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The Pope's visit to the White House: Did Francis speak for God?

Posted by Gary on September 23, 2015

Pope Francis has arrived and the country is swooning. You can watch his speech here:

The Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Christ and Successor of Peter spoke at the White House today and in so doing, addressed our President and the entire nation. What would Christ’s Apostle say to us? What would God’s spokesman preach to a nation that has evicted God and Christ from its public life, slaughtered 50 million babies made in God’s image and embraced sodomy? Would he preach?

Francis did not preach, he gave a speech. During his speech Francis mentioned God by name only twice and as “Creator” once. The name of Jesus, the only name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12), the name at which every knee will bow (Philippians 2:9-11), the name in which any spokesman for God must speak, he did not mention once.

While Francis applauded President Obama’s actions to help stop global warming, he did not rebuke the President for his threat to veto any budget that would not include financing for Planned Parenthood, that slaughterhouse of infants made in the image of God.

Pope Francis spoke much of inclusivism but made no mention of the narrow road that leads to life that only a few are finding. Did the Vicar of Christ sound like Christ today? Listen to Jesus and pay special attention to His warning concerning false prophets:

Matthew 7:13-15 13 “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. Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

Why do you suppose Jesus warned of false prophets in sheep’s clothing right after telling us that the way that leads to life is narrow? Is it safe to assume that Jesus meant that false shepherds would tell us that the path to heaven is wide? Broad? Inclusive? You saw such falseness in spades today.

Did Peter’s Successor sound like Peter today?

Acts 2:36-40 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ– this Jesus whom you crucified. Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself. And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!’

Did Francis call us to repent and be saved from this wicked generation through Jesus Christ today? No, and yet we are to believe that He is Christ’s representative? If he is, Jesus apparently isn’t sending the same message that He once did through His Apostles like Paul:

Acts 17:22-31 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Peter and Paul spoke boldly of Jesus and called men to repent and be saved. Francis today called us to “tolerance”, to be “inclusive” and to clean up air pollution. He also told us that God never repents of having made us as His creatures. Really?

Genesis 6:5-7 “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

So, shall we believe Scripture or Francis? I am grieved to say that many that I know will hear Francis over the Bible again and again and again. Their hope is in a man, in a religion that has the outward appearance of Godliness but has no power to save.

God rebuked the false prophets of another era saying this of them:

Lamentations 2:14 “Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions; and they have not exposed your iniquity so as to restore you from captivity, but they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.”

If you need any further proof that Francis was not sent by God to us today consider that he came to great fanfare and received applause for what he said. What other Prophet or Apostle received such treatment?  Those who truly speak for God to a wicked people get themselves thrown into prison and ultimately lose their lives. Francis on the other hand, will receive motorcades, lavish dinners, gifts and the praises of men. He has the applause and praises of Obama, Biden and Boehner, do you need any further proof he is a false prophet?

He who has an ear, let him hear. (Revelation 13:9)

Comments

4 Responses to “The Pope's visit to the White House: Did Francis speak for God?”
  1. Judy Heatly says:

    Dear Pastor Gary, Thank you so much for your clear insight and direction. As a former Catholic, I am distressed to see the direction of the church I once attended and loved. I am so blessed to have been directed to East Gate Church where I learn so much from you each Sunday morning. God has gifted you with your vision and your ability to share the Good News.

    In Christ,
    Judy

  2. Kevin McBride says:

    Well Gary I guess the concept that Catholics don’t read the bible was borne out by the pontiff. Just what do they teach from in Catholic seminary?

  3. Mike O'Donnell says:

    i didn’t get a chance to hear the Pope’s speech at the White House, but i did hear his address to the congress yesterday, and i was pleased to hear him say this: “if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.” The force of his argument for justice and the dignity of the human person (made in the image of God) was strengthened with that statement. This quote pleased me as well: “I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family.” I’m praying fervently for the upcoming World Meeting of the Family in Philly, that the global voice of the Catholic Church upholds our Lord’s Word on the dignity of marriage. *Lord deliver us from the degrading slavery of being children of this age.*

    • Gary says:

      Dear Mike,

      I received your comments on the Blog post on Pope Francis, thank you. To me the central question is this, would anything Francis said get someone to heaven? Are we reconciled to God by practicing the Golden Rule?

      After Peter preached we are told that his hearers were pierced to the heart and cried, “What must we do to be saved?” In comparison, the pope received applause.

      The spirit of deception that is on its way is one that will make the whole world adore one man. The Apostles were not adored but instead the world hated them for the truth they spoke.

      Be sure brother to consider seriously the difference between the Catholic Church’s view of justification by Sacraments versus the teaching of Scripture that forgiveness comes to us by grace through faith alone. If Francis had spoken of the way to heaven it would have been false.

      I am glad you shared your thoughts, thanks Mike.

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