I’m rethinking universalism.
Also Pope Francis doesn’t want us to try too hard to halt priest abuse:
It seems an individual by the name of Jesus had a lot to say regarding religious leaders.
Yep, definitely rethinking universalism.
Is there somewhere else I can read that story? I’m not a subscriber.
Lots of articles, just search for “pope francis lower expectations”.
I definitely hope universalism is false and these people burn forever in agony. Dante’s Inferno has a whole bunch of priests and popes.
Well, I wouldn’t go that far but… OK.
It would be great if churches were treated like 501 organizations.
As to the Medium article speaking against The Gospel Coalition, here is their explanation for their silence as the situation stood in 2013:
“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” — Prov. 18:17
I have no dog in any of these fights but I noticed that when I followed some of the links in the Medium article, the content didn’t necessarily fit what the article claimed. I’m not a Mahoney follower and I have huge reservations about big money organizations and powerful leaders. Even so, I can understand why online forums (such as that of Gospel Coalition) don’t want to be a place for unrestrained fighting of battles which are also being fought in the courts. Who has the staffing and funding to keep such debate threads under control? I can understand why management would want to remain neutral on legal cases pending. Every forum has reasons to keep dialogue within certain boundaries.
Of course, there are fundamental constitutional reasons and judicial precedents for not treating them as 501©(3) organizations.
Meanwhile, many churches are, in fact, set up as 501©(3) organizations. There are advantages in doing so. Indeed, I know of churches which consist of multiple 501©(3) entities. Many such churches proudly report their finances and comply with 501©(3) rules when interacting with donors and potential donors.
It is also worth stating that 501©(3) entities have a great deal of leeway—and in my experience, can get away with a lot of unfortunate nonsense with little scrutiny or legal controls. That’s a topic for another thread, I suppose (though not one I am interested in pursuing because I’m burned out on the topic due to my personal experiences.)
NOTE: I see the Discourse software insists on converting the correct spelling of 501 designations so as to insert a copyright symbol! That’s another bug for the bug list, @Michael_Callen.
Did I fix it?
501©(3) Hahaha… no.
You can fake it by inserting italics though. 501(C)(3) The bug fix list is long, and the desire on the part of the developers is short.
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