thus, then the sacramental operation impresses the sign, when it does not meet the resisting obstacle of a contrary will.2

There is a certain gruesomeness in Sarah Palin’s speech. Not only does she misuse the sacrament, but she would wish to undo the history Christians have thus far attempted to escape — the time when we used torture and forced baptisms to conquer. When these things didn’t work, we offered murder wholesale. This is not necessarily a Catholic feature, as we Protestants have our fair share of this in Africa and the former American colonies. Yes, there is the abuse of the sacrament (and I view baptism pretty high), but there is also the abuse of history, of humanity, and of the image of God.

Her world view of Palin-Constantinism is frightening, not because of the view she necessarily holds, but because so many subscribe to it as well.

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  1. Sharon Rusten with E. Michael, The Complete Book of When & Where in the Bible and Throughout History (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2005), 168.
  2. Henry Denzinger, Roy J. Deferrari, and Karl Rahner, The Sources of Catholic Dogma (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder Book Co., 1954), 161.

@SarahPalinUSA and @BryanJFischer Don’t Understand Baptism

This first came to my attention this morning when Bryan Fischer tweeted the following gem:

And, here’s the video:

What Sarah Palin states about “baptism” is completely antithetical to the Christian Faith and what a good number of Christians believe about baptism.

The Catholic Church has this to say about baptism:

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 342)

My own church, the Lutheran Church, has this to say about baptism:

Concerning baptism it is taught that it is necessary, that grace is offered through it, and that one should also baptize children, who through such baptism are entrusted to God and become pleasing to him. (The Augsburg Confession – German Text – Article IX)

I’m not going to go into infant baptism here, but I will focus on the first part of Article IX, mainly that grace is offered through baptism. That alone is sufficient to show that Sarah Palin has no real understanding of baptism. There is no grace offered through waterboarding; therefore, waterboarding is not in any way, shape, or form a baptism.

Furthermore, baptism is rooted in the Word of God.

What is baptism? Answer:

Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead it is water enclosed in God’s command and connected with God’s Word. (The Small Catechism; The Sacrament of Holy Baptism)

Last I checked, waterboarding was not commanded by God as baptism is. Waterboarding is rooted in the ways of humankind.

Finally, waterboarding fails Christ’s command to love your enemies:

“You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 43-45, see also Luke 6: 27-36)

Comments like these are absolutely appalling, and to see people cheering the language of fear and torture makes me sick. Christians need to take a long, hard look at both Sarah Palin and Bryan Fischer and hold them accountable for words that are contrary to the Christian faith.

HT: Christian Nightmares for the video.

all you need to know about @sarahpalinusa’s new ‘book’

Palin doesn’t seek the original Christmas (a fourth-century invention), the traditional American Christmas (they didn’t celebrate it), or consumerism-free Christmas (you Communist!). The festival Palin wants to retrieve is the Christmas of her youth. Palin’s Christmas is a medley of joy-filled eating, present opening, charitable giving, and idiosyncratic family tradition.

via Sarah Palin Is Here to Save Christmas, Thank God – The Daily Beast.

Fantastic.

What you need to know about the Million Vet March, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and the Tea Party

From the groups official statement:

We have, as a group, been prevented from certain groups that have piggy-backed off our grassroots efforts, to effectively create a comprehensive media message campaign. We made the mistake of trying to partner with some Washington insiders that thwarted many of our genuine concerns for keeping this apolitical and grassroots. While we support many of those groups common causes for Veterans, we do not support the manner in which they go about it. We chose instead to not incite or create panic.

via Million Vet March Organizers Condemn Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and the Tea Party.

By the way, it was hardly 1 million, but it was just big enough to have Confederate flags and other familiar Tea “We’re NuT Racists” slogans (lay down the quran, etc…).

Now I guess Sarah Palin and Ted ‘My Dad was a Communist’ Cruz gets to call the Veterans communists.

 

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The President’s Christmas Card is blasphemy!

I have to agree with with Fox News Radio who ran ran a report:

The official White House holiday card makes no mention of the word ‘Christmas’ and instead focused on Bo the First Dog based on the wishes of the First Family.

“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” read the inside of the card, featuring the presidential seal.

The front of the card features Bo the First Dog lounging by a fireplace. Holiday greenery is draped over the fireplace mantle. Holiday presents are placed on a table underneath a poinsettia – instead of a Christmas tree.

Also, Sarah Palin said:

“It’s odd,” Palin said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.”

You see what I mean! Look at that thing! No, wait… That’s Reagan’s Christmas Card…

Click here to see President Obama’s and a few others from across the years…

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