My latest articles about Pope Francis are upsetting to some of my Catholic friends. I would like to take this opportunity to answer them and their arguments. First, I understand how devastating this is to Catholics. I have always stood up for Catholics and consider them Christians. What is a Christian? A Christian is someone who believes that Jesus and Jesus alone is the way to God and heaven. That Jesus has been fully empowered, by God, to be our salvation. Those who believe that Christ lived, died, and rose again in order to atone for our sins and to save us from our sinful nature are Christians. But not only that. Even Satan knows that much- and he is not going to heaven! It is that you call Jesus LORD. That you know HE is your lord- with full sovereignty over you. That is the difference between Satan’s and our belief. He will never call Jesus, ‘LORD’. Jesus told us plainly and simply:
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. -John 14
See also what Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:
“10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
ONLY faith in Christ can save you. NO amount of GOODNESS or good will or good works will save you. That is Paul’s clear statement throughout all his letters. No amount of good works can save you! Jesus made this COMPLETELY CLEAR in Matt 19: 16-22
“16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[a] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
He did all the good deeds of the Law. But he wouldn’t follow Jesus. And so, he was not saved. In Mark 12:34, Jesus told a priest who had answered him wisely about God’s commandments:
“34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.”
Let me tell you, ‘not far’ is a terrible thing!!! The man was wise and had done good things in his life- but he was NOT saved- he was CLOSE. That is because he would not recognize Jesus as his Savior and Lord.
What did the Pope say? Concerning homosexuality, he said, verbatim,
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
In other words, the mere SEARCHING for the lord is good enough to avoid judgment. AND note the ‘good will’ part. What is good will if it is not defined by GOD?? Jesus told us what it means to LOVE God and to love HIM.
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”- John 14
It is OBEDIENCE that proves we love God. You cannot hate God and still have ‘good will’ can you? no. You cannot love God and have bad will, can you? no. Good will must be construed as a loving obedience to God’s commandments. And God was very clear about what love meant- it means to give up your entire life to love each other. So, not only should we give up sex, we should give up our children, our husbands & wives, our churches, our friends, our self respect- you name it! We will give our whole entire LIFE to serve our fellow man. THAT is love according to Christ. Yet, here we see a Pope who says you can disobey God blatantly and yet, have ‘GOOD WILL’. He says that you merely need to SEARCH for the lord and that will give you good will. Or that disobedience and good will can coincide in one body. None of this is biblical OR logical. It isn’t true. It implies that Man can be wise in his own eyes. Because in the bible, Jesus said that marriage is between a man and a woman- not because of social norms but BECAUSE we were created male and female!
4 “Haven’t you read,” Jesus replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?
In Romans 1, Paul (the author of most of the New Testament) called homosexuality ‘sexual impurity’, ‘unnatural’, ‘shameful lust’ & ‘shameful acts’.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
So-called Atheism is one of the disobedient sins that God detests so much that he will harden your hearts so that you CANNOT be saved! In fact, Romans 1 says that homosexuality is one of the consequences of atheism! And yet, here is the leader of one of the largest churches in the world saying it’s ‘all good’ as long as you have ‘good will’ in your heart.
” 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.”
He is clearly speaking to atheists when he says, “one who doesn’t believe and doesn’t seek the faith.” He is not speaking to believers. Thus, WHO is turning to God with a sincere and contrite heart? He is attempting to say that an atheist CAN turn to God with a sincere & contrite heart. How can that be possible? An atheist denies God’s existence! This is an impossible statement. There are those who are making excuses for the pope and are saying he is referring to AFTER an atheist comes to believe in God. But if that were so, there would be no meaning to the entire answer! He would be saying, those who do believe in God will be saved if they believe in God with a sincere and contrite heart!! He must be addressing atheists in that sentence! And who are those that ‘don’t seek THE FAITH’?? What is ‘the faith’? Well, to Christians the world over, this must be the faith in Jesus and his ability to raise us from the dead. That he, and he alone, can and will do this for us. Soooo…. he is saying that those who don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God and LORD of our salvation can somehow still get to God ‘if they come to him with a sincere & contrite heart!!” Again, how can you be ‘sincere and contrite’ if you refuse to acknowledge God’s existence and refuse to have faith in Jesus?? You can’t. That is a logical fallacy. There’s no need to go to the bible because it makes no sense in and of itself. But the IDEA that an atheist or agnostic can find MERCY from God even when they deny his existence and they deny Jesus’ lordship is NOT TRUE. The bible shows us CLEARLY that not giving God credit for EXISTING is the number one sin that angers him. In fact, for that sin alone, God hardens people’s hearts so THAT THEY CAN NOT BE SAVED. Does that sound like God could ever take that kind of heart as ‘contrite or sincere’??? No. Way.
Furthermore, this is NOT an issue of one church saying it is better than another. This isn’t about the ‘evangelicals’ attacking the catholic church. This isn’t about using scripture as a battering ram. This isn’t about ego. This isn’t about any of the false accusations I have heard some emotional Catholics saying on their pages. This isn’t about churches AT ALL! So those who wish to respond in this way need to stop. Stay focused. And don’t take out your frustrations with the Pope on your fellow Christians. The Pope is horribly wrong- he can’t get more wrong. Christ said, “30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” If you do not call him Lord of Salvation, then you are automatically against him. The Pope is against Christ- thus, he is evil. It is our Christian duty to deny his statement. So stay focused!
Lastly, no one is criticizing your ‘faith’ or your ‘religion’. I have heard that too many times from offended Catholics. We are of the SAME faith! We are of the same RELIGION. It’s called Christianity. What you are defending is not Christianity, it is the church denomination you go to. That’s it.
This is about one man who has spoken blasphemy against the Most High. He has given false information about the very heart of Christianity. No one that calls themselves a Christian can stand up with this man. If you are catholic and don’t demand that this pope be removed immediately- or worse yet, if you defend this man’s statements, then you are endangering your own salvation. Not because you are evil or have ‘bad intentions’ or ‘bad will’ or because you are a *gasp* Catholic- you endanger your own soul because you are more loyal to a man and a church than to your GOD and your LORD JESUS. You simply can’t stand by a blatant lie about salvation and about homosexuality (which is ripping our society apart). If you do, God will see it and HE will judge you far more harshly than any human can do. BEWARE.