Posted by Gary on September 19, 2013
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 “…when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed– for our testimony to you was believed.”
Tell the truth or be nice? It is tempting sometimes to just be nice for this is the way the world is going and those who insist on the truth of Scripture are marked men for certain. But by God’s grace we speak…
I cannot say strongly enough to those I love and to those I don’t even know, (yet love) who are under the influence of Roman Catholicism, that you are in danger and that the most recent pope, Francis, is a glaring image and voice of the evil of Catholic doctrine.
In a recent letter to the founder of “La Repubblica” (an Italian newspaper) Francis negates the necessity of the cross of Christ, denies the Christian faith and holds forth a false hope to those who refuse God’s command to believe on His Son. Here is the key excerpt from the pope’s letter:
“So I come to the three questions you put to me in the article of August 7. It seems to me that, in the first two, what is in your heart is to understand the attitude of the Church to those who don’t share faith in Jesus. First of all, you ask me if the God of Christians forgives one who doesn’t believe and doesn’t seek the faith. Premise that – and it’s the fundamental thing – the mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart; the question for one who doesn’t believe in God lies in obeying one’s conscience. Sin, also for those who don’t have faith, exists when one goes against one’s conscience. To listen to and to obey it means, in fact, to decide in face of what is perceived as good or evil. And on this decision pivots the goodness or malice of our action.”
The pope, not by God’s authority but by his own, states that people who do not have faith can receive the forgiveness of God by obeying their conscience. I included two passages at the head of this post that alone, though there are myriad others, refute, uncloak and condemn the pope’s teaching.
Hebrews 11:6 declares that without faith it is “impossible” to please God. Do I need to define “impossible”? Further, Scripture declares that for someone to come to God, he “must” believe that God exists. Is “must” vague? Yet, Pope Francis exhibits no fear in contradicting the Word of God. According to Francis those without faith can still end up with God by obeying their conscience. Shall we believe Francis or Scripture? This has and will always be the issue for Roman Catholics, Scripture or the church with its popes and Tradition? You cannot have both because Rome endlessly goes beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6) and exalts her tradition rooted in the teachings of men (Colossians 2:22) above and against the Word of God.
Now consider further that the pope in his statement reduces Jesus from “The Way” (John 14:6) to “a” way. Jesus has declared that no one comes to the Father but through Him but Francis declares that men can come to the Father by obeying conscience.
So, we are to understand that God sent His Son into this world to suffer the wrath of God and abuse of men on the cross when men can just as easily go to heaven by obeying their consciences? There is another way? Jesus suffered needlessly?
As to the matter of obeying conscience as a way to God…Obey conscience to what level? The train of disobeying conscience pulled out a long time ago. Have you ever disobeyed your conscience? Could you even begin to count the number of times you have disobeyed your conscience? What level of obedience to conscience does God require for acceptance? 50%? 51%? 22%? 75%? And without faith in Jesus, how do we receive forgiveness for the times we have already disobeyed our conscience?
This is the very issue that the cross of Christ addresses. God is perfect and we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Perfect obedience would be required to enter the presence of the perfect God and we are not capable of perfection since the fall. This is why the gospel is such good news, Christ was perfect and His perfection is credited to those who have faith in Him!
2 Corinthians 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Romans 3:21-22 “But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction…”
Romans 3:24-26 “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
Let’s let Jesus settle the matter as He spoke to Jewish religious leaders who did not believe that He was the Son of God:
John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Now, does Jesus say that we will die in our sins for not believing that He is “He” unless we choose the other route of obeying our conscience”? Does Jesus offer another option other than believing in Him? No, it is very simple and plain, to refuse to believe in Him, the One God sent to pay sin’s price, means we will die in our sins. There is no mention of conscience, no other path, it is Jesus or damnation.
One last word on our consciences, not from Pastor Gary Knapp or Pope Francis but from God:
1 Timothy 4:1-3 “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.”
The conscience can be seared, meaning that it doesn’t work anymore from a person’s persistent refusal of its voice. The Bible says that this is a distinguishing mark of people who live in the last days. So how can Pope Francis recommend conscience to us? By the way, did you notice “men who forbid marriage”? Does that sound familiar? What kind of men forbid marriage? Those who are “seared in their own conscience”. Wow.
Now to my warning…The Roman Catholic Church with Pope Francis as its head is a false church, whose doctrines deny Scripture and lead men’s soul’s away from God and the gospel of His Son. Pope Francis in particular is the wolf in sheep’s clothing that Jesus warned us about:
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
If you need further proof of this listen to what Jesus said just before v. 15 and weigh it in comparison to Francis’s message of a wider way to heaven that brings in now evidently even atheists:
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
I want to warn everyone under the sound of my keyboard to flee from this wolf with his false gospel that will damn men, not save them. Do not be taken in by the manner of life that he is exhibiting such as living in a modest apartment, talking much about the poor and calling average people on the phone, all of which makes the masses throng to him. Underneath all this outward religiosity he harbors a false gospel, a denial of the Christian faith and a false hope.
What do you think Jesus means by wolf in sheep’s clothing? Deception, get it? Something real close to the truth, get it?
God’s shepherds must be willing not only to warn of wolves in general, but to point at them specifically that the sheep can see them and flee to safety. This is what Paul did, and what every lover of God must do, both for God’s glory and for the love of people’s souls:
2 Timothy 2:16-18 “But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some.”
These are interesting and strangely, exciting days. There are mighty transactions and battles taking place in the spiritual realm that are being manifested on earth. The time of the great deluding influence from God may well be upon us:
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 “Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”
it is going to get harder and harder for those of us who believe that God’s Word alone is truth. The world is determined to widen the narrow way and the Church of Rome and its pope are providing the machinery.
Reader, you must be discerning. Don’t take my word for anything, go to the Bible. My Catholic friends, do you realize that your pope has just declared that faith is not necessary to be received by God? What will it take for you to be alarmed? Are you so given to pope allegiance that you will close your ears and hearts to the Word of God? Flee while there is time. Come to the true gospel and you will be saved. If you will not, you will certainly be lost.
Revelation 13:9 “If anyone has an ear, let him hear.”
Comments3 Responses to “Pope Francis, a warning…”
Leave a comment, and if you'd like your own picture to show up next to your comments, go get a gravatar!