A Secret Society
Time Magazine (4/24/06) documented a lot about this Roman Catholic secret society. Evangelicals who are being seduced into endorsing Roman Catholicism need to face facts. The Pope endorses Opus Dei. Its principles derive from what is Roman Catholicism. Just one example is the "self-mortification" that some Opus Dei members perform that is rooted in Catholicism's false gospel of works and the concept of "penance". The Time Magazine article quotes a biography of the founder, Josemaria Escriva, from a witness of this priest's penance:
"I began to hear the forceful blows of his discipline... there were more than a thousand terrible blows, precisely timed. The floor was covered in blood."
Some of the current members use the following devices for their self-mortification, according to Time:
"Cilice - A spiked chain that some members strap around their upper thigh for two hours a day as an act of penance."
"Discipline - A small, cordlike whip that some members use once a week to flagellate themselves during the recitation of a prayer."
Such self-absorbed techniques are not taught in the Bible!
"Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." Philippians 3:2-3
"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." John 19:30
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." Hebrews 9:28
For a Biblical teaching on suffering please consider, "Out of the Depths" by Steve Phillips.