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Popular Roman Catholic contemporary Christian musician Matt Maher committed a mortal sin by singing “Your Grace Is Enough” to a nearly sold out crowd of worshipers at Faith Baptist Church in Artesia, New Mexico in June of this year. Multiple Dove award winner Maher is the author and performer of ecumenical classics such as Christ is Risen, Lord I Need You, and some lesser known songs like Litany of the Saints, a repetitive prayer mantra to deceased Catholics, and also The End and the Beginning, about the Catholic teaching of Transubstantiation, which states that Jesus is bodily present in the bread and the wine served at communion. Maher has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Passion, and Meredith Andrews, among others.
Although Maher has performed for the Pope numerous times at events such as World Youth Day and even at the Vatican, along with Darlene Zschech, formerly of Hillsong, a furious Pope Francis stated that this latest episode is unacceptable. “We were cool with him performing for Episcopalians, Methodists, and maybe even Lutherans as part of our grand plan to bring the Church back together, but Baptists? Come on!” “And the nerve telling them that grace is enough, what does he think this is, 1517?” “Sola Gracia my (expletive)!”
The pontiff has good reason to be upset. Canon 12 of the Roman Catholic Council of Trent clearly states: “If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ's sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema.”
Maher’s agent has been busy the last few weeks attempting to negotiate for leniency in the required penance for his client. “We’re down to 1,689 Hail Mary’s and a Christmas album with Toby Mac”, he said, audibly relieved. “It could have been much worse. Purgatory is no easy place to spring someone from.”
Meanwhile, Faith Baptist, which appears to be website orthodox, has released a statement: “Matt Maher is a Catholic? Really?”
Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention which sells Matt Maher cd's, bluntly responded to inquiries: “Hey, whatever people want to buy, that’s what we’re all about. It’s not our responsibility to ensure that we sell solid stuff from solid people. Caveat Emptor and all.”
K-Love’s Director of Positivity was just as accommodating. “He could get caught with an altar boy and we wouldn’t stop playing his music. Our undiscerning audience loves Matt Maher.”
At publishing time, Pope Francis had agreed to allow Maher to continue singing the hit song as long as he promised to change the word “Is” to “Isn’t”, or add the word “Almost” to the popular chorus.
Matt Maher nearly anathematized