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Battle of the Budget

RADIO 74 continues a longterm battle at a time when listener donations have tumbled remarkably low.  While the station's financial crisis has not worsened over the past two years, the financial pressure has not eased.

The austerity annual operating budget is CHF 250,000.  Current operating debt stands at 100,000 SFr, about 90,000 Euros.  Nearly half of the debt came due on June 1, 2018.  Notably 16,500 is now overdue for the 2nd quarter DAB+ transmissions fees.

The shortfall is due largely to the transition process from FM to DAB+ in Switzerland.  This is costing some 65,000 this year, closer to 80,000 next year as we add the cities of Neuchatel, Yverdon and Friburg.  But expansion is essential to the longevity and viability of RADIO 74.  If we are to remain an active player after FM broadcasting is phased out in Switzerland in 2024, we must advance now while these very scarce channels are being offered to us.

We have every reason to believe that our financial situation will ease over coming years as the shift from FM to DAB+ accelerates.  We expect listeners in Zurich, Lausanne and in other Swiss cities will eventually donate more than enough to care for these costs.  Meanwhile, no stone is going unturned in our search for funding to keep RADIO 74 alive during the next 3 to 5 critical years.

Please know that YOUR donations are very much needed and appreciated. Donate here at the RADIO 74 website using a major credit or bank card via the secure PayPal system.  Or by bank transfer.
 
Or request some BVs, the pink bulletins de versement, for use when you donate cash from the Swiss post or banks. Ring RADIO 74 on 022 501 78 65. 

In France, either donate on line, or mail a check to RADIO 74, BP 388, 74163 St. Julien-en-Genevois, France.   Ring 045 043 74 74.

The team kindly thank you!

 

 

God made you like that?

Pope Francis has again shocked Catholics and the world by telling a homosexual, "God made you that way."

With homosexuality running rampant among the priesthood, and after recently being quoted as denying hell... the traditional whip used by "The Church" to scare the hell out of people, so to speak... Pope Francis has again shocked his faithful by telling a Chilean man who suffered clerical sexual abuse that God had made him gay and loved him that way, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The Vatican declined to comment on the report but, if confirmed, it would be a striking statement of tolerance towards homosexuality, which the Church has condemned as an immoral disorder if it is actively practised.

In an interview published on Sunday, abuse victim Juan Carlos Cruz told El Pais (reported by Reuters) that Pope Francis had told him during a meeting this month: “The fact that you are gay does not matter.”

Cruz said Francis had also told him: “God made you this way and loves you this way, and it doesn’t matter to me. The pope loves you this way, you must be happy the way you are.”

Cruz was one of three Chilean victims who were invited by the pope to Rome this month in the wake of a scandal in Chile over priestly sexual abuse and efforts by the Church hierarchy there to hush it up.

After attending a crisis meeting with Francis about the cover-up last week, all of Chile’s bishops offered to resign.

Since his election in 2013, the pope has dramatically shifted the language the Church has used about homosexuality, which was once seen as a taboo subject.

“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said on his first overseas trip in 2013. In 2016, he said had ministered to people with unfulfilled homosexual tendencies as well as homosexuals who were not able to remain chaste, as the Church asks them to.

“When a person arrives before Jesus, Jesus certainly will not say: ‘Go away because you are homosexual’,” he said.

Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict, wrote in 2005 that homosexuality was “a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil”.

Pope Francis' alleged statement, as with his recent comments about the non-existence of an everburning hell fire, calls into question the notion of the "infalability of the papacy."  Is truth "truth"?  Or is it simply the opinion of whoever is the current pope in power?  What is truth?  Is there such a thing as infallible truth?  If so, where can it be found?

Protestants...at least the ones who still protest... believe that the last place to find truth is in the mouth of the Pope... any pope... or any other mere mortal man.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."  John 14:6

The truth is found in the Holy Scripture. "The Word of God is Truth" John 17:17.

What is truth? The dictionary defines it as a verified or indisputable fact, proposition or principle or as the state or character of being true. That is also the question that Pilate asked Jesus when he was brought before him during his trial, asking Jesus "What is truth?"

Pilate did not realize the depth of this question when he asked it, as he was probably just wanting Jesus to defend himself and his situation. However, what Pilate, and many others throughout the centuries, did not realize is that truth is not just a series of itemized facts and figures, or a point of view or opinion.  It's never "your truth" or "my truth" or "their truth". Truth is epitomized in the person of Jesus Christ. 

The word of God is rock solid, inalterable moral truth. God's truth comes from His perfect knowledge of all facts and circumstances. God knows the future and accurately predicts the results of sin.  Truth does not change from generation to generation.  The written word of God is where to look for all moral guidance.  The Bible is reliable.  We can fully depended on it, for it was inspired by our loving Creator who is the same yesterday, today, forever.  Count on it!  Because with absolute confidence, we can count on Him!

 

"No Hell" Affirms Pope Francis

pope francis 29 march 2018 - there is no hellRoman Catholic Pope Francis made a startling revelation recently by stating that hell does not exist, in an interview with a leading liberal Italian newspaper.

In an article titled “It Is an Honor to Be Called a Revolutionary," La Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari acknowledged the pontiff's previous remarks about how "good souls" who sought repentance from God would receive it and then asked, "What about the bad souls?" Seemingly going against centuries of core Catholic belief, Pope Francis said the souls of sinners simply vanished after death and were not subject to an eternity of punishment.

"They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear," Pope Francis said, as translated by Catholic blog Rorate Caeli.

This amazing assertion, diametrically opposed to hundreds of years of Catholic dogma, has set Vatican scholars into full scale damage control.  Was the Pope misquoted or misunderstood?  Or did he sincerely mean what he said?  If the latter, Pope Francis' alarming declaration would reverse Catholic thinking on the punishment of the wicked, while coming no closer to a correct reading of the Holy Scriptures. 

While he didn't mention the extra-biblical notions of purgatory or limbo, logically these dogmas would also fall by the way, as they rightfully should because they negate the grace of God.

The truth is that hell is not burning at present.  On the other hand, it's incorrect to assume there will never be a hell fire.  The Pope got it partly right by suggesting that there will be no everlasting hell in the sense of people being kept artificially alive and painfully burning for eternity without end. 

However, Revelation 20:9 does clearly speak of hell fire, a brief period of time after the white throne judgement which follows the millennium (the 1000 year period after the return of Jesus Christ to earth) when Satan and the wicked will be burned up; in other words annihilated.

What does the Bible teach about hell?   Click on this link:

https://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/media/e/1300/f/6/t/where-do-sinners-go-when-they-die-

 
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